About the Author



Senior Editor at 9to5Mac

Zac has covered Apple news for 9to5Mac since 2013, and he hosts the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast.

Zac has been published in the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, part of the USA Today network, and created the space news website SpaceExplored.com, covering NASA, SpaceX, and more.

Zac lives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi where he enjoys motorcycles and beach days.

Follow Zac on Twitter & Instagram @apollozac.


After virtually discontinuing macOS Server eons ago, Apple has officially pulled the plug on the $20 suite of server features for Mac users. The company broke the bad news for macOS Server fans in a support document today:

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April 4

Apple finally made the standalone 27-inch display we’ve all wanted since 2014. In the process, Apple retired the Intel 27-inch iMac without an Apple silicon-powered version planned for this year. Disappointing as that may be for fans of large all-in-one desktops, there’s a chance this could bode well for Apple’s display ambitions – or not.

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March 29

Apple made premium displays for Macs for years, then it didn’t make any display for years. Professionals were upset, so Apple made an ultra-premium display a few years ago.

But professionals who liked Apple’s premium (versus ultra-premium) displays were upset, so Apple recently made a premium display. Cool, right? Not so fast.

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March 8

Two things happened at the conclusion of today’s Apple event. John Ternus teased one more Mac with Apple silicon coming (the Mac Pro) while omitting the 27-inch iMac. Then Apple removed the 27-inch iMac from its online shop without notice.

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March 3

Apple’s iPad Air 4 has been easy to recommend since its launch in October 2020, but that could change with the rumored iPad Air 5 looming. Apple gave us a preview of what to expect for the next-gen iPad Air when it released a beefed up iPad mini 6 last fall. So what should we expect from a new iPad Air in 2022? Here’s everything we know so far…

Update: Apple has officially announced its next product event where the iPad Air 5 is expected to be unveiled. ‘Peek Performance’ will take place on Tuesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, and 9to5Mac will have full coverage. We expect to know when the iPad Air 5 is available to purchase and deliver during that hour, so tune in!

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February 15

Apple TV+ picks up NFL doc on New England Patriots with focus on Tom Brady era

Fresh off of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Apple has some football news of its own. It’s not quite an actual game, but the NFL is coming to Apple TV+ … sort of.

February 8

Apple turned the rumor of iPhones becoming mobile payment terminals into an official announcement today, and payment processor Stripe has more details.

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February 3

It shouldn’t have come to this, but here we are. It’s becoming impossible to browse Twitter on your iPhone while listening to music or a podcast. The app just interrupts what’s playing every time you scroll over an ad. It’s not just Twitter either – this is a common frustration across lots of apps with ads. There has to be a better way.

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February 2

I’ve owned a HomePod since the original $349 speaker arrived in Apple Stores four years ago. However, a lot has changed since 2018, including the demise of that smart speaker in favor of the more affordable HomePod mini.

No matter which HomePod you have, it’s easy to forget what all it can do since it’s primarily controlled by voice. You’re likely to learn something new by periodically checking what HomePod can do with voice control.

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February 1

Wearing an Apple Watch was a very smart decision for a California man who can credit it with calling for help after a life-threatening injury. Hermosa Beach police in Los Angeles County, California, were called to the scene of a crash in the middle of the night after an Apple Watch feature notified emergency services.

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This year’s Black Unity watch band for Apple Watch debuted last week, and customers are getting their hands on the new strap starting today. In-store stock also arrives today, and select Apple Stores are showcasing the Black Unity band.

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January 31

Siri was introduced to the world a decade ago, and contextual awareness was one of its early strengths. That’s why it can be surprising that missing the context of a request is still common ten years later.

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January 28

You’ve probably noticed a lot of headlines about 5G recently. Understandably, you might have questions. Why is 5G in all the headlines recently? Is it safe to fly? Should your phone be super fast now? Hasn’t 5G been around for years? We’ve got answers to these questions and more.

Update: AT&T and Verizon have reached a deal with the FAA that almost makes this non-issue no longer an issue. Details below:

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January 27

Great news for Mac users who have been waiting to try Apple’s Universal Control feature since it was announced last June! Starting with the first beta versions of macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4, the cross-device feature is present for the first time.

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January 26

One might assume that existing law in the U.S. would make it a punishable offense to use an AirTag for stalking. True as that may be, one lawmaker believes more can be done in his state.

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January 25

Back in 2020, Nvidia declared its intention to purchase chip designer Arm from its owner Softbank for $40 billion. Nearly a year and a half later, Nvidia is reportedly backing out of the deal due to regulatory obstacles.

Apple relies on Arm’s instruction set to fabricate custom processors used in iPhones, iPads, and Macs, although the deal likely wouldn’t have affected this arrangement.

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January 24

AirTags are often linked to alleged stalking attempts involving cars. In Texas, however, Apple’s item tracker was responsible for unveiling a double car theft in progress.

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How was your sleep last night? Sleep++ for Apple Watch is a great way to quantify your rest, and today the app is adding a new way to interpret your sleep quality. The new feature explains how last night’s sleep affects your day ahead.

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January 19

There’s a new way to discover new shows on Apple Podcasts starting today – a new “Listen With” editorial collection surfaces podcasts based on what artists, journalists, and podcasters recommend. Apple is also sharing new insight into how its recently launched paid subscription feature for podcasters is performing.

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January 18

Verizon and AT&T will begin activating 5G C-Band spectrum on January 19 after weeks-long delays to accommodate the U.S. Department of Transportation. Despite these delays, eleven airline CEOs have penned a critical letter to the DOT and chief executives at both companies to describe an “economic calamity” that will occur on Wednesday.

Update: AT&T and Verizon respond. Statements below.

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