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 the site's operation.

Eric Slivka's Articles

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Apple's Merger of 'iCloud Documents and Data' Into iCloud Drive Now Complete

Friday May 6, 2022 5:16 pm PDT by
Last May, Apple Apple announced that it would be merging its iCloud Documents and Data service into iCloud Drive in May of 2022, and that transition has now been completed. As noted in a support document updated today, users who previously relied on ‌iCloud‌ Documents and Data for syncing files across devices will need to turn ‌iCloud Drive‌ on in order to see their files.‌iCloud‌ Documents and...
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EU Officially Objects to Apple Limiting Third-Party Access to Apple Pay NFC Capabilities

Monday May 2, 2022 4:13 am PDT by
In line with a report late last week, the European Commission today officially announced that it has issued a Statement of Objections to Apple over its restrictions that prevent third-party services from accessing the NFC capabilities of the iPhone, thereby restricting competition in mobile wallets on iOS. The statement is a preliminary view that will need to be confirmed with further...
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'After Steve' Examines the Tensions That Led to Jony Ive's Departure From Apple

Sunday May 1, 2022 2:07 pm PDT by
Tripp Mickle, a technology reporter who recently moved from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times, is releasing a new book on Apple this week, entitled "After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul," and an adapted excerpt of the book was shared today that provides a look at the tensions between Tim Cook and Jony Ive that ultimately led to Ive's departure. ...
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Deals: iPad Mini 6 Drops to All-Time Low Prices Starting $399.99 ($99–$109 Off)

Sunday May 1, 2022 1:06 pm PDT by
Amazon today has the latest 64GB Wi-Fi iPad mini available for a record-low price of $399.99, a savings of $99 off the regular price of $499. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. This is by far the lowest price we've ever tracked on the iPad mini 6, ...
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Apple Teases Star Wars-Themed 'Behind the Mac' Film Featuring Skywalker Sound

Friday April 29, 2022 6:22 pm PDT by
Apple today released a brief teaser trailer for an upcoming "Behind the Mac" film featuring Skywalker Sound, the sound effects division of Lucasfilm known for the Star Wars franchise and many other high-profile movies. The full film will be released on Apple's YouTube channel on May 4, Star Wars Day, and will examine how artists at Skywalker Sound use Macs and other tools to generate the...
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Apple Gives Developers More Time to Update 'Outdated' Apps Before Removal

Friday April 29, 2022 5:52 pm PDT by
Late last week, controversy erupted after Apple began notifying some developers that their apps that had not been updated in some time would be removed from the App Store as part of an "‌App Store‌ Improvements" project to clean up "outdated" apps. Many of the affected developers objected to Apple's policy, noting that their apps continued to function just fine despite a lack of updates,...
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Latest AirTags Firmware Update Tunes the Unwanted Tracking Sound for Easier Detection

Friday April 29, 2022 12:41 am PDT by
Earlier this week, Apple began rolling out a firmware update for AirTags, and while it wasn't clear at the time what changes were included in the update, Apple has now revealed in a new support document that it tweaks the sound made by unknown ‌AirTags‌ found to be traveling with you. AirTag Firmware Update 1.0.301 Tuning the unwanted tracking sound to more easily locate an unknown AirTag.Ap...
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Review: Transcend's 1TB JetDrive Lite 330 Adds Convenient Removable Storage to Your MacBook Pro

Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:33 am PDT by
Last week, Transcend launched a 1TB version of its JetDrive Lite 330 expansion card for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, giving users a convenient way to add significant amounts of storage to their machines without any extra bulk. I've had a chance to spend some time with the new card, and while there are limitations for some of the things you might want to do with it, the JetDrive Lite 330...
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Apple Now Selling Two New HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottles With Apple Health Integration

Monday April 25, 2022 6:07 am PDT by
Two new smart water bottles from HidrateSpark are now being sold in Apple's online and retail stores, allowing users to automatically track their water intake and sync it to Apple Health. The $80 HidrateSpark PRO STEEL, available in silver or black, is a vacuum-insulated 32-ounce water bottle with both chug and straw lids and an LED puck at the base that lights up in customizable colors and...
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Belkin's Wemo Smart Video Doorbell With HomeKit Secure Video Now Available From Apple

Monday April 25, 2022 4:55 am PDT by
Belkin's Wemo brand debuted its $250 Smart Video Doorbell with HomeKit Secure Video support back at CES in January, and the doorbell is now available through Apple's online and retail stores. The Wemo Smart Video Doorbell, which is also available directly from Belkin, is one of the few doorbells on the market so far to support ‌HomeKit Secure Video‌, which not only allows video feeds to show...
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Anker's New 100W GaN Charger Features Three USB Ports, 34% Smaller Size Than Apple's 96W Charger

