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September 30Friday's News


Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with cutting edge differential privacy

Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with cutting edge differential privacy

Article Image After a bruising battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a contentious debate over encryption in the wake of the San Bernadino terrorist shooting, Apple has doubled down on privacy protection by researching cutting-edge privacy techniques for iOS 10, allowing advanced new features while protecting user data. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites are managed by Messages

Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites are managed by Messages

Article Image With the release of iOS 10, Apple's Game Center service no longer has its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game are handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple's expanded Messages app. -- AppleInsider.

Adobe Lightroom for iOS now supports RAW shooting on iPhone 7, 7 Plus

Adobe Lightroom for iOS now supports RAW shooting on iPhone 7, 7 Plus

Article Image Two weeks after Adobe brought DNG image file format support to iOS with Lightroom for mobile, the company on Thursday updated its app to take full advantage of Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. -- AppleInsider.

Y2K 2.0: Is the US government set to 'give away the Internet' Saturday?

Y2K 2.0: Is the US government set to 'give away the Internet' Saturday?

Remember the projected Y2K bug disaster? The world's computers would supposedly go haywire as the clock ticked to January 1, 2000, thus destroying the world and ensuing widespread panic. Didn't happen. Fast forward to today, however, and another doomsday scenario is afoot (albeit with much less fanfare).

If many politicians are to be believed, an Internet disaster is set to commence this Saturday. That's when a tiny branch of the US Commerce Department officially hands over its oversight of the Internet's "address book" or root zone--the highest level of the domain naming system (DNS) structure--to a nonprofit, a Los Angeles-based body called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). -- Ars Technica.

iPhone exploit bounty surges to an eye-popping $1.5 million

iPhone exploit bounty surges to an eye-popping $1.5 million

A controversial broker of security exploits is offering $1.5 million (£1.2 million) for attacks that work against fully patched iPhones and iPads, a bounty that's triple the size of its previous one.

Zerodium also doubled, to $200,000, the amount it will pay for attacks that exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities in Google's competing Android operating system, and the group raised the amount for so-called zeroday exploits in Adobe's Flash media player to $80,000 from $50,000. After buying the working exploits, the company then sells them to government entities, which use them to spy on suspected criminals, terrorists, enemies, and other targets. -- Ars Technica.

Cost of College: An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master's Degree for a Mere $7,000

Cost of College: An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master's Degree for a Mere $7,000

A Georgia Tech computer science program at drastically reduced prices could change the way we think about the problem of college costs.

The master's degree business is booming. College graduates looking for a leg up in the job market are flocking to one- and two-year programs that promise entry to lucrative careers. Top colleges are more than willing to provide them -- for a price. Tuition for a 30-credit master's in computer science from the University of Southern California runs $57,000. Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon charge over $43,000 for the same degree. -- New York Times.

Take a Picture Quickly in iOS 10

 Take a Picture Quickly in iOS 10

Among other things, Apple's latest redesign of its mobile operating system changes the lock screen's shortcut to the iPhone's camera app.

On Apple's redesigned lock screen for iOS 10, swipe to the left on the lock screen (instead of swiping up) to open the Camera app quickly. It may be hard to see depending on your lock-screen image, but the screen now shows three tiny icons at the bottom, including one for a camera. -- New York Times.

When Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Dark Side

When Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Dark Side

Computers really are becoming like people: Just because they are smart doesn't mean they won't do awful things.

As John Markoff writes, the kind of artificial intelligence that is capable of winning at the game of Go or figuring out your fastest route home is also starting to show up in criminal schemes. One program, known as Blackshades, was sold in the online criminal underground known as the dark web and used for purposes like video and audio eavesdropping. -- New York Times.

Safari 10: Hide Flash from Every Website Except Some

Safari 10: Hide Flash from Every Website Except Some

Safari 10 allows you to have Flash installed, but to control which sites know it (or access it). For many users, this would be the best compromise between having flash and not installing it all. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to do it. -- The Mac Observer.

Why Siri and the AirPods Excite Bill Atkinson

Why Siri and the AirPods Excite Bill Atkinson

Bill Atkinson, the legendary developer behind the original Mac's QuickDraw graphics system and classic Mac apps like MacPaint and HyperCard, has been waiting for Apple's forthcoming AirPods for years. Back in 2011, he gave a Macworld Expo presentation in which he explained why Siri belongs in your ear, which the AirPods will provide. Atkinson cites the Jane artificial intelligence in Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" series as a model for Apple to follow. As for the future of Siri on the AirPods, Atkinson says, "Within a few years it's going to be able to do lots of things: It will hear everything you hear, it's going to be able to whisper in your ear." For the moment, though, he's realistic about Siri's capabilities. "Siri is a bit of a joke now; it doesn't really understand the meaning of conversations," Atkinson admits. "That's going to improve." -- Fast Company.

How to replace iPhone 7 & 7 Plus battery, display, Taptic Engine & more in new repair guides

How to replace iPhone 7 & 7 Plus battery, display, Taptic Engine & more in new repair guides

If you're looking for info on how to repair or replace your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus battery, display or other components, look no further. As it does every year, repair guide site iFixit is usually one of the first to rip apart Apple's new iPhones to find out what's inside, and for that reason they are also one of the first to offer up detailed guides on how to repair and replace various parts of the devices. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait mode impressions on iOS 10.1 beta [Photos]

iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait mode impressions on iOS 10.1 beta [Photos]

I admit that I buy a new iPhone every year for the camera upgrades. My iCloud Photo Library is up to 14,633 photos and 1,261 videos and growing. Almost every one of those were captured with an iPhone so its camera matters to me. Last year's iPhone 6s introduced Live Photos which I absolutely love. (This from November is just one of my favorites; you can view it on the web thanks to Tumblr's new Live Photo feature).

This year includes Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus which intelligently applies a blur effect over backgrounds on still shots. Portrait mode photos often look like they were shot on dedicated cameras, not smartphones. The feature requires the dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus to work and is only available in beta on iOS 10.1 beta for now. Apple wants to fine tune Portrait mode's performance before it hits primetime, and there are a few things we can already learn about it through testing. -- 9to5Mac.

Danny Meyer Just Single-Handedly Made the Apple Watch Relevant to the Hospitality Industry

Danny Meyer Just Single-Handedly Made the Apple Watch Relevant to the Hospitality Industry

NYC restaurateur, Shake Shack founder, and millionaire Danny Meyer is having a good week. He's invested in a home-cooked food delivery start-up, introduced paid parental leave for all of his employees, and today almost single-handedly made the Apple Watch -- a very expensive trophy gadget at best -- relevant.

In an announcement made moments ago at the TechTable Summit, representatives from Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and Resy -- the reservation system start-up founded by (Eater co-founder) Ben Leventhal, Michael Montero, and Gary Vaynerchuk -- confirmed a partnership that would integrate the Apple Watch into front-of-house restaurant service. -- Eater.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Desktop & Screensaver

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Desktop & Screensaver

The Desktop & Screen Saver panel controls the appearance of two fairly visible parts of the interface. The panel is in two sections: Desktop and Screen Saver. -- eXtensions.

Danger, Danger Will Robinson

Danger, Danger Will Robinson

I ran across something this morning while putting the news together that prompted me say the following.

Wile clicking around the internet you may have seen advertised on a site, or in a popup window, an advertisement for MacKeeper.

I am sure most of us know, but in case you don't; under no circumstances are to to click on this link or ever download or install it. MacKeeper is not only unnecessary, ineffective and dangerous; it frequently directs you to sites designed to infect or otherwise harm you computer.

OS X and macOS are usually safe from these kind of attacks but, warned you have been.

How to set up Messages on your Mac

How to set up Messages on your Mac

Messages on macOS lets you communicate with friends, family, and coworkers across a variety of different platforms, including Apple's own iMessage, along with SMS and services from Google, Yahoo, and AOL. But if you're new to the Mac or have just never set up Messages, you might be wondering how to get started with the app. Here's how. -- iMore.

How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra has a new feature called Optimized Storage. It helps you save space by storing your content in the cloud. It also sports tools to help you find and remove large or unneeded files. -- Apple World Today.

How To Manage macOS Sierra's Launchpad

How To Manage macOS Sierra's Launchpad

Here's something I bet you didn't know (or, at least, you haven't given it much thought before.)

There are more people in the world that use iOS's Launchpad than use the Mac's Finder. That's because iPhone and iPad have nearly a billion users, while the Mac, well, it's more popular than ever, but not so mobile, and with perhaps 100-million users. Here's how to manage the Mac's Launchpad. -- Mac360.

Restoring your Mac's OS back to factory settings

Restoring macOS (or OS X) back to factory settings

The bad news. As you have read in this space over the last two weeks ("macOS 10.12: That's No Moon", "macOS 10.12: Do or do not. There is no try." and "macOS 10.12: The Return of the OS") the only way I was able to get back to the original factory settings on my operating system was by erasing my hard drive and reinstalling the OS.

"Blessed are the pessimists, for they have made backups." If you don't have backups (TimeMachine or some other) all you applications, documents, etc. are gone. This is how I was able to get my documents and applications back. Apple's documentation says you can do a full restore with applications, etc. from TimeMachine, but if my experience is how it works then this is bullshit.

So having said all that:

You can restore your Mac to factory settings by erasing your Mac, then reinstalling macOS using the built-in recovery disk. Before you erase, back up your essential files. If you're installing on a portable computer, make sure your power adapter is plugged in.

Important: To reinstall macOS, you must be connected to the Internet.

  1. In the menu bar, choose Apple menu > Restart. As your Mac restarts, hold down the Command and R keys until the macOS Utilities window appears.
  2. Select Disk Utility, then click Continue.
  3. Select your startup disk on the left, then click Erase.
  4. Click the Format pop-up menu, choose Mac OS Extended, enter a name, then click Erase.
    • Important: Erasing the disk removes all the information from the disk. Be sure to back up the information you want to keep to an external device.
  5. After the disk is erased, choose Disk Utility > Quit Disk Utility.
  6. Select Reinstall macOS, click Continue, then follow the onscreen instructions.

 

How I fixed my Wi-Fi by ditching shitty consumer hardware

How I fixed my Wi-Fi by ditching shitty consumer hardware

I didn't feel like installing it, so grabbed the company's Cloud Key device which essentially does that for you, with the bonus of remote access without hassle. It's really worth emphasizing that it's much harder to set up these devices than, say, throwing in an Airport Extreme, but you'll also not get the meshing or range found on these devices anywhere else. -- The Next We.

Apple Is Trolling Me

Apple Is Trolling Me

There's no doubt, Apple is trolling me. On September 3, I wrote about the new personalized mixes in Apple Music. I pointed out that my New Music Mix was two-dimensional.

Today, I looked at the My New Music Mix, which just updated, and what do I see? Almost nothing but classical music. -- Kirkville.

The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices

he Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices

Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle -- and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords -- consumers have yet to adjust their own behavior when it comes to password reuse. A global Lab42 survey, which polled consumers across the United States, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, highlights the psychology around why consumers develop poor password habits despite understanding the obvious risk, and suggests that there is a level of cognitive dissonance around our online habits. When it comes to online security, personality type does not inform behavior, but it does reveal how consumers rationalize poor password habits. -- HELPNETSECURITY.

FCC votes to upgrade emergency smartphone alerts

FCC votes to upgrade emergency smartphone alerts

After recent bombings, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to update the four-year-old emergency smartphone alerts system, which is used by officials to ping smartphones to alert people of severe weather, missing children, terror attacks or other danger. Some of the new changes allow the system to send texts with links to pictures, maps and phone numbers. -- CNNMoney.

September 29Thursday's News


Apple summons security experts for bug bounty program brief - report

Apple summons security experts for bug bounty program brief - report

Article Image Apple has allegedly invited a bevy of third party security experts and device hackers to its headquarters to break down the details of the previously announced bug bounty program for macOS and iOS. -- AppleInsider.


Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad boosts productivity

Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad boosts productivity

Article Image Apple's newly released iOS 10 improves multitasking on the iPad by offering a new split-screen mode in Safari, allowing users to have two tabs open side-by-side simultaneously. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 10 tips: How to turn on/off individual read receipts in Apple's Messages app

iOS 10 tips: How to turn on/off individual read receipts in Apple's Messages app

Article Image Starting with iOS 10, read receipts in iMessages can be enabled or disabled on a person-by-person basis, letting users decide which contact knows when their texts have been viewed. Here's how to take advantage of the new feature. -- AppleInsider.


Apple & Deloitte Team Up to Accelerate Business Transformation on iPhone & iPad

Apple & Deloitte Team Up to Accelerate Business Transformation on iPhone & iPad

Apple® and Deloitte today announced a partnership to help companies quickly and easily transform the way they work by maximizing the power, ease-of-use and security the iOS platform brings to the workplace through iPhone® and iPad®. As part of the joint effort, Deloitte is creating a first-of-its-kind Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors who are solely focused on helping businesses change the way they work across their entire enterprise, from customer-facing functions such as retail, field services and recruiting, to R&D, inventory management and back-office systems. -- Apple PR.

Record-breaking DDoS reportedly delivered by >145k hacked cameras

Record-breaking DDoS reportedly delivered by >145k hacked cameras

Last week, security news site KrebsOnSecurity went dark for more than 24 hours following what was believed to be a record 620 gigabit-per-second denial of service attack brought on by an ensemble of routers, security cameras, or other so-called Internet of Things devices. Now, there's word of a similar attack on a French Web host that peaked at a staggering 1.1 terabits per second, more than 60 percent bigger. -- Ars Technica.

5 hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist

5 hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist

Apple's latest Mac operating system has a host of big new features including Siri, Apple Pay on the web and Universal Clipboard.

But with so many marquee features, you may be missing some of the more hidden capabilities and tips. Check out our video of the top five hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist. -- Cult of Mac.

How to force quit apps on watchOS 3

How to force quit apps on watchOS 3

Apple Watch apps are faster than ever thanks to watchOS 3, but if you ever run into the rotating dial of death, sometimes quickly force quitting the app can help.

With watchOS 3, Apple has made the force quitting process a bit different. Wearers used to be able to double click the side button to force quit an app. Now the process also involves the Digital Crown. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone 7 camera loses to Samsung in expert tests

iPhone 7 camera loses to Samsung in expert tests

The new iSight camera packed into iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is Apple's best yet, according to tests carried out by the experts at DxOMark. It has been improved by a wider aperture, support for a wide color gamut, and faster autofocus.

But it's not quite enough to beat the cameras found in Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphones -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone 7 Camera Test Touts Excellent Exposure, Lower Noise, and Richer Colors

iPhone 7 Camera Test Touts Excellent Exposure, Lower Noise, and Richer Colors

DxO Labs has published an in-depth iPhone 7 camera review, calling it "a very solid evolution over the iPhone 6s" after extensive testing. The single-lens smartphone achieved an overall DxOMark Mobile Score of 86, topping the iPhone 6s by two points but trailing the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and five other devices. -- MacRumors.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 14 With New Emoji Support and Fixes for WebDriver

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 14 With New Emoji Support and Fixes for WebDriver

Apple has released another update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. -- MacRumors.


Apple Tracks Who You Contact on Messages, Stores Logs for 30 Days

Apple Tracks Who You Contact on Messages, Stores Logs for 30 Days

Conversations in the Messages app feature end-to-end encryption that makes the content of the messages impossible to decipher, but according to documentation found by The Intercept, Apple tracks who its customers send iMessages to and is able to hand that information over to law enforcement when compelled to do so through a court order. -- The Intercept.

watchOS 3: Configure Your New Dock

watchOS 3: Configure Your New Dock

Got an Apple Watch? Then you'll need to know how to access and edit the new watchOS 3 Dock feature, which'll put your favorite apps just a button click away. We've got your answers in today's Quick Tip! -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: Managing Siri's Third Party App Voice Control

iOS 10: Managing Siri's Third Party App Voice Control

iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, "Hey Siri, get me an Uber." If you don't want Siri calling rides for you--or Siri says it can't--it's time for a trip to your iPhone's Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

Dr. Mac's First Impression: iPhone 7 Plus

Dr. Mac's First Impression: iPhone 7 Plus

I received a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage a couple of days ago and have been testing it side-by-side with its predecessor, an iPhone 6s Plus with 128GB ever since. It's too soon for a real review, but here are my first impressions of iPhone 7 Plus after just 48 hours: -- The Mac Observer.

How-To: Prioritize app downloads on iOS 10 after performing a restore [Video]

How-To: Prioritize app downloads on iOS 10 after performing a restore [Video]

Have you ever wanted to give priority to the most important apps during an iOS restore? Perhaps the app that you're waiting for is a much-needed password management app used to facilitate logins? Or perhaps it's some other mission critical app that you need ASAP.

In iOS 10, it's now easy to pause app downloads, cancel downloads, and give priority to the most important apps. Watch our brief video walkthrough as we show you how. -- 9to5Mac.

Mossberg: Running Windows 10 and macOS Sierra together/The new Parallels 12 does the job well, even on aging hardware

Mossberg: Running Windows 10 and macOS Sierra together/The new Parallels 12 does the job well, even on aging hardware

I'm writing this paragraph in Word for Windows on Windows 10. The process is as smooth as you'd expect on PC hardware built for Windows, with no hesitation or freezing, and all the features are enabled. But I'm not using a Windows PC; I'm using a three-year-old MacBook Air. And I haven't had to give over the Air entirely to Windows. Instead, I'm running Windows 10 and its apps concurrently with the brand-new macOS Sierra. For instance, the Windows version of Word is running in its own window, right alongside open Mac apps, including Apple Mail and Safari. -- The Verge.

macOS Sierra: Security and Privacy Features Overview

macOS Sierra: Security and Privacy Features Overview

macOS Sierra is here! Aside from the new naming convention -- no more OS X -- Sierra has lots of new features. It brings Siri to the desktop, provides a useful new Universal Clipboard feature, lets you store some of your personal documents on iCloud Drive, brings tabs to more apps, offers picture-in-picture video, and more.

With the release of macOS Sierra 10.12, Apple also introduced some new security features worth noting. Here's an overview of Sierra's new security and privacy features. -- Intego.

Share a Live Feed of Your Keynote Presentation

Share a Live Feed of Your Keynote Presentation

A new feature in Keynote in Sierra and in iOS is the ability to share a live feed of your Keynote presentation to other devices as you present. You can share with others in the room, or in other locations. -- MacMost.

The Two Best Ways To Buy An iPhone 7 From Apple

The Two Best Ways To Buy An iPhone 7 From Apple

If you are considering carrier hunting in order to benefit yourself in getting an all-new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus for free or at a discounted rate, you may want to consider ditching the carrier route entirely. Apple has two plans for you to take advantage of and one plan appears to be better than the other. -- Two Guys And A Podcast.

iMessage, metadata, and law enforcement: What you need to know

iMessage, metadata, and law enforcement: What you need to know!

There's a story going around about Apple storing metadata associated with the iMessage service and, when obligated by a court order, turning that data over to law enforcement. The details of the story are accurate, as far as I know, but it conflates two very different things in order to create a sensational headline, which is unfortunate for people who want and need to be informed about important issues involving privacy. -- iMore.

Spending Too Much Time on Your Phone? Try a Digital Detox

Spending Too Much Time on Your Phone? Try a Digital Detox

Your nose is stuck to your phone for hours a day. Given the nature of work these days, it's a necessity. But being "always on" isn't healthy.

If you're feeling a too tethered to Facebook, Twitter, games, email, or videos, try a digital detox. Distancing yourself from your personal tech can free up some brain cycles and let you pursue activities that don't involve constantly tugging the pull-to-refresh lever. -- Wired.

Time to Kill Security Questions--or Answer Them With Lies

Time to Kill Security Questions--or Answer Them With Lies

The notion of using robust, random passwords has become all but mainstream--by now anyone with an inkling of security sense knows that "password1" and "1234567" aren't doing them any favors. But even as password security improves, there's something even more problematic that underlies them: security questions. -- Wired.

September 28Wednesday's News


Inside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine, explained

Inside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine, explained

Article Image Apple has moved the Taptic Engine to its third device -- the iPhone 7. The new technology replaces the older linear actuator, and will ultimately bring a world of force feedback sensations to the user, as developers implement the technology in their own apps. -- AppleInsider.

New macOS Sierra 10.12.1 betas available to developers & public

New macOS Sierra 10.12.1 betas available to developers & public

Article Image Apple is continuing apace with beta release, and has made new macOS 10.12.1 betas available to developers and anyone in the public Beta Software Program. [Updated with public beta launch info] -- AppleInsider.

Apple's iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review

Apple's iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review

Article Image Imaging specialist DxO recently wrapped up its evaluation of Apple's iPhone 7, noting the new smartphone flagship raises an already high bar set by previous models thanks to Digital Cinema (DCI-P3) color gamut support, class-leading image stabilization, fast autofocus and other enhancements. -- AppleInsider.

From The Wirecutter: The best 4K monitors (so far)

From The Wirecutter: The best 4K monitors (so far)

After spending 37 hours researching 22 4K monitors and testing eight finalists, we've found that the Dell P2715Q is the best 4K monitor. Recent improvements in technology and drops in pricing make a 4K monitor a good buy if you're willing to live with some quirks, but it still isn't something most people need. -- Ars Technica.

An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car

An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car

How much is your car contributing to climate change? A new study can tell you.

The research looks at 125 cars on today's roads and measures not just their mileage and the type of fuel they use, but also the greenhouse gases generated in making the cars and, if they are electric vehicles, the greenhouse gases produced by the power plants that provide their juice.-- New York Times.

Make the Mac's Share Menu More Useful

Make the Mac's Share Menu More Useful

Apple's operating system provides an easy menu shortcut for sharing links, photos and other content, and you can customize your list of options. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Optical Connectors, Cellular Connectivity for Apple Watch & more

Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Optical Connectors, Cellular Connectivity for Apple Watch & more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's Smart Connector patent or a future form of it which Apple refers to as an optical connector; one that could one day be applied to the iPhone, iPad and beyond. Apple was also granted another patent for a cellular antenna ... -- Patently Apple.

macOS Sierra: Using Tapback in Messages

macOS Sierra: Using Tapback in Messages

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to use those funny little Tapback icons from iOS 10 within the Messages app in Sierra, too. So if you've just gotta give someone a thumbs up or a heart, you can do that, and we'll tell you how. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Set Up Universal Clipboard for Your Mac and iOS Devices

How to Set Up Universal Clipboard for Your Mac and iOS Devices

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra support a new feature called Universal Clipboard that lets you copy text or graphics on one device and paste them into documents on another. It really is as simple as copy-and-paste--assuming everything is configured correctly. Read on to learn how to make sure you're set up to use Universal Clipboard. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: Print to PDF With and Without 3D Touch

iOS 10: Print to PDF With and Without 3D Touch

One of the new features in iOS is the ability to natively print to PDF, similar to what you can do with macOS. It's relatively simple, but not necessarily obvious. It involves getting the print preview up on the screen, and then switching to share mode in order to generate a PDF. We'll show you the steps! -- The Mac Observer.

How Do You Export Multiple Albums in macOS Sierra Photos?

How Do You Export Multiple Albums in macOS Sierra Photos?

You can export multiple albums in one fell swoop in Photos in macOS Sierra (this may work in previous versions). Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun explained how in Mac Geek Gab 623, and this is what you do. -- The Mac Observer.

Epic iPhone 7 cinematic 4K camera test [Video]

Epic iPhone 7 cinematic 4K camera test [Video]

One of the bigger features with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is definitely the improved optics and camera quality, but exactly what does this boil down to for video enthusiasts? There's no doubt that the iPhone 7 takes some amazing photography, but its video capabilities are far superior in my opinion. Don't believe me? With 4K video recording, optical and digital image stabilization, and an f1.8 aperture, these new iPhones are pretty incredible... -- 9to5Mac.

iTunes may be bad--but years and years of it are what's making Apple Music so good

iTunes may be bad--but years and years of it are what's making Apple Music so good

Playlists, playlists, playlists. Every major music streaming service these days is touting the originality of its personalized, curated content (however ironic that is.)

Spotify's Discover Weekly feature, one of the first custom-playlist offerings to hit the market, has been applauded for its intricate algorithms that scrutinize users' unique listening histories in order to recommend similar songs and artists. But Apple Music--though a latecomer to music streaming, having only launched last summer--may have a leg up, of sorts. -- Quartz.

Bluetooth system Preferences in macOS Sierra

Bluetooth system Preferences in macOS, Sierra

With the update to macOS, Sierra, there have been some changes to specific System Preferences, while others are unchanged. The Bluetooth Preferences panel, which is for setting up and connecting Bluetooth devices settings and the way Bluetooth pairing operates, has again seen no changes, apart from the cosmetic updates common to all panels. -- eXtensions.

