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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.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 24 comments

Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 16 comments

With the Trackpad-Equipped Magic Keyboard, You Can Use an iPad Pro Like a Laptop

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is Apple’s first iPad cover with an integrated trackpad, and it also features a revised keyboard, a rugged hinge with a built-in USB-C charging port, and a new docking system that holds the iPad in the air. It makes the iPad Pro into more of an alternative to a laptop than ever before.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Maps Now Displays COVID-19 Testing Sites

Apple Maps in iOS and iPadOS now displays COVID-19 testing sites throughout the United States.

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 126 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.