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Apple AR headset rumors: Apple may release headset in 2022, glasses by 2023

3 hours 14 minutes ago

We’ve heard rumors that Apple is working on some kind of augmented reality headset for years now, and those rumors have started building steam. Certain builds of iOS 13 are packed with references to what looks like AR headsets, either in the form of glasses or a face-mounted display like the Google Daydream (or both).

The most credible rumors suggest we may see whatever Apple’s been working on within a matter of months (or at least a couple of years), and so we’ve compiled those reports in one handy spot so you’ll know what to expect.

Updated 11/11/2019: Added new rumors from a report in The Information. 

Apple may be planning to release headset in 2022 and glasses by 2023

Most rumors about Apple's augmented reality headset—even those from reliable analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo—have focused on a 2020 release date. A November 11 report from The Information, though, claims Apple will release a larger AR headset in 2022 and then release its AR glasses by 2023. Per The Verge, Apple will reportedly start contacting developers about designing apps for the headset in 2021.

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Leif Johnson

BBEdit 13 review: A lucky number indeed for revered macOS text editor

9 hours 17 minutes ago

Pop quiz for longtime Mac users: How many applications currently installed on your system have been there for close to 30 years? If you have a list, it’s likely to be short. But there’s a good chance BBEdit will be on it.

The venerable BBEdit is a text editor that has long held a place of honor among wordsmiths and coders, and with good reason. Although few will ever take advantage of everything it offers, we’re all better for having such a gleefully comprehensive arsenal of features at our fingertips.

Catching up

Before jumping into BBEdit 13, let’s recap what was new with version 12, a significant overhaul launched in late 2017. That release was the first to run entirely as a 64-bit application, allowing BBEdit to not only open larger text files than ever before, but also process them faster and more efficiently.

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J.R. Bookwalter

Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

1 day 10 hours ago

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's current Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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Alaina Yee

AirPods vs. AirPods Pro vs. Powerbeats Pro: Which wireless earbuds are best for you?

2 days 23 hours ago

Apple now makes three sets of wireless earbuds that use its H1 chip: The AirPods, the AirPods Pro, and the Powerbeats Pro from its Beats division.

That H1 chip means easy pairing to your iPhone, hands-free Siri, automatic pairing with all your Apple devices through iCloud, and better power management. If you have an iPhone, you probably want earbuds with it. Which of the three is best?

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Jason Cross

Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Adam Scott to star in Severance, produced and directed by Ben Stiller

3 days 2 hours ago

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on 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 all that money? Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

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Jason Cross

Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

3 days 4 hours ago

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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Leif Johnson

Apple Arcade: Apple adds six new games, including 'Discolored' and 'Marble It Up: Mayhem!'

3 days 5 hours ago

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

Got questions? Fortunately we have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 11/8/19: Added six new games.

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Macworld Staff

AirPods Pro review: Apple at its best

3 days 8 hours ago

Apple is at its best when it takes something that people find fiddly or annoying and then makes it effortless. And the new AirPods Pro are a perfect example.

They’re not the first wireless earbuds with noise cancelling, and they’re not the best-sounding wireless earbuds you can buy, but they do sound quite good and they’re just so easy that it’s just hard to go back to anything else.

Making wireless easy

The original AirPods have been a smash success, and it’s not because Apple invented the first truly wireless earbuds. Nor is it because they sound better than anything else in their price range.

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Jason Cross

What the AirPods Pro hint about Apple’s wearable AR philosophy

3 days 9 hours ago

I've spent the last week wearing Apple's new AirPods Pro. Not a week straight, I mean, but pretty consistently in all the places where I would usually use one of my other myriad sets of headphones.

In looking at the AirPods Pro as a product, I think there are important things to be gleaned from the choices Apple made in their design—the kind of design choices that may lend insight into the way Apple is thinking about the wearables market.

Wearables, of course, was the market that was sharply up in the company's most recent quarterly results, and thus is clearly a place that Apple is likely to be focusing some attention in the future. And with rumors of Apple's AR goggles/glasses starting to coalesce around next year, the AirPods Pro might key us into how Apple is thinking about entering the still nascent (or perhaps non-existent) market for augmented reality headsets.

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Dan Moren

Best password managers: Reviews of the top products

4 days ago
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. We review LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, 1Password, and others to find the best one for managing passwords.
Michael Ansaldo

Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.2.2 with fix for background apps problem

4 days 1 hour ago

Apple has just released iOS 13.2.2 for iPhones and iPadOS 13.2.2 for iPads. The minor release fixes several bugs, including an annoying background app management issue that cropped up in iOS 13.2. The bug would cause background apps to aggressively quit, so you would have to reload them as soon as you switch back. 

The release notes for iOS 13.2.2 are as follows:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background.
  • Resolves an issue where iPhone may temporarily lose cellular service after a call.
  • Addresses an issue where cellular data may temporarily not be available.
  • Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable.
  • Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt.
  • Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories.

The release notes for iPadOS 13.2.2 are almost exactly the same, without the mentions of cellular service fixes:

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Jason Cross

Best cheap Apple Watch bands: Aftermarket straps that cost a fraction of Apple's options

4 days 5 hours ago

Apple smartly (though quietly) ditched the Apple Watch’s original overt association with luxury fashion not long after launch, but you can still catch a whiff of it when browsing for bands on Apple’s own site. They start at $49, and a well-crafted strap of leather from Hermès can end up costing almost as much as the device itself.

There’s no need to spend that kind of cash. You’ll find a host of quality Apple Watch bands on other sites, and many of them are just as good as what Apple offers, but for a fraction of the price. Below, we’ve collected our favorite bands that cost $30 or less. We’ll continually update it as we receive more. 

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