13 Things You Can Do with MacOS Sierra You Couldn't Before

13 Things You Can Do with MacOS Sierra You Couldn't Before

MacOS Sierra is here and available for everyone --well, at least anyone who owns a Mac made in the last six years. If you're wondering what's new in Apple's latest software update, and want to head straight to the fresh goodies after you download it, we've rounded up nearly everything new you can do in one handy list. Here are 13 things you can do with macOS Sierra that you couldn't do before. -- Gizmodo.

How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper

How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper in macOS Sierra is now stricter than ever, defaulting to only allow options for apps downloaded from either the App Store or the App Store and identified developers. Advanced Mac users may wish to allow a third option, which is the ability to open and allow apps downloaded from anywhere in macOS Sierra. -- OS X Daily.

macOS Sierra iCloud features aren't ready yet

macOS Sierra iCloud features aren't ready yet

Last week I warned users to be skeptical of the new macOS Sierra storage features. Prominent blogger Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo gave an object lesson in a post describing the disappearance of all his home Mac Desktop and Documents folders, thanks to a bug. Here's what happened. -- ZDNet.

The Verge's Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg and Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer talked about Apple's September product event

The Verge's Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg and Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer talked about Apple's September product event

On a recent episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge's Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg and Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer talked about Apple's September product event, in which it announced new iPhones and Apple Watches.

You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, or listen to it in the audio player. We've posted a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. -- Recode.

Apple: Your iPhone 7 may be water-resistant, but try not to get it wet

Apple: Your iPhone 7 may be water-resistant, but try not to get it wet

When Apple unveiled that the iPhone 7 would be water-resistant, people's imaginations began to run wild, and they imagined a device that was totally impervious to water.

The reality is that the device's water resistance is little more than an insurance policy against accidental water damage. -- ZDNet.

Messages on iOS 10: Better features, worse usability

Messages on iOS 10: Better features, worse usability

I like a whole lot of what Apple's trying to do with Messages in iOS 10. Message-sending is the killer app of smartphones, and Apple's text-and-photos approach to messaging was too basic. With iOS 10, Messages is fun again.

But here's the thing: Apple has packed tons of fun things into Messages in iOS 10--but the interface itself has broken down. No, Messages isn't as inscrutable as Snapchat, but it's not what I'd call a well-designed app. It's an app that's full of features, but too many features are impossible to discover. Overall, Messages for iOS 10 is just way too complicated. -- Six Colors.

Apple Watch 101: Activating the SOS Emergency Calling Feature

Apple Watch 101: Activating the SOS Emergency Calling Feature

While hopefully you'll never need to use it, the SOS calling feature in watchOS 3 is available to any Apple Watch user.

As you could probably tell by the name, it's designed to help you quickly and easily call emergency services using the watch. In an emergency, push and hold the watch's side button and then slide the Emergency SOS toggle. You'll need to be paired to an iPhone or connected to a known wireless network with Wi-Fi calling enabled for the call to go through. You'll use the watch's speakerphone capability. -- AppAdvice.

How to Find Your iPhone Even When It's on Silent

How to Find Your iPhone Even When It's on Silent

There are few Problems more frustrating than losing your phone -- and if it's on silent, you can probably give up hope of ever seeing your beloved device again. Until now. We just learned an awesome life hack to turn your tech into unexpected tools when you're playing hide and go seek with your phone. -- Brit Media.

What is 'Security Recommendation' on iPhone Wi-Fi networks?

What is 'Security Recommendation' on iPhone Wi-Fi networks?

A new feature in iOS 10 may have some users spooked, but there is no reason to worry -- it is there for your protection.

What happens is that when you access an open (such as a public network in a coffee shop) Wi-Fi network on iOS 10 you will see the slogan "Security Recommendation" appear underneath the network name (once you are connected.) -- Apple Must.

Adventures in Upgrading

Adventures in Upgrading
Adventures in Upgrading
Adventures in Upgrading
Adventures in Upgrading

September 27Tuesday's News


Hands-on with the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition Series 2 -- unboxing and review [Video]

Hands-on with the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition Series 2 -- unboxing and review [Video]

Today we're taking a look at the new Apple Watch Edition. This year, Apple switched it up and ditched the all gold models in favor of ceramic. Why ceramic you might ask? Well first off, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than solid gold, but it's also four times stronger than stainless steel, which makes it the most scratch resistant Apple Watch available… -- AppleInsider.

Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

Article Image Mixed in with the usual PR speak and promises to make Apple Music the most accessible, consumer-friendly streaming service available, Apple executives in a wide-roving interview published Monday hinted at the development of exceedingly advanced personalized playlist algorithms. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

Article Image The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect technology . -- AppleInsider.


Bill Maher explains why you don't need to buy iPhone 7

Bill Maher explains why you don't need to buy iPhone 7

HBO talk show host Bill Maher railed on Apple for not thinking different with the iPhone 7 on his latest show. He suggested that if Apple really wanted to do some thing truly innovative, it should try not releasing a new iPhone ever year. -- .

Apple Working to Transform HealthKit Into Diagnosis Tool Aided by New Apple Watch Apps

Apple Working to Transform HealthKit Into Diagnosis Tool Aided by New Apple Watch Apps

So far Apple Inc.'s HealthKit has mostly collected fitness data from its devices. In the future, if the company gets its way, the software will interpret that information, turning it into advice for users, doctors and others.

Scores of health-care experts hired by Apple in recent years are building improved electronic health record software that can better analyze and understand the implications of patient data, according to people familiar with the team's plans. -- Bloomberg.

iOS 10 Maps 'Overview' Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer

iOS 10 Maps 'Overview' Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer

The Maps app got a major overhaul in iOS 10. It has a new look and feel (that I like), as well as a new layout. One of the basic changes is that the Overview button moved from the main interface to the drawer at the bottom of the screen. Bryan Chaffin shows you where to find it. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: How to Use Maps Extensions

iOS 10: How to Use Maps Extensions

iOS 10 lets third party apps link into Maps, which means you can find where you want to go and request an Uber, decide where to eat and make a dinner reservation, and more. Follow along to learn how to use extensions in Maps with TMO's video tip. -- The Mac Observer.

Comment: Differential privacy and data collection is still not clearly defined as opt-in on iOS 10

Comment: Differential privacy and data collection is still not clearly defined as opt-in on iOS 10

When Apple originally announced the use of differential privacy in iOS 10, it was not without a little controversy. Skeptics from all corners began wondering how private differential privacy could really be when used in a mass deployment in the way that iOS 10 was going to use it. -- 9to5Mac.


Inside Apple Music's Second Act

Inside Apple Music's Second Act

A year into its battle for users -- and the trust of record labels -- the most talked-about company in music sheds a light on what's working, what's not, and its controversial plan to shape the industry's future. -- BuzzFeed.

How to use Apple's hardware diagnostics to find and fix Mac glitches

How to use Apple's hardware diagnostics to find and fix Mac glitches

I have a late 2012 Mac mini. Well, actually, I have four of them. But one of them was sick. In this article, I'll show you how I figured out what was wrong and then fixed it.

It started a few months ago, when I installed Security Update 2016-001 for El Capitan. Immediately after running the update, my machine crashed over and over again. I did an in-place OS restore in order to preserve all my files and settings. That resulted in a crash to a black screen, right in the middle of the restore. I ran the restore again, which seemed to succeed. The machine returned to reasonably reliable behavior. -- ZDNet.

First impressions of working with macOS Sierra

First impressions of working with macOS Sierra

Almost every new operating system introduction is preceded by significant marketing hype. While loading beta software and release candidates used to bring me joy (what can I say, I was younger), time and experience have demonstrated it's often best to wait and load new OSes on production systems only once the new OS is finally released to, you guessed it, production. -- TechRepublic.

How to Clean Install macOS Sierra

How to Clean Install macOS Sierra

Some advanced Mac users may like to perform a clean install of macOS Sierra, which is essentially the process of erasing a hard drive and then starting fresh with a new clean installation of macOS Sierra 10.12. After the clean install is complete, a separate backup of any necessary files is manually transferred back over to restore personal data. A clean install can be desirable for many reasons, including to start anew, or as a troubleshooting method to extreme problems, but it's really not appropriate for all Mac users. -- OS X Daily.

System Preferences in macOS Sierra: App Store

System Preferences in macOS Sierra: App Store

In macOS Sierra (10.12), there have been changes to System Preferences. The preference panel, App Store, which was new in OS X 10.9, Mavericks, provides settings that work with the App Store application. There have been a number of important changes here. -- eXtensions.

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data: Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data: Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data

Many people resist backing up their data to an online backup service like MozyHome, Carbonite, or Backblaze because they worry their data will be poked through by company employees, hijacked by criminals, or provided to law enforcement or government agents without due process.

The sanctity of your data boils down to whether the encryption key used to scramble your data can be recovered by anyone other than yourself. Below I outline the various methods and levels of encryption that can be employed by these services, and then evaluate six of the best options for home users. Several give subscribers full control of their encryption. If you're already using a service, it's possible you can even upgrade to take advantage of greater ownership options. -- Macworld.

How To Set Up 'Hey Siri...' On macOS Sierra

How To Set Up 'Hey Siri...' On macOS Sierra

'Hey Siri…' has come to the Mac. Specifically, macOS Sierra, of course. Frankly, I like Siri on my Mac, but I find it rather odd to use. Maybe it has something to do with how I view Siri; mostly as an iPad or iPhone utility.

Still, Siri on the Mac works but oddly, it comes with a few caveats, not the least of which is invoking Siri to take a command. On iPhones prior to iPhone 6s, Siri came about with a long touch to the Home button. Newer iPhones have a 'Hey Siri…' that's always on. What about the Mac? -- Mac360.

Scientific Applications under Sierra (Update 1)

Scientific Applications under Sierra (Update 1)

Whilst there are many sites that track the compatibility on common desktop applications, it is often difficult to find out information about scientific applications. I'll update the list regularly and feel free to send in information.

When I compiled a similar lists for Yosemite and El Capitan they proved very popular with 13,000 page views, I hope this page is similarly useful. -- Macs in Chemistry.

AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they'd be/No matter how much you love Apple gear, you're going to have trouble loving AirPods

AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they'd be/No matter how much you love Apple gear, you're going to have trouble loving AirPods

Thanks to a friend who worships at the church of Apple, I've gotten my first look at Apple's AirPods. They're just as annoying as I'd expected.

According to Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing ,Phil Schiller, the reason for removing the headphone jack was so Apple could make an even skinnier phone and/or add new technology. Because, don't you know, what the world needs now is an even thinner iPhone.

The real reason, of course, is that Apple wants to shear more money from its sheep. -- Computerworld.

How to Force Shut Down an iPhone When It Freezes

How to Force Shut Down an iPhone When It Freezes

An application that uses a lot of memory may cause your iPhone to freeze. A simple restart will force the phone and its applications to reboot. If restarting your iPhone is not possible, use the reset process to reboot your phone. -- Houston Chronicle.

How to quickly filter emails on iPhone and iPad

How to quickly filter emails on iPhone and iPad

Starting with iOS 10, you can easily filter out the contents of any of your email inboxes from the stock Mail app on your iPhone or iPad to find what you're looking for. You no longer have to sort through your inbox by yourself, which is a real pain when you receive a ton of emails. -- iDownload Blog.

How to customize workout metrics on Apple Watch

How to customize workout metrics on Apple Watch

If you'll be using your Apple Watch's fitness features, you'll want to become acquainted with the Workout app, which helps you to keep track of your progress.

Starting with watchOS 3, you can customize your workout metrics, and in this tutorial, we'll talk about all the ways you can do that. -- iDownload Blog.

Apple Music's Killer Feature: Siri Tricks

Apple Music's Killer Feature: Siri Tricks

While Siri is no singer, not even a passable one, it can tap into Apple Music's catalog of more than 30 million songs to play just about whatever you want in an instant. If, like me, you've always wanted Siri to cater to your every musical whim and fancy beyond what's on your local music library, then with an Apple Music subscription (beginning with a free three-month trial), your musical wish is Siri's command. -- AppAdvice.

I Think We've Reached 'Peak Mac'

I Think We've Reached 'Peak Mac'

Much noise was generated by technology critics over the lack of a new design or any visual and obvious changes to iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6s or even iPhone 6. The problem with such observations and lack of critical analysis is that members of the nattering nabobs of negativism cannot see clearly.

They confuse design with how a device looks and feels, when actual design is everything about a device, inside and out, and how it works. Everything except screen resolution and a few colors are different in iPhone 7. Everything. So, here we are, moving rapidly into the latter days of 2016, and we certified Apple watchers are on the lookout for new Macs. They will arrive soon enough, but I have a fear that we have achieved 'Peak Mac.' -- Mac360.

I Went To My Own Digital Funeral

I Went To My Own Digital Funeral

After years of posting indiscriminately to social media, I was suddenly faced with uncomfortable questions about what will happen to all of it when I die. -- BuzzFeed.

macOS 10.12: Do or do not. There is no try.

macOS 10.12: Do or not. There is no try.

I have been trying to get my iMac back to the running state it was before it crashed. I have gotten most of it but not all. I can now do my major tasks but some applications (i.e., mySQL) that I use for some of my projects will have to be reinstalled and reconfigured. A real pain in the ass.

I would estimated that I got 90%-95% back. Some of the biggest items, documents and my desktop, were easy. It was the preferences, licenses, permissions and the webserver that were the hardest.

Restart works now, which is good.

Sierra is still behaving in ways that I don't understand.

  1. Shutdown takes longer, but at least it does shutdown.
  2. The login screen has to refresh before you can enter your password.
  3. It takes longer to get to the desktop from startup.
  4. Setting desktop images required setting it and shutting down before you did anything else. Otherwise it reverted to the default.
  5. My mouse does not seem to behave the same as it did before. Screen scrolling does not seem to be under my control.

This is the second time 10.12 has eaten my box. Both were when I installed it on top of my existing system (10.11). This has been my experience, yours may be totally different.

The only thing I can say about 10.12 is "You must unlearn what you have learned."

September 26Monday's News


Cry For Me Apple TV

Cry For Me Apple TV

Chuck Melcher an unhappy MacGuru needs your help:

I'm wondering if anyone else is as disappointed with Apple TV as I am.

I recently "upgraded" from a first generation Apple TV to the current one, under the assumption that it would have some additional (and useful) capability and hopefully wouldn't crash as often.

After buying the product and connecting it to my tv, I was surprised to find that it took me a solid two hours to set it up. Despite carefully following the instructions, it was unable to automatically find my network or communicate with my iPhone to get my account information.

Once it was finally connected (manually entering all information from the remote), it needed a software update. Great.

Then I discover that I need to download an app for every single channel that I want to access. How is this an improvement over the older Apple TV that required no apps at all?

After downloading each app (ESPN, Weather Channel, etc.), I had to repeatedly log into the Comcast/Xfinity website (username and password over and over) and enter the code from my tv screen in order to activate each app.

So downloading and activating each app required at least 5-10 minutes. Further I discovered that most of the apps are not even supported by Comcast and therefore don't work. Fortunately, ESPN works fine, but was it worth $129.99 + tax? Not really. For comparison, the xfinity app (iPhone and Mac) doesn't require Apple TV, has MUCH more functionality, works everywhere, and doesn't cost anything.

Please tell what I am missing here. What are people using Apple TV for that can't be done easier and cheaper in other ways?

And MacGuru Mike Stanley replies:

Yep, you pretty much described the current Apple TV experience, albeit from an understandably frustrated experiences.

It's possible that the experience may have been slightly improved if you were to buy a few months from now, assuming the upcoming update to tvOS that allows for cable company Single Sign-On works.

Having said that, I've owned every generation of Apple TV in its current puck style (I think of the Mac mini-esque version as the 1st generation and I did not own that one) and I'm pretty satisfied with this one. I prefer the more open app model to the closed channel model that the 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV's had, at least in part because it allows for real apps, and thus games.

I own two 4th gen Apple TV's and use them as our primary way of "watching TV" -- but we also don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV, having cut the cord more than 5 years ago. So for us watching TV means Netflix, iTunes Movies & TV Shows, YouTube, Plex (or Infuse). So the frustration you feel at trying to tie the content provider apps on the Apple TV to your cable subscription doesn't factor into my experience. I will say I've considered turning on the very lowest level of cable to get the Disney family of TV apps to work, but they don't seem to work with AT&T U-verse either.

I also have two Roku 3 boxes that still work fine on other TV's, as well as an Amazon FireTV stick, a Tivo Roamio OTA, an Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U hooked up in either our bedroom or movie room with a projector. For everything except Amazon streaming, I use the Apple TV. For Amazon, I use either the Tivo Roamio or Xbox One.

In my opinion the Apple TV UI and experience for the things *I* use it for blows the rest out of the water.

The setup experience was terrible on my first unit, a developer unit I received before retail launch. The second was much simpler, due mostly to the iPhone link that you describe as not working for you. That allows me to skip the crazy remote-driven process I experienced the first time and you experienced this time.

Apple's iPhone 7 camera delivers nice slice of enhancements, but iPhone 7 Plus takes the cake

Apple's iPhone 7 camera delivers nice slice of enhancements, but iPhone 7 Plus takes the cake

Article Image Apple's latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus make significant strides in improving the quality and versatility of photos you can take, as well as in reproducing them in Wide Color. You can capture more detailed and nuanced pics in low light, you can confidently pull out your phone in wet environments, hand jitter is cinematically smoothed away and the new dual camera system on iPhone 7 Plus opens up entirely new ways to shoot. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

Article Image Apple introduced a new look in Maps with iOS 10, but more importantly implemented key search and discovery features, as well as backend tools for app extensibility that make navigating everyday life a little more convenient. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Article Image Apple on Friday pushed out a minor update for its newly released iOS 10 platform, squashing a handful of bugs for iPhone and iPad users, most notably one related to controls on Lightning-connected headphones. -- AppleInsider.


Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues

Article Image Sierra is still proving to be one of the less problematic Mac software upgrade in a long time, but as expected, there are some minor issues here and there, including FileMaker incompatibility problems, tracking issues with some Logitech mice, and problems with missing options on some third party 4k displays. -- AppleInsider.

Forensics firm says backups easier to crack in iOS 10, Apple promises fix

Forensics firm says backups easier to crack in iOS 10, Apple promises fix

Article Image Apple appears to have unintentionally weakened the security of local backups in iOS 10, as a result of offering an "alternative password verification mechanism," according to a Russian forensics company. -- Appleinsider.


Apple 'Pressing Ahead' Into Prototype Testing for Echo-Like Smart Home Device Powered by Siri

Apple 'Pressing Ahead' Into Prototype Testing for Echo-Like Smart Home Device Powered by Siri

Apple is said to be "stepping up plans" for its connected smart home device powered by Siri, which would rival the technology that Amazon has made popular in its Alexa-enabled Echo speaker system. After two years of research and development, the Apple device is said to be in prototype testing, but because Apple hasn't officially finalized any plans it "could still scrap the project." -- Bloomberg.

Apple Watch Series 2: A Swimmer's Perspective

Apple Watch Series 2: A Swimmer's Perspective

As a lifelong swimmer, I found the addition of 50-meter water resistance and swim workout tracking in the Apple Watch Series 2 to be a welcome improvement that made the new watch a must-have upgrade for me. While the original Apple Watch was not rated for swimming, many users had no issues regularly using it in the water, although its lack of built-in swim tracking features limited its usefulness. -- MacRumors.

People Are Drilling Holes Into Their iPhone 7 To 'Make a Headphone Jack'

People Are Drilling Holes Into Their iPhone 7 To 'Make a Headphone Jack'

TechRax -- a popular YouTuber who destroys technology for fame and riches -- has uploaded a video where he drills a hole into an iPhone 7, claiming it to be a "secret hack" to reinstall a headphone jack in the device. The only problem is that he didn't tell people it was a joke, and of course, some people fell for it. -- Crave Online.

Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music

Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music

John Kheit is in a frothing-at-the-mouth rage about iTunes in iOS and macOS Sierra. From missing ratings to iCloud downloads for songs that should be local, he's fighting mad.

So Apple upgraded the Music App in iOS 10. It still sucks. And a lot. Apparently Apple feels that changing the font size to be bigger qualifies as UI redesign. Another 'upgrade' is that Apple removed the star ratings on your music. You know, the ratings that you've spent years and years adding. Just gone. You can still ask Siri to set a rating by saying "Siri rate this song three stars." But you can no longer see them. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to "Optimize Storage" of the locally-cached data from your iCloud Music Library. When turned on by the user, this feature instructs your iPhone or iPad to remove local copies of your music if your device gets low on storage space. Don't worry, only the local copies of those songs are removed. They still remain in the cloud. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: How to Disable (Some) Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7

iOS 10: How to Disable (Some) Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7

iPhone 7 includes more haptic feedback than previous iPhones, including vibrations for buttons and wheels. You can turn some of these vibrations off. Bryan Chaffin shows you how. -- The Mac Observer.

Can't Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable iCloud Two-Factor Authentication

Can't Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable iCloud Two-Factor Authentication

If you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and tvOS 10 on your fourth generation Apple TV and now can't remotely access your HomeKit devices, there's probably an easy fix for that. Odds are you haven't enabled iCloud Two-Factor authentication, which HomeKit in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 requires. Read on to learn how to get set up. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: How to use the new Home app to control HomeKit devices [Video]

iOS 10: How to use the new Home app to control HomeKit devices [Video]

Controlling smart home devices with your iPhone or iPad is far from a new concept, but in iOS 10, Apple is lending much more focus to home automation. It's all thanks to the new built-in Home app that ships with iOS 10 and watchOS 3. -- 9to5Mac.


macOS Sierra accidentally kills app piracy

macOS Sierra accidentally kills app piracy

The recent macOS Sierra update breaks many cracks and serial number generators (known as keygens) used in the piracy community to overcome software protection.

The cracks and keygens crash instantly upon running, with the crash log. -- Mac Kung Fu.

Beware Desktop and Documents Folder Syncing on MacOS Sierra

Beware Desktop and Documents Folder Syncing on MacOS Sierra

Josh Marshall had a really bad experience with the new Desktop and Documents folder iCloud syncing feature in Sierra:

So today at work I had Sierra start syncing my work Desktop and Documents folders. Later I checked in iCloud and there it all was. Awesome.

What I didn't see were my Desktop files from my home computer. That was odd because I'd upgraded to Sierra at home the night before. So why hadn't it worked from home? -- Daring Fireball.

eXtensions: System Preferences in macOS Sierra: Accessibility

eXtensions: System Preferences in macOS Sierra: Accessibility

There have been a number of changes to System Preferences in macOS, Sierra (10.12). Accessibility provides settings aimed at assisting the disabled including Switch Control for use of assistive devices. With the latest version of the renamed MacOS, there are several changes with the addition of a General setting for quick access and the new Dwell Control section for head- and eye-tracking with suitable devices.

  1. System Preferences in macOS Sierra: Accessibility (1) -General and Vision
  2. System Preferences in macOS 10.12, Sierra: Accessibility (2) -Media, Hearing and Interacting
  3. System Preferences in macOS 10.12, Sierra: Accessibility (3) Interacting -Switch Control and Dwell Control

Sierra Notes

Sierra Notes

There wasn't much of a murmur from the online community on 20 September 2016 when macOS 10.12 Sierra shipped. Most webspace real estate covered the basic half dozen or so features that everyone's been expecting. But there were a few exceptions. -- Rixstep: Sierra Notes 25/9.

Really random stuff. -- Rixstep: Sierra Notes 24/9.

Massively speed up Time Machine backups

Massively speed up Time Machine backups

Time Machine and its network-equipped brother, Time Capsule, are superb innovations. They make backup seamless, invisible and easy. They're also slow. Really slow. I've had to wait before I put my MacBook Pro to sleep sometimes while a backup finishes and, of course, the initial backup can literally take days.

Here's how to fix that. -- Mac Kung Fu.

How to use Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV

How to use Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV

How do you use Bluetooth headphones with your Apple TV? Set your device to pair, make the connection, and you're ready to roll!

Whether you're a night owl hoping to find domestic bliss (because "Die Hard with a Vengeance" keeps disturbing your sleeping partner) or you just need some one-on-one time with your favorite new game, using Bluetooth headphones with Apple TV can be a great way to focus on your entertainment and drown out your environment. The pairing process is fairly simple; here's how it's done! -- iMore.

It's getting harder to use the iPhone without using TouchID

It's getting harder to use the iPhone without using TouchID

Ever since I upgraded to iOS 10, it's become a lot harder to unlock my phone. Before the upgrade, it was a simple swipe and passcode -- a gesture I've done so many times that it's burned into my muscle memory -- but iOS 10 retakes that space for a new info panel. Now, I need to hit the home button and wait for a good half-second while my phone figures out i'm not submitting a fingerprint or calling up Siri. Then the keypad appears and I can tap in the code as usual. A half second isn't that much in the grand scheme of things and some of it is the simple shock of the new, but it's hard to escape the sluggish feeling. Even once I'm used to the new unlocking dance, it will still be slower. -- The Verge.

