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20 Years Later, Steven Levy Looks Back on the Power Mac G4 Cube

The Power Mac G4 Cube was Apple’s most beautiful failure, a cutting-edge and memorable machine that sold fewer than 150,000 units. Wired’s Steven Levy looks back at it, 20 years after its introduction.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 13 comments

iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8 Add News Features, Car Keys, Symptom Tracking

Late-cycle updates for Apple’s operating system let you (theoretically) use your iPhone as a Car Key, add local news and audio stories to News, help you track symptoms, and more.

Josh Centers 15 comments

Don’t Close Your MacBook with a Webcam Cover Attached

If you use a physical webcam cover on a MacBook, Apple wants you to know that shutting the lid with the cover attached could damage your screen.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple’s Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Appear on The Talk Show

In a welcome change from pundits pontificating, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak appeared on John Gruber’s The Talk Show podcast to discuss the company’s announcements at WWDC 2020.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Troubleshooting Startups Will Work Differently in Apple Silicon Macs

There are big changes coming to how you invoke various startup modes on Apple Silicon Macs, but the good news is that you won’t have to remember obscure keyboard combinations.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Serenity Caldwell Summarizes the WWDC Keynote in Under 90 Seconds

Don’t have nearly 2 hours to watch the WWDC keynote, fast-paced though it was? Former Macworld and iMore editor Serenity Caldwell narrates a highly edited summary that covers the key points in less than 90 seconds.

Glenn Fleishman 11 comments

Big Sur Makes Changes to Many Apple Apps and Basic Features

Apple unveiled macOS 11.0 Big Sur during the WWDC keynote, showing off overhauls of Messages and Maps, while improving Safari, Photos, and other apps. Mail was conspicuously absent for now.

Michael E. Cohen Adam Engst 18 comments

Apple Takes macOS to Big Sur… and to 11

Described as being the biggest update to macOS since OS X, macOS Big Sur features streamlined design, more customizable controls, privacy enhancements, and increased interoperability with iPadOS and iOS. X hasn’t marked the spot for several years, but we’re now in Spinal Tap territory: it’s macOS 11.0 Big Sur, for those who are keeping score.

Adam Engst 92 comments

Macs Make the Move to ARM with Apple Silicon

The rumors finally came true. At the WWDC keynote, Apple announced that the Mac would be transitioning to custom-designed Apple processors along the lines of those that power the iPad Pro. The first such Mac should be available by the end of this year, with the full transition taking about two years.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Rolls Out Two Professional Mac Upgrades Before WWDC

Apple has rolled out an ultra-high-end graphics option for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and do-it-yourself SSD upgrades for the Mac Pro.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Plans In-Store Mac Trade-in Program

You’ve been able to trade in old Macs while purchasing online for a while now, but Apple is reportedly planning to extend the program to in-store Mac trade-ins.

David Shayer 40 comments

The Case for ARM-Based Macs

Rumors of ARM-based Macs continue to appear. Lower power and longer battery life are always cited. But even more important are the business advantages Apple would reap from switching from Intel to ARM. Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains what would be behind such a processor transition.

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!

Josh Centers 19 comments

Apple Adds Free Fonts to Catalina

If you’ve upgraded to macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, note that Apple has licensed a number of lovely fonts you can use for free.

Adam Engst 23 comments

macOS 10.15.5 Update Adds Battery Health Management

Apple has released macOS 10.15.5 Catalina with a new battery health management feature for recent Mac laptops, along with a necessary option for Group FaceTime, calibration for the Pro Display XDR, and a smattering of bug and security fixes.