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Josh Centers 56 comments

Verizon Now Offering Free Call Filtering to Block Telemarketers

Under pressure from the US Federal Communications Commission, Verizon now offers a free call-filtering service, but it’s just a band-aid on the spam-call problem.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Apple Cancels AirPower, Can’t Take the Heat

Apple has officially canceled the AirPower wireless charging mat that it announced in September 2017 alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Physics is a harsh mistress.

Adam Engst 9 comments

iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Add Apple News+ and Enhance Apps

Apple News+ may be the main change in iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Mojave, but Apple has also added small features and options to a number of apps and technologies, including AirPlay, Apple Pay, Safari, and Screen Time. There are also a handful of bug fixes and a slew of security fixes.

Adam Engst 46 comments

Apple Quietly Releases New iPad mini and iPad Air

Apple has at long last updated the much-loved iPad mini with modern-day specs. Joining it is a new iPad Air that’s essentially an updated 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a worse camera and two fewer speakers.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 22 comments

Palm’s Tiny Phone Sucks, but How About an iPhone nano?

Most Apple users won’t be interested in the new Palm, a super tiny Android phone that’s also deeply flawed. But what might an iPhone with similar proportions look like? How would it work? And would anyone want it? Let’s take a flight of fancy!

Josh Centers 5 comments

The Lengths Thieves Will Go to Unlock iPhones

Apple’s Activation Lock feature has helped discourage iPhone thefts by preventing an iPhone from being activated while it’s registered to an iCloud account, but thieves are finding clever ways to work around this requirement.

Dave Kitabjian 21 comments

Seek and Ye Shall Find Things in the Dark with an iPhone Thermal Camera

If you’ve ever wanted to spot insulation leaks in your home or search for warm-blooded animals in total darkness, there’s finally an affordable thermal imaging camera that plugs right into your iPhone.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple in 2018: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has published his fourth annual report card on Apple’s performance in the last year, drawing once again on ratings and comments from a large group of industry observers.

Josh Centers 7 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 4 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 23 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.