The best smartphone is the one you already own

The best smartphone is the one you already own

A brand new smartphone is anything but a status symbol. It simply means you've been fooled into valuing a shiny new object over its impact on labor, the environment, or even your own time. And it's not entirely your own fault. -- Digital Trends.

macOS 10.12: The Return of the OS

The cave. Remember your failure at the cave.

The saga continues.

It was impossible to restore my Mac from Timemachine. I wont bore you with the details except I wasted a lot of time trying.

My only option was to install 10.12 (weather I wanted to or not) and retive everything I could from Timemachine. And for that task it is invaluable. At least the clean install worked and I could boot and use my Mac. I can only assume that I had set up my Mac in a way that the 10.12 installer could not cope. BOO! HISS!

The hard part is finding out were everything is stored. Not so much applications but all the preferences, licenses, etc. None are ever in the same place or at the same level or have a descriptive name.

I am close but I am not finished. The search goes on.

And yes, I still think that 10.12 is flaky. i.e., it takes a long time to login from the screen saver and scrolling continues even after I quit moving my finger over my mouse.

Caveat Emptor! Your milage may vary.

September 23Friday's News


Back in black: iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus mega review

Back in black: iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus mega review

Apple's latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are faster, sport significantly better cameras, expand system-wide haptics in iOS 10 with a new solid state Home button and Taptic Engine, introduce Wide Color and other major Retina HD technology improvements without changing their display resolutions, add new water resistance and include updates to system components ranging from RAM to storage to wireless capabilities. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 10: Examining the new smart Photos features

Inside iOS 10: Examining the new smart Photos features

With the new iOS 10 and macOS Sierra updates Apple introduced a set of automated Photos tools, like new machine learning algorithms that automatically identify faces and places, that combine to make image search and organization easier than ever. -- AppleInsider.

Apple buys out machine learning firm Tuplejump

Apple buys out machine learning firm Tuplejump

Apple has bought out India's Tuplejump, its fourth machine learning acquisition in the space of a year, a report said on Thursday. [Updated with additional information] -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 10: Apple's Data Detectors offer quick details on music, movies, actors

Inside iOS 10: Apple's Data Detectors offer quick details on music, movies, actors

Finding local movie showtimes or viewing an artist's complete discography is as simple as striking up a conversation in Messages, thanks to expanded content-driven Data Detectors included in Apple's iOS 10. -- AppleInsider.

Review: The still optional but pleasantly refined Apple Watch Series 2

Review: The still optional but pleasantly refined Apple Watch Series 2

Whether you wanted to or not, you knew about the Apple Watch as soon as it came out last year. And even if you heard "wearable" and immediately thought "fitness," Apple was very intentional about pushing the Watch's non-fitness features as the main reason to buy it. While there are things the Apple Watch can do that are primarily found in smartwatches versus fitness trackers, Apple hasn't yet convinced consumers at large that they need those features--or that they're worth $350, at least. -- Ars Technica.

Fair criticism of iPhone 7 camera might not matter to photographers

Fair criticism of iPhone 7 camera might not matter to photographers

That's why the initial review by Consumer Reports felt like a splash of cold water. The report, filed by CR veteran Terry Sullivan, also a photographer, was a first impression with more testing and published reviews to follow, he said. -- Cult of Mac.

watchOS 3: How to Share Activity With Your Friends

watchOS 3: How to Share Activity With Your Friends

When watchOS 3 launched alongside iOS 10, it brought a handful of feature additions and speed improvements to the Apple Watch. One of the new social features is a way for users to share their Activity Rings with friends and family through "Activity Sharing." -- MacRumors.

iOS 10: How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Lens

iOS 10: How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Lens

If you really stretch the whole "the best camera is the one you have with you" thing, you can say the same about magnifying lenses, too. Since your iPhone is always with you--hence, the best camera line--why not use it as a magnifying lens, too? That's exactly what you can do in iOS 10. -- The Mac Observer.

iPhone 7 Review: My First Five Days

iPhone 7 Review: My First Five Days

John Martellaro has had his drop-dead gorgeous black, 128 GB iPhone 7 for five days now.  He takes a look at Apple's official list of features, then delves into his initial reactions and technical observations about this remarkable iPhone. It's hardly a yawner of an update. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10 Messages: How to Control Who Sees When You Read a Chat

iOS 10 Messages: How to Control Who Sees When You Read a Chat

iOS 10 lets you set who gets receipts on a case-by-case basis for the chats you read in Messages. It's easy to set up once you know where to look. Follow along with The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

Where Did Music Controls in iOS 10 Control Center Go? -- Swipe Left, Dude

Where Did Music Controls in iOS 10 Control Center Go? -- Swipe Left, Dude

One of the many changes in iOS 10 is Control Center. The most striking change is that controls for music are gone. Well, it turns out they aren't gone, they've just been moved. To access them, swipe left in Control Center.  Bryan Chaffin has pictures, with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one. -- The Mac Observer.

macOS Sierra: RAID Support Returns to Disk Utility

macOS Sierra: RAID Support Returns to Disk Utility

Guess what? RAID support is back in Disk Utility in macOS Sierra. You won't find it in the main interface (see below), but you will find it in the File Menu. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Opens the iMessage Door, and the Ephemera Rushes In

Apple Opens the iMessage Door, and the Ephemera Rushes In

Apple built an empire on hermetically sealed systems with sleek, minimalist designs. Nowhere was its strategy more evident than in iMessage, the company's instant messaging system that offered a free, elegant chatting solution exclusive to Apple devices. Until last week, that is, when Apple updated its software, cracked open iMessage and allowed the ephemera of the outside internet to seep in. -- New York Times.

Put Your iPhone Photos on the Map

Put Your iPhone Photos on the Map

If your iPhone did not automatically tag your photos with a geographic location when you took them, you can add the information manually.

The iOS Photos app automatically groups pictures you take into a Places album -- as long as you have the location services feature enabled on your phone when you are snapping your shots. The Photos software reads the GPS information embedded in each picture file to sort images, and then displays the images accordingly on a map within the app.-- New York Times.

Safari 10.0

Safari 10.0

Apple has released Safari 10.0 for OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite and 10.11.6 El Capitan (it's included with macOS 10.12 Sierra; see "Highlights and Tips for macOS 10.12 Sierra," 20 September 2016). While it doesn't include some of the features available in Sierra (such as Picture-in-Picture), the Web browser now prefers displaying HTML 5 video whenever available, enhances security by running plug-ins only on authorized Web sites, improves formatting in Reader view, and remembers the zoom level for each Web site you visit. -- TidBITS.

Comment: Activity Sharing in iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is Apple 'social' done right

Comment: Activity Sharing in iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is Apple 'social' done right

Apple is known to be notoriously bad at social -- look no further than Ping, a social feature embedded in iTunes that Tim Cook killed because no one used it. That's fine for the most part because Apple makes the platform (iOS) where the best social network apps (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) exist and people continue buying iPhones. -- 9to5Mac.

Users Report Loss of HiDPI Scaling on External Displays in macOS Sierra

Users Report Loss of HiDPI Scaling on External Displays in macOS Sierra

Some Mac owners are reporting problems with external monitors and the use of scaled resolutions since installing macOS Sierra earlier this week. -- 9to5Mac.


Apple employees say their mental health issues came from alleged hostile work environment

Apple employees say their mental health issues came from alleged hostile work environment

In April, a man died by suicide on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus. For those outside the gates, it seemed to be the first time something of this severe nature happened at the iconic tech company. But according to current and former Apple employees, mental health issues developing in toxic work environments are more widespread than the incident that made headlines this year. -- Tech.Mic.

Mail Problems On macOS 10.12 Sierra

Mail Problems On macOS 10.12 Sierra

Yes, Mac OS X is up to version 10.12, numerically, but the name remains both California and common with everything else Apple makes; iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and now macOS. While I've had the preview version of macOS Sierra a few weeks, the actual release always brings the surprises because that's the installation that goes on a Mac I use everyday, and, sure enough, the expected surprises arrived right on time. -- McSolo.

I went a week without a headphone jack, and it was not good

I went a week without a headphone jack, and it was not good

That's what a good number of people are saying in the wake of the iPhone 7 announcement. Indeed, if you paid attention, you know one of the biggest changes to Apple's latest smartphone is the omission of a piece of decades-old technology: the trusty headphone jack. -- Yahoo! Finance.

How to change Auto-Lock on your iPhone and iPad

How to change Auto-Lock on your iPhone and iPad

Your iPhone and iPad will, by default, auto-lock your phone after two minutes of sitting idle. If you are tired of having to deal with the Lock screen every two minutes, you can easily change the amount of time it takes, or even turn it off completely! -- iMore.

Apple Maps: Tim Cook Says He's Extremely Sorry

Here's why you should start using Apple Maps instead of Google Maps on your iPhone

Tim Cook just released a statement aimed at customers apologizing for the Apple maps mess.

In the letter he says, Apple is "extremely sorry" for releasing a subpar product and "we are doing everything we can to make Maps better -- Business Insider.

macOS 10.12: That's No Moon

macOS 10.12: That's No Moon

Well this time the dog ate my homework and all the kings hourse and all the kings men could not put my disk back together again.

I tried all day yesterday and am continuing today but so far no luck. I may have to rebuild from scratch which is such a pain.

You would not belive what I have tried and how many times.

Weep for me.

And keep away from 10.12 Luke.


September 22Thursday's News


Tuesday September 27: Annual Voltech Tech Fair

Annual Voltech Tech Fair

MacGuru Laura Lundell would like to invite everyone to attend the annual Voltech Tech Fair. It will be held from 9-3 on level G3 of the New Student Union building. There will be representatives from Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Safeware, and a variety of accessories vendors. Come see new products, join the fun, and register to win prizes.

They are also going to have a one day Apple Flash sale. The Macbook Pro 13" retina 8GB 256GB SSD will be $100 off of education price for that day only (reg $1399 for $1299). Also 35% off in-stock Beats headphones.

Inside iOS 10: How to install, use and remove apps for Messages

Inside iOS 10: How to install, use and remove apps for Messages

Article Image New to iOS 10 is deep app integration with Apple's Messages app. The process to add a third party's functionality to Messages isn't a one-click process, though -- here's how to do it. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues first betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1, more

Apple issues first betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1, more

Just a few days after all of Apple's major platforms were updated publicly, developers have been supplied with new beta releases of point-one updates, including iOS 10.1 and watchOS 3.1.

A total of five new betas are available to registered developers as of Wednesday.

Currently, Apple is relatively tight lipped about what changes the new software might include. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's first iOS 10.1 beta enables iPhone 7 Plus bokeh 'Portrait' mode

Apple's first iOS 10.1 beta enables iPhone 7 Plus bokeh 'Portrait' mode

Promised to arrive later this year, the new "Portrait" mode utilizing the dual-lens design of the iPhone 7 Plus camera is available to test now with the newly released iOS 10.1 beta for developers. -- AppleInsider.

Apple investigating 'active fluids' for wearable displays, connectors, sensors and more

Apple investigating 'active fluids' for wearable displays, connectors, sensors and more

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday describes a versatile technology that applies optically transparent shells filled with conductive fluid -- transparent, opaque or state-changing -- as flexible interconnects, interactive displays and windows for environmental or biometric sensors, among other implementations. -- AppleInsider.

macOS 10.12.1 beta: Luke! Luke! It's Still A Trap!

macOS 10.12.1 beta: It's Still A Trap Luke!

Just Installed macOS 10.12.1 beta. I have updated my GeekBench numbers from yesterday's post.

The beta did fix a problem that developed with "localhost." It stopped working. I don't know why it was broken. It just was.

PHP is still hosed.

Restart and Shut Down still do not work.

The only good thing I can say about the beta is that it did not make me reconfigure everything. I had to do all that yesterday with the initial install.

And the screen saver pictures won't come on at the time I set in System Preferences/Screen Saver. It goes to black. It does come on if I go to the hot corner.

And Safari 10 can no longer login to my WordPress server until I went in with another browser (FireFox) and now it works.It has also not fixed the bug that causes my Thunderbolt Display to go to black until I unplug and replug.

Oh, and on and interface note, iTunes' new interface is NOT a hit with me. I am spending my time looking for controls that I used to know the location of.

All of the above and more just proves what I have said previously, "Apple doesn't give a damn about desktops and the OS that runs on them."

So boys and girls, my advice from yesterday stands with only one modification, "wait for 10.12.2."

iOS 10 users complain of poor battery life after updating

iOS 10 users complain of poor battery life after updating

A number of iOS 10 users have taken to social media to complain about the fact that their iOS devices are running out of juice far more rapidly after upgrading to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. "iOS 10," writes one Twitter user. "More like iOS 10% of my battery left." -- Cult of Mac.

If Macs don't need cleaning, why does macOS Sierra come with cleaning tools?

If Macs don't need cleaning, why does macOS Sierra come with cleaning tools?

For the first time, the Mac operating system comes with cleaning tools. The new Optimized Storage feature in macOS Sierra might not sound like much at first, but its very presence in the new Mac operating system undermines the long-held notion that OS X is self-cleaning and remains fast and glitch-free on its own.

Why did Apple add this functionality? Let's check under the hood of the new macOS cleaning tools to find out what they do, why they do it -- and how they might have done it better. -- Cult of Mac.

Hands-On With the New 'Portrait' Mode Beta Feature in the iPhone 7 Plus

Hands-On With the New 'Portrait' Mode Beta Feature in the iPhone 7 Plus

When Apple announced the iPhone 7 Plus, one major feature it focused on was a new "Portrait" mode that allows the device's camera to simulate a shallow depth of field effect, similar to what can be achieved with a high-end DSLR.

Portrait mode wasn't ready to go when the iPhone 7 Plus shipped, but Apple promised to introduce it at a later date and did so today, with the release of iOS 10.1. Available as a beta feature, Portrait mode is built into iOS 10.1, and we went hands-on with it to see how well it performs. ERE -- MacRumors.

Cellphones, Not Banks, May Be Key to Finance in the Developing World

Cellphones, Not Banks, May Be Key to Finance in the Developing World

The increasing digitization of finance, and the move away from cash, could add 6 percent to the annual economic output of the world's developing nations over the next 10 years, according to a new report from the McKinsey consulting firm's research arm.

The report, released on Wednesday, says that developing nations -- and to a lesser extent developed economies like the United States -- lose enormous amounts of economic potential from the continuing reliance on cash and the difficulty many businesses and individuals encounter when trying to gain access to the financial system.

The mobile phone, however, has provided a new and cheaper way to provide basic financial services to nearly everyone in the developing world. -- New York Times.

Here Come the iPhone 7 and iOS 10 Apps: What to Try First

Here Come the iPhone 7 and iOS 10 Apps: What to Try First

For fun or function, the applications for Apple's newest phone and operating system are rolling in. Here are some new ways to chat, pay and play.

Apple released the iPhone 7 last week along with iOS 10, a major upgrade for its popular mobile operating system. What better time to download some apps to take the new hardware and software for a spin? -- New York Times.

Here's How to Quickly See Which Apple Stores have iPhone 7 in Stock

Here's How to Quickly See Which Apple Stores have iPhone 7 in Stock

If you're on the hunt for an iPhone 7, iStockNow makes that task easier by showing exactly which stores have some in stock. The site mashes up Google Maps and Apple's own back-end inventory system to drop pins on ever Apple Store. Green pins mean a store has some iPhone 7 inventory, and red means they're out of stock. You can also set filters to see if the size, color, and carrier you want are available, and you check specific cities, too. We were able to tell right away that Colorado and California are good states for getting a new iPhone right now; Washington and Florida, not so much.

iOS 10 Music Player: Where Are the Shuffle and Repeat Buttons?

iOS 10 Music Player: Where Are the Shuffle and Repeat Buttons?

iOS 10 makes some nice changes to the music player app. Unfortunately, the Repeat and Shuffle buttons no longer appear at the bottom of the Now Playing screen. Where'd they go? It's easy, and John explains. -- The Mac Observer.

Read This Before You Install macOS Sierra 10.12

Read This Before You Install macOS Sierra 10.12

Dr. Mac has strong opinions about installing the point-zero release of an operating system. So, before you pull the trigger and install macOS Sierra 10.12, you might want to read Rants & Raves Episode #193, the descriptively-titled Read This Before You Install macOS Sierra 10.12. -- .

macOS Sierra has more of everything you love, just with a different name

macOS Sierra has more of everything you love, just with a different name

What makes a good operating system? Utility, intelligence, consistency, stability, speed and knowability.

Apple has never made that kind of mistake with its desktop operating system. Sure, it's had some bad releases, especially in the days when the OS was called "System." The OS X era, though, ushered in a series of reliably smooth interfaces and updates. Over time, the biggest question Apple had to address was how its growing stable of screens on phones, tablets, TVs and watches would reflect and, where possible, interact with Apple's grandad of operating systems.

The rechristened Sierra macOS answers that question and much more. -- Mashable.

macOS Sierra on Low End Macs

macOS Sierra on Low End Macs

With macOS Sierra, Apple has once again raised the bar on which Macs can install and run the newest version of the Mac OS. But as sometimes has happened in the past, there are workarounds that make it possible to install Sierra on some unsupported Macs. [Though why anyone would want to do this is beyond me. -mam] -- Low End Mac.

iOS 10: A Week With It & What Do I Think?

iOS 10: A Week With It & What Do I Think?

A week ago I installed iOS 10 on my iPhone 5. You can check out my first impressions review. The last seven days have given me a chance to give it a good test.

The iPhone 5 is a 2012 handset and iOS 10 is quite possibly the last version it will receive -- alongside its colored replacement the iPhone 5c released in 2013. Final versions can be hit and miss in the iOS world. However, in the case of the iPhone 5 and iOS 10, the experience is a pleasant one. -- Low End Mac.

How to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication

How to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication strengthens the security of your Apple ID by preventing anyone from accessing or using it, even if they know your password. With Two-Factor Authentication, one of your trusted devices generates a one-time code when you make a purchase or sign in to your Apple ID, iCloud, iCloud.com, iMessage, FaceTime or Game Center account on a new device. Two-Factor Authentication is also required for Auto Unlock so you can unlock your Mac by wearing an Apple Watch.

In this tutorial we'll show you how to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication or, if you're still using the older and less secure Two-Step Verification, upgrade to Two-Factor Authentication. -- iDownload Blog.

September 21Wednesday's News


Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch enhances Apple's quick Control Center shortcuts on iPhone 7 & 6s series

Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch enhances Apple's quick Control Center shortcuts on iPhone 7 & 6s series

Article Image Apple's force sensing 3D Touch technology is greatly expanded in the newly released iOS 10 update, adding new capabilities to the Control Center shortcuts for flashlight, timer, calculator, camera, and smart home accessories. In addition, Control Center marks the only place in iOS 10 where Apple emulates 3D Touch on non-3D Touch devices. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases macOS 10.12 Sierra with Siri, Apple Pay for web, Apple Watch login, more

Apple releases macOS 10.12 Sierra with Siri, Apple Pay for web, Apple Watch login, more

Article Image Apple on Tuesday released macOS 10.12 Sierra, bringing Siri to the desktop, many cross-platform integrations between iOS and macOS, Apple Pay for the web, and hundreds of other enhancements and bug fixes. -- AppleInsider.

Personal macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta (16B2327e) Benchmarks

Personal OS X El Captain 10.12  (Build 16A323) Benchmarks

I have changed benchmark software again. The others were not being updated or no longer worked. In order to give you the best information I can it will be GeekBench from now on.

GeekBench 3.3.2(711) 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). To see more benchmarks vist Geekbench Browser. Your mileage may vary.

Intel iMac
10.10.4 10.11.6 10.12.1 beta
Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core
Over All 2756 9193 3306 10207 3290 10118
Integer 2758 10544 3207 11428 3169 11298
Floating Point 2766 10951 3427 12282 3436 12198
Memory 2732 2977 3264 3619 3241 3602

Downloading macOS, even on my fast Internet connection here a work, took 15 minutes. The installation took 30 minutes. If you are doing this from home on a slower Mac, start the process and go out for dinner.

It then rebooted and I was able to login.

Initial problems include the INABILITY TO SHUTDOWN OR RESTART. I have to use the on/off button. That might be a bug. You think!

It killed the license for GeekBench so I could not run it. Luckily I keep copies of all my serial numbers. So, as you can see above, I was able to run it.

I booted into Safe Mode to open Disk Utility and run First Aid. I did all this to see if it would fix my shutdown/restart problem. NADA!

All my Terminal setting had been reset to the defaults. Boo! Hiss!

I reset the Perimeter Ram (NADA) and reset the System Management Controller (also NADA.)

So far I can login and run all the applications I have tried so far, but I will not be installing macOS at home just yet.

Apple updates iWork for Mac, adding real-time collaboration beta to Pages, Numbers & Keynote

Apple updates iWork for Mac, adding real-time collaboration beta to Pages, Numbers & Keynote

Article Image Alongside Tuesday's release of macOS 10.12 Sierra, Apple also issued an update for its iWork trio of apps for Mac, adding real-time collaboration with users on iPhone, iPad, and iCloud.com. -- AppleInsider.


Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: Wired networking, ScanSnap, Bluetooth

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: Wired networking, ScanSnap, Bluetooth

Article Image While early AppleInsider tests have found Sierra to be a solid update for Mac users, every new software release has trials and tribulations for users to work through. Here are the first few that we've run into, and some possible solutions. -- AppleInsider.


Inside iOS 10: Mail & Notes switch to triple-pane interfaces on 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Inside iOS 10: Mail & Notes switch to triple-pane interfaces on 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Article Image Owners of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can take better advantage of their screen space in iOS 10, thanks to new versions of Apple's Mail and Notes apps that include three panes in landscape mode instead of the two present on other iPads. -- AppleInsider.


Apple spends an estimated $225 on iPhone 7 hardware, more than iPhone 6s

Apple spends an estimated $225 on iPhone 7 hardware, more than iPhone 6s

Article Image Though Apple CEO Tim Cook famously dismissed bill of material estimates from supply chain "guesstimators," market research firms continue to pump out calculations, with the latest figures claiming Apple spends a total of $224.80 on iPhone 7 hardware. -- AppleInsider.


Inside macOS Sierra: Siri on the desktop

Inside macOS Sierra: Siri on the desktop

Article Image Heralded at the 2016 WWDC, Apple has brought its Siri voice assistant technology to MacOS Sierra, which even in its first incarnation on the desktop brings a wealth of possibilities for workflow expansion and knowledge navigation. -- AppleInsider.

macOS 10.12 Sierra: The Ars Technica review: Apple's desktop operating system once again plays second fiddle to iOS

macOS 10.12 Sierra: The Ars Technica review

When Mac OS X (as it was then called) first moved to a yearly release cycle in 2011, Apple had trouble defining its scope for each release. Lion, the first in this cadence and the first release to pull in a significant number of features from iOS, feels like a half-finished version of Mountain Lion in retrospect. Mavericks stripped out some of previous versions' skeuomorphism and superfluous texture, but the Mac didn't fully match with iOS 7 until Yosemite came out a year later. -- Ars Technica.

How to make your own bootable macOS 10.12 Sierra USB install drive

How to make your own bootable macOS 10.12 Sierra USB install drive

It was 2009 when Apple last released a new operating system on physical media. Things have proceeded remarkably smoothly since version 10.7 switched to download-only installers, but there are still good reasons to want a reliable old USB stick. For instance, if you find yourself doing multiple installs, a USB drive may be faster than multiple downloads (especially if you use a USB 3.0 drive). Or, maybe you need a recovery disk for older Macs that don't support the Internet Recovery feature. Whatever the reason, you're in luck, because it's not hard to make one. -- Ars Technica.

Obama's science advisors: Much forensic work has no scientific foundation

Obama's science advisors: Much forensic work has no scientific foundation

Last year, the US Department of Justice released a report that involved some painful self-examination. The DOJ looked at its own performance when it came to the analysis of hair samples--these were once used to identify potential suspects, but the FBI discontinued that practice in 1996. In looking over past cases, however, the feds discovered that agents had systematically overstated the method's accuracy in court, including at least 35 death penalty cases. -- Ars Technica.

How to use macOS Sierra: Tips and tricks

How to use macOS Sierra: Tips and tricks

Today marks the release of Apple's big software update, macOS Sierra. This huge update comes on the heels of the recent launch of iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

,P>macOS Sierra hosts some great new features including Siri support, a universal clipboard, auto unlock via Apple Watch, better file synching with iCloud and tons more. Fittingly, Cult of Mac has all the tricks and tips you need to get the most out of Apple's new operating system including a few video tutorials for good measure. -- Cult of Mac.

