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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 68 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.

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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.

Adam Engst 19 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 20 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 21 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.