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David Shayer 1 comment

How to Decode Apple Version and Build Numbers

You undoubtedly know about Apple’s version numbering scheme for its operating systems—iOS 13.5.1 and macOS 10.15.5, for instance. But did you know Apple also has a hidden build numbering scheme that can be even more useful? Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains how to decode build numbers and learn from them.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple’s Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Appear on The Talk Show

In a welcome change from pundits pontificating, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak appeared on John Gruber’s The Talk Show podcast to discuss the company’s announcements at WWDC 2020.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Launches an Apple Card Web Portal

Apple has at last launched a Web portal for the Apple Card so you no longer need to rely on your iPhone to check your balance or pay your bill. But it doesn’t provide all the capabilities available in the Wallet app.

Adam Engst 28 comments

AirPods Versus AirPods Pro: Apple’s Earbuds Go Head-to-Head

Through a series of circumstances, Adam Engst ended up with both a pair of AirPods and a pair of AirPods Pro. When free to choose one or the other at any time, which did he pick? The answer—and what he recommends—might surprise you.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Apple Reportedly Canceling Some Apple Arcade Games and Changing Direction

Reporting by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman hints at trouble with Apple Arcade, with Apple canceling upcoming titles to focus on “engagement.”

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

Zwift Transforms Stationary Bicycling into a Shared Virtual Experience

Outdoor cycling is feasible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but long rides are impractical and group rides are an infection risk. Enter Zwift, a bicycling simulator you run on an iPad, Mac, or Apple TV as you sit on a stationary bicycle. As you pedal, your Zwift counterpart does the same as it roams exotic realms. You can meet friends on Zwift, and you might even see a T-Rex!

Josh Centers 10 comments

The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News

In a bid for more direct relationships with its readers—hopefully leading to subscriptions—The New York Times is leaving Apple News.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple’s 2020 Apple Design Awards Snub the Mac Again

Apple waited until after WWDC to announce its 2020 Apple Design Award winners, but it once again snubbed Mac apps.

Glenn Fleishman 10 comments

What the HEIC? Apple’s Highly Compressed Image Format Still Confuses

Although it has been nearly three years since Apple introduced its version of a new standard format for highly compressed images and videos, the details remain hard to decipher. That’s partly due to Apple’s confusing labeling.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Troubleshooting Startups Will Work Differently in Apple Silicon Macs

There are big changes coming to how you invoke various startup modes on Apple Silicon Macs, but the good news is that you won’t have to remember obscure keyboard combinations.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Here’s What Next for tvOS 14 and HomeKit

Apple’s upcoming tvOS 14 and additions to the company’s HomeKit home automation framework won’t rock your world, but they offer some nice improvements.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Serenity Caldwell Summarizes the WWDC Keynote in Under 90 Seconds

Don’t have nearly 2 hours to watch the WWDC keynote, fast-paced though it was? Former Macworld and iMore editor Serenity Caldwell narrates a highly edited summary that covers the key points in less than 90 seconds.

Glenn Fleishman 7 comments

Big Sur Makes Changes to Many Apple Apps and Basic Features

Apple unveiled macOS 11.0 Big Sur during the WWDC keynote, showing off overhauls of Messages and Maps, while improving Safari, Photos, and other apps. Mail was conspicuously absent for now.

Josh Centers 16 comments

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Echo Android and Newton

iOS 14 promises a tight package of new features, many of which have existed in Google’s Android for years, while iPadOS 14 takes those features and mixes in a bit of Newton handwriting recognition. Egg freckles, anyone?

Michael E. Cohen Adam Engst 18 comments

Apple Takes macOS to Big Sur… and to 11

Described as being the biggest update to macOS since OS X, macOS Big Sur features streamlined design, more customizable controls, privacy enhancements, and increased interoperability with iPadOS and iOS. X hasn’t marked the spot for several years, but we’re now in Spinal Tap territory: it’s macOS 11.0 Big Sur, for those who are keeping score.