Inside iOS 10: Upgraded QuickType wields 'Siri intelligence' for contextual suggestions

Inside iOS 10: Upgraded QuickType wields 'Siri intelligence' for contextual suggestions

Article Image Apple's newly released iOS 10 update features enhanced QuickType keyboard recommendations, which now go beyond suggesting the next best word to write, intelligently recommending dates, locations, contacts and more. -- AppleInsider.


macOS Server Updated for Sierra With New Setup Assistant Options and More

macOS Server Updated for Sierra With New Setup Assistant Options and More

Apple today updated its macOS Server Mac app with a collection of new features in Version 5.2 that bring integration with Apple School Manager, various streamlining updates to the Setup Assistant of some apps, and security restrictions for new macOS features like auto-unlock with Apple Watch.

Specifically, macOS Server users can now choose to skip the new Siri Setup Assistant in Sierra, as well as the setup panes in iOS 10 for iMessage and FaceTime. -- MacRumors.

macOS Sierra and iOS 10: Universal Clipboard for Cross Device Copy/Paste

macOS Sierra and iOS 10: Universal Clipboard for Cross Device Copy/Paste

New in macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is a Universal Clipboard feature that makes it much easier to transfer links, text, photos, and more between different devices. With Universal Clipboard, you can copy something on your Mac and paste it on your iPhone, or vice versa. -- MacRumors.


macOS Sierra: Apps Gain Safari-Style Tabs

macOS Sierra: Apps Gain Safari-Style Tabs

One of the new features in macOS Sierra is tabbed windows throughout the operating system, bringing a feature that was once limited to Safari to all Mac apps, first and third party.

In apps like Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, when you work with multiple documents, there's now an option to organize them into separate tabs instead of separate windows. This feature is available in most first-party Apple apps, including Mail, Maps, TextEdit, and more. -- MacRumors.

macOS Sierra: How to Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch

macOS Sierra: How to Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch

macOS Sierra makes it easier for Apple Watch owners to unlock their Macs with a new "Auto Unlock" feature that lets the Apple Watch be used for authentication purposes instead of a traditional password.

It's a feature that's limited to more recent Macs so it's not going to work on every machine that can run Sierra, but when it is available, Auto Unlock is a super useful feature that genuinely saves a bit of time. It isn't enabled by default, so there are a few steps to go through to turn Auto Unlock on. Here's how to use it. -- MacRumors.

macOS Sierra: iCloud Drive Syncs Desktop Files and Documents Across Devices

macOS Sierra: iCloud Drive Syncs Desktop Files and Documents Across Devices

With macOS Sierra, Apple is aiming to make it easier to access all of your content across multiple devices, expanding iCloud Drive to encompass the desktop and documents folder of every Mac.

This feature puts all of the files stored either on the desktop or in the documents folder in iCloud, making them available on iOS devices, Macs, and iCloud.com for easy access to your most recent files wherever you are. -- MacRumors.

macOS Sierra: Photos Gains 'Memories' and Messages Adds Rich Links, Tapback, and Large Emoji

macOS Sierra: Photos Gains 'Memories' and Messages Adds Rich Links, Tapback, and Large Emoji

One of the simpler updates arriving in macOS Sierra is an overhauled experience for both Photos and Messages, bringing each app closer to their newly-updated iOS 10 counterparts. For Messages, that means users will now be able to use the Mac version of the app to send and receive rich links and Tapback messages, along with larger emoji characters when three or fewer are sent in a message. -- MacRumors.

macOS Sierra: Picture in Picture Mode for Safari and iTunes Videos

macOS Sierra: Picture in Picture Mode for Safari and iTunes Videos

With macOS Sierra, users can can float a video window from Safari or iTunes over the desktop or an app thanks to a new picture-in-picture mode. The feature enables Mac users to play a video in any one of the four corners of the desktop and resize it to see more or less of the window behind it. -- MacRumors.

macOS Sierra: Save Disk Space With the New 'Optimize Storage' Option

macOS Sierra: Save Disk Space With the New 'Optimize Storage' Option

macOS Sierra, available today, includes a built-in storage optimization feature that's designed to free up storage space on a Mac by storing rarely used files in iCloud, regularly emptying the trash, removing unnecessary files, and more. -- MacRumors.


Safari 10 Now Available for OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite

Safari 10 Now Available for OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite

Apple released macOS Sierra today with Safari 10 preinstalled, but Mac users still running the latest versions of OS X El Capitan or OS X Yosemite can now download the all-new version of the web browser too from the Mac App Store. -- MacRumors.

Apple Granted 64 Patents Today Covering a Water Resistant Method for the iPhone and the MacBook's Butterfly Hinge

Apple Granted 64 Patents Today Covering a Water Resistant Method for the iPhone and the MacBook's Butterfly Hinge

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 64 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the MacBook's Butterfly Hinge Mechanism and the water proofing methodologies that are used in the new iPhone whereby the speaker is able to expel water in the acoustic module. -- Patently Apple.

iOS 10: Control Your iPhone's Flashlight with 3D Touch

iOS 10: Control Your iPhone's Flashlight with 3D Touch

iOS 10 beefed up 3D Touch support for the iPhone and one place you can see that in action is in the Control Center. Check out The Mac Observer's video tip showing how you can use 3D Touch to control the flashlight and more. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: Replying to Messages from the Lock Screen

iOS 10: Replying to Messages from the Lock Screen

With iOS 10, you can reply to texts right from your lock screen! Neat! Unless…well, unless you really don't want just anyone to be able to do that, in which case you'll want to turn this feature off. We'll tell you both how to do this and how not to in today's Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.

Opinion: macOS Sierra's new storage-management tools are a bit of a mess

Opinion: macOS Sierra's new storage-management tools are a bit of a mess

One of the new features of macOS Sierra is that it can automatically 'manage storage' on your Mac. What this means is, if you're getting low on SSD space, macOS can automatically upload older and larger files to iCloud and then delete them from your Mac. When macOS deletes a file, it leaves an alias that will download the file from iCloud as required.

Effectively, you don't have to worry about how much physical storage your Mac has -- you can just treat it as an infinitely large drive and macOS takes care of shifting things back and forth from the cloud as required.

That's great in theory, but there seem to be a few flaws in practice -- 9to5MaC.

Use this macOS Safari extension to easily watch videos in PIP from YouTube, Netflix and more

Use this macOS Safari extension to easily watch videos in PIP from YouTube, Netflix and more

macOS Sierra now supports video picture-in-picture just like the iPad for Safari and iTunes. You can pop out a video from the web into a floating overlay that stays on top of other windows and snaps to corners or anywhere on your display when you hold Option.

It's a really nice feature when it's available, but a lot of websites do not yet expose a PIP button. Luckily, Developer Arno Appenzeller has released a free Safari extension that enables PIP for Safari, Netflix and more video services. Here's how to use it: -- 9to5Mac.

How iPhone Cameras Changed Society

How iPhone Cameras Changed Society

iPhone cameras did more than ruin the compact digital camera market. They've changed society completely.

It's seldom discussed, except amongst digital photography buffs, but the various smartphones, led by the iPhone, have largely killed the market for small-sensor, pocketable cameras. But that's just the beginning. -- PC Magazine.

How to better organize your classical music in iTunes 12.5

How to better organize your classical music in iTunes 12.5

As a classical music listener with a large iTunes library, I have long lamented the way iTunes manages this type of music. iTunes considers every track to be a "song," and as classical music fans know, this isn't always the case. Sure, some classical music can be classified as songs: opera arias, lieder, and art songs. But the majority of this genre's music doesn't fit that name. -- Macworld.

Mossberg: Apple's new watchOS 3 shows the virtue of starting over

Mossberg: Apple's new watchOS 3 shows the virtue of starting over

Now, Apple has undertaken an almost total software reboot of a struggling product with its latest operating system for the Apple Watch, called watchOS 3. In my opinion, it's an even bolder overhaul of the watch than the new Series 2 hardware model introduced a couple of weeks ago, which is heavily focused towards serious fitness-oriented users, with new features like built-in GPS and water resistance for swimming. (You can find a terrific review of that new hardware, by my colleague Lauren Goode, here.) -- Recode.

How to use voicemail transcription on iPhone

How to use voicemail transcription on iPhone

One of the more useful features for iPhones that comes packed inside of Apple's new iOS 10 release is voicemail transcription, which transcribes your voicemails into text so you can read them rather than listen to them. -- iDownload Blog.

September 20Tuesday's News


Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch allows renaming folders, clearing all notifications, sharing apps

Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch allows renaming folders, clearing all notifications, sharing apps

Article Image Apple's pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology expands in small but meaningful ways with iOS 10, including the ability to quickly rename app folders, or clear all alerts from Notification Center. -- AppleInsider.


No need for 4K display on Apple's iPhone 7 because of screen quality, expert claims

No need for 4K display on Apple's iPhone 7 because of screen quality, expert claims

Article Image Apple's Wide Color display on the iPhone 7 is the iPhone's best yet, with a record high contrast ratio and record low reflectance according to a recent third party analysis, and the quality of the screen may cast doubt on rumors of a shift to OLED displays. -- AppleInsider.


Apple looking into glitch causing iPhone 7 to lose service after turning off Airplane Mode

Apple looking into glitch causing iPhone 7 to lose service after turning off Airplane Mode

Article Image Apple is reportedly investigating a problem affecting the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that causes the devices to lose cellular access after a person turns off Airplane Mode. -- AppleInsider.


Apple working on fix for iPhone 7 Lightning EarPods remote control issue

Apple working on fix for iPhone 7 Lightning EarPods remote control issue

Article Image Apple on Monday acknowledged consumer complaints that a glitch in the gratis iPhone 7 Lightning EarPods causes the attached multifunction remote control to intermittently stop functioning, saying a fix is in the works. -- AppleInsider.


iPhone 7 hissing: Probably nothing to worry about

iPhone 7 hissing: Probably nothing to worry about

There's a new iPhone, and, predictable as sunrise, there's a reported problem that may or may not gain a -gate suffix. This time, some iPhone 7s seem to be making an audible hissing noise. -- Ars Technica.

How iFixit made its incredible iPhone 7 teardown

How iFixit made its incredible iPhone 7 teardown

iFixit's iPhone 7 teardown involved 30 people in three countries, an X-ray machine and lots of sleepless nights. Thanks to iFixit's hard work, iPhone teardowns have become a tech-culture phenomenon. Millions of fans eagerly await details of the internal components of Apple's latest devices. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Now Accepting iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and 6s Plus Trade-Ups, Offers Up to $315

Apple Now Accepting iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and 6s Plus Trade-Ups, Offers Up to $315

Following last week's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch, Apple has added the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to its trade-up program in the United States, offering estimated trade-in values of $160, $275, and $315 respectively towards the purchase of a new iPhone. -- MacRumors.

Opera Desktop Browser for Mac Officially Launches With Built-In VPN

Opera Desktop Browser for Mac Officially Launches With Built-In VPN

Norway-based company Opera Software has brought its VPN feature to the masses with the release of Opera 40 desktop browser for Mac.

For those unfamiliar with the technology, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel from the user's computer to the VPN server, which hides browsing activity from other users on the local network and enhances security and privacy online. It shields a user's real IP address, allowing them to bypass firewalls, block tracking cookies, and access geo-restricted content regardless of their true location. -- MacRumors.

MacGuru and iOS 10

MacGuru and iOS 10

MacGuru Jeff Mellor writes:

I habitually update MacOS and iOS the minute they come out. Doing this for iOS 10 for my iPhone 6 was, in my view, a terrible mistake.

The system removed the swipe gesture to open entirely without any transition or clear preparation for the change (the two button push -- NOT a double click -- takes extra time and adds a step before entering the phone passcode and is thus a hindrance, not a help). It forces preference for the taptic button that my iPhone 6 (and every other of the billion iPhones in use) does not have and does not allow choice between swipe and button double push. If you want a heads up on what messages have come in, it loads recent messages directly on the screen (and thus removes all semblance of privacy because ANYONE who picks up the phone gets to read that information, an invitation to invasion of privacy). It strongly preferences Siri to open the phone because if your finger lingers a tad too long on the double push gimmick, it opens Voice Control (again eliminating privacy for anybody who uses the phone in proximity to any other person).

There may be great things that iOS 10 does that iOS did not, but the changes instituted forsake all semblance of adherence to the Human Interface Guidelines of old and reduce rather than increase privacy of communication. The elimination of the swipe gesture reveals an intoxication with a new gimmicky button that overwhelms years of usage habits for a billion iPhone users. I have never been so unhappy with an Apple product in my long history of dedicated use.

And MacGuru James McGuire replays:

They removed the swipe feature, and added the double button push for people without fingerprints or passcodes at all.

If Jeff's concerned about people reading his messages on the lock screen, there's always been a way to hide that info in the settings. So it only displays the fact that you've gotten a message and who it's from, but none of its content.

As far as Siri opening the phone, I haven't heard of this. It sounds like Jeff's trying to hold down the home button to open his phone, instead of just pushing the button twice. I've had iOS 10 for a week now and I've already 97% stopped swiping to unlocking my phone.

Of course everyone's experience is different depending on what you do on and with your iPhone. I am not a iPhone power user. If any of you have input on iOS 10 please share.

Solving 'No Carrier' Problems with T-Mobile in iOS 10

Solving 'No Carrier' Problems with T-Mobile in iOS 10

Peter Cohen reports that many T-Mobile customers who updated an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone SE to iOS 10 suddenly had trouble getting cell service on their phones. Power cycling the iPhone fixed the problem temporarily, but if you're suffering from this bug, you can now eliminate the error permanently with a carrier update from T-Mobile. Apply it by going to Settings > General > About. -- Peter Cohen.

Apple Lowers iPhone Screen Replacement Costs

Apple Lowers iPhone Screen Replacement Costs

Alongside the rollout of the iPhone 7, Apple has made its AppleCare+ extended warranty program a better deal.

Apple has lowered the iPhone screen replacement cost for AppleCare+ members to just $29, after raising it to $99 a year ago. -- TidBITS.

Explaining Sierra's Optimized Storage

Explaining Sierra's Optimized Storage

Many of the new Optimized Storage features in macOS Sierra will be appreciated by those whose drives are nearly full, but a few of the options have potentially worrying repercussions so we recommend reading this article and making sure you understand what can happen with your data before you turn on all the options. Adam Engst takes a deep dive into Optimized Storage to explain both the features and the concerns. -- TidBITS.

Mobility is Driving Computational Evolution of Apple Products

Mobility is Driving Computational Evolution of Apple Products

The computational demands placed on a mobile device, like an iPhone, are staggering. The iPhone 7 camera system performs 100 billion operations on each photo in 25 milliseconds. Plus, strong, fast encryption, facial recognition and fingerprint recognition, to name a few, are technologies that haven't been paramount on the desktop or notebook. Could it be that Apple's extreme focus on mobile computation is causing traditional products to take more of a back seat? John ponders on page 2 of Particle Debris. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: How to Set up Spam Call Blocking on Your iPhone

iOS 10: How to Set up Spam Call Blocking on Your iPhone

iOS 10 lets you block spam calls, but it isn't as simple as flipping a virtual switch. You'll need an app, like the free WhoCalls, to get started. Follow along with The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how to get your iPhone set up. -- The Mac Observer.

The Complete Guide to a Clean Install of macOS Sierra

The Complete Guide to a Clean Install of macOS Sierra

Apple's macOS Sierra launches on September 20th. Last year. John wrote a detailed article on how to do a clean install of OS X El Capitan. That is, if one were highly motivated to do an awful lot of work. The article applies equally to a clean install of macOS Sierra this year. If John couldn't talk you out of it and a clean install is what you really want to do with Sierra, here's a link to his 2015 tutorial so you can make a decision. -- The Mac Observer.

How-to Change Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7 Home Button

How-to Change Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7 Home Button

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with a buttonless Home Button. It features haptic feedback courtesy of Apple's Taptic Engine. When you set up a new iPhone 7/Plus, you're asked to choose between three levels of haptic feedback. You can change this whenever you want. Bryan Chaffin shows you how. -- The Mac Observer.

iPhone 7: How to force restart, enter Recovery Mode, and enter DFU mode

iPhone 7: How to force restart, enter Recovery Mode, and enter DFU mode

Since the Home button on iPhone 7 isn't a mechanical button anymore, and is instead a capacitive solid-state button controlled by software, it's no surprise that performing hard resets, entering recovery, and entering into DFU mode no longer works the same way on iPhone 7.

The good news is that you'll only need to adopt a new button combination to perform each of these tasks. Have a look at our full video walkthrough, and we'll show you how. -- 9to5Mac.

Top new Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 features -- which one should you buy?

Top new Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 features -- which one should you buy?

Along with the iPhone 7, I was able to go hands-on with both new flavors of Apple Watch: The Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

Apple Watch Series 1 doesn't contain much new in the way of features, but it does come with a faster processor, which makes it worth considering. Series 2 is a larger upgrade, but depending on how you use your Apple Watch, it might not be large enough to warrant an extra $100. -- 9to5Mac.

Consumer Reports says there isn't much difference between iPhone 7's camera and iPhone 6s

Consumer Reports says there isn't much difference between iPhone 7's camera and iPhone 6s

Apple made a big deal about the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras, but since the announcement of the devices there's been debate about just how much better the cameras actually are. Our own Jeff Bejanmin has noted of some of the differences with the camera, and now Consumer Reports is out with their analysis of the changes... -- 9to5Mac.

This is the jaw-dropping iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera review you've been waiting for

This is the jaw-dropping iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera review you've been waiting for

Every year, Apple releases new iPhones that have better cameras than their predecessors. But the leap from iPhone 6s to iPhone 7 Plus seems tremendous. Apple's iPhone 7 series features two incredible cameras, including an upgraded iSight shooter on the 4.7-inch iPhone and a dual-lens camera on the 5.5-inch phablet that'll take you closer to DSLR photography than a smartphone has ever gotten before. We've already seen a few great reviews of the iPhone 7 cameras, complete with detailed descriptions of what goes on under the hood. But Austin Mann's review of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras is probably the only one you need to see. -- BRG.

How to uninstall iOS 10 and downgrade to iOS 9 on your Apple devices

How to uninstall iOS 10 and downgrade to iOS 9 on your Apple devices

Apple's iOS 10 was celebrated as the company's "biggest software release ever", and certainly signals more of a revolution than the new iPhone 7.

The update includes revamped emojis, in-iMessage apps and the controversial removal of the swipe-to-open lock screen.

If you have managed to download the software successfully but are struggling to adjust to the new lock screen or think it has slowed down your device, there is a way to uninstall iOS 10 and return to the older iOS 9. -- Telegraph.

Settings in iOS 10: Every notable change you need to know

Settings in iOS 10: Every notable change you need to know

Once you upgrade to iOS 10, take some time to peruse the Settings app to tweak your device to your liking.

iOS's Settings app is the quiet MVP of Apple's mobile operating system: It's the place you go to when you need to get something done, and get it done your way. So whenever you update iOS on your iPhone or iPad, it pays to peruse the settings to find, enable, and configure any new features just to your liking. The biggies for iOS 10? Maps, with its plethora of new features, and Siri, since she now supports third-party app integration.

Here's a rundown of the major changes in Settings in iOS 10, as well as some key settings that didn't change, but you still might want to revisit. If you've got any questions, hit us up in the comments. -- Macworld.

Apple iOS 10: 50 Awesome Features You Should Know About And How To Use Them

Apple iOS 10: 50 Awesome Features You Should Know About And How To Use Them

Last week, Apple AAPL -1.17% released iOS 10 to the public and it included dozens of new features and improvements. As you may have noticed, there have been changes in the Notes, Mail, Phone, Camera, Photos, Calendar, Maps, Music, News, Safari and Messages apps. Many of the features are more subtle than others, but it is worth highlighting all 50 of these features mentioned below to help you adapt to the changes in iOS 10. -- Forbes.

Why Stupid, Greedy, Irresponsible Merchants Fear Apple Pay

Why Stupid, Greedy, Irresponsible Merchants Fear Apple Pay

New credit cards came in the mail last week and we had a chance to use them over the weekend. Yes, we already have both iPhone and Watch setup to use Apple Pay, and each holds a couple of frequently used credit cards. These new credit cards came with a chip. Someone somewhere put up a great PowerPoint presentation and built a spreadsheet which showed various financial and retail executives how cool and safe and wonderful credit cards with chips can be. They're not. -- NoodleMac.

Products that may or may not improve your wireless AirPod experience

Products that may or may not improve your wireless AirPod experience

The Joy of Tech.

September 19Monday's News


iPhone 7 solid-state home button works on capacitive touch, gloved users beware

iPhone 7 solid-state home button works on capacitive touch, gloved users beware

Article Image With iPhone 7, Apple updated its iconic home button from a mechanical push-button design to a solid-state sensor stack, meaning it requires direct contact with skin, or a capacitive glove, to operate. -- AppleInsider.


Apple's solid-state iPhone 7 haptic Home button requires a new hard reset trick: Down+Wake

Apple's solid-state iPhone 7 haptic Home button requires a new hard reset trick: Down+Wake

Article Image Apple's new iPhone 7 models introduce a new solid-state (non-mechanical) Home button which no longer physically depresses but instead is a software-driven sensor. That necessitates a new physical button sequence to hard-reset the device if it stops responding; that happens to be holding the Volume Down and Wake buttons for five seconds. -- AppleInsider.

After 23 years, the Apple II gets another OS update

After 23 years, the Apple II gets another OS update

Yesterday, software developer John Brooks released what is clearly a work of pure love: the first update to an operating system for the Apple II computer family since 1993. ProDOS 2.4, released on the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Apple II GS, brings the enhanced operating system to even older Apple II systems, including the original Apple ][ and ][+. -- Ars Technica.

iPhone 7 first impressions: The smartphone you love, only better

iPhone 7 first impressions: The smartphone you love, only better

At first glance, the iPhone 7 looks just like the iPhone 6s … and the iPhone 6. It feels the same in your hand, too. Unless you buy the jet black model, or you're upgrading from a 4-inch iPhone, you're not going to get any surprises when you pull this baby out of its box. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Reset an iPhone 7 or Enter DFU Mode for Last-Ditch Recovery

How to Reset an iPhone 7 or Enter DFU Mode for Last-Ditch Recovery

This tutorial explains how to reset an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and how to activate Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode to troubleshoot your device if needed. Apple has changed the reset process with the iPhone 7 series, and with the devices now making their way into users' hands, it's a good time to let everyone know what to do when things go wrong. -- MacRumors.

Apple Is Still Ignoring One of the Biggest iPhone Engineering Flaws of All Time: 'Touch Disease'

Apple Is Still Ignoring One of the Biggest iPhone Engineering Flaws of All Time: 'Touch Disease'

As Apple is preparing to ship its brand new iPhone, the company continues to ignore one of the biggest hardware defects to ever plague its smartphone line. Just two years after it was released, the touchscreens of thousands upon thousands of iPhone 6 Pluses are completely losing their functionality under normal use, which experts say is the long-term effect of the engineering flaw that gave us "bendgate." -- Motherboard.

The iPhone 7 has a piece of plastic where the headphone jack used to be

The iPhone 7 has a piece of plastic where the headphone jack used to be

"In place of the headphone jack, we find a component that seems to channel sound from outside the phone into the microphone... or from the Taptic Engine out," they write. Yep -- in the place where the headphone jack used to be there's a piece of molded plastic. "No fancy electronics here, just some well-designed acoustics and molded plastic," iFixit writes. -- Business Insider.

How The FBI Might've Opened the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone 5c

How The FBI Might've Opened the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone 5c

Many of us computer-security experts said that they were wrong, and there were several possible techniques they could use. One of them was manually removing the flash chip from the phone, extracting the memory, and then running a brute-force attack without worrying about the phone deleting the key. The FBI said it was impossible. We all said they were wrong. Now, Sergei Skorobogatov has proved them wrong. -- Bruce Schneier.

The Big iOS 10 Features That Aren't Available on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c

The Big iOS 10 Features That Aren't Available on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c

You don't need to be running the latest and greatest hardware to upgrade to iOS 10, but that doesn't mean you'll get all of iOS 10's great new features, either. Here are some of the big features you'll miss out on if you're running an iPhone 5 or 5c, and why you should still upgrade anyway. -- The Back Observer.

Tests show matte black iPhone 7 resists key scratches, raise questions over camera lens

Tests show matte black iPhone 7 resists key scratches, raise questions over camera lens

While Apple has warned that the high-gloss surface of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is easily scratched, we've heard nothing yet about the scratch-resistance of the matte black finish. YouTuber JerryRigEverything set out to correct that by putting an iPhone through a series of torture tests.

The tests revealed a mix of good news and bad. All four surfaces tested -- back, screen, Home key and camera lens -- resisted scratches from both coins and keys, suggesting that the iPhone should be reasonably safe in a pocket. Not that we'd recommend conducting your own practical tests. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone 7 bests iPhone 6s in durability drop test, survives ten foot face-down drop

iPhone 7 bests iPhone 6s in durability drop test, survives ten foot face-down drop

Apple appears to have improved the durability of the iPhone 7 compared to the iPhone 6s, as highlighted by a new drop test video by EverythingApplePro. The iPhone 7 does very well in this specific test, sustaining ten foot face-down and side drops without cracking the screen. In contrast, the iPhone 6s was completely shattered at drops of five-feet. The iPhone 7's rear sapphire cover glass (the camera bump) was damaged but the person could still take photos. -- 9to5Mac.

