Despite flatter unit sales numbers, Apple once again broke records with its Q1 2018 revenues and profits. The company has also launched a repair program for iPhone 7 models that report “No Service” even when cellular service is available. Adam Engst explains how to fix the problem of some PDFs rendering as black rectangles in Preview, and Josh Centers shares new ways to control your Apple TV from iOS and iTunes. In his inaugural Bad Apple column, Adam also takes Apple to task for broken behaviors in iCloud Photo Library. Finally, Tonya Engst will be offering a webinar for owners of her “Take Control of Mac Basics” book later this week. Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 6.3, SpamSieve 2.9.30, and Keyboard Maestro 8.0.5.
Some iPhone 7 models are showing “No Service” messages even when cellular coverage is available due to a failed logic board component. Apple has announced a repair program to fix the problem for free.
Do you sometimes struggle with things on your Mac that seem like they should be easy? Or do you help people who have such issues? TidBITS editor in chief and Take Control author Tonya Engst is giving a webinar this week for readers of her “Take Control of Mac Basics” book to explain some of those problems.
Apple’s revenues and profits grew at record rates during the first fiscal quarter of 2018, but signs of softer unit sales indicate that more of the company’s money is coming from higher-priced, higher-margin products. The other big winners were the Services and Other Products categories.
If Preview is displaying some PDFs as black rectangles instead of pages, even though their thumbnails are correct, you can solve the problem in a non-obvious way: by recalibrating your display.
Apple quietly slipped some new remote control capabilities into iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of them.
In this inaugural Bad Apple column, Adam Engst explores what happens to iCloud Photo Library when you turn iCloud off and back on. A preview: it took a 90-minute call with Apple to discover that the “expected behavior” requires a temporary upgrade to an unnecessary storage plan and then a 60-minute call to get the charge for that plan reversed.
Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 6.3, SpamSieve 2.9.30, and Keyboard Maestro 8.0.5.
In ExtraBITS this week, a former Apple employee speaks out about how things changed inside Apple between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s continuing popularity, and the Strava fitness network has accidentally revealed military secrets.