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September 12, 2023, 7:40 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple announces the 6.1" iPhone 15 Pro and 6.7" iPhone 15 Pro Max, with Grade 5 titanium in four finishes, a 3nm A17 Pro, a customizable Action Button, and more  —  Apple just announced its new high-end iPhones, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.  It's made of titanium, it has an Action button …
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Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Unity announces fees based on a game's installations and the developer's plan tier, starting on January 1, 2024, joining Unreal Engine, which has similar fees  —  Unity joins Unreal Engine with a per-install fee.  —  What you need to know  — Unity is a popular engine often used by smaller teams …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple announces the iPhone 15, with the Dynamic Island, up to 2,000 nits, or twice as bright as the iPhone 14, a new 48MP main camera, and more, in five colors  —  Apple has just announced the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, and the big news is a USB-C port.  Finally!
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone 15 features USB-C, the iPhone 14 Pro's A16 chip, and a second-gen UWB chip; the 6.1" iPhone 15 starts at $799 and the 6.7" 15 Plus starts at $899  —  The iPhone 15 has arrived.  As anticipated Apple's 17th generation handset took centerstage at today's “Wonderlust” event in Cupertino.
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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Apple unveils the $399 Watch Series 9, with an S9 chip, 30% faster than the S8, a four-core neural engine, Double Tap, on-device Siri, and a 2,000-nit display  —  Apple today unveiled the Apple Watch Series 9, featuring significantly improved performance thanks to the S9 Apple silicon chip …
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils the $799 Apple Watch Ultra 2, with an S9 chip, a second-gen UWB chip, up to 3,000 nits brightness, 36-hour battery, and a Modular Ultra watch face  —  Apple has announced Apple Watch Ultra 2, replacing the top-end model first introduced a year ago.
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New York Times:
A recap of the first day of US et al v. Google, as the DOJ argues that the company illegally protected its internet search monopoly via smartphone maker deals  —  In opening statements for the government's first monopoly trial of the modern internet era, Google defended itself and said people had many choices for online search.
VideoCardz.com:
Intel announces Thunderbolt 5, offering up to 120Gbps bandwidth and support for DisplayPort 2.1, USB4 v2, USB3 20G, and PCIe Gen4, and up to 240W charging  —  Thunderbolt 5 offers up to 3x the speed over Thunderbolt 4  —  Intel has revealed its newest iteration of the Thunderbolt technology.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple announces a USB-C charging case for the AirPods Pro, letting iPhone 15 owners use the same cable to charge both devices, and new wired EarPods with USB-C  —  It'd be a little strange for Apple to transition the iPhone lineup over to USB-C only to leave its massively popular AirPods Pro stuck with Lightning charging ports.
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Michael Stroup / AppleInsider:
Apple plans to stop using leather for accessories, announces a recycled FineWoven material for Watch bands, and plans to phase out all plastic packaging by 2025  —  Apple's commitment to environmental impacts takes a bold new stand with a claim the tech giant will phase out all plastic packaging …
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
The US sentences Karl Greenwood, who co-founded OneCoin in 2014 alongside Ruja Ignatova, to 20 years and orders him to pay $300M; Greenwood had pleaded guilty  —  - Karl Sebastian Greenwood, who co-founded OneCoin in 2014 with the so-called “Crypto Queen” Ruja Ignatova, was sentenced to 20 years on Tuesday.
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
TikTok begins rolling out TikTok Shop to all US users, adding a button to the app's home screen that sends users to a marketplace, and already has 200K sellers  —  The company is beginning to introduce TikTok Shop to all of the app's users in the U.S., hoping to add a major new revenue stream.
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Lyft announces Women+ Connect, a feature that prioritizes matching female and nonbinary drivers and riders, falling back to men when no other people are nearby  —  The company said it hoped to improve safety and encourage more female drivers.  —  Lyft said on Tuesday that it was introducing …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple discontinues the 5.4" iPhone 13 mini, its last flagship with a screen under 6", and now sells the 6.1" iPhone 13 for $599 and 6.1" iPhone 14 for $699  —  With the launch of the new iPhone 15 models, Apple has discontinued the iPhone 13 mini, the last remaining flagship iPhone under six inches.
Michael Stroup / AppleInsider:
Apple plans to release macOS Sonoma on September 26 and iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10 on September 18  —  Just before the iPhone 15 and new Apple Watch models ship, every Apple user has updated software to look forward to with everything arriving before the end of September.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple starts selling a $29 USB-C to Lightning adapter alongside a $19 one-meter USB-C charging cable, a $29 two-meter USB-C cable, and a $69 Thunderbolt 4 cable  —  Apple just made a lot of people's Lightning cables and accessories suddenly redundant by introducing the new iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
As some supposedly “leaked” Harry Styles songs are being sold on Discord, fans and AI-analysis companies struggle to determine if the clips are AI-generated  —  Discord communities within the Harry Styles and One Direction fandom are tearing themselves apart over “leaked snippets” …

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