Inside iOS 10: See everything that's new in Messages

Article Image Now that iOS 10 is out in the hands of iPhone and iPad users around the world, AppleInsider offers a deeper look at the major feature additions Apple implemented in Messages, including emoji replacement, text bubble animations, rich links and the iMessage App Store. -- AppleInsider.

Here's Why You May Never Need to Empty the Trash in macOS Sierra

Here's Why You May Never Need to Empty the Trash in macOS Sierra

With new and improved features like iCloud Drive and Optimized Storage, Apple is aiming to help Mac owners make the most of their storage space in macOS Sierra. One of the more minor changes in the pursuit of this effort is a new setting to auto-empty Trash. Here's how it works. -- TekRevue.

What If We Told You Smartwatches Are Actually Getting Good?

What If We Told You Smartwatches Are Actually Getting Good?

Here is a more or less complete list of reasons you might have wanted an Apple Watch in the past year: Because Pharrell and Katy Perry wore one, or because you love watching loading screens. No matter how breathlessly the tech biz hyped smartwatches, no matter how many faster, prettier models came out, no matter how competitive the Jonas Brothers got while wearing one, it was hard to get excited about the idea of actually owning one. -- Wired.

Switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone

Switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone

If you want to use a new iPhone with your Apple Watch, you can transfer your Apple Watch and its content to your new iPhone. -- Apple Support.

iOS 10 Delivers Plenty of Useful Features That Aren't Just Eye Candy

iOS 10 Delivers Plenty of Useful Features That Aren't Just Eye Candy

Installing a new operating system on your phone is always an adventure. There's always the question of whether it will work, and if it does, whether the improvements will be worth the effort.

Apple is billing iOS 10 as its biggest mobile operating system release, which could be true, but most people will be interested in only a few of the improvements. -- eWeek.

How to enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

How to enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

Apple has long supported FaceTime Audio for the iPhone, which lets you chat with other iCloud users via Wi-Fi and (if your carrier allowed it) cellular data. Now, some users are getting their first taste of Wi-Fi calling, a carrier-based technology. -- iMore.

Got an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Do these 10 things first

Got an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Do these 10 things first

Well, you did it. You pulled the trigger on a shiny (or matte) new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. Nice! Before you head out to take a squillion 12-megapixel photos to fill up the super-sized storage, there are a few housekeeping details you should tend to first. -- Macworld.

12 Apple Music tips every iOS 10 user needs

12 Apple Music tips every iOS 10 user needs

Apple has improved the Music app in iOS 10. The design aims to make the app more usable and for the most part has been successful in achieving this, but there are a few tips most Apple Music users will need, including these: -- Apple Must.

Apple Watch 2 doesn't track elevation, and other stuff fitness nerds will want to know

Apple Watch 2 doesn't track elevation, and other stuff fitness nerds will want to know

Earlier this week The Verge published a full review of the new Apple Watch Series 2 smartwatch, which has been positioned largely as a health and fitness tracker. I wrote about its improved water resistance, the addition of a built-in GPS antenna, and some of the fitness-focused changes in the software.

Since then, though, a lot of readers have sent follow up questions about the new Watch, specifically around its health and fitness tracking. Lucky for you, I am still working out with the darn thing, and have either been able to test some of the functions you've asked about or have done some digging to come up with answers. For anyone who is considering this primarily as a workout watch, here's what you need to know. -- The Verge.

Apple's iMessage finally grows up: Apple's iMessage service will have a much bigger impact than you think. It's all about the App Store.

Apple's iMessage finally grows up: Apple's iMessage service will have a much bigger impact than you think. It's all about the App Store.

Apple is finally taking on Snapchat, WeChat and Slack.

When iOS 10 appeared on Tuesday, it featured a long list of enhancements. The biggest news is the transformation of Apple's messaging service, iMessage, into a full-fledged, modern messaging platform. -- Computerworld.

The Benchmark iPhone 7 Plus

The Benchmark iPhone 7 Plus

Tim Cook said, "The iPhone is the industry gold standard. The phone by which all other phones are compared." I articulated for subscribers yesterday how this is true of Apple at an industry level, not just with the iPhone, but any reasonable person understands Tim Cook is right. Apple sets the bar and brings cutting edge technology to the masses like no other technology brand. I've spent some time with the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus and I'd like to share some thoughts from that experience. -- Tech.pinions.

What IT needs to know about iOS 10

What IT needs to know about iOS 10

iOS 10 was released earlier this week and many users have already upgraded their devices. For IT departments, any major OS or software update can bring challenges and opportunities. One challenge is that with users having near total control over their devices IT must respond to these upgrades in real-time rather than planning a controlled rollout. The likeliest exception: devices that are corporate-liable and heavily managed, something typical only in a handful of industries like healthcare, finance, government and retail. -- Computerworld.

Apple Releases Swift 3.0, 'Not Source-Compatibile With Swift 2.3'

Apple Releases Swift 3.0, 'Not Source-Compatibile With Swift 2.3'

"Move fast and break things," the saying goes. Apple does both with the 3.0 version of its Swift programming language...its first full point revision since it became an open source project... In a blog post detailing the full body of changes for Swift 3.0, Apple singled out the two biggest breaking changes. The first is better translation of Objective-C APIs into Swift, meaning that code imported from Objective-C and translated into Swift will be more readable and Swift-like. The bad news is any code previously imported from Objective-C into Swift will not work in Swift 3; it will need to be re-imported. -- InfoWorld.

September 16Friday's News


Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps will remember where you parked your car

Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps will remember where you parked your car

Article Image Forgetting where you parked could soon be an issue of the past, thanks to a new feature in Apple's newly released iOS 10 that automatically remembers where your car is located. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate slideshow movies automatically

Inside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate slideshow movies automatically

Article Image The revamped Photos app in iOS 10 app includes a new Memories tab, which not only groups photos into events automatically but creates customizable slideshow movies for them. -- AppleInsider.


Inside watchOS 3: Send text messages from Apple Watch by drawing one letter at a time

Inside watchOS 3: Send text messages from Apple Watch by drawing one letter at a time

Article Image In addition to voice dictation, users can compose text messages via the Apple Watch with their own handwriting, thanks to the newly released watchOS 3. -- AppleInsider.


Apple releases second GM of macOS Sierra days before official launch

Apple releases second GM of macOS Sierra days before official launch

Article Image In an unusual move, Apple on Thursday released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the final release of the OS is just five days away. -- AppleInsider.


Matte black iPhone 7 undergoes brutal scratch, bend test in new video

Matte black iPhone 7 undergoes brutal scratch, bend test in new video

Article Image Although it just launched mere hours ago, Apple's latest 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has already been subjected to a brutal durability test that shows the new matte black finish, while fairly resistant to scuffs, is no match for a razor. -- AppleInsider.


First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals larger battery, revamped internal design, faux speaker port, more

First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals larger battery, revamped internal design, faux speaker port, more

Article Image Mere hours after Apple's iPhone 7 Plus arrived in the hands of pre-order customers on Friday, the team at iFixit ripped the new flagship smartphone open to reveal a larger battery, revamped internal layout, fake speaker port in lieu of a headphone jack and other goodies. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals high capacity battery

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals high capacity battery

Article Image In tandem with a teardown of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, iFixit on Friday disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 2, finding a larger battery cell and slightly tweaked internal layout. -- AppleInsider.

Putting optical data in sound while you decide what to do with it

Putting optical data in sound while you decide what to do with it

The speed of light is a magnificent thing. Using light, data can, and often does, travel at the fastest pace allowed by physics. But sending data is not the only job involved in communication. The data also has to be processed and routed. For these jobs, the speed of light is a curse. If it takes you one nanosecond to decide where a bit needs to go, then that bit has already traveled 20-30cm. -- Ars Technica.

How to back up your data and hand off an old iOS device

How to back up your data and hand off an old iOS device

If you're planning to get hold of a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in the coming weeks, you're probably planning to get rid of your old handset -- either by selling it or handing it over to a friend or family member.

Before you do that, however, make sure you follow our handy guide so you know exactly what to do to safely hand off an old iOS device. -- Cult of Mac.

T-Mobile warns customers not to update to iOS 10 yet

T-Mobile warns customers not to update to iOS 10 yet

iPhone users on T-Mobile should hold off on upgrading to iOS 10.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter today to warn customers that a number of users who have made the leap have reported connectivity issues, but a fix is in the works. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Removed HomeKit Support for Third-Generation Apple TV With iOS 10

Apple Removed HomeKit Support for Third-Generation Apple TV With iOS 10

Apple is quietly phasing out HomeKit hub support for the third-generation Apple TV, meaning users who update their iPhones and iPads with iOS 10 will not be able to use the remote access feature in the Home app unless they have a fourth-generation set-top box. -- MacRumors.


How to Customize Favorite Contacts in iOS 10

How to Customize Favorite Contacts in iOS 10

Among the many new features in iOS 10 is a neat way to organize your favorite contacts and even access them quickly thanks to a new widget system introduced in the update. iOS 10 goes beyond general phone call-launching features, introducing ways to customize whether each contact icon will call, FaceTime, text, or email the person you tap on. -- MacRumors.

How to Use Apple Music Lyrics in iOS 10

How to Use Apple Music Lyrics in iOS 10

One of the newest features in iOS 10's redesigned Apple Music app is the ability to view lyrics for your favorite songs. While the ability to quickly access song lyrics to learn the lines is helpful, the new feature may get lost in the midst of Apple Music's new look. We've put together a how-to guide to show you how to view lyrics for your songs. -- MacRumors.

Messages in iOS 10: How to Send Handwritten Notes

Messages in iOS 10: How to Send Handwritten Notes

The Messages app in iOS 10 has been entirely overhauled, adding a slew of new capabilities that make it more fun to keep in touch with friends and family. One of the more personal touches added to Messages is a new handwriting feature, which allows users to send handwritten messages to their loved ones. -- MacRumors.

Ted Cruz Fights Internet Directory's Transfer; Techies Say He Just Doesn't Get It

Ted Cruz Fights Internet Directory's Transfer; Techies Say He Just Doesn't Get It

Senator Ted Cruz, who once led a government shutdown in his efforts to defund President Obama's health care law, has turned his sights on a more obscure target: the federal government's plan to end its oversight of the internet's master directory of website addresses.

Technologists and White House officials say Senator Cruz, who wants the government to keep an oversight role, does not understand how the web operates. -- New York Times.

Things I Liked Most About watchOS 3. And a Nice Trick

Things I Liked Most About watchOS 3. And a Nice Trick

It took two hours, but John Martellaro finally got his original Apple Watch upgraded to watchOS 3. Here are some of the things he liked most about this version. Plus, he discovered a nice trick when it comes to changing watch faces with a swipe. -- The Mac Observer.

Hands-on: Beats Solo3 Wireless -- the first available headphones featuring Apple's new W1 chip [Video]

Hands-on: Beats Solo3 Wireless -- the first available headphones featuring Apple's new W1 chip [Video]

The W1 wireless chip is not only embedded in Apple's AirPods, you'll find the same chip tucked away in several pairs of new Beats-branded headphones as well. The just-released Beats Solo3 On-Ear Wireless Headphones, for instance, has the distinction of being the first product to hit the market with a W1 chip nestled inside. As such, we felt that it was only right to provide you with a hands-on look at this compelling new wireless headphone option. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Music in iTunes just got more enjoyable and easier to use

Apple Music in iTunes just got more enjoyable and easier to use

Fifteen months ago, Apple launched Apple Music, and more than 17 million subscribers are now using the service. But it hasn't been without problems. The interface Apple offered in iTunes and in the iOS Music app was confusing, and it turned music listening into a chore.

Apple paid attention to users' complaints, and has now released version 2 of Apple Music, to coincide with the release of iOS 10 and its updated Music app, and iTunes 12.5, which offers a number of tweaks and changes. -- Macworld.

Regulatory Filings May Point to Apple Partnership With Wireless Charging Firm Energous

Regulatory Filings May Point to Apple Partnership With Wireless Charging Firm Energous

Apple may be working with Energous on a wireless charging project according to regulatory filings discovered by VentureBeat. Energous certification documents dating back to 2014 features a mysterious "Apple compliance testing" listing, which could hint at a partnership. -- MacRumors.

iOS 10 Security and Privacy Features Explained

iOS 10 Security and Privacy Features Explained

It's September, and that means it's time for an iOS update. Apple's new iOS 10 comes with a whole range of new features to make your iPhone and iPad more efficient, more productive, and more fun. But don't forget about your security and privacy: your iOS device contains your entire digital life, and you need to ensure that it's protected. -- Intego.

How To Fix iOS 10 WiFi Issues [Guide]

How To Fix iOS 10 WiFi Issues [Guide]

Here are tips on how you can fix iOS 10 WiFi performance issues or problems on your compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

If you've installed iOS 10 on either your iPhone or iPad, then we hope that everything is going seemingly well with no problems being experienced. If you do happen to be one of the unfortunate few experiencing difficulties with a troublesome or poorly performing WiFi connection, then we have some simple methods to follow that could help alleviate the problem. -- Redmond Pie.

Hands on: WatchOS 3 is the OS Apple always intended - For Apple Watch users, the third time is the charm

Hands on: WatchOS 3 is the OS Apple always intended - For Apple Watch users, the third time is the charm

Apple's watchOS 3 marks the company's third attempt to provide a satisfying user experience for a wrist-based screen. This version, which was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June and released on Tuesday, addresses long-standing issues that have marred the Apple Watch experience since the wearable arrived last year -- including slow app launch times (especially third-party apps), obsolete Complications data, odd interface choices and inaccurate heart rate data for certain workouts. -- Computerworld.

How to get bokeh and depth of field tricks without an iPhone 7

How to get bokeh and depth of field tricks without an iPhone 7

Jealous of all those cool tricks that are coming to the iPhone 7? With some software trickery you can make the images shine on your current iPhone. -- Macworld.

Can't find Maps extensions? Here's why

Can't find Maps extensions? Here's why

Maps extensions became available in iOS 10 just before the public launch of the new iPhone operating system. My colleagues swooned over all of the cool app extensions and what they could do.

If you want to check out the new app extensions that are available in Apple's built-in Maps app but can't seem to figure out how to enable them, read on. -- iMore.

How to make your Apple TV or iPad a Home Hub

How to make your Apple TV or iPad a Home Hub

iOS 10's new Home app lets you automate your various Home accessories and control your various accessories when you're not home. However, in order to take advantage of the new Automation feature (and also to control your Home when you're out of the house), you need to set up a 4th-generation Apple TV or iPad as a Home Hub. Here's how you go about doing that! -- iMore.

Worry warts: Apple's supposed software problem

Worry warts: Apple's supposed software problem

By the end of the month Apple will have released vastly improved updates to all three of its operating systems but, of course, the real takeaway is how Apple can't do software as well as its competitors. -- Macworld.

How The Internet Became A Big Time Suck

How The Internet Became A Big Time Suck

The internet, for all it's wondrous ability to help us communicate with anyone anywhere, for its ability to bring the world together to make it a village, for all the information available at our fingertips, it's also a big time suck.

Blame it on Apple. -- PixoBebo.

September 15Thursday's News


Inside iOS 10: Control Center expands to three panes, offering quick access to Music & Home

Inside iOS 10: Control Center expands to three panes, offering quick access to Music & Home

Article Image Apple's quick-access Control Center has seen a number of significant improvements in iOS 10, most notably the ability to swipe over for new menus dedicated specifically to music controls and smart home accessories. -- AppleInsider.


Inside iOS 10: Apple simplifies HomeKit control with dedicated Home app

Inside iOS 10: Apple simplifies HomeKit control with dedicated Home app

Article Image Answering a long-running demand, Apple has introduced a dedicated Home app with iOS 10, giving people a central location to manage and control their HomeKit accessories. -- AppleInsider.


iOS 10 tests show slower boot times, but overall smooth speeds even on older iPhones

iOS 10 tests show slower boot times, but overall smooth speeds even on older iPhones

Article Image A series of videos published on Wednesday suggest that Apple's new iOS 10 offers relatively smooth performance across iPhone models, even ones as old as 2012's iPhone 5. -- AppleInsider.


Apple polling MacBook Pro owners on use of headphone jack, other ports

Apple polling MacBook Pro owners on use of headphone jack, other ports

Article Image Apple on Wednesday sent out surveys to a sampling of MacBook Pro customers asking whether they use the laptop's headphone jack, a question that suggests the company is looking to remove the legacy component as it did with iPhone 7. -- AppleInsider.

AirPods review roundup: A nice idea with room for improvement

AirPods review roundup: A nice idea with room for improvement

We'll have to wait until October to get our hands on Apple's new wireless AirPods, but select reviewers have been granted early access to help us decide whether they're worth their $159 price tag.

Here's a roundup of the best reviews we've read so far. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Use Native 3D Touch Actions in iOS 10

How to Use Native 3D Touch Actions in iOS 10

With iOS 10, Apple has focused on expanding 3D Touch functionality to make it more relevant to users, in the hope that they eventually come to see it as second nature. If you have an iPhone 6s or later, there are a wide range of 3D Touch gestures that you can test out in iOS 10, particularly from the home screen. -- MacRumors.

Messages in iOS 10: How to Use Digital Touch

Messages in iOS 10: How to Use Digital Touch

In iOS 10, the Messages app is gaining Digital Touch, a communication feature that was previously limited to watchOS. With Digital Touch, you can send friends and family drawings, heartbeats, fireballs, kisses, and more, all with just a few taps. -- MacRumors.

Photos in iOS 10: How to Edit Memories

Photos in iOS 10: How to Edit Memories

Within the new Photos app in iOS 10, there's a tab called "Memories," which curates various photos and videos you've taken in the past into specific memory collections. Without any steps required on your part, Memories gives you an automatic homemade movie from these past family gatherings or vacations, but thanks to a few editing tools, you can also tweak each memory to your liking (note all steps are in portrait mode, although landscape is available). -- MacRumors.

Keeping Your Files Safe in the Sky

Keeping Your Files Safe in the Sky

The overall safety of the files parked in a cloud storage service depends on a number of things, including the security of your username and password for logging into the service. The cloud server's own protections and your connection to the server are also factors.

Online storage services like Dropbox and iCloud use encryption to help keep your data secure, but you should be vigilant about password management. -- New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal goes to new Depths to Review Apple's latest iOS Devices

The Wall Street Journal goes to new Depths to Review Apple's latest iOS Devices

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) decided to take their latest reviews of Apple's shiny new iOS devices to new depths. They didn't just talk about one of Apple's latest features, they dove right it to get the answers you're looking for. The WSJ's video report says it all. -- Patently Apple.

Disable 'Reduce Motion' to See New iOS 10 Message Effects

Disable 'Reduce Motion' to See New iOS 10 Message Effects

Having trouble creating or seeing the new Bubble and Screen Effects in the iOS 10 Messages app? The culprit may be an iOS Accessibility setting. Check out our quick tip for a possible solution as to why your iMessages suddenly seem so dull compared to everyone else. -- The Mac Observer.

Understanding 'Press Home to Open' and 'Press Home to Unlock' in iOS 10

Understanding 'Press Home to Open' and 'Press Home to Unlock' in iOS 10

iOS 10 kills the famous "slide to unlock" and introduces a whole new way of accessing your iPhone. Here's how Raise to Wake, TouchID, and the lock screen all now work, and how you can (mostly) change it back to the old unlock method if you want. -- The Mac Observer.

The iOS Home Screen Grid of Apps Doesn't Need Changing

The iOS Home Screen Grid of Apps Doesn't Need Changing

From time to time, especially when a new version of iOS is released, articles are written about how the iOS home screen layout of app icons in a rectangular grid is tired and needs updating. The question is, "With what?" John Martellaro takes a look at this issue and provides his analysis. -- The Mac Observer.

New in macOS Sierra: Keep Folders on Top When Sorting by Name in Finder

New in macOS Sierra: Keep Folders on Top When Sorting by Name in Finder

macOS Sierra introduces many new features and refinements to Apple's desktop operating system platform, but one will be particularly appreciated by Finder fans. As has been long offered in Windows, Sierra now lets users keep folders at the top of a Finder window when sorting files by name. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Migrate to a New Mac

How to Migrate to a New Mac

When you get a new Mac -- whether it's brand new or just new to you -- one of your first questions is bound to be how you move all your data from your old Mac (or PC, if you're switching platforms) to the new one. Those of us who have moved from one Mac to another repeatedly may not give it much thought, but if you haven't done it before, or at least recently, the prospect of dealing with loads of documents, folders, accounts, preferences, and so on can seem daunting.

Joe Kissell provides a detailed walkthrough of the process for each of several common scenarios. [You may remember that I wrote about my own excruciating experience. It was such a huge undertaking it took two articles. Part I and Part II.] -- TidBITS.

Apple Watch Series 2 review roundup: 'It's all about fitness' [Videos]

Apple Watch Series 2 review roundup: 'It's all about fitness' [Videos]

After reviews of the iPhone 7 and AirPods, it's now the turn of the Apple Watch Series 2. Similar to the iPhone 7, the latest-generation Watch doesn't look particularly different on the outside, so the question is whether the under-the-hood changes make an upgrade worthwhile?

Answering this question is particularly tricky given that watchOS 3 transforms the performance of the existing first-gen Watch, so some of the things being commented on by reviewers are actually more of a function of the new operating system than the new hardware... -- 9to5Mac.

FBI director James Comey recommends that everyone put a cover on their computer's webcam

FBI director James Comey recommends that everyone put a cover on their computer's webcam

Earlier this year, an image of Mark Zuckerberg's desk emerged showing that he uses a piece of tape to cover the webcam on his MacBook Pro. While many mocked this security method by Zuckerberg at the time, the Facebook CEO now has some additional back up from someone who's pretty security conscious: FBI director James Comey. -- 9to5Mac.

Deleting the Default Apps in Apple's iOS 10 May Effect System Functions

Deleting the Default Apps in Apple's iOS 10 May Effect System Functions

Until now, iPhone and iPad users could not delete Apple's built in apps, so many resorted to stashing them out of sight in a folder labeled "junk" or worse. But in iOS 10, which became available on September 13, users can delete 23 of the Apple apps, as was reported months ago.

But some of the apps that can be deleted provide features or functions to other parts of the iOS operating system. And when they're deleted, sometimes the functions can still be accessed, but sometimes they cannot. Apple says deleting the apps saves only about 150 MB of space. Deleting an app generally also removes associated data and configuration files, but not always. -- Fortune.

How to Fix iOS 10's Biggest Annoyances

How to Fix iOS 10's Biggest Annoyances

With every launch of a new operating system comes a handful of quirks and annoyances. iOS 10 is no different, but thankfully, most of those quirks are pretty easy to correct. -- Lifehacker.

Apple iOS 10 Has 25 Great Secret Features

Apple iOS 10 Has 25 Great Secret Features

Apple iOS 10 is here and the case to upgrade is a strong one thanks to a multitude of major new features. And this case gets even stronger given all the secret features iOS 10 also hides beneath the surface…

Here are 25 of the best. -- Forbes.

iPhone 7 Heralds The Age Of Incremental Improvements (Mac is already there)

iPhone 7 Heralds The Age Of Incremental Improvements (Mac is already there)

As much as I hate to say it, for the foreseeable future, revolutionary jumps in technology gadgets may be in hibernation mode. The last big jump forward was the iPhone in 2007.

Yes, we can argue that Watch represents a major leap forward among wearable devices, but really, isn't Watch just an extension of the iPhone and more of an accessory? Even when it becomes a standalone device, it won't be a major leap forward. That means we have gone beyond revolutionary advances and settled into the comfortable era of incremental improvements. -- Mac360.

The Mac Pro hasn't been updated in 1,000 days

The Mac Pro hasn't been updated in 1,000 days

September 13th, 2016 is coming to a close. There will never be another. Pour one out and reflect on this, as well as the somewhat improbable fact that the date marks 1,000 (one thousand) days since Apple released the first version of its gorgeous and radically revamped Mac Pro computer. Also the last version. -- The Verge.

Why hackers hack: Is it all about the money?

Why hackers hack: Is it all about the money?

You get what you pay for in the cybersecurity industry, but bug bounty programs are not just about the money, according to new research.

In today's world, where data breaches and information leaks have come close to a daily occurrence, it is too easy to merge the terms "cybercriminal" and "hacker." However, they are not one and the same -- someone who breaks into networks without consent, for example, is a criminal, while hackers tackle problems, may work with companies to shore up their defenses, investigate malware, and find product vulnerabilities so vendors can improve the security of their products. -- ZDNet.

Apple of my ear: The iPhone 7's missed audio opportunity

Apple of my ear: The iPhone 7's missed audio opportunity

Apple has a long, rich history in the fields of music and audio and its complex and highly influential relationship with those fields was on display once again at the company's recent iPhone 7 launch event.

