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How to install the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 public beta

Mon, 2019-06-24 14:54

Apple has now officially begun its public beta test of iOS 13. The beta is expected to last until the public release in September, with updates every week or two. We caution you not to install the beta on a critical device—it is often full of bugs and rife with issues like poor battery life. That’s what a beta is for, after all: finding and fixing bugs.

We have lots of details about iOS 13 here, but if all you want to know is how to install it on your iPhone (or install iPadOS 13 on your iPad), follow these instructions.

Back up your device

Before you install any new OS update, and especially before you install a beta, it’s very important to make sure your device is backed up. Apple has a step-by-step guide to backing up your iPhone or iPad; we suggest performing an iTunes backup and creating an encrypted backup. That will ensure that your Health and Activity data is backed up as well.

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First Look: reMarkable writing test vs. Apple Pencil

Mon, 2019-06-24 14:00

Macworld’s Leif Johnson takes his writing utensils very seriously. If he’s not writing on pen and paper he’s usually scribbling away on an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil—a tool he’s very fond of.

In this video, Adam surprises Leif with a new product called the reMarkable tablet to test out his writing chops. It’s a 10.3-inch e-ink based tablet made with one goal in mind: a paper-like writing experience. Our review of the reMarkable tablet is coming soon, but in the meantime check out Leif’s initial thoughts in the video.

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macOS Catalina 10.15 Public Beta is now available

Mon, 2019-06-24 13:01

Want to run the next version of macOS? You can if you join Apple’s Public Beta program. Apple has a macOS Catalina Public Beta available for anyone willing to try the new version of the Mac operating system before it is officially released.

Here’s what you need to know about the Public Beta.

The latest: macOS Catalina Public Beta now available

Apple has released the latest version of the beta, called macOS Catalina 10.15 Public Beta. New features include new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps; the ability to use an iPad as an external display; Screen Time; enhanced security; and more.

To install, the 10.15 Public Beta, you must be enrolled in the Public Beta program. Then, you can install the update through macOS’s Software Update (About This Mac > OverviewSoftware Update.) 

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iPhone 2019 rumors: Case renders show camera bump, mute slider

Mon, 2019-06-24 12:53

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 06/24/19: Renders from case maker Olixar (found at mobile retailer MobileFun) show an iPhone with the expected square camera bump and a new vertically-sliding mute switch.

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The bigger MacBook Pro everyone’s waiting for might be priced more like a desktop than a laptop

Mon, 2019-06-24 11:08

Apple might have just updated its 13- and 15-inch laptops with better processors and a tweak to the much-maligned butterfly keyboard, but there might be a completely new model arriving later this year. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to afford it.

Echoing a previous report by Ming-Chi Kuo, IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin says that Apple is planning to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro in September, marking the first new size for Apple’s flagship notebook since the 13-inch model was introduced in 2009. It would also represent the biggest MacBook since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012.

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The bigger MacBook Pro everyone’s waiting for might be priced more like a desktop than a laptop

Mon, 2019-06-24 11:08

Apple might have just updated its 13- and 15-inch laptops with better processors and a tweak to the much-maligned butterfly keyboard, but there might be a completely new model arriving later this year. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to afford it.

Echoing a previous report by Ming-Chi Kuo, IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin says that Apple is planning to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro in September, marking the first new size for Apple’s flagship notebook since the 13-inch model was introduced in 2009. It would also represent the biggest MacBook since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012.

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Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

Mon, 2019-06-24 09:00
A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

Apple Watch Series 5: Rumors, price, features, and release date

Mon, 2019-06-24 07:00

Let's be clear: Apple has not yet even acknowledged the existence of an Apple Watch Series 5, much less told us anything about it. We've gotten the lowdown on watchOS 6, but that's all.

This is not unusual, of course, Apple very rarely talks about future products until they're ready for their official on-stage announcement. This is a collection of our expectations and the internet's most probable rumors. We'll update it as more concrete info comes in.

Release date

Every Apple Watch so far has been unveiled during Apple's September event, where it also announces new iPhones. It is, essentially, the iPhone accessory, so it makes sense. 

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WatchOS 6: Everything you need to know about the new feature, faces, and functions

Mon, 2019-06-24 07:00

With the expected launch of the Series 5 Apple Watch in the fall comes a new OS, the sixth major release since Apple's wearable debuted in 2015. At its WWDC in June, Apple showed off some of the major new features of its ultra-mobile OS, and there are some big changes in store for your wrist. Here's everything that's new in watchOS 6, and how to get it on your Apple Watch:

watchOS 6: How do I get it?

