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June 08Friday's News


How Apple is making animations smoother in iOS 12

How Apple is making animations smoother in iOS 12

Users of iOS 12 may find the user interface to scroll smoother and process animations with fewer dropped frames compared to previous versions, thanks to a series of changes Apple made.

Explained during the session "What's New in Cocoa Touch" at WWDC 2018, Apple's engineers have used iOS 12 as an opportunity to fix animation issues that have plagued users over the years. -- AppleInsider.


Apple's Airport Express reappears in Home app in iOS 12 beta

Apple's Airport Express reappears in Home app in iOS 12 beta

The Home app is once more spotting the AirPort Express in iOS 12, raising the hopes for devotees of the now cancelled hardware.

AppleInsider was able to verify the appearance of the 2012 redesign of the AirPort Express in the Home app after three attempts. However, when tapped, the device is not added as a HomeKit peripheral --but visibly fails unlike the first time around. -- AppleInsider.


Speed testing iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on an iPhone X

Speed testing iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on an iPhone X

With the unveiling of iOS 12 at Apple's WWDC, Craig Federighi mentioned the company's focus on performance in its upcoming operating system update. AppleInsider starts speed testing the iOS 12 developer beta, comparing it with iOS 11 running on an iPhone X, to see how much faster it really is. -- AppleInsider.

Apple stops signing iOS 11.3 following release of iOS 11.4

Apple stops signing iOS 11.3 following release of iOS 11.4

As it does with every new iOS release, Apple on Thursday stopped signing legacy iOS 11.3.1 code after last week's release of iOS 11.4.

Apple typically ceases code signing roughly one week after issuing a fresh version of iOS to ensure iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners are running the most up-to-date software on their respective devices. True to form, iOS 11.4 was released last Tuesday. -- AppleInsider.

You can now embed Apple Maps into websites

You can now embed Apple Maps into websites

Despite Apple Maps being found on every iPhone and iPad, Google Maps has a few big advantages.

One thing helping Google Maps' visibility is the fact that it can be easily embedded into websites. That means that if you're using a website to navigate to, say, an Airbnb online, there's a good chance you'll be directed to Google Maps. But Apple is taking steps to change all that. -- Cult of Mac.

How to add sound to your iPhone or iPad screen recordings

How to add sound to your iPhone or iPad screen recordings

Capturing video screenshots on iOS 11 is easy. But if you want to add sound to your videos, you need to access this hidden setting.

iOS 11 added screen recording to the iPhone and iPad, letting you make movies from whatever is running on then screen. I use it to make video clips for how-tos, or to capture video and then create animated GIFs. But did you know that you can also use screen recording to copy a YouTube video? Or to make a screencast complete with a live voiceover? Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Expands Indoor Maps Availability at Airports and Malls

Apple Expands Indoor Maps Availability at Airports and Malls

Apple Maps has gained indoor maps for an additional four international airports and one shopping mall around the world.

The recently enabled airports include Charlotte Douglas International in North Carolina, Montréal--Pierre Elliott Trudeau International and Québec City Jean Lesage International in Canada, and Taoyuan International in Taiwan. -- MacRumors.

The Awesome Insanity of Rack Mounting the iMac Pro

The Awesome Insanity of Rackmounting the iMac Pro

Do you have a powerful new iMac Pro? If so, do you want to rackmount it? No, of course you don't, because that would be bananapants crazy. But there's at least one company that has need for such a monstrosity: MacStadium, the Mac-based hosting provider. Spotted by Zac Cichy on Twitter, the iMac Pro rack lets MacStadium offer remote access to the powerful capabilities of Apple's newest Mac in a way that fits their existing equipment infrastructure. Of course, this isn't the first time that a company has laughed in the face of Apple's mission to destroy industry standard form factors. -- MacStadium.

Hands-on: 50 new watchOS 5 changes and features [Video]

Hands-on: 50 new watchOS 5 changes and features [Video]

We've spent some considerable hands-on time with the watchOS 5 beta, comparing it with watchOS 4 in order to discover what's new. Have a look at our hands-on video as we walk through 50 new changes and features that are headed to the Apple Watch. -- 9to5Mac.

How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problems in macOS

How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problems in macOS

Last month, I found out that Valve's Steam Link application was coming to iOS and the Apple TV. Then I found out it wasn't. Now maybe once again it is? In any event, I got tired of the back and forth and I rolled my own "Steam Link" setup having my television connected with Steam in home streaming to my old MacBook Pro and bluetooth wireless controller. Unfortunately I ran into connection issues with my Nimbus Bluetooth controller and this is how I fixed it. -- iMore.

5 things I'm most excited for in macOS Mojave

5 things I'm most excited for in macOS Mojave

As soon as Craig Federighi took the stage at WWDC 2018, I was on the edge of my seat. Last year, macOS got a half-step of an upgrade with High Sierra. There were plenty of great features, but much of it was under the hood instead of right in my face. With the demo of macOS Mojave at WWDC, it's clear Apple is making up for lost time with some major visual changes that I'm excited about. I'm pretty much excited about everything coming to Mojave, but these are the ones I'm most excited about. -- iMore.

Why Mac users don't really matter to Apple

Why Mac users don't really matter to Apple

Sorry Mac users, but you're not a high priority for Apple these days. The iPhone changed all that.

Over the past few days I've seen a lot of anger, bitterness, and rage directed towards Apple, especially on the subject of the Mac, and specifically the absence of new hardware at the WWDC 2018 keynote. -- ZDNet.

What happened when a chemical engineering professor ditched the chalkboard for an iPad

What happened when a chemical engineering professor ditched the chalkboard for an iPad

Steve Lustig is never going back to chalk.

Several years ago, the associate professor of chemical engineering ditched the classroom staple in favor of a writing tablet. It was an "aha" moment, he said.

"When I'd write notes on a blackboard, students would have to wait for me to finish so they could copy the equations," said Lustig, who teaches math-heavy courses that require a lot of writing. "I was writing equations that were a foot tall, they were copying everything at a quarter inch tall in their notebooks, and I had my back turned to them. It was not an efficient use of class time." -- Northeastern University.

iOS 12's 'Live Listen' Feature Will Allow AirPods to Do so Much More

iOS 12

Apple on Monday showcased the majority of new iOS 12 features live from WWDC 2018, however it wasn't until Tuesday when a lot of the bigger feature announcements began trickling their way into discovery by some iOS developers who've been fortunate enough to get their hands on developer beta 1 already.

