9to5Mac Happy Hour 181: Siri’s new boss, 11-inch iPad Pro, bezel-free Apple Watch rumors

Benjamin and Zac talk 3D Touch, AirPlay and Apple TV, iTunes 12.8 and Sonos gaining AirPlay 2, John Giannandrea’s new Chief of ML and AI job, Siri changing bosses again, using Shortcuts on iOS 12, and Ming-Chi Kuo’s big report on new Macs, iPads, and Apple Watches — which was recorded hours before Apple released new MacBook Pros. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and [Read Entire Story]

Kuo: Apple planning 11″ iPad Pro, Mac mini update, 1.57″ & 1.78″ Apple Watch, AirPower for fall

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published a new research note for investors that includes new details about what to expect with Apple’s fall hardware lineup. Adding to his previous reports about new iPhones, Kuo has shared new details and specifics about upcoming iPad Pro updates, Mac refreshes including the Mac mini, Apple Watch screen size expectations, and more. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Chirp adds GIF and video playback to the best Apple Watch Twitter app

In the wake of Twitter killing off its already abandoned watchOS app, Chirp has risen and quickly become the best Apple Watch Twitter app in terms of features. The latest version of Chirp continues to expand how you can use Twitter on the watch. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Outcast 2 adds podcast streaming and continuous playback playlists to Apple Watch

Outcast for Apple Watch debuted in January and immediately became my favorite way to listen to podcasts without my iPhone. Fast-forward to June and Apple unveiled that watchOS 5 would add Apple’s Podcasts app to Apple Watch and support third-party apps much better. While it sounds like Outcast has plans for watchOS 5 (which is currently in developer beta), Outcast 2 has shipped for everyone and includes two major features: episode streaming and playlists for continuous playback. [Read Entire Story]

9to5Mac Happy Hour 180: Colorful iPhone rumors, A12 chip leaks, Apple Watch Raise to Speak Siri

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the five iPhone colors leak, new iPad and Mac rumors, new Geekbench results for unreleased chips, using Apple Watch Raise To Speak Siri on watchOS 5, Apple’s plan to rebuild its mapping data in Apple Maps, and Shortcuts making a sneak peek for iOS 12 beta. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast [Read Entire Story]

Apple Pay expansion continues across US, Japan, and Spain

Apple Pay continues to pick up new banks and credit unions every few weeks — and most recently new countries with Poland and Norway. These are the latest new banks and credit unions added in the US, Japan, and Spain that let you pay with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac… more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 5 developer beta 3 for Apple Watch now available

watchOS 5 developer beta 3 for Apple Watch is now available for testing. As always, we’ll dig through the latest beta version and highlight all the changes between the previous beta and the latest beta below. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 5 beta now includes ‘Raise To Speak’ Siri on Apple Watch without ‘Hey Siri’

‘Raise To Speak’ Siri is a new Apple Watch feature included in the watchOS 5 update that allows you to activate the voice assistant without saying ‘Hey Siri’ or pressing any buttons. Raise to Speak was first announced at WWDC in early June, but the feature didn’t appear to work when watchOS 5 beta 1 and beta 2 were first released. That’s changed for several testers in the last few days however. Here’s how to double-check you have Raise to Speak enabled [Read Entire Story]

9to5Mac Happy Hour 179: iOS 12 public beta, AirPlay 2 speakers, and MacBook keyboard repair program

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the risks and benefits of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave public betas, 9to5Mac’s Sonos Beam smart soundbar review, AirPlay 2 speakers, Apple’s surprise MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repair program, rumors about new AirPods and over-ear headphones from Apple, a possible explanation for AirPower not launching yet, Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest predictions, and the end of the Apple Watch Modern Buckle. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s [Read Entire Story]

Kuo details ‘notch’ LCD and 2019 iPhone expectations; Face ID iPad Pros, redesigned Apple Watch, cheaper MacBook Air coming

Reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared a new guidance note to investors with details about Apple’s rumored 6.1-inch iPhone expected to debut this fall. The analyst note also highlights three new Apple products coming this year to watch for in addition to new iPhones… more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Want to leave your iPhone behind with Apple Watch? Check out these apps