While Apple offers public betas of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina, there is no such program for Apple Watch. That means you'll have to wait until it releases in September before you can try it out. Once it lands, you'll be able to update it in the Watch app on your iPhone by tapping General and then Software Update.

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Ring Floodlight, Battery review: Not enough light and not enough smarts

Mon, 2019-06-24 06:00
The Ring Floodlight, Battery is one of the company's new Smart Lighting devices, but it's a little too dim, and a little too simple.

Coway Aquamega 200C review: Cleanse contaminants and track your drinking-water consumption

Mon, 2019-06-24 06:00
This countertop water filter reduces nearly a dozen pollutants, but it's not worth the investment for everyone.

macOS Catalina: Everything you need to know

Fri, 2019-06-21 17:00

From the desert to the coast: macOS Mojave will soon be giving way to the next major version of the Mac operating system, called macOS Catalina. Revealed during Apple’s 2019 WWDC keynote in June, Catalina features some major new features that continues to move the OS forward.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Catalina: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

When will macOS Catalina be released?

MacOS Catalina will be released during the fall of 2019. In the recent past, Apple has released the new major new versions of macOS in late September, and they’ll probably stick to that plan again.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Fri, 2019-06-21 16:39

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Fri, 2019-06-21 12:19

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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How to delete large files for Steam and other apps

Fri, 2019-06-21 08:00

The Steam system for games makes it easy to purchase and download games onto a variety of devices you own across multiple computer platforms. Steam acts as a combination of platform, offering some gaming features available to all the apps it supports, and a purchase and copy-protection system. The key part, though, is that when you download a Steam game, the program code is wrapped up and loaded in a way that Steam can use.

However, to macOS, each game can still seem sort of like a standalone app. That becomes important only when you’re trying to clean out storage on your Mac to free up space.

One of the easiest ways to find items that you no longer need is to select  > About This Mac, click the Storage tab, and then click Manage. A window appears that calculates storage consumed across several categories, and lets you select items to delete directly.

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What’s new with the keyboard in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Fri, 2019-06-21 07:00

The default Apple keyboard hasn’t really changed a lot over the last few years. The iPad got a “flick” gesture in iOS 11 to reduce the need to press Shift so often, and we’ve seen some tweaks here and there, but there hasn’t been a substantial improvement to the keyboard in a long time.

With iOS 13, Apple is making a series of welcome improvements that should go a long way toward appeasing those who have given up on Apple’s keyboard in favor of a third-party one. It’s not a holistic rethinking of the keyboard, but rather a number of welcome quality-of-life improvements.

QuickPath

The most immediately noticeable improvement to the iOS keyboard (besides a dark theme for Dark Mode) is surely the new QuickPath typing method. This is Apple’s version of swipe typing, found in lots of third-party keyboards such as Gboard and Swiftkey, and on most Android phones.

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Sonos Amp review: This is the best Sonos music streamer by far (even if it’s not right for everyone)

Fri, 2019-06-21 06:00
The Sonos Amp is a great-sounding and supremely flexible amplifier that's a superb choice for your home theater or for critical listening. And it will drive just about any type of passive loudspeaker you'd care to use.

Judges named the best high-end TV at the Value Electronics TV Shootout during CE Week 2019

Fri, 2019-06-21 06:00
The 15th annual faceoff between flagship TVs from LG, Samsung, and Sony revealed that picture quality continues to improve while performance differences continue to dwindle.

3 products that would be hits for Apple if the company made them

Fri, 2019-06-21 06:00

Being a big business is all about making choices. Even the most successful, most profitable company can’t pursue all possible avenues. Decisions have to be made, even if they mean ignoring a segment of the market that might address some consumers.

Such is the reality with Apple. It can’t possibly make all of the products that its customers want—it just does’t have the time, money, or people. But some of the choices that Apple has made about products to not pursue have been surprising. Especially when it seems as though the market in question is desperately in need of a solution that would be right up Apple’s alley.

Earlier this month, during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, I noticed a few places where it seemed as though Apple was missing out on an opportunity. Some of these might be cases where the company has decided it doesn’t want to be in a specific business, and some might merely be a case of a future product not being ready yet—from the outside, there’s really no way to tell. But here are three cases in which it seems like an Apple product or service might be a welcome alternative to what exists, if not something that fills a gap no one else seems to be addressing.

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