Apple is opening up its TV ecosystem to rivals, bringing iTunes content and AirPlay to Samsung TVs, and AirPlay and HomeKit to others. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores what this move could mean for the Apple TV.
Faced with his mother’s iPhone suddenly being unable to dial favorites correctly in the Phone app, Adam Engst discovers that iOS region settings can get corrupted. Here’s the solution.
Jeff Porten starts the CES tornado with a mere gale force wind at the kickoff press-only breakout show, CES Unveiled.
Our roving correspondent Jeff Porten is once again attending CES, and his first report comes from the Consumer Technology Association’s annual predictions of what’s coming for the year.
A couple of recent episodes of the Mac Admins podcast are worth checking out. First, Adam and Tonya joined the hosts to talk about Internet technical publishing and a wide variety of other topics—you’ll enjoy the stories. Second, the Mac Admins hosts managed a rare coup, getting two Apple employees on the show to talk publicly.
Phone scammers have found a way to make their phony calls look like they’re coming from Apple. Don’t be fooled!
For the first time in 18 years, Apple has revised its guidance to investors, lowering revenue estimates by $5 to $8 billion. The company blamed the lowered earnings on economic slowdowns in the Greater China market hurting iPhone sales but noted that it would still set revenue records in the US, Canada, and a number of European nations.
If you’re suffering from upper arm and shoulder pain from reaching for the pointing device on your desk, this inexpensive armrest-mounted mouse pad may be able to help relieve your pain.
Glenn Fleishman profiles four independent Mac apps that have survived for over 25 years: BBEdit, PCalc, Fetch, and GraphicConverter.
Is your iPhone consuming your life? Are your kids having trouble putting their iPads down when it’s time for bed? iOS 12’s new Screen Time feature provides tools you can use to monitor and manage your usage and that of your family members. Josh Centers has a quick guide on how to use them.
Some new iPad Pros are coming with a slight bend in the case. Apple insists that the bend is totally normal and nothing to worry about. If you end up with such a unit, we recommend returning it immediately.
Facebook has been caught sharing data on its 2.2 billion users with other tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, and even Russian search giant Yandex. Apple is in the list too, but not in a way that makes sense.
iOS 12.1.2 fixes eSIM and cellular issues for Apple’s 2018 iPhones and provides unspecified security fixes, but the main reason for its existence may be to work around a ban on selling some iPhone models in China due to alleged infringement of Qualcomm patents.
In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of the year to spend with family and friends, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 7 January 2019. Thanks for your attention in 2018, and we hope you’ve enjoyed both our content and our site redesign this year!
If you use Apple Music but prefer Amazon’s Alexa-based smart speakers to Apple’s HomePod, good news! Apple Music is now available on Alexa once you install the Apple Music skill, at least in the US.