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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Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker Makes a Comeback With Improved Sound, Water Resistance, and a Lower Price Tag

Tuesday June 25, 2024 7:00 am PDT by
Launched in 2012 before Beats was acquired by Apple, the original Beats Pill shook up the portable Bluetooth speaker category with fun colors and well-regarded sound quality. The speaker got an upgrade in 2015 with the launch of the Pill+ under Apple's ownership, but over time it appeared to become an afterthought for Beats compared to headphones and earphones, and the Pill+ was eventually discont...
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Beats Solo Buds Now Available to Order: 18-Hour Battery and a Tiny Case for $79.99

Tuesday June 18, 2024 7:00 am PDT by
Following their announcement back in late April, the new Beats Solo Buds earbuds are now available to order ahead of their launch later this week. Priced at $79.99, the Solo Buds offer 18 hours of battery life right in the buds themselves and come in the smallest case ever for a Beats earphone product. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We've had a chance to spend a...
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First Look at Messages via Satellite in iOS 18

Thursday June 13, 2024 11:29 am PDT by
Apple has been gradually expanding its suite of satellite connectivity features for iPhone, and iOS 18 brings a significant new one in the form of Messages via satellite. The feature allows users to send and receive iMessages and SMS texts, including emoji and Tapbacks, while out of range of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. CNET met up with Apple's senior director of platform product marketing,...
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WWDC 2024 Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Monday June 10, 2024 6:36 am PDT by
Apple's WWDC 2024 begins today, with the event kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time via the traditional opening keynote. 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 experience it without already knowing the outcome. For...
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Japanese 'My Number Card' Digital IDs Coming to Apple's Wallet App

Wednesday May 29, 2024 8:45 pm PDT by
Apple today announced that support for national My Number Card IDs in Japan will be coming to Apple's Wallet app "late next spring," marking the first expansion of digital IDs in Apple Wallet beyond the United States [Google translation]. Over 100 million Japanese residents currently have My Number Card IDs, which enable them to receive services at over 60,000 convenience stores around the...
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Beats Solo Buds Available to Order June 18, Launching June 20

Wednesday May 29, 2024 7:00 am PDT by
Following a late April announcement, the upcoming Beats Solo Buds will be available to order starting Tuesday, June 18, with a launch coming two days later on Thursday, June 20. Priced at $79.99, Beats Solo Buds deliver 18 hours of battery life and come in the smallest case ever designed for Beats earbuds. The case does not contain its own battery, and an external power source must be...
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Review: Belkin's 2-in-1 Qi2 Magnetic Charging Pad Powers Up Your iPhone, AirPods, and More

Tuesday May 28, 2024 9:26 am PDT by
Back at CES in January, Belkin confirmed that several wireless chargers using the Qi2 standard based on MagSafe would soon be rolling out, and I've recently been able to spend some time testing out the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad from that lineup. As the name suggests, the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad with Qi2 15W is a flat pad-style charger offering two surfaces on...
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Review: Anker's Latest 3-in-1 Power Bank is a Versatile On-the-Go Powerhouse

Wednesday May 22, 2024 2:11 pm PDT by
Popular accessory brand Anker has just launched a new 10K version of its 3-in-1 power bank that offers up to 30 watts of charging power, a convenient display to quickly view exact charge status, an integrated USB-C cable for both input and output, and built-in folding prongs to recharge directly from a power outlet. I've recently been testing one of these Anker power banks out, and it has become...
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Amazon Takes Up to $49 Off Apple's Brand-New iPad Models

Monday May 13, 2024 8:08 am PDT by
Following some early discounts for Best Buy members, we're now seeing the first discounts on the brand-new iPad Air and iPad Pro models available to all customers thanks to Amazon. The discounts are modest at up to $49 on select models, but any pre-order discounts are always welcome news. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may...
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Apple Music Counting Down 100 Best Albums of All Time

Monday May 13, 2024 6:47 am PDT by
Apple today announced a new 10-day event counting down the 100 best albums of all time, as judged by Apple Music experts and a select group of artists. The event will see ‌Apple Music‌ revealing 10 albums from the list per day alongside a new microsite featuring analysis of each album, interviews, and more. "Putting this list together was a true labor of love, both in that it was incredibly...
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May 2024 Apple Event Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Tuesday May 7, 2024 6:25 am PDT by
Apple's "Let Loose" virtual media event kicks off at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time today, an unusual time for an Apple event. 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 experience it without already knowing the outcome. For ...
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iPhone 16 Lineup Could Feature Slimmer MagSafe Components

