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Josh Centers

#1525: Apple’s record Q3 2020 results, Congress vs. Big Tech, QuarkXPress horrors, updated Apple Style Guide

The global economy might be hurting, but Apple is still firing on all cylinders. Despite slowing growth in iPhone and wearable sales, the company still managed to break quarterly records thanks to preternaturally strong iPad…

Josh Centers

#1524: ScanSnap Manager for Catalina, Camo turns an iPhone into a webcam, Apple Security Researcher Device, Micro Snitch warns of webcam/mic spying

This week’s surprise news is that—a year after Fujitsu announced it wouldn’t support older ScanSnap scanners in Catalina—the company has reversed course and released ScanSnap Manager V7 for macOS 10.15 Catalina. The rest of our…

Josh Centers

#1523: Apple launches symptom tracking and Car Keys, five iOS apps for homeschooling, Fig gives Discourse iOS push notifications

Apple updated all of its operating systems last week, adding the Car Keys feature to iOS 13.6, symptom tracking to the Health app, and more News features to iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, and macOS 10.15.6…

Josh Centers

#1522: Apple public betas now available, Apple expands Find My to third parties, how to decode Apple version and build numbers

Testers, start your engines! Apple has posted the public betas of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14, with betas for macOS 11 Big Sur and watchOS 7 coming soon. As always, avoid installing on…

Josh Centers

#1521: AirPods vs. AirPods Pro, Zwift virtual bicycling, Apple Card gains a Web portal

Good news for those who have found the Wallet app constraining for working with your Apple Card—Apple has finally launched a Web portal that lets you perform some (but not all) Apple Card-related tasks on…

Adam Engst

#1520: Reporting bugs to Apple, what’s coming in tvOS 14 and HomeKit, explaining HEIC, accessing a deceased family member’s Apple account

Now that WWDC has wound down, we wrap up our coverage with a look at what’s coming in tvOS 14 and HomeKit, plus pass on advice from former Apple engineer David Shayer on how to…

Josh Centers

#1519: Apple breaks up with Intel, macOS Big Sur brings design changes, iOS 14 revamps the Home screen, watchOS 7 tracks sleep and handwashing

Starting on a somber note and accelerating to a breakneck pace, Apple turned its ecosystem upside down today at WWDC. First came the announcement that it’s transitioning the Mac away from Intel and making the…

Josh Centers

#1518: iCloud backups deleted after 180 days, the case for ARM Macs, Apple drops iBooks Author, menu bar scripts with BitBar tutorial

If you rely on iCloud Backup for your iPhones and iPads, be aware that Apple automatically deletes inactive backups after 180 days. In other sour news, Apple is ending support for iBooks Author, a once-groundbreaking…

Josh Centers

#1517: Apple on #BlackLivesMatter, export Apple Card statements, Kudoboard for virtual special occasions, videoconferencing tips

In the wake of worldwide protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd, Apple used its Apple Music service to express support of and solidarity with Black communities, curated a collection of movies in a Confronting…

Josh Centers

#1516: Security fix for all Apple OSes, macOS 10.15.5 battery health management, Logitech Combo Touch, MFi hearing aid integration

With last week’s macOS 10.15.5 update, Apple introduced a battery health management feature to extend the lifespan of batteries in recent MacBooks, but it comes at the cost of everyday runtime. We thought that would…

Josh Centers

#1515: Stop force-quitting iOS apps, COVID-19 updates for iOS and iPadOS, AP test nightmares for iPhone/iPad users

Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 last week with COVID-19-based features like the inclusion of the Exposure Notification API co-developed with Google, an easier FaceID bypass for mask wearers, Medical ID sharing, and an…

Josh Centers

#1514: Beware scheduling via Siri, Apple shipping delays, Eggtronic Power Bar, ExactScan for older ScanSnap scanners, watchOS 6.2.5

If you use Siri to schedule events, be careful—Adam Engst learned the hard way that doing so can have unintended consequences, especially when coupled with Google Calendar. Looking to buy a new Mac or other…

Josh Centers

#1513: Former Apple engineer on Apple’s privacy approach, mirror Apple TV to Mac, WWDC goes virtual, free ACES Conference Prequel, TidBITS 30th podcasts

Former Apple engineer David Shayer joins us again this week to share Apple’s approach to privacy, contrast it to another tech company, and explain why he trusts the COVID-19 exposure notification proposal from Apple and…

Josh Centers

#1512: New 13-inch MacBook Pro, COVID-19 testing sites in Apple Maps, Apple’s bumpy Q2 2020, PDFpen 12, iPad Magic Keyboard

Much of the world may have shut down, but Apple continues to forge ahead with the release of new 13-inch MacBook Pro models that boast a Magic Keyboard and twice the standard storage space. Apple…

Josh Centers

#1511: Recovering from a dead SSD, preventing tabbed windows in the Finder, iOS Mail security exploits, affordable standing desks

Adam Engst was thrown for a loop recently when his iMac’s SSD died suddenly. This week, he shares lessons learned from the process of figuring out how to become functional again, which is easier said…