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What we’re expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max

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What we're expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max
Late 2022 MacBook Pro buyers can look forward to faster macOS notebooks.
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There’s overwhelming evidence that Apple is about to reveal the M2 Pro and M2 Max, a fresh generation of high-performance processors for notebooks. These are expected to go into the next generation of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

Here’s what to expect in new macOS laptops before the end of 2022.

Today in Apple history: iPod nano gets colorful aluminum upgrade

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iPod nano
The second-gen iPod nano was totally metal.
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Sept 25: Today in Apple history: Second-generation iPod nano gets colorful aluminum upgrade September 25, 2006: Apple ships its second-generation iPod nano, offering a fancy redesign of the pocket-size original.

Among the new iPod nano’s improvements are a slimmer, anodized aluminum casing; a brighter screen; longer battery life, and a wide range of colors. And, oh yes, it also includes gapless music playback for the first time!

AirPods Pro 2 can use ear tips from the original version

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AirPods Pro 2 can use ear tips from the original version
AirPods Pro ear tips are compatible with AirPods Pro 2.
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AirPods Pro 2 is now reaching customers and they confirm what everyone hoped: ear tips designed for the original version fit the new one.

But that’s not the whole story – Apple doesn’t recommend moving tips between the two versions of its earbuds. Here’s why.

M2 MacBook Pro hits Apple’s refurbished store with big discounts

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13-inch MacBook Pro with an Apple M2 processor
All refurbished products from Apple are eligible for AppleCare+.
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Apple has started selling refurbished M2 MacBook Pros in the United States and Canada through its online store. You can save up to $200 off the MSRP of the computer by buying the refurbished model directly from Apple.

The M2 MacBook Pro looks the same as the 2020 model, with the switch to a newer chip being the only upgrade.

Today in Apple history: Apple battles Eminem in court

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Eminem sues Apple over digital music sales. Will the real rights holder please stand up!
Will the real rights holder please stand up!
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September 24: Today in Apple history: Apple battles Eminem in court September 24, 2009: Apple lawyers head to court to defend the company against rapper Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple unlawfully sold 93 of Eminem’s songs on the iTunes Music Store. This is the second time Apple finds itself on the opposite side of a courtroom from the Detroit rapper. (A previous lawsuit involved improper use of Eminem’s hit single “Lose Yourself” in an iTunes ad.)

9 things you probably didn’t know about Apple Watch Ultra

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The Ultra's siren sounds like nothing else.
The Ultra's siren sounds like nothing else.

The big and rugged Apple Watch Ultra is a very different beast than the “normal” Apple smartwatches that came before it. With so many new features, there’s still a lot we don’t know about it.

But over the past couple of weeks, I have discovered nine fascinating factoids that most reviewers haven’t picked up on yet. So to celebrate Ultra’s launch day, I’m sharing them with you now.

Get 25% off rugged new Nomad Ultra Orange iPhone 14 cases and Apple Watch Ultra band

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Up for feats of endurance? Nomad's rugged new Ultra Orange limited-edition accessories could be for you.
Up for feats of endurance? Nomad's rugged new Ultra Orange limited-edition accessories could be for you.
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If you’ve got a new iPhone 14 or an Apple Watch Ultra, it’s time to get tough about protecting them.

Good thing Nomad rolled out its special-edition Ultra Orange iPhone 14 case and Apple Watch Ultra band just for the occasion, now available for preorder at a discount.

And they’re not kidding about “ultra orange.” They’re vividly colored accessories.

Delve into adventure in Shovel Knight Dig on Apple Arcade

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Shovel Knight Dig is now on Apple Arcade
The shovel is mightier than the sword!
Photo: Yacht Club Games/Apple Arcade

Fans of classic arcade games should enjoy Shovel Knight Dig, a retro adventure game that launched Friday. Players guide a hero down deep into the earth to fight monsters and win treasure with the aid of his trusty Shovel Blade.

The latest offering from Yacht Club Games debuted Friday on Apple Arcade for a range of Apple computers.

Today in Apple history: Apple lays out its core company values

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Cupertino sums up
Cupertino sums up "Apple Values" in an exuberant document.
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Sep 23 Today in Apple history: Cupertino lays out its core Apple Values September 23, 1981: Years before Steve Jobs would tell us to “think different” and Tim Cook would say Apple should act as a “force for good,” Cupertino lays out what it calls its “Apple Values.”

Despite being written more than four decades ago, the values Apple viewed as crucial to its brand remain relevant today. They demonstrate that Apple always has been a company that’s about more than just selling computers.

Do this if you want to massively improve audio quality [Setups]

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The DAC is the little gadget to the left of the monitor.
The DAC is the little gadget to the left of the monitor.
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If you’re at all into audio equipment, you’ve probably heard of a digital-to-analog converter, or DAC. You might think it’s a fancy thing for rich audiophiles. But, actually, even you already have a few DACs if you have gadgets that make sound, like a computer, tablet and smartphone.

But not every DAC is created equal. Today’s featured MacBook Pro setup illustrates the point by going to the trouble of adding a standalone DAC in between a laptop and a pair of excellent powered speakers.