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Josh Centers

#1497: Apple Watch Series 5 impressions, why is Apple TV advertising at us?, CES 2020 gadgets and services

Have you been contemplating upgrading from an older Apple Watch? Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5 last year, and now he shares his impressions of what changes made…

Josh Centers

#1496: The disappearance of “Macintosh,” CES 2020 trends, Smart Battery Case replacements, Front and Center windowing utility

Do you have a Smart Battery Case for your iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max that isn’t charging correctly? Apple might replace it for free in a new service program. Rewinding the clock a bit,…

Adam Engst

#1495: Examining 5G health concerns, location privacy abuses, Apple Music Replay, and Smart Battery Case camera button

Welcome to the first issue of TidBITS for 2020! Curious about which Apple Music tracks you listened to the most in the past few years? We show you how to access the buried Apple Music…

Josh Centers

#1494: Apple OS updates, AirPods Pro, MacPro and Pro Display XDR, Dropbox sharing tip, iPhone 11 Pro wallet cases, TidBITS holiday hiatus

As promised, Apple released the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR last week, complete with astonishing specs and eye-watering prices—we have all the details. On the free side of Apple’s product line, check out…

Josh Centers

#1493: ScanSnap replacement, zsh in Catalina, Jamf Innovation Hub, TidBITS membership drive

Do you have an older ScanSnap scanner rendered obsolete by macOS 10.15 Catalina? Dave Kitabjian explores whether VueScan might be the ideal solution to keeping your scanner running in Catalina. For the Terminal geeks (or…

Josh Centers

#1492: TidBITS Thanksgiving hiatus, scroll bars in iOS 13, geolocation in Photos, Luna Display’s Mac-to-Mac mode

The TidBITS crew is taking a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, so there will be no issue on 2 December 2019. Until then, keep up with us on…

Josh Centers

#1491: 16-inch MacBook Pro, iOS 13.2.3, IBM’s Mac users more productive than PC users, tech for air travel problems

Not a fan of the butterfly keyboard? Apple finally responded to MacBook Pro user frustrations by giving its new 16-inch model a traditional scissor-switch keyboard with an Escape key and inverted-T arrow keys. Apple keeps…

Josh Centers

#1490: iOS 13.2.2, Mojave Security Update warning, iOS 13 app updates tip, hidden macOS control panels, iPhone 11 Night Mode

If you thought we might get through a week without Apple frantically fixing bugs in its operating systems, well, think again. The company released iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 to fix overly aggressive purging of…

Josh Centers

#1489: macOS 10.15.1, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod, Apple Q4 results, Apple Arcade game controllers, Setapp for Teams, Adobe fonts for iOS

Apple’s dizzying pace of updates continued last week, with the releases of macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and iOS 13.2.1 for the HomePod. The company also announced its fourth-quarter financial results, and despite…

Josh Centers

#1488: iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2, AirPods Pro, expired macOS installer certificates, screen mirroring tip, Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup

Ready for more updates? iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 deliver promised features to Apple’s devices, including Deep Fusion, HomeKit Secure Video, and new Siri privacy options. Apple finally updated the HomePod to iOS 13 with…

Josh Centers

#1487: iOS and iPadOS 13.1.3, Catalina Supplemental Update, why iOS 13 and Catalina are so buggy, USB storage in iOS 13, Sidecar in Catalina

The updates keep coming. Apple has now updated iOS and iPadOS to version 13.1.3 and issued a supplemental update for macOS 10.15 Catalina to squash bugs in those releases. If you have upgraded, Josh Centers…

Josh Centers

#1486: Fixing iPadOS performance on the iPad Air 2, Backblaze 7.0 extended version history, Headspace meditation app, pattern matching in BBEdit 13

If you’ve experienced glacial performance on your iPad Air 2 after updating to iPadOS 13, Adam Engst has a fix for you. He also has the details on the latest version of the Internet backup…

Josh Centers

#1485: Catalina ships, Picture in Picture in tvOS 13, connecting to Wi-Fi in iOS 13, explaining Apple passcode requests

Apple shipped macOS 10.15 Catalina today, so if you’re an early adopter with a test Mac available, have fun installing it. For most people, though, Adam Engst recommends delaying the upgrade for a while. If…

Josh Centers

#1484: Apple releases iOS 13.1, 13.1.1, 13.1.2, and 12.4.2, plus watchOS 6.0.1 and 5.3.2; AirPods vs. PowerBeats Pro; what’s unique about iPadOS

Apple’s clown-car release approach continues, with iOS and iPadOS 13.1 delivering some promised iOS 13 features like personal automations and driving ETAs, and more bug and security fixes coming from the subsequent iOS and iPadOS…

Josh Centers

#1483: Wait for iOS 13.1, extend AppleCare+ coverage, iPhone 11 reviews, virtualize your 32-bit Mac apps in Catalina with Parallels

iOS 13.0 is now available, but if you wait one more day, you can skip ahead to iOS 13.1, which adds back promised-but-missing features and fixes some early bugs. Do you have an older iPhone,…