Friday May 3, 2024 8:33 am PDT by
This year's iPhone 16 lineup could see a slight change to the MagSafe alignment magnets compared to previous generations, according to images shared by French case company ShopSystem [Google Translate]. Casemaking molds for the ‌iPhone 16‌ lineup appear to show a thinner design for the attachment ring magnets and for the single alignment magnet, relative to equivalent molds for the iPhone 15...
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Unreleased Beats Pill Speaker Teased by F1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo

Thursday May 2, 2024 12:41 pm PDT by
Following this past weekend's sighting of NBA superstar LeBron James carrying an unreleased Beats speaker reminiscent of the former Beats Pill, F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has also been seen teasing the unreleased speaker at this week's Grand Prix stop in Miami. Details on the unreleased speaker remain unknown, but it features a similar pill-shaped design to the rest of the Pill family and...
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Beats Solo Buds Launching in June With 18-Hour Battery Life and a Tiny Case for $79.99

Tuesday April 30, 2024 7:01 am PDT by
Alongside the new Beats Solo 4 headphones, Apple's Beats brand is announcing an all-new entry-level model of earbuds, Beats Solo Buds. Priced at $79.99 and shipping in June, Beats Solo Buds deliver 18 hours of battery life and come in the smallest case ever designed for Beats earbuds. Beats Solo Buds feature a custom-built acoustic architecture and an ergonomic design with four ear tip size...
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Beats Solo 4 Headphones Debut With Improved Acoustics, Longer Battery Life, and More

Tuesday April 30, 2024 7:00 am PDT by
Apple's Beats brand today is announcing an update to its most popular line of headphones with the new Beats Solo 4. The on-ear headphones have been re-engineered inside and out to deliver upgraded performance and fit while featuring even longer battery life compared to the previous generation. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. On the acoustic front, Beats Solo 4...
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Review: Hyper's USB Hubs and SSD Enclosure Offer an Array of Connectivity Options

Wednesday April 24, 2024 11:41 am PDT by
Several months ago, Hyper introduced a series of accessories under the "HyperDrive Next" family, bringing a variety of options for USB-C hubs and other products. I've recently spent some time testing out some of these accessories, and I've found them to offer an assortment of capabilities across price points to suit a variety of users. USB4 NVMe SSD Enclosure Priced at $119.99, Hyper's USB4 ...
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LeBron James Spotted With Unreleased Beats Pill Speaker

Saturday April 20, 2024 4:26 pm PDT by
Ahead of tonight's NBA playoff game, the Los Angeles Lakers posted an Instagram reel showing superstar LeBron James arriving at Ball Arena in Denver carrying what appears to be an unreleased version of the Pill speaker from Apple's Beats brand. The original Beats Pill was a wireless Bluetooth speaker introduced in 2012 prior to Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics. It received a few...
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Review: BLUETTI's New SwapSolar Ecosystem Includes App-Enabled Portable Fridge and Power Station

Friday April 19, 2024 8:15 am PDT by
BLUETTI, a company known for its portable power stations and associated accessories, is currently running an Indiegogo campaign for its new SwapSolar ecosystem of app-enabled products. The launch products in the SwapSolar family include a high-capacity power station with removable hot-swappable batteries plus a multifunction portable cooler. Together, they can keep your perishables cool for up to ...
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Review: iVANKY's FusionDock Max 1 Delivers Extreme Versatility With Dual Thunderbolt Connectivity

Monday April 15, 2024 1:27 pm PDT by
Dock accessory company iVANKY recently launched its most powerful Thunderbolt dock yet, the FusionDock Max 1, which takes advantage of dual Thunderbolt chips and connections to offer the greatest amount of versatility I've seen in a Mac-focused dock. I've spent some time testing out the FusionDock Max 1 in my daily workflow, and I think I've found my new daily driver. What sets the...
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Review: Satechi's USB-C Dual Dock Stand Adds an Array of Ports and Even Room for Extra Storage to Your MacBook

Thursday April 4, 2024 1:02 pm PDT by
Popular accessory company Satechi offers a wide variety of docks and hubs compatible with Apple's Mac lineup, and I've recently spent some time testing out the company's $150 USB-C Dual Dock Stand that adds a significant amount of connectivity to your Mac while remaining tucked out of sight and even giving your laptop a bit of extra breathing room. Perhaps the most noteworthy design aspect...