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Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, tvOS 13.4, and iOS 13.4 for HomePod

Although Apple focused most of its operating system update work on iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, the integration of the company’s platforms means that everything else received updates as well. Here’s the rundown.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Aerial Brings Apple TV Screen Savers to the Mac

Do you like the Aerial screen savers on your Apple TV? A free, open-source app brings them to your Mac’s screen as well.

Adam Engst 18 comments

New MacBook Air Features Magic Keyboard and Lower Price

Following last year's release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard, Apple has now brought that keyboard to the MacBook Air. The updated model also features faster performance, more storage options, and a lower entry-level price of $999.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Apple Doubles Mac mini Storage Configurations

Apple announced that the Mac mini standard configurations now have twice as much storage as before, while prices remain the same. There are no other changes.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 19 comments

Automate Window Positioning With macOS and Apps

Don’t waste precious time manually repositioning and resizing macOS windows. You can automate that task to a large extent using native macOS controls, and third-party utilities give you even more power. Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at two of the top window-wrangling apps.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Putting a $31,199 Mac Pro Through Its Paces

Who would want a Mac Pro costing nearly $32,000? Craig A. Hunter found that it’s a good value for the right sort of professional, given that it can complete calculations that would cost thousands of dollars per solution on a supercomputer.

Adam Engst 18 comments

TipBITS: Enable the Startup Chime on New Macs

Have you been missing the startup chime on a new Mac? It’s once again possible to enable it with a simple Terminal command.

Josh Centers No comments

Swift Playgrounds Now Available for the Mac

The Swift Playgrounds app—a kinder, gentler way to learn Swift programming—is now available for Mac users running macOS 10.15.3 Catalina or later.

Josh Centers 18 comments

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.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Disable Turbo Boost to Simulate Low Power Mode for Macs

Developer and podcaster Marco Arment believes Apple should add a Low Power Mode to macOS for laptop users, and he has numbers from disabling the Turbo Boost feature of Intel CPUs to support his case.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Front and Center Brings Back Classic Mac Window Management

Miss the way that window management worked before Mac OS X? The new Front and Center app brings that behavior back.

Adam Engst 91 comments

The Few Remaining Uses of the Word “Macintosh”

Nagged by the question of whether Apple still uses the term “Macintosh” anywhere, Adam Engst pores over targeted Google search results to confirm that the company has excised “Macintosh” from all modern uses, with a few odd exceptions.

Josh Centers 11 comments

How to Downgrade a New Mac to Mojave from Catalina

If you’re looking at buying a new Mac now, it will likely ship with macOS 10.15 Catalina. If you’re not ready to upgrade from Mojave, it’s still possible to downgrade most new Macs, but it might not be easy.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Solving Mac OS 8’s Y2K20 Bug

Keeping an old Mac running Mac OS 8 or earlier around for the fun of it? Beware that early versions of the classic Mac OS won’t let you set a time after the end of 2019. Happily, a free utility lets you work around this limitation for another 20 years.

Adam Engst 6 comments

2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR: Big Iron for Big Bucks

As promised, Apple has released the powerful Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR before the end of 2019. Not by a lot, but if you get your order in soon, Apple will even deliver them before January. Just be prepared to pony up a chunk of change.