Among the new and potentially ground-breaking new features Apple introduced include FaceTime group calling and new iOS performance enhancements throughout -- but there's also another intriguing new feature coming to iOS 12 later this fall, which was first discovered by TechCrunch less than a day after iOS 12 beta 1 went live. -- iDrop News.

How to use Workflow to make Siri Shortcuts in the iOS 12 developer beta

How to use Workflow to make Siri Shortcuts in the iOS 12 developer beta

When iOS 12 launches later this year, it will do so with a more capable version of Siri. With the addition of Siri Shortcuts, Apple is offering a way for the developers of the millions of apps in the App Store to tap into Siri to help you perform tasks that you'll find useful or that you repeat often. And people running the beta version of iOS 12 can already get started with Siri Shortcuts, even in a rudimentary fashion. -- iMore.

French school students to be banned from using mobile phones

French school students to be banned from using mobile phones

The lower house of parliament in France has passed what it called a "detox" law for a younger generation increasingly addicted to screens. As a result, French school students will be banned from using mobile phones anywhere on school grounds starting in September. -- The Guardian.

June 07Thursday's News


Inside Apple's move to ramp up security & privacy in iOS 12 & macOS Mojave

Inside Apple's move to ramp up security & privacy in iOS 12 & macOS Mojave

Apple used the Platforms State of the Union presentation to detail the privacy and security enhancements it will be including in macOS 10.14 and iOS 12, protecting even more types of user data and making it safer for users to download macOS apps away from the Mac App Store. -- AppleInsider.

Zero Sign On a first step towards Apple TVs replacing crappy cable boxes

Zero Sign On a first step towards Apple TVs replacing crappy cable boxes

At the WWDC keynote Monday, Apple announced its first-ever deal with a U.S. cable provider to make Apple TV function as a cable box replacement. But, whether that can happen universally is another matter. -- AppleInsider.

Hands on with Dark Mode in MacOS Mojave

Hands on with Dark Mode in MacOS Mojave

At least one long-awaited feature has made its way to the Mac at WWDC this year --Dark Mode. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the new system-wide UI in macOS Mojave.

In macOS Sierra, Apple allowed users to alternate between a light and dark menu bar along the tops of their displays. This didn't go far enough to appease users, who still longed for a complete dark mode across all apps, menus, and UI elements. -- .

Apple Maps extends to the web with MapKit JS beta

Apple Maps extends to the web with MapKit JS beta

Apple is expanding what can be done with Apple Maps, announcing at WWDC 2018 that MapKit JS can be used to embed maps within a website, a function that has been offered by its competition for a considerable amount of time. -- AppleInsider.

Three months later, a mass exploit of powerful Web servers continues

Three months later, a mass exploit of powerful Web servers continues

More than 115,000 websites--many run by major universities, government organizations, and media companies--remained wide open to hacker takeovers because they hadn't installed critical patches released 10 weeks ago, security researcher Troy Mursch said Monday. A separate researcher reported on Tuesday that many of the sites were already compromised and were being used to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrencies or push malware on unsuspecting visitors. -- Ars Technica.

macOS Mojave changes spell doom for indie Mac games

macOS Mojave changes spell doom for indie Mac games

A big change Apple is making with macOS Mojave could make it more difficult for indie developers to build cross-platform games.

Apple is pushing game creators to drop OpenGL in favor of its own Metal API, which isn't supported by third-party platforms. It may mean smaller game development teams are forced to choose between releasing on macOS or other operating systems. -- Cult of Mac.

Theoretical improvements: The status of Siri in iOS 12

Theoretical improvements: The status of Siri in iOS 12

In the battle of digital voice assistants, people often mock Siri for lagging behind competing products from Amazon and Google. During Monday's WWDC 2018 keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, glossed over those failings, calling Siri the "world's most-used digital assistant."

What he neglected to mention was the increasing frustration of Siri users expecting more from a voice assistant. From simple requests returning inaccurate results to the inability to performthat he compound actions, Siri was in desperate need of attention going into WWDC. But will the Siri upgrades in iOS 12 do the trick? -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 12 definitely speeds up your iPhone

iOS 12 definitely speeds up your iPhone

Apple took to the WWDC stage to promise that iOS 12 would offer better performance than the iPhone's current operating system. And tests on the first beta seem to bear this out, even on older devices.

Side-by-side comparisons between iOS 12 beta 1 and version 11.4 show clear speed improvements. Benchmark scores show marginal increases. -- Cult of Mac.

See every new iOS 12 feature in action

See every new iOS 12 feature in action

After months of rumors and speculation, Apple finally showed off iOS 12 during this week's WWDC 18 keynote. After a full day's use exploring the first developer beta and getting to know the new iOS, I'm going to give you a hands-on look at everything that's new. -- Cult of Mac.


Hands-On With macOS 10.14 Mojave: Dark Mode, Revamped Mac App Store, Desktop Stacks and More

Hands-On With macOS 10.14 Mojave: Dark Mode, Revamped Mac App Store, Desktop Stacks and More

Apple this week introduced the latest version of the operating system that runs on the Mac, macOS. macOS Mojave is Apple's first deviation from mountain-based naming in four years, and the update, with its new name, brings some major changes to the Mac lineup.

We went hands-on with macOS Mojave to check out all of the new features, which range from changes to the desktop and Finder to a systemwide dark mode. -- MacRumors.

How watchOS 5 Brings Rich Web Content to Messages and Mail on Apple Watch

How watchOS 5 Brings Rich Web Content to Messages and Mail on Apple Watch

Apple's latest version of watchOS promises to bring rich HTML content to the wrists of Apple Watch users, thanks to new Webkit optimizations that improve apps like Mail and Messages.

Apple expanded on the new WebKit features at a WWDC session, in which it explained to developers how they can optimize web content for viewing on Apple Watch screens. -- MacRumors.

Apple's AirPods will be gaining a new Fan Base this fall when iOS 12 adds their 'Live Listen' Feature

Apple's AirPods will be gaining a new Fan Base this fall when iOS 12 adds their 'Live Listen' Feature

According to TechCrunch, "Apple has one hardware-specific feature planned that wasn't announced at Monday's WWDC keynote. In iOS 12, users will be able to use 'Live Listen,' a special feature previously reserved for hearing aids certified through Apple's Made for iPhone hearing aid program, with their AirPods.

After enabling the feature in the iPhone's settings, users will be able to use their phones effectively as a directional mic. This means you can have AirPods in at a noisy restaurant with your iPhone on the table, for example, and the voice of whomever is speaking will be routed to your AirPods. -- TechCrunch.