The biggest audio-related news of the event was, of course, the removal of the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7. The impact of that one decision will be rippling through the audio industry for years to come. Why? Because of the level of influence Apple and the iPhone have, both with other smartphone makers and with audio accessory and component makers.

The problem is the implications of the move on audio quality are not likely to be good for most people. -- Tech pinions.

None of Your Pixelated or Blurred Information Will Stay Safe On The Internet

None of Your Pixelated or Blurred Information Will Stay Safe On The Internet

The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University are saying blurred or pixelated images are not as safe as they may seem. As machine learning technology improves, the methods used to hide sensitive information become less secure. -- Quartz.

September 14Wednesday's News


Apple releases iTunes 12.5.1 with all-new Apple Music design, iOS 10 support, Siri commands in Sierra

Apple releases iTunes 12.5.1 with all-new Apple Music design, iOS 10 support, Siri commands in Sierra

Article Image Apple's iTunes media suite was given a big update on Tuesday, including the ability to play music using Siri when macOS Sierra launches later this month, and picture-in-picture support for videos. -- AppleInsider.


Apple launches iOS 10, tvOS 10 & watchOS 3

Apple launches iOS 10, tvOS 10 & watchOS 3

Article Image Apple on Tuesday made available iOS 10 for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod touch bringing mass enhancements to messages, Maps, Siri, Photos, Apple Music, News, and more. -- AppleInsider.

The best features in iOS 10: Siri, Home, Messages, Notifications, Apple Music, more

The best features in iOS 10: Siri, Home, Messages, Notifications, Apple Music, more

Article Image Tuesday's iOS 10 launch cleans up older iOS features, and introduces a number of new ones, including a new Home app for HomeKit, stock app hiding, voice mail transcription, and much more. -- AppleInsider.

Everything you need to know about watchOS 3 for Apple Watch

Everything you need to know about watchOS 3 for Apple Watch

Article Image The release of watchOS 3 for Apple Watch is being pushed as a major change for the wearable platform, tweaking and in some cases completely revamping how the platform operates. Before you update your Apple Watch to watchOS 3, here's a quick guide on the changes. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's Swift Playgrounds sandbox for programming education now available

Apple's Swift Playgrounds sandbox for programming education now available

Article Image Apple has made Swift Playgrounds available for download, and provides a way to teach beginners and children how to code on its Swift programming language on the iPad. -- AppleInsider.


Apple iWork suite with real-time collaboration tools released for iPhone, iPad

Apple iWork suite with real-time collaboration tools released for iPhone, iPad

Article Image Alongside the iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes update, Apple has also released the iOS version of the iWork suite, now with cross-platform collaboration features. -- AppleInsider.


Inside iOS 10: Third-party compatibility opens up Messages to Apple's app universe

Inside iOS 10: Third-party compatibility opens up Messages to Apple's app universe

Article Image Starting today, Apple device users will be able to operate in a vastly expanded Messages environment thanks to a new API that allows developers to build in third-party app integrations like stickers and app extensibility. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 10 is a pleasant surprise for the iPhone 5 and 5C

iOS 10 is a pleasant surprise for the iPhone 5 and 5C

I've been tracking the performance of new iOS versions on the slowest supported hardware for four years now, and I don't think my findings have been positive since I wrote about iOS 6 on the iPhone 3GS. iOS 7 was a bad fit for the iPhone 4, and iOS 7.1 was only an improvement in a relative sense. iOS 8 and iOS 9 were tolerable on the iPhone 4S, but they were still significant slowdowns compared to iOS 6 and 7. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 10 reviewed: There's no reason not to update

iOS 10 reviewed: There's no reason not to update

By nature, iOS is not a permissive operating system. Apple started from a position of not trusting third-party software developers, fearing those outsiders could screw up the company's platform (a completely reasonable position to take, incidentally). Every new version of iOS since the second one has been very cautious and deliberate about what new capabilities are given to third-party apps. -- Ars Technica.

How to use iOS 10: Tips and tricks for iPhone 7

How to use iOS 10: Tips and tricks for iPhone 7

Welcome to Apple's latest operating system: iOS 10! With this latest upgrade comes an improved mobile platform packed with tons of new features, improvements and functionality.

It'll take a bit of getting used to all the new improvements and discover all the hidden gems that await in iOS 10. Once you've installed it, take a look below to see Cult of Mac's roundup of some of the best tips and tweaks to help you get the most out the new features in iOS 10. -- Cult of Mac.

How to use watchOS 3: Tips, tricks and hidden tweaks

How to use watchOS 3: Tips, tricks and hidden tweaks

Your Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2 has arrived! Introduced at Apple's keynote last week, the third version of the Apple Watch does a heck of a lot more than tell time and Cult of Mac has some tips to help you make the most of its myriad new features. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple TV adds Dark Mode, improved Siri and more with tvOS 10

Apple TV adds Dark Mode, improved Siri and more with tvOS 10

The iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch are getting all the attention today with the public releases of iOS 10 and watchOS 3, but the Apple TV also just got a ton of new features thanks to the official release of tvOS 10.

Even though tvOS 10's list of new features isn't as extensive as iOS 10, there are still a number of great new additions, including a new Dark mode that can be toggled in Settings to make the screen easier on your eyes. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 10 review: It's the little things that matter

iOS 10 review: It's the little things that matter

Apple's iOS 10 update for iPhones and iPads is the biggest software refresh the iPhone-maker has launched in years, adding a host of major and minor new features that completely change the iOS experience.

I've been using beta versions of iOS 10 on my iPhone 6s and iPad Pro since June. While some of the high-profile additions to Messages, Photos, Apple Music and Apple News aren't totally mind-blowing, the smaller tweaks make all the difference. With iOS 10, using Apple's devices is easier, faster and far more enjoyable than ever.

This is the big iOS update you've been waiting for, but not for all the reasons Apple thinks. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Use iOS 10's Redesigned Lock Screen

How to Use iOS 10's Redesigned Lock Screen

With a brand-new iOS operating system now available, many users are excited to delve into iOS 10's biggest and boldest changes, like an overhauled Messages app and a more personal space in Photos to relive past vacations and family get-togethers. However, before you even get to all of iOS 10's new features, you'll have to get used to its new lock screen mechanisms, which completely change the way the iPhone is unlocked moving forward. -- MacRumors.

Photos in iOS 10: How to Find and Use Image Markup

Photos in iOS 10: How to Find and Use Image Markup

Apple is expanding the iPhone's photo editing abilities in iOS 10 with a new feature called "Markup" that lets you doodle, magnify, and place text on any picture you have within the Photos app. Thanks to Markup's flexibility, it could be used for both casually sharing photos with friends and family, and also to enhance and add detail to an image in an enterprise situation.

Markup is also available directly through the Messages app in iOS 10, adding it to the roster of inventive and colorful updates coming to text messaging in the new iPhone operating system this fall. In both locations, Markup is a bit buried and somewhat difficult to find, so follow these steps to discover the new photo editing feature in iOS 10. -- MacRumors.

The iPhone 7 Verdict Is In

Bits: Daily Report: The iPhone 7 Verdict Is In

Apple's new phone may be the same size, but it is shrinking down lots of unexpected things. How far you are from your music, for example, or the time between you and your apps. Additionally, the width of your wallet can shrink quite a bit from the removal of money. -- New York Times.

macOS Sierra: Configuring Siri

macOS Sierra: Configuring Siri

With the upcoming release of macOS Sierra, Siri's finally available on our computers! In this Quick Tip, we'll show you how to use it and tell you what you'll do if you need to make changes to how it works (such as switching which keyboard shortcut invokes it). -- The Mac Observer.

Adobe's Lightroom camera now lets you shoot in raw from your iPhone like a pro

Adobe's Lightroom camera now lets you shoot in raw from your iPhone like a pro

Adobe's Lightroom app continues to live on the edge of what's possible with Apple's various platforms, and the latest version of the photo editing app for iOS is no exception. Lightroom for iOS now lets you shoot in raw using the built-in camera so you can capture exactly what the sensor sees without iOS processing over it artificially. -- 9to5Mac.

iOS 10: New features that change how I use my iPhone and iPad

iOS 10: New features that change how I use my iPhone and iPad

iOS 10 is finally here and it's loaded with tons of new features. You can read Benjamin's expansive overview of everything new in iOS 10 to see just how big of an update it is. Major iOS updates usually have so many new features that it's hard to appreciate exactly what's different. After using iOS 10 all summer, I want to highlight my favorite features that have changed how I use my iPhone and iPad. -- 9to5Mac.

Latest iPhone 7 Plus camera hands-on puts the device to test in the outdoors

Latest iPhone 7 Plus camera hands-on puts the device to test in the outdoors

We've already seen the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus put to use at the U.S. Open and at an NFL game. Now, Outside Online has gone hands-on with the iPhone 7 Plus and put the device's camera to use in a variety of adventure use cases. Just as with the U.S. Open and NFL photos, the camera seems to live up to the hype... -- 9to5Mac.

Ultimate Selfie

Ultimate Selfie

 

How Do I Know Which iPhone Model I Have?

How Do I Know Which iPhone Model I Have?

You can find your iPhone model number by looking at the small text on the back of the iPhone. There should be something that says "Model AXXXX". Match that to the list below to find out which iPhone model you own.

You can find the size of your iPhone (16GB, 64GB, etc.) by opening the Settings app in iOS and navigating to General > About > Capacity. The capacity section will be slightly less than what you actually have. For instance, a 64GB iPhone will probably show the capacity as around 56GB.

  • A1661 - iPhone 7 Plus
  • A1784 - iPhone 7 Plus
  • A1785 - iPhone 7 Plus
  • A1786 - iPhone 7 Plus
  • A1660 - iPhone 7
  • A1778 - iPhone 7
  • A1779 - iPhone 7
  • A1780 - iPhone 7
  • A1662 - iPhone SE
  • A1723 - iPhone SE
  • A1634 - iPhone 6S Plus
  • A1687 - iPhone 6S Plus
  • A1699 - iPhone 6S Plus
  • A1633 - iPhone 6S
  • A1688 - iPhone 6S
  • A1700 - iPhone 6S
  • A1522 - iPhone 6 Plus
  • A1524 - iPhone 6 Plus
  • A1549 - iPhone 6
  • A1586 - iPhone 6
  • A1533 - iPhone 5s
  • A1530 - iPhone 5s
  • A1457 - iPhone 5s
  • A1453 - iPhone 5s
  • A1532 - iPhone 5c
  • A1529 - iPhone 5c
  • A1507 - iPhone 5c
  • A1456 - iPhone 5c
  • A1428 - iPhone 5
  • A1429 - iPhone 5
  • A1442 - iPhone 5
  • A1387 - iPhone 4S
  • A1431 - iPhone 4S
  • A1349 - iPhone 4
  • A1332 - iPhone 4
  • A1325 - iPhone 3GS
  • A1303 - iPhone 3GS
  • A1324 - iPhone 3G
  • A1241 - iPhone 3G
  • A1203 - iPhone

Siri and the future of banking

Siri and the future of banking

Have you ever wanted to give your kid twenty bucks but gotten frustrated using your online banking system? Things are about to get much easier, thanks to Apple, Siri and new banking technologists. Now one bank has just created a system that lets you pay up to €25 to another person just by using your iPhone, Siri and your voice. -- Apple Must.

Apple's AirPods aren't a must-buy -- yet: The company's first wireless earbuds aren't perfect, but they have potential

Apple's AirPods aren't a must-buy -- yet: The company's first wireless earbuds aren't perfect, but they have potential

The iPhone 7 goes on sale in a few days, and with it comes another nail in the headphone jack's proverbial coffin. Included in the box you'll find a pair of Lightning-tipped EarPods and a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter for your analog headphones, but to hear Apple tell it, the future of music is wireless. That's where the $159 AirPods come in: the company's totally cordless earbuds are slated for an October launch, and they promise elegance, ease of use and great sound. They deliver ... some of that, but after about a week of testing, they often felt as confusing as they did cool. -- Engadget.

Break the Language Barrier With iTranslate's iMessage App

Break the Language Barrier With iTranslate's iMessage App

With the public release of iOS 10 today, the new and improved iMessages is officially launched. And with it comes the ability to install third-party apps from the new iMessage App Store. But if you think that these extensions are all about sticker packs, think again. A good many of them are actually quite useful. Take for example the official iMessage app of the popular translation tool iTranslate. -- AppAdvice.

How to disable 'Press Home to Unlock' on iOS 10

How to disable 'Press Home to Unlock' on iOS 10

iOS 10 has introduced a new way of unlocking Touch ID-capable devices, now requiring you to press the Home button to unlock the device and get to the Home screen. This, coupled with the new Raise to Wake feature can make for a nicer experience, but like every new interaction, it can be confusing, annoying, or just hard to break the habit. -- iDownload Blog.

How to Shuffle Only Your Music in the iOS 10 Music App

How to Shuffle Only Your Music in the iOS 10 Music App

I like to shuffle my music library on my iPhone. I used to go to Songs, then tap Shuffle Songs. But in iOS 10, I was surprised. It didn't play my music; at least not just my music. It played music from Apple Music. -- Kirkville.

Two Weeks with Just an iPad

Two Weeks with Just an iPad

I just returned from two weeks of business travel with just my 9.7-inch iPad Pro as my main computing device--no laptop. I've been traveling this way for about a year now and each time it gets a little bit easier, and I get more and more confident that it will satisfy my needs. It's also consistently liberating; when I'm on the road, carrying fewer cables and less weight, and bypassing the overhead of managing a desktop operating system, these feel like priceless advantages. I'd much rather be sitting in coach with an iPad than in first class with a laptop that I'd have to lug around for the rest of the trip. -- Subtraction.

How RAW changes iPhone photography for the better

How RAW changes iPhone photography for the better

iPhone photography has come a long way since its humble beginnings: Obscura wouldn't have been possible without iOS 8's manual camera APIs for developers. But in iOS 10, it truly grows up, offering a major new feature that brings mobile photography into the professional world. And that feature is RAW. -- iMore.

No, Your Old iPhone Or iPad Did Not Become Obsolete Today

No, Your Old iPhone Or iPad Did Not Become Obsolete Today

Every year about this time Apple introduces a new version of iOS, and every year about this time we're treated with a list from members of the technorati elite politburo of iPhones and iPads that just became obsolete.

Obsolete? Why? How? Actually, that's the opposite of what happens with a new release from Apple, but I'll get to that in a moment. Mac users face a similar issue and the technology munchkins of various digital trade rags all holler out the same thing, "Obsolete." Let's examine the facts because what's happening isn't what they say is happening. -- Mac360.

A Stone Cold Schiller: Rejected Early Drafts of Phil Schiller's Line about 'Courage'

Rejected Early Drafts of Phil Schiller's Line about 'Courage'
  1. No headphone jack makes it easier for people to see that you have the newest iPhone - even if you choose one of the older colors.
  2. Our executive team has an irrational fear of holes.
  3. We know you'd actually kill us if we removed the mute switch.
  4. Because F$@# you, that's why.
    1. iMore.

September 13Tuesday's News


iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 camera: Dual lenses provide major upgrade potential

iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 camera: Dual lenses provide major upgrade potential

Article Image Apple's choice of an all-new dual-sensor camera module on the iPhone 7 Plus steals the show, making it a compelling up-sell from the 12-megapixel single lens on the iPhone 7. If you're still torn deciding between which model is for you, here's a comparison of what the iPhone 7 Plus camera offers over the iPhone 7. -- AppleInsider.

Disaffected Apple Upgrade Program customers can now call support for iPhone 7 order help

Disaffected Apple Upgrade Program customers can now call support for iPhone 7 order help

Article Image Apple is allowing participants in the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program to call customer service, with some customers being presented with additional options for preorder, beyond what is available on the website. -- AppleInsider.


Hands-on: Blue Hydra can expose the all-too-unhidden world of Bluetooth

Hands-on: Blue Hydra can expose the all-too-unhidden world of Bluetooth

My new neighbor was using AirDrop to move some files from his phone to his iMac. I hadn't introduced myself yet, but I already knew his name. Meanwhile, someone with a Pebble watch was walking past, and someone named "Johnny B" was idling at the stoplight at the corner in their Volkswagen Beetle, following directions from their Garmin Nuvi. Another person was using an Apple Pencil with their iPad at a nearby shop. And someone just turned on their Samsung smart television.

Bluetooth Low Energy devices like smart watches, "wearables," give you up all day. -- Ars Technica.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Great annual upgrades with one major catch

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Great annual upgrades with one major catch

Up until now, every one of Apple's iPhone hardware updates has been additive. New iPhones do all the stuff that the old ones could do, plus some new stuff. Moving to bigger screens and swapping the 30-pin connector for the Lightning connector have caused a little pain for developers and users (respectively), but even those more disruptive updates were fundamentally giving you more of something than last year's offering. -- Ars Technica.

How to locate your files with Siri on macOS Sierra

How to locate your files with Siri on macOS Sierra

Up until now, Siri's remained a tool for accessing services rather than helping us navigate our Apple devices. That changes with macOS Sierra, which lets us use Apple's helpful AI assistant to locate files using spoken commands. -- Cult of Mac.

How to scribble text replies in watchOS 3

How to scribble text replies in watchOS 3

Responding to text messages on Apple Watch gets a lot easier with watchOS 3, thanks to a new feature that lets you scribble letters instead of just using canned replies. -- Cult of Mac.

How to access the new Control Center on watchOS 3

How to access the new Control Center on watchOS 3

Navigating and using features on the Apple Watch is getting a lot faster with watchOS 3, and one of the best additions is the new Control Center that puts a bunch of commands just a swipe away. -- Cult of Mac.

Though Not Perfect, New iPhones Keep Apple's Promises

Though Not Perfect, New iPhones Keep Apple's Promises

Apple's iPhone, just short of 10 years old, has hit puberty.

Like adolescents coping with awkward changes to their bodies, the iPhone 7, due for release on Friday, introduces some uncomfortable transitions. They include the much ballyhooed removal of the headphone jack and the replacement of the physical home button with a virtual one. -- New York Times.

iOS 10 GM Adds "Announce Calls" Feature

iOS 10 GM Adds

Rolled out to to developers last week, the iOS 10 Golden Master release (Version 10.0.1 14A403) includes a new Announce Calls feature in Settings > Phone. When enabled, your phone will begin ringing as usual and then your ringtone's volume will duck down while Siri announces the name or number of the caller. You have the option to set this to Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only or Never. If set to Always, it will announce through your iPhone's speaker only when the Ring/Silent switch is in Ring mode. iOS 10 will be available for all users tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th. -- The Mac Observer.

iCloud Can Now Backup and Restore Health Data

iCloud Can Now Backup and Restore Health Data

In the past, switching to a new iPhone meant your options were limited if you wanted to bring along your Health data. Fortunately, Apple recently gave us a new option, but there are still some caveats. -- The Mac Observer.

Sensor on second iPhone 7 Plus camera is smaller than main one, calculations show

Sensor on second iPhone 7 Plus camera is smaller than main one, calculations show

Apple hasn't revealed the sizes of the camera sensors used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but a Reddit user has used EXIF data from the Sports Illustrated photos to calculate them. They seemingly reveal that the main sensor is exactly the same size as the one in the iPhone 6s, while the sensor for the 2x telephoto lens is somewhat smaller. -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on with the new black Lightning Dock for Jet Black and black iPhone 7 users [Video]

Hands-on with the new black Lightning Dock for Jet Black and black iPhone 7 users [Video]

As we've learned through various reader polls over the last week, people really love the new black and Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Alongside the new device colors, Apple has also introduced a new black Lightning Dock and YouTuber DetroitBorg has gone hands-on with the accessory ahead of the iPhone 7's full release later this week. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Advanced 'Bumping' Wireless Technology & More

Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Advanced 'Bumping' Wireless Technology & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's 'Bumping' wireless technology that could interact and communicate with a wide range of products including modems and vehicles where vehicle collision details could be automatically detected. -- Patently Apple.

Apple bets big on a wireless world: Tech giant envisions a day when its sleek gadgets are unencumbered by cords

Apple bets big on a wireless world: Tech giant envisions a day when its sleek gadgets are unencumbered by cords

Apple wants to push consumers further into a wireless world. Its tactics: eliminate the standard headphone jack in its newest iPhones and market new "AirPods" -- tiny wireless earbuds that the company claims greatly improve on standard Bluetooth technology.

But mobile tech analyst Carolina Milanesi of the Creative Strategies firm thinks Apple has a bigger goal in mind -- to make it easier for consumers to use one set of wireless earpieces with a variety of Apple's products. -- Associated Press.

iOS 10 compatibility list

iOS 10 compatibility list

In a nutshell: all iPhone 5, 6 and 7 models, iPad Pros, iPad Airs, iPad 4th Generation, all iPad mini models except the original, and the iPod touch 6th generation are compatible with iOS 10.

The new operating system should be released at about 10 AM PT Tuesday, but the update may take a while to appear on your iOS devices.

iPhone

iPad

iPod touch

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7 inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

iPhone 7 At The US Open

iPhone 7 At The US Open

With a new two-camera system, the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is billed as being the most advanced in the world of cellphones. We put it to the test at the US Open, exploring the event in a whole new way. -- ESPN.

How to use voicemail transcripts in iOS 10 on iPhone

How to use voicemail transcripts in iOS 10 on iPhone

Believe it or not, I still get voice messages on my iPhone, even though text messaging is a perfectly useful way of communicating. Sometimes, I'm not in a particularly convenient place to listen to the voice message playback.

In iOS 10, Apple has added voice mail transcriptions. -- iMore.

How to force restart iPhone 7 now there is no physical Home button

How to force restart iPhone 7 now there is no physical Home button

Rest assured this is going to be the most important iPhone 7 tip you will learn this year. You see, now Apple has made the Home button a Taptic system, it has also had to find a new way to restart the smartphone in the event of a software problem. -- Apple Must .

September 12Monday's News


Trending: Apple fails to impress with iPhone 7

Trending: Apple fails to impress with iPhone 7

Steve Jobs once said that people don't know what they want until you show it to them.

Is that also true of what they don't want? -- Knoxville News Sentinel.

iPhone SE beats out iPhone 7 in LTE internet time, iPhone 7 Plus battery life king

iPhone 7

Article Image Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller may claim that the battery in the iPhone 7 Plus is the best yet, but the same does not hold true for the iPhone 7. According to Apple's own testing the smaller iPhone SE beats out the iPhone 7 by an hour when accessing the internet on LTE. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Upgrade Program participants complain of no stock, scheduling problems

Apple Upgrade Program participants complain of no stock, scheduling problems

Article Image The iPhone Upgrade program is intended to give people the ability to get Apple's new phone every year, shortly after release. Problems with the pre-order process overnight are leading people to question why they signed up for the program. -- AppleInsider.


It's official: The five-second rule is down for the count

It's official: The five-second rule is down for the count

Who hasn't tried to salvage a mouthwatering morsel tragically lost to a germ-covered floor by blurting "FIVE-SECOND RULE!" before diving to the rescue? Even the most intelligent among us might be apt to cite the tenet with the fervor of an emergency responder. But let's face it: the chances that some magical cut-off of five seconds will spare food from irreparable defiling was always far-fetched. Still, if you need hard-hitting evidence, researchers have now provided a comprehensive study that proves the rule is down for the count. -- Ars Technica.

Trek at 50: The quest for a unifying theory of time travel in Star Trek

Trek at 50: The quest for a unifying theory of time travel in Star Trek

To continue our celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, we've decided to resurface a few of our favorite Trek stories from the Ars archives. Contributor Xaq Rzetelny explored how time travel works across the various series in February 2016, so today his piece travels forward through the space-time continuum. -- Ars Technica.

An OS 9 odyssey: Why these Mac users won't abandon 16-year-old software

An OS 9 odyssey: Why these Mac users won't abandon 16-year-old software

Back when Ars Senior Products Editor Andrew Cunningham was forced to work in Mac OS 9 by his colleagues in September 2014, he quickly hit a productivity wall. He couldn't log in to his Ars e-mail or do much of anything online, which meant--as someone who writes about new technology for an online-only publication--he couldn't do his work. All Cunningham could do was play old games and marvel at the difference 15 years makes in operating system design. -- Ars Technica.

Recover, back up and restore your iPhone without touching iTunes

Recover, back up and restore your iPhone without touching iTunes

Say you've deleted your messages before backing up your iPhone. Usually the best iTunes can offer is a shrug. With a convoluted and opaque system of options, it makes a task that should be a simple matter -- finding the stuff you need and getting (or returning) it to your device -- overly confusing and frustrating. Worse yet, iTunes can often lead to results you're not looking for. -- Cult of Mac.

