The iPad Pro and the MacBook are on a collision course

2 weeks 4 days ago

While there are a number of large and small announcements expected at Apple’s event next week, there’s one big-picture issue that cuts across at least two of the company’s product lines: the future of its mobile computing devices.

With rumors of a new iPad Pro and new iPad mini plus the possibility that a MacBook Air refresh or successor will see the light of day, Apple’s line of mobile devices is potentially about to get some big updates. But as these products grow closer together, I’ve started to wonder about Apple’s mobile computing strategy.

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Dan Moren

iPhone XR FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple’s new ‘budget’ iPhone

2 weeks 4 days ago

The iPhone XR represents what may be a change of heart for Apple. In the past, buying Apple’s “budget” alternative to its flagship phone releases usually involved living with some sort of sacrifice in features or build quality, saddling them all with a “last year’s news” stamp of inferiority. That reached an extreme in 2017, as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus looked wildly different than the iPhone X, with its fancy Face ID, notch, and tiny bezels.

With the iPhone XR, though, Apple is effectively letting users pick up the same phone as the flagship model with a savings of $250. It still supports wireless charging and Face ID. It’s got the same processor. It even looks much the same. The only real difference is the type of display that’s used and the absence of a rear telephoto lens. Are those deal-breakers? We’ve made this guide to help you decide.

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Leif Johnson

Save Hundreds On Professional Drawing Training ($39)

2 weeks 4 days ago

Drawing has existed for thousands of years, making it one of the oldest art forms created by humanity. With such a rich history, one might think that they need to study the classics to become a great drawer. Luckily, anyone with proper instruction can become a talented drawer; this $39 Fundamentals of Drawing Bundle contains courses that’ll teach you the techniques needed to become one.

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DealPost Team

I just bought another of these Belkin 10-outlet surge protectors for $20 and you should too

2 weeks 5 days ago

Update X3: And it's gone again.

Update X2: You can buy this surge protector but it's backordered. Just click the Amazon link under "Other sellers on Amazon."

Update 2:10 p.m.: This surge protector is sold out at Amazon. We'll update this post if it comes back in stock.

Surge protectors might not be as sexy as SSD and graