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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.

Adam Engst 5 comments

VintageApple.org Archives the Early Mac Universe

Adam Engst was recently turned on to the VintageApple.org site, which has full archives of Macworld, MacUser, and Byte, along with hundreds of vintage books about the Mac and Apple. Check it out!

Adam Engst Josh Centers 24 comments

Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

Adam Engst 65 comments

Updated 13-inch MacBook Pro Dumps Butterfly Keyboard, Doubles Storage

Apple has announced an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro that eliminates the butterfly keyboard and doubles the standard storage. The higher-end models also feature 10th-generation Intel CPUs for faster performance.

Josh Centers 22 comments

Bloomberg Reports Apple Will Start Transitioning the Mac to ARM in 2021

After years of rumors about how Apple was planning to transition the Mac from Intel-based CPUs to its own ARM-based processors, Bloomberg reports that the move will start in 2021.

Adam Engst 71 comments

Six Lessons Learned from Dealing with an iMac’s Dead SSD

After working through the failure of his iMac’s SSD, Adam Engst shares the lessons he learned with regard to backing up, restoring, and eking out the most life from old hardware. Hint: waiting to upgrade hardware and software can make troubleshooting and recovery more difficult.

Adam Engst 34 comments

TipBITS: Stop Getting Finder Windows in Tabs

Frustrated by having drives and folders in the Finder open in tabs instead of new windows, Adam Engst discovered that there are two preferences that control this behavior, and one is in a surprising spot.

Josh Centers 14 comments

macOS 10.15.4 Catalina Supplemental Update Fixes FaceTime Bug

Apple has released macOS 10.15.4 Catalina Supplemental Update to fix a FaceTime bug and others introduced in macOS 10.15.4.

Josh Centers 9 comments

The 2020 MacBook Air’s FaceTime HD Camera Is Still Lousy

Joanna Stern took the 2020 MacBook Air webcam for a spin, comparing it to other popular laptop webcams and a 2010 MacBook Pro, and found that, while they’re all terrible in comparison with an iPhone 11, Apple’s laptop webcams haven’t improved much in the past decade.

Adam Engst 17 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.