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New iCloud.com beta site offers refreshed design and Reminders app

Fri, 2019-08-23 14:04

Apple’s iCloud.com web interface has a design that feels a little dated, frankly, and the pending release of iOS 13, along with its completely redesigned Reminders app, is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up a bit. (The iCloud web interface doesn’t even have a Reminders app, it’s listed as “coming soon.”)

Apple is testing out a new iCloud.com beta web interface, featuring a new landing page with a simple white background and smaller icons.

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The iCloud.com beta site (bottom) features smaller icons, a clean white background, and a Reminders app.

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

Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00

Apparently, one piece of online folk wisdom goes as follows: If you’re having trouble with your Apple ID, just create a new one and abandon the old one. This actually isn't a good idea in most circumstances. It usually makes a bad situation worse.

Apple IDs can be a problem, especially if you have legacy accounts from pre-iCloud Apple cloud services. Apple has made it easier over the years to use one Apple ID for purchases and another for iCloud, which was a big help. The upcoming macOS 10.15 Catalina rejiggers account management so your various Apple IDs are consolidated into a preference pane that replaces the iCloud one, very similar to iOS’s Settings app.

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Apple TV+ FAQ: Cost, release date, supported devices, and more

Fri, 2019-08-23 07:00

This fall, Apple will make a risky venture outside its familiar spheres of hardware and software when it launches Apple TV+. The new service features a wide assortment of TV shows funded by Apple’s mountainous cash pile, and the Cupertino company is sparing no expense in its attempt to lure viewers with some of the best-known actors, writers, and directors.

Below, you’ll find a compendium of everything we know about the ambitious service so far, and we’ll keep it updated as we encounter credible rumors and get news from Apple itself.

How will you access Apple TV+?

Once it launches, you’ll sign up for and watch Apple TV+ content through Apple’s recently redesigned TV app, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Mac—in addition to some supported third-party smart TVs.

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Shoot to thrill: Three camera features the iPhone should add

Fri, 2019-08-23 06:00

In the era of the personal computer, we worshipped at the altar of processor speeds, RAM capacity, and hard drive space. But in the era of the smartphone, none of these items are as important as they once were. Instead, we are more concerned about what their devices can do, and chief among those capabilities is taking great pictures.

Look back over the past few years of smartphone announcements from industry leaders like Samsung, Google, and, of course, Apple, and you’ll see cameras occupying a lot of time in onstage demos as well as a prominent position in smartphone marketing and ads.

With the unveiling of Apple’s 2019 iPhone line-up a matter of weeks away, many anticipate a big improvement in the devices’ cameras. That’s no surprise: every time a new phone rolls around, Apple always touts it as featuring the best camera ever. Because as good as the current iPhone’s camera is, there’s always room for improvement.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Thu, 2019-08-22 13:44
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

16-inch MacBook Pro: Bloomberg report says it will be revealed in September

Thu, 2019-08-22 12:20

For the first time in nearly a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro may be on the way. Rumors have been ramping up for months regarding a brand new 16-inch flagship notebook, expanding Apple’s laptop lineup beyond the 13- and 15-inch models its been selling since 2012. Here’s everything we know so far.

The latest rumor: September reveal

Bloomberg reports that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be announced at a yet-to-be-announced event in September. The report does not say if the 16-inch model will replace Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, though it does say that the overall size of the 16-inch model will be close in size to the 15-incher.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:54
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

How to restore items for an external drive that’s backed up using Time Machine

Thu, 2019-08-22 08:00

Time Machine’s main purpose is to back up an internal startup volume, but it can also archive the contents of other volumes on an internal drive and volumes on externally attached drives. Check the Time Machine preference pane to make sure those other volumes aren't excluded if you want them backed up. (But you can't include the Time Machine volume itself!)

However, once Time Machine has started to archive those other volumes, you might wonder how to find their contents to restore older versions or the entire set of files. Apple doesn't provide the same ease of navigation backwards nor full restore with volumes other than the one set to start up the Mac, but the data is all there.

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Apple Card, Apple Arcade, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 2019-08-22 07:00

The Apple Card is ready for you, but are you ready for the Apple Card? Apple Arcade pricing and availability revealed! And your hot takes! That and more are all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 664 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 664

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Frndly TV: A cheap way get Hallmark Channel, Weather Channel and more without cable

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:00
With the Hallmark Channel and more for $6 per month, Frndly TV is the cheapest live TV streaming bundle yet.

Amazon Echo Auto review: Alexa just doesn't deliver as a co-pilot

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:00
The Amazon Echo Auto brings Alexa into your car, but it relies too much on your existing technology to be of much use.

Zagg Folio keyboard case for iPad mini 5 review: Like a book-sized MacBook

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:00

I'm always looking for ways to do my job on the go while using the least amount of space in my bag, and that's why I love the Zagg Folio wireless keyboard case for the fifth-generation iPad mini. Slip it on, and Apple’s smallest tablet transforms into an adorable little laptop. I've found myself wishing Zagg would have leaned into that and made differently colored cases that match the seven hues used for the keyboard backlighting, but nah, we're stuck with the workaday black fabric and plastic defines Zagg's cases as of late.

