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Apple Studio Display firmware update squashes pesky audio bug

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Apple Studio Display
A firmware update for the Apple Studio Display is hopefully the end of the monitor's audio problems.
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A firmware update released Thursday fixes an audio problem that has afflicted the Apple Studio Display. Users of the pricey monitors have been complaining of choppy playback, audio that cuts out unexpectedly and playback speed issues.

Previously, Apple’s only solution to the problem was a variation on “turn it off and then back on again.”

Mophie’s new 20,000 mAh power bank quickly charges two devices on the go

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Carry 20,000 mAh with with Mophie Powerstation Pro
The Powerstation Pro external battery is just one of several charging accessories from Mophie that just debuted on the Apple store.
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The Mophie Powerstation Pro boasts 20,000mAh of power, and dual USB-C ports to quickly deliver it to a MacBook or other computer at up to 45W. Apple likes the new power bank enough to launch it Thursday on its online store.

The same is true of the Mophie Speedport 120, a 4-port charger that can provide up to 120W of power.

In addition, a collection of car chargers from Mophie also just debuted on the Apple store.

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iOS 16.5 could enhance iPhone 14 with reverse wireless charging

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Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini review
Soon, other MagSafe power banks besides Apple might be able to receive power from an iPhone, not just transmit it.
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Apple will add support for wirelessly charging accessories to the iPhone 14, according to a tipster. iPhones already have limited support for reverse wireless charging, but the capability is supposedly being expanded.

This would make a range of third-party MagSafe accessories more useful.

Geek taxidermy: Get wall art in the form of a disassembled iPod Classic or iPad mini

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The fourth-generation iPod Classic is iconic because it introduced the Click Wheel.
The fourth-generation iPod Classic is iconic because it introduced the Click Wheel.
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Grid Studio disassembles well-loved gadgets and presents their rearranged innards as framed wall art. And its nostalgic collection for Apple fans just got two new entries.

The collection now includes a fourth-generation iPod Classic and a first-generation iPad mini for your aesthetic consideration.

Flash sale: Get Microsoft Office for just $39.99 — the cheapest it’s ever been!

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A Microsoft Office Lifetime license for Mac just dropped its price down to $39!
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Exclusive to Cult of Mac readers, we have a massive price drop on Microsoft Office for just $39.99 until 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight.

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Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs acknowledges MobileMe failure

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MobileMe was the failed precursor to iCloud.
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August 4: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs acknowledges MobileMe failure August 4, 2008: Steve Jobs owns up to mistakes in launching MobileMe, spinning Apple’s bungled cloud service rollout as a learning opportunity.

“It was a mistake to launch MobileMe at the same time as iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store,” Jobs writes in an email to Apple employees. “We all had more than enough to do, and MobileMe could have been delayed without consequence.”

Soundcore Motion Boom Plus speaker sports sound as big as all outdoors [Review] ★★★★☆

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Those bits on the end press in and out, as if moved by waves of bass. But they only seemed to move when actually pushed.★★★★☆
Those bits on the end press in and out, as if moved by waves of bass. But they only seemed to move when actually pushed.
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The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is a powerful, portable outdoor speaker you might want to nab before summer’s over. The boombox-style Bluetooth speaker brings the brawn — 80 watts of power — along with a bit more heft than some competitors.

When you factor in the excellent sound quality, some sporty features and the relatively low price of $179.99, it’s a worthy choice for outdoor use. Some folks might even use it indoors, but many never would because of its black plastic design. It might look at home in a college dorm, but probably not in most living rooms.

Redesigned 2022 iPad might hold on to Home button

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Redesigned 2022 iPad might hold onto Home button
A side-by-side comparison with iPad 9 (right) shows the upcoming iPad 10 (left) will be wider.
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The 10.2-inch iPad expected in fall 2022 supposedly will get a facelift. Leaked CAD drawing indicate the upcoming tablet will have a larger screen and the flat edges Apple includes in its other tablets.

But the low-cost iPad 10 reportedly will remain the last iPadOS device with a Home button after the redesign. The audio jack could be out, though.