Those Shiny Apple Beta OSes: 2018 Edition

Those Shiny Apple Beta OSes: 2018 Edition

Dr. Mac says what's important is that you clearly understand the meaning of the phrase "public beta" before you even think about installing any of the shiny new pre-release software you heard about on any of your Apple devices.

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference started Monday, and, as expected, Apple divulged details of its next-generation operating systems--macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. It's always interesting and entertaining, but that's not what's important. -- The Mac Observer.

Want to Buy a Giant Library of Blu-rays, DVDs, and Laserdiscs?

Want to Buy a Giant Library of Blu-rays, DVDs, and Laserdiscs?

Apple's planned improvements for the Apple TV make it a great streaming device for an increasingly all-digital age, but if you're intent on sticking with physical media, you can pick up an incredible collection of more than 21,000 UHD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, DVD, Laserdisc, VHS, and even Beta films on eBay and never need to communicate with the outside world again. It will cost you $1 million but, hey, free shipping! -- ebay.

Changing room body scanners use app to keep your body measurements private

Changing room body scanners use app to keep your body measurements private

Anyone who hates shopping as much as I do will know that the one thing it's really hard to buy online is clothing.

In part, that's because you often need to feel the material, but mostly it's because stated sizes can be incredibly unreliable. One firm is hoping to change that, fitting a 3D body scanner in changing rooms, and then letting you know exactly which sizes to order from a range of brands ... -- 9to5Mac.

$1250 iPhone 8 Plus case claims to detect weapons and explosives from 40 feet

$1250 iPhone 8 Plus case claims to detect weapons and explosives from 40 feet

There are plenty of iPhone cases and adapters which add functionality to your phone, ranging from battery cases to 360-degree cameras and thermal imaging.

But one upcoming case claims to have rather more dramatic capabilities: the ability to detect hidden weapons and explosives from a distance of up to 40 feet. -- CNET.

Hands-on with the new Home app & HomeKit Siri control on macOS 10.14

Hands-on with the new Home app & HomeKit Siri control on macOS 10.14

For many Mac users, one of the top features of macOS 10.14 Mojave will be the new Home app and support for controlling HomeKit devices with Siri on the Mac. Both of these have been sorely missed in previous versions of macOS, but Mojave is finally changes things. -- 9to5Mac.


Manage Screen Time Needed?

iOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time


How continuity camera works in macOS Mojave and iOS 12

How continuity camera works in macOS Mojave and iOS 12

Continuity Camera is a new feature in macOS Mojave and iOS 12 that allows you to open your iOS device's camera from your Mac, then immediately transfer the photo that was taken over to a document that you're working on. So, for instance, if you're working on a Pages document, and you need a photo of something that's nearby, you can activate Continuity Camera, take the photo with your iPhone, then immediately see that photo pop up in the document on your Mac.

Here's how you'll use Continuity Camera on your Mac and iOS devices with the release of macOS Mojave and iOS 12. -- iMore.

First look at the News app in macOS Mojave

First look at the News app in macOS Mojave

In macOS Mojave, Apple is bringing apps from iOS to the Mac for the first time, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home. The News app for Mac offers all the content you've come to expect from the curation app in a design that looks familiar. Here's a quick look at the News app for macOS. -- iDownload Blog.

How Finder works in macOS Mojave: The Finder has some interesting upgrades in macOS Mojave. Here's how they work

How Finder works in macOS Mojave: The Finder has some interesting upgrades in macOS Mojave. Here's how they work

Some of the more notable updates in macOS 10.14 Mojave came to the Finder. Users can now use Stacks to clean up their desktops, check out files in the new Gallery view in Finder windows, get a more detailed view of their files' metadata, take quick action on items, and even make edits to files without even opening them thanks to refinements in Quick Look.

Here's how all of the new stuff in Finder works on macOS Mojave. -- iMore.

Testing the CTRL-Labs wristband that lets you control computers with your mind

Testing the CTRL-Labs wristband that lets you control computers with your mind

Founded in 2015, CTRL-Labs makes brain-machine interfaces, which are devices that translate mental activity into digital action. Lots of companies are interested in this technology; Facebook, for instance, revealed an experimental thought-typing system last year. For many of them, the ultimate goal is a direct line to the human brain, which is still technically difficult and potentially dangerous. CTRL-Labs is trying to perform the same functions with a simple electrode-studded wristband. -- The Verge.

Reduce Interruptions And Manage Screen Time: The iPhone Basic


June 06Wednesday's News


Apple Watch's Walkie-Talkie feature in watchOS 5 uses FaceTime Audio technology

Apple Watch's Walkie-Talkie feature in watchOS 5 uses FaceTime Audio technology

The Walkie-Talkie feature of watchOS 5 that enables push-to-talk conversations between Apple Watch users is effectively a FaceTime Audio call rather than recorded audio clips being sent between wearable devices, a design decision that helps keep the function secure by not retaining any recorded messages. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 12 users must unlock their iPhones every hour to maintain USB connections

iOS 12 users must unlock their iPhones every hour to maintain USB connections

Apple has enhanced the USB Restricted Mode feature in the first beta of iOS 12, requiring users to unlock their iPhone once an hour to allow data transfers via the Lightning port, in an attempt to protect user data stored on iOS devices from acquisition by unlocking services employed by law enforcement officials. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 12 brings iPhone X gestures to the iPad

iOS 12 brings iPhone X gestures to the iPad

With iOS 12, users will be able to swipe up to the home screen and perform the rest of the iPhone X user interface gestures, which may indicate a home button-free future for the next generation of iPads. -- AppleInsider.

Hands on: Controlling your smart home with HomeKit on macOS Mojave

Hands on: Controlling your smart home with HomeKit on macOS Mojave

After being on iOS for years, HomeKit and the Home app have made their way to the Mac. In macOS Mojave, you can finally control your smart home right from your Mac. -- AppleInsider.


MacOS Mojave: Everything you need to know

MacOS Mojave: Everything you need to know

Apple has announced macOS 10.14 Mojave, the Mac maker's new operating system that will ship out to users this fall --and here's everything you need to know about it.

First and foremost, Apple's new APFS file system now supports hard drives and Fusion drives, so you'll be able to switch over to the new, more efficient solution even if your Mac isn't packing an SSD. -- AppleInsider.

Apple launches another kind of Bootcamp at WWDC, and it's a HIIT

Apple launches another kind of Bootcamp at WWDC, and it's a HIIT

When you picture a developer tech conference, you probably don't expect to see people working out on yoga mats to pounding tracks from a DJ. But at Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple is putting a spotlight on fitness, something that's driving not just Apple Watch and initiatives like HealthKit, but also the company's research related to improving healthcare and enhancing how we use personal tech devices. -- AppleInsider.