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE lets you stay connected without your iPhone thanks to its cellular connection and the ability to make and receive phone calls, send and receive messages, and use certain apps like Mail and Music. Leaving your iPhone behind and staying connected with Apple Watch can be great for outdoor workouts, breaking your iPhone dependency, or just trying to be more in the moment without going offline completely. Apple Watch includes several built-in apps that are useful here, [Read Entire Story]

9to5Mac Happy Hour 178: iOS 12 beta 2 changes, Walkie-Talkie for Apple Watch, Oprah and Apple’s TV plans

This week Benjamin and Zac iOS 12 beta 2, MP3 chapter support in Apple’s Podcasts app, AirPlay 2 potential for AirPort Express; watchOS 5 beta 2, Apple’s new Walkie-Talkie app, aggressive watch face indicators, and the death of Time Travel; macOS Mojave beta 2 and dark mode Maps; tvOS 12 beta 2 and Dolby Atmos sound; and Apple’s new TV deal with Oprah. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or through [Read Entire Story]

Behind the Screens: Zac’s HomeKit-equipped mini office gym

Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Zac Hall, Lead Editor at 9to5Mac, and his HomeKit-equipped mini office gym. I went behind the scenes of my home office at the start of the year — dual display iMac, HomeKit lighting, and Sonos audio — and a few things have changed in the six months since my first edition. Fueled by the urge to upgrade a sedentary workday into a more active [Read Entire Story]

9to5Mac Happy Hour 177: AirPlay 2 growing pains, using iOS 12’s Screen Time, USB-C iPhone rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac catch up on the Sonos Beam soundbar announcement, AirPlay 2 support coming to Sonos in July, more HomePod stereo thoughts after a few weeks of use, how Apple TV speakers can be challenging with AirPlay 2, iOS 12’s new Screen Time and Down Time features, potential scenarios where Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch might be practical, and USB-C iPhones and ‘solid state’ Apple Watch rumors. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE now works with C-Spire, other regional carriers

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has worked on the four major U.S. carriers since it launched last September, and recently the cellular model has started picking up support for regional carriers around the country as well. C-Spire, the sixth largest carrier in the country and the largest privately owned carrier, officially announced Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular availability today. And to promote the launch, C-Spire is knocking off 50% from the price of the Apple Watch when purchased [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 5: Competitions, Workout detection and Siri face heart data push fitness tracking

Apple Watch already excels as an advanced fitness tracker, and watchOS 5 will further push the watch into that space later this fall. Apple is adding Competition to Activity Sharing, automatic workout detection, and presenting useful heart rate data on the Siri watch face for the first time. Check out our experience so far… more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

WWDC Run with NRC lead by Nike’s Coach Bennet, runners awarded Powerbeats3

WWDC 2018 included a special workout session for developers this year: WWDC Run with Nike Run Club. Developers attending Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference got the chance to go on an early morning run around San Jose together — equipped with iPhone or Apple Watch using the Nike Run Club app. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Bloomberg: MacBooks and iPads not coming at WWDC, redesigned Apple Watch will work with same bands

Bloomberg has published its roundup of what to expect at WWDC next week, and included are notable details about what not to expect from Apple on Monday. Specifically, new Macs and iPad Pros aren’t expected to debut like last year. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 4.3.2 beta 1 for Apple Watch now available

After releasing one bug fix update for Apple Watch yesterday, Apple is back with another today — at least for developers. watchOS 4.3.2 beta 1 is now available for developer testing on all Apple Watch models. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

9to5Mac Happy Hour 175: Apple Watch Pride, HomePod stereo & AirPlay 2, macOS 10.14 wish list

This week Benjamin and Zac talk Apple Watch workout tracking, Apple’s new privacy portal in the EU, Apple Watch’s hidden Pride watch face, HomePod gaining calendar, stereo, and AirPlay 2 support, and macOS 10.14 wish list items. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/9to5mac-happy-hour-05-30-2018.mp3 [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch customers in England, India credit heart rate tracking as life-changing

watchOS 4 added a new feature to existing Apple Watches last fall that has regularly been credited with saving lives: the ability to detect an elevated heart rate during a period of inactivity. Just this week, two more examples of Apple Watch playing a crucial role in improving lives around the world have been reported. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 5 for Apple Watch now available

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 5 for Apple Watch is now available for developer testing. While the new update is light on new features, it does include a new warning when launching older apps. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]