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Glenn Fleishman 23 comments

Turn Your iPhone into a Powerful Webcam with Camo

A new system from Reincubate lets you use your iPhone’s camera as a virtual camera for your Mac, giving you a higher-quality option for videoconferencing services and other video apps. Plus, Camo provides unprecedented control over the iPhone camera’s settings and features.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Five Homeschooling Apps for Young Children

Do you or a loved one feel compelled to homeschool in the coming year? With a year of homeschooling under his belt, Josh Centers suggests five apps that might help.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 13 comments

iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8 Add News Features, Car Keys, Symptom Tracking

Late-cycle updates for Apple’s operating system let you (theoretically) use your iPhone as a Car Key, add local news and audio stories to News, help you track symptoms, and more.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple’s Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Appear on The Talk Show

In a welcome change from pundits pontificating, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak appeared on John Gruber’s The Talk Show podcast to discuss the company’s announcements at WWDC 2020.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple Launches an Apple Card Web Portal

Apple has at last launched a Web portal for the Apple Card so you no longer need to rely on your iPhone to check your balance or pay your bill. But it doesn’t provide all the capabilities available in the Wallet app.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Serenity Caldwell Summarizes the WWDC Keynote in Under 90 Seconds

Don’t have nearly 2 hours to watch the WWDC keynote, fast-paced though it was? Former Macworld and iMore editor Serenity Caldwell narrates a highly edited summary that covers the key points in less than 90 seconds.

Josh Centers 16 comments

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Echo Android and Newton

iOS 14 promises a tight package of new features, many of which have existed in Google’s Android for years, while iPadOS 14 takes those features and mixes in a bit of Newton handwriting recognition. Egg freckles, anyone?

Adam Engst 36 comments

Beware! iCloud Backups Deleted after 180 Days

Did you know that Apple automatically deletes iCloud backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 6 months after the last backup was made? Even when you continue to pay for iCloud storage space? Neither did we, and while it’s not a common problem, plenty of people have suffered from it.

Josh Centers 14 comments

You Can Now Export Apple Card Statements to Quicken and QuickBooks

Many TidBITS readers have requested the option to export Apple Card data to Quicken and QuickBooks, in addition to PDF, CSV, and OFX. Apple has finally added support for those formats.

Adam Engst 37 comments

Kernel Vulnerability Causes Apple to Update All Operating Systems

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS to address a security vulnerability in the kernel that could allow an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Update soon!

Klaus Wirtz 22 comments

Exploring Hearing Aid Integration in iOS

The author describes his experience in setting up and using “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. The integration works, but in daily life not every usage aspect is obvious.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Logitech Combo Touch: Love at First Type

If you have a recent Touch ID iPad but have been lusting after a new iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard, the $150 Logitech Combo Touch might make you fall in love with your iPad all over again.

Glenn Fleishman 43 comments

Take a HEIC: Make Sure AP and Other Test Uploads Work from Your iPhone and iPad

Apple adopted the space-saving HEIC image-package format early. That choice, coupled with a poorly coded test submission site from the College Board, caused problems for students taking Advanced Placement tests this year. Here’s how to avoid trouble.

Adam Engst 161 comments

Why You Shouldn’t Make a Habit of Force-Quitting iOS Apps or Restarting iOS Devices

A surprising number of people continue to force-quit iOS apps and restart or shut down their iOS devices as a matter of habit. Except when recovering from a frozen app or misbehaving device, those behaviors will reduce battery life and hurt performance. Here’s why.

Josh Centers 31 comments

Apple Tailors iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 to a COVID-19 World

Apple has released the iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 updates with COVID-19-focused changes, including a new Exposure Notification API and fixes to help make Group FaceTime and Face ID less painful.