Hands on: Screen Time in iOS 12 helps build healthy device habits

Hands on: Screen Time in iOS 12 helps build healthy device habits

In efforts to curb tech addiction, Apple is introducing a new feature in iOS 12 that provides users an in-depth look at usage statistics and offers tools to manage onscreen time. We take a first look at the digital health solution, aptly called Screen Time, as it stands in Apple's first iOS 12 developer beta. -- AppleInsider.

Apple pulls first watchOS 5 beta seed amid reports of installation issues

Apple pulls first watchOS 5 beta seed amid reports of installation issues

Apple late Tuesday halted downloads of the first watchOS 5 beta seed, saying the software will be temporarily unavailable as it investigates an unspecified issue that may occur during the update process. -- AppleInsider.


WatchOS 5 first take: Walkie Talkie, workout auto detect, and smarter Siri

WatchOS 5 first take: Walkie Talkie, workout auto detect, and smarter Siri

Just three years after the release of the first Apple Watch, Apple announced the fifth iteration of its wearable operating system at WWDC 2018.

Unlike iOS updates, most watchOS updates haven't brought drastic changes to Apple's device in terms of look and feel. WatchOS 5 doesn't radically alter the experience of using an Apple Watch, but it does add a number of helpful features across different use categories like fitness, communication, and general life organization. We spent some time demoing the software update to learn more about the changes. -- Ars Technica.

All the iOS 12 features Apple didn't mention

All the iOS 12 features Apple didn't mention

iOS 12 is shaping up to be one biggest software updates Apple's ever released and it's so stuffed with major and minor new additions there wasn't time to go over a lot of them at the WWDC 2018 keynote.

We've been combing through the first iOS 12 beta looking for all the new goodies and have found some underrated new features that will totally change how you use your iPhone and iPad this fall. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 12 Makes Your iPhone More Secure With Easier Password Creation and Storage

iOS 12 Makes Your iPhone More Secure With Easier Password Creation and Storage

The new iOS 12 update includes several new password related features that are designed to make it easier for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to create strong, secure, and unique passwords for each and every login. All of the features were outlined yesterday by Apple in the Platform State of the Union address for developers.

Apple is implementing new tools for creating, storing, and autofilling passwords to streamline and simplify the way passwords work on iOS devices. -- MacRumors.

Apple Details Upcoming Privacy and Security Protections in macOS Mojave

Apple Details Upcoming Privacy and Security Protections in macOS Mojave

Apple is beefing up security in both iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, and in a yesterday's Platforms State of the Union event for developers, Apple outlined a number of new protections that are coming to the Mac with Mojave.

First of all, Apple is extending privacy protections to the camera, microphone, and other sensitive user data that includes mail database, message history, Safari data, Time Machine backups, iTunes device backups, locations and routines, and system cookies.

In macOS Mojave, apps will need express user consent for all API and direct access to these resources, with users able to access their security preferences in the Security section of System Preferences. -- MacRumors.

Free Trials for All Paid Apps Now Possible Thanks to Updated App Store Guidelines

Free Trials for All Paid Apps Now Possible Thanks to Updated App Store Guidelines

Apple yesterday introduced updated App Store Guidelines, which bring a much-desired feature that both developers and customers have been wanting for some time -- free trial options for all apps.

A modified 3.1.1 rule in the guidelines says that apps are now able to offer a free time-based trial period using no-cost in-app purchase options that will temporarily unlock app functionality. -- MacRumors.

Hands-On With Apple's New iOS 12 Update

Hands-On With Apple's New iOS 12 Update

Apple yesterday introduced the newest version of iOS, iOS 12, which is currently available to developers as part of a beta test.

We thought we'd take a closer look at iOS 12 to give MacRumors readers who aren't yet able to download the beta an idea of what to expect from the new software. -- MacRumors.

Apple won 44 Patents Today Covering the iPhone's Dual Lens Lighting Module, MagSafe to USB-C Adapter for MacBooks & more

Apple won 44 Patents Today Covering the iPhone's Dual Lens Lighting Module, MagSafe to USB-C Adapter for MacBooks & more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the lighting module for dual lens iPhone cameras, a MagSafe to USB-C Adapter for MacBooks and another liquid metal related invention. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

This Dead Macintosh SE/30 is Transformed into a RetroPie Gaming Station

This Dead Macintosh SE/30 is Transformed into a RetroPie Gaming Station

When reddit user EvilAlbinoid picked up an old Macintosh SE/30, he had hopes of restoring the little guy to its former glory. But when he discovered that the system was damaged beyond repair, he did the next best thing to restoring an old Mac: converting it into a RetroPie-based classic gaming system! Check out his Imgur album for the build process and final design, and stay tuned because his next project is to give his "Raspintosh" a battery for truly portable use. -- EvilAlbinoid.

Techies will love Siri Shortcuts, but most normal people will never use

Techies will love Siri Shortcuts, but most normal people will never use

Apple was the first company to bring a voice-driven intelligent assistant to the masses. Since then, however, it's been overtaken in capabilities by both Google and Amazon.

Siri users do find it frustrating that Apple's AI -- the one that once led the market -- is now the dumbest kid on the block.

That's the problem Apple set out to fix with a feature announced yesterday -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on with dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave [Gallery]

Hands-on with dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave [Gallery]

As we expected, Apple's macOS 10.14 Mojave release includes a brand new dark mode, in addition to new apps and much more. With dark mode, users now have the choice between a light and dark theme.

Head below for a walk-through of the new dark theme on macOS 10.14 Mojave... -- 9to5Mac.

iOS 12: How to use the ARKit Measure app on iPhone

iOS 12: How to use the ARKit Measure app on iPhone

Third-party developers offered up new apps to measure real-world spaces and objects with iPhone when iOS 11 and ARKit arrived last year. This year, Apple is bringing that functionality to a first-party app in iOS 12 called Measure. Follow along for a hands-on look at how it works. -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on: 100 iOS 12 changes and features [Video]

Hands-on: 100 iOS 12 changes and features [Video]

iOS 12 has now been out in the wild for a little over 24 hours, and we've been digging through the highly-anticipated beta to find new features. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we showcase 100 new iOS 12 features and changes. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS Mojave Removes Integration With Third-Party Internet Accounts Like Twitter and Facebook

macOS Mojave Removes Integration With Third-Party Internet Accounts Like Twitter and Facebook

When Apple released iOS 11, the company removed built-in integration with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo, a feature that allowed iPhone and iPad users to store their third-party account information and access it within apps that needed to use those services.

