iOS 17.1 will add pocket-detection mode for iPhone 15 Pro’s Action button

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Closeup of iPhone 15’s new Action button.
iOS 17.1 will make a slight change to iPhone 15 Pro's Action Button behavior.
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Apple will tweak the Action button’s behavior on the iPhone 15 Pro with the upcoming iOS 17.1. The change should prevent accidental keypresses from triggering the camera or flashlight.

The customizable Action button is easily one of the key highlights of the iPhone 15 Pro series.

Best Prime Big Deal Days sales on Apple gear and accessories [Updated]

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Best deal on Apple gear and accessories for Amazon Prime Big Deal Days.
These are the Prime Big Deal Days you don't want to miss.
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Did you miss buying your favorite Apple gear or accessory during Prime Day earlier in the year? Worry not, as Amazon is back with its Prime Big Deal Days, offering hefty discounts on a hoard of Apple products and accessories.

There are great deals on MacBooks, AirPods, Apple Watches, iPads and other Apple accessories that make your favorite products much more affordable.

15-inch MacBook Air drops to its lowest price after big $250 discount

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This 15-inch MacBook Air deal is the one you should not miss.
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Amazon is starting its Prime Big Deal Days early by discounting the 15-inch MacBook Air to its lowest price. Apple wants $1,299 for the entry-level 15-inch Air, but Amazon currently drops the price to just $1,049.

That’s a whopping $250 off the machine’s MSRP, making the world’s slimmest 15-inch laptop an even better offering.

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How to stop macOS Sonoma from flashing your desktop

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macOS Sonoma brings widgets to the Mac desktop.
macOS Sonoma brings widgets to the Mac desktop, but maybe you don't want to see them every time you click.
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Upgraded to macOS Sonoma? You probably noticed by now that clicking on your Mac’s desktop automatically hides all open windows, with the focus moving to your widgets and desktop shortcuts.

This is the new “Click wallpaper to reveal desktop” feature in the new Mac operating system. If you find this functionality annoying, here’s how to turn it off. That way, you can safely click your Mac’s desktop again.

This Apple Watch Series 8 deal will make you forget about Series 9

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The Apple Watch Series 8 focuses on women's health with a new body temperature sensor that can detect ovulation.
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Planning to buy the Apple Watch Series 9 but don’t care about the new double tap gesture? Then, get the Apple Watch Series 8 for less than $300 instead.

With Amazon knocking up to $100 off the Series 8, the 2022 Apple Watch is an obvious choice over its successor.

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$59 price cut makes Apple’s cheapest iPad even more affordable

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iPad 9 is great for casual use, especially at its discounted price.
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Looking for a spare new iPad for casual use? Or maybe to use as a portable monitor while on the go? With Amazon knocking $59.01 off the iPad 9’s price, it is a terrific device for such use cases.

The 9th gen iPad is already the cheapest tablet in Apple’s lineup. Add in Amazon’s latest discount, and it becomes an even better deal for $269.99.

iPhone 15 Pro vs. iPhone 14 Pro: Should you upgrade?

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iPhone 15 Pro vs. iPhone 14 Pro comparison
Is the upgrade from iPhone 14 Pro to iPhone 15 Pro worth it?
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Apple went all out with the iPhone 15 Pro lineup this year. The 2023 iPhones feature titanium edges, slimmer bezels, better cameras, a faster processor and a universal charging port.

But are these improvements enough to upgrade from 2022’s iPhone 14 Pro to the iPhone 15 Pro? Find out in this comparison.

Apple confirms fix for iPhone 15 Pro overheating problem coming soon

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Blame Uber and Asphalt 9 for your iPhone 15 Pro running hot.
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Apple confirmed Saturday that iPhone 15 Pro overheating problems are not due to the new A17 Pro chip that powers the device. An iOS 17 bug and some third-party apps are the culprits.

The company plans to roll out a software update to address the situation soon. It is also working with third-party developers on this issue.

Deal knocks 2022 iPad Air down to an irresistible $499

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iPad Air 5 with its M1 chip is the right tablet for most users.
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Over 1.5 years after its launch, the M1 iPad Air remains one of the best offerings in Apple’s lineup. And with a $149 discount, the tablet is an even better buy.

