Eyes on Sony’s CLED (Crystal LED) display technology: Samsung isn’t the only player in the Micro LED game
In September 2018, Apple released macOS Mojave, the current version of the Mac operating system. (In case you’re keeping track, it’s version 10.14.) In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.
Editor’s note: Updated 8/1/19 with the release information for the macOS Mojave 10.14.6 supplemental update.The latest: macOS Mojave 10.14.6 supplemental update now available
On August 1, 2019, Apple released a supplemental update of macOS Mojave 10.14.6. According to Apple, this update includes a fix for an issue “that may prevent certain Macs from waking from sleep properly.”
Apple announced its third-quarter 2019 financial results—and it looks like Apple is a trillion-dollar company again. The Apple Card is coming to a wallet near you. And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.
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July was one of the most interesting months for iOS games in 2019 so far. Thatgamecompany released its first game in ages—and on iOS first, no less—and Nintendo revived Dr. Mario and packaged it for the tastes of players accustomed to Candy Crush Saga. The App Store also gave us a port of one of the best recent action RPGs from consoles, a relaxing indie game, and the surprise return of Apple’s own Texas Hold’em after years of absence. (And it looks like it’s barely aged.) If you want more great games to choose from, check out our list from last month.
The Apple Watch is a fantastic fitness tracker. Maybe too good, in fact. Between heart rate and variability, movement tracking, exercise tracking, walking, standing, calories, flights, steps...there’s just so much to take in. The Health app on your iPhone is a treasure trove of fitness data, but it can be hard to get the big picture.
Apple’s redesigned Summary page and Highlights in the Health app go a long way to addressing that, but the best way to get a clear, simple picture of whether or not you’re making any progress in your fitness goals is to use the new Trends feature in the Activity app in iOS 13.The Trends tab IDG
The new Trends tab provides a quick and easy way to see if you’re improving or not.
Apple’s newly redesigned TV app, coming in iOS 12.3, isn’t exactly packed with new features. The layout has changed a little, but it’s really the same TV app we’ve had on our iPhones and Apple TV boxes for a couple years now.
The new app is all about access, not features. It’s going to appear on smart TVs, Roku, and Fire TV. It’ll even come to the Mac this fall.
It’s also the place where you’ll find new ways to subscribe to content. Apple TV+ will showcase Apple’s original shows and series starting this fall, and Apple TV Channels let you subscribe to other streaming providers from right within the TV app. It’s just like Amazon Prime Video Channels or Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions.
With iOS 12.3, Apple is refreshing the TV app and adding a new feature called Apple TV Channels. Channels lets you subscribe to third-party streaming services like CBS All Access or HBO, right from within the TV app. You can watch that content in the TV app, served directly from Apple, without the need to install other apps.
Here’s everything you need to know about which services are available as Apple TV Channels, what they cost, and how they work.
Updated 07/31/19: CBS All Access is now available in Apple TV Channels, for $9.99 per month.
At CES this January, Apple and several TV manufacturers announced that HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support would arrive on several prominent smart TV models this year. That promise is finally starting to turn into reality.
A few Samsung TVs already offer AirPlay 2 support, and even the TV app, but do not have support for HomeKit. They are joined this week by firmware updates to enable HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support on both LG and Vizio TVs.
LG began rolling out a firmware update to enable HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support to select TV models in the U.S. on July 30. The support is limited to “select LG OLED and NanoCell 4K UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability.” The rest of LG’s 2019 UHD TV lineup is expected to get a firmware update to enable these features in October.
iMovie lets you create movies from photos and videos, and while its interface is a little hard to understand in parts, you can overcome those limitations and master it to produce great results. But it has a few missing pieces that typically require you upgrade to something like Adobe Premiere Elements or even Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
One of those is adding text that overlays an image or video. Yes, iMovie has titles that you can add, but they are highly restrictive. Despite a large number of options, they’re difficult to control, including where you place them on screen.
There’s a low-tech/high-tech workaround that lets you use other Apple software to achieve titling results: Combine Keynote with iMovie and you can make your own text overlays, as well as intertitles and other titling cards. Why Keynote? Because it’s designed to make individual slides in the same 16:9 widescreen proportion used by iMovie.
Apple’s latest quarterly results are in, and they’re exactly what you’d expect: the portrait of a company that’s massively profitable and successful, but whose main product is lagging behind while new product lines are growing just fast enough to make up the difference. I guess we yawn at $53.8 billion in revenue these days—that’s a record for Apple’s sleepy third fiscal quarter, but up only one percent over last year’s record third quarter.
As always, the devil’s in the details—and fortunately for us, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri spend an hour on the phone once a quarter to provide a few little details—or as they like to say on these calls, “more color”—that can help us understand the current state of Apple’s business, or at least how Apple execs want to characterize that business.
Update 07/30/19: During its Q3 2019 earnings call on Tuesday, July 30, Tim Cook confirmed that Apple Card is slated for an August release.
Ever since the iOS 12.4 beta began back in May, we’ve been waiting for the promised “summer” release of Apple Card. During testing, the iOS 12.4 update appeared to show no new features, and it was assumed to be made in preparation for the release of Apple’s credit card. On July 22 iOS 12.4 was released, with no Apple Card in sight.
A new report from Mark Gurman and Julie Verhage at Bloomberg now claims that the update does indeed contain the necessary code to support Apple Card, and that launch is coming in the first half of August—anywhere from one to three weeks from now.
Apple announced its third-quarter results for FY 2019, and once again sales are strong for everything that isn’t an iPhone. Sales for Macs, iPads, Services, and Wearables were all up year over year, leading to Apple strongest June quarter on record, but just barely. All said, the company posted an increase of one percent over the year-ago quarter.
However, iPhone sales continue to drag on the company. Revenue from the handset dipped more than 10 percent from Q3 2018, posting roughly $26 billion in revenue versus $29.5 billion during the same quarter last year. Apple no longer breaks out iPhone sales, but last year Apple sold about 41 million handsets in the third quarter.
You know how it is. Over the last several months, you’ve downloaded a bunch of apps, because hey most of them are free, right? And after trying them out, you decide some are just not for you. Or you find another one you like better. Or you play a game until you’re tired of it and now you’re never going to touch it again.
For whatever reason, it doesn’t take long before your phone is just loaded with apps. Now you’re low on storage space and you’ve got four home screens full of app icons, most of which you haven’t touched in ages.
Here’s how to delete or offload apps and clear up some storage space.
Updated 07/30/19: In iOS 13, Apple is adding the ability to delete apps from within the App Store. We have added that method to this guide.