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Josh Centers

Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS, as well as the author of Take Control of iOS 12 and Take Control of Apple TV, and co-author of Take Control of Preview.

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Apple Cuts 1 TB iPad Pro Prices by $200

Apple has cut $200 from the price tag of its top-of-the-line 1 TB iPad Pro models. Could these and other recent price cuts suggest that Apple is responding to complaints of too-high prices?

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Evaluating Your iPhone 11 Purchase Options

Gearing up to buy an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro? We walk you through all of the different ways you can buy an iPhone from Apple so you don’t have to think too hard during the preorder time before you’re fully awake.

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Apple Announces iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple has announced three new iPhones for 2019: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. They feature significantly improved cameras and new case colors but maintain the same physical form factors of the previous models.

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Apple’s Base Model iPad Goes Semi-Pro

Apple has updated its entry-level iPad with a larger screen and Smart Keyboard support, making Apple’s best bargain even better.

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Apple Admits Its Apps Had App Store Advantage

Top Apple executives have acknowledged that Apple’s own apps have enjoyed a search ranking advantage in the App Store. Apple says it has adjusted the search algorithm, but the lack of oversight may have already damaged the company.

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Apple Launches Beta of Apple Music for the Web

Have you been wishing you could access Apple Music on a non-Apple platform like that Windows machine at work? You’re in luck—Apple has now launched a beta of a Web-based Apple Music client that brings the service to any platform with a modern Web browser.

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Apple Is Replacing Some Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 Cracked Screens

Apple has announced a screen replacement program for aluminum Series 2 and 3 Apple Watches whose screens have cracked in a particular way.

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Less… Is More? Apple’s Inconsistent Ellipsis Icons Inspire User Confusion

Apple’s own software, as well as apps produced by independent developers following Apple’s lead, are increasingly reliant on ellipsis buttons that have no clear meaning or consistent action.

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Look for iPhone News at Apple’s September 10th Event

Apple’s next big event will be held on 10 September 2019. Expect new iPhones, operating system ship dates, and maybe even one more thing!

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Apple Announces Siri Privacy Reforms

After a whistleblower revealed that Apple contractors were listening in on Siri conversations, Apple shut down the program and promised improvements. Here they are.

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Apple Issues Emergency Updates for All Its Operating Systems

Apple has issued emergency updates for macOS 10.14 Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 because it accidentally reintroduced a major security vulnerability in last month’s round of updates.

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Robocall Blockers Caught Sending User Information to Third Parties

A security researcher has discovered that many popular iOS robocall-blocking apps share your data with third parties, often in violation of App Store guidelines.

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Apple Blocks KNOB Attack on Bluetooth

A critical vulnerability has been found in the Bluetooth specification that could allow an attacker to intercept data transferred between devices. Thankfully, it’s hard to exploit, and Apple has already released updates to address the vulnerability.

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Apple, Google, and Mozilla Team Up to Block Kazakhstani Surveillance

The major browser makers—Apple, Google, and Mozilla—have all taken measures to block an attempt by the Kazakhstani government to spy on its citizens.

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Apple Card Now Available to All US iPhone Users

After a short period of restricting the Apple Card to those who signed up for early access, Apple has now opened the Apple Card to all iPhone users in the United States. Apple said nothing about when it might become available in other countries.