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Michael Potuck

@michaelpotuck

Michael is an editor for 9to5Mac. Since joining in 2016 he has written more than 3,000 articles including breaking news, reviews, and detailed comparisons and tutorials.

Michael has also appeared on the 9to5Mac Watch Time podcast with Zac Hall and TWiT’s Tech News Weekly.

Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, typos, or feedback at [email protected]

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During Apple’s holiday quarter earnings call, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri gave an update on how many Apple devices are active around the world. The latest installed base is a massive 1.8 billion and if Apple can see a bit more growth than the last couple of years, it could surpass 2 billion active devices this year.

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Apple has delivered a lot with the iOS 15.4 beta and one of the headlining features is the ability to officially use Face ID With a Mask. Support is also included for recognizing multiple pairs of glasses. Follow along for how to get going with the handy new feature.

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Along with great new features like the ability to use Face ID with a mask, the first iOS 15.4 beta is the first release from Apple to feature over 37 new emoji that were first revealed last fall.

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Just one day after launching macOS 12.2 to the public with over a dozen security updates, Apple has released the first macOS Monterey 12.3 beta to developers. The latest build arrives as Universal Control is slated to arrive sometime this spring.

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January 26

Inside of Apple’s latest update for Mac are fixes for a wide range of security flaws. macOS 12.2 patches 13 serious security bugs ranging from the Safari web browsing leak to a flaw that can give malicious apps access to root privileges, kernel privileges, iCloud data, and more.

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Along with Apple’s software updates today for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and more, a variety of security issues have been fixed. iOS 15.3 specifically patches 10 notable security bugs ranging from the Safari web browsing leak to a flaw that can give malicious apps root privileges, and more.

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After a beta period of just over a month, Apple has officially made the latest macOS release available for all users. macOS 12.2 arrives with an important security fix for Safari, improved scrolling in Safari for the new MacBook Pro, and a new native Apple Music app.

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Apple released a new Black Unity Braided Solo Loop and slick Unity Lights face for Apple Watch today. Along with that, it has also launched the Unity Lights wallpaper for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in celebration of Black History Month. Download them for free below.

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Mac: How to clear the cache, history, and cookies in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox

Looking to tidy up the browser on your Mac or fix some issues you’re seeing with websites? Read on for how to clear the Mac cache, history, and cookies in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

January 25

How to clean your dirty AirPods and charging case

AirPods have been a huge hit for Apple with good sound, seamless integration with the company’s devices, and a great charging case. However, with a great product comes a lot of use, which in this case means the build-up of dirt, gunk, and yeah, earwax. Follow along for how to clean AirPods and the charging case.

January 24

Seeing a pink screen on your iPhone 13? Here’s how to fix it

Since the launch of the iPhone 13, some users have been dealing with a pink iPhone 13 screen bug that is often accompanied by slow performance, apps freezing/not working properly, and unexpected shutdowns. Let’s look at what you can do to fix the pink iPhone 13 screen bug.

Opensignal is out with its latest report on 5G coverage and performance in the US. According to the results, T-Mobile has increased its lead over AT&T and Verizon when it comes to 5G availability, reach, download and upload speeds. However, Verizon did come out on top for the 5G voice and games experience categories. All this comes amid AT&T and Verizon working to roll out 5G C-band coverage.

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January 23

iPhone: How to improve Face ID with a mask, including Apple Watch Unlock feature

Wearing a face mask usually renders iPhone’s Face ID unusable. Even though it sounds like a first-world problem, there are a lot of people, including medical professionals, who would value Face ID on iPhone to work while wearing protective equipment. Read on for how to use Face ID with a mask including the option to unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch when Face ID detects you’re wearing a mask.

January 21

Latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis]

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly with over 200 games now in the library. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

New for 1/21: Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis has launched on Apple Arcade – letting you play as your favorite Nickelodeon characters including multiplayer mode.

How to check if your iPhone 12 is eligible for the no sound recall

Just about a year after launching the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, Apple started a service program for devices that see their speakers fail. Here’s how to check iPhone 12 no sound recall eligibility.

January 20

Whether you’ve got an older iPhone with a worn-down battery or have a newer one that isn’t lasting as long as you’d hope, there are a number of ways to improve battery performance. Follow along for a look at 7 tips and tricks to extend iPhone battery life.

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After a notably short beta period, Apple has seeded the release candidate for macOS Monterey 12.2 for both developers and public testers. One major change that’s included is a fix for a Safari bug.

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January 19

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Along with the shinier features that launched with macOS Monterey are several subtle ones to help keep your Mac secure and private. Let’s look at how to customize and use Mac privacy features in the latest version of macOS.

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A sharp new accessory from mophie has been revealed by Apple today designed for seamlessly charging iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods while on the go. The new 3-in-1 travel charger from mophie features official MagSafe for iPhone, a slick foldable design, and a convenient carrying case.

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Verizon has made a major announcement about its 5G coverage today. This month, the carrier will offer ultra-fast 5G UWB connectivity to over 1,700 US cities that will cover more than 100 million people. Verizon is also improving its 5G smartphone plans with up to 6 free entertainment subscriptions and offering customers up to 50% off its 5G Home Internet.

Update 1/19: Verizon has shared with 9to5Mac this morning that the major rollout of 5G UWB to 1,700 US cities is now complete.

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