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Adam Engst 31 comments

Apple to Support RCS in Messages Next Year

In an announcement that the tech press likely cares about more than everyday users, Apple said Messages will support the RCS messaging standard alongside SMS and MMS sometime next year.

Glenn Fleishman 4 comments

Upcoming Contact Key Verification Feature Promises Secure Identity Verification for iMessage

Apple has released details about Contact Key Verification, an upcoming option in Messages that lets you manually verify an iMessage correspondent’s identity without relying on encryption data managed centrally by Apple. The feature also watches for anomalies, warning you when changes prevent it from guaranteeing a conversation is with the same person.

Adam Engst 21 comments

iPhone Recommendations for Senior Citizens

Many people find themselves helping older friends or family members with reduced physical or cognitive capabilities. Adam Engst distills advice from a pair of TidBITS Talk discussions that asked about the best iPhone and simplifying the iPhone experience for older people.

Glenn Fleishman 23 comments

iOS 17’s Check In Feature Provides Peace of Mind and Could Even Save Lives

Glenn Fleishman explores iOS 17’s new Check In feature, which lets you specify someone as a temporary safety partner who can confirm you got where you intended to to go. It’s a welcome addition to Apple’s collection of features aimed at increasing personal safety.

Adam Engst 6 comments

21 New Features Coming to Apple Services in 2023

Apple has released a list of enhancements coming to Apple services with the next versions of its operating systems.

Adam Engst 10 comments

Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via Satellite

In which Adam Engst drives to a nearby deep valley where there’s no cellular connectivity to test Find My via satellite and run through the Emergency SOS via satellite demo in a real-world situation. It seemingly worked but revealed a gap in Apple’s approach.

Adam Engst 17 comments

Messages Becomes More Flexible and Forgiving of Mistakes

For many people, Messages gains some of the most welcome new features of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura. You can now mark messages as unread, edit messages, unsend messages, and more.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Be Careful When Deleting Conversations in Messages

There are reports of iMessage access being restricted on some accounts after messages from them were inadvertently reported as spam. Always read Apple’s prompts carefully, and let us know if this has happened to you.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Signal Provides Secure Cross-Platform Replacement for WhatsApp

Privacy-focused messenging app Signal has been exploding in popularity, and it’s a surprisingly competent replacement for WhatsApp for those Apple users who have been forced to use the Facebook-owned messaging service for cross-platform communications.

Adam Engst 44 comments

Moving to a New Mac: What’s Left to Do After Migration?

When you buy a new Mac and migrate your old Mac’s files to it during setup, Setup Assistant moves over numerous settings and configurations. But don’t assume you’ll just be able to pick up exactly where you left off, since there are quite a few apps and services that require additional post-migration attention.

Glenn Fleishman 18 comments

Big Sur Makes Changes to Many Apple Apps and Basic Features

Apple unveiled macOS 11.0 Big Sur during the WWDC keynote, showing off overhauls of Messages and Maps, while improving Safari, Photos, and other apps. Mail was conspicuously absent for now.

Josh Centers 16 comments

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Echo Android and Newton

iOS 14 promises a tight package of new features, many of which have existed in Google’s Android for years, while iPadOS 14 takes those features and mixes in a bit of Newton handwriting recognition. Egg freckles, anyone?

Adam Engst 3 comments

iOS 12.3.1 Fixes VoLTE Calling and Messages Bugs

Just 11 days after the release of iOS 12.3, Apple has pushed out iOS 12.31 to fix bugs with Voice over LTE calling and unknown senders in Messages.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 9 comments

Explore the Dark Side of Mojave: Understanding, Enabling, and Customizing Dark Mode

Do you find yourself turning down the brightness on your Mac screen to make it more comfortable to look at? Particularly if you’re sensitive to light or often work in a darkened room, macOS 10.14 Mojave’s new Dark mode might be easier on your eyes.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Expands Business Chat

Apple has brought more companies to its Business Chat service, which enables users to get customer support from participating firms right in Messages.