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Apple's planning an 'aggressive' shift from Intel to ARM processors, oft-correct analyst claims

Fri, 2020-03-27 10:01

If you just bought a new MacBook Air with a 10th-gen Intel processor, it might soon be a collector’s item. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is rarely wrong with his Apple predictions, says Apple is planning a major transition to ARM processors in 2021, marking the end of a near-20-year partnership with Intel.

In an analyst note obtained by 9to5Mac, Kuo says Apple will adopt an “aggressive processor-replacement strategy” with numerous models targeted for Apple’s own ARM processors in 2021. He had previously predicted that the first ARM Mac would arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, but the effects of the coronavirus could push back those plans.

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Three ways Apple could improve FaceTime

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:15

Home sweet...augh. Yes, even as someone who's worked from home for almost a decade and a half, having to stay indoors is starting to drive me up the wall.

Thank goodness for technology. It's a lot harder to imagine what we all would have been doing with all this free time in an era before the internet: probably watching a lot of terrible cable TV and maybe, I don't know, reading books.

Chief among the many technologies that Apple brings to the table in our socially distant present is FaceTime: it's great for catching up with family, friends, and other loved ones in these trying times. Though the feature was a revelation when Apple added it back in the iPhone 4, video chatting has become old hat these days—though recently it's been getting quite the workout.

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The best cloud storage services for Apple users

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:00

If you really want to make the best use of your laptop, tablet, and phone in today’s always-connected world, you need a cloud storage service. Storing files in the cloud may have started as a way for consumers to back up their data in case of disaster, but today’s best services offer so much more.

A good cloud storage solution backs up your important documents, photos, and videos, but it also helps keep all your devices in sync. It’s a great way to make sure your desktop, laptop, phone, and tablet all have instant access to all your digital content. It should also allow you to access and edit documents from a web browser and easily share files and folders with others.

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Connect that old Apple display to a new Mac to give it new life

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:15

From 1999 until 2016, Apple released and continued to sell a series of external digitally connected displays optimized for Mac users. The displays started with DVI connectors, shifted to the Apple-made ADC connection, then back to DVI, expanded to dual-link DVI, pivoted to industry-standard Mini DisplayPort, and finally ended with Thunderbolt 2 connectors. (It’s only last year that Apple announced it would restart making monitors with its own Thunderbolt 3 display, the Pro Display XDR, and began shipping it in December for a minimum of $5,000.)

And, gosh, do a lot of those older Apple monitors remain out in the field and in use. Apple never releases much in the way of unit sales, but it’s a fair guess that several million displays were sold. While monitors dim and components fail over time, re-using an external Apple display with a new USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 Mac remains one of top questions Macworld gets from its readers

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The 12 best movies to stream with your kids while the whole family is stuck at home

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:00
These films are aimed at the younger set, but adults will enjoy them just as much—and that goes double when you all enjoy them together.

iFi hip-dac portable DAC/headphone amp review: Sublime sound from a tiny, well-built package

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:00
Compared with a smartphone's built-in DAC/amp, the sound of this gem is a revelation.

Switching from Android to iPhone: Here's where Apple's phone wins and fails

Thu, 2020-03-26 14:58
What happens when an Android die-hard switches to iPhone? Our Android expert explains where Apple impressed him—and where he experienced major pain points.

How to check a Mac’s free hard drive space

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:08

In today’s era of multi-terabyte hard drives and online storage, many of us don’t keep as close an eye on our disk usage as we used to. Still, even the largest drives fill up eventually. If you don’t know how to check your disk space use on your Mac, here’s where to look.

Options 1 and 2: From the Finder

The Finder gives you a couple ways to see how much free disk space you have. These are the easiest ways.

Preview your storage device. In macOS, if you select and item in the Finder and press the spacebar on your keyboard, you get a preview of the item. For example, if you select a text document and then press the spacebar, you can see what’s in the document without actually opening it.

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These 16 movies will be available online early to help ease your coronavirus anxiety

Thu, 2020-03-26 12:19
Emma, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, and more will be available to rent or buy from streaming services way ahead of schedule.

Apple is doing a lot to help during the coronavirus pandemic. It could be doing more

Thu, 2020-03-26 09:02

As the world grinds to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, the impact on businesses large and small is palpable. Stores are shuttered around the country, movies are missing out on lucrative theater runs, and millions are suddenly finding themselves without a paycheck for the foreseeable future.

Apple, of course, is among the most heavily impacted. Back in February, it was one of the first companies to revise its guidance for the first quarter due to “a slower return to normal conditions.” While manufacturing has since improved, the effect on the second-quarter results remains to be seen and it’s likely to be ugly. Even though a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air are here, Apple’s popular retail stores remain closed around the world and likely will be for weeks to come.

