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iPhone 13 Upgrade Advice Based on the Age of Your Current iPhone

If you own an older iPhone, is it worth upgrading to an iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro? Jason Snell outlines the improvements the new iPhones offer over older models back to the iPhone 7.

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Apple Releases iOS 12.5.5 and Security Update 2021-006 Catalina to Block Exploited Vulnerabilities

Apple has updated iOS 12 and macOS 10.15 Catalina to address severe security vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited in the wild. Update right away.

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Hot New Features in Safari in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

In iOS 15, Safari receives some of its most significant interface and feature changes in years. Here’s how to make sense of and take advantage of them (and how to revert to previous designs in a few cases).

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Center Stage Keeps You in the Video Chat Frame

Apple recently unveiled an iPad camera feature called Center Stage that keeps one or more people within the frame during video chats even when they move around. Julio Ojeda-Zapata gave Center Stage a try and compared it to smart displays from Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

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iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 Now Available

Apple has released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 with some nice new features, but we recommend that those who aren’t early adopters wait for a week or two.

Adam Engst 46 comments

iPhone 13 Brings Evolutionary Improvements: A15 Bionic Chip, Improved Cameras, and Better Displays 

There’s no question that Apple’s new iPhone 13 models are the best iPhones the company has ever made, but their evolutionary changes may be compelling mostly to those with older iPhones.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 13 comments

Apple Watch Series 7 Brings Modest Tweaks

Rumors suggested the Apple Watch was due for a major physical design, but the Series 7 turned out to look much like its predecessor—albeit with a few physical and software changes. Also, watchOS 8 gets some fitness improvements aimed largely at cyclists.

Josh Centers 14 comments

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 Slated for 20 September 2021

Apple made no mention of operating system release dates during its big iPhone event, but the company press releases reveal that the new operating systems will drop on 20 September 2021, with macOS 12 Monterey expected later in the year.

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Apple Redesigns the iPad mini, Upgrades the iPad

In an unexpected announcement, Apple unveiled new versions of the iPad and iPad mini. The ninth-generation iPad borrows a couple more features from the iPad Pro while maintaining its low price, while the company completely redesigned the sixth-generation iPad mini.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Judge Rules for Apple over Epic Games, Strikes Down App Store Anti-Steering Policies

In Epic Games v. Apple, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has come down strongly in favor of Apple, rejecting nearly all of Epic’s claims and fining the company millions of dollars. But Apple suffered a blow too, with the judge determining that Apple’s in-app purchasing policies are anticompetitive.

Josh Centers 39 comments

macOS 11.6 Big Sur, iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2, and Security Update 2021-005 Catalina Fix Security Flaws

Apple has updated macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS to fix two active vulnerabilities, one of which let attackers work around Apple’s BlastDoor protections.

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Remember, Communication Services Cannot Guarantee Privacy

No matter how private a communication service may claim to be, it’s only as private as its weakest link, as two recent stories illustrate.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Improve Your Mac’s Audio by Combining Speakers

After his 15-year-old Altec Lansing FX6201 speakers died, Adam Engst figured out how to bond the speakers in his 27-inch iMac and Thunderbolt Display to tide him over until he can decide on the best external replacement speakers.

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Apple Announces “California Streaming” Event for 14 September 2021

Apple’s next product announcement event will be held 14 September 2021. Rumors suggest new iPhones with smaller notches and a redesigned Apple Watch.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Apple Delays CSAM Detection Launch

In a brief statement to media organizations, Apple announced that it is delaying the launch of its CSAM detection technology to collect input and make improvements. Why are we not surprised?