Friday April 22, 2022 8:46 am PDT by
Originally announced at CES back in January, the U.S. version of Anker's highly anticipated 736 USB charger is now available through Amazon for $75.99 in black/silver. Using Anker's GaN II technology, the 100-watt 736 charger is 34% smaller than Apple's 96-watt charger, yet offers the flexibility of three USB ports to charge multiple devices when needed. The 736 includes two USB-C ports...
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New Apple Cash Accounts Now Branded as Visa Cards

Friday April 22, 2022 5:55 am PDT by
The Apple Cash virtual debit card appears to be switching networks from Discover to Visa, as revealed in some updated images on Apple's website and noted by Twitter user @Kanjo. Since its launch, Apple Cash (originally known as Apple Pay Cash) has been operated through a partnership with Green Dot Bank on the Discover network. Discover is one of the smaller card networks and is accepted in...
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Anker's Spring 2022 Lineup Includes Charging Solutions, Video Projector, Smart Scale, and 3D Printer

Tuesday April 12, 2022 10:17 am PDT by
Popular accessory company Anker and its various related brands have launched several new products in recent weeks, ranging from USB chargers to portable power stations to video projectors and more, so we thought we'd round up some of the most recent announcements. Anker 757 Portable Power Station Last month, we took a look at the Anker 535 Portable Power Station, a 512 watt-hour battery with...
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Beats Studio Buds Debut in Three New Colors: Ocean Blue, Sunset Pink, and Moon Gray

Tuesday April 12, 2022 10:00 am PDT by
Last week, word surfaced that Apple's Beats brand was preparing to launch new colors of its Beats Studio Buds wireless earbuds, and today the news has become official. Starting tomorrow, Beats Studio Buds will be available from Apple in new Ocean Blue, Sunset Pink, and Moon Gray colors at the same $149.99 retail price as the original colors. For U.S. customers looking to buy from channels...
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Review: Anker's 535 Portable Power Station Keeps Your Devices Running While You're Off the Grid

Friday March 11, 2022 11:02 am PST by
At CES earlier this year, Anker introduced the 535 Portable Power Station, the latest entrant in its PowerHouse lineup of large portable batteries for supporting electronic devices while camping, during power outages, and in other situations where you're off the grid. I've had a bit of time to test out the $500 Anker 535, and it delivers a handy set of connectivity options for charging up a...
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March 2022 Apple Event Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Tuesday March 8, 2022 7:49 am PST by
As with Apple's events throughout 2020 and 2021, today's media event kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time will be entirely online and likely a pre-recorded stream from Apple Park. Still, 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 has ended and is available for on-demand viewing so as to...
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Apple Fined Another €5 Million Over Dating Apps as Dutch Regulators Say Apple Has 'Refused to Put Forward Any Serious Proposals'

Monday February 21, 2022 11:10 am PST by
Dutch regulators have levied another fine of €5 million against Apple in a continued dispute over alternative payment systems for dating apps. Apple's total fines have now reached €25 million as regulators assess weekly fines up to a total of €50 million or until Apple satisfies the regulatory requirements. In a statement shared with TechCrunch, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)...
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Fantastical 3.6 Adds New Scheduling Features to Make It Easier to Find Meeting Times

Tuesday February 8, 2022 6:00 am PST by
Popular calendar app Fantastical today is being updated with Fantastical Scheduling, a set of new and updated features designed to help schedule meetings. The headline feature of Fantastical Scheduling is Openings, which lets you share your calendar availability with recipients and allows them to book available time slots. You can easily customize available time slots, while templates help...
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Apple Reports Record 1Q 2022 Results: $34.6B Profit on $123.9B Revenue

Thursday January 27, 2022 12:37 pm PST by
Apple today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2022, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2021. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $123.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $34.6 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $111.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $28.8 billion, or $1.68 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter...
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Review: CalDigit's Element Hub Delivers Flexible Thunderbolt and USB Support

Thursday January 13, 2022 11:23 am PST by
Recent advancements in Thunderbolt technology have brought the ability to include multiple downstream Thunderbolt ports on various docks and hubs, and CalDigit's Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub introduced earlier this year does just that in the form of a compact dock supporting Thunderbolt 4 and USB4. I've long been a fan of CalDigit's Thunderbolt hubs, and I've been using the company's TS3 Plus...