Skip to content
Thoughtful, detailed coverage of everything Apple for 29 years
and the TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals
Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Julio Ojeda-Zapata is a technology reporter and blogger at the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written books about Twitter, the iPad, and mobile productivity. Keep up with him at ojezap.com.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 5 comments

The iPad Gets Full Trackpad and Mouse Support

Baked into iPadOS 13.4 is full-featured support for trackpad and mouse input, with a few twists. Apple has tailored the traditional technology to the iPad with a cursor that looks nothing like you’ve seen on a computer.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 19 comments

Automate Window Positioning With macOS and Apps

Don’t waste precious time manually repositioning and resizing macOS windows. You can automate that task to a large extent using native macOS controls, and third-party utilities give you even more power. Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at two of the top window-wrangling apps.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 5 comments

Pedometer Apps Turn Your iPhone into a Step Counter

Step counting is a good way to ensure you’re staying active, and if you don’t have an Apple Watch, your iPhone can keep track of how many steps you take every day. Apple’s Health app includes step counting among its fitness metrics. Better yet, try a third-party pedometer app such as ActivityTracker Pedometer or Pedometer++.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

AirPods Go Pro With Better Fit, Advanced Audio Features

Apple has expanded upon its hit AirPods with new AirPods Pro models. They fit and sound better, courtesy of silicone ear tips, and add audio features like noise cancellation and a “transparency mode." The previous generation AirPods aren’t going anywhere, though.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 14 comments

AstroHQ’s Luna Display Dongle Turns a Mac into a Second Display

AstroHQ’s Luna Display dongle can transform one Mac into a secondary display for another Mac. This is similar to what Apple’s Target Display Mode does, but that feature works only with iMacs of a certain vintage as a second display. Luna’s Mac-to-Mac Mode works with a wider range of Mac pairings, such as side-by-side MacBooks.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Catalina’s Sidecar Turns an iPad into a Second Mac Monitor

Want to use an iPad as a secondary Mac display? Apple built that capability, called Sidecar, into macOS Catalina for those using newer Macs and iPads. It’s free, unlike third-party alternatives. Julio Ojeda-Zapata liked Sidecar enough to continue using it, but he also found glitches.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

AirPods Versus PowerBeats Pro: Same Parent, Different Paths

AirPods aren’t Apple’s only earbuds. The PowerBeats Pro buds, a product of the Apple-owned Beats by Dre brand, have features in common with their little white cousins yet differ in many ways. Which should you pick? Julio Ojeda-Zapata walks you through your options.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

RIP AirPower, but Great Gadget Chargers Abound

Apple’s AirPower was supposed to revolutionize wireless charging for Apple users, but Apple killed it before it saw the light of day. However, lots of other wireless—and wired—chargers brim with personality and versatility. Some, as AirPower promised, can even charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wireless case simultaneously.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

Apple Updates Air, Pro Laptops, Kills off the MacBook

Apple has revamped its notebook line, mostly on the low end. Its 12-inch MacBook is no more. Meanwhile, it has overhauled its entry-level MacBook Pro, adding a Touch Bar and other hardware features, while providing minor MacBook Air tweaks along with a decent price drop.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 7 comments

watchOS 6 Adds an App Store, Expands Health Tracking

With watchOS 6, Apple has made the Apple Watch more self-reliant and more versatile. It gains an App Store with a library of apps that are, in some cases, iPhone-independent. As a health device, it helps protect users’ hearing and assists women in their menstrual and fertility tracking.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 18 comments

Apple Debuts LG’s All-New 23.7-inch UltraFine Display

When Julio Ojeda-Zapata went to his local Apple Store for a look at Mac monitors, a staffer offered him something unexpected: the 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display. This monitor is so new there is little public information about it—it’s not even listed on Apple’s Web store. How does it compare with LG’s 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K Display and 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 11 comments

Reeder 4 Gets a Long-Overdue Overhaul

Reeder has long been a favorite among news junkies wanting an attractive, capable RSS reader. The just-released Reeder 4 for Mac and iOS provides several new interface and feature enhancements while preserving the program’s minimalist aesthetic.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Google Keep Now Supports the Apple Watch, Apple’s Notes Still AWOL

Do you want content from your iOS notes app to show up on your Apple Watch? You’re out of luck with Apple’s Notes, but Google Keep now has watchOS support. It won’t likely trigger defections from Notes, but iOS users invested in Google’s ecosystem will be happy. Note, though, that other Apple Watch-friendly notes apps exist.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 12 comments

Should You Pay For Apple News+? Warning: It Has Issues

The new Apple News+ service seems like a bonanza for news junkies and magazine aficionados who get access to nearly 300 periodicals for just $9.99 a month. But would-be subscribers need to take a close look before plunking down money because Apple News+ still has a few issues.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 45 comments

Apple News+ Debuts With Magazines, Newspapers, and Web Sites

Apple has debuted Apple News+, a $9.99-per-month digital news service with access to about 300 top magazines along with a handful of major newspapers and digital publications. The new offering, built into Apple’s News app for iOS and Mac, will give multiple members of a Family Sharing group access for a single monthly fee, and it promises to shield users from advertisers.