Some people like the gigantic 15-inch MacBook Pros for work machines; still others miss the even larger 17-inch beasts. As for me, I prefer the cozy 13-inch model—and, in fact, I’m writing this on one right now. If you’re like me, you’ll be glad to know that Best Buy is selling the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook ProRemove non-product link as little as $999.99 as one of its Deals of the Day. That’s an impressive $300 off its normal price.
Updated 03/14/19: Apple has announced the dates for the 2019 WWDC conference. It will be held from June 3-7 in San Jose.
Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.
Apple on Thursday announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 (WWDC19) will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, from June 3 to June 7. The company also launched the WWDC19 website, where developers can get session information and tickets.
WWDC19 marks the 30th anniversary of the conference, which showcases the newest features in iOS, macOS, and other Apple products. While WWDC is only for developers and not open to the general public, Apple does make major announcements during the keynote presentation, which is usually streamed online on Apple’s website (though Apple has not formally announced that the WWDC19 keynote will be available online).
A huge SSD can make many elements of your computing life a whole lot easier, and today you can grab a massive—and ultra-fast—1TB Samsung T5 portable SSD that you can carry around with you for just $178 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $250 and the lowest we’ve ever seen it. (And we’ve been keeping a close eye on this one.)
The Samsung T5 packs a ton of space into a compact, shock-resistant body that weighs less than two ounces. You connect the drive to your gear via a USB-C port, while compatibility with Windows, Macs, and Android devices means it’ll work with pretty much everything except for iOS devices. In addition, it features speedy transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.
Superhero movies and anime have drawn thousands of fans towards comic books and manga, inspiring many to draw heroes of their own. If you’re interested in bringing your own heroes to life, you’ll need a robust illustrating program first. We recommend Clip Studio Paint PRO, a $29.99 digital art software made for comic fans and aspiring artists.
Clip Studio Paint PRO is the successor to Manga Studio and is currently used by over 4 million artists worldwide. The PRO version features over 10,000 free downloadable brushes, tones, 3D models, and other assets, which you can use to design your characters however you want. It’s RGB and CMYK compatible, so your artwork will always turn out the way it’s intended, whether you’re publishing on the web or in print. Additionally, it can be integrated with Photoshop and many other popular creative apps, so you can use its Clip Studio Paint PRO’s library of tools and assets to edit virtually any artistic project.
The big news this week is that Apple has invited members of the media to an event on March 25. What will Apple unveil? The Macworld staff also talks about things Apple could (and should) fix immediately, and we respond to audience hot takes. This is episode 643 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.Listen to episode 643
In less than two weeks, Tim Cook and Eddy Cue will take the stage to finally unveil Apple’s new video streaming service. The thinly veiled ”Show time” event will focus on Apple’s new services push, and we’re all expecting to get out first look at Apple’s new Netflix-style streaming service.
But a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that the new service might be light on original content. Instead, Apple is reportedly “racing” to nail down third-party premium content for the service to augment the lack of original programming at launch. According to Gurman, Apple’s original movies and TV shows are “still in development,” and the company isn’t planning on releasing its first shows until “later in the year at the earliest.”
People have told me they believe Apple’s Shortcuts app is more trouble than it’s worth, mainly because they think they can only access their Shortcuts through the app itself or via the More Options icon in an app like Safari.
But that’s not the case. With the help of a simple (if relatively hidden) setting, you can make a Shortcut as easily accessible as any other app on your iPhone’s home screen. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Open the Shortcuts app.
2. Click the Options bar (the three dots) on the Shortcut you want to access from your home screen.
3. In the new screen that appears, press the Settings toggle in the upper right-hand corner. It looks like two sets of toggles.
Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amp review: Make your smartphone sound like a high-res digital audio player
Where and when you buy your tax software can save you cash—which can take away a tiny bit of the sting if you end up owing cash to Uncle Sam.
If you’re looking to pay as little as possible for tax help, you’ll need a PC or Mac that can install software from a disc. For ease of use, you’ll want to go online and start a return directly with TurboTax, H&R Block, or the tax program of your choice.Cheat sheet
The current best tax software deals on the most popular editions:
In late 2018, Apple Music’s availability expanded to Amazon’s ecosystem with support on Echo speakers in the U.S. On Wednesday, Amazon announced that this support is expanding.