Thanks to Amazon’s latest deal, you can get the M1 iPad Air for as low as $499.99 after a $99 discount

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macOS Sonoma is out — here’s how to install it on your Mac

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Apple software chief Craig Federighi laid out what's new in macOS Sonoma.
Time to update your Mac to Sonoma!
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The next major macOS release is here. Dubbed macOS Sonoma, the update packs several usability changes that will help further boost your productivity.

macOS Sonoma is now available as a free software update, bringing a rich set of new features to the Mac that make work and play even more powerful,” Apple said in a press release Tuesday. “With macOS Sonoma, desktop widgets unlock a new way to personalize the Mac and get more done, while stunning new screen savers, big updates to video conferencing and Safari, along with optimized gaming make the Mac experience better than ever.”

Apple typically drops major new macOS builds in October. But this time, it is releasing macOS Sonoma in September, possibly because it is a relatively minor update.

iPhone 16 could feature a new capacitive Capture Button

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Apple could also switch to a capacitive Action button with the 2024 iPhones.
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Apple reportedly plans to introduce a new capacitive button on next year’s iPhone 16 lineup. Known as the “Capture Button” internally, the button is currently in the testing phase.

With the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple replaced the mute switch with the Action button. It enables additional functionality that was previously not possible.

M2 Max MacBook Pros get a $250 discount

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The 2023 MacBook Pro is very sleek, whether it's the 16-inch or 14-inch variant.
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You can get Apple’s most powerful MacBook Pro with M2 Max chip for up to $250 off. Amazon has discounted the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max to $3,249 from $3,499.

If the 16-inch model is too big, the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the same Max chip is available for $200 less.

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What time will Apple release macOS Sonoma on September 26?

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While almost nothing about macOS Sonoma leaked ahead of WWDC23, Apple showcased plenty of upgrades during the keynote.
macOS Sonoma packs small but important upgrades.
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macOS Sonoma is ready for its public release. The new Mac operating system will drop on Tuesday, just over a week after iOS 17, watchOS 10 and iPadOS 17 launched.

If you can’t wait to try out the next major macOS build, you might want to know its exact release time on September 26 so you can update your Mac as soon as possible. If that’s the case, find the exact macOS Sonoma release time in your area below.

Scuffles and massive lines as iPhone 15 goes on sale worldwide

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iPhone 15 launch day photo from Apple Sydney Store
Apple's newest iPhones are on sale now!
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A disorderly scuffle broke out at a Dubai mall Friday as shoppers rushed to get the iPhone 15, as stores around the world saw massive lines for the new handsets.

Footage on TikTok shows a big crowd scuffling at Mall of the Emirates to be first in line for the new iPhone. Security guards struggle to hold back the rowdy crowd and several people fall. Other videos show the crowd jostling each other as they scramble to be first inside.

Elsewhere around the world, first-day crowds were more orderly as thousands of people lined up to get the new iPhones.

Skip the Ultra 2 and get the Apple Watch Ultra for $100 off

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Skip the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and get the original Ultra instead.
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Apple Watch Ultra 2 does not pack significant upgrades over the first-gen model. And that’s a good enough reason to buy the original Apple Watch Ultra at its lowest-ever price.

With a massive $100 off, you can get the first-gen Apple Watch Ultra for $700.

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WhatsApp native iPad app takes a big step toward launch

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WhatsApp's native iPad app could arrive soon.
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Meta’s regular updates have made WhatsApp a better iMessage competitor. But the lack of an iPad app has always been the Achilles heel of the messaging service.

This could soon change as WhatsApp’s long-rumored iPad app is finally available, at least in beta.

iPhone 15 Pro vs. iPhone 15: Which one should you buy?

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iPhone 15 Pro vs. iPhone 15 comparison
Should you spend the $200 extra and get the iPhone 15 Pro this year?
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This year’s iPhone 15 lineup packs some big upgrades, including 48MP cameras, USB-C connectors and faster chips on both models, and a titanium frame on the Pro. But between the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15, which one should you pick?

The two iPhones might appear nearly the same at first glance, but as per usual, the Pro benefits from high-end features. It is also $200 more expensive. So, should you buy the iPhone 15 Pro over the regular iPhone 15? Find out in this comparison.

These iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 features won’t arrive till later this year

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The first iOS 17 public build will miss out on these features.
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, but without these features.
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Apple finally released iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to the public, but you won’t get to enjoy all the new features and enhancements immediately.

Certain features will be released in a future point release of the OS. Below is a look at all such iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 features that won’t be available at launch.

Apple sees strong demand for iPhone 15 Pro Max

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Apple is seeing strong demand for the iPhone 15 Pro Max this year.
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Initial orders for the iPhone 15 Pro Max show “robust” demand, outpacing last year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, according to TF Securities International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Demand for the regular iPhone 15 looks similar to 2022’s models, the analyst said.