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New USB-C dock triples M1 Mac external monitor support, Anker says

Enlarge (credit: Anker/YouTube) If you have an M1-based Mac, Apple says you're limited to just one external monitor. But Anker, which makes power banks, chargers, docks, and other accessories, this week released a dock that it says will boost your M1 Mac's max monitor count to three. The $250 Anker 563 USB-C docking station, spotted...

Apple details new iPhone features like door detection, live captions

Door detection will use the lidar scanner and machine learning to identify doors and relay information about their location, labeling, and more to blind or low-vision users. [credit: Apple ] Global Accessibility Awareness Day is...

MacBook buying guide: The right M1 laptop for each use case

Enlarge / Two 2021 MacBook Pro models side-by-side. (credit: Samuel Axon) Over the past two years, Apple has completed an overhaul of its entire laptop lineup. That means it’s as good a time as any for people who have been holding out on upgrading an older MacBook to dive in. But which MacBook is the best one to pick up? That depends...

iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 bring updates to Podcasts, digital payments, and more

Enlarge / Apple's Studio Display received a firmware update today to improve its webcam performance. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple released new software updates for all of its platforms on Tuesday. That includes the following: iOS 15.5 for iPhones and the iPod touch iPadOS 15.5 for iPads macOS 12.4 for Macs watchOS 8.6 for...

Apple’s and Google’s outdated apps bans would cut each store by a third

(credit: Apple) Both members of our favorite mobile duopoly, Google and Apple, recently announced plans to cull outdated apps in their respective app stores. Last month, both companies decided any app that hadn't been updated in two years would be removed. Early in April, Google announced a two-year cutoff plan that would kick-in in...

Report: Apple is testing USB-C iPhone models for 2023

Enlarge / 2021's iPhone 13 still uses Apple's proprietary Lightning port. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple is testing iPhones that use the industry-standard USB-C port, according to a report in Bloomberg citing people with knowledge of the situation. Since 2012, Apple's smartphones have used the company's proprietary Lightning connector....

Goodbye, iPod: Apple stops making last model

Enlarge / A click-wheel video iPod, perhaps the most iconic iPod model. This one went away a long time ago, but its last living relative's days have come to an end, too. (credit: Aurich Lawson) One of the most popular and iconic gadget brands in history is taking its last breath today. Apple announced that it will no longer make the...

Prominent Apple staffers write letters to management, resign over office return

Enlarge / Apple's global headquarters in Cupertino, California. (credit: Sam Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Apple's efforts to return its workers to the office are facing continuing resistance from an organized group of employees, and at least one prominent resignation has taken place over the issue. The Verge reporter Zoë Schiffer...

Despite the Epic v. Apple battle, Fortnite is officially back on the iPhone

Fortnite on Xbox Cloud Gaming. In an about-face, Epic Games has made Fortnite available on Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming service. Among other things, that means the massively popular game is officially available to play on the iPhone again for the first time since it was pulled in the midst of the recent legal battle between Epic and Apple....

Apple, Google, and Microsoft want to kill the password with “Passkey” standard

The first Thursday of May is apparently "World Password Day," and to celebrate Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to kill the password. The major OS vendors want to "expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium." The standard is being called either...

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