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Dark Matter remains the most popular series on streaming

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Dark Matter on Apple TV+
"Dark Matter," an Apple TV+ adaptation of a sci-fi bestseller, very quickly found a huge audience and is holding on to it.
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Dark Matter, one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, has been adapted into an Apple TV+ series that is spending its second week as the most popular offering on any streaming service, according to analysts.

It’s a thriller about a man lost in the multiverse trying to find his original universe.

iPad mini with OLED screen on course for release

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OLED iPad mini concept
Add iPad mini to the list of Apple devices getting an OLED screen.
Image: Cult of Mac/Apple/Paul Inkles

An OLED screen intended for iPad mini is active development, according to an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia. Apple’s smallest tablet will get the improved display in a couple of years.

The news comes on the heels of the launch of the M4 iPad Pro, the first in this line of tablets with an OLED screen.

Apple considers two large touchscreen sizes for folding MacBook

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MacBook with 20-inch folding screen still on track for release
This concept could be an early glimpse of the MacBook of the future.
Concept: Astro HQ

Apple is developing a MacBook with a folding touchscreen that might come with either a 20.25-inch or an 18.8-inch panel, according to a trusted analyst.

In addition to the size, it’ll have another immediately noticeable advantage over current foldable displays: eliminating the visible crease is reportedly one of Apple’s goals.

Marvel’s What If…? VR/AR app coming to Vision Pro next week [Updated]

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Marvel's 'What If…? – An Immersive Story' is coming exclusively to Apple Vision Pro
What If…? – An Immersive Story is only for those with Apple Vision Pro.
Photo: Disney/ILM

Marvel Studios and ILM Immersive are bringing an interactive story to Apple Vision Pro. What If…? – An Immersive Story will be an exclusive for Apple’s headset. It’s an hour-long experience intended to put Marvel fans inside the Multiverse like never before.

A trailer for the app is now available, and Marvel revealed that it’s launching in late May. Even better, the AR/VR application will be free to download and play.

Proposed emoji might make you feel sleepy

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Proposed Emoji 16.0 might make you feel sleepy
Prettier versions of these are likely to be added to iPhone, Mac, etc. this autumn.
Photo: Unicode Consortium

The list of fresh emoji up for consideration includes a tired-looking face, a fingerprint, a leafless tree, a harp and several more.

If approved, they’ll be added to iPhone, Mac and iPad as well as many social media applications.

iOS 17.5.1 patches bug that caused deleted images to reappear [Updated]

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iOS 17.5.1 removes an iPhone bug with a lot of potential for embarrassment.
iOS 17.5.1 removes a potentially embarrassing bug.
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iOS 17.5.1 went out Monday to patch a nasty bug that could make images completely deleted from an iPhone reappear later. Multiple times. It’s was a problem with a lot of potential for embarrassment.

Tablet users got iPadOS 17.5.1 to fix the same bug. And Tuesday brought tvOS 17.5.1 to fix the problem on Apple TV.

Why Apple should steal Microsoft’s Flex keyboard design for iPad

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Microsoft Surface Pro Flex Keyboard does a trick Apple Magic Keyboard should steal.
Microsoft's new Flex keyboard does a trick Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad should "borrow."
Photo: Microsoft

While not nearly as cool as the iPad Pro’s redesigned Magic Keyboard, the new Flex Keyboard for the Microsoft Surface Pro does a trick that Apple should steal: It works as both a wired and a wireless keyboard.

An Apple version would make the iPad even more flexible than it is now, and therefore more useful.

StreamSaver bundles Apple TV+, Netflix and Peacock for $15 a month

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StreamSaver combines Apple TV+, Netflix and Peacock
Comcast will offer StreamSaver with three top streaming services bundled together.
Photo: Apple/Netflix/NBC

Streaming TV fans will soon have the option to bundle Apple TV+ with Netflix and Peacock. And Xfinity StreamSaver is only $15 per month, a savings of 35% off getting the services separately.

It’ll be a significant new option for cordcutters who want to save money.

All the AI features headed for iPhone, Mac and iPad

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New artificial intelligence features are coming to many of the standard iPhone and Mac applications.
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New artificial intelligence features are likely to make iOS 18, macOS 15 and iPadOS 18 the biggest upgrades to Apple’s platforms in many years. Leaks say there’ll be new AI features in most of Apple’s standard apps, helping users write, summarize information, clean up images and more.

Plus, Siri reportedly will get a significant intelligence upgrade.

Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M3 Ultra may have been axed

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Apple Mac Studio with M2 Max or M2 Ultra next to Apple Mac Pro with M2 Ultra.
Mac Studio and Mac Pro could stick with the Apple M2 series processors for a whole extra year.
Photo: Apple

Mac Studio and Mac Pro models updated with an M3 Ultra processor that we expected to arrive soon reportedly have been canceled. Apparently, professional Mac users shouldn’t look out for new hardware with faster processors at WWDC24 in June. And the wait might actually stretch until next year’s WWDC25.

It seems Apple already moved on from its M3 series processors, so there are no new chips ready to go into these high-end desktops.

OtterBox ‘Cactus Leather’ iPhone case looks good and makes you feel good [Review]

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OtterBox Cactus Leather iPhone case
OtterBox's new iPhone cases look like leather but haven't been anywhere near a cow.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The just-released OtterBox cactus leather iPhone cases give buyers the option to wrap their handset in a plant-based material rather than traditional leather. In my testing, the cactus-based material looks and feels somewhat similar to cow leather but not identical.

There’s a lot to like about OtterBox Symmetry Series Cactus Leather iPhone cases that are now available starting Monday.

Take a deep dive into the best parts of M4 iPad Pro [Review] ★★★★★

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M4 iPad Pro review★★★★★
I explain why iPad Pro M4 is so brilliant.
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You already know the latest iPad Pro looks pretty and runs fast. Rather than an M4 iPad Pro review that simply goes over those points again, I talked to experts on why the tablet’s new tandem OLED display looks so beautiful. And I also explain why an iPad needs a high-end processor.

Plus, this M4 iPad Pro review serves up the results of my real-world battery life tests, plus my thoughts on The iPadOS Question.

M4 iPad Pro teardown reveals smaller-capacity battery

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An M4 iPad Pro teardown shows the two batteries
An M4 iPad Pro teardown shows the two batteries and other internal components
Photo: iFixit

A teardown of the new M4 iPad Pro shows that achieving its super-slim redesign required trimming the battery capacity. But there’s good news about replacing that battery.

Disassembling an iPad isn’t for the faint of heart, but iFixit did the honors. Now we can all what’s inside the shiny new iPad Pro.

Future iPhone might go super slim

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All 2025 iPhone 17 models might have ProMotion, always-on screens
iPhone 17 Slim might be on Apple's drawing board.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple reportedly found ways to “significantly” slim down the iPhone. The result will reportedly be part of the iPhone 17 series when it reaches customers next year.

The news comes hot on the heels of the M4 iPad Pro, the “thinnest Apple product ever,” according to the iPhone-maker.

How to download Apple Maps for offline use

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How to download maps in Apple Maps for offline use
You don't need an internet connection to use Apple Maps with iOS 17.
Image: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

iOS 17 allows Apple Maps users to download maps for offline use and generate turn-by-turn directions with them. This can be a lifesaver when traveling in remote areas without a cellular connection.

It’s not complicated, but there are several steps to go through if you want to download Apple Maps of certain cities or regions. Here’s how to do it.

How to get the latest HomePod software update

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HomePod How To
Here’s how to be sure you have the latest HomePod software update. Or stop your smart speaker from updating.
Graphic: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Your HomePod is a lot more than a simple speaker — it’s a whole computer. And like any computer it has an operating system that needs occasional updates. Here’s how to make sure your Apple smart speaker has the software version released on Tuesday.

Version 17.5 is a simple bug fix update. It’s still worth installing — keeping the HomePod on the same version number as your iPhone and Apple TV is recommended. 

If you depend on automatic updates, it’s possible your smart speaker hasn’t yet installed the update. Here’s how to do so manually.

Western Digital launches world’s first 6TB 2.5-inch portable HDDs

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WD My Passport HDD
WD My Passport HDD is now available in capacities up to 6TB.
Photo: Western Digital

Western Digital expanded its WD, WD_BLACK and SanDisk Professional product lineups with 2.5-inch portable HHDs that, for the first time, can hold 6TB of data.

Despite what some might expect, pricing is not through the roof. The new high-capacity hard drives (not SSDs) are available for under $200,and all cost less than $230.

Best clip-on game controller is ready for the latest iPhone [Review] ★★★★★

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Backbone One USB-C game controller review★★★★★
Backbone One USB-C game controller makes high-end gaming a pleasure on iPhone.
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Backbone One USB-C game controller adds real buttons, sticks and triggers to the newest iPhone models, and Androids too.

This is  second-generation version of the wrap-around gaming accessory that’s beenupdated, to better fit handsets in protective cases.

I really enjoyed testing the controller out with the iPhone 15 Plus. It lived up to my high expectations.

RetroArch and PPSSPP join growing list of retro game emulators for iPhone

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RetroArch and PPSSPP retro game emulators for iPhone
You can play nearly any classic game with one of these emulators.
Photo: Daniel De Matteis/Henrik Rydgård

Those who want to play classic retro games on iPhone or iPad have a couple of new options. RetroArch can emulate a wide variety of consoles, while PPSSPP is a PlayStation Portable emulator.

There’s been something of a flood of these since Apple dropped its ban on them.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows action RPG slashes onto Mac this fall

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows action RPG slashes onto Mac this fall.
Assassin’s Creed Shadows is coming to Mac -- no PC needed.
Image: Ubisoft

When Ubisoft launches Assassin’s Creed Shadows this November, Mac will be on the list of platforms supported by the action-packed role-playing game.

The adventure is set in medieval Japan, and players can choose either a samurai or a shinobi for very different gaming experiences.

Confirmed: Redesign makes M4 iPad Pro incompatible with older cases, keyboards, styli

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M4 iPad Pro with older Apple Magic Keyboard
M4 iPad Pro absolutely does not work with previous Apple Magic Keyboard.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

A change in the location of magnets built into the M4 iPad Pro breaks compatibility with a wide array of accessories designed for earlier models. That includes many folio cases, clip-on keyboards, and styli. Many of Apple’s own previous offerings are on the incompatible list, too.

Apple had already warned of this, but Wednesday’s launch of the tablet allows real-world tests to confirm the full extent of the affect.

OpenAI’s amazing GPT-4o could be the next Siri

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OpenAI GPT-4o
The new OpenAI GPT-4o AI-powered chatbot might be part of iOS 18 and macOS 15.
Image: OpenAI

OpenAI’s GPT-4o, a new version of the company’s artificial intelligence chatbot, is a significant step forward from its predecessors. Demonstrations show the AI interacting with users in ways that seem startlingly human.

Unconfirmed reports indicate Apple and OpenAI are negotiating a deal that would build some version of GPT into iOS and macOS.

Vision Pro should go on sale outside US soon [Updated]

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Woman holding a Vision Pro in front of her face, capturing her Vision Pro Persona
Vision Pro probably won't be a U.S. exclusive for much longer.
Photo: Apple

The wait to get Apple Vision Pro is apparently nearly over for consumers in more than half a dozen countries.

Although the AR/VR headset launched in the United States this winter, availability has yet to expand outside the borders of Apple’s home country. But Apple Store employees around the world are reportedly getting trained on the device. And the headset reportedly cleared a major regulatory hurdle Monday for launching in China.

Save up to $50 on new M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air

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M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air design
We don't have to wait for deals on the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air.
Photo: Apple

M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air are so new they haven’t even reached customers yet and there are already deals on many configurations. There are discounts on a variety of screen sizes and built-in storage options.

Savvy shoppers can save up to $50 by buying these hot new tablets from Amazon.

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