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Josh Centers

#1521: AirPods vs. AirPods Pro, Zwift virtual bicycling, Apple Card gains a Web portal

Good news for those who have found the Wallet app constraining for working with your Apple Card—Apple has finally launched a Web portal that lets you perform some (but not all) Apple Card-related tasks on…

Adam Engst

#1520: Reporting bugs to Apple, what’s coming in tvOS 14 and HomeKit, explaining HEIC, accessing a deceased family member’s Apple account

Now that WWDC has wound down, we wrap up our coverage with a look at what’s coming in tvOS 14 and HomeKit, plus pass on advice from former Apple engineer David Shayer on how to…

Josh Centers

#1519: Apple breaks up with Intel, macOS Big Sur brings design changes, iOS 14 revamps the Home screen, watchOS 7 tracks sleep and handwashing

Starting on a somber note and accelerating to a breakneck pace, Apple turned its ecosystem upside down today at WWDC. First came the announcement that it’s transitioning the Mac away from Intel and making the…

Josh Centers

#1518: iCloud backups deleted after 180 days, the case for ARM Macs, Apple drops iBooks Author, menu bar scripts with BitBar tutorial

If you rely on iCloud Backup for your iPhones and iPads, be aware that Apple automatically deletes inactive backups after 180 days. In other sour news, Apple is ending support for iBooks Author, a once-groundbreaking…

Josh Centers

#1517: Apple on #BlackLivesMatter, export Apple Card statements, Kudoboard for virtual special occasions, videoconferencing tips

In the wake of worldwide protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd, Apple used its Apple Music service to express support of and solidarity with Black communities, curated a collection of movies in a Confronting…

Josh Centers

#1516: Security fix for all Apple OSes, macOS 10.15.5 battery health management, Logitech Combo Touch, MFi hearing aid integration

With last week’s macOS 10.15.5 update, Apple introduced a battery health management feature to extend the lifespan of batteries in recent MacBooks, but it comes at the cost of everyday runtime. We thought that would…

Josh Centers

#1515: Stop force-quitting iOS apps, COVID-19 updates for iOS and iPadOS, AP test nightmares for iPhone/iPad users

Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 last week with COVID-19-based features like the inclusion of the Exposure Notification API co-developed with Google, an easier FaceID bypass for mask wearers, Medical ID sharing, and an…

Josh Centers

#1514: Beware scheduling via Siri, Apple shipping delays, Eggtronic Power Bar, ExactScan for older ScanSnap scanners, watchOS 6.2.5

If you use Siri to schedule events, be careful—Adam Engst learned the hard way that doing so can have unintended consequences, especially when coupled with Google Calendar. Looking to buy a new Mac or other…

Josh Centers

#1513: Former Apple engineer on Apple’s privacy approach, mirror Apple TV to Mac, WWDC goes virtual, free ACES Conference Prequel, TidBITS 30th podcasts

Former Apple engineer David Shayer joins us again this week to share Apple’s approach to privacy, contrast it to another tech company, and explain why he trusts the COVID-19 exposure notification proposal from Apple and…

Josh Centers

#1512: New 13-inch MacBook Pro, COVID-19 testing sites in Apple Maps, Apple’s bumpy Q2 2020, PDFpen 12, iPad Magic Keyboard

Much of the world may have shut down, but Apple continues to forge ahead with the release of new 13-inch MacBook Pro models that boast a Magic Keyboard and twice the standard storage space. Apple…

Josh Centers

#1511: Recovering from a dead SSD, preventing tabbed windows in the Finder, iOS Mail security exploits, affordable standing desks

Adam Engst was thrown for a loop recently when his iMac’s SSD died suddenly. This week, he shares lessons learned from the process of figuring out how to become functional again, which is easier said…

Josh Centers

#1510: New iPhone SE, Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, Zoom security responses, Siri and emergency calling

Jonesing for a new iPhone SE? The good news is that Apple introduced the second-generation iPhone SE last week with a modern processor and a $399 price. The bad news is that it’s the size…

Josh Centers

#1509: TidBITS 30th anniversary, Apple fixes FaceTime bug, Apple and Google partner for contact tracing, time tracking with Timing 2

TidBITS celebrates its 30th anniversary this week, but we need your help to keep going. Apple has released a slew of bug-fix updates—iOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4.1, and macOS 10.15.4 fix a FaceTime compatibility bug with…

Josh Centers

#1508: Zoom’s security and privacy flaws, videoconferencing options, Apple buys Dark Sky, using a trackpad with an iPad, what can Big Tech do for humanity?

“Strange days have found us,” sang Jim Morrison of the Doors, and we have an issue of TidBITS for you to match. We lead off with the news that Apple has purchased the Dark Sky…

Josh Centers

#1507: iPadOS 13.4, iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, COVID-19 screening tool, O’Reilly exits in-person conferences, ordering online

The big news this week is Apple’s release of iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support and the announcement of the trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard, scheduled for May. Also new is the long-promised iCloud Drive folder sharing in…