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Category: iPhone, iPad, & iOS

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 15 comments

Apple Unveils Fifth-Generation iPad Air with M1, 5G, and Center Stage

At its Peek Performance event, Apple unveiled a fifth-generation iPad Air that swaps out the aging A14 Bionic processor for the M1 chip found in the iPad Pro and lower-cost Macs.

Adam Engst 12 comments

How to Create App Aliases in iOS 15

Adam Engst discovered that iOS 15 lets you move apps to the Home screen after finding them in a search… and then he stumbled across something even more exciting: you can now make aliases to apps!

Josh Centers 1 comment

Verizon Offering Free Apple Arcade with Unlimited 5G Plans

If you subscribe to either of Verizon’s 5G Play More or 5G Get More unlimited plans, you now get free access to Apple Arcade indefinitely.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Declares the iPhone 6 Plus “Vintage”

Apple has moved the iPhone 6 Plus to its list of vintage products, meaning that you might have a tougher time getting it repaired.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Support App Now Offers Some Repair Estimates

Curious how much it would cost to repair an Apple device? The Apple Support app now offers estimates in select locations. But only for the most common repairs to certain devices.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Releases macOS 12.2.1 Monterey, iOS 15.3.1, iPadOS 15.3.1, and watchOS 8.4.2

The latest maintenance updates to Apple’s core operating systems fix a couple of serious bugs and a major security flaw.

Josh Centers 15 comments

Apple Releases iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, macOS Monterey 12.2, watchOS 8.4, tvOS 15.3, and HomePod Software Version 15.3

Apple has updated all of its operating systems with bug fixes and security updates but no new features apart from Siri on the HomePod learning to recognize two new languages.

Adam Engst 80 comments

Apple’s New Focus Feature May Be Overkill

Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature has evolved into the ecosystem-wide Focus, which provides so many options and capabilities that it may be impossible to predict when notifications will work and when they won't. Adam Engst shows you how to use Focus and suggests that you stick to the basics.

Josh Centers 10 comments

iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 Fix Messages Bug and HomeKit Vulnerability

Apple has released highly focused iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 updates to tackle two bugs and a nasty HomeKit vulnerability.

Adam Engst 12 comments

LittleBITS: Inadvertent Mail Deletion, TidBITS Security Vulnerability, and iOS Update Error 1100

Did you know that pressing Control-H in Mail deletes the current message? You do now. Adam also shares a story about a Pakistani security researcher reporting a vulnerability on the TidBITS site and a reader tip about avoiding USB hubs when updating an iPhone from a Mac.

Josh Centers No comments

Reduce Distractions with Notification Summaries

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 can sum up less-urgent notifications in regular summaries to reduce the number of times per day your phone distracts you.

Josh Centers 28 comments

Apple Releases iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, macOS 12.1 Monterey, watchOS 8.3, and tvOS 15.2

Apple has released iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, with delayed features like App Privacy Report and Digital Legacy. Apple also dropped watchOS 8.3, tvOS 15.2, and HomePod Software 15.2.

Josh Centers 9 comments

A Quick Primer on Time Sensitive Notifications

Apple’s latest operating systems offer powerful features to tame notifications, but how can you make sure you always get important alerts at the right time? The answer is Time Sensitive notifications.

Adam Engst 10 comments

Apple Updates AirPods Firmware to 4C165

Apple has updated the firmware in all currently supported AirPods models but hasn’t said what it’s supposed to change.

Josh Centers 12 comments

iOS 15.1.1 Prevents Dropped Calls on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13

Apple has released iOS 15.1.1 exclusively for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 to address a bug causing dropped calls.