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Adam Engst 5 comments

Ensure Sufficient Free Space before Upgrading to Ventura

After hearing about Ventura upgrade problems from a reader, Adam Engst did some research to determine that you should try to have at least 37 GB free before upgrading to Ventura. And how you determine that 37 GB might matter.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Visiting an Apple Store: The Value of In-Person Impressions

Adam Engst made his first visit to an Apple Store since before the start of the pandemic and came away with some changed opinions after getting a chance to lay his hands on some recent (and not-so-recent) products. Online ordering is great, but can’t provide the full picture.

Josh Centers 29 comments

iOS 16.1.1, iPadOS 16.1.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura Plug Two Security Holes

iOS 16.0.1, iPadOS 16.0.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura close a couple of concerning security vulnerabilities related to libxml2. Update soon to protect yourself.

Adam Engst 42 comments

OneWorld 65 Combines International Adapter with 65W USB-C Charger

Thanks to gallium nitride technology, OneAdaptr was able to create a svelte 65W USB-C charger that can plug into any international power outlet and lets you charge up to six devices at once.

Josh Centers 40 comments

Apple Releases macOS 13 Ventura, iPadOS 16.1, iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, and More

Today is the big day: Apple has released macOS 13 Ventura and iPadOS 16.1 alongside iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, tvOS 16.1, and HomePod Software 16.1.

Adam Engst 11 comments

Apple Changes Portable Mac Descriptor from “Notebook” to “Laptop”

At long last, Apple has given up on the nonsensical “notebook” term and returned to referring to portable Macs as “laptops.” About time.

Adam Engst 62 comments

Survey Results: Which iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey Features Do You Actually Use?

The results are in and wow, do people not use a lot of Apple’s features. In fact, only 4 of 20 features garnered more votes from those who used the feature than those who didn’t. Some of the usage patterns are no surprise—SharePlay, really?—but others caught us off guard.

Josh Centers 16 comments

OWC miniStack STX Expands Your Mac’s Storage and Connectivity

Do you have a Mac mini that needs more storage and Thunderbolt 4 ports? The OWC miniStack STX is built just for you.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 10 comments

Continuity Camera Turns an iPhone Into a Mac Webcam

If you think the webcams built into the latest Macs and Apple’s Studio Display leave a bit to be desired, there’s an alternative: Continuity Camera. Harnessing an iPhone as a Mac webcam, Continuity Camera provides a high-quality virtual-camera system in the upcoming iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Ars Technica Tracks Mac Update Lifespans

Curious about how long you can expect a Mac to receive macOS updates? Ars Technica has compiled that data from 1998 through 2016—it’s a fascinating look at how chip transitions affect compatibility.

Josh Centers 13 comments

iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, macOS 12.5 Monterey, watchOS 8.7, tvOS 15.6, and HomePod Software 15.6

Even though its next-generation operating systems are around the corner, Apple has issued minor updates for its current releases to fix bugs, plug security holes, and add a few tiny features to the TV app.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 15 comments

First Impressions: Stage Manager on the iPad and Mac

Apple has turbocharged iPad multitasking in the upcoming iPadOS 16 with Stage Manager, a new feature that introduces Mac-style windowing. It also provides external display support that does more than mirror the iPad screen. A version of Stage Manager is coming in macOS 13 Ventura, as well. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tried Stage Manager on both platforms.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Opens Public Betas for macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod Software 16

Apple has opened public betas of its next-generation operating systems, but remember that these aren’t for everyday use. Only install on devices that you can dedicate to testing!

Josh Centers 5 comments

M2 MacBook Air Available to Order Now, Already Backordered

The redesigned M2 MacBook Air is available to order now, but ship dates have already slipped to mid-August. There are also concerns about thermal throttling with the M2 chip with extremely processor-intensive tasks.

Josh Centers 16 comments

Bringing Back Keyboard Flags in macOS 12.4 Monterey

macOS 12.4 Monterey removed colorful flag icons that made it easy to see the keyboard input menu. If that’s a problem for you, here’s how you can get them back.