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Adam Engst

Adam Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control electronic book series now owned and operated by alt concepts. His awards include the MDJ Power 25 ranking as the most influential person in the Macintosh industry outside of Apple every year since 2000, inclusion on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and being named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And yes, he has been turned into an action figure.

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Messages Becomes More Flexible and Forgiving of Mistakes

For many people, Messages gains some of the most welcome new features of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura. You can now mark messages as unread, edit messages, unsend messages, and more.

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Preview in Ventura Drops Support for PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript Files

Apple has dropped support for PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript files in macOS 13 Ventura. Most won’t notice, but here are some suggestions if you’re still using those formats.

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Apple Changes Portable Mac Descriptor from “Notebook” to “Laptop”

At long last, Apple has given up on the nonsensical “notebook” term and returned to referring to portable Macs as “laptops.” About time.

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What Does SOS in the iPhone Status Bar Mean?

What does it mean when SOS appears in your iPhone’s status bar? (Hint: it’s not an iPhone cry for help.) Adam Engst explains this new status indicator in iOS 16.

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watchOS 9’s Low Power Mode Could Extend Older Apple Watch Lifespans

The new Low Power Mode in watchOS 9 maintains far more of the functionality of the Apple Watch than the Power Reserve mode that it replaces. It could even enable you to keep using an Apple Watch longer before needing a battery replacement.

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No More Security Updates for First-Generation Eero Devices

Amazon subsidiary Eero has announced that although first-generation Eero devices will continue to work for the foreseeable future, they will no longer receive security updates. Amazon is providing a trade-in discount.

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Three Wallet Cases: Bellroy, Encased, and Smartish

With a new iPhone comes a new case. Adam Engst has become fond of iPhone wallet cases that store a few cards and a couple of bills, so he explored some new options for his iPhone 14 Pro.

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Dark Sky Fading; iOS 16’s Weather Brightens

Apple has announced that the Dark Sky weather app it purchased several years ago will cease working at the end of the year. Happily, iOS 16’s bundled Weather app has appropriated Dark Sky’s best features. But Adam Engst still prefers CARROT Weather.

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Audio Hacks from TidBITS Sponsor Rogue Amoeba

To take advantage of Rogue Amoeba’s return as a TidBITS sponsor, we’re sharing a few amusing use cases of Rogue Amoeba apps, ranging from hardware hacks and TV show cameos to marine research.

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iOS 16 Bug Tripping Up iPhone 14 Activations

Apple has confirmed that a bug in iOS 16.0 is causing problems during activation for new iPhone 14 buyers. Workarounds involve connecting to a Mac or PC during the process or upgrading to iOS 16.0.1, which also requires using a Mac or PC before activation.

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iPhone 14 Pro and Apple Watch Ultra Ordering Observations

After spending two days writing about Apple’s latest releases, Adam Engst spent some time on the order pages for the iPhone 14 Pro and the Apple Watch Ultra and came away with a few observations.

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Steve Jobs Archive

At the Code conference, Laurene Powell Jobs, Tim Cook, and Jony Ive unveiled the Steve Jobs Archive, an elegant website showcasing some classic Jobs quotes. The question is, where will it go from here?

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Second-Generation AirPods Pro Add H2 Chip, Touch Control, Enhanced Case

Apple has announced the second-generation AirPods Pro, beefing up the audio performance, noise cancellation, and transparency mode with a new H2 chip, offering volume adjustments via Touch control, and improving the wireless charging case.

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Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra Expand Health, Safety, and Connectivity Features

Apple has revamped the entire Apple Watch lineup, dropping the obsolete Apple Watch Series 3, upgrading the Apple Watch SE, taking the next mainstream step with the Apple Watch Series 8, and introducing the adventure-oriented Apple Watch Ultra.

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Move Downloaded Mac Apps Before Initial Launch

Howard Oakley explains App Translocation, a macOS security mechanism that protects against malicious plug-ins within benign apps but can occasionally cause first-launch crashes.