Tim Cook Says Apple is 'Very Committed' to the Mac and to 'Stay Tuned'

Tim Cook Says Apple is 'Very Committed' to the Mac and to 'Stay Tuned'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to a MacRumors reader's email about the lack of a long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh, stressing that he "loves the Mac" and that Apple is "very committed" to it. He told the customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, to "stay tuned," suggesting that updates to the Mac lineup are on the horizon. [Paint it Jet Back and change its name to iMac 7.] -- MacRumors.

Dropbox Responds to Mac 'Security Risk' Accusations

Dropbox Responds to Mac 'Security Risk' Accusations

Dropbox has said it needs to do a "better job" of communicating its OS X integration, after claims emerged online that its Mac app was phishing for user passwords and even "hacks" the operating system on installation.

Developers of the cloud storage service were forced to reply to accusations which appeared on Hacker News that the client app was a security risk and "couldn't be trusted", because of the way it takes control of system features without asking for permission to do so. -- MacRumors.

Apple Removed Headphone Jack From New iPhones Because It Owns Largest Bluetooth Headphone Company

Apple Removed Headphone Jack From New iPhones Because It Owns Largest Bluetooth Headphone Company

Apple's new iPhones -- the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- don't have the headphone jack. The company's SVP Phil Schiller said the move signifies "courage" from the company to put a 100-year-old audio standard to bed. But there could be one more reason for this transition to a Bluetooth/Wireless headphones future: it owns the largest Bluetooth headphones company -- Beats. -- The Verge.

Hands-On with iPhone 7 Home Button: Disappointing Haptic Feedback, Increased Functionality

Hands-On with iPhone 7 Home Button: Disappointing Haptic Feedback, Increased Functionality

Apple had two major changes in iPhone 7 beyond incremental improvements. The first is the much-talked about lack of an auxiliary port for headphones, but the other will effect the way we do things far longer than the transition to Lightning audio. That's moving from a physical Home Button to a touch-sensitive, stationary Home Button. Here's what Bryan Chaffin thought about it during his hands-on session at Apple's media event. -- The Mac Observer.

How-To: Create animated charts for Final Cut Pro X using Keynote [Video]

How-To: Create animated charts for Final Cut Pro X using Keynote [Video]

In our recent video about the upcoming dual camera feature on the new iPhone 7 Plus, we featured an animated graph charting iPhone camera improvements over the years. Instead of relying on Motion or a third party plugin to pull off the animation in Final Cut Pro X, we tapped into Keynote instead.

While it's true that Keynote is primarily a presentation app in the same vein as Microsoft's PowerPoint, it can also work as a handy Final Cut Pro X companion for producing quick animated graphs and charts. Watch our video walkthrough to see how it's done. -- 9to5Mac.

Comment: The iPhone 7 Plus camera system has an impressive shallow depth of field effect, but it comes with limits

Comment: The iPhone 7 Plus camera system has an impressive shallow depth of field effect, but it comes with limits

If you're looking forward to utilizing the upcoming depth of field effect on the iPhone 7 Plus, you should be aware of its potential limitations. Although it appears to be a great tool to have in the bag, it's not going to have your DSLR collecting dust, depending on the type of photographer you are. -- 9to5Mac.

Did Apple miss the mark on innovation this week?

Did Apple miss the mark on innovation this week?

Apple whipped the smartphone world into frenzy this week when it announced the iPhone 7 would no longer carry a standard headphone jack. In addition to that news Apple unveiled AirPods, two truly wireless earbuds that retail for $159 this October. AirPods look as if someone simply snipped off the wires to its current earbuds. It's actually a pretty bold move but to put things mildly, people have concerns. -- ReadWrite.

Has Apple Lost Interest in the Mac?

Has Apple Lost Interest in the Mac?

It's been a long time since Apple upgraded many of their Macs. MacRumors' Mac Buyer's Guide lays out the numbers.

In a way, it's not surprising that Apple hasn't updated Macs for a while. I don't think the company has lost interest in the Mac, but they've simply made it less of a priority, as its sales recoil. -- Kirkville.

Hidden macOS Sierra features

Hidden macOS Sierra features

Open everything as a tab That Sierra massively boosts the tabs feature of macOS/OS X is not news, having been flagged heavily during the macOS Sierra keynote back in June. Put simply, many more apps now have tab bars just like Safari and Finder -- everything from Notes, to Calendar, to Pages. Even third-party apps are supposed to be tab-compatible, even if they haven't been updated.

Window stickiness If you drag one window so that it butts up against another, there will be an initial period of stickiness during which the window will stick to the other, before overlapping it as happened in earlier releases of OS X.

Reduce Motion (systemwide) Buried away in the Display section of the Accessibility controls in macOS Sierra is a new option: Reduce Motion. It's intended to help those who get slightly seasick with all the zoom animations that have increasingly come to define the Apple user-interface experience over the last decade.

Move menu icons A few years ago within OS X you could rearrange any icons on the menu bar at the top right of the desktop by clicking and dragging them while holding down the Cmd key (if I recall correctly -- it might've been Option/Alt). In macOS Sierra this feature is back.

How to save your Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive in macOS Sierra As part of an effort to help you save space on your computer while keeping you connected to everything important to you, macOS Sierra supports Desktop & Documents Folders syncing in iCloud Drive.

More ways to convert rich text to plain text on the clipboard

More ways to convert rich text to plain text on the clipboard

If your OS X app doesn't have a paste without formatting option, readers came up with a number of suggestions.

Recently, I explained how to use special paste options in several programs to remove rich-text formatting when you just want to paste the actual letters and symbols you've copied from one place to another, rather than preserve the font choice, type size, and other parameters. Readers had a load of suggestions for more ways to make this simple. -- Macworld.

Using a Mac Equivalent of Unix 'tree' Command to View Folder Trees at Terminal

Using a Mac Equivalent of Unix 'tree' Command to View Folder Trees at Terminal

Mac users who come from a unix background may appreciate knowing how to implement the equivalent to the Unix "tree" command in macOS and Mac OS X. There are actually a few different ways to show a folder tree in the Terminal of Mac OS X, we'll cover an easy tree equivalent achieved through an alias, as well as how to install native 'tree' on a Mac just like what you see in Ubuntu or elsewhere in Linux. -- OS X Daily.

Mossberg: Apple, the king of tech taste and daring, takes a breather

Mossberg: Apple, the king of tech taste and daring, takes a breather

At this week's annual Apple iPhone intro event, the hall was packed, as usual. As always, the program featured gorgeous photos and videos, impressive charts, a few demos, surprise guests, and dramatic claims of improved product performance and capability.

What it didn't feature was a new design for the company's most important product, the iPhone. There was, as I said, a new iPhone model -- two of them in fact. But the iPhone 7 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 7 Plus, look nearly identical, and are exactly the same size, as their predecessors from last year and the year before. -- Walt Mossberg .

Apple's warranty for water-resistant iPhone 7 doesn't cover liquid damage

Apple's warranty for water-resistant iPhone 7 doesn't cover liquid damage

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can survive 30 minutes under a meter of water, but don't test them unless you've got additional protection.

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may be its first water- and dust-resistant phones but you'll still need to pay for AppleCare if you want to be covered against liquid damage. -- ZDNet.

How do Apple's AirPods really feel?

How do Apple's AirPods really feel?

After Apple's big announcement of the iPhone 7 lineup, there's probably one major question that's lingering in the minds of Apple fans: How will my life change without the iPhone headphone jack? -- Washington Post.

The Magic of AirPods

The Magic of AirPods

Let me start with an admission: I've never really liked Apple headphones. I didn't like the original iPod earbuds, and while the next-generation EarPods were clearly better, I still never found them particularly comfortable or good sounding. Ever since I first tried a set of in-ear monitors about a decade ago, I've been unable to go back. -- Six Colors.

How to take a screenshot on your iPhone 7

How to take a screenshot on your iPhone 7

The classic way to take a screenshot on iPhone is to click the Home and Power button at the same time. But there's nothing classic about the iPhone 7 and it's virtual Home button that ditches the mechanical switch for all-new force touch technology. So, does that change the way you capture a screen, like it does the way you reboot? Not at all! The feeling may be different but the procedure remains exactly the same. Press both buttons and all your favorite high scores, Pokemon captures, message threads, bug shots, and anything and everything else will still be yours! -- iMore.

Should I take the free iPhone 7 deal or lease my next phone?

Should I take the free iPhone 7 deal or lease my next phone?

The iPhone 7 is almost here and wireless operators and Apple want to make sure you get your hands on the latest incarnation of the iPhone.

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are all running promotions offering new and existing customers a free iPhone 7 with 32GB of memory. Sounds like a great deal. But is it really as good as it sounds? In this edition of Ask Maggie, I explain who should consider taking advantage of these promotions and who would be better off sticking with one of the device upgrade programs offered by the carriers or Apple. -- CNET.

Want the New iPhone 7? How to Make the Most Money Off of Your Old Phone

Want the New iPhone 7? How to Make the Most Money Off of Your Old Phone

Friday marks the first day to pre-order that sleek new iPhone 7 -- so if Apple's latest offering caught your eye, but the price tag caught your breath... consider trading in your old phone to minimize -- or even erase -- the outlay for an upgrade.

There are a few options for trading in your old device to upgrade to an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, even if your device is under two years old. -- NBC News.

AirPods hands-on: They stayed in my ears and sounded awesome

AirPods hands-on: They stayed in my ears and sounded awesome

I didn't want to like the AirPods, I really didn't. But in the hands-on area after Apple's iPhone 7 event on Wednesday, I found myself dancing along in spite of myself--and the AirPods stayed put, feeling surprisingly secure. With convenient features on both the hardware and software sides, I have to admit that Apple's totally-wireless AirPods kind of rocked my world. -- Macworld.

Why it stinks that the iPhone 7 has no headphone jack

Why it stinks that the iPhone 7 has no headphone jack

If every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with Lightning EarPods and a headphone jack adapter in the box, then we're all good, right? Well, no. Not quite.

Here's why. -- VentureBeat.

Think Twice Before You Finance Your iPhone 7

Think Twice Before You Finance Your iPhone 7

This week, Apple AAPL -2.23% introduced the world to the iPhone 7. Much has been written about the death of the headphone jack. But I want to focus on the "special financing" advertised on the Apple website. You can pay no interest for six months (on purchases of less than $499), no interest for 12 months (on purchases equal to $499 and less than $999) and no interest for 18 months (for purchases greater than or equal to $999). Apple has partnered with Barclaycard, a division of Barclays , to offer a credit card that can be used to finance the purchase. -- Forbes.

The iPhone 7 is the walled-off computer Apple has always wanted: It's the first 'PC' that Apple controls completely

The iPhone 7 is the walled-off computer Apple has always wanted: It's the first 'PC' that Apple controls completely

So Apple killed the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But what does that really mean? Think back to Apple's origin story and the tale of the two young Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, building their first computer in a garage. From the start, Jobs pushed for simpler technology, with fewer ports and expandable options than other PCs had at the time. And then there was the original Mac, which was criticized for requiring special tools to open up. -- Engadget.

iPhone 7: Jet Black vs. Black

iPhone 7: Jet Black vs. Black

Apple, in a small print footnote on the iPhone 7 web page:

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone. -- Daring Fireball.

Field Guide to iPhone 7 Reviewers

 Field Guide to iPhone 7 Reviewers

 

When your boss is an algorithm

When your boss is an algorithm

The small London side street reverberates with the growl of motorbikes and the shriek of horns. A young man yells hoarsely into a megaphone: "They're gonna be disrupted, yeah! Because your lives are being disrupted, yeah! This is the money you need to live!" Dozens of men in T-shirts and jeans cheer and pump the horns on their motorbikes, scooters and bicycles. Many have pieces of A4 paper taped to their backs that say: "We are people, not Uber's tools!"

In the gig economy, companies such as Uber and Deliveroo manage workers via their phones. But is this liberating or exploitative? -- FT Magazine.

Protecting Against Credit Card Fraud

Protecting Against Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud takes place every day in a variety of ways. You can't always prevent it from happening, but you can create some obstacles and make it tougher for someone to get hold of your cards and card numbers. Treating your credit cards and account numbers like cash -- that is, very carefully -- is one way to head off potential misuse. -- Federal Trade Commision.

September 09Thursday's News


Hands On: iPhone 7

iPhone 7
  1. Hands-on video with Apple's jet black glossy iPhone 7: Article Image The highly anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were unveiled in San Francisco this week, and AppleInsider was there for a hands-on look at the new jet black glossy finish and dual-lens cameras. Here's a quick look and rundown of everything you need to know about the new iPhone, coming Sept. 16. -- AppleInsider.
  2. Stereo sound on iPhone 7 uses standard speaker plus earpiece in landscape mode: Apple's new stereo sound implementation on the iPhone 7 series of phones utilizes the bottom speaker in conjunction with a balanced earphone on the device, instead of a second edge-mounted speaker .-- AppleInsider.
  3. Apple's implementation of a "solid state" home button expands the Taptic Engine's feedback on the iPhone, and a forthcoming API for developers' use will expand implementation to non-Apple apps. -- AppleInsider.
  4. Hands-on with waterproof Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS, white ceramic Edition: Article Image The new Apple Watch Series 2 boasts a faster processor, GPS radio, waterproof design, support for swim tracking, and a new high-end white ceramic Edition casing. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the second-generation wearable device. -- AppleInsider.
  5. iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which should you preorder?: Apple will start taking preorders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, September 9. That's tonight, people (if you're living in the United States)!

    You're going to want to get your order in as soon as possible if you want launch-day delivery, but which model should you go for? Find out which iPhone 7 model is right for you right here! -- Cult of Mac.
  6. iPhones Are Now Faster than Macs: It's official--well at least according to reported Geekbench scores spotted in the wild! iPhones are now faster than Macs! The latest, and most recently updated, 2016 12" MacBook is slower than the iPhone 7 Plus. -- The Mac Observer.
  7. Apple's iPhone 7 and Watch Updates: What You Really Need to Know: An examination suggests that no upgrade is necessary unless you have owned your current iPhone for more than two years. -- New York Times.
  8. State of the Art: What's Really Missing From the New iPhone: Cutting-Edge Design: The iPhone 7 doesn't have a place to plug in headphones, but that is far from its worst shortcoming. The new device is an example of how Apple's aesthetics have gone stale. -- New York Times.
  9. Opinion: Does the iPhone 7 justify the hype, or is it just an iPhone 6s(s)?: So, the iPhone 7 is official. Apple is the master of the art of presentation, so the new iPhones were introduced with all the breathless wonder and gorgeous photography we've come to expect. But now that the event is over, and we're examining what we've seen in the cold light of day, does the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus justify the hype? -- 9to5Mac.
  10. There isn't much of a difference (yet) between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: The iPhone 7 was pretty much everything we expected it to be. It has no headphone jack, it has a much-improved camera, and it features a solid state home button.

    It also comes in two new colors, a matte Black color and a glossy Jet Black color, along with a 32 GB base SKU. So which iPhone am I considering? The decision isn't as straightforward as I initially thought it might be.-- 9to5Mac.
  11. Here's how the iPhone 7 compares to the rest of the iPhone lineup: Gone are the days of there being one iPhone model to choose from, so a little research is required before pulling the trigger. Read on as we compare every iPhone model you can buy right now. -- 9to5Mac.
  12. iPhone 7 hands-on: Perfectly adequate, still underwhelming/Photographers get a better camera, and the accident-prone get water resistance. What about everyone else? -- Macworld.
  13. How to securely wipe your iPhone for resale: If you're planning on reselling - or giving away, if you're a generous soul - your old iPhone now that Apple has announced the new iPhone, you need to do it in such a way that you're not giving away your data to the next owner. -- ZDNet.
  14. How to Upgrade to an iPhone 7 Without Getting Ripped Off: It used to be relatively cheap and easy to upgrade to the latest iPhone. Just renew your contract and get a new phone. Now that carriers are phasing out contracts, however, getting your paws on an iPhone 7 is going to cost you. But it doesn't have to break the bank. -- Gizmodo.
  15. Apple's iPhone upgrade program: How to turn your 6s into a 7: Apple shook up the iPhone buying experience last year with the addition of the iPhone Upgrade Program, which lets people level up their phones each year.

    That means those who signed up a year ago (and even some who have signed up more recently) can upgrade to the iPhone 7.

    Here's how that will work. -- Recode.
  16. On The Late Show last night, Stephen Colbert did his best Tim Cook impersonation to announce some of the iPhone 7's previously unannounced, highly impractical new features. -- Mashable.

Hands On: Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch Series 2
  1. How the Apple Watch Series 2's 'swim-proof' technology works: Article Image At its press event on Wednesday, Apple made a big deal out of the Apple Watch Series 2 being "swim-proof" -- here's how the technology operates, and what its limitations are. -- AppleInsider.
  2. Apple Watch Series 2 is Slightly Thicker and Heavier Due to Larger Battery: -While the Apple Watch Series 2 looks virtually indistinguishable from the Apple Watch Series 1 to the naked eye, tech specs confirm that second-generation models are actually slightly thicker and heavier than original models. -- MacRumors.
  3. Apple Watch Series 2 Impressions: Iterative Design, but Ceramic Impresses and Fitness Shows Promise: Alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 2 was a major hardware announcement at Apple's media event in San Francisco yesterday. The company pivoted slightly from the Apple Watch's original, fashion-focused unveiling, this time focusing on the internals of Series 2, and what it can do to push Apple forward in the fitness tracking category. -- MacRumors.
  4. Hands-On with Apple Watch Series 2: Faster, Better, Prettier: Bryan checked out Apple Watch Series 2 at Apple's hands-on demo, and was impressed. There's a lot to like in this second generation device, and he's gathered my hands-on impressions. -- The Mac Observe.
  5. Hands On With the Apple Watch Series 2: For better or worse, Apple is pushing on with their smartwatch endeavors in the form of the Apple Watch Series 2. For the most part I would say that there isn't a ton that can be said about the new watch in the context of a hands-on, but I figured that at least some discussion of the new ceramic casing would be interesting to see. -- AnandTech.

Colin Powell's e-mail tips: Use private phone line, personal AOL account… and keep mouth shut

Colin Powell's e-mail tips: Use private phone line, personal AOL account… and keep mouth shut

In an e-mail exchange with then-incoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell warned that the State Department Diplomatic Security (DS) would "[drive] you crazy if you let them." The e-mail, released yesterday by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), ranking minority member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, warned Clinton about the risks of using a personal mobile device in her job--but also detailed how Powell had flouted security rules set by the State Department and National Security Agency in his own daily use of mobile devices. -- Ars Technica.

Belkin--not Apple--comes to the rescue with an iPhone 7 headphone-and-charge dongle

Belkin--not Apple--comes to the rescue with an iPhone 7 headphone-and-charge dongle

If the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are anything like their predecessors, chances are they'll need to be recharged on occasion--like, for example, when you're riding a plane or a bus. One of the many complaints about the new Lightning-only hardware revision is that in these cases, music and podcast fans with wired headphones won't be able to charge up and listen to audio at the same time. That scenario goes whether you're using old 3.5mm headphones via the smartphone's adapter or upgrading to newer Lightning-port headphones. Charge or listen. Not both. -- Ars Technica.

Hands On: AirPods

AirPods
  1. AirPods Impressions: Potential 'Game-Changer' With Good Design, but Will They Stay in the Ear?: To compensate for the lack of a 3.5mm headphone port on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple yesterday introduced the "AirPods." The wireless headphones give users 5 hours of music playback, and come in a carrying case that doubles as a battery pack, holding an extra 24 hours of charge in a small, 2-inch tall frame. -- MacRumors.
  2. Hands-on with Apple's AirPods wireless headphones: Article Image The future will be wireless. At least, that's what Apple's hoping to be the case, after the company not only ditched the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, but also unveiled a new pair of completely wireless earbuds called AirPods. AppleInsider offers a closer look with this hands-on video. -- AppleInsider.
  3. Highlight of the Apple Hype: Wireless Earbuds: The usual swarm of rumor and speculation points to the end of the iPhone headphone jack. -- New York Times.
  4. Apple Moves Toward a Wireless Future, One Tweak at a Time: What was lacking in Apple's product showcase was a new, can't-miss hit. But if you like tweaks to products you may already have, the company had plenty to offer. -- New York Times.
  5. Apple AirPods: What is the W1? That is one of the great mysteries of Apple's AirPods, something we're sure to figure out over the next few days. But at least we got to wear Apple's new wireless headphones for a little while, so we have some initial impressions of the $159 pair that Apple is going to be pushing hard at iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners. -- PC Magazine.

A Wide Range of Important Apple Patents came to Life Today During Apple's Special Event

A Wide Range of Important Apple Patents came to Life Today During Apple's Special Event

Apple introduced the iPhone 7 earlier today and while watching Apple's Senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller introduce the iPhone 7, it was evident once again that several patents and categories of patents were fulfilled today. Our report points out some of the more obvious inventions that came to life today while presenting you with a series of five Apple product videos that succinctly summarize each of the products that were launched today in all their glory. -- Patently Apple.

Oops! You can't play most protected digital video on an external Mac monitor

Oops! You can't play most protected digital video on an external Mac monitor

We address the frequent questions about problems about streaming or viewing digital video on a Macs with an external monitor or HDTV set. -- Macworld.


How to reset your Mac before selling it

How to reset your Mac before selling it

How do I clear my Mac so I can sell it? You just have to reformat your hard drive and reinstall a clean version of OS X. -- iMore.

Perhaps it is time Apple set OS X free

Perhaps it is time Apple set macOS free

Apple's decision to refrain from announcing that macOS Sierra will ship on September 20 during its iPhone 7 reveal set me thinking. I love Macs. I love them for the same reason I always did -- they are the world's best creative tools to enable creative people to do creative things. -- Computerworld.

Cracked iPhone Screen? Now It's Cheaper to Fix

Cracked iPhone Screen? Now It's Cheaper to Fix

AppleCare+ customers will have to pay just $29, instead of the full $99, to get their busted screen fixed.

Alongside its glitzy reveal of the iPhone 7 and new smartwatches, Apple yesterday quietly made some changes to its smartphone repair program pricing. -- 9to5Mac.

September 08Thursday's News


Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 2, The Ultimate Device For A Healthy Life

Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 2, The Ultimate Device For A Healthy Life

Today, Apple® introduced Apple Watch® Series 2, the next generation of the world's most popular smartwatch. Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with incredible fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming,* and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone®. Apple Watch Series 2 also features a dramatically brighter display and a powerful dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS® 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay®. Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16. -- Apple PR.

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus --The Best, Most Advanced iPhone Ever

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus --The Best, Most Advanced iPhone Ever

Apple® today introduced iPhone® 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the best, most advanced iPhone ever, packed with unique innovations that improve all the ways iPhone is used every day. The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before, more power and performance with the best battery life ever in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers, wide color system from camera to display, two new beautiful finishes, and is the first water and dust resistant iPhone. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16. -- Apple PR.

Apple Reinvents the Wireless Headphone with AirPods

Apple Reinvents the Wireless Headphone with AirPods

Apple® today introduced AirPods™, innovative new wireless headphones that use advanced technology to reinvent how we listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri®, providing a wireless audio experience not possible before. AirPods eliminate the hassles of wireless headphones, by just flipping open the lid of its innovative charging case and with one tap, they are instantly set up and ready to work with your iPhone® and Apple Watch®. Advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access your favorite personal assistant with just a double tap. This revolutionary experience is enabled by the new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip, which enables AirPods to deliver high-quality audio and industry-leading battery life in a completely wireless design. AirPods will be available starting in late October. -- Apple PR.

Apple introduces real time, cross-platform iWork collaboration

Apple introduces real time, cross-platform iWork collaboration

Article Image Apple on Wednesday announced a new iWork feature that allows both Mac and iOS users to collaborate on a variety of Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents in real time. -- Apple PR.

Apple releases iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 GM seeds, Sierra to launch Sept. 20

Apple releases iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 GM seeds, Sierra to launch Sept. 20

Article Image Following Wednesday's iPhone event, Apple issued golden master versions of iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and Xcode 8 to developers ahead of public releases this fall. -- Apple Insider.


Apple quietly doubles iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 storage, lowers iPad Pro prices

Apple quietly doubles iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 storage, lowers iPad Pro prices

Article Image While not announced onstage during Wednesday's iPhone event, Apple has quietly updated its iPad lineup specifications with storage buffs for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, and price drops for the top-of-the-line 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. -- AppleInsider.

Jet black iPhone 7 potentially vulnerable to scratching, Apple admits

Jet black iPhone 7 potentially vulnerable to scratching, Apple admits

Article Image People considering the jet black versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus should be careful, as those options are more prone to scuffing and scratching, Apple notes on its website. -- AppleInsider.

