Apple has ruined everything once again. Must be Tuesday.
Writing for the Forbes contributor network and competitive rock-paper-scissors circuit, Ewan Spence says “Apple Cancels Another Revolutionary iPhone Feature.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)
The Macalope would ask what the other ones were but he learned a long time ago not to ask questions you don’t want the answers to.
So, what’s this revolutionary iPhone feature you’ll no longer have? The one you’re probably not using unless you trigger it by accident.
This year’s iPhones will not have hardware support for 3D Touch.
It’s 2019 and yet iPads remain married to the person who set them up. Apple may chatter a lot about privacy, but the fact that Apple insists on keeping its tablets tied to a single Apple ID means there’s little that’s private about sharing an iPad.
This arrangement has never made much sense, but it’s especially bizarre in light of the avalanche of quality-of-life changes Apple unleashed at this year’s WWDC. Almost every long-standing grievance got attention. With iPadOS 13, we can finally take Apple’s tablet somewhat seriously as a laptop alternative. We can use mice on iPads now. Safari finally looks much like it does on a Mac. Apple was so keen to improve its software that it even introduced support for multiple users on the Apple TV of all things, and I’m not even sure how many people were asking for that.
It can be a little hard to find the app you want to use on your Apple Watch. That grid view is small and dense, and the list view, while better, means a lot of scrolling on a very tiny screen.
Fortunately, watchOS 6 will improve app organization by making it possible, for the first time, to delete some of the stock apps installed on every Apple Watch. Not only will this reduce clutter in the app picker, but it can free up a little bit of storage space, which can be at a premium if you store music, podcasts, or audiobooks on your Apple Watch.How to remove built-in apps IDG
Delete apps on your Watch as you do on your iPhone—tap and hold until the icons wiggle.
Apple’s Siri ‘eavesdropping’ controversy can be fixed with a toggle that should’ve been there all along
A Guardian report last week was framed as a Siri bombshell: Apple contractors are listening to your Siri recordings and “regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex.” The report echoed a similar expose published a few weeks back by Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS, in which Google Assistant recordings were exposed for all the world to hear. In that leak, VRT was able to track down some of the voices through “addresses and other sensitive information.”
The 2019 iPhone models haven’t even been officially announced yet, and we’re already starting to see reports about what will be in the 2020 iPhones. We’ve compiled the most notable ones here, but take these with a big grain of salt. Even if these reports are accurate representations of what suppliers are saying, or come from moles within Apple itself, the company’s plans can and do change. There’s still plenty of time before the design and features have to be totally set in stone.
Update 07/29/19: Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business as well as stiff competition from Android phones could lead to an all-5G lineup in 2020.
Safari is probably the most frequently used app in macOS. Fortunately, with the upgrade to macOS Catalina, Safari gets a few helpful new features. Here’s a look.Apple
The new start page includes Siri Suggestions.
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For iPhone and iPad users who still connect their devices to a Mac for syncing and backups (and there are a lot of people who still do this), there are changes coming in the next version of the Mac operating system. In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes app is gone.
Now you use the Finder, similar to how you see a hard drive or a server. Here’s how to use your device in the Finder and how to back it up.Your iOS device in the Finder
When you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning cable, it will appear in a Finder window. In the macOS Catalina Public Beta, your device is in the left column in the “Locations” section. (If this is the first time you are connecting the Mac and iOS device, you will be asked to pair the two on the Mac, and you’ll have to trust the Mac on your iOS device.)
When it comes to security, we often think primarily of protecting our data: encrypting it to make sure that nobody else can access it. But just as important as that is the concept of authentication: proving that we are who we say we are.
Apple has made great strides with authentication in the past few years. Biometric measures like Touch ID and Face ID help make it easier for users to identify themselves and ensure that only they can access their private data.
In Apple’s usage, that authentication has generally been inward-facing: users control access to their own files and data, and the system checks to see whether or not we are the person who should be allowed in. But beginning in iOS 13, a few minor updates will start moving that authentication into the public realm, opening up the ability for us to prove our identity to others. And there’s a lot more room for Apple to expand there.
If you’re not using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac, you’re missing out on a big part of the reason why so many people love Apple’s desktop operating system. Thanks to Apple’s integration of hardware and software, you’ll rarely have to reach for your mouse or trackpad once you learn to speak the language of the keys.
MacOS has many shortcuts, but I consider these the ones everyone should know. I’ve tried to avoid (still useful) shortcuts with related Windows counterparts—such as ⌘+A to select all or ⌘+F open the Find prompt—and focus on shortcuts you may not be familiar with if you’re new to Mac.
And let’s talk about that “⌘” symbol. That’s the Command key, and it’s the key to all the shortcuts listed here. It works kind of like the Control key on a Windows PC, except it’s in a handier spot—typically on both sides of the space bar. In the following examples, an example like “⌘+A” typically means you need to hold down the Command button and press A or press both at the same time.
Apple has announced that it plans to buy the “majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business,” following recent rumors to that effect.
The deal will cost Apple about one billion dollars, and should close in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approval. For the price, Apple will acquire approximately 2,200 Intel employees along with intellectual property, equipment, and leases.
The deal will greatly boost Apple’s patent portfolio, taking the company to over 17,000 patents related to current and future wireless technology.
Update 7/25: This article has been updated with news of the sale.
The race to 5G just added a new lane. Following a report in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, Apple has announced that it will be acquiring the majority of Intel's smartphone modem chip business, which went belly-up earlier this year. The transaction is valued at $1 billion and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, Apple said in a press release.
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 August issue
Have a new iPad? In the August issue we have 10 essential iPad features you need to start using, now! If you're an Apple Watch owner who hasn't realized the full potential of your watch, check out our 12 little-known Apple Watch features you should really be using.
Also in this month’s issue:
• MacUser: Project Catalyst reveals Apple’s struggle with the future of the Mac
How do you effectively transfer the contents of an older iPhone to a new one? It’s not too difficult to do, whether you’re setting up a brand new iPhone fresh out of the box, or your new iPhone is already set up and running, just not with your data.
Here are the steps using iOS 12.4 or later.Update your devices
It’s typically a good idea to make sure that your old device has the latest version of iOS before you begin. This helps ensure compatibility with the new device and can minimize problems during the data transfer process. What’s more, Apple added a new and very useful iPhone Migration tool to iOS 12.4, so you’ll want to make sure both your original and new iPhone are updated at least that far.