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Glenn Fleishman 1 comment

iOS Mail Exploits Serious but Unlikely to Affect Normal Users

A security research firm found a pair of bugs in Mail in iOS 13 that could be leveraged to allow arbitrary code to run without a user viewing the message. But claims about how severe and how widespread the exploits are seem overstated.

Adam Engst 119 comments

Large Size of Apple’s New Low-Cost iPhone SE Disappoints

Apple has released a new iPhone SE that reuses the iPhone 8 form factor, meaning that it’s notably larger and heavier than the model it nominally replaces. But even as an updated iPhone 8, the second-generation iPhone SE is cheap, uses Touch ID, and boasts modern specs, so it will be welcomed by those for whom iPhones have become too expensive.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Arrives Early

You can now order the new trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, and it will be arriving a month earlier than originally promised.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Hey Fourteen: When Numbers Get Siri-ous

Do you know what happens when you invoke Siri and say “14”? After seeing numerous hits on our Web site for Google searches on that topic, Adam Engst spent some time suggesting numbers to Siri. He came up with some interesting results.

Josh Centers 4 comments

iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 Fix FaceTime Bug

Apple has released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 to fix a few bugs left over from the recently released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4.

Josh Centers No comments

2020 iPad Models Feature a Hardware Microphone Disconnect

Apple is now equipping iPads with a feature that cuts off the microphone at the hardware level when an attached case is closed, preventing apps from spying on you.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 10 comments

The iPad Gets Full Trackpad and Mouse Support

Baked into iPadOS 13.4 is full-featured support for trackpad and mouse input, with a few twists. Apple has tailored the traditional technology to the iPad with a cursor that looks nothing like you’ve seen on a computer.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Tool

Apple has released a Web site and free iOS app to help you screen yourself for COVID-19 and learn more about the disease.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 12 comments

iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4: Trackpad Support, iCloud Drive Folder Sharing, and More

iPadOS 13.4 brings dramatically improved support for mice and trackpads, iOS 13.4 provides a return to always-visible controls in Mail, and both gain the long-promised support for iCloud Drive folder sharing, along with a variety of bug fixes.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Hell Freezes Over: Apple’s New iPad Pro Supports Trackpads

No, it’s not April Fools Day. Apple has stunned the world by not only introducing a new iPad Pro in the midst of a global pandemic but also announcing that it will have an optional trackpad. But hang on to your wallet because the prices will be eye-watering.

Jenna Tsui 4 comments

Three Worthwhile Buy-Back Programs for iPhones

Should you choose an Apple in-store trade-in when participating in an iPhone buy-back program, or go with a different option? Here's an overview of some of the top buy-back providers for Apple enthusiasts.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 5 comments

Pedometer Apps Turn Your iPhone into a Step Counter

Step counting is a good way to ensure you’re staying active, and if you don’t have an Apple Watch, your iPhone can keep track of how many steps you take every day. Apple’s Health app includes step counting among its fitness metrics. Better yet, try a third-party pedometer app such as ActivityTracker Pedometer or Pedometer++.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Is Apple Turning iOS into Adware?

Apple’s services business is growing by leaps and bounds, but is Apple’s relentless push to sell services with non-stop ads hurting its core products? (Short answer: Yes, it is.)

Adam Engst 17 comments

Double-Check Your iPhone’s Medical ID Emergency Contacts

Could an emergency responder use your iPhone to help save your life and alert your loved ones? Make sure you’ve configured your Medical ID, and even if you have done it already, check your emergency contacts to make sure their phone numbers are correct.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Finishes Rolling Out Redesigned Maps in the US

Apple has spent years overhauling its map data in the United States, and now it’s moving on to Europe.