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iOS 12.4.1 update now available

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 15:58

Apple on Monday released iOS 12.4.1, an update to the operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The notes with the update don’t say much, only that the update “provides important security and stability updates.”

You can find more detail about the update in an Apple support document. The update patches a vulnerability that allowed jailbreaking of an iOS device. This vulnerability was actually patched in an older version of iOS 12, but it was reopened recently.

How to install iOS 12.4.1

Before installing the update, it’s a good idea to back up your device.

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iPad Pro may get time-of-flight 3D sensors in 2020 before iPhone, report claims

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:53

We’ve heard plenty of rumors that suggest the 2020 iPhone will have time-of-flight 3D sensors for its rear camera, but a new report from South Korea’s The Elec (via MacRumors) suggests we’ll soon see them in the 2020 iPad Pro, too. We may even see them sooner, as the report claims Apple plans to release the models in March of 2020.

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Trying to make an old Apple display work with your new Mac ? It’s no longer worth it

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:00

“I have an old Apple monitor,” several readers write each week. “How can I hook it up?” We’ve written a number of articles about connecting each of the generations of Apple monitors, from the DVI-based models through DisplayPort-only configurations and finishing with the last generation, which relied on Thunderbolt 2:

EZVIZ CTQ6C pan-and-tilt camera review: Smart motion tracking keeps intruders in sight

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:00
This camera locks on to movement while recording to capture more complete evidence of a crime.

Five features that would actually make the iPhone a ‘pro’ device

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:00

It might finally happen. After years of rumors, this year might finally be the one when Apple releases an iPhone Pro, following in the footsteps of the iPads, Macs, and mice that came before. And I am so ready for it.

While it might seem like Apple throws the Pro suffix around like so many lowercase letter I’s, there’s actually a method to the madness. The MacBook Pro brings more power and ports compared to the non-Pro notebooks. The iPad Pro adds a bigger screen, USB-C, and Face ID, not to mention a completely new industrial design. And the Mac Pro is simply a beast.

An iPhone Pro would be a totally different animal. Apple has always separated its highest-tiered models with larger screen sizes and better cameras, but a pro modifier would signify something greater—or at least that’s what I hope it means. Here are five features I hope to see in the iPhone Pro.

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11 Apple Card features you can get elsewhere—and 4 you can’t

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 06:00

As slick as the Apple Card is, its features are unique only in their mix, presentation, and integration into iOS. Doing business elsewhere doesn’t mean you miss out on real-time fraud alerts, payment reminders, cash back and the like.

In fact, the majority of the Apple Card’s defining features have been around for ages, and odds are they’re available in a credit card you already possess. That’s particularly so if it was issued by one of the large banks—Chase, American Express, Discover, Citibank, Capital One, or Bank of America.

Pitting those companies’ approaches against Apple’s doesn’t result in exact equivalents, of course. For example, while most credit cards from a single big bank come with the benefits we’ve outlined below, not every one does; you’ll need to verify the specific card you have or want has what you seek. Some features also require manual set up. And a handful of features can’t be replicated at all.

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Google Calendar sync with Mac and iOS is broken

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 16:32

A few days ago, something broke with Google’s calendar synchronization as it works in macOS and iOS. Complaints abound on Google’s support forums, but no solid answers have emerged at this writing.

Many people have tried a variety of techniques, like changing events, removing cached local calendar data in macOS, and other tactics. None have worked, or only work briefly before the calendar disappears again.

We’ll update this article when a solution appears. But never fear: It’s not just your account or device.


Google Calendar sync is currently broken, but it’s not your fault! (Screen blurred for user privacy.)

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New beta site offers refreshed design and Reminders app

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:04

Apple’s 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 beta web interface, featuring a new landing page with a simple white background and smaller icons.


The 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, 08/23/2019 - 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, 08/23/2019 - 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, 08/23/2019 - 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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