Apple stops signing iOS 16.4.1 following iOS 16.5 release
Apple recently stopped signing iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 following the release of iOS 16.5 to the public a few days ago. This means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer downgrade to this version of the operating system if they’re already running a newer version of iOS.Expand Expanding Close
Poll: What announcements are you most excited to see at WWDC 2023?
WWDC 2023 is just around the corner, and all the latest rumors suggest that the event will be packed with huge announcements. This includes not only software updates like iOS 17 and watchOS 10, but also the unveiling of Apple’s mixed reality headset. Now we want to know what you’re most excited to see at WWDC 2023.Expand Expanding Close
Apple Music VR and the mixed reality headset
I spent part of Friday night attending a concert in virtual reality. It wasn’t very good. By this time next week, however, Apple is expected to have already unveiled its mixed reality headset. I’m hoping part of the pitch includes Apple Music.Expand Expanding Close
There’s still one AirPower feature Apple should release
Ah, AirPower, Apple’s ambitious wireless charging mat unveiled in September 2017 and canceled in March 2019. Who could forget the unreleased product that never even got a price tag?
Multidevice Qi chargers and Apple’s MagSafe technology have long since made AirPower look basic and dated. Even Apple’s MagSafe Duo charger hasn’t caught up with fast charging capabilities on newer devices.
Still, there’s one AirPower promise that only Apple could fulfill to make the canceled wireless charging mat completely obsolete while improving another product.Expand Expanding Close
iPhone: How to check what apps are using precise location tracking and how to turn it off
Many iOS apps ask for precise location tracking permission by default the first time you open them. And it can be easy to forget how many or which apps you’ve given permission to. Here’s how to turn off precise iPhone location tracking.Expand Expanding Close
Apple Watch for kids: What to buy and avoid, Family Setup, band recommendations
Apple Watch for kids is something parents are embracing more and more. The New York Times ran a story in September 2022 about Apple Watch adoption among children as young as five. Parents are finding the Apple Watch more appropriate for kids wanting smartphones.
The Apple Watch gives kids a way to stay in touch with parents, share location, and build responsibility without the full cost and risk of a smartphone. With school out for the summer, it may be time to consider adding more connectivity without the complexity of a phone.Expand Expanding Close
How much would you pay for a more premium iPad mini?
Taking a break from Apple headset hype, let’s talk about the iPad mini. Apple brought the 7.9-inch Home button iPad mini into the modern era with the 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display version in September 2021.
Available in four colors, the A15 chip-equipped iPad mini hardly feels dated with performance on par with that of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. If anything, an updated iPad mini could satisfy a lot of fans wanting a more premium model that could be sold alongside the current iPad mini 6.Expand Expanding Close
Best Memorial Day 2023 deals: Save on the latest from Apple, Google, OnePlus, more
Memorial Day has now arrived and with it has come a collection of deals from all of the top retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and many others. Giving you a chance to score some of the best prices of the year on the latest Apple products, Google smart home gear, TVs, and more, there is sure to be something on tap for everyone on sale. Head below for all of the best Memorial Day deals.Expand Expanding Close
Soro app brings HomePod-like intercom to Sonos speakers
Back in 2020, Apple launched its handy intercom feature for HomePod and HomePod mini. Fast forward to 2023 and that feature isn’t yet native on Sonos speakers. Now Soro For Sonos has received an update that brings intercom capability and more.Expand Expanding Close
iOS 17: Here’s what the rumors say about features, release dates, and more
Believe it or not, iOS 17 is coming in just a few days at WWDC on June 5. This represents Apple’s biggest software update for iPhone users, and it’s usually packed full of new features and changes. Read on as we round up what the rumors currently say about iOS 17 new features and more.Expand Expanding Close
iPhone worker bonuses raised three times in one month, as Foxconn preps for iPhone 15
Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant – colloquially known as iPhone City – appears to be struggling to recruit and retain enough staff. The company is reported to have raised iPhone worker bonuses three times in one month as it preps for mass-production of the iPhone 15.
In particular, Foxconn is offering substantial incentives for remaining on the production line for at least three months, to see it through the busiest period, and avoid a repetition of last year’s major disruption …Expand Expanding Close
Color MagSafe chargers prototyped by Apple, but seemingly abandoned
Apple offers color-coded MagSafe cables, to match its MacBook finishes, and also tested out color MagSafe chargers, likely to match iPhone colors.
