Posts From Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging with his dogs at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

How to listen to Apple Music in Dolby Atmos and Lossless qualities on iOS and macOS

Apple made a move earlier this year that has pressured other music streaming services to change the way their plans and pricing work. Apple Music started supporting Lossless audio formats, in addition to Dolby Atmos, at no extra charge. So subscribers could take advantage of these new perks for no additional cost. As a result,...

Apple has released iOS 15.2 developer beta 3, here’s what’s new

Apple has released the third beta of the upcoming iOS 15.2 to registered developers. This update comes packed with changes and tweaks aimed at user privacy and security. These features include some that Apple had teased during the iOS 15 reveal at WWDC21. App Privacy Report, Communication Safety, a tweaked Notification Summary, and more will...

Here are the best reading apps for Mac

Apple revealed some new Macs during its "Unleashed" virtual event last month. If you have bought the latest MacBook Pro 2021, it's important to keep it protected by using a case. Regardless of the model you have, though, Apple computers are great devices to do your readings on. They have crisp clear displays, long battery...

You can now ask Alexa to play something on Netflix

Last April, Netflix rolled out its Play Something feature to all users globally. This feature shuffle plays a random title from Netflix's catalog -- for those times when you just can't make your mind up. If you're in the US or Canada and have a Fire TV device, then the process is getting even easier. You will...

Epic Games CEO wants to resist monopoly, suggests a single app store for all platforms

The Epic Games versus Apple legal battle has been going on for over a year now. While courts have reached a decision, the waters haven't calmed just yet. The CEO of Epic Games -- Tim Sweeney -- has renewed his attack on Apple and Google. This time he's calling for a universal app store that...

Apple clarifies its position on recent third-party ads allegations

Yesterday, we saw several reports regarding Apple's latest unethical behavior. A report by Forbes highlighted that the company has been "secretly" and "quietly" buying top Google Search ad spots for third-party apps. When users click on these ads, they get redirected to Apple's App Store. Some developers consider this problematic as the Cupertino giant takes a...

Amazon Prime Video app is now available natively on macOS

Amazon has been working on new Prime features and improvements. The company announced last Thursday that it would be allowing iOS users to share 30-second clips on social media, and now it seems that Amazon has just released a new native Prime Video app for macOS users. The app takes advantage of several Apple APIs...

Twitter acquires Threader app in a bid to further improve its Blue subscription service

Twitter expanded its Blue subscription coverage to include the US and New Zealand last week. This premium service -- priced at $2.99 per month -- includes features like app theming, custom icons, ad-free articles, turning long threads into an easy-to-read page, and more. Threader is a freemium iOS and web app that also compiles Twitter threads...

Apple holiday gift guide: The best products to buy this season

Holiday season is upon us, and Apple devices are premium products that your loved ones will appreciate. Whether you plan on buying an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or an accessory -- such as the AirPods 3rd Gen -- we're here to help you choose! You can spend so little on an Apple Polishing Cloth or a...

Apple is buying ads for subscription apps, so you go to its App Store instead of the website

Apple has been heavily criticized and even sued for its App Store's high fees and strict policies. The Cupertino tech giant charges developers a 15-30% commission fee for using its App Store payment system. As a result, some developers end up offering the same subscriptions for a lower price tag on their websites. On the...

iOS 15.2 beta 2 fixes the one big complaint everyone had about Macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro

Apple revealed the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max back in September. These new iPhones come with a Pro-exclusive feature called Macro mode. When enabled, the iPhone uses the ultra-wide camera and autofocus system to focus on 2cm only. At first, the feature would only work automatically when getting very close to a...

Netflix allows iOS users to subscribe directly through its newly released games [update]

Apple has often been criticized for the 15-30% cut it takes from subscriptions done through its App Store payment system. Some companies like Spotify and Netflix have avoided paying the commission fees by removing the option to subscribe through their iOS apps. Users would have to pay through the website, and then the premium privileges...