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iOS 14.2.1 Fixes Three Bugs for iPhone 12 Users

Apple has released iOS 14.2.1 to address a trio of bugs in the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Josh Centers 7 comments

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max: A Roundup of Reviews

The early reviews are in for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the two extremes of the iPhone range. What do you give up by choosing one of these extreme sizes?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 7 comments

The iPhone Gets 5G, but What’s It Like in Real-World Use?

Apple’s iPhone 12 line is the first with 5G, meaning the phones can tap into high-speed data from the main cellular carriers in the US. But “high speed” is relative. Depending on carrier and location, downloads are crazy fast or merely akin to 4G LTE. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tried T-Mobile and Verizon 5G.

Josh Centers 30 comments

MagSafe Is Cool, but Is It Worth the Trade-Offs?

MagSafe may be the most intriguing feature of the iPhone 12, but is it worth the trade-offs in charging speed, inefficient power usage, and more? We take a look at the promise of MagSafe and then examine some of the early gotchas that have cropped up.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Apple Updates Numerous Operating Systems for Exploited Security Vulnerabilities

macOS 10.15 Catalina users and those with older iOS devices and Apple Watch models will be seeing updates for their operating systems. Apple released a slew of updates to close three serious security vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 31 comments

Apple Releases iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, HomePod Software 14.2, and tvOS 14.2

It’s another of Apple’s “update five operating systems all at once” days, with this set of updates bringing the Intercom feature to more devices, better integrating the HomePod with Apple TV, and adding notifications when headphone volume could damage your hearing, along with some important security and bug fixes.

Josh Centers 12 comments

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro: A Roundup of Reviews

Apple has once again anointed a select few reviewers to get early access to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Here’s a roundup of their early impressions.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Apple Releases iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1, HomePod Software 14.1, and tvOS 14.0.2

Apple has released iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1, and HomePod Software 14.1, with the first two adding support for playing and editing HDR video and the HomePod update adding the new Intercom feature.

Adam Engst 10 comments

Can Sleep Tracking in iOS 14/watchOS 7 Help You Sleep Better?

Apple has added sleep tracking technology to iOS 14 and watchOS 7 that, when you wear your Apple Watch to bed, records when you’re in bed and when you’re asleep. In an ideal world, the data could help you identify factors that hamper your sleep, but the data is messy and may not tell you more than you already know.

Adam Engst 95 comments

The iPhone 12: Here’s What You Need to Know

Apple has thrown back the curtains on the iPhone 12 lineup, which includes the tiny iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 12, and the camera-focused iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. They’re impressive devices at roughly comparable prices to previous years’ models.

Adam Engst 22 comments

A Tour of New York State’s COVID Alert NY App

Adam Engst stumbled on New York State’s COVID Alert NY app before it was officially announced, and he takes you on a tour of the app, which is clear, clean, and polished. It’s a good example of an official app that relies on the exposure notification technology from Apple and Google.

Josh Centers 6 comments

How to Change Your Default Email and Web Clients in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

For the first time since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 let you choose the apps that serve as your default email client and Web browser. “Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14” author Josh Centers shows you how.

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macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 Squash Bugs

Apple has released macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 to address minor bugs.

Adam Engst 40 comments

iOS 14’s Back Tap Feature Provides Interaction Shortcuts

Deep in the Accessibility settings of iOS 14 is a new feature called Back Tap that lets you assign a variety of system and accessibility actions—and anything you build in the Shortcuts app—to a double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone.

Adam Engst 19 comments

Five Tips for Easier Rearranging of iOS Apps

iOS 14’s App Library might make it easier to find apps, but if you want to clean up your existing Home screens and folders, these tips will make it easier regardless of what version of iOS or iPadOS you may be running.