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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: We like the design shrink, but this device doesn’t offer enough for the price

Wed, 2020-08-05 06:00
The new Wemo saves space, but some competitors deliver more for less.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus (2020) review: Hue’s versatile, delicate LED light strip gets Bluetooth control

Wed, 2020-08-05 06:00
The latest version of Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus is perfect for accent lighting and it doesn’t require a bridge, but we’re concerned about its durability.

Phil Schiller steps up to Apple Fellow, Greg Jozwiak takes over as Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing

Tue, 2020-08-04 13:53

After more than 30 years at Apple, Phil Schiller is transitioning his role from Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing to Apple Fellow. Greg Joswiak will be promoted to fill that position.

Phil Schiller has been a mainstay of Apple events for as long as anyone can remember. Apple’s press release quotes him as saying: “I first started at Apple when I was 27, this year I turned 60 and it is time for some planned changes in my life. I’ll keep working here as long as they will have me, I bleed six colors, but I also want to make some time in the years ahead for my family, friends, and a few personal projects I care deeply about.”

Schiller’s words make it sound as though he is getting ready to retire, or at least “semi-retire,” and is transitioning away from most of his duties at Apple. While Apple is framing Schiller’s new role as an advancement—and indeed he will attain a position of high esteem within the company—it is a clear reduction in his role and influence. Schiller will continue to report directly to Tim Cook, and will continue to lead the App Store and Apple Events.

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5 reasons to buy a new 27-inch iMac rather than waiting for the Apple silicon transition

Tue, 2020-08-04 12:11

If you’ve been holding out for a brand new 27-inch iMac, the big day has arrived. While you’ll need to wait a little longer for that rumored Pro Display XDR-inspired redesign and Apple silicon inside, Apple has announced a “major update” to the 27-inch iMac, and it is more than just a summer speed bump. It changes just about everything about Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer and brings several compelling reasons to upgrade. Here are five reasons why you might want to take the plunge now and delay a switch to Apple silicon.

They’re crazy fast

The iMac has always been underrated for its speed, but the latest update brings a major boost over the previous model. The Intel 8th-gen processors have been replaced with 10th-gen chips that max out at an insane 10-core 3.6GHz Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, and the graphics have been boosted from the Radeon Pro 570X and 580X to the Radeon Pro 5300, 5500XT, and 5700 XT with up to 16GB of memory. Simply put, this machine will get you through the transition and then some, and it’s hard to imagine the first batch of Apple’s own chips being much faster.

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Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE: Can a cheap Android handset beat Apple's best-ever budget iPhone?

Tue, 2020-08-04 07:00

The iPhone SE might be Apple's unexpected hit of 2020, but there's a new competitor in town: the Google Pixel 4a. But Google’s newest mid-range handset is going to need a lot more than a low price to take on Apple’s mighty budget blockbuster. Here’s how the two phones measure up.

Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE: Design

I never thought I’d see the day when Google designs a nicer phone than Apple, but it is hard to deny the Pixel 4a’s good looks. It has relatively slim and uniform bezels all around thanks to its hole-punch camera, an extremely compact and light frame, and a classy all-black exterior. Even with a far-bigger display, the Pixel 4a has very similar dimensions and weight as the SE:

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Little big Apple: Beset with foes, Apple somehow squeaks by

Tue, 2020-08-04 06:15

Apple announced stellar results last week, setting a new record for the quarter amid a global pandemic. This is great news for the company and sent its stock soaring again. Apple has now even passed Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable company.

By all measures, Apple looks practically unstoppable. In fact, that’s one of the things the Macalope covers because many pundits inexplicably still like to think of the company as being as “beleaguered” as it was in the mid-1990s.

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Kyvol Cybovac E31 robot vacuum mop/hybrid review: This automoated cleaner delivers advanced features at a budget price

Tue, 2020-08-04 06:00
The top of a new line of robot vacuums impresses with mapping, voice control, and excellent cleaning performance.

Apple Card: Panera Bread becomes the first restaurant to offer 3% cash back

Mon, 2020-08-03 15:50

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Updated 08/03/20: Panera Bread has announced that it now offers 3% cash back with Apple Card purchases, either in-restaurant or online.

Apple finally launches a website for Apple Card management

Apple Card customers can head to card.apple.com and log in with their Apple ID to view their balance and terms, download past statements in PDF format, and change their payment schedule and associated bank accounts. Get the details.

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Time for Apple to reevaluate how the App Store does business

Mon, 2020-08-03 07:00

If there’s a segment of Apple’s business that seems to fly in the face of the company’s philosophy—not just in terms of making a product that is substandard or lackluster—but in terms of actually being at odds with the way it otherwise does business, you couldn't put forth a more prominent example than the App Store.

The discussion, always at a constant simmer in the Apple community, bubbled up once again last week even as Apple CEO Tim Cook was grilled by lawmakers over antitrust concerns. Developers, regularly dissatisfied with the company’s lack of transparency and equality over rules, took the opportunity to renew criticism of not only that, but the hefty 30-percent cut of proceeds.

