In this week’s top stories: iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 tests, Apple releases small software updates to watchOS and tvOS, as well as macOS Mojave, Qualcomm ups the ante against Apple, and more. Read on for this week’s biggest stories.
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The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 were released just over a week ago, and we’ve spent the last week testing each device and rounding up early impressions from around he web.
As is the case every year, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were put through a series of drop tests shortly after their release. The tests show varying results, but they do lend credibility to Apple’s claims that the devices feature the most durable glass ever.
Further, some iPhone XS users are reporting poor Wi-Fi and LTE performance. These issues seem to be related to an antenna issue that’s causing “weak antenna gain. Whether or not Apple is able to fix the issue via software remains to be seen, but it’s also still unclear just how widespread the problem is.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm significantly upped the ante against Apple this week. The chipmaker accused Apple of stealing its source code and giving it – and other trade secrets – to Intel. The following day, however, Qualcomm’s CEO took a friendlier approach and stated that he thinks the two companies will resolve their differences and do business together again in the future.
This week also marked the release of macOS Mojave to the public. The update brings new features such as Dark Mode, new system applications, and more.
Last but certainly not least, Apple this week released a pair of small software updates to users. The Apple Watch received an update to watchOS 5.0.1 with Activity Ring fixes. Apple also released macOS 10.14.1 to developers for testing and tvOS 12.0.1 to the public.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below…
iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |
- macOS Mojave now available with Dark Mode, News and Home apps, much more
- These are the best apps with Dark Mode support on macOS 10.14 Mojave
- What are your favorite features of iOS 12 on iPhone & iPad? [Poll]
- Kids quickly find two workarounds to parent-imposed Screen Time restrictions in iOS 12
- tvOS 12.0.1 update for Apple TV now available
- Apple details Mojave support on Mac Pro, says some iMacs won’t support Boot Camp after update
- Waze navigation now works with CarPlay
- Some iPhone XS users report poor Wi-Fi and LTE performance, this could be why
- iPhone XS camera is the major upgrade over iPhone X [Comparison]
- Capturing a miniature world with iPhone XS Max
- Early iPhone XS & XS Max drop test evaluates Apple’s ‘most durable glass in the world’ claim
- Do iPhone X cases fit the iPhone XS?
- iPhone XS Max includes Display Zoom accessibility feature unlike iPhone X and XS
- Web browsing test suggests iPhone XS & XS Max offer shorter battery life than iPhone X
- iPhone XS Max earns DisplayMate’s ‘Best Smartphone Display Award’ with near ’Perfect Calibration and Performance’
- iPhone XS Max costs Apple $443 to make as it cuts ‘some’ 3D Touch parts, report says
- iPhone XS Max beats out Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in app launch speed test [Video]
- Apple rejigs production plans following reported iPhone XR manufacturing issues
iPad & Mac |
- Review: Woolnut, a better option than Apple’s MacBook Pro leather sleeve?
- Hands-on: Is a 60W charger good enough for all MacBook Pro models?
- Apple introduces new data recovery process for Macs with T2 chip
Apple Watch |
- New video tests Apple Watch Series 4 fall detection with varying results
- Apple Watch Diary: The Series 4 is definitely a worthwhile upgrade for me
- Apple Watch Series 4 teardown: major design leap, iPhone level repairability, more battery
- Exclusive: Could take years to get Apple Watch ECG feature approved for UK, says regulator
- Working out with Apple Watch? These smart scales sync weight with iPhone
- Drive with Apple Watch and CarPlay? iOS 12 improves the experience
Tech Industry |
- Finally an Apple competitor comes up with a useful marketing stunt for line waiters
- First Yale/August locks available next month, with auto-unlock and Siri control
- Microsoft releases Office 2019 for Mac to volume license customers, full release to follow
- Instagram co-founders leave Facebook, hint that they will create an all-new app
AAPL Company |
- Qualcomm says it has evidence Apple stole its source code, gave it to Intel
- Qualcomm CEO thinks Apple will eventually be a customer again, despite escalating legal battle
- Palo Alto Apple store robbed twice in 12 hours for $100K during iPhone XS launch weekend
- Teen who hacked Apple’s servers receives probation as ‘1TB of sensitive info’ is recovered
- Apple Park Visitor Center adds new, one-of-a-kind Avenues depicting Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS in exquisite detail
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This week’s top videos |
- Top 20+ iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max features [Video]
- macOS Mojave: Hands-on with 20+ new changes and features [Video]
- Hands-on: iOS 12.1 beta 1 changes and features [Video]
- macOS Mojave enables hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ on the iMac Pro [Video]
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Happy Hour Podcast #192 |
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Making The Grade |
Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.
- Making The Grade: Is Apple’s K-12 device management strategy wrong?
- Making The Grade: Passive notifications on Apple Watch make it ideal for teachers
- Making The Grade: iOS 12 and macOS Mojave update strategy for IT
- Making The Grade: BYOD should be avoided, and here are three reasons why
- Making The Grade: Apple should release a low cost AirPlay-only receiver
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