Mac Potpourri

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About the Column

“Mac Potpourri” is a column periodically published on MacPrices (usually on a weekly basis, generally 4x a month, though not necessarily on the same day of the week) that primarily aims to take an assortment of previously published articles from around the web (containing different angles on the same story) with Apple, Inc. as its focus — the company whose products’ prices are tracked daily on this website — which are then, in turn, combined into one single article in order to allow readers to get a better sense of the main idea being presented: hence, the word potpourri in this column’s name.

In addition to those types of stories, “Mac Potpourri” also features original content such as a special series called People Profiles which focuses on individuals who use Apple products in their daily lives (or how those items are used to help others). Additional stories also include commentaries, editorials, and product reviews (as well as an exclusive story from time to time).

Latest Stories:

Apple TV 4K

Next Gen Apple TV 4K A Steal But Are Previous Generation Models A Better Deal?

FEATURE - Those of you who have been holding off on getting an Apple set top box can now buy one for much less. A new Apple TV — described as, "the next generation Apple TV 4K" — was announced by Apple in October via a press release posted to ...
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Lenovo Glasses

AR Glasses That Work With Apple’s Hardware? They’re Already Here (Except… It Isn’t From Apple)

NEWS - Lenovo has created quite the spectacle(s) with its latest product. "Apple Glass" — the purported name of Apple's forthcoming AR glasses — is not expected to be released until 2025 (at the earliest). However, Lenovo has beat Apple to the punch with the announcement of a new wearable ...
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Apple Far Out Event

Announcement Of New iPhones (And, Possibly… More?) Anticipated At September 7th ‘Far Out.’ Apple Event

NEWS - Apple is just 48 hours (give or take) away from taking the wraps off of its latest products. An Apple Event — with the tagline, "Far Out." (as indicated on the invite sent out to the media) — has been scheduled for 10:00 AM (PDT) on September 7 ...
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Jony Ive

Design Firm, LoveFrom, Ceases Collaboration With Its Primary Client, Apple, After Mutual Non-Renewal Of Contract

NEWS – Apple's former chief design officer, Jony Ive, now has the freedom to choose whichever clients he sees fit to work with at his own company. LoveFrom — a design firm established in 2019 by Ive — has had Apple as its primary client for the past three years ...
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Automobile road traffic

Can Being An iPhone User Really Determine Whether One Is A Good (Or, Bad) Driver?

FEATURE - If you're traveling on the road this summer, you might want to keep your Apple smartphone locked up inside the car's glove compartment for your (and, everyone else's) safety. Summer is here — for some, it unofficially started back in May on Memorial Day — and today, the ...
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iPhone in glass case

Now Is The Right Time For Apple’s Mobile Operating System To Be Rebranded As ‘iPhoneOS’

COMMENTARY - Apple should really consider changing the game with the name of one of its software platforms: iOS. "realityOS" — the purported name of the new operating system that will run on Apple's forthcoming AR / VR headset — is high on the list of announcements that Apple is ...
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Apple Accessibility iOS

New Set Of Accessible Tools Designed To Help Users With Disabilities Coming Soon From Apple

NEWS - Apple's software platforms are about to get even more useful for persons who are disabled. Earlier this week — days ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (and weeks in advance of Apple's annual worldwide developers conference in June) — Apple (via a press release) gave a preview of ...
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iPod touch Black

Apple Discontinues iPod touch, Promotes Company’s Other Products As Means Of Listening To Music Digitally

NEWS - The "gadget of the century" is history. The iPod touch — the only model of the iPod that is still sold — is no more. The device is being discontinued by Apple in favor of listening to music on its other products via Apple Music, the company's subscription-based ...
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Apple Watch 6

Apple Acknowledges Blank Screen Issue With Apple Watch, Implements Worldwide Service Program For Affected Devices

NEWS - Some models of the Apple Watch Series 6 exhibiting a certain display defect now have an option to get it repaired free of charge. Apple — in a support topic posted to its website — has issued a warning to customers about a problem with the always-on Retina ...
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The iPhone SE (Third Generation) Is Not Only Budget-Friendly, It’s Very Eco-Friendly, Too