The equivalent integration remains in macOS High Sierra, but Reddit user Marc1199 has noted that Apple appears to have removed support for third-party accounts completely in macOS 10.14 Mojave. -- MacRumors.

Apple Ignores What's Wrong With the Mac: There's a lot that's deeply wrong with Mac hardware, and Apple doesn't seem to see it

Apple Ignores What's Wrong With the Mac: There's a lot that's deeply wrong with Mac hardware, and Apple doesn't seem to see it

Apple makes great software. I use Windows and macOS daily, and macOS is cleaner, smoother, and more stable for basic tasks. Windows gives me the power I need to do great work, but I relax into a macOS browser window at home.

Apple's hardware changes in the past few years have been awful. Its flat, loud, painful "butterfly" keyboards are now subject to three class-action lawsuits and can be disabled by bits of dust. The Touch Bar is like OpenDoc and 3D Touch, an "innovative" Apple technology that lies nearly useless because third parties decided not to take it up. (And I was a 3D Touch believer!) The latest laptops have a ridiculous lack of ports. -- PCMAGAZINE.

Apple Takes Aim at Facebook With Data Privacy Features in iOS and macOS

Apple Takes Aim at Facebook With Data Privacy Features in iOS and macOS

Apple's rivalry with Facebook is heating up. Apple executives unveiled features at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday that they said would increase user privacy and "digital wellness," but also appear to be a shot Facebook's data-dependent business. -- Fortune.

Apple TV 4K gets Dolby Atmos sound: Three reasons it matters... Aaaaand four reasons it doesn't

Apple TV 4K gets Dolby Atmos sound: Three reasons it matters... Aaaaand four reasons it doesn't

The Apple TV 4K and iTunes are getting support for Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is one of the highest-quality surround sound formats available today. Should you care?

If you're an AV enthusiast with an Apple TV 4K, or the desire to get one eventually, the answer is a solid "maybe." -- CNET.


How smart home tech is empowering users to help disabled family members

How smart home tech is empowering users to help disabled family members

Smart home technology can be a great convenience to any of us, but is often particularly valuable to those with disabilities.

We recently heard blind people talk about the life-changing nature of things like Apple's Siri and VoiceOver, and one 9to5Mac reader has now told us how he uses two pieces of smart home tech to help keep a disabled family member safe … -- 9to5Mac.

Robocallers Win Even if You Don't Answer

Robocallers Win Even if You Don't Answer

It's not just you.

Those pesky robocalls -- at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams -- are getting worse.

In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children. -- New York Times.

June 05Tuesday's News


iOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

iOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

Apple Monday announced new tools built into iOS 12 to help customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. These new features, available later this month as part of the iOS 12 public beta, include Activity Reports, App Limits and new Do Not Disturb and Notifications controls designed to help customers reduce interruptions and manage screen time for themselves and their families. -- Apple PR.

Apple unveils ARKit 2: Enables Developers To Create the Most Innovative AR Apps for the World's Largest AR Platform

Apple unveils ARKit 2

Apple Monday introduced ARKit 2, a platform that allows developers to integrate shared experiences, persistent AR experiences tied to a specific location, object detection and image tracking to make AR apps even more dynamic. Apple is also unveiling the Measure app for iOS, which uses AR to quickly gauge the size of real-world objects, as well as a new open file format with iOS 12, usdz, which is designed to more deeply integrate AR throughout iOS and make AR objects available across the ecosystem of Apple apps. -- Apple PR.

Apple previews iOS 12: Shared AR Experiences, Fun New Ways to Communicate and Screen Time Come To iPhone and iPad This Fall

Apple previews iOS 12

Apple Monday announced iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, designed to make everyday tasks faster and more responsive. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using AR, makes communications fun and expressive with Memoji and Group FaceTime, and with Screen Time, helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. iOS 12 introduces Siri Shortcuts, enabling Siri to work with any app, delivering a much faster way to get things done. -- Apple PR.

watchOS 5 adds powerful activity and communications features to Apple Watch

watchOS 5 adds powerful activity and communications features to Apple Watch

Apple Monday previewed watchOS 5, a significant update to the world's most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face. -- Apple PR.

Apple TV 4K delivers highest quality cinematic experience with tvOS 12: Charter Communications to Offer Apple TV 4K to Spectrum Cable Customers

Apple TV 4K delivers highest quality cinematic experience with tvOS 12

pple Monday previewed tvOS 12, the powerful operating system designed for enjoying entertainment on the big screen, which takes the cinematic experience of Apple TV 4K to the next level with support for Dolby Atmos audio, convenient new features to easily access the shows and movies you love and breathtaking aerials shot from space. -- Apple PR.

Apple previews all-new Mac App Store: Redesign Brings New Look, Rich Editorial and Apps from Microsoft, Adobe and Others

Apple previews all-new Mac App Store

Alongside macOS Mojave, Apple is previewing an all-new Mac App Store featuring a new look and rich editorial content that will make it easier than ever to find great Mac apps. Like the iOS App Store, which was redesigned last year, the new Mac App Store celebrates apps, games and developers with an all-new Discover tab featuring compelling stories, in-depth interviews, helpful tips, collections of must-have apps and more. Users can also explore new Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs to find the perfect app for a specific project or purpose -- from music, video and photography apps to business utilities and games. -- Apple PR.

Apple introduces macOS Mojave: Major Update Adds Dark Mode, New Mac Apps and an All-New Mac App Store

Apple introduces macOS Mojave

Apple Monday previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world's most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft, Adobe and others. -- Apple PR.

Apple opens Health Records API to developers: Apps Empowering Consumers to Manage Medications, Diseases, Nutrition and More Coming This Fall

Apple opens Health Records API to developers

Monday Apple delivered a Health Records API for developers and researchers to create an ecosystem of apps that use health record data to better manage medications, nutrition plans, diagnosed diseases and more. The Health Records feature allows patients of more than 500 hospitals and clinics to access medical information from various institutions organized into one view on their iPhone. For the first time, consumers will be able to share medical records from multiple hospitals with their favorite trusted apps, helping them improve their overall health. -- Apple PR.

Highlights from WWDC 2018 (Photos)

Highlights from WWDC 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his senior staff made this a software-focused keynote, with iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS5 and tvOS 12 announcements. There was no new hardware shown, even though last year's conference gave us a first look at the HomePod, as well as the iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 10.5. -- Apple PR.

