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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.

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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.

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Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems to address privacy and parental controls in iOS and performance in newer Mac hardware.

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Apple Card (Finally) Gains CSV Statement Export

In the category of features that should have been present from the start, Apple has finally added a CSV data export capability for the Apple Card. Here’s how to get your data out. How you import it into your personal finance package is up to you.

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

Apple is replacing some Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR due to charging failures, both of the case itself and the iPhone inside.

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Is the FBI Gearing Up for Another Encryption Fight with Apple?

Years after the FBI backed down from trying to force Apple to put a backdoor in the iPhone, it looks like the agency may be trying again by requesting that Apple decrypt iPhones related to the December 2019 shooting in Pensacola.

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The iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case Has a Hidden Camera Button

Apple’s Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11 series have a clever trick tucked away: a dedicated button to take photos.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

AirPods Go Pro With Better Fit, Advanced Audio Features

Apple has expanded upon its hit AirPods with new AirPods Pro models. They fit and sound better, courtesy of silicone ear tips, and add audio features like noise cancellation and a “transparency mode." The previous generation AirPods aren’t going anywhere, though.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Two Wallet Cases: Twelve South BookBook Vol. 2 and Ekster iPhone 11 Pro Case

Looking for a wallet case for an iPhone 11 Pro? Adam Engst looks at a pair of wallet cases from Twelve South and Ekster that promise to protect your iPhone 11 Pro and let you leave your wallet at home.

Josh Centers 16 comments

Apple Pushes Out iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, iOS 13.3 for HomePod, macOS 10.15.2 Catalina, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3

Apple’s getting ready to hunker down for the holidays, so the company has updated all of its shipping operating systems with bug fixes and a few features.

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Apple’s Explanation for Unexpected iPhone 11 Location Requests

The iPhone 11 models are regularly gathering location data, even when location access is turned off for all apps and services. Why? Security researcher Brian Krebs has received answers from Apple, but they’re not entirely satisfactory.

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iOS 13 Bugs Cause Apple to Overhaul Software Testing

In the wake of complaints about iOS 13, Apple is revising its internal testing procedures, but the company’s proposed changes don’t address all the concerns laid out by former Apple engineer David Shayer.

Josh Centers 15 comments

TipBITS: Scroll More Quickly in iOS 13

In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple added scroll bar functionality that lets you quickly scroll through long documents and Web pages. It’s about time the iOS scroll bar did more than indicate your position in a document.

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Amazon Music Opens Ad-Supported Free Tier for iOS Users

Amazon is now offering an ad-supported free tier of its music service—which was previously exclusive to users of Amazon Echo devices—to iOS, Android, Fire TV, and Web users.