Michael SimonStaff Writer, Macworld

If it has a screen, battery or a plug, Michael Simon wants to play with it. He has been obsessed with technology since he bought his first ThinkPad—the one with the lift-up keyboard that let you swap out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style.

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Apple Music overtaking Spotify in the U.S. shows why it needs a free tier more than ever

A new report says Apple Music's subscriber base is poised to overtake Spotify's in the U.S. but it still trails by a wide margin around the world. A free tier would help close that gap.

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iPhone, iPad sales surprisingly flat, but Apple still soars to record revenue in first quarter

iPhone sales dipped over the same period last year, but Apple still posted record revenue as more customers opted for the pricier iPhone X

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Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't start your engines just yet

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

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iOS 11.3 update, iOS 12 rumors, T co-processors in new Macs, HomePod, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 590

Details about iOS 12 have leaked, while Apple released the iOS 11.3 beta. Apple could release new Macs with its T co-processor later this year. We also feature your comments and questions.

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HomePod’s biggest problem isn’t Siri, it’s that it’s too much like the original iPod

Apple is tying HomePod to its hardware and services just like it did with the iPod 15 years ago. That could be a problem.

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Why reports of iPhone X production cuts are (probably) not a sign of poor sales

The Nikkei Asian Review made some waves by reporting that Apple is slashing iPhone X production by as much as 50 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Here's why that's not a reason to panic.

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HomePod facts: 11 things you need to know if you're on the fence about pre-ordering

If you're still deciding whether or not to buy a HomePod smart speaker, here are 11 things you need to know.

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HomePod pre-orders are live: How to be the first to get Apple's new $349 speaker

Apple new HomePod smart speaker is finally going on sale. Here's how to be among the first to grab one.

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Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws: How to protect your Mac and iOS devices

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs affect every Mac and iOS device, but there are ways you can stay safe.

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HomePod, iPhone rumors, iOS 11.3, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 589

Apple's HomePod goes on sale this Friday. Are you buying one? The latest iPhone rumors have created confusion about the future of the iPhone X. Apple provides a sneak peek into new features coming to iOS. We also feature your comments and questions.

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5 ways HomePod will beat Amazon Echo and Google Home (and 5 ways it won't)

Apple's HomePod is due to arrive on February 9, but for $349, it's not exactly an impulse buy. Here are five reasons you might want to buy one and five reasons why you should wait.

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Apple's $349 HomePod smart speaker arrives Feb. 9, but it won't have multi-room audio

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is coming to a house near you.

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Cook says 'people weren't paying attention' but vows to let users turn off iPhone throttling

In an interview with ABC News, Tim Cook says an upcoming update will bring an option to turn off throttling as well a clear indication of your battery health.

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How Apple can turn the iPhone into an ultra portable MacBook Air

The iPhone and the MacBook Air are both 10 years old, and they're both showing their age. It's time for the next step.

Macworld Podcast Ep. 588

Meltdown and Spectre, iPhone addiction, CES, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 588

How do the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities affect Apple users? Is iPhone addition a problem? And does the recent Consumer Electronics Show mean anything for Apple? We also feature your comments and questions.