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tvOS 14: 4K YouTube and 5 other features coming this fall

Wed, 2020-06-24 14:00

Apple’s tvOS isn’t its most popular operating system, but if you have an Apple TV, you definitely care about what each major new version brings.

With tvOS 13 (and subsequent point releases) we got a lot of big features like interface changes, Xbox and PlayStation controller support, multiple users, and Control Center. By comparison, the features coming in tvOS 14 are minor, but sometimes the little things makes all the difference. Here’s what you can expect when tvOS 14 launches this fall.

4K YouTube videos

It’s amazing that it has taken this long. No matter what video you watch on the YouTube app on your Apple TV 4K, it will only play back at a maximum of 1080p with no HDR.

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You shouldn’t buy a new Mac right now

Wed, 2020-06-24 09:00

If you need a new Mac right now, by all means, get a new Mac. It’s a have-to-have, not a nice-to-have.

But if you can wait until at least the end of the year to upgrade your laptop or desktop, you’d be crazy to buy a new Mac right now. Not after Apple’s big WWDC announcement.

Certain uncertainty

In case you have no idea what we’re talking about, Apple just announced that it will begin a two-year transition to replace Intel processors in Macs with processors of Apple’s own design.

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iPadOS 14 FAQ: Features, Apple Pencil, Public Beta, and everything else you need to know

Wed, 2020-06-24 08:45

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.

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.

Apple

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

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WWDC20 keynote: Our thoughts on iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and the Mac switch to Apple silicon

Wed, 2020-06-24 08:00

iOS and iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, Apple’s big switch to ARM—and there’s a lot more from Apple’s WWDC20 keynote. We talk about the new announcements on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 703 with Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 703

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The Mac’s future is on a collision course with the iPad

Wed, 2020-06-24 07:00

It was the most important WWDC keynote for the Mac since the arrival of OS X two decades ago. Apple’s announcement on Monday of the Mac’s third-ever processor transition  was big enough, but it was only the beginning. Apple also announced a new version of macOS, Big Sur, that is full of new features and design elements that paint the clearest picture yet about where Apple is taking the Mac in the future.

It’s no coincidence that Apple chose this moment to leave version 10 behind after twenty years, replacing it with macOS 11.0. 2020 is the beginning of the Mac’s next (and, depending on how you read the tea leaves, last) era.

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Bowers & Wilkins to offer Signature versions of its 700-series loudspeakers

Wed, 2020-06-24 07:00
Signature versions of the floor-standing 702 and stand-mount 705 feature upgraded crossovers and components, plus high-end cabinet finishes.

Eufy Security Smart Lock Touch review: Eufy’s first smart lock is a little too rough around the edges

Wed, 2020-06-24 06:00
A buggy fingerprint reader spoils Eufy’s biggest selling point.

The best smart lock for a keyless home

Wed, 2020-06-24 06:00
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

iPadOS 14 FAQ: Features, Apple Pencil, Public Beta, and everything else you need to know

Tue, 2020-06-23 15:45

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.

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.

Apple

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

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iOS 14 vs iPadOS 14: Every iPhone feature you’re not getting on the iPad

Tue, 2020-06-23 09:24

When Apple split iOS into two parts last year to distinguish it from the iPad, it was meant to give the iPad room to grow, with intuitive gestures, better accessory support, and, to quote Apple, things that are ”only possible on iPad.” However, despite Craig Federighi’s claim that “iPad users also benefit from the great features you already saw in iOS 14,” that’s not really the whole story.

While that’s true for things like Scribble support and the new app sidebars and toolbars, there are an awful lot of new iOS 14 features that are only for the iPhone. Here’s everything that’s not coming to the iPad:

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Hey there: Apple’s public fight with one developer

Tue, 2020-06-23 08:00

In the wee hours before Monday’s WWDC keynote, Apple managed to smooth things over with Basecamp, the two having fallen into a very public disagreement over the rejection of an app update to Basecamp’s cross-platform email service, Hey.

That’s the name of it. It’s called “Hey.” That’s not just how the kids talk now, putting “Hey” at the end of sentences. It might be, The Macalope doesn’t really know. It’s not how he was using it in that sentence, hey.

He was using it that way in that sentence.

The 1.0 release of Hey had been approved by Apple but the 1.0.1 update was rejected under the argument that it should never have been approved in the first place because it didn’t implement Apple’s purchasing mechanism so the app didn’t work immediately. This rightly incensed Basecamp’s management which shot back on Twitter and the company’s website, saying Apple was acting like “gangsters.”

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Ring Solar Steplight review: Bigger, better, brighter

Tue, 2020-06-23 06:00
An integrated solar panel keeps the battery in this smart lighting device perpetually topped off.

Summary: The major announcements during Apple’s WWDC20 keynote

Mon, 2020-06-22 20:00

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is completely online this year, but that doesn’t mean the company held back on its announcements. Since there was no live audience to interrupt the keynote with applause, hoots, and hollers, Apple covered a ton of ground at a brisk pace during its two-hour presentation on Monday. You can watch the keynote in its entirety online, but if you don’t have the time, you can find out what happened in our summary right here.

