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iOS 13.1: Beta 4 has been released for developers and public beta testers

4 hours 48 minutes ago

We’re still weeks away from the release of iOS 13, and Apple has started beta testing iOS 13.1. It’s a highly unusual move; we can’t recall Apple ever starting external beta tests of its iOS point releases well before the the prior version is finished.

This first major update to iOS 13 will bring several features that appear not to be in the initial iOS 13 release. The early timing makes us think that iOS 13.1 will be release relatively quickly after iOS 13, perhaps even by late September when the new iPhones are expected to release.

Updated 09/18/19: The fourth beta of iOS 13.1 has been released for both developers and public beta testers.

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Jason Cross

Apple Watch Series 5 reviews praise the always-on display, but battery life is a ‘compromise’

8 hours 17 minutes ago

The new iPhones and their fancy cameras might be getting all of the attention, but they aren’t the only new Apple products going on sale this week. The Apple Watch Series 5 ($399 to $1,399) is also set to hit shelves and based on the early reviews, day-one adopters will be very happy.

While the new watch is a very modest upgrade, every reviewer loved its marquee feature: the always-on display. Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber wrote almost exclusively about it in his review, concluding that he would have ordered one “even if Apple had put up a slide that said “’Just one new feature: Always-on display.’” He says that “no other feature or improvement to Apple Watch to date has ever made me this happy.”

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Michael Simon

How to make sure your sent email is copied to the right location in Mail

10 hours 14 minutes ago

When you send a message, your computer or mobile device is obviously not “sending” it, any more than a Star Trek transporter is “transporting” people to the surface of a planet. In both cases, the information that makes up the original is sent, but the original remains in place and is optionally deleted. (Yes, the crew is copied then destroyed, otherwise, you’d end up with a lot of Captain Kirks wandering around.)

With Mail for iOS and macOS, sent mail is always retained in a Sent mailbox. However, you can opt where that Sent folder is kept.

In macOS, find the settings through these steps:

  1. Select Mail > Preferences and click Accounts.

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Glenn Fleishman

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac review: Metal makes this one for the gamers

12 hours 14 minutes ago

Every year there are events we look forward to—the changing of seasons, favorite holidays—and those which evoke a sense of dread—filing taxes, standing in line to buy the latest iPhone. The now-annual upgrades to Parallels Desktop fall squarely into the former camp.

That’s because new releases of this magical application which allow Mac owners to run multiple operating systems at the same time are almost always a big improvement over previous versions. And wouldn’t you know it, they’ve done it again this year, too.

Heavy metal

For those who spend as much time in a Windows virtual machine as they do native macOS, Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is a godsend thanks to support for Apple’s hardware-accelerated Metal graphics API, which replaces aging OpenGL. As a result, Parallels now supports Windows applications that rely on DirectX 11, while offering improved performance for DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 as well.

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J.R. Bookwalter

Watch us unbox the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max

22 hours 29 minutes ago

On Tuesday, Macworld got its hands on the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max. We did a live unboxing broadcast on YouTube and took your comments and questions. If you missed it, you can watch the unboxing below.

We’ll be taking a close look at the new phones over the next few days. Stay tuned for our full review!

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Leif Johnson,

Roman Loyola,

Adam Patrick Murray

I played 53 Apple Arcade titles and enjoyed almost every one

1 day 1 hour ago

Yesterday I went a little nuts and played quick snippets of all 53 of the available Apple Arcade games in the iPadOS 13.1 beta (aside from What the Golf, which kept crashing on my iPad mini 5). I was exhausted by the end, but I wouldn’t say I was bored.

And while I never saw anything that immediately struck me as great, I can say with certainty that every game was at least good. Aside from Hot Lava, which frustrated me on the iPad with its first-person perspective, I’d be happy to jump into any of the other titles today. It’s a good start for a good service, but Apple Arcade’s future depends on how easily and frequently Apple can announce new, critically acclaimed games; how many top-tier developers it can attract; and whether it can adequately pay those developers.

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Leif Johnson

Macworld's October Digital Magazine: Is it time to replace your iPhone?

