9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $70, 13″ MacBook Air (newest version) $830, more

9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $70, 13″ MacBook Air (newest version) $830, more
Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150, more Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (newest model) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $830 shipped (Reg. $999) Review: JBL’s […]

Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable subscription, iOS app soon

Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable subscription, iOS app soon
CBS’s channel Showtime is now available on Apple TV. The company this morning began rolled out its version of the service that does not require a cable subscription. Instead, users simply pay $11 per month for the service, after a 30-day free trial. In addition to coming to Apple TV, a new Showtime app that […]

Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I’m sold

Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I’m sold
I gave my first impressions of Apple Music on day two, and my main disappointment remains: despite putting both owned and streamed music into a single app, there is absolutely no real integration between the two. All the evidence suggests that Apple Music has no awareness of my owned music. I’ll get past that in a moment, […]

Review: Elago’s W Stand is a surprisingly tall, $30 metal charging station for Apple Watch

Review: Elago’s W Stand is a surprisingly tall, $30 metal charging station for Apple Watch
It’s easy to look at a photograph of Elago’s new W Stand ($30) without fully appreciating how large it is. There aren’t many Apple Watch stands that dwarf the device they’re holding — Griffin’s plastic WatchStand is a notable exception — but when you take the 6-inch-tall, 2.4-inch-diameter W Stand out of its package, you quickly […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of Trustees for 6-year term

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of Trustees for 6-year term
Apple CEO Tim Cook, an MBA graduate and devoted booster of Duke University, has been appointed to the school’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term. Cook and seven other people joined the Board on July 1, bringing it to a total of 37 members — a size that suggests Cook will not be unduly distracted from his work at […]

Apple announces that its first Apple Store in Queens, New York opens this Saturday

Apple announces that its first Apple Store in Queens, New York opens this Saturday
Apple has announced on its website that its first retail store in Queens will open on Saturday 11th July at 1oam. We exclusively revealed that the store was on the way back in February, with the first construction shots seen later the same month and signage appearing in May. The new store is located on the second […]

What the Apple Watch Retina Display looks like when magnified to the pixel level

What the Apple Watch Retina Display looks like when magnified to the pixel level
Bryan Jones has taken close up images of the Apple Watch screen, magnified such it is possible to discern the individual pixels and sub-pixels. The images show the arrangements of red, green and blue light that make up the images users see on the Apple Watch Retina Display. Jones compares the screen technology with that of iPhone screens (shown below). […]

Tinder Apple Watch app uses heart-rate monitor to automate ‘hot or not’ matching

Tinder Apple Watch app uses heart-rate monitor to automate ‘hot or not’ matching
If you use Tinder and all that swiping left or right is just too much effort, help is on the way. Digital agency T3 used the Apple Watch SDK to automatically detect which photos you find hot by measuring heart-rate changes. If your heart-rate increases when looking at a photo, the app marks it as […]

HomeKit-compatible version of Ecobee 3 smart thermostat goes on sale in Apple Stores today

HomeKit-compatible version of Ecobee 3 smart thermostat goes on sale in Apple Stores today
The HomeKit-compatible version of the Ecobee 3 smart thermostat, officially announced last month, goes on sale in U.S. Apple Stores today, reports The Verge. Apple has sold the original version since November of last year. The HomeKit-enabled model allows the thermostat to be controlled by Siri. While Apple’s online store listing has not yet been […]

Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home Sharing with iOS 9

Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home Sharing with iOS 9
Last week, we noted that Apple’s latest iOS 8.4 release with Apple Music removes support for the long-existing Music Home Sharing feature. This function allows an iOS device user to stream music from a computer running iTunes on their own WiFi network. Today, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services noted on Twitter that […]

Review: Apple Music offers great discovery & radio features, but has room for improvement

Review: Apple Music offers great discovery & radio features, but has room for improvement
Apple Music was a service that I was incredibly excited about when Apple announced it last month at WWDC. I’ve written a lot about music here at 9to5Mac and every time I explain how big of a music fan I am. When I’m in my office, I always have music playing, whether it be radio […]

All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selection with Apple designed boxes

All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selection with Apple designed boxes
Apple-designed packaging for the Mophie Juice Pack and Logitech iPad Keyboard Apple is looking to own yet another aspect of its product experience. The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold […]

Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger iPad?

Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger iPad?
There isn’t any question that Apple’s working on a larger-screened iPad: early details leaked in 2013 and have been followed by dimensional drawings and prototype shells over the past year. All of the leaks suggest that the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Plus” will be nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, except with an almost 13″ screen and four (rather than two) speaker grilles. Few of […]

Apple’s MacBook SSD OEM Samsung takes wraps off pair of monstrous 2TB internal solid-state drives

Apple’s MacBook SSD OEM Samsung takes wraps off pair of monstrous 2TB internal solid-state drives
From 9to5Toys.com: Samsung today has announced that it will be adding a 2TB option to its 850 EVO and PRO 2.5-inch internal solid-state drive offerings. Previously, the largest sized capacity was 1TB for both models, which have been on the market since last year. These new models will ship with a hefty price tag to match the larger storage capacity. While […]

Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on iOS and Android

Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on iOS and Android
Instagram has announced today that it is rolling out support for higher resolution 1080 x 1080 pixel images. This doubles the previous upload resolution of 640 x 640 pixels, and you’ll probably notice very soon that the photos in your stream are looking a bit crisper. According to a post today from Instagram co-founder Mike […]

NBA player blames nagging arm injury on larger-screened iPhone 6 Plus

NBA player blames nagging arm injury on larger-screened iPhone 6 Plus
There have been a wide range of both complaints and praises regarding the larger screened iPhones Apple introduced last fall, but this one is new. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, gave an interview recently in which he blamed a season-changing injury on Apple’s larger screened iPhone (via Yahoo). Bonner revealed that he […]

Microsoft introduces ‘Tossup’ iOS app to make scheduling outings with family & friends easier

Microsoft introduces ‘Tossup’ iOS app to make scheduling outings with family & friends easier
Microsoft today has introduced a new app for iOS and Android that makes it considerably easier for friends and family to make plans while on the go. Dubbed Tossup, the app was developed by the Microsoft Garage, which means it implores new ideas and thinking that the company hopes will catch on to the masses. Tossup helps […]

9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin WeMo switches from $31, iPad Air 2 $359, Sennheiser Momentum $70, more

9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin WeMo switches from $31, iPad Air 2 $359, Sennheiser Momentum $70, more
Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Last Call Updates: WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150, more Must-have gear to take on summer concerts and festivals […]

Amazon releases Cloud Drive file management app for iPhone and iPad

Amazon releases Cloud Drive file management app for iPhone and iPad
Amazon has just launched a dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service, bringing an iPhone and iPad experience to the service that was previously only available through desktop apps and a recently launched Android mobile app. Before the launch of the Cloud Drive app for iOS this weekend, Amazon allowed users to access content […]

Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of minimal exterior changes

Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of minimal exterior changes
Engadget Japan has shown a purported schematic of the iPhone 6S which it attributes to a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain. While the diagram does not appear to have originated from Apple, the design and marked dimensions are consistent with casing photos we obtained from a proven source. We noted that any change in thickness was […]