FEATURE - The "SE" branding in Apple's low-cost iPhone may unofficially stand for "special edition" but it might as well translate to "saving [the] environment" (or, better yet, the Earth). The iPhone SE (third generation) — the latest version of Apple's cheap and compact smartphone — isn't just light on ...
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2022 iPhone SE

Why I Chose To Get, And Feel Right At ‘Home’ With, The New iPhone SE

COMMENTARY - Buying a new phone and choosing which model to get, at times, can be a taxing (pun intended) decision to make. My new phone — an iPhone SE (third generation) — doesn't look any different than the Apple smartphone I previously had in my possession, save for the ...
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Speck Presidio2 Grip case for iPhone

How To Tell If A Product With The Speck Logo Is Actually The Real Thing

FEATURE - When searching for the perfect case to protect your Apple smartphone, once in awhile, you're going to (unfortunately) be fooled by Knock-offs that look and feel authentic. Speck Products — a San Mateo, California-based company which manufactures cases, covers, and bags for various gadgets from smartphones to tablets ...
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Apple Services

Apple’s Apps, Services Experience Brief Outage Amid White House Warning Of Russian Cyber Attack Threat

NEWS - Earlier this week, numerous customers around the world inexplicably encountered issues when attempting to access or use a specific Apple app or service on their device. Apple's apps and services — from Apple Arcade and Apple Music to iMessage and Maps — briefly experienced an outage on Monday ...
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Mac Studio and Studio Display

Apple Should’ve Called Its All-New Mac Desktop Computer ‘Mac mini Pro’ (Instead Of… Mac Studio)

COMMENTARY - Apple, at times, leaves the "average Joe" (in particular, this one) scratching their heads when it comes to the branding of its products. Mac Studio — an all-new Mac desktop computer offered by Apple — was unveiled by the Cupertino, California-based company earlier this month at its "Peak ...
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Self-portrait of the artist

People Profiles: An Aspiring Artist That ‘Draws’ Creativity From An Apple Pencil And iPad Pro

FEATURE - The ability to express oneself creatively, whether through words or art, can be especially difficult at times for a person that identifies as an introvert. Meet Carrie McClish, 59, a long-time journalist from Oakland, California who in her spare time takes not a pen to reporter's notebook in ...
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Apple Store in Russia

Apple Product Sales Halted, Company’s Services Limited In Russia Amid Vladimir Putin’s Invasion Of Ukraine

NEWS - Apple will be announcing new products today, however, those items will not be making their way overseas to its customers in a certain country anytime soon. Last Tuesday — in response to the "special military operation" being conducted by Russia's troops (at the behest of its president, Vladimir ...
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Apple Car Render

Why EVs And Autonomous Automobile Technology Are A Logical Space For Apple To Innovate Next

FEATURE - Unless you've been living on another planet for the past year, you've most certainly come across all of the news and rumors surrounding Apple's plans for an Electric Vehicle (EV) which can drive itself (a.k.a., the "Apple Car") but when will it finally materialize? For the casual observer ...
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Motorola RAZR

The Original Motorola RAZR, One Of This Century’s ‘Most Influential’ And Must Have Mobile Phones

FEATURE - As commonplace as the smartphone is today, in particular, the iPhone, before Apple ever changed the world with its iconic device, there was another popular phone in the hands of consumers which was setting the trend for its day. The iPhone — which turns 15 years old today ...
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Targus's Cypress™ Hero EcoSmart Backpack,

New Targus Smart Backpack Pairs With Apple’s Find My Network (And? It’s ‘EcoSmart’ Too)

NEWS - An innovative "wearable" coming to the market this Spring just may be the perfect accessory for the Mac user on-the-go for transporting a laptop (and other wares). CES — the annual consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas, Nevada — kicks off today and will run through January ...
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November 2022

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About the Author:

Joe Leo
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Joe Leo, since 2018, has been writing the “Mac Potpourri” column on MacPrices with a primary focus on all things Apple (as well as news from the world of personal technology and consumer electronics). Prior to joining the team, Leo, from 2006 to 2009, previously served as a columnist who wrote “The Press Box” column on PowerBook Central, the long defunct (and since merged) sister site of MacPrices.

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