Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
Update 2 8/06/19: The wallet.apple.com site has now been populated with instructions for how to sign up for Apple Card. A limited number of customers are able to sign up now, and have offered more insight into interest rates and benefits. We've updated the FAQ where appropriate. We've also clarified that, while the Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards is no longer available, existing users can still earn and redeem points.
For the first time in nearly a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro may be on the way. Rumors have been ramping up for months regarding a brand new 16-inch flagship notebook, expanding Apple’s laptop lineup beyond the 13- and 15-inch models its been selling since 2012. Here’s everything we know so far.The latest rumor: 9th-generation Intel Core processor
MacRumors reports that IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin says that Apple will use ninth-generation Intel Core processors in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Code-named Coffee Lake, the processor has a 2.4GHz base clock speed, Turbo Boost of up to 5.0GHz, and supports up to eight cores.
Spotify has a handsome macOS app for accessing and making playlists, searching its library of music and other audio, and playing it back. But there’s a mystery in its lists: If you click a column heading for a playlist, album, or other view to sort by ascending or descending order, how do you restore the original sequence?
This is particularly critical with albums, because those of us who remember albums—or are listening to multi-track audiobooks—would like to hear them in the order in which they were produced or intended. Because it’s a kind of semi-app, like Slack and many others for macOS, Spotify presents few options in its menus to help figure out app behavior.
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It's hot out there, and these five cool games are great company for anyone wanting to spend the summer days inside. We've got an eclectic mix this month, too. There's a new expansion for Borderlands 2, and for other releases, we've got a good new fighting game, a cute but complex space colony sim, as well as a relaxing tale about a vacationing bird's journey up a mountainside.
Once again, The Macalope is forced to drag Schrödinger’s cat from its theoretical box in order to present the mystery of how the iPhone’s percentage of Apple’s revenue can be both bad when it’s high and bad when it’s low.
If you hear a lot of hissing and plaintive meowing, you know why.
The cat’s name is Mr. Whiskers, by the way. Nobody every asks that on quantum mechanics tests but you can put it down for extra credit.
Writing for MarketWatch, Jon Swartz says “The iPhone just did something it hasn’t done in nearly 7 years, and it isn’t good for Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)
With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.
Whether you just bought your first iPhone or have been using one since the home button clicked, there’s one thing you might not know: how to take a screenshot. But we’re here to help, no matter which model of iPhone you’re using. Here’s how.iPhone 8 or earlier
If you have an iPhone with a Home button, you’ll use that button to take a screenshot. Simply hold down the Home button and the power button for a second or two and let go. Your iPhone will flash and make a click noise (if the audio is turned on) and a screenshot will be recorded.iPhone X or later
The newest iPhones no longer have a Home button, so the method of taking a screenshot changed. Instead of using the Home button, you press and hold at the same time the volume up button and the power button for a second, then release. Your iPhone will flash and buzz, and your screen will be shot.
At first sight, it looks weird to use an Apple Pencil on an iPhone, but if we’re looking at comparable dimensions, it’s not all that different from writing in a Moleskine pocket notebook with a regular pen or pencil. Apple may have had a similar realization lately, as new rumors from Citi Research (via Business Insider) claim that the iPhone will finally get “support for [an] iPhone pencil/stylus” later this year. Not only have we been hearing variations on this rumor for months now, but it even makes some sense now that Apple has finally relented and rolled out Apple Pencil support to all current models of the iPad. At this point, what’s another device?
One of the more popular options in the VPN space is Private Internet Access. It made a name for itself by being notoriously cheap at around $40 per year, despite its desktop interface being kind of terrible at the time. These days you won’t find PIA as cheap as that, but the desktop app is a lot nicer. Plus, you get a ton of country options, good speeds, and for power users the ability to tweak your connection security.Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. Private Internet Access: Security, software, servers, and speed IDG
PIA’s default view on Mac.
A week after a report in The Guardian revealed that humans in Apple’s Siri “grading” program were hearing private and illegal activity, Apple has suspended the program to conduct a review. It’s also working on a software update to give users the ability to opt-out (or maybe opt-in).
Apple issued a simple statement: “We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally. Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.”
The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.
Editor’s note: Updated 8/2/19 with a report that 5G is coming in 2020.The latest rumors about the MacBook Pro: Cellular 5G support in 2020?
DigiTimes (subscription required) reports that Apple is “expected” to ship MacBook laptops with cellular 5G access later next year. The 5G report follows rumors in the media of a 5G-equipped iPhone coming in 2020.
In the wake of backlash over a Guardian report that exposed employees who were tasked with analyzing Siri recordings for accuracy and quality, Apple has announced it is temporarily suspending the program as it decides how to proceed.
In a statement to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said the company is “committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally.”
Time Machine is a simple and generally effective way to make an ongoing archive of a Mac’s files and folder structure. But it’s only a single copy of your data. The same goes for third-party apps that can clone a drive (make an exact duplicate) or make incremental archives that let you retrieve a snapshot of the current state of a volume or older versions of files that have been modified. These packages include Arq, Carbon Copy Cloner, ChronoSync, and SuperDuper!, as well as many others.
That single, on-site copy is a problem. It’s why I’ve recommended for many years that people also use a cloud-based backup service that has robust encryption. My current top pick for home use for price, performance, and encryption options is Backblaze, but Carbonite and iDrive are also contenders depending on the features you need. CrashPlan’s makers, Code42 Software, shut down its personal backup offering, but has an option for small-to-medium-sized businesses that some people transitioned to.
When it comes to the performance of Mac laptops, it’s safe to say that Intel is in the driver’s seat. Unless Apple shows some sign of either switching to AMD or producing its own laptop processors, the MacBook line will be inextricably linked to Intel’s CPU releases.
That’s why the launch of Intel’s new 10th-generation Core processor (formerly known by the code name Ice Lake) is so important to Mac users. It’s the company’s first truly high volume chip on its 10nm manufacturing process, and the first to use the new “Sunny Cove” processor core design.
Our sister site, PCWorld, has a detailed overview of the entire 10th-generation line, a deep dive into the architecture, and an early hands-on performance preview. If you want a lot of detail about Ice Lake, I suggest reading those. Here, we’ll give you a high-level overview of what we might expect if and when they end up in a future MacBook.
If you’re the type of Mac user who hates the idea of running an anti-virus suite but recognizes its necessity then Avira Free Antivirus for Mac might be for you. For no money down, this suite offers real-time protection and a firewall. It doesn’t include USB scanning, which is a special feature for the paid version.
What you do get is a solid anti-virus solution. AV-Comparatives gave Avira Pro for Mac a 99.8 percent protection rate from 585 malware samples. Avira Pro and Free use the same detection engine.IDG
Avira for Mac’s Scanner section. Pictured: Avira for Mac Pro