Eric Slivka

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of MacRumors and has been writing for the site since 2008.

An avid swimmer and former biophysicist, Eric has been using Apple products for over 35 years and has been interviewed for pieces by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, CNBC, and other publications.

Eric's current primary role involves day-to-day oversight of the editorial operations at MacRumors, but he also contributes occasional news and review articles while handling various other duties related to the site's operation.

Eric Slivka's Articles

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Apple Now Selling Refurbished M3 Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pro Models

Monday February 19, 2024 5:04 pm PST by
Apple today began offering refurbished versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chip options, offering the machines at a discount for the first time since their October 2023 release. The release of M3 Pro and M3 Max models on Apple's refurbished store comes almost two weeks after the entry-level 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro first appeared on the store....
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Beats Partners With Major League Soccer on New Marketing Campaign

Monday February 19, 2024 10:39 am PST by
Apple's partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) is expanding with a new agreement that will see Apple's Beats brand become the official consumer audio products partner of MLS. As part of the partnership, Beats will produce exclusive custom headphones for eight MLS clubs, with additional clubs to follow. The eight clubs that will initially receive custom Beats headphones include Atlanta...
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Apple Releases Updated Firmware for First-Generation AirPods Pro and AirPods 2

Tuesday January 23, 2024 11:25 am PST by
Apple today introduced a new firmware update for the first-generation AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods. The new firmware is the same 6A321 version that was released for the third-generation AirPods last week and is up from the 6A300 firmware introduced last September. Apple's AirPods firmware updates often do not come with details on new features, so it is unclear what might be...
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'New Driver' iPhone 15 Ad Highlights Automatic Check In

Saturday January 20, 2024 9:18 am PST by
Apple today premiered an iPhone 15 ad entitled "New Driver" on its YouTube channel, using the stress of being a parent of a new teenage driver to highlight the Check In feature of the Messages app in iOS 17. Check In allows you to automatically notify a friend or family member when you've arrived at your destination, reassuring them of your safety. In the new ad, an anxious father watches as ...
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Apple Releases Updated Firmware for AirPods 3

Wednesday January 17, 2024 11:24 am PST by
Apple today introduced a new firmware update for the third-generation AirPods. The new firmware is version 6A321, up from the 6A317 firmware introduced in December. Apple's AirPods firmware updates often do not come with details on new features, so it is unclear what might be included in the software. Apple also does not offer instructions on how to upgrade AirPods software, but firmware...
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CES 2024: Alogic Launches Innovative 'Matrix Ultimate' 3-in-1 Charger and 32-Inch 4K Displays With Optional Touchscreen

Tuesday January 9, 2024 6:08 am PST by
At CES 2024 this week, accessory company Alogic is launching several new products in the display and charging categories, with both lineups offering some innovative features. First, Alogic's new Matrix lineup will offer an array of wireless chargers and power banks such as the Matrix Ultimate that I've had a chance to try out. The Matrix Ultimate is a 3-in-1 folding stand with an...
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CES 2024: Belkin Launching Qi2 Chargers, GaN Chargers, and First Apple-Certified Auto Tracking iPhone Stand

Sunday January 7, 2024 5:02 pm PST by
At CES this week, Belkin is making a number of Apple-related announcements, including confirmation that several wireless chargers based on the new Qi2 standard derived from MagSafe are just about ready to come to market. Belkin is also making announcements about several wired charging products with GaN technology and an innovative iPhone stand that keeps you in the camera frame as you move....
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Apple Savings Account Interest Rate Increased to 4.25% APY

Wednesday December 20, 2023 7:17 pm PST by
Apple Savings account holders are currently receiving push notifications informing them that Goldman Sachs has raised the interest rate on the account to an annual percentage yield (APY) of 4.25% from 4.15%. This is the first increase in the interest rate since the feature launched back in April. While the increase is a welcome one for Apple Savings customers and is a fairly competitive...
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Geekbench Machine-Learning Benchmark Tools Add Support for macOS and Other Desktop Platforms

Tuesday December 12, 2023 10:00 am PST by
Geekbench developer Primate Labs has announced a new 0.6 preview version of Geekbench ML that expands beyond iOS and Android to offer benchmarking capabilities for AI and other machine learning workflows on desktop platforms, including macOS, Windows, and Linux. AI and ML-related workflows aren’t just confined to mobile, and hardware architecture on desktop and laptop devices is changing...
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Review: 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 Offers Lots of Tech, but You'll Need a Cable for CarPlay

