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Macworld's July digital magazine: The new MacBook Pro

Thu, 2020-07-09 15:27

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

Exclusive content in the July issue

This month, read Macworld's exlusive Guide to Apple Arcade. It's time to get your game on with Apple's gaming service. Also this month we review the 13-inch MacBook Pro (mid 2020): this $1799 model delivers a modest CPU and big graphics boost. Plus, check out our review of the new 2020 iPad Pro.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: What will the ARM Mac line-up look like? Plus, having problems with Bluetooth audio quality on a Mac? We have ways to fix it

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iPadOS 14 FAQ: All the new features in the Public Beta

Thu, 2020-07-09 15:17

Later this fall, Apple will launch a brand new version of iPadOS that brings a bunch of new changes to its iconic tablet. Here’s everything that you’re getting, how to get it, and whether your iPad will be able to get it.

Update 07/09/20: Apple has released Public Beta 2 of iPadOS 14.

What are the new features? App design

The biggest change you’re going to see on your iPad is with apps. Apple is bringing a refined design language to the iPad, with sidebars, pull-down menus, and toolbars that look more like Mac apps than ever before.


Tablet apps have new sidebars, toolbars, and menus in iPadOS 14.

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Apple releases iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Public Beta—here's how to get it

Thu, 2020-07-09 13:47

We’ve told you about the many big changes and new features in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, including an awesome new redesign of the home screen with Widgets and the App Library. For the last several years, Apple has made its operating systems available in a public beta, so you can kick the tires and help find bugs before its release in the fall.

If you’re interested in running the iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 public beta, here’s how you get it.

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Got a GoPro Hero 8? Use it as a webcam for your Mac

Thu, 2020-07-09 12:42

With the COVID-19 pandemic and people working from home, it has become more apparent that the Mac has mediocre webcams. I’ve even stopped using Apple’s webcam, instead using a camcorder that was gathering dust in my garage. I got a few compliments about the image quality during a recent staff meeting.

TechCrunch on Thursday reported that the GoPro Hero 8 action camera can now be used as a Mac webcam, thanks to the new GoPro Webcam software for Mac. The software, which is in beta, allows the Hero 8 to be used via USB; previously, you had to use dongles and HDMI cables. GoPro has complete details on how it works.

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Harmony is offering a full refund to anyone who ever bought its $250 Alexa remote

Thu, 2020-07-09 12:37
Harmony is discontinuing its Alexa-powered Express remote this year, but it's offering a full refund or upgrader to anyone who ever bought one.

Don’t keep your Mac laptop charged to 100 percent all the time. Here’s why

Thu, 2020-07-09 07:00

If you leave your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air plugged in all the time—no matter the vintage—the battery suffers wear for being charged to full. Over time, the maximum charged capacity diminishes and you lose many minutes—even hours—of usable time. It is just a characteristic of the lithium-ion batteries in laptops and nearly all modern electronics.

Here is a quick list of the best practices for managing your MacBook's battery. 

  • Routinely unplug your laptop, as frequently as daily, and let it drop its power down to the 30 to 40 percent range.

  • Don’t fully discharge your battery regularly—that is, don’t let it run down to zero. As Battery University (not a degree-granting institution) notes, “If at all possible, avoid full discharges and charge the battery more often between uses.…There is no memory and the battery does not need periodic full discharge cycles to prolong life.”

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Nine great things that cord-cutting brought us

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:00
Still think cord-cutting is no better than cable? Here's a reality check.

What you need to know about Thunderbolt 4

Wed, 2020-07-08 16:25

The USB Type-C connector is wonderful in many ways, but its ubiquity among modern computer interconnects has made it home to a host of confusing standards and capabilities. When you see that connector, you never know what you’re going to get: Is it USB 3 or 3.2? Maybe the upcoming USB4? What is the maximum speed? Does it have Power Delivery? Can I hook up an external display, and to what resolution? How fast is it?

Layer on top of it the Thunderbolt 3 standard and its optional specifications, and it is hard to know what to what will work with that Type-C connector and what won’t.

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What to do when a Time Machine copy to an external drive is enormously larger than expected

Wed, 2020-07-08 08:00

Time Machine uses a clever technique to make snapshots of your Mac backups. Instead of just creating copies of files that have changed since the previous backup—incremental archiving—Time Machine in macOS creates effectively a copy of each backed up volume. The clever part is that it doesn’t duplicate any file that’s remained the same between snapshots; it just adds the newly updated files.

macOS gets away with this by using “hard links,” something introduced several releases ago in which a file on a given volume can be referenced multiple times from a single central copy. It exists just once on the volume, taking up only that amount of storage. Each reference is just a few bytes. Unlike an alias in the Finder, a hard link acts to the operating system just as if it were the original file, including when it’s modified. You only wind up deleting the file if every hard link is deleted. (Essentially, deleting all but one hard link reverts it to just being a single copy of a file.)