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Wish lists for the MacBook Air and iPad Pro, and more

Thu, 2020-03-26 09:00

Apple may have released a new MacBook Air and iPad Pro, but they’re still missing features that we want. That and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 691with Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 691

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Apple is doing a lot to help during the coronavirus pandemic. It could be doing more

Thu, 2020-03-26 08:00

As the world grinds to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, the impact on businesses large and small is palpable. Stores are shuttered around the country, movies are missing out on lucrative theater runs, and millions are suddenly finding themselves without a paycheck for the foreseeable future.

Apple, of course, is among the most heavily impacted. Back in February, it was one of the first companies to revise its guidance for the first quarter due to “a slower return to normal conditions.” While manufacturing has since improved, the effect on the second-quarter results remains to be seen and it’s likely to be ugly. Even though a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air are here, Apple’s popular retail stores remain closed around the world and likely will be for weeks to come.

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How to close Apple Watch activity rings even when sheltering in place

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:15

Closing Activity rings on the Apple Watch takes a lot more effort than it did just a couple of weeks ago, as widespread shelter-in-place policies are keeping many of us in our homes. Chances are you’d had a morning where your Apple Watch’s display looks like the one in the photo above. You’re most likely to feel the sting if you were on a weight loss program or had a consistent fitness routine, but many of the rest of us simply miss the satisfaction of the little tap that let us know we’d accomplished a clear goal each day.

Fortunately—if you’re willing to change your standards—it’s still possible to close your rings in order to achieve a degree of certainty in these uncertain times. Now, will you come out of it in as good as shape as you were before the coronavirus? That’s doubtful, although not impossible. After all, right now, you can devote much of your free time to meeting your goals. But if you’re looking for a daily reward that’s more mental than physical at a time when many gyms and parks are closed, I’ve found this is a decent way to go about it.

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How to share iCloud folders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:15

We’ve been waiting for iCloud folder sharing since Apple announced it back in June of 2019. With iOS 13.4 and macOS Catalina 10.15.4, the feature has finally arrived. Now you can invite several other people to a single iCloud folder, where they can access or add files. You can give people permission to make changes to the folder (adding, changing, or deleting files) or give them view-only permission.

Here’s how to get started with shared iCloud folders.

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WiZ Connected BR30 Colors smart bulb review: An affordable Wi-Fi floodlight that doesn’t require a hub

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:00
WiZ’s smart BR30 floodlight is easy to set up, boasts more than a dozen dynamic color lighting modes, and it can even turn “dumb” light switches into smart ones.

Apple TV+ originals: Apple releases trailer for thriller Defending Jacob starring Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery

Wed, 2020-03-25 12:47

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

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ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV's big upgrade

Wed, 2020-03-25 11:40
ATSC 3.0 (or Next Gen TV) is coming to replace today's over-the-air broadcasts, but it's still very early days.

Why I spent a bundle on a Wi-Fi 6 router for my work-from-home setup: Speed, speed, speed

Wed, 2020-03-25 11:00
You might balk at buying a high-end Wi-Fi 6 router because they cost so much than Wi-Fi 5 models, but you'll find it's worth the investment.

How to clean a Mac keyboard, display, and more

Wed, 2020-03-25 11:00

It’s not difficult to do, but keeping a clean Mac can help it run smoother, and keep you from getting sick as well. Here are a few ways you can keep your Mac looking new and fresh.

Clean that keyboard

It’s fair to say that the dirtiest part of your Mac is its keyboard. Even if you wash your hands every time you sit down to type, the keyboard collects the germs and sweat from your fingers, and the dust in your room or office. This can make for sticky keys and transfer viruses, or worse.

First, unplug your keyboard from your computer or, in the case of a wireless keyboard, remove its batteries. (If you’re cleaning a laptop keyboard, shut down the computer and unplug the power adapter.) Blow out the dust and, if necessary, vacuum the space between the keys (or under them, depending on the type of keyboard you have).

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You’re not imagining things: Apple did remove the column option from macOS Mail

Wed, 2020-03-25 08:00

Apple changed long-standing display options in macOS Mail with the release of 10.15 Catalina. This no-longer-new version dropped the ability in Mail’s column view (via View > Use Column Layout) to manage columns widths, click to sort by characteristics (like sender, subject, and size), and to retain your preferred ascending or descending first order when you switch among sorting options.

Unfortunately, despite the passage of time and many complaints in Apple’s forums, this remains in place. But never say never.

The first release of iTunes’s successor in Catalina, the Music app, omitted the three-column view that some iTunes users loved and had relied on for many years. It was one of the most complained about features, and apparently Apple listened. In December 2019, with the release of 10.15.2, the iTunes Columns Browser returned in Music.

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