It’s a good thing, then, that almost every other feature of this delightful case makes up for it. It's barely thicker than half an inch when it's closed. It’s tough enough to endure the pain I put my stuff through on my footbound commute, and the keyboard—though small—offers much of the satisfaction I’d expect from a proper laptop. After handling it for a while, I kind of wish Apple would take some cues from Zagg for some of its own designs.

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Macworld's September Digital Magazine: Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro reviewed

Wed, 2019-08-21 19:25

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 September issue

If you’re considering a new laptop for a college-bound kid, don’t miss our review of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. This entry-level Mac is now worthy of the Pro name. If you’re interested in augmented reality, check out our pick of 10 great AR apps for iPhone and iPad.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How a 16-inch MacBook Pro sets the table for ARM MacBooks

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Apple has rules for keeping your Apple Card clean, but they don’t go far enough

Wed, 2019-08-21 18:36

Millions of iPhone users have already signed up for the Apple Card, and iPhone users across the U.S. are going to want to show off that membership has its privileges—most notably a titanium, laser-etched Apple Card. But like any Apple product, you should think twice before leaving the house with your Apple Card, lest it end up scratched or discolored.

What are you to do? Apple has some tips, of course. In a support document titled, “How to clean your Apple Card,” Apple has offered up several dos and don’ts for its new card. Basically, you have to be more careful with it that an iPhone.

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iPhone 2019 rumors: Is a smaller Apple Pencil in the cards?

Wed, 2019-08-21 17:13

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 08/21/19: Case maker Olixar is selling an iPhone 11 Pro case with a slot for a smaller Apple Pencil.

A smaller Apple Pencil incoming?

File this one under Weird Last-Minute iPhone Rumors. Online retailer Mobile Fun is selling an iPhone 11 Pro case by Olixar with an interesting feature: a slot on the rear of the case for a smaller Apple Pencil. Normally we'd completely dismiss such a odd rumor as ridiculous, but there are a few reasons why we're lending some credence to this one. For one, it's already being sold, but more importantly, Mobile Fun has a decent track record of predicting phone designs before launch. Earlier this year, it nailed the Galaxy S10's hole-punch design, and it was one of first to accurately predict that the Note 10 would be dumping the headphone jack. But this one is certainly going out on a limb. Not only does Olixar think the iPhone 11 Pro will have Apple Pencil support, it also think Apple will be making a shorter Apple Pencil for it.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Wed, 2019-08-21 14:50
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

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

Wed, 2019-08-21 12:33

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.

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The Apple Card could be the riskiest piece of Apple’s walled garden

Wed, 2019-08-21 08:00

If you navigate over to Apple.com today, you’ll see a brand new product at the top of the homepage. Like so many iPhones, iPads, and Macs that have come before, the beautiful images and enticing tagline make you want to get one immediately, complete with a button to do so.

Except, the newest Apple thing doesn’t have a screen. It’s not a shiny thing you can buy on a payment plan or lust over at the Apple Store. In fact, it actually won’t cost you anything to get it. At least not up front. No, for this product all you have to turn over is your credit. You know, the thing that needs to be in good standing to get a house or a car or, just an iPhone XS under Apple’s Upgrade Program. And it’s not just about buying stuff. Your credit score and history could also be determining factors when renting an apartment, signing up for cable television, even being considered for a job.

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Best Apple Card alternatives: 5 existing credit cards that outdo the new kid

Wed, 2019-08-21 07:00

Your financial situation should dictate which credit card is right for you. And the Apple Card—even with its tidy package of features—might not be it.

Sure, as a starter card, it’s hard to beat. People mastering the basics of paying statement balances on time each month get a more generous deal than with a big bank: bigger rewards, a break on foreign transactions fees, and more leeway if they forget to pay on time.

But perhaps you’re only concerned about cash back, low interest rates, or a specific combination of benefits that the Apple Card just doesn’t nail. You can do better, and I’ve sifted through multiple cards with no annual fees to find those best alternatives to the Apple Card—be it for the whole set of features or a specific perk.

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Why Apple doesn’t need to release a new Apple Watch this fall

Wed, 2019-08-21 06:00

The tech industry’s reach often exceeds its grasp. The dreams of the people who design and build tech products couldn’t be more ambitious, but executing on those dreams can take time, and sometimes even the invention of whole new industries. That’s why young tech product categories sell the promise, even though the reality falls far short.

These products usually reach their ideal form eventually. With the Apple Watch, it feels very much that we’ve reached that point in the past couple of years. If the cellular capabilities in the Apple Watch Series 3 weren’t final piece of the puzzle, the upgraded display in the Apple Watch Series 4 was.

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