Wednesday December 6, 2023 11:34 am PST by
Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis has been gaining increasing attention over the course of its relatively short lifetime, and I recently had a chance to try out a 2023 Electrified GV70 SUV to see how the infotainment experience stacks up for an iPhone owner. My test vehicle was a high-end Prestige trim with a beautiful 14.5-inch widescreen center screen, complemented by a 12.3-inch all-digital...
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Apple Preparing to Add Support for Digital Car Keys on MINI Vehicles

Friday November 17, 2023 7:57 am PST by
Apple is preparing to begin supporting digital car keys in the Wallet app for certain MINI vehicles, allowing owners to lock, unlock, and start their vehicles using a pass stored in the Wallet app on the iPhone or Apple Watch. MINI's parent company BMW was the first manufacturer to launch digital car keys in Wallet back in 2020, but it wasn't until earlier today that Apple Pay configuration...
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Apple Shares Deadlines for Ordering Holiday Gifts

Thursday November 16, 2023 8:07 am PST by
Alongside its Black Friday bonus gift card announcement, Apple has also released its holiday shipping guide in the United States and other countries that outlines deadlines for customers looking to order gifts online for arrival by December 24. Unlike in some recent years, Apple appears to have ample stock of all of its main products as we head into the holiday season, with Apple currently...
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UK Lawsuit Over 'Throttled' iPhones Moves Forward

Wednesday November 1, 2023 9:49 am PDT by
A legal claim in the United Kingdom over Apple's 2017 "throttling" controversy has been allowed to move forward by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, according to Reuters. Consumer advocate Justin Gutmann filed the claim back in June 2022, originally seeking a total of £750 million for up to 25 million iPhone users in the UK whose devices were affected by the issue, which stemmed from Apple's ...
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October 2023 Apple Event Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Monday October 30, 2023 1:01 pm PDT by
Apple's "Scary Fast" virtual media event kicks off at 5:00 pm Pacific Time today, an unusual time for an Apple event that will see it occurring in the middle of the night for some users not traditionally accustomed to that timing. We know that some MacRumors readers who can't follow the event as it's being broadcast are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until the...
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Beats Teams Up With EA SPORTS FC for New Ad Campaign and Exclusive Game Benefits

Friday October 27, 2023 9:00 am PDT by
Apple's Beats brand is announcing a new collaboration today with EA SPORTS FC and star footballer Erling Haaland, which involves a new ad and multiple in-game Beats integrations for EA SPORTS FC 24. The new ad featuring Haaland was built using EA's Frostbite game engine to remix scenes of Haaland from the recent Beats ad "The King & The Viking" featuring Haaland and NBA legend LeBron James. ...
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Apple Appeals Epic Games Ruling Over 'Anti-Steering' Provisions to U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday September 28, 2023 8:52 am PDT by
Just a day after Epic Games appealed one portion of its legal dispute with Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court, Apple has now done the same for the portion that was ruled in Epic's favor, reports Bloomberg. The dispute between Apple and Epic dates back to 2020 with Epic seeking to overturn Apple's App Store rules requiring content purchases within iOS apps to go through Apple, which takes a 15%...
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September 2023 Apple Event Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Tuesday September 12, 2023 7:41 am PDT by
Apple's "Wonderlust" media event kicks off at 10:00 am Pacific Time today with members of the media in attendance for what is expected to be another pre-recorded presentation. We know that some MacRumors readers who can't follow the event as it's being broadcast are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until the event video is available for on-demand viewing so as to...
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When Will iOS 17 Be Released? [Update: It's Out!]

Friday September 1, 2023 12:58 pm PDT by
Update: iOS 17 is now rolling out to all eligible devices, though it may take a few minutes to show up for all users. First announced in June at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, ‌‌iOS 17‌ and ‌iPadOS 17‌ are Apple's next-generation operating systems for iPhone and iPad. Developers and public beta testers have spent the past few months trying out the new versions while Apple has...
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Hands-On With Volvo's Dual-Screen Apple Maps CarPlay Experience

Friday September 1, 2023 12:17 pm PDT by
A few months ago, Volvo and Polestar announced updates for their infotainment systems to support dual-screen Apple Maps displays from CarPlay, allowing a supplementary ‌Apple Maps‌ view to appear in the driver display separate from the main infotainment screen. While an increasing number of vehicles are supporting text-based ‌Apple Maps‌ navigation prompts in the driver display and/or head-up...
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Anker Unveils Updated USB-C Nano and MagGo Qi2 Charging Accessories

Thursday August 31, 2023 2:00 am PDT by
Anker is announcing updates to two of its most popular charging accessory lineups today: the USB-C Nano series and the MagGo wireless charger family. The new USB-C Nano updates complement existing power adapters and primarily involve two new power banks that are well-timed for the iPhone's imminent transition to USB-C. The first is a new Anker Nano Power Bank with integrated folding USB-C...