Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing expands to the US

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Netflix's crackdown on password sharing arrives in the US.
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Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing has arrived in the US. Going forward, your friends or family members will have to pay extra to stream content from Netflix if they were leeching from your account.

Netflix’s new account-sharing rules require all members to reside in the same household.

How to reset your Mac to factory settings

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Always reset your Mac before selling or passing it along to a friend.
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Selling your old Mac or passing it to a friend or family member? It is always a good idea to reset your Mac to factory settings before doing so.

This ensures the machine wipes clean all your data, so you won’t have to worry about any privacy problems. The best part is that Apple makes it very easy to reset a MacBook, iMac or Mac mini to its factory state.

iPhone 16 could look a lot like the iPhone 12

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Will you be disappointed if the iPhone 16 shipped with a vertical rear camera layout?
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Even though the iPhone 15 has not yet debuted, rumors about the 2024 lineup have already started popping up. A new leak claims iPhone 16 will have an iPhone 12-like rear design.

The entry-level iPhone 16 could have its rear cameras arranged vertically. Apple switched to a diagonal layout for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14’s cameras.

WhatsApp finally lets you edit sent messages

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Message editing comes to WhatsApp
You have 15 minutes to edit your WhatsApp message.
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Meta’s popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is bringing an iMessage-like editing feature. You can now edit your WhatsApp messages for up to 15 minutes after sending them.

Apple introduced similar message-editing capabilities to iMessage with iOS 16. However, WhatsApp’s message editing implementation differs from iMessage in many ways.

iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5 and macOS Ventura 13.4 arrive

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Time to check for updates on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.
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Following a beta period spanning over a month, Apple has released the stable build of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, and macOS Ventura 13.4 to the public. Your Apple Watch and Apple TV are also getting a new update.

Unlike iOS 16.4, the latest iOS release is not packing a ton of new features. There are a few improvements and enhancements, but otherwise, this is mostly a bug-fixing release.

Apple’s Tap to Pay on iPhone expands to Australia

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Tap to Pay on iPhone expands to Australia
Tap to Pay on iPhone expands to Australia.
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Apple has expanded iPhone’s Tap to Pay feature to businesses in Australia. This will allow them to accept payments from customers directly using their iPhones.

All kinds of businesses, irrespective of their size, can accept payments using Apple Pay and Tap to Pay.

This deal on the 16-inch MacBook Pro is too good to pass up

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Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring the M2 Pro or M2 Max chip is down to its cheapest price.
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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip is down to its lowest-ever price. After a staggering $249.01 discount, you can get Apple’s best MacBook Pro for $2,249.99.

You can get a similar $250 off on the machine’s 1TB and M2 Max configurations.

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iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via satellite feature expands to Australia and New Zealand

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Apple launches free Emergency SOS via satellite on all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models
Starting Tuesday, an iPhone 14 can now communicate with satellites.
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Apple is expanding Emergency SOS via satellite to two new countries: Australia and New Zealand. If you use an iPhone 14, you can enjoy this life-saving feature for free for the next two years.

The feature allows your iPhone to contact emergency services through text messages when you are out of mobile network range.

Apple’s next-gen M3 Pro chip could pack even more CPU and GPU cores

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The wait for the Apple M3 processor could be shorter than expected.
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Apple reportedly began internal testing of Macs powered by next-generation M3 chips. At least one of the variants could feature a 12-core CPU, an 18-core GPU and 36GB of system memory.

The next-generation Apple silicon remains a few months away from release, however. Rumors suggest it could debut at the end of this year or early 2024.

Apple’s online store opens in Vietnam on May 18

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Apple's online store in Vietnam is opening soon.
Apple's online store is coming to another Asian country.
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Apple’s online store is expanding to Vietnam. The store will go live on May 18 at 9 am local time, giving customers access to Apple’s entire product lineup.

This will mark the company’s first direct official expansion in the Asian country.

Get Apple Pencil 2 with a massive $40 discount

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It's not the first time Apple Pencil 2 has been this cheap, but you may never see a lower price.
You don't want to miss this deal on the Apple Pencil 2.
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The incredibly useful Apple Pencil 2 for the iPad Air and iPad Pro is down to its lowest price. You can get the latest iPad stylus for just $89, a whopping 31% off its retail price.

This is the same price the Apple Pencil 2 was available for during Black Friday 2022.

Facebook will discontinue Messenger app for Apple Watch on May 31

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Facebook Messenger's Apple Watch app will exit the App Store on May 31, 2023.
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Meta is reportedly killing its Messenger app for Apple Watch at the end of this month. The company is informing users about this impending change through a notification inside its apps.

Despite the axing of the Messenger app for Apple Watch, you’ll continue to receive notifications for new messages. But you cannot reply to them. For that, you’ll have to use the app on your iPhone.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 12: Should you upgrade?

