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Josh Centers 2 comments

iOS 13.2.2 Stops Killing Background Apps

If you thought we might get through a week without Apple frantically fixing bugs in its operating systems, well, think again. The iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 updates fix the issue that made background apps quit prematurely.

Josh Centers 5 comments

TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13

Annoyingly, Apple buried App Store updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, using that toolbar spot to promote its Apple Arcade service, but there’s a shortcut to see your updates quickly.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Adobe Releases Free Fonts for iOS

Take advantage of the custom font support in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 with Adobe’s Creative Cloud app, which offers 1300 fonts for free.

Adam Engst 1 comment

iOS for HomePod 13.2.1 Resolves Bricking

When Apple released iOS 13.2 for HomePod last week, there were immediate reports that it—or resetting the HomePod after installing it—was causing the HomePods to become entirely unresponsive. The company is now pushing iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod to resolve that problem.

Glenn Fleishman 2 comments

iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light

It has always been hard to take good photos in the dark, regardless of the camera. With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, Apple has taken a new approach to shine more light on the problem.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 13 comments

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Serve Up Deep Fusion, HomeKit Enhancements, and HomePod Features

The iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 updates deliver promised features like Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 series cameras and HomeKit Secure Video, along with yet more bug fixes. Also finally seeing the light of day is iOS 13.2 for HomePod, which brings support for multiple users.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Releases AirPods Pro with Noise Cancellation

With the AirPods Pro, Apple has made wireless earbuds more attractive to anyone who has trouble with the fit of the first- and second-generation AirPods and to those who would appreciate active noise cancellation in loud environments.

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How to Use Catalina’s Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup

macOS 10.15 Catalina has a pair of new features that let you use an iPhone or iPad to draw sketches for insertion into a Mac document or message and mark up Mac documents. Here’s how to use them.

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.

David Shayer 53 comments

Six Reasons Why iOS 13 and Catalina Are So Buggy

By most accounts, the release of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina have been troubled, with numerous significant bugs making it past Apple’s internal testing and the public beta phase. Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains the underlying reasons these releases have had so many problems.

Josh Centers 28 comments

USB Storage with iOS 13: The FAQ

Confused about how to use USB storage drives with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13? We have answers to common questions.

Josh Centers 5 comments

iOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.3, and Catalina Supplemental Update Tackle Bugs

Apple has updated iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS 10.15 Catalina to squash some of the many bugs still remaining.

Adam Engst 18 comments

Fixing iPadOS 13’s Glacial Performance on the iPad Air 2

For at least some iPad Air 2 owners, upgrading to iPadOS 13 is resulting in incredibly sluggish behavior and various related failures. Apple knows about the problem, but the only workaround right now is to erase the iPad and restore from backup.

Glenn Fleishman 5 comments

How to Connect to Wi-Fi Networks Faster in iOS 13

In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has added a new, faster way to connect to a Wi-Fi network, upping the total number of methods to four. Glenn Fleishman explains each of them.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Comparing Apple’s Old and New Map Data

Curious about how much work Apple is putting into improving the data underlying its Maps app? With Apple’s release of the Northeast US map data, Justin O’Beirne has posted a fascinating comparison of the old and new maps.