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Adam Engst 10 comments

Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via Satellite

In which Adam Engst drives to a nearby deep valley where there’s no cellular connectivity to test Find My via satellite and run through the Emergency SOS via satellite demo in a real-world situation. It seemingly worked but revealed a gap in Apple’s approach.

Glenn Fleishman 34 comments

Bring Yourself Recurring Joy with Apple’s New Lock Screen Photo Shuffle

Technology has a hard time delivering happiness. Apple has cracked the code with how it uses machine learning to populate the Lock Screen Photo Shuffle feature and Featured Photos widget with images you’ll like.

Adam Engst 8 comments

AirPods Pro Compete Fairly Well Against Full-Fledged Hearing Aids

Are you starting to have a little trouble with hearing loss? Don't put off seeing a healthcare professional, but it's worth seeing if the Live Listen feature of the AirPods Pro can help you hear better. One study suggests it might.

Adam Engst 33 comments

Apple Says More about Emergency SOS via Satellite Technology

How did Apple enable the iPhone 14 lineup to communicate with satellites in low-earth orbit? Through extremely complex engineering and the investment of large quantities of money in satellite company Globalstar.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Visiting an Apple Store: The Value of In-Person Impressions

Adam Engst made his first visit to an Apple Store since before the start of the pandemic and came away with some changed opinions after getting a chance to lay his hands on some recent (and not-so-recent) products. Online ordering is great, but can’t provide the full picture.

Josh Centers 29 comments

iOS 16.1.1, iPadOS 16.1.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura Plug Two Security Holes

iOS 16.0.1, iPadOS 16.0.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura close a couple of concerning security vulnerabilities related to libxml2. Update soon to protect yourself.

Adam Engst 42 comments

OneWorld 65 Combines International Adapter with 65W USB-C Charger

Thanks to gallium nitride technology, OneAdaptr was able to create a svelte 65W USB-C charger that can plug into any international power outlet and lets you charge up to six devices at once.

Josh Centers 18 comments

Apple Releases iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 to Fix Security Vulnerabilities on Older Devices

Apple has released iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 to address numerous vulnerabilities on iPhones and iPads that either haven’t upgraded or can’t upgrade to iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Update such devices as soon as possible.

Josh Centers 7 comments

iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 Virtual Keyboards Now Support Dvorak

If you use the Dvorak keyboard layout, you can now implement it for the onscreen keyboard in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Josh Centers 40 comments

Apple Releases macOS 13 Ventura, iPadOS 16.1, iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, and More

Today is the big day: Apple has released macOS 13 Ventura and iPadOS 16.1 alongside iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, tvOS 16.1, and HomePod Software 16.1.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Belkin’s iPhone Mount Now Available

Just in time for the Continuity Camera feature of macOS 13 Ventura, the Apple Store is now selling a Belkin accessory that lets you attach your iPhone to a Mac laptop to use it as a webcam.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Reimagines the Basic iPad for 2022

Apple has overhauled its base model iPad to better match the feature set of the rest of the iPad lineup, but it comes at a notably higher price.

Josh Centers 7 comments

New iPad Pro Models Gain M2 Processor, Faster Wi-Fi, and Apple Pencil Hover

This year’s iPad Pro upgrades aren’t likely to change the iPad Pro experience in a significant way, but they bring a move to the M2 chip, faster Wi-Fi, and the new Apple Pencil hover feature.

Adam Engst 4 comments

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.

Josh Centers No comments

iOS 16.0.3 and watchOS 9.0.2 Fix Bugs

Apple has released iOS 16.0.3 and watchOS 9.0.2 to address miscellaneous bugs, especially related to the new iPhone 14 models.