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Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 with Bug Fixes

Apple’s iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 updates don’t offer many hints about what might have changed apart from a slew of security fixes.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max

Updating a product that was last revised for the iPhone 7, Apple has released smart battery cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three are available now for $129.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Insights into User Behavior Surrounding Smartphone Apps

Analyst Ben Bajarin teamed up with indie app developers to learn how people discover apps and decide which ones to install. Some of the results may surprise you.

Adam Engst 18 comments

Is Your iPhone Calling Other Countries?

Faced with his mother’s iPhone suddenly being unable to dial favorites correctly in the Phone app, Adam Engst discovers that iOS region settings can get corrupted. Here’s the solution.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Claims Bent iPad Pros Are Totally Normal

Some new iPad Pros are coming with a slight bend in the case. Apple insists that the bend is totally normal and nothing to worry about. If you end up with such a unit, we recommend returning it immediately.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple Releases iOS 12.1.2, Likely to Address Qualcomm Patent Issue

iOS 12.1.2 fixes eSIM and cellular issues for Apple’s 2018 iPhones and provides unspecified security fixes, but the main reason for its existence may be to work around a ban on selling some iPhone models in China due to alleged infringement of Qualcomm patents.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 19 comments

New iPad Pro: Power and Productivity, at a Price

Apple has released a third generation of its iPad Pro line with a top-to-bottom redesign and high ambitions to set the tablet in competition with notebooks. Unfortunately, although a revised Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio provide added flexibility, the iPad Pro remains hobbled at times by software limitations.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 12 comments

Luna Display Turns an iPad into a Responsive Mac Screen

Astro HQ’s Luna Display dongle for the Mac turns an iPad into a secondary monitor via Lightning or Wi-Fi. Others have pulled off such an iPad-as-Mac-screen maneuver using software, but Luna’s hardware approach taps into the Mac’s graphics acceleration to improve performance.

Jeff Porten 18 comments

Google Fi Comes to the iPhone… Mostly

Google's Project Fi phone service has become Google Fi, with official support for using the iPhone you bring to the plan. But the iPhone experience isn't the same as for Android phones using regular Google Fi. So for now, Google Fi is worthwhile only in select circumstances.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1

Apple has updated iOS, macOS, and tvOS with tweaks and bug fixes, and most importantly, you can once again switch between iPhone cameras with a single tap when making FaceTime calls.

Josh Centers 6 comments

David Barnard Explains How to Game the App Store

Developer David Barnard is tired of scammy copycat App Store apps, and he’s divulging all of these developers’ tricks in an effort to call Apple’s attention to them.

Josh Centers 1 comment

TipBITS: Using the iPhone Camera’s Zoom Button

Certain recent models of the iPhone feature a dedicated zoom button in the Camera app’s viewfinder. It may do more than you realized.

Michael E. Cohen 25 comments

Apple Introduces Redesigned iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Grab your wallet as a set of spiffy new iPad Pros come to town, featuring Face ID, USB-C, and A12X Bionic brains. Apple also released an improved Apple Pencil that charges inductively, sticks to the iPad Pro itself, and won't roll off your desk.

Josh Centers 24 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1.1, and tvOS 12.1

During its special event in Brooklyn, Apple announced iOS 12.1, which gains the delayed Group FaceTime feature, dual-SIM capabilities for this year’s iPhones, camera improvements, new emojis, and more. Later in the day, the company quietly released macOS 10.14.1 Mojave, also with support for Group FaceTime, along with watchOS 5.1, tvOS 12.1, and iOS 12.1 for HomePod.

Joe Kissell 6 comments

Inside iOS 12: Use Third-Party Password Managers to Simplify Logins

Among the password-related changes in iOS 12 is the much-anticipated support for integrating third-party password managers with Safari and other apps, almost—but not quite—as a peer to iCloud Keychain.