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Apple Launches Repair Program for iPhone 7 “No Service” Issues

Some iPhone 7 models are showing “No Service” messages even when cellular coverage is available due to a failed logic board component. Apple has announced a repair program to fix the problem for free.Show full article

Free Webinar for Readers of “Take Control of Mac Basics”

Do you sometimes struggle with things on your Mac that seem like they should be easy? Or do you help people who have such issues? TidBITS editor in chief and Take Control author Tonya Engst is giving a webinar this week for readers of her “Take Control of Mac Basics” book to explain some of those problems.Show full article

Apple Posts Record Profits in Q1 2018, Though Unit Sales Flatten

Apple’s revenues and profits grew at record rates during the first fiscal quarter of 2018, but signs of softer unit sales indicate that more of the company’s money is coming from higher-priced, higher-margin products. The other big winners were the Services and Other Products categories.Show full article

Fixing PDFs Whose Pages Render as Black Rectangles in Preview

If Preview is displaying some PDFs as black rectangles instead of pages, even though their thumbnails are correct, you can solve the problem in a non-obvious way: by recalibrating your display.Show full article

New Ways to Control Your Apple TV in iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3

Apple quietly slipped some new remote control capabilities into iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of them.Show full article

Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading

In this inaugural Bad Apple column, Adam Engst explores what happens to iCloud Photo Library when you turn iCloud off and back on. A preview: it took a 90-minute call with Apple to discover that the “expected behavior” requires a temporary upgrade to an unnecessary storage plan and then a 60-minute call to get the charge for that plan reversed.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 February 2018

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 6.3, SpamSieve 2.9.30, and Keyboard Maestro 8.0.5.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 February 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, a former Apple employee speaks out about how things changed inside Apple between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s continuing popularity, and the Strava fitness network has accidentally revealed military secrets.Show full article

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