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Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple to Replace Faulty Batteries in Non-Touch Bar 13-Inch MacBook Pros

Those of you with non-Touch Bar models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro should swing by Apple's Web site to see if your Mac may be covered by a program that replaces batteries that could expand, damaging the laptop.

Adam Engst 13 comments

Andy Ihnatko: “What Happens If Apple Dumps Intel?”

Over at Fast Company, Andy Ihnatko ponders what might happen if Apple were to develop its own CPUs for Macs, replacing the Intel chips that have powered Macs starting in 2006.

Adam Engst 22 comments

macOS 10.13.4 Causing Installation Log Failures

If you’re running macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra, and you restart, it’s possible that you’ll see an Installation Log screen and an error telling you that the macOS installation couldn’t be completed. Here’s how to recover.

Josh Centers 27 comments

macOS 10.13.4 Warns Users about 32-Bit Apps

Last year at WWDC, Apple said that High Sierra would be the last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps “without compromise.” The recently released macOS 10.13.4 takes the next step in that direction by alerting users the first time they launch a 32-bit app. Here’s what we know.

Adam Engst 11 comments

macOS 10.13.4 Breaks Third-Party Dual-Display Systems

If you rely on a third-party solution like AirDisplay, DisplayLink, Duet, or iDisplay for extending your display to a second screen, hold off on upgrading to macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra, since it currently breaks those products.

Adam Engst 25 comments

New Mac Pro Slated for 2019; May Be Modular

A year after Apple admitted to missteps with the Mac Pro in a meeting with prominent industry journalists, Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch has returned to Apple to follow up on the company’s progress.

Josh Centers 14 comments

macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra Adds Business Chat and External GPU Support

macOS 10.13.4 doesn't add any major features for most users, but it includes some welcome new features and fixes for professional users.

Josh Centers 3 comments

iWork Apps Add Apple Pencil Support, Pages Gains Ebook Creation Features

The iPad versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote gain Apple Pencil support for drawing and writing, along with Smart Annotations. Also, Pages has new ebook creation features.

Josh Centers 25 comments

Freezing Finder? Dropbox and Overstuffed Folders May Be the Culprit

Is your Finder sputtering and freezing? Josh Centers solved his Finder problems by cleaning out his Downloads folder and toggling Dropbox’s Finder integration.

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WWDC 2018 Returns to San Jose on June 4th through 8th

Apple has announced WWDC 2018 dates and that the location will remain in San Jose. If you’re interested in attending, get your name in the lottery by March 22nd.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

Three Alternatives to Twitter’s Now-Defunct Mac App

Twitter is finally putting its long-stagnant Mac app out of its misery. Now users must find replacements. Sadly, the selection isn’t vast. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested two native Mac apps, Twitterrific and Tweetbot, along with Twitter’s own cross-platform TweetDeck, which is intended for power users.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Updates Its Operating Systems to Address Telugu Bug

Apple has updated all of its operating systems — macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 — to fix yet another text-crashing bug. Here’s how to get the updates, and our advice on when you should install them.

Tonya Engst No comments

Free Webinar for Readers of “Take Control of Mac Basics”

Do you sometimes struggle with things on your Mac that seem like they should be easy? Or do you help people who have such issues? TidBITS editor in chief and Take Control author Tonya Engst is giving a webinar this week for readers of her “Take Control of Mac Basics” book to explain some of those problems.

Josh Centers 10 comments

The Legend of Snow Leopard

In the view of many long-time Mac users, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was the pinnacle of Apple’s desktop software, with every update since a step backward in one way or another. 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks into this phenomenon and its origins. Along with the timing and pricing issues Steeber mentions, an argument could be made that Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X before Apple started to add iOS elements in 10.7 Lion. Plus, Snow Leopard was the final version of OS X to support Rosetta, and thus the last version that could run PowerPC applications. Despite all this, it’s worth remembering that Snow Leopard hasn’t seen a security update in years.

Adam Engst 21 comments

Apple to Deprecate Many macOS Server Services

In a move that has surprised few, Apple has announced via a support note that it will be deprecating nearly all the remaining services in macOS Server. In the future, macOS Server will “focus on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.” Time to start looking for alternatives for everything else macOS Server does for you.