Josh Centers unexpectedly scored a review iPhone 14 for a few days before it shipped, so he shares his initial impressions of it from the perspective of someone still using an iPhone 11 Pro. Triggered by Apple’s announcement that it will be shuttering Dark Sky at the end of the year, Adam Engst examines the two new Dark Sky features that have migrated into Apple’s Weather app. Finally, for something a little different, Adam shares some unusual uses for TidBITS sponsor Rogue Amoeba’s audio apps. Notable Mac app releases this week include Live Home 3D 4.5, Camo Studio 1.8, Fantastical 3.7 and Cardhop 2.2, and Agenda 15.
Apple has announced that the Dark Sky weather app it purchased several years ago will cease working at the end of the year. Happily, iOS 16’s bundled Weather app has appropriated Dark Sky’s best features. But Adam Engst still prefers CARROT Weather.
To take advantage of Rogue Amoeba’s return as a TidBITS sponsor, we’re sharing a few amusing use cases of Rogue Amoeba apps, ranging from hardware hacks and TV show cameos to marine research.
Josh Centers unexpectedly received an iPhone 14 to test for several days. His overall sense in comparison to his iPhone 11 Pro? The iPhone 14 might be the best model in its class, but there’s nothing particularly special about it other than its crash detection feature.
Adds support for Apple's RoomPlan technology for creating accurate 3D room models by scanning with an iPhone or iPad. ($29.99 new, free update, 465.9 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Adds several new features to the virtual-camera system, including adjustable frame rate controls and Smart Zoom. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 30.4 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Brings improvements and bug fixes to the calendar and contact management apps. ($39.96 annual subscription, free update, 58.4/29.4 MB, macOS 11+)
Adds support for Focus Filters in macOS 13 Ventura, plus initial support for Shortcuts. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, 71.5 MB, macOS 10.14+)