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The switch to Apple silicon: Will the Touch Bar survive?

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:15

The arrival of Macs running Apple silicon isn’t just about faster, more power efficient processors. It’s also an opportunity for Apple to reinvent Mac hardware using lessons learned from the iPhone and iPad.

Apple can take this time to also reconsider some Mac hardware decisions of the past decade, most notably the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro. While some users swear by it, the Touch Bar generally seems to have been received with indifference or scorn. Updates over the years have done almost nothing to improve it, making me wonder if even Apple has truly embraced the thing.

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Uninterruptible power supply buyers guide

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:00
A surge protector will save your equipment; a UPS will do that and save your work, too—or let you save your game during a blackout.

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

Tue, 2020-07-07 17:50

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. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.

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Report: HomePod beta adds the option to select default music, podcast, audiobook service

Tue, 2020-07-07 14:58

According to a report from MacRumors, the select group of beta testers for this fall’s HomePod release have noticed something sort of remarkable: the ability to choose a music, podcasts, and audiobooks service other than Apple Music.

Apple does not conduct public or developer beta tests of HomePod software, but rather issues betas through a select group of AppleSeed members. HomePod software is otherwise updated along with the iOS software on the iPhone from which it was set up.

According to testers, the HomePod options screen in this new beta adds the ability to select the default service for Music, Podcasts, and Audiobooks. It defaults to Apple Music, but would presumably let users choose Spotify, Amazon Music, or other competing services (those services need to implement this support, and none have done so yet).

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 2020-07-07 12:32
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

After the Mac's processors, Apple's next transition is apps

Tue, 2020-07-07 07:00

Over the next two years, we're going to hear a lot about Apple’s next transition. The move from Intel to Apple’s homegrown silicon is one of the biggest moves the company has ever made, one that’s sure to impact the rest of the industry as much as the Mac itself.

But that’s not the only transition that Apple is embarking on. It might not have gotten its own segment during the WWDC keynote, but Apple laid down the tracks for a major shift away from traditional apps over the next several years. It won’t be as sudden or even as quick as the move to Apple’s silicon, but before long apps aren’t going to be something we need to download before we can use them. Rather they’re going to be ever-present, glanceable, dynamic, and agnostic extensions that adapt to both our location and the device we’re using without needing to visit a store.

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The last line dance: Microsoft closes its stores

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:15

Lost in the hubbub of WWDC and Apple’s announcement of its switch to its own processors for Macs is sad news from the Pacific Northwest.

“Microsoft is permanently closing its retail stores.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tay.)

People will long remember this day as the day the line dancing died.

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Eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K Pan and Tilt review: Full-room coverage with AI detection

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:00
This pan-and-tilt camera reduces blind spots and uses smart detection to deliver only the activity you want to know about.

Reddit, LinkedIn, TikTok will issue updates to stop apps from copying the clipboard in iOS 14

Mon, 2020-07-06 10:34

iOS 14, Apple’s upcoming major update to the iPhone operating system, has a security feature that tells users if an app is copying the clipboard. This may not sound like a big deal, but think about the times you have, say, copied a password from a password manager and pasted it into an app to access an account, or copied a credit card number and pasted it into a website to buy something. When you copy the info, it goes to the clipboard.

Since the developer beta release of iOS 14, it has been revealed that several apps have been copying data from the clipboard. Reddit, LinkedIn, TikTok, and many other apps are just a few that triggered the iOS 14 alert.

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Five ways Apple is opening up its products with iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur

Mon, 2020-07-06 07:00

Nobody would credibly argue that Apple is a very open tech company, but the walled garden is at least getting a few new gates this fall with the release of its new operating systems (iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur).

Apple is making it possible for more outside devices and software to work with its own technology, and that’s going to make the Apple ecosystem stronger. Here are five ways Apple is embracing the outside world with its fall operating system releases.

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The Mac never left, but it’s about to have a comeback

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:15

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a Mac user.

And I say that as someone who’s been one for nearly 30 years now, ever since my dad brought home a Macintosh LC in 1991. I lived through the transition to PowerPC, the dark years of the nineties, and the move to both Mac OS X and Intel processors.

Through all that time, the Mac has remained my workhorse. But in recent years, it often seemed as though the old stalwart had been overshadowed by the flashier iPhone and iPad lines, relegated to an afterthought in Apple’s mind.

After this year’s WWDC, however, the Mac is looking more like the Apple product that’s poised to have a huge impact. As we consider the calendar of the next couple years, there is a tremendous amount for Mac users to get excited about.

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