Macs switch to Apple ARM CPUs

It’s been rumored for a while, but Apple’s announcement that it will switch from Intel processors to its own silicon was the final segment of the keynote, saving the biggest news for last. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has planned for a two-year transition, with the first ARM-based Mac coming later this year.

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The iPad isn’t getting iOS 14’s best feature

Mon, 2020-06-22 18:30

Apple kicked off its WWDC keynote with an absolute bang. We were barely five minutes into the keynote when Craig Federighi told us about a new feature called App Library, which is nothing less than a dramatic rethinking of the home screen experience.

Here’s how it works. When you swipe all the way right, you’ll see a new App Library page that organizes all of your apps into categories so they’re easier to navigate. With a centralized location for all of your apps, Apple is also letting you hide home pages, so you won’t have pages and pages of apps to sort through anymore.

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5 ways watchOS 7 will supercharge your Apple Watch this fall

Mon, 2020-06-22 17:03

It’s not just the iPhone and the Mac that are getting sweet new features in the fall. Apple also unveiled the newest watchOS features that are coming to the Apple Watch, and there are some major changes in store for Apple’s ubiquitous wearable. In fact, it could be the biggest update ever. Here are five features to look out for.

Watch faces are sharable

Instead of bringing new watch faces like it usually does, Apple is refining the faces we already have in watchOS 7. Now you’ll be able to have more than one complication per app, and Apple has added new complications as well, including a tachymeter on the Chronograph Pro and a single giant complication on the minimal X-Large face.

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Apple details an impressive, aggressive transition to Macs with its own processors

Mon, 2020-06-22 16:30

The rumors are true—Apple is beginning its next major Mac transformation, kicking Intel processors to the curb in favor of its own silicon. At the WWDC virtual conference on June 22, Apple announced the start of its two-year transition to produce all new Macs with its own Apple silicon rather than CPUs provided by Intel and GPUs provided by AMD.

What does that mean for you? Here’s a look at the timeline and technologies Apple announced.

Why Apple is doing this

Apple began its announcement by trumpeting its prowess in making its own silicon, including ten years of iPhone chips (with a total 100-fold increase in CPU power) and specialized versions for the iPad Pro (with a 1,000-fold increase in graphics power). Apple even went smaller, customizing its processors for the unique demands of the Apple Watch.

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macOS Big Sur: Top 5 features

Mon, 2020-06-22 16:19

At WWDC20 on Monday, Apple took the wraps off of macOS Big Sur, the next version of the Macintosh operating system. Big Sur will replace macOS 10.15 Catalina this fall.

Big Sur is a major upgrade with several features that users can take advantage of. Here are the features that Apple highlighted during its WWDC20 keynote presentation. We’ll follow up with more details on these features as they are revealed.

Refined user interface

With the existence of iOS, the inconsistencies between Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems are notable, and compared to iOS, macOS looks a little dated. With Big Sur, Apple finally addresses the macOS UI, implementing the first major changes since the release of Mac OS X.

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HomeKit in iOS 14: Support for facial recognition and adaptive lighting

Mon, 2020-06-22 15:46

Apple just announced a bevy of new features coming to the Home app and HomeKit courtesy of iOS 14, including adaptive lighting for HomeKit-compatible smart bulbs, facial recognition for cameras, and a redesigned interface.

Apple made the announcements Monday during its annual WWDC conference, during which it gave a broad overview of all the new features coming to iOS 14, which is due to arrive this fall.

First up, HomeKit will be getting support for adaptive lighting, which means HomeKit will be able to change the color temperature of a smart bulb or a group of bulbs automatically depending on the time of day. The iOS Home app already lets you manually pick the color temperature of a bulb.

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5 awesome new iPadOS 14 features coming to your iPad this fall

Mon, 2020-06-22 15:28

It’s been a year since Apple debuted a dedicated tablet OS and officially separated the iPad from the iPhone, but that was just the beginning. With iPadOS 14, Apple broke the mold and busted the iPad out of its iOS shackles with bold new features and new navigations that bring Apple’s tablet to new heights. In addition to enhancements to Safari, Maps, and Messages, iPadOS is getting some incredible new features of its own. Here are the highlights.

Apps are getting way better

Apps on the iPad always felt somewhat restrained by the limitations of iOS. iPadOS 14 breaks the chains once and for all with a design language that’s built specifically for the iPad. It starts with Apple’s own apps, but will quickly expand to your favorite third-party apps as well.

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iOS 14: The five most important new features

Mon, 2020-06-22 14:36

As expected, Apple announced the next major revision to its phone operating system at its WWDC 2020 virtual developer conference. And as usual, the new iOS is full of features big and small. 

This story will be periodically updated, and we’ll break down everything you need to know about iOS 14: it’s significant features and changes, the beta test, its release date, and how to install the beta. But before we get into all that, let’s delve into the five most significant features and changes coming to your iPhone this fall.

A new home screen with the App Library Apple

One swipe past your last home screen is the App Library, where all your apps live, and are automatically organized.

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