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Glenn Fleishman 4 comments

When You’re Told an AirTag Is Moving with You

Apple’s new AirTag trackers have provoked considerable interest about their potential for misuse. That’s why your iPhone or iPad can alert you if you’re being tracked by one, with or without your knowledge. We detail exactly when and why.

Josh Centers 18 comments

Amazon Devices Will Soon Share (Some) of Your Home Bandwidth

Amazon will soon turn on Amazon Sidewalk, which will enable many Amazon devices to share your bandwidth with other Internet of Things devices. Here’s how to turn it off if you want to opt-out.

Josh Centers No comments

Fishing for a Lost iPhone with MagSafe

When a Berlin man dropped his iPhone 12 Pro in a canal, he attached a magnet to a fishing pole and was able to rescue his iPhone.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Things Learned from the Epic Games v. Apple Lawsuit

We don’t know how the legal fight between Epic Games and Apple over App Store policies will end, but it has made public reams of formerly classified internal documents from both companies. The Verge highlighted some of the most interesting bits.

Josh Centers 32 comments

How to Keep Facebook from Snooping on Your Photos’ Locations

Though Apple’s App Tracking Transparency has thwarted some of Facebook’s tracking efforts, the social media company can (and will, of course) still extract personal information through photos you upload. Here’s how to prevent such antisocial behavior.

Glenn Fleishman 68 comments

An M1 Mac Can’t Boot from an External Drive If Its Internal Drive Is Dead

A little-noticed fact about M1-based Macs has started to get some attention. If the Mac’s internal drive is dead or fully erased, you can’t boot from an otherwise valid external drive. Why would Apple make that choice? Security, security, security.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Cardhop 2.0 Bundled with Fantastical in Flexibits Premium

Flexibits, developer of the Fantastical calendaring app and Cardhop contacts app, has released Cardhop 2.0, with core features available for free and new and advanced features as part of the Flexibits Premium subscription that includes Fantastical.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Should You Buy the New Apple TV 4K?

The Apple TV has received its first hardware update in years, but is it worth an upgrade? Do you even need an Apple TV anymore?

Josh Centers 39 comments

Second-Generation Siri Remote Review

After years of making Apple TV users suffer, Apple has redesigned the Siri Remote. Is the second-generation redesign a big enough improvement to justify its $59 price tag?

Josh Centers 10 comments

iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4 Big Sur, watchOS 7.5, and tvOS 14.6

Apple has released operating system updates to add support for paid podcast subscriptions and Apple Card Family, along with enhanced privacy and anti-stalking protections for AirTags.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Clarifies Lossless Audio Support Details

Apple has published a support article offering clarity on how lossless audio will work with your devices.

Adam Engst 8 comments

The Two Faces of Find My

Our lengthy article outlining numerous scenarios for ways that the AirTags could be used and misused revealed that some people didn’t understand the difference between Find My iPhone and participating in the global Find My network. They are distinct, and you can use one without the other.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Announces Upcoming Accessibility Features

Already the leader in accessibility for its various devices, Apple has announced many more that will be available in the coming months.

Adam Engst 21 comments

Extracting Data from an Old iOS App Broken by iOS 14.5

iOS 14.5 has rendered some old apps inoperable that worked in previous versions of iOS 14. What options are available for recovering data from those apps if you can no longer launch them? Adam Engst spelunks through iPhone backups and numerous erase-restore cycles to see what’s possible.

Josh Centers 17 comments

Apple Takes Apple Music Sound Quality to the Next Level

Apple Music will provide free upgrades to lossless audio, Dolby Atmos, and Spatial Audio starting next month.