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Macworld's November Digital Magazine: iPhone 11 Pro reviewed

5 hours 2 min ago

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. 

In the November issue

In the November issue we review Apple’s latest and greatest phone yet: the iPhone 11 Pro. Find out why it’s the best iPhone ever. We also reviewed the iPhone 11: A hard to beat combination of price, features, and quality.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Make sure you save your data before deleting an Apple ID account

• MacUser Reviews: ExpanDrive 7, JustPlay

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Night Sight fight: The iPhone 11 kinda destroys the Pixel 4 with low light camera shots

8 hours 57 min ago

We have a lot of testing to go before we can reach a verdict on Google's new Pixel 4 smartphone, but the early results show it’s in for a big fight with the iPhone 11. We tested the improved Night Sight against the iPhone 11’s Night mode to see which camera could snap a better nighttime shot. The first impressions are very one-sided.

That’s very surprising. Apple’s Night mode was largely seen as playing catch-up to Google’s version on the Pixel 3, and we all assumed that the Pixel 4 would take another leap to show Apple who’s boss. That might not be the case.

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Pixel 4 (left), iPhone 11 (right). Click to enlarge.

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iPhoto users, you’re out of time with macOS Catalina. What’s your next step?

13 hours 27 min ago

If you’ve continued to use iPhoto after Apple discontinued it in 2015, you had to know its days were numbered. Many people preferred iPhoto’s controls and the new Photos app was initially missing features and buggy, crashy, and slow at times. Photos has improved substantially, though it’s still not everyone’s cup of tea.

Now, iPhoto’s number is finally truly up. The outdated software won’t launch in macOS Catalina, because its core functions rely on a software framework Apple has also sent riding into the sunset.

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The Pixel 4 has the same problem as the Pixel 3: It's too expensive

13 hours 42 min ago
Google's new Pixel phone may have a great camera, speedy Assistant, and radar-sensing motion tech. But the bottom line is it just costs too much money.

SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

14 hours 27 min ago
This inexpensive but barebones smart lock merits a look by the SimpliSafe set.

Innr Smart White A19 bulb review: This inexpensive smart bulb seamlessly connects with a Philips Hue Bridge

14 hours 27 min ago
If you’re already invested in the Hue lighting ecosystem, these budget Zigbee bulbs can fill in your smart bulb gaps without breaking the bank.

Best iPhone 11 cases: For iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Tue, 2019-10-15 17:34

Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was harshly reminded of how important it is to have a phone good case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete—three days before I was supposed to trade it in. The screen cracked, and in a rarity for me, I wasn’t using a case.

That’s partially why I’m taking great care to create this list of the best cases out there for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and cases) are all so similar this year, we’ve compiled them all into one listing and provided links to each model. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to “See More,” and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 11 version. If you don’t see a price listing for a particular model, that means there isn’t one.

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Apple releases macOS Catalina Supplemental Update

Tue, 2019-10-15 14:11

Apple on Tuesday released an update for macOS 10.15 Catalina that fixes a few bugs. Here’s what the update does, according to the release notes:

  • Improves installation reliability of macOS Catalina on Macs with low disk space

  • Fixes an issue that prevented Setup Assistant from completing during some installations

  • Resolves an issue that prevents accepting iCloud Terms and Conditions when multiple iCloud accounts are logged in

  • Improves the reliability of saving Game Center data when playing Apple Arcade games offline

To install the update, you need an internet connection. Go to System Preferences and double-click on Software Update. Your Mac will check online for the update and will tell you when it’s available. (You can also get to Software Update via Apple menu > About This Mac, then click on the Software Update button in the Overview section.) The update is nearly 1GB in size.

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Apple releases iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3 with lots of bug fixes

Tue, 2019-10-15 13:52

Apple’s latest mobile OS release has had a bit of an unusual launch cadence and kind of a rocky start. The company split iOS into iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 this year, with different initial launch dates. There have been several small updates to both OSes to fix a litany of bugs. 

The latest release brings iOS and iPadOS up to version 13.1.3. There are no significant new features introduced, just a bunch of additional bug fixes. The release notes for iOS 13 are as follows:

The Apple TV app is now available on Roku

Tue, 2019-10-15 13:06

Back in March, Apple announced that its new TV app would be available on a lot more devices (and in a lot more countries) than ever before. It’s available on a lot of popular smart TVs, it’s coming to Macs in macOS Catalina, and it’ll be on both Fire TV and Roku.

