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Adam Engst 24 comments

Apple Updates MacBook Pros with Faster CPUs, Higher RAM Ceiling, True Tone Display, and T2 Chip

A little over a year since the last update, Apple has now released new MacBook Pro models with quad-core and 6-core CPUs, an option for 32 GB of RAM, a True Tone display, a quieter butterfly keyboard, and an Apple T2 chip that enables Hey Siri.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Three Ways to Reset a Lost Admin Password in High Sierra

Have you forgotten your Mac’s admin password, or need to help a friend or client who has lost it? Here’s how to reset it, but beware that doing so prevents access to the account keychain’s collection of login credentials.

Sharon Zardetto 26 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: Batch-Rename Items in the Finder

It’s a cinch to rename a file or folder in the Finder. But renaming a group of them in a common way—appending a project name, fixing a repeated misspelling, or adding serial numbers? That, too, can be easy, with the Finder’s often-overlooked batch-renaming capability.

Jeff Porten 5 comments

Apple Announces Service Program for Butterfly-Switch Keyboards

Apple’s new service program won’t increase key travel for the butterfly-switch keyboards in the MacBook or MacBook Pro, but it does eliminate any worry about a $700 repair if your keyboard fails after the warranty expires.

Josh Centers 20 comments

macOS 10.14 Mojave Will Be the Last to Support 32-Bit Apps

In news that won’t surprise attentive TidBITS readers, Apple has announced that the upcoming macOS 10.14 Mojave will be the last to support 32-bit apps. If you rely on older 32-bit apps, you probably have at least 15 months before it becomes a problem in macOS 10.15.

Sharon Zardetto 10 comments

Everything You Wanted to Know about Using the Mac App Store (For Now)

Buying something from the Mac App Store is so easy, it’s as if Apple planned it that way. But there are things you should know, and things you can do, to keep the experience effortless and handle any glitches that might appear.

Josh Centers 29 comments

Craig Federighi Talks about Bringing iOS Apps to the Mac

iOS apps are coming to the Mac. Apple’s Craig Federighi sat down with Wired to offer some specifics about how that will work.

Michael E. Cohen 28 comments

The Big News about macOS 10.14 Mojave Is Dark

Dark Mode leads the list of new features in the evolutionary macOS 14 Mojave. But, while most of the changes are small, many of them will be welcome.

Josh Centers 13 comments

macOS 10.13.5 High Sierra Brings Messages in iCloud

Following a few days after iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5 High Sierra brings the Messages in iCloud feature to the Mac.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Class-Action Suit Filed against Apple for MacBook Butterfly Keyboards

Users are fed up with the sticky keyboards in recent Apple laptops, as well as the company's lack of response, leading to a class-action lawsuit.

Josh Centers 7 comments

20 Years of the iMac

The iMac is now 20 years old, and 9to5Mac's Michael Steeber takes a look back at its history.

Josh Centers 29 comments

Reminiscing about the Early Mac’s Interface

Are contemporary computing interfaces making us crazy? Fast Company's Mark Wilson finds inner peace in the interface of the Mac operating system circa 1991.

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 21 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 23 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.