Siri shortcuts in iOS 12 deliver a macro system to help automate your tasks

Siri shortcuts in iOS 12 deliver a macro system to help automate your tasks

Siri is getting quite the upgrade in iOS 12 thanks to new capabilities called shortcuts. These customizable macros let you link together multiple tasks, allowing Siri to run a series of actions without ever having to open an app. -- AppleInsider.


App Limits in iOS 12 lets users manage device time & parents set allowances

App Limits in iOS 12 lets users manage device time & parents set allowances

In introducing iOS 12 on Monday, Apple revealed a collection of tools designed to better temper how people use their devices, including App Limits, notification changes, and upgrades to Do Not Disturb. -- AppleInsider.


iOS 12 'doubles down' on performance for iPhone and iPad

iOS 12 'doubles down' on performance for iPhone and iPad

Apple has debuted iOS 12, bringing better performance to older devices, improved augmented reality, Memoji, FaceTime chats with an entire group, and much more to iPhones and iPads later in the year. -- AppleInsider.


OpenGL, OpenCL deprecated in favor of Metal 2 in macOS 10.14 Mojave

OpenGL, OpenCL deprecated in favor of Metal 2 in macOS 10.14 Mojave

Apple has taken the first steps toward completely killing OpenGL and OpenCL in Mojave in favor of its own Metal technology.

Buried in the developer's documentation section, Apple made the declaration that it is starting a "grace period" from transitioning away from the older technologies. -- AppleInsider.

This is what a Group FaceTime video call in iOS 12 looks like

This is what a Group FaceTime video call in iOS 12 looks like

FaceTime is getting a huge upgrade in iOS 12 with a new feature called Group FaceTime, which enables up to 32 iPhone, iPad and Mac owners to participate in a video conference call simultaneously.

Group FaceTime is just one of many new features coming to Apple's latest operations systems -- iOS 12 and macOS Mojave -- though it is perhaps one of the most important in that it promises to reshape how consumers use their iOS and Mac products. This is the biggest development to come to FaceTime since it originally debuted on the iPhone 4. -- AppleInsider.

Tim Cook denies Apple requested Facebook data, discusses data privacy in interviews

Cook denies Apple requested Facebook data, discusses data privacy in interviews

A day after bombshell newspaper report, Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company requested and received "zero" personal data from Facebook.

Speaking in a series of interviews on the first day of this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Cook was adamant that Apple has not requested or received users' personal data from Facebook. -- AppleInsider.

Check out all the new features in Apple's first iOS 12 beta

Check out all the new features in Apple's first iOS 12 beta

Apple announced iOS 12 at WWDC on Monday and we just finished installing the developer beta on our iPhone X. Let's take a look at some of the changes and what Apple has included in the first beta release.

Apple said they are doubling down on performance with iOS 12 and mentioned a few statistics comparing iOS 11 to iOS 12 using the iPhone 6 Plus. Testing two iPhone X's, iOS 12 is definitely launching apps faster than iOS 11 and it seems to run more smoothly as well. -- AppleInsider.

A host of new security enhancements is coming to iOS and macOS

A host of new security enhancements is coming to iOS and macOS

Apple on Monday previewed a variety of security and privacy features it plans to add to macOS and iOS operating systems, including encrypted Facetime group calls, password-management tools, and camera and microphone protections. The company also released a beta version of the upcoming iOS 12 that, according to Motherboard, all but kills off two iPhone unlocking tools used by police forces around the world. -- Ars Technica.

Watch Apple's hilarious nature mockumentary about nerd herds

Taking a page out of David Attenborough's playbook, Apple crafted a hilarious nature mockumentary all about one of the world's most extraordinary species -- developers -- making their annual journey to the great plains of WWDC.

Apple video: Source Code

On the more heartwarming side of life, Apple also made a tear-jerker video about developers. Titled Source Code, it's not funny like the other one, but it is surprisingly insightful.

iOS 12 makes iPhones immune to 'brute force' unlocking

iOS 12 makes iPhones immune to 'brute force' unlocking

The just-released beta of iOS 12 can be set to partially deactivate the Lightning port after an iPhone hasn't been used for an hour. This is a clear attempt to make useless the unlocking tools employed by law enforcement. -- Cult of Mac.

macOS 10.14 Mojave Drops Support for Many Older Machines

macOS 10.14 Mojave Drops Support for Many Older Machines

Apple this morning introduced macOS 10.14 Mojave, the newest version of the operating system designed to run on the Mac.

macOS Mojave is a major update that introduces a range of new features like a Dark Mode, Desktop and Finder improvements, new apps, and a revamped Mac App Store, but unfortunately, the update drops support for a number of machines.

While macOS High Sierra was available for some machines manufactured as early as 2009, macOS Mojave is largely limited to 2012 or newer machines, with the exception of some Mac Pro models. Here's a full list:

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)

As you can see, compared to High Sierra, the update drops support for the older plastic MacBooks, and MacBook Pro, Air, mini, and iMac models from 2009, 2010, and 2011.

These older machines will not have access to the macOS Mojave features, and will continue to run macOS High Sierra.

Apple Replaces 29W USB-C Power Adapter With New 30W Version

Apple Replaces 29W USB-C Power Adapter With New 30W Version

Apple Monday quietly discontinued and replaced its 29W USB-C Power adapter with a new revised USB-C Power Adapter that offers 30W.

The 30W USB-C Power Adapter that's replacing the 29W version is designed for the 12-inch MacBook. It's also commonly used as an option for those who want faster charging for compatible iPhones and iPads that support fast USB-C charging speeds. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Shares Full Video of Today's WWDC Keynote on its Website

Apple Shares Full Video of Today's WWDC Keynote on its Website

Apple's WWDC keynote has wrapped up for another year, and the company has posted a full video of the event on its website. With the full presentation available on Apple.com, those who might have missed the event can now catch up with all of the announcements and reveals on their own time.

Apple Announces 2018 Apple Design Award Winners

Apple Announces 2018 Apple Design Award Winners

Apple tonight announced the developers and apps who received an Apple Design Award, marking what Apple thinks are some of the best apps for various Apple platforms.

These remarkable developers used their ingenuity, smarts, and savvy to build the year's best apps for Apple platforms. The event video will be available soon. -- Apple Developer.

