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Using the Delta Airlines App and Apple Business Chat in a Snowpocalypse

On a recent delay- and cancellation-plagued trip, Adam Engst found that the most effective resources for dealing with rebooking flights and getting questions answered were the Delta iPhone app and the company’s Business Chat-based support reps.

Josh Centers 22 comments

New 16-inch MacBook Pro Sends the Butterfly Keyboard Flying

Apple has replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model that features a redesigned keyboard with a return to scissor switches and inverted-T arrow keys, as well as a few surprises.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Goldman Sachs Responds to Allegations of Apple Card Gender Bias

Developer and entrepreneur David Heinemeier’s tweet about his wife’s paltry Apple Card credit limit has sparked a government investigation and a fierce debate about sexism in the financial industry.

Adam Engst 4 comments

IBM Finds Its Mac Users to Be More Productive Than PC Users

In an ironic historical twist, IBM has one of the largest Mac installations in the world, and the company has now released research showing that its Mac users score higher on performance reviews, close larger sales, and are less likely to leave the company than its Windows users. But be careful what you conclusions you draw from those results.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Sal Soghoian Reveals macOS’s Hidden Custom Control Panels

At MacTech Conference, automation guru Sal Soghoian gave a talk in which he revealed how, with the addition of just a Luna Display dongle, anyone can use built-in macOS accessibility features to turn an iPad into a touch-sensitive custom controller for the Mac.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple’s Revised Privacy Page Provides More Per-App Detail

Apple has updated its privacy page with explanations of the specific privacy measures taken in its most popular apps, but questionable partnerships and sloppy programming hurt the company’s privacy-focused image.

Josh Centers 11 comments

iOS 13.2.2 Stops Killing Background Apps

If you thought we might get through a week without Apple frantically fixing bugs in its operating systems, well, think again. The iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 updates fix the issue that made background apps quit prematurely.

Josh Centers 8 comments

TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13

Annoyingly, Apple buried App Store updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, using that toolbar spot to promote its Apple Arcade service, but there’s a shortcut to see your updates quickly.

Josh Centers 4 comments

The Confusion Over Apple TV

Can’t tell Apple TV apart from the Apple TV app (on any of four operating systems), Apple TV+, or Apple TV Channels? You’re not alone.

Adam Engst 22 comments

Don’t Interrupt Security Update 2019-001 (Mojave)’s Installation

Reports of boot problems after installing Security Update 2019-001 (Mojave) are rolling in. The common factors seem to be installing on a Mac with a T1 or T2 security chip and the user interrupting the installation because it seems to take too long.

Adam Engst No comments

MacPaw Opens Setapp for Teams

The Setapp subscription service provides access to over 160 useful Mac apps for $9.99 per month. Now MacPaw is offering a beta of Setapp for Teams, which provides the same set of apps with slightly reduced per-user pricing and single-point billing.

Adam Engst 1 comment

The Life and Times of a Backblaze Hard Drive

Backblaze has published a description of what it’s like to be a hard drive in the company’s data center, writing it from the perspective of a hard drive called Zach. Wonderfully silly, for sure, but it’s an engaging approach complete with interesting technical bits.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Adobe Releases Free Fonts for iOS

Take advantage of the custom font support in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 with Adobe’s Creative Cloud app, which offers 1300 fonts for free.

Adam Engst 1 comment

iOS for HomePod 13.2.1 Resolves Bricking

When Apple released iOS 13.2 for HomePod last week, there were immediate reports that it—or resetting the HomePod after installing it—was causing the HomePods to become entirely unresponsive. The company is now pushing iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod to resolve that problem.

Glenn Fleishman 8 comments

iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light

It has always been hard to take good photos in the dark, regardless of the camera. With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, Apple has taken a new approach to shine more light on the problem.