Yes, you can hack cell phones like on Mr. Robot--just not the way they did

Yes, you can hack cell phones like on Mr. Robot--just not the way they did

In the series' latest episode, hero-hacker Elliot Alderson launches an attack script called crackSIM from a real-world device--Pwnie Express' PwnPhone--to allow him to eavesdrop on a cell phone call. As superhuman as the attack seems, it's yet another realistic portrayal from Adana and his team. Yes, this hack is technically possible. It's also possible for an attacker to eavesdrop on a cell phone call. But this being a ~50 minute cable series, creative license does ultimately rear its head. And unfortunately, the hack Elliot used wouldn't work to do the eavesdropping as we understand infosec today. Instead, the show (rightfully) took a few artistic liberties when demonstrating how such an attack would happen. -- Ars Technica.

Stealing login credentials from a locked PC or Mac just got easier

Stealing login credentials from a locked PC or Mac just got easier

Snatching the login credentials of a locked computer just got easier and faster, thanks to a technique that requires only $50 worth of hardware and takes less than 30 seconds to carry out.

Rob Fuller, a principal security engineer at R5 Industries, said the hack works reliably on Windows devices and has also succeeded on OS X, although he's working with others to determine if it's just his setup that's vulnerable. [FEAR NOT. IT REQUIRES PHISICAL ACCESS.] -- Ars Technica.

iPhone 7 Home button may not be love at first feel

iPhone 7 Home button may not be love at first feel

Tech journalists who got their hands on an iPhone 7 Wednesday sometimes felt uneasy with what they were touching.

The most off-putting feature seemed to be the Home button. The once satisfying click of the button has a new sensation thanks to a Taptic Engine. The response to its touch ranged from "awful" to "weird" to the more delicate "it will take some getting used to." -- Cult of Mac.

Extending the Power of OS X Photos

Extending the Power of OS X Photos

Apple's free image-editing software for the Mac becomes more versatile when you add in little third-party programs.

Like other photo-editing programs, Apple's Photos for OS X can use third-party extensions to add advanced editing tools and utilities to the software. For example, certain Photos extensions can supply filters, borders, watermarks and special effects to a photo when you have it open in the program's Edit mode. -- New York Times.


One Man's Opinion: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

One Man's Opinion: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Once again Apple showed us what it thinks about those of us who use desktops and OS X. In case you missed it during the event yesterday; oh, wait; you didn't miss it because it wasn't there.

So it seems that if you want software features or advanced technology in the future you will not be getting it ever again on a desktop and in or on OS X.

I know I have said this in a previous column, but yesterday's Apple announcements just underscores it. As an example, you may remember I reported that some Mac Pro support pages archived by Apple, will no longer be updated

Other than making all connections to desktops wireless I don't see anything in the desktop future. There are not even any "rumors" about faster chips, etc. for desktops.

And don't get me started on why the event took an hour and forty-five minutes when it could have been done in thirty. Marketing filler. "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

Don't get me wrong, I like my iPhone and my wife LOVES her iPad but iMac and MacPro users are people too and deserve some love and support.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Apple launches Everyone Can Code to teach kids Swift

Apple launches Everyone Can Code to teach kids Swift

Technology has a language. It's called code. And we believe coding is an essential skill. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. And it helps you build apps that bring your ideas to life. We think everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world. So we've designed a new approach to coding that lets anyone learn, write, and teach it. -- Apple PR.

Headphone Jack at Heaven's Gate

Headphone Jack at Heaven's Gate

 

September 07Wednesday's News


Some Mac Pro support pages archived by Apple, will no longer be updated

Some Mac Pro support pages archived by Apple, will no longer be updated

Article Image Apple has moved some of its support pages specifically detailing the redesigned 2013 Mac Pro to the archives, and will no longer be updating them, signaling a possible refresh or retirement of the computer. -- AppleInsider.


Apple Special Event

Apple Special Event

Join us here on September 7 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote live.


Virtual assembly lines are making the auto industry more flexible

Virtual assembly lines are making the auto industry more flexible

Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing has many aliases: Short-Cycle Manufacturing, Continuous-Flow Manufacturing, the Kanban System (Kanban itself being only an element of JIT manufacturing), and the Toyota Production System. That last one is in its fifties, codified and instituted at Toyota in the 1960s. The notion arrived on Western shores roughly 20 years later. -- Ars Technica.

Why Star Trek's Prime Directive could never be enforced

Why Star Trek's Prime Directive could never be enforced

Asking lawyers about Star Trek is a bit like asking bike mechanics what their favorite beer is. Even if it's not their area of professional expertise, they have lots of clear, well thought-out opinions on the subject. One day last month, I put out a quick call for Trek-minded attorneys, and they flooded in. Within minutes, this actual e-mail message landed in my inbox. -- Ars Technica.

How to use Memories to create stunning slideshows in macOS Sierra

How to use Memories to create stunning slideshows in macOS Sierra

Photos are personal, and no one knows this better than Apple, the company behind the acclaimed "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign. With that in mind, macOS Sierra boasts a new "Memories" feature, letting you rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from your library by automatically creating gorgeous slideshows and curated photo collections.

Here's how to take advantage of this feature when running the latest Mac operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Touch ID Biometrics & Lightning Connector

Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Touch ID Biometrics & Lightning Connector

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patents for their Lightning connector and one relating to Touch ID biometrics. -- Patently Apple.


On Hacking During the U.S. Presidential Campaign

On Hacking During the U.S. Presidential Campaign

During a period of partisan debate about threats to political uses of information technology, Jeff Porten tries to bring a technical perspective to a noisy argument.

Technology has been front and center of this year's presidential campaign, and not in a good way. We argued endlessly about Hillary Clinton's implementation of email while she was Secretary of State, we learned about the hack of the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic campaign organizations, and we were treated to the spectacle of a presidential nominee requesting a foreign government to release more stolen documents. Whether or not that request was sarcastic, it pretty much ensured that subsequent discussion would be devoid of technical detail in favor of campaign optics. I hope to rectify that situation somewhat. -- TidBITS.

Double-digit speed & battery improvements to Google Chrome 53 see Mac use 33% less power

Double-digit speed & battery improvements to Google Chrome 53 see Mac use 33% less power

With performance and battery concerns being a common knock against Chrome, Google promised that future updates would provide enhancements in both areas. A post on the Chrome Blog details how the browser now uses 33% less power on the Mac when compared to a year ago. -- 9to5Mac.

HTML5 is the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML. The term represents two different concepts: It is a new version of the language HTML, with new elements, attributes, and behaviors, and a larger set of technologies that allows more diverse and powerful Web sites and applications.Jun 1, 2016

Running the HTML5 Test:
Chrome (53.0.2785.89 (64-bit)) 499/555
FireFox (48.0.1) 461/555
Safari (9.1.3 (11601.7.8)) 367/555

If a browser passes all tests it would receive the maximum score of 555. Previous versions of the HTML5test had less tests and therefore also a lower maximum score, such as 160, 300, 450, 475 and 500 points. Previous versions of this test also awarded bonus points for some features, but as of version 5, we no longer do.

All three pass the Acid3 Test.

What to do if your Mac shows the wrong battery level

What to do if your Mac shows the wrong battery level

All Macs with internal batteries have an indicator that appears in the Menu Bar. In rare circumstances, the indicator may not display the correct battery level.

In this piece, we'll be talking about the various troubleshooting steps you should try to remedy this problem. -- iDownload Blog.

8 more macOS Sierra features you'll use

8 more macOS Sierra features you'll use

Apple's big iPhone reveal is approaching and Mac users like you and I are hoping we will soon be able to use the final version of the big macOS update, Sierra. When we get to do this (and it may not be for a few more weeks yet), here are a few things we can look forward to doing in the new OS. -- Computerworld.

15 Cool Ways to Use Siri in macOS Sierra

15 Cool Ways to Use Siri in macOS Sierra

Siri is finally coming to the Mac with the launch of macOS Sierra this fall. For the first time, Apple's personal digital assistant will be able to answer your queries and improve your experience both on your iPhone or iPad while on the go, and now on your Mac at home. -- TekRevue.

A Few Words About Cloned Mac Backups

A Few Words About Cloned Mac Backups

When it comes to backing up your Mac there's good news and bad news. The good news is that Mac users have plenty of good backup choices. The bad news is that Apple's backup-- Time Machine-- is one of the worst.

In the past I've advocated a multi-pronged approach to backing up Mac files. A clone of the Mac's disk drive itself. Backing up critical files between Macs. Backing up critical files online and off premise. And Time Machine. No more. -- Mac360.

New Siri commands smarter, but not smart enough

New Siri commands smarter, but not smart enough

Apple last week proudly rolled out some new capabilities for Siri, which will presumably take effect with iOS 10's rollout on Wednesday (Sept. 7). The changes address one of my long-sought capabilities, which is to make getting a ride a lot easier. Alas, it demands more specificity than would be optimal. -- Computerworld.

An Algorithm May Soon Cover Your Local Sports Team

An Algorithm May Soon Cover Your Local Sports Team

A Spanish startup is promising to revolutionize readers' access to often unreported news. The unreported news in question, however, is not overlooked disasters or under-reported tragedies in far-flung countries, but minor league sporting events.

David Llorente, co-founder of Narrativa, said was inspired to develop an AI-powered content generation system after he tried fruitlessly to find coverage of minor league soccer games from other countries in his native Spanish. -- MOTHERBOARD.

September 06Tuesday's News


Genius Bar doesn't hire retired Apple engineer, fires up age discrimination debate

Genius Bar doesn't hire retired Apple engineer, fires up age discrimination debate

Article Image The Apple engineer responsible for the OS X migration to Intel was never called back after an Apple retail Genius interview, and an op-ed is again sparking discussion about alleged age bias in Silicon Valley. -- New York Times.


What to expect from Apple's September 7th event

What to expect from Apple's September 7th event

Apple's big September product presentation is happening on Wednesday--WWDC in June is when we find out about software, but when it comes to the hardware that the company makes most of its money from, September is Apple's biggest event of the year. -- Ars Technica.

How to view song lyrics in the Music app in iOS 10

How to view song lyrics in the Music app in iOS 10

Apple's stock Music app is getting a big overhaul with iOS 10, and one of the biggest new features to look forward to is the ability to view lyrics while listening to favorite tracks. Here's what you need to do to find them. -- Cult of Mac.

Keeping Your Old Phone Alive and Working

Keeping Your Old Phone Alive and Working

Some of us like our older phones and want to keep them. I know for many just getting a new battery will be enough, so what resources are available for those of us who want to keep our older iPhones, Android phones and other gear going for as long as possible?

Even if your trusty smartphone is no longer supported or updated by its maker, you can keep it going with replacement parts and tender loving care. -- New York Times.

Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box

Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box

Tips, and lots of them, start today's show. Audiobooks, Finder tweaks, securing your Mac and more! Then it's time to talk about how your accounts can disappear and reappear, why your printer driver might want to listen to the network, how to view 35mm slides on your Mac and how your iPad keypad might change names! All this and much more on today's Mac Geek Gab. -- The Mac Observer.

New iPhones and Apple Watches coming; here's how to get the most money for your trade-in

New iPhones and Apple Watches coming; here's how to get the most money for your trade-in

We know Apple is going to announce the iPhone 7/Plus and an updated Apple Watch next week and that's really exciting. However, one small downside of the upcoming announcement is the impending drop in value of your soon-to-be-outdated Apple devices, whether they are your daily drivers or an older device that's been sitting in your desk. -- 9to5Mac.

Win LG's new 38-inch UltraWide USB-C monitor & a $10,000 workstation (Contest & Giveaway)

Win LG's new 38-inch UltraWide USB-C monitor & a $10,000 workstation (Contest & Giveaway)

To help introduce the new 38-inch LG UltraWide USB-C monitor, we're teaming up with LG this month on its Dream Canvas contest that will see it give away 15 of the new monitors -- alongside a $10,000 workstation to one grand prize winner.

Since the new monitor and its huge 38-inch curved display is geared towards creators like the rest of LG's UltraWide lineup, LG is calling on artists to submit wallpaper creations that will fit perfectly on the new 3840 x 1600 LG UltraWide display. -- 9to5Mac.

Limited options for viewing music, album repeat, and duplicate tracks

Limited options for viewing music, album repeat, and duplicate tracks

Sometimes it's the little things. Sometimes you just want an app to display your content the way you want, but with Apple, it's not always the case. Take the Music app; you can no longer view a list of albums and songs, and this annoys some users. Some people want to play an album on repeat; it turns out there's a way to do this, but it's not obvious to everyone. And here's something iTunes does well: it alerts you when you add duplicate tracks to a playlist. -- Macworld.

Apple and Fixing Critical Security Problems

Apple and Fixing Critical Security Problems

At one time, it was thought that Apple paid little more than lip service to security problems on Macs and iOS gear. True, each maintenance update usually included a set of security fixes, but what if something occurred between those releases? Would Apple act quickly to keep customers safe? -- The Tech Night Owl .

Fix iOS 10 iMessage Effects Not Working In Messages App, Here's How

Fix iOS 10 iMessage Effects Not Working In Messages App, Here's How

iMessage effects not working in iOS 10 Messages app? Here's how to fix this issue on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. -- Redmond Pie.


How to Use Your Mac as a Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple TV

How to Use Your Mac as a Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple TV

Most Apple TV owners get annoyed attempting to enter text into the search box using the Apple Siri Remote. Fortunately there are alternative ways to make this a little easier, such as using an iPhone, iPad or Bluetooth keyboard, now there's another alternative that lets you type from your Mac, the useful Typeeto utility. -- About Tech.

How to customize sounds on your iPhone or iPad

How to customize sounds on your iPhone or iPad

Every time you receive a call, text, email, or calendar notification your iPhone or iPad will make a sound. All these sounds have defaults and most of them are different so you can tell them apart; however, you can customize all the sounds your iPhone and iPad makes each time a notification is received or an action -- such as sending an email or making a Facebook post -- is performed. -- iMore.

How to use True Tone on your iPad

How to use True Tone on your iPad

How do you get your iPad display to look less yellow or blue and more paper white? With Apple's new True Tone technology!

True Tone was designed to make looking at a screen more like looking at a sheet of paper. By using four-channel ambient light sensors to match the lighting around you, the screen adjusts its color temperature (think warm and cool colors) for a more natural and balanced look. This makes reading and browsing more comfortable. -- iMore.

Everything you need to know about wireless charging

Everything you need to know about wireless charging

No smart home would be complete without wireless chargers to keep the batteries your smart devices topped off. We'll help you choose the right standard.

Wireless charging is one of the most liberating developments in technology today. Instead of searching for and fiddling with wall warts and cables, or crawling under my desk to reach an AC outlet, I just set my Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone on a special pad to top off its battery. When I need to use the phone or leave the house, I pick up it and go--there's nothing to disconnect or unplug. It's awesome. -- TechHive.

5 tasks you didn't know your iPhone could do

5 tasks you didn't know your iPhone could do

You may be gazing at it constantly, but your iPhone still has a few surprises up its sleeve.

Yes, we're all aware of the camera, the clock and the calculator, but did you know your iPhone can also be a level? Well, it can. -- Mashable.

iPad multitasking: Ultimate Guide

iPad multitasking: Ultimate Guide

How do you use gesture navigation, slide over, split view, and picture-in-picture on your iPad? Here's everything you need to know!

What Apple calls "iPad Multitasking" really refers to several different things. The first is multitouch navigation that lets you use four finger gestures for fast app switching. The second is multi-window multitasking, which lets you use two apps side-by side in slide over or split view mode, and optionally watch a video as well in picture-in-picture mode. -- iMore.

September 02Friday's News


New USB-C-to-HDMI spec will enable adapter-free display hookups for MacBooks

New USB-C-to-HDMI spec will enable adapter-free display hookups for MacBooks

Article Image The company responsible for licensing the HDMI specification on Thursday introduced the "HDMI Alternate Mode" for USB-C, which should allow devices like Apple's 12-inch MacBook to connect displays without the help of an adapter. -- AppleInsider.

Apple opens blog on third-party Siri integration, highlighting Pinterest, Vogue & more

Apple opens blog on third-party Siri integration, highlighting Pinterest, Vogue & more

Article Image In an unusual move, Apple has launched a blog promoting iOS 10's third-party app integration for Siri, initially focusing on the voice assistant's image-related search capabilities. -- AppleInsider.

Apple to begin removing old, unmaintained apps from the App Store

Apple to begin removing old, unmaintained apps from the App Store

Apple is making a few small tweaks to its App Store Review Guidelines for developers ahead of the release of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this fall. The changes, which Apple is currently telling registered developers about via e-mail, are meant to cut dead wood out of the App Store and to make it easier for users to find better apps. These are the latest in a series of App Store changes implemented since Apple worldwide marketing SVP Phil Schiller was given the reins back in December of 2015. -- Ars Technica.

'Foghorn' takes users out of phish-fighting with DNS 'greylisting'

'Foghorn' takes users out of phish-fighting with DNS 'greylisting'

Clickers gonna click. Despite mandatory corporate training, general security awareness, and constant harping about the risks of clicking on unverified links in e-mails and other documents, people have been, are now, and forever will click links where exploit kits and malware lurk. It's simply too easy with the slightest amount of targeted work to convince users to click. -- Ars Technica.

New OS X security updates patch same zero-days as iOS 9.3.5

New OS X security updates patch same zero-days as iOS 9.3.5

Just a few weeks after posting iOS 9.3.4 to fix a jailbreaking-related bug, Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 to all supported iPhones and iPads. The update provides an "important security update" and comes just a few weeks before the expected release of iOS 10, which is currently pretty far along in the developer/public beta process. -- Ars Technica.

How to use Siri to multitask more efficiently in macOS Sierra

How to use Siri to multitask more efficiently in macOS Sierra

Through innovations like "Hey Siri" on iOS, and the ability to pin Siri search results to your Mac's Notification Center, Apple has been working to make its virtual assistant more useful than ever. One more such application is the ability to use Siri to multitask on macOS Sierra.

Here's how to take advantage of this feature when running the latest Mac operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite

Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite

OS X El Capitan LogoApple today released Security Update 2016-001 for OS X El Capitan users, introducing important security fixes to the operating system. Apple has also also introduced Security Update 2016-005 for OS X Yosemite users. -- MacRumors.


Music for iOS 10: A Tour of the Big Changes

Music for iOS 10: A Tour of the Big Changes

Music for iOS 10 gets a complete revamp, and for the better. Quite a bit has changed, disappeared, and improved. Dave Chartier offers his guide to getting acquainted with this key piece of iOS 10 software. -- The Mac Observer.

Turn Your Phone Into an Early Warning System

Turn Your Phone Into an Early Warning System

Mobile alerts and free tools can notify you and help you prepare for emergencies including extreme weather, natural disasters and other crisis situations.

Unless you have disabled the feature, your smartphone is probably set to automatically receive free Wireless Emergency Alerts issued by government agencies. These messages can warn of extreme weather situations in your area, local emergencies that require some sort of immediate action or evacuation, and Amber Alerts regarding missing children. The system can also broadcast Presidential alerts in a national crisis. -- .

A mysterious stranger appears in Mail's To field: Mail can fill in the blanks oddly from its Previous Recipients list

A mysterious stranger appears in Mail's To field: Mail can fill in the blanks oddly from its Previous Recipients list

I was innocently checking the Mac 911 inbox and answering messages, when I noticed the To: field in Apple's Mail app for OS X had changed. Instead of it showing mac911@macworld.com, an address I hadn't put in my local Contacts list and given an associated name to, it showed the name of a recent correspondent. Let's call her Amber Raptor. -- Macworld.

Death comes for Headphone Jack!

Death comes for Headphone Jack!

 


September 01Thursday's News


Apple opens job positions for Turi 'machine learning division'

Apple opens job positions for Turi 'machine learning division'

Article Image Not long after confirming its takeover of artificial intelligence and machine learning firm Turi, Apple is already beginning to make related hirings, referring to the company as its "new machine learning division" in official listings. -- AppleInsider.

Bill Nye returns to TV in 2017 with Netflix talk show

Bill Nye returns to TV in 2017 with Netflix talk show

Bill Nye's social capital has been on the rise in recent years, as he has transitioned from a kid-friendly science show host to a no-nonsense defender of hard science (and bow ties). His polite aggression has appeared on talk shows, lecture halls, and comedy series, but none of his enjoyable bluster has come in his own series in some time. -- Ars Technica.

New cloud attack takes full control of virtual machines with little effort

New cloud attack takes full control of virtual machines with little effort

The world has seen the most unsettling attack yet resulting from the so-called Rowhammer exploit, which flips individual bits in computer memory. It's a technique that's so surgical and controlled that it allows one machine to effectively steal the cryptographic keys of another machine hosted in the same cloud environment. -- Ars Technica.

Caught in the act: How and why you should invest in a dash cam

Caught in the act: How and why you should invest in a dash cam

No one gets into their car thinking they're going to get into an accident--that, is until they do. Luckily, we now have dash cams, in-car technology that can be helpful to drivers in the event something goes wrong while they're behind the wheel. If you don't have one in your car already, you've probably heard about dash cams on the news when footage from a tense police encounter or from a foreign country like Russia has been featured due to an unusual situation. However, you likely won't encounter meteorites and crashing airplanes as often as you will annoyingly aggressive drivers. -- Ars Technica.

World's fiercest iPhone jailbreaker can be shy in the spotlight

World's fiercest iPhone jailbreaker can be shy in the spotlight

The leading figure in the jailbreak community has the ideal name in defending your right to circumvent your iPhone's operating system.

Jay Freeman is known to serve his community with a Braveheart-like passion, defending the practice with the sharp edge of his intellect and a seemingly inexhaustible energy for argument. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 12 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 12 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks

Apple today released another update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 12 includes bug fixes and updates for JavaScript, Web APIs, Web Inspector, MathML, CSS, rendering, and accessibility. Several security fixes are also included.

Is There Anything Apple Can't Do? That's Now a Problem

Is There Anything Apple Can't Do? That's Now a Problem

Once upon a time, Apple was famous for saying "no" to harebrained or even some legitimate product ideas. That was an essential strategy for Apple to emerge from its troubles in the 1990s. Now, however, a much larger company is increasing its surface area to the customer. That, combined with Apple's organizational structure, is creating some problems that we're seeing today. John explains. -- The Mac Observer.

Walt Mossberg Evaluates Tim Cook's Apple

Walt Mossberg Evaluates Tim Cook's Apple

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg has taken a look at Apple under CEO Tim Cook, five years after Cook took the position. Overall, Mossberg praised Cook for guiding the company to new financial heights, refining its popular product lines, and retaining most of its senior talent. However, Mossberg deducts points for the fact that Apple under Cook has yet to introduce a game-changing product, though he admits that the Apple Watch might be that game-changer, saying that it took 3--4 years before the iPod took off. We'd also note that some of Apple's biggest wins were actually low-hanging fruit -- the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and MacBook Air all entered markets with radically inferior competition (the iPad didn't have much to compete with in terms of tablets, but Steve Jobs set it against the entire netbook category). But there isn't much low-hanging fruit left in the consumer electronics world. -- Recode.

Plex apps add DVR feature for capturing free over-the-air TV shows

Plex apps add DVR feature for capturing free over-the-air TV shows

Popular media server Plex is today announcing a new a DVR feature that enables recording of free over-the-air content using a digital antenna and digital tuner. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS Hidden Treasures: 15 Startup Key Combinations

macOS Hidden Treasures: 15 Startup Key Combinations

When Mac trouble strikes, these 15 startup key combinations provide access to all sorts of troubleshooting and repair tools that could save your bacon.

When the proverbial manure hits the fan and prevents your Mac from booting as you want, knowing the right startup key combination can save the day, whether you boot into Safe Mode, Recovery, Apple Diagnostics, or from another disk entirely. -- TidBITS.

Converting a regular video to slow motion with iMovie on Mac

Converting a regular video to slow motion with iMovie on Mac

Slow motion videos are one of the fun aspects of using your iPhone for videogprahy. You can record videos in 120 or 240 frames per second and then watch it play back in a much slower manner than it typically would. -- iDownload Blog.

iOS 10 is still a mess, but at least it's a snappy, stable mess

iOS 10 is still a mess, but at least it's a snappy, stable mess

I've now been using the iOS 10 beta for almost eight long, painful weeks. But now that we're a week away from a release date for Apple's newest mobile operating system, I thought I'd give you an update of where I think it's at, and what you can expect when it's finally released in a few weeks. -- ZDNet.

How Apple's Siri Conquers The Tech World

How Apple's Siri Conquers The Tech World

Siri is typical Apple. Plenty of initial pomp and circumstance, but the devil is in the details, so here we are years later, and Siri has become something of a disappointment among certified members of the technorati elite, despite having collected about a billion users since the launch in 2011 with iPhone 4s. Yes, it's been that long. -- McSolo.

Half Of People Click Anything Sent To Them

Half Of People Click Anything Sent To Them

Security experts often talk about the importance of educating people about the risks of "phishing" e-mails containing links to malicious websites. But sometimes, even awareness isn't enough. A study by researchers at a university in Germany found that about half of the subjects in a recent experiment clicked on links from strangers in e-mails and Facebook messages--even though most of them claimed to be aware of the risks. -- Ars Technica.