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Logitech MX Master 3 mouse review: Logitech sticks with a winning formula

Mon, 2020-08-03 06:15

I have two desktop Mac setups, one at home and one at the Macworld office (ah, going to the office, those were the days). Both those setups have Logitech mice. My work setup has the Performance Mouse MX that I’ve been using for over ten(!) years. At home, I have the original MX Master, which I’ve been using for four years. Suffice to say, I love these mice. They have a similar design that fits my hand beautifully, they feel great and are highly functional.

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Reolink Argus 3 security camera review: New look, same great performance

Mon, 2020-08-03 06:00
This outdoor wireless security camera gets a spotlight, color night vision, and a cosmetic makeover while retaining the simplicity we love.

5G iPhone 12 launch date

Sun, 2020-08-02 12:38
5G chipmaker Qualcomm hinted in its Q4 guidance that it expects reduced shipments due to “the delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch.” And Apple confirmed a later-than-usual launch date in its Q3 earnings call. Juliet Beauchamp explains how the 5G iPhone launch will be slightly delayed.(youtu.be)

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Apple Silicon: What the transition from Intel means for developers

Fri, 2020-07-31 15:23
Software development for new ARM-based Macs has its own set of challenges and changes for developers. InfoWorld senior writer Serdar Yegulalp joins Juliet to discuss why the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon is so seismic, how the change is affecting developers and what it means for iOS/macOS compatibility.(youtu.be)

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Apple’s new 'everything' gift cards could mean the end of iTunes deals

Fri, 2020-07-31 09:44

Apple today announced a major change to its gift card offerings. Instead of separate cards for iTunes and Apple Store purchase, Apple is now selling a single car for “everything Apple” that can be used online and in stores to purchase “products, accessories, apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, iCloud, and more.”

While the new cards will make it easier to buy things, they could also mean the end of the standard iTunes gift card deals that regularly pop up. Best Buy, PayPal, and others often offer 15- or 20-percent off $50 or $100 cards, but those deals rarely surface for Apple Store cards. It’s unclear when or if these new cards will make their way to retailers.

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Five ways iOS 14 makes your AirPods better

Fri, 2020-07-31 07:00

Software-based headphones are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, a software update can worsen an otherwise perfectly-functioning accessory—some AirPods Pro firmware updates have had users complain of reduced noise reduction or battery life issues. On the other hand, your accessory can get better over time with new features and improved functionality.

That’s exactly what’s happening with AirPods in iOS 14 (and Apple’s other fall operating system updates like macOS Big Sur, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7). If you own AirPods or AirPods Pro, you’ll find they work better with your other Apple gear. Here are the five big improvements coming this fall to the way AirPods work your other Apple products.

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For once, the Mac and iPad lead Apple's record financial results

Fri, 2020-07-31 06:15

One of these quarters, Apple’s going to announce financial results that don’t result in some sort of record. Perhaps as soon as next quarter, even. But on Thursday, Apple announced the results of its financial third quarter of 2020—and they were an all-time third quarter record. Literally every measurable category went up, year over year. It was so sunny a set of results that Apple CEO Tim Cook seemed almost embarrassed to be reporting such huge growth amid a global pandemic and some powerful social upheaval in the United States.

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The best smart shades: These luxurious window treatments blend high tech with high fashion

Fri, 2020-07-31 06:00
Smart, motorized shades and blinds cost a pretty penny, but do they ever bring the wow.

iPhone 12 rumors: Apple confirms that the new iPhone will ship later than usual

Thu, 2020-07-30 18:00

Reports about what will be in the 2020 iPhones are hitting the wire. We’ve compiled the most notable ones here, but take these with a big grain of salt. Even if these reports are accurate representations of what suppliers are saying, or come from moles within Apple itself, the company’s plans can and do change. There’s still plenty of time before the design and features have to be totally set in stone.

Update 07/29/20: During its Q3 2020 results report, Apple stated that the new iPhone this year will ship a few weeks later than the usual September release.

A possible October launch

During an announcement of its third-quarter 2020 financial results, Apple said that the iPhone release this year will occur later than usual. In the past, Apple shipped new iPhone models in late September, but this year, Apple COO Luca Maestri said that the phone shipment will occur “a few weeks” later. "A few weeks" probably means an October ship date, but let's not rule out a possible November date.

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Apple shrugs off Covid-19 with record quarter boosted by sales of basically everything

Thu, 2020-07-30 16:50

It’s hard not to find a bright spot in Apple’s third-quarter earnings. Not only did the company beat expectations with revenue of nearly $60 billion and an 11-percent growth over last year, it also saw a sales bump across every product it sells.

The Mac enjoyed the biggest leap, buoyed by work-from-home orders for many businesses around the world. Mac sales topped $7 billion for the first time in third-quarter history, an increase of more than 20 percent, and the iPad also set a record for a non-holiday quarter. Numbers below are compared to last year’s Q3.

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Your hot takes: What should Apple include with the next iPhone?

Thu, 2020-07-30 08:00

On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, it's all about your hot takes, specifically about what Apple should include with its next iPhone. We respond to your thoughts on this topic.

This is episode 707 Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

The rumor mill has been churning about the iPhone lately, and what has caught everyone’s attention are rumors about what Apple may or may not include in the box. Some rumors say Apple will not include a charger, some say earbuds will not be included, some say Apple will not include a cable, some say all three won’t be included.

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