New York Times Exposes Facebook's agreement to share deep well of user data with more than 60 device makers including Apple

New York Times Exposes Facebook's agreement to share deep well of user data with more than 60 device makers including Apple

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Study finds Teens abandoning Facebook & that Addiction to Devices has almost doubled in the last 3 years." The report noted that Facebook's stranglehold on social media had crashed as teens abandon them in huge numbers, according to Pew Research. The revelation that Facebook sold user's data is a breach of trust the public shouldn't stand for. With the initial news still fresh in people's minds, a New York Times story published yesterday poured fuel on the fire. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Jams Facebook's Web-Tracking Tools

Apple Jams Facebook's Web-Tracking Tools

The next version of iOS and macOS "will frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users," reports BBC. At the company's developer conference, Apple's software chief Craig Federighi said, "We're shutting that down," adding that Safari would ask owners' permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity. -- BBC.

iBooks Gets Redesigned and Rebranded as Apple Books

iBooks Gets Redesigned and Rebranded as Apple Books

Apple is slowly sunsetting the "i" naming scheme. Apple Books now matches Apple Podcasts, Apple Music, and Apple News.

The book store has been redesigned to match that of iOS 11. At the bottom, you'll see new tabs: Reading Now, Library, Book Store, Audiobooks, and Search. It should make it easier to jump back into the book you were reading. -- The Mac Observer.

Here are all of the devices that will support iOS 12

Here are all of the devices that will support iOS 12

On stage at WWDC, Apple officially unveiled iOS 12 with a heavy focus on performance and stability improvements. As for the devices that will get iOS 12, Apple says every device that ran iOS 11 will be able to upgrade to this year's release...

Apple's Craig Federighi touted that Apple has spent a lot of time focusing on the performance of iOS 12 on older devices. Federighi says that users will notice apps launch 40 percent faster, the keyboard will appear 50 percent faster, and the camera will launch 70 percent faster.

Here are the devices that will support iOS 12:

iPhone iPad iPod touch
iPhone X
iPhone 8
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
10.5-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
9.6-inch iPad
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad 5th generation
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPod touch 6th generation

Apple gives a sneak peek at multi-year project to bring UIKit iOS apps to the Mac

Apple gives a sneak peek at multi-year project to bring UIKit iOS apps to the Mac

Apple today announced its plan to bring UIKit to the Mac. This is a multi-year project. Apple is testing the new cross-platform frameworks with its own stock apps in macOS Mojave. It will be available to third-party developers in 2019. -- 9to5Mac.


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Apple and Pixar created USDZ, a file format just for AR

Apple and Pixar created USDZ, a file format just for AR

Apple Monday announced USDZ for iOS 12, a WYSIWYG editor developed with Pixar, that allows developers to bring objects from Photoshop and Dimension into an AR environment.

The new features are being described as "AR Quicklook" and are designed to deliver AR experiences across iOS 12 focused on ease-of-use for developers. This new support is designed to make it simple for devs to implement 3D objects into AR -- The Next Web.

Apple doesn't need new hardware -- it's going to make you buy everything it sells

Apple doesn't need new hardware -- it's going to make you buy everything it sells

Apple made the vast majority of its ever-growing multibillion-dollar hoard selling us hardware: iPads, Macs, MacBooks, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, speakers, headphones, docks, cables, and above all else that ultimate cash cow, the iPhone. -- Mashable.

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Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools

Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools

Apple will attempt to frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users, within the next version of its iOS and Mac operating systems.

"We're shutting that down," declared Apple's software chief Craig Federighi, at the firm's developers conference. -- BBC.

June 04Monday's News


macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 with Messages in iCloud support is now available

macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 with Messages in iCloud support is now available

Apple has updated macOS High Sierra to version 10.13.5, just a few days ahead of expected announcements for the future of the operating system at WWDC, with the latest release effectively consisting of support for Messages in iCloud and performance updates. -- AppleInsider.


Personal macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Benchmarks

Personal macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Benchmarks

Total download and install took here a UT with a fast network took about 45 minutes. All the usual suspects are running. No one has refused yet. Film at eleven and your mileage may vary.

GeekBench 4.2.3 benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive).

Geekbench 4 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 4000 (which is the score of an Intel Core i7-6600U released September 2015.) Higher scores are better, with double the score indicating double the performance.

Geekbench uses a number of different tests, or workloads, to measure CPU performance. The workloads are divided into four different sections:

  • Crypto Crypto workloads measure the crypto instruction performance of your computer by performing cryptography tasks that make heavy use of crypto instructions. While not all software uses crypto instructions, the software that does can benefit enormously from it.
  • Integer Integer workloads measure the integer instruction performance of your computer by performing processor-intensive tasks that make heavy use of integer instructions. All software makes heavy use of integer instructions, meaning a high integer scores indicates good overall performance.
  • Floating Point Floating point workloads measure floating point performance by performing a variety of processor-intensive tasks that make heavy use of floating-point operations. While almost all software makes use of floating point instructions, floating point performance is especially important in video games, digital content creation, and high-performance computing applications.
  • Memory Memory workloads measure memory latency and bandwidth. Software working with large data structures (e.g., digital content creation) or with referential data structures (e.g., databases, web browsers) rely on good memory performance to keep the processor busy.
Intel iMac
10.13 10.13.4 10.13.5
Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core
Over All 3403 10531 3661 10325 3814 10594
Crypto 2954 9186 2862 10632 3089 10681
Integer 3636 12072 3558 12577 3798 12452
Floating Point 3407 11575 3435 11844 3576 11725
Memory 4275 4803 3594 4370 4412 4694

Am I the only one who wonders why the hell the benchmarks NEVER get better? The OS updates are not helping my Mac or apps to run any faster. Even if they did I couldn't notice it but I could measure it. You would think that it was something Apple could do if it wanted to. I guess the only thing that want is for you to by a newer model.

What's new in macOS 10.13.5: Messages in iCloud

What's new in macOS 10.13.5: Messages in iCloud

A few days after the iOS 11.4 update, macOS 10.13.5 has finally been unleashed for the Mac. While primarily focused on bug fixes, there are at least a couple things of note here in Apple's latest update. -- AppleInsider.

Apple has new dark mode, Apple News app planned for macOS 10.14

Apple has new dark mode, Apple News app planned for macOS 10.14

Apple itself has leaked a first look at macOS 10.14 ahead of WWDC, including a redesigned Xcode, an Apple News app, and new Mac App Store video previews.

At the moment, neither iOS or macOS has a "real" dark mode. On the Mac, the menu bar can be changed from a light to dark appearance, and on iOS, an accessibility feature known as Smart Invert is able to somewhat mimic the intent. -- AppleInsider.

Messages in iCloud: Everything you need to know

Messages in iCloud: Everything you need to know

Messages in iCloud is a great upgrade to Apple's messaging platform, working across both iOS and macOS devices. AppleInsider takes a deep dive on what Messages in iCloud can do, how it works, and where it has limitations. -- AppleInsider.

Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal

Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal

Sometimes, a paper contains so many buzzwords it is hard to take it seriously. Time crystals were first mooted in 2012, and a realistic discrete time crystal was observed in 2017. The crystals we are familiar with have a quasicrystal form, so time quasicrystals were soon discovered. But now, I've hit the jackpot with a time quasicrystal that is also a time supersolid. If that makes no sense to you, don't worry, it doesn't make sense to me either.

Let's unpack the word salad and see if we can extract something sensible from it. -- Ars Technica.

Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote is today at 1pm ET/10am PT

Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote is today at 1pm ET/10am PT

At 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 5pm GMT) on Monday, June 4, 2018, Apple will host its keynote to kick off the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference. The company will outline its software plans for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and much more. Ars will of course be in attendance, and we'll share the updates with you as they happen in our WWDC 2018 liveblog.

Expect details from Apple about iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5. This year, Apple plans to focus on performance and stability improvements over major new features or UI overhauls. iOS 12 will likely include more ways manage your usage of your digital device usage.

Not much is currently known about macOS 10.14--however, Apple is known to be working on a software development framework to bring macOS and iOS applications closer together. It could be discussed this year--or Apple could wait until next year's macOS release to talk about it.

Study finds Teens abandoning Facebook & that Addiction to Devices has almost doubled in the last 3 years

Study finds Teens abandoning Facebook & that Addiction to Devices has almost doubled in the last 3 years

As 2018 kicked in, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Big Apple Shareholders Sent Apple a Letter Saturday urging them to take Steps to Address Growing iPhone Addiction." Tomorrow Apple is reportedly going to introduce a new Digital Health App or Setting to help fight smartphone and social media addiction. To get the scope of the problem, a new research report has posted results about the addiction levels of smartphones and social media. -- Patently Apple.

Turning Off Significant Locations on Your Mac

Turning Off Significant Locations on Your Mac

Guess what? Your iPhone isn't the only device you have that monitors where you go in order to make suggestions in Maps and Calendar--your Mac does it too. If that doesn't give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, come read this Quick Tip! We'll tell you how to disable it or remove old saved locations. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Set a Room for Your Apple TV and HomePod for AirPlay 2

How to Set a Room for Your Apple TV and HomePod for AirPlay 2

You updated to iOS 11.4 on your iPhone or iPad, tvOS 11.4 on your Apple TV, and HomePod 11.4 on your HomePod so you have AirPlay 2 support. Now you need to assign rooms to your speakers so you can control where you're playing music. Here's how. -- The Mac Observer.

Thinking Deeply About the Browser We Use: Chrome, Safari, Firefox?

Thinking Deeply About the Browser We Use: Chrome, Safari, Firefox?

Recent revelations about Facebook practices combined with ongoing surveillance capitalism suggest that a purposeful privacy strategy -- and browser choice -- is mandatory.

You're probably sick of hearing about data and privacy by now--especially because, if you live in the United States, you might feel like there's very little you can do to protect yourself from giant corporations feeding off your time, interests, and personal information. -- Fast Company.

Geekbench Results Tease 6-Core MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM

Geekbench Results Tease 6-Core MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM

Geekbench results posted this weekend appear to show an upcoming MacBook Pro featuring the latest 6-core Intel processor and 32GB of RAM, a major upgrade over the current 4-core models limited to 16GB of RAM. This suggests that a 6-core MacBook Pro could make its debut this week at WWDC. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Launches Music Publishing Division

Apple Launches Music Publishing Division

Apple has created a new music publishing division. Is the company looking to tighten its hold on the music market?

Apple is moving beyond just music streaming with Apple Music and is now entering the music publishing business. Music Business Worldwide reports that Apple has launched a global music publishing division headed by Elena Segal, formerly the legal director of iTunes international. -- TidBITS.

Security Update 2018-003 (Sierra and El Capitan)

Security Update 2018-003 (Sierra and El Capitan)

Apple has released Security Update 2018-003 for macOS 10.12 Sierra and 10.11 El Capitan, patching security vulnerabilities that the company addressed in 10.13.5 High Sierra. The security updates for both Sierra and El Capitan address an information disclosure issue in Bluetooth that could enable a malicious application to determine kernel memory layout, a memory corruption issue with FontParser that could lead to arbitrary code execution, a validation issue with graphics drivers that could allow an application to read restricted memory, and a denial of service issue with the kernel. (Free. For 10.12.6 Sierra, 742 MB; for 10.11.6 El Capitan, 831 MB; security content release notes.)

Latest mobile CPU benchmarks show Apple two years ahead of the competition

Latest mobile CPU benchmarks show Apple two years ahead of the competiton

ARM has unveiled its latest high-end mobile CPU, the Cortex-A76 -- and benchmark comparisons with existing Android chips and Apple's A-series ones suggests that the iPhone maker is a solid two years ahead of the competition ... -- 9to5Mac.

Making The Grade: Criteria for picking the best iPad apps

Making The Grade: Criteria for picking the best iPad apps

In the education industry, most people are very transparent about sharing advice. Even in the private school industry, you likely aren't "competing" for the same kids, so we've ended up with a very open group of people that are willing to share best practices, tips, and tricks. One of the most common questions I get is about app selection for iPad deployments. I've been researching apps for a long time, so for me, it's less about what apps are the best and more about what criteria do I use when examining them. Here some of the things I look for (in no particular order.) -- 9to5Mac.

The iPhone dongle is still my .... nightmare

The iPhone dongle is still my .... nightmare

Then, in January of 2016, Apple muscled into the market and planned the obsolescence of the headphone jack because that's what they do. The company destroyed the 3 1/2-inch floppy disc drive when file sizes were outpacing storage capacity; they replaced the old, many-pinned iPod connector with the Lightning port, hilariously ruining the cheap hotel's newly updated clock radio. Their mission is an ambient Manifest Destiny, meant to replace things you take for granted. Apple rightfully assumed people would simply adjust to a new plug because they owned such a large piece of the market share. How obvious, it seemed, that the very connection between user and device wasn't yet owned by the company, but that proprietary technology could swiftly remedy this corporate injustice. A few patents later, and Apple now possessed the literal port that bonds me to my phone. -- The Outline.

No, Mister Bond. I expect you to buy

No, Mister Bond. I expect you to buy

At the end of last year, I got a new iPhone 8 Plus. And I love it: the cameras are gorgeous, it's plenty fast, the display is beautiful, there's oodles of space... -- Rob Cottingham.