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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1467: macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS, watchOS 6, Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 12.3.1, MacBook Pro and iPod touch updates, Flexgate repair program

Fasten your seatbelts! Today’s WWDC keynote introduced us to macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS, and watchOS 6—read on for how these OS updates will shape your next year as an Apple user. The…

Josh Centers

#1466: ZombieLoad security vulnerability, Apple TV channels, PDFpen 11, Apple-related conferences, 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display

We have a mega-sized issue for you this week since there won’t be an email issue on 27 May 2019 so TidBITS staffers can spend the Memorial Day holiday with their families. Kicking things off,…

Josh Centers

#1465: Apple OS updates, is DNDWD reducing crashes?, Reeder 4 review, Spotify address insanity

With WWDC just weeks away, Apple has released updates to all its operating systems, largely to roll out a new Apple TV app and support for AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs. Also this week, we ask…

Josh Centers

#1464: Apple Q2 2019 financials, Google Home audio fix, Reminders sorting stinks, IINA video player

Apple’s iPhone sales are still slipping, according to its Q2 2019 financial report, but the company still beat analyst expectations and posted an $11.56 billion profit. Can Tim Cook and company grow Apple’s services business…

Josh Centers

#1463: Apple recalls plug adapters, how to cancel Apple News+, 3M WorkTunes headphones, find digital movie rental deals

If you’re in the UK, Hong Kong, or Singapore, note that Apple has recalled some three-prong wall plug adapters due to the risk of electrical shock. Apple News+ celebrated its one-month birthday last week, and…

Josh Centers

#1462: TidBITS turns 29, more data breaches, Google Keep on watchOS, explaining the Mac’s T2 security chip

We’re celebrating our 29th anniversary this week in conjunction with Earth Day, so Adam calculates just how many trees would have been sacrificed if TidBITS had been a print magazine instead of purely digital. Data…

Josh Centers

#1461: Apple News+ analysis, Cardhop for iOS, Apple drops migration fee, Google backup app CloudPull discontinued

Have you been giving Apple News+ a try? Julio Ojeda-Zapata is too, and he has some reservations about paying $120 per year for the service. Those who are buying a new Mac or getting a…

Josh Centers

#1460: Free Verizon spam call filtering, iWork improves iOS parity, SkyBell HD smart doorbell

Are you a Verizon subscriber? You’ll be pleased to learn that the company is now offering free call filtering to block robocalls and telemarketers. If you regularly use Pages, Keynote, or Numbers on both your…

Josh Centers

#1459: AirPower canceled, Apple TV+ and Apple Card details, watchOS 5.2 extends ECG

Sadly, Apple’s cancellation of the AirPower wireless charging mat isn’t an April Fool’s joke—everything in this issue of TidBITS is entirely real (or at least obvious speculation). On the plus side, international users of the…

Josh Centers

#1458: iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, new iMacs, second-generation AirPods

At its special event today, Apple announced a plethora of new services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple Card. Only Apple News+ is here today, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata has an overview in…

Josh Centers

#1457: New iPads, Dropbox limits free accounts, CorelDRAW returns to Mac, Mojave’s Preview disappoints, WWDC dates

Apple has announced the dates for WWDC 2019—mark your calendars for June 3–7, when we’ll learn about the next generation of each of Apple’s operating systems. Apple has also quietly released the fifth-generation iPad mini…

Josh Centers

#1456: Apple Music improvements, 14 Siri tips, CloudBerry Backup is unreliable

Apple has announced a special event on 25 March 2019, likely to introduce a new video service, but Adam Engst is hoping it will also feature a few improvements to Apple Music. Siri takes a…

Josh Centers

#1455: USB 3.2 and USB4, repurpose the Eject key, attach an iPad to a MacBook, Palm phone and iPhone nano pondering

The group in charge of USB has unveiled a new naming convention for USB 3.2 that will likely cause massive confusion, and the announcement of the draft release of USB4 isn’t helping. Otherwise, we have…

Josh Centers

#1454: Traveling with tech in 1999, stream local TV with Locast, buy your own cable modem, Pixelmator Pro vs. Photoshop

Ready for some nostalgia? This week, we revisit a pair of TidBITS articles from the turn of the century to see how traveling with technology has changed over the past 19 years. If you’re looking…

Josh Centers

#1453: Infrared camera review, move your family from Facebook to Slack, Apple Store management, Backblaze price hike

Online backup is getting a bit more expensive—Backblaze has announced a rate increase due to additional services and backup loads increasing faster than storage costs drop. After Angela Ahrendts announced that she would be stepping down as…