Well, we’re still waiting for the Fire TV app, but the Apple TV app for Roku just launched. Roku users can find and add it in the Roku Channel Store, just as they would any other channel. From there, you’ll log in with your Apple ID to access your content.

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Google Nest Mini arrives with same design as Home Mini, better sound, and a wall mount

Tue, 2019-10-15 11:40
The Google Nest Mini is basically the old Home Mini with bigger bass, a wall mount, and more under-the-hood processing power.

How to switch from iCloud Photos to just plain Photos

Tue, 2019-10-15 07:00

iCloud Photos provides a great service. Deeply embedded into iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and iCloud, with the feature enabled, every photo you take and every video you record is automatically uploaded to your central iCloud account and then synchronized as a thumbnail or full-resolution image to all your devices linked to the same iCloud account that also have iCloud Photos enabled.

As photo collections grow, some people balk at paying Apple for increasing amounts of iCloud storage, however, and they don’t need or want synchronization across all their devices in quite this way.

You can shed the iCloud part of iCloud Photos and stick just to Photos if you like. You can then opt to sync a different way if you still want that feature—and at no cost.

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Astell&Kern T9iE in-ear monitor review: Spectular sound, with a price to match

Tue, 2019-10-15 06:00
Astell&Kern joined with high-end headphone builder Beyerdynamic to formulate the elegant, high-performance, but pricey T9iE in-ear monitors.

Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag

Tue, 2019-10-15 06:00
This $8 smart bulb is tough to beat, unless you're looking for a smart home product with a broader ecosystem that includes full-spectrum color bulbs and other devices, akin to Philips Hue.

Elusive 11: The terrible, hard-to-buy iPhone

Tue, 2019-10-15 06:00

It turns out the iPhone 11 Pro appears to be selling very well. Which is terrible.

Writing for Vice, Jason Koebler says “It Is Currently Impossible to Exchange Money for an iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antler to Nick.)

What about two wheat for an iPhone?

Three wheat?

Three wheat and one lumber! That’s my final offer!

No one?

I should not have built my settlement next to the desert.

When I walked into an Apple Store in Brooklyn yesterday and asked for a phone (“I want to buy a phone," I said)…

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Nanit Plus baby-monitoring system review: This pricey tech will soothe anxious parents

Mon, 2019-10-14 12:58
Much more than a baby camera, the Nanit Plus and its companion app can actively warn you if anything goes amiss while your baby is in its crib.

How iCloud Drive works with multiple users on a single Mac

Mon, 2019-10-14 08:00

Apple introduced fast user switching years ago to allow easier shared use of a single Mac by multiple people. After logging into an account and switching away from it, all the activities that were underway continue on their merry progress even while another user has logged in or switched to the foreground.

This includes iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and other sync apps that carry out their operations in the background during a normal session. This can be useful if multiple people rely on synchronized files, preventing them from having to log in and wait for updates to occur.

Apple assures its third-party developers in fast user switching documentation that background accounts have no keyboard or mouse input, and apps that check on screen activity will receive a response as if the screen were asleep. That is a sort of guarantee that any app or service that’s running will reliably keep running.

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Find My: How to use Apple’s new all-in-one app to find friends and devices

Mon, 2019-10-14 06:30

Find My Friends was not the first location-sharing app when it was introduced in 2011, but by being a first-party solution, it saw incredibly widespread support. So much so that Apple just went ahead and bundled with with iOS starting with iOS 9. Find My iPhone first launched as a MobileMe service in 2010, and became a free iCloud service in 2011. It has been a critical piece of infrastructure to help people locate their lost gear.

The ubiquity of these services have made them so popular, so oft-used and reliable, that they have become a mainstay of the Apple ecosystem; a reason to stick with Apple, just like iMessage.

With iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple has given these location services their biggest overhaul yet. Since the two apps essentially do the same thing, they have been combined into a single app called “Find My” with a new interface. It’s included in iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

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How to play music on all (or some) of your Amazon Alexa speakers at once

Mon, 2019-10-14 06:00
Want to hear tunes booming throughout your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you’ll need to tweak some settings first.

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Mon, 2019-10-14 06:00
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.