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Josh Centers

#1531: Upcoming Apple event, iOS 14 App Library FAQ, library ebook lending, why Adam is voting Biden

Apple will be having an online event tomorrow—everyone is invited!—where the company is expected to announce new models of the Apple Watch and iPad. Concerned about the App Library feature of iOS 14 messing with…

Josh Centers

#1530: COVID-19 exposure notifications; Take Control books for Big Sur, iOS 14, and Zoom; post-migration tasks on a new Mac

Happy Labor Day to our American readers! Apple last week released iOS 13.7, building in support for the joint Apple-Google COVID-19 exposure notification technology—but remember, you can enable it only if your state or country…

Josh Centers

#1529: Tracking and joining videoconferencing calls, making framed screenshots with Picsew, better dictation with Voice Control

If you have trouble keeping track of and joining all your videoconferencing calls, Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests a couple of helpful apps that make the process easier. We constantly work with screenshots here at TidBITS, and…

Josh Centers

#1528: The Case of the Top Secret iPod, Apple’s 2020 Environmental Progress Report, your thoughts on the App Store

In last week’s issue, we documented the many developer complaints against the App Store and asked you to share your thoughts in a survey. Several hundred readers responded with strong opinions about how Apple should…

Josh Centers

#1527: Apple OS bug fix updates, Setapp gains iOS apps, adapting to school at home, developer complaints about the App Store

Last week, Apple released iOS 13.6.1, iPadOS 13.6.1, and macOS 10.15.6 Supplemental Update to fix a storage bug on the iPhone and iPad and bugs on the Mac. The Setapp subscription service has added iOS…

Josh Centers

#1526: New 27-inch iMac, stories about Phil Schiller and Greg Joswiak, understanding Apple’s SRDs, Future Crunch

The big news this week is the long-awaited release of an update to Apple’s desktop workhorse, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display—we dive into the changes. Apple’s executive team is remarkably stable, but the…

Josh Centers

#1525: Apple’s record Q3 2020 results, Congress vs. Big Tech, QuarkXPress horrors, updated Apple Style Guide

The global economy might be hurting, but Apple is still firing on all cylinders. Despite slowing growth in iPhone and wearable sales, the company still managed to break quarterly records thanks to preternaturally strong iPad…

Josh Centers

#1524: ScanSnap Manager for Catalina, Camo turns an iPhone into a webcam, Apple Security Researcher Device, Micro Snitch warns of webcam/mic spying

This week’s surprise news is that—a year after Fujitsu announced it wouldn’t support older ScanSnap scanners in Catalina—the company has reversed course and released ScanSnap Manager V7 for macOS 10.15 Catalina. The rest of our…

Josh Centers

#1523: Apple launches symptom tracking and Car Keys, five iOS apps for homeschooling, Fig gives Discourse iOS push notifications

Apple updated all of its operating systems last week, adding the Car Keys feature to iOS 13.6, symptom tracking to the Health app, and more News features to iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, and macOS 10.15.6…

Josh Centers

#1522: Apple public betas now available, Apple expands Find My to third parties, how to decode Apple version and build numbers

Testers, start your engines! Apple has posted the public betas of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14, with betas for macOS 11 Big Sur and watchOS 7 coming soon. As always, avoid installing on…

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…