However, while the company got as far as making at least one prototype, it appears that it decided against offering them for sale …Expand Expanding Close
Meta Quest 3 could signal a slim Reality Pro headset; but also tough competition
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman got to try out a prototype of the upcoming Meta Quest 3 mixed-reality headset, and likely the closest competition with Apple’s Reality Pro.
So far, most renders of Reality Pro have shown a rather bulky device, almost as thick as the Quest 2, but the fact that the Meta Quest 3 is notably slimmer could suggest that Apple’s headset may be sleeker than expected …Expand Expanding Close
Listen to Mac Power Users to hear from 9to5Mac’s Chance Miller ahead of WWDC
Ahead of WWDC next week, I had the pleasure of joining David Sparks and Stephen Hackett on the Mac Power Users podcast to go in-depth on what we expect to see at this year’s event.Expand Expanding Close
Apple Card promo offering up to $125 Daily Cash reward to promote ‘Family’ feature
Apple Card holders can earn up to $125 in Daily Cash rewards thanks to a limited-time promotion. The campaign is focused on Apple Card holders who have taken advantage of the Apple Card Family feature.Expand Expanding Close
The worldwide journey of an iPad Pro left behind in a Las Vegas hotel room
The saying “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” apparently doesn’t apply to an iPad Pro left behind in a hotel room. Instead, when I left my iPad Pro in a Las Vegas hotel room last November, I used Apple’s Find My app to track it around the world to its final destination.Expand Expanding Close
Apple hints at new Macs at WWDC with trade-in program expansion
We’re just a week away from WWDC 2023, where Apple will announce iOS 17, its new Reality Pro headset, and more. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is prepping a behind-the-scenes change that further hints at its plans to unveil new Macs at the event next week…Expand Expanding Close
Apple Pay director in charge of Tap to Pay partnerships departs company
There’s a new name to add to the list of recently departed corporate Apple employees. The executive in charge of managing Apple Pay partnerships with banks and credit unions in the Americas is leaving the company. The departing director has also overseen Apple’s year-old Tap to Pay feature.Expand Expanding Close
Game Widgets for iPhone makes it easy to discover and track your favorite releases
Following up on the popular Nintendo Switch companion app Switch Buddy, indie developer Filip Němeček has released his latest app to let you track video game releases for any platform. Game Buddy offers a nice experience to discover new titles plus three handy widgets in multiple sizes to keep track of upcoming video game launches.Expand Expanding Close
Hands-on: ‘Midnight Alarm’ packs powerful features that Apple’s Clock app is missing [Giveaway]
Andrew Zheng, an incoming Apple intern, found Apple’s alarm function to be missing critical features and found that most alternatives on the App Store were poorly designed, ad-ridden, and missing key features. Because of this, he created Midnight Alarm, a feature-packed and wonderfully designed alarm app.Expand Expanding Close
Third-party Twitter apps historically accounted for 17% of all engagement, former exec says
Back in January, Twitter made the decision to kill off third-party clients as part of changes to its API. In light of those changes, Texas Monthly this week published a new in-depth profile on Tapbots, the Texas-based company behind Tweetbot and now Ivory for Mastodon.
In the profile, Twitter’s former head of product for the developer platform, Amir Shevat, revealed a statistic that further highlights the potential short-sightedness of Twitter’s decision to cut off third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific…Expand Expanding Close
This adapter turns standard CarPlay into wireless, actually works
Do Wireless CarPlay adapters actually work? I bought two cars a few years ago. The Honda Civic came with wired Apple CarPlay. The Honda HR-V had a basic entertainment system that I upgraded with an Alpine unit with Wireless CarPlay. I really wanted Wireless CarPlay in the Civic, but replacing its entertainment system was too disruptive. Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay…Expand Expanding Close
Apple @ Work: Aircove router with ExpressVPN integration makes me long for a world where Apple still makes home routers
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For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing the Aircove router with Express VPN built-in, and it has led me down a rabbit hole of wondering why more companies aren’t focusing on VPN technology at the router level – particularly with a focus on work from home.Expand Expanding Close
Bluesky launches alternative feeds with custom algorithms
When Bluesky was launched earlier this year, the developers said that the social network would primarily focus on letting users see content from the people they follow. While this remains true, Bluesky is now rolling out alternative feeds with custom algorithms to its users.Expand Expanding Close