1 day 1 hour ago

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the October issue

In the October issue see the 5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone. We’ve also got 10 of our favorite complications for Apple Watch. Find out what Intel’s new chips mean for the future of MacBooks. Plus, 10 incredibly useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you should be using.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing

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Macworld Staff

Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple orders 'Mosquito Coast' series with Justin Theroux

1 day 5 hours ago

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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Jason Cross

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews call out massive leaps in photography, battery life, and value

1 day 7 hours ago

Apple’s new iPhone 11 ($699), iPhone 11 Pro ($999), and iPhone 11 Pro Max ($1,099) go on sale Friday, and right on schedule, the first round of reviews are in. As expected, people are loving them—so much so that some current-gen iPhone owners might want to consider upgrading.

In fact, Nilay Patel from The Verge wrote exactly that: “I think the iPhone 11 cameras are so good that they’re worth a year-over-year upgrade from the XR; I don’t usually say that.”

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Michael Simon

How to load a massive amount of data into Photos on a Mac set to Optimize Mac Storage

1 day 10 hours ago

iCloud Photos lets you keep full-resolution versions of your images and videos in iCloud storage, while letting you choose to store just optimized versions—thumbnails and low-res video previews—on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. That’s great, especially when you have more media than storage. When you need the full image or video, you can double-click it within Photos to retrieve it for local use.

The conundrum can come when you want to load a massive amount of media data into Photos on a Mac set to Optimize Mac Storage (in Photos > Preferences > iCloud) all at once instead of adding to it over time. The trick is to stagger your import. Let’s say you have—as one Macworld reader did—600GB of media data and a 128GB disk drive in your Mac.

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Glenn Fleishman

A sour note: Calling on Apple to stop doing keynotes

1 day 12 hours ago

Deriding the iPhone is so 2018. What’s hot this year is deriding iPhone events.

Writing for a local paper in the New York area called… [puts on reading glasses, squints]… The New York Times, Charlie Warzel called for Apple to stop doing product release keynotes. Because all our problems can be traced back to Apple keynotes.

John Gruber has already responded to Warzel’s piece but suffice it to say Warzel seems to have written it under the principle, “let the light of my burning strawmen guide your way.”

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The Macalope

iPhone 11 cases: What you can get right now

2 days 1 hour ago

Last year Apple called its lower-cost current-generation iPhone the “XR,” but this year’s comparable model gets the dignity of simply being called the “iPhone 11.” Case makers already have a pile of cool cases ready to go mere minutes after Apple’s announcement, and here we’ve compiled some of the standout models we know about for your convenience.

One note: We haven’t actually had a chance to handle many of these cases, so we don’t know how well they fit. Prior to an iPhone launch, case makers are usually working with schematics or dummy units, so occasionally you’ll find buttons that don’t properly line up once you slip them on the bonafide phone.

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Leif Johnson

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple confirms September 19 release date

2 days 3 hours ago

Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off on Monday, and as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It looks to be a doozy.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone and iPad when it releases this fall, along with details about supported devices and how to join the beta test to try it out early.

Update 09/16/19: We've updated this guide with the latest info about what will be in the iOS 13 release and what is coming at a later date.

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Jason Cross

Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know

2 days 3 hours ago

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally almost ready to launch. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service will feature premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Many questions remain, but fortunately we already have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 09/16/19: Some users with the iOS 13 or iOS 13.1 beta have access to Apple Arcade now, a few days ahead of its official launch. There are 53 games available; we have updated the list in this article.

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Leif Johnson

How to refresh the tiny tab icons in Safari when they start disappearing

2 days 10 hours ago

The wee little icon that appears for most websites in Safari tabs when you have Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show Website Icons in Tabs enabled is called a favicon. These micro-badges can help you identify a site by icon, instead of by tab name or other details.

Sometimes these tab icons and the similar ones in the bookmarks list go missing. You’ll see a generic globe symbol or even something that looks broken. A few years ago, I provided advice to reset the state of favicons, but Apple changed Safari’s storage of these little drawings in the interim.

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