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#1628: iPhone 14 impressions, Dark Sky end-of-life, tales from Rogue Amoeba

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.

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Dark Sky Fading; iOS 16’s Weather Brightens

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.

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Live Home 3D 4.5

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+)

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Camo Studio 1.8

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+)

Agenda 15 1 comment

Agenda 15

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+)

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iOS 16 Bug Tripping Up iPhone 14 Activations

Apple has confirmed that a bug in iOS 16.0 is causing problems during activation for new iPhone 14 buyers. Workarounds involve connecting to a Mac or PC during the process or upgrading to iOS 16.0.1, which also requires using a Mac or PC before activation.