For U.S. customers, you can now use your Fire TV device to listen to Apple Music. U.K. customers will be happy to hear that support for both Echo and Fire TV is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
To set it up, just open your Alexa app and select the Apple Music skill. If you’ve already done this for an Echo, you won’t need to do it again for the Fire TV, it’ll just be there. You can then give commands like, “Alexa, play R&B on Apple Music” or “Alexa, play music by Ariana Grande on Apple Music.”
If you need to get some reading done without lugging around a ton of books, today’s deal is for you. Amazon is selling the latest version of the 6-inch Kindle with no ads and the Kindle Paperwhite with ads at $70 and $100 respectively–a discount of $30. Sure, those are their typical sale prices, but this is about as good as it gets, as these are the all-time low prices for these devices. The sales started earlier this week, and it’s not clear when they will end.
The latest version of the 6-inch Kindle without “Special Offers” comes in either black or white, and has built-in Audible functionality. This feature lets you read a book, and then switch to listening to the audio book via Bluetooth headphones while you’re on a run. This basic device features a 6-inch, 167ppi, glare-free display and 4GB of onboard storage. The fact that it comes without special offers is great since it means your Kindle won’t show ads when it’s idle (which is a standard feature for most Kindles).
The Apple AirPods have been around for a while, but the recent memes have skyrocketed their popularity to unprecedented heights. However, at $159, they’re incredibly expensive, and most people are willing to shell out this much for a great pair of Bluetooth earbuds, let alone to flex on their friends. Luckily, you can have all of the style and functionality of the AirPods for just $34.99 with these AirSounds True Wireless Earbuds.
With all the features Apple has crammed into iTunes for macOS, it's a Swiss Army knife of an app (or maybe more like a 20 pounds of potatoes in a five-pound bag). But despite all of its the non-audio parts, iTunes can help you with music files. Notably, you can correct or modify metadata—information about the files—in bulk.
But beware! These changes are made to the files, not just within iTunes, and there’s no warning and there’s no undo.
My strong suggestions before you make bulk metadata changes in iTunes:
- If you have iCloud Music Library enabled (via iTunes Match or Apple Music), make sure all the files you want to modify have been downloaded to your Mac and aren’t stored in the cloud. (See this September 2018 column on how to make sure your music is locally downloaded.)
- Make a full backup of your iTunes Media folder. You can make sure you’re backing up the right folder by looking in iTunes > Preferences > Advanced, where the iTunes Media Folder Location is listed.
iTunes lets you change metadata on multiple songs at once.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the web, or at least the date that Tim Berners-Lee made a proposal at the Swiss particle physics lab CERN involving the creation of a hypertextual system that would end up becoming the web as we know it today.
The history of web browsers on Apple devices takes a lot of twists and turns. Fortunately, I’ve been around for most of them. In fact, my first magazine cover story ever was in July 1996 about the first big browser war. You might be surprised just how much impact Apple has had on the development of the web itself.
You can now play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone with Sony’s official PS4 Remote Play app! You’ve been able to stream games for years with the unofficial R-Play app, but we’re happy to see official support from Sony itself. And for free!
Just don’t get the impression that this is a replacement for your actual PS4. Yes, it lets you control games straight through your iPhone, but it’s essentially a streaming service that merely beams the games that are playing on your PS4 to your iPhone. The iPhone doesn’t host the games themselves as you might expect from a Nintendo Switch, so if you don’t have a stellar Wi-Fi signal, you’re gonna have a bad time.
Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don't want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.
No wires mean no inline microphones or controls, but truly wireless earbuds sound just as good as traditional Bluetooth counterparts (for better or worse). They also boast all of the features we've come to expect from earbuds designed to work with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.
Since Apple’s AirPods became a runaway hit, an endless stream of companies have rolled out their own true wireless earbuds and earphones. As you might expect, not all of them are worth your time or money—so we've got your back with buying suggestions to meet a wide variety of needs.