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iPhone 12 to iPhone 14 upgrade: Is the jump worth it, or should you wait for iPhone 15?
iPhone 12 to iPhone 14 upgrade: Is the jump worth it, or should you wait for iPhone 15?
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Six months from now, the iPhone 12 will be 3 years old. If you got the phone on launch day in October 2020, it must already be showing its age, with poor battery life and sub-par camera performance.

Does that mean it’s time to ditch your iPhone 12 and upgrade to the iPhone 14, which starts at $799? Or should you save your money and wait for the upcoming iPhone 15? Find out with our comparison.

iPhone 16 Pro Max could pack a seriously big display

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Apple could give the 2024 iPhone 16 Pro series a big display upgrade.
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Apple could bump the screen size by nearly 0.2 inches on its 2024 iPhones. The iPhone 16 Pro could ship with an OLED display nearly 6.3 inches large.

As for the iPhone 16 Pro Max model, it could use a gigantic 6.9-inch panel. The screen sizes of Pro iPhones have remained unchanged since the 2020 iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.

Apple Maps Lock Screen directions could get a new look in iOS 17

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Do you like this alleged iOS 17 Apple Maps Lock Screen Live Activity?
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Apple will reportedly bring a new Apple Maps Live Activity to all iPhones with iOS 17. The new Lock Screen layout will show the date and time at the top and the navigation directions on the display’s bottom half.

Your unread notification count, flashlight, and camera app shortcuts will appear below it. A swipe-up on the Lock Screen will expand the Notification Center and show all notifications.

Apple shines bright in a struggling smartphone market

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Apple dominated the smartphone market in Q1 2023.
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Shipments in the global smartphone market declined by 14% YoY in Q1 2023 to 280.2 million units. Despite the slowdown, Samsung replaced Apple as the world’s largest smartphone maker during the period.

Apple, however, continued its dominance, with iPhones accounting for nearly half the revenue generated by the smartphone market in Q1 2023. The company also took the lion’s share of the market’s profit.

EU warns Apple not to limit iPhone features to MFi-certified USB-C cables

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Apple could find itself in hot water if it places limits on how iPhones work with non-MFi cables.
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Ahead of Apple’s transition from Lightning ports to USB-C for its devices, the European Commission warned the company not to limit the functionality of charging cables that don’t carry Apple’s MFi certification.

EU Commissioner Thierry Breton reportedly sent a letter to Apple addressing rumors that iPhone charging and data-transfer speeds might be reduced when using non-MFI USB-C cables. Breton reminded Cupertino that such limitations could lead to iPhones being banned from the European market.

Unionized Apple Maryland staffers want a tipping system, higher pay

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Apple Maryland store employees have made some weird demands.
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Apple’s Maryland store became the company’s first retail store to unionize earlier this year. This was despite Apple’s best efforts to head off all unionization attempts.

The store employees are now demanding a 10% hike in their pay, overtime policies and more time off. More importantly, they also want Apple to allow consumers to tip retail employees.

WhatsApp may let you transfer chat history between iPhones sans iCloud

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WhatsApp's 'Transfer Chats to iPhone' tool will bypass iCloud for chat migration.
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WhatsApp is working on allowing you to transfer your chat history from one iPhone to another without iCloud. A local transfer tool will make WhatsApp chat migration faster and easier.

Currently, your WhatsApp history must be backed up to iCloud before it is transferrable to another device. This is a time-consuming process and also requires you to have enough free space in your iCloud account.

Demand for refurbished iPhones soars in India

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iPhone 12 and newer 5G iPhones are in high demand in India's pre-owned market.
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Refurbished iPhones are “selling like hot cakes” in India. This is despite Apple not officially selling pre-owned iPhones in the country.

iPhones already dominate the premium smartphone market in India. However, its share in the secondary market is 2x higher.

iPad mini 6 gets a big $170 discount

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Apple's smallest iPad get a BIG discount.
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iPad mini, the most compact iPad in Apple’s lineup, is available with a whopping $170 discount. The deal knocks selected iPad mini 6 configurations to their lowest-ever price.

You can grab the entry-level iPad mini 6 with Wi-Fi for $399.99, a sweet $99.01 discount on its $499 price tag. The more significant discounts are available on the Wi-Fi + Cellular model with 256GB storage.

Chargeasap Zeus 270W is the only GaN charger you need [Review] ★★★★

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Chargeasap Zeus 270W - Meet the world's first 270W GaN charger★★★★
Meet the world's first 270W GaN charger.
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You’ll find plenty of multiport GaN chargers in the market. Unfortunately, most of them will struggle to charge your MacBook Pro at full speed alongside other devices.

When traveling, this could force you to carry an extra power brick. This is where Chargeasap’s Zeus 270W USB-C charger comes in. It packs enough power to charge multiple devices simultaneously. As a result, it’s become my go-to travel charger on road trips and vacations.