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Adam Engst 43 comments

14 Compelling Features Coming to Apple’s Operating Systems in 2024

Apple doesn’t skimp when it comes to adding features to its operating systems each year. Here are the 14 features that most caught our attention.

Adam Engst 21 comments

iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 Add Podcast Transcripts, Fix Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

Apple has released updates to the last three versions of iOS and iPadOS, adding features and fixing security vulnerabilities in iOS/iPadOS 17, addressing vulnerabilities in iOS/iPadOS 16, and fixing bugs in iOS/iPadOS 15.

Adam Engst 13 comments

Apple Squashes Bugs with iOS 17.1.1, iPadOS 17.1.1, macOS 14.1.1, macOS 13.6.2, watchOS 10.1.1, and HomePod Software 17.1.1

If you have experienced issues with Apple Pay after wirelessly charging your iPhone 15 in your car, Photoshop tools, update problems with M-series MacBook Pros or the M3 iMac, Apple Watch battery drain, or Siri not paying attention on your HomePod, these updates promise to help.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Apple Releases 24-Jul-2023 Security Updates for All Active Operating Systems

Updates to new and old versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod Software address numerous security vulnerabilities, several of which have been exploited in the wild. Install them soon.

Adam Engst 38 comments

How Do You Request Music Using Siri?

Frustrated by how he’s using Siri, Adam Engst explains his approach to requesting music from HomePods to see if others have techniques they feel are more successful. Is the eventual answer generative AI?

Adam Engst 17 comments

Beware of Siri Creating Alarms Instead of Timers

If you’ve had trouble setting timers on the Apple Watch with Siri recently, it’s because Siri misses the final word in the command and sets an alarm rather than a timer.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

Using Smart Speakers While Temporarily Blind

How smart are smart speakers, really? Julio Ojeda-Zapata put this to the test when temporarily sightless due to a medical condition.Leaning on his Amazon, Apple, and Google speakers more than usual proved an often-frustrating exercise because Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are still pretty dumb.

Adam Engst 17 comments

TipBITS: Restart Your iPhone or iPad Using Siri

If you need to restart your iPhone or iPad, you can now ask Siri to perform that task for you rather than pressing hard-to-remember button combinations. Alas, the feature doesn’t work on other Apple devices that could also use it.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Apple Music Voice Plan Is a Bargain If You’re OK Using Siri

The new Apple Music Voice Plan is a bargain at $4.99 per month, but it mostly limits you to using Apple’s Siri voice assistant for searches and playback. The Voice Plan has been met with some skepticism, but Julio Ojeda-Zapata thinks it’s a good option for casual music listeners.

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 12 comments

Be Careful When Scheduling Events Using Siri

Adam Engst recently scheduled a Zoom call with colleagues on a non-profit board and had to apologize when one of them was irritated at ending up in Google Hangouts by himself for 10 minutes. The problem arose due to a confluence of issues with Siri and Google Calendar—read on to learn how to avoid similar embarrassments.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Hey Fourteen: When Numbers Get Siri-ous

Do you know what happens when you invoke Siri and say “14”? After seeing numerous hits on our Web site for Google searches on that topic, Adam Engst spent some time suggesting numbers to Siri. He came up with some interesting results.

Audio Hijack 3.6.3 Agen Schmitz 1 comment

Audio Hijack 3.6.3

Adds the capability to capture audio from Siri and VoiceOver. ($49 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

Adam Engst 1 comment

iOS for HomePod 13.2.1 Resolves Bricking

When Apple released iOS 13.2 for HomePod last week, there were immediate reports that it—or resetting the HomePod after installing it—was causing the HomePods to become entirely unresponsive. The company is now pushing iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod to resolve that problem.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Announces Siri Privacy Reforms

After a whistleblower revealed that Apple contractors were listening in on Siri conversations, Apple shut down the program and promised improvements. Here they are.