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Adam Engst 18 comments

Apple to Ship iOS 13 on September 19th, iOS 13.1 on September 30th

Despite saying nothing during its iPhone announcement event, Apple has quietly revealed that iOS 13 will ship on September 19th, with iOS 13.1 following soon after on September 30th. With no other word from Cupertino, Adam Engst makes some guesses about macOS 10.15 Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Take Control Tackles Catalina and iOS 13

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Apple will undoubtedly be announcing ship dates for macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13 at its September 10th event, but you can start preparing for the upgrade and what’s new with three new books from Take Control.

Josh Centers 22 comments

Apple Issues Emergency Updates for All Its Operating Systems

Apple has issued emergency updates for macOS 10.14 Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 because it accidentally reintroduced a major security vulnerability in last month’s round of updates.

Josh Centers 12 comments

FAA Warns Airlines about 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros

You may have trouble flying with a recalled 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro due to its potential fire hazard. It remains to be seen how airline and airport staff will distinguish between affected and unaffected units and those whose batteries have been replaced.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, tvOS 12.4, and More

Apple has released macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, and tvOS 12.4. In a surprise move, the company also pushed out iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6 for older iOS devices that can’t run iOS 12.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Apple Slashes Mac SSD Prices

Along with the news of revised MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, Apple has cut SSD prices across the Mac lineup.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

Apple Updates Air, Pro Laptops, Kills off the MacBook

Apple has revamped its notebook line, mostly on the low end. Its 12-inch MacBook is no more. Meanwhile, it has overhauled its entry-level MacBook Pro, adding a Touch Bar and other hardware features, while providing minor MacBook Air tweaks along with a decent price drop.

Curtis Wilcox 21 comments

Apple to Deprecate Scripting Languages in Future Versions of macOS

Apple says future versions of macOS won’t include a number of open-source scripting languages. The impact of this change will vary depending on the audience, but it will affect more people than you might think.

Adam Engst 2 comments

Apple Releases Public Betas of macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and tvOS 13

Apple has opened the public beta program for its upcoming versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. watchOS 6 isn’t included, but Apple has started to invite select people to its AppleSeed program.

Josh Centers 26 comments

Stop Using Your 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple has issued a recall for certain 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between 2015 and 2017 due to a fire hazard caused by overheating batteries, and Apple even says to not use affected computers until they’re repaired.

Michael E. Cohen 53 comments

New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Offer Power for a (High) Price

It has been a long time coming, but Apple’s new highly configurable Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR monitor raise the bar—and the price—of a high-end Mac workstation. Well-heeled creative professionals who need maximum performance will be delighted.

Adam Engst 32 comments

No Mac Is an Island with macOS Catalina

At WWDC, Apple threw back the curtains on macOS 10.15 Catalina, bringing the Mac ever closer to iOS without losing sight of what makes the Mac unique. We’re particularly impressed with the work the company did on accessibility features.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Starts MacBook Pro Repair Program to Address “Flexgate”

Failing displays in 13-inch MacBook Pro models from 2016 have prompted another repair program from Apple.

Josh Centers 17 comments

Apple Updates MacBook Pros with 8-core Processors and a Keyboard Fix(?)

Apple is once again attempting to address issues with its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards with a new design for its updated laptop models and an expanded repair program for existing ones. Oh, and there are faster processors.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Patches ZombieLoad Vulnerabilities

Security researchers have discovered a new class of vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs dating back to 2011 and beyond. Happily, Apple’s macOS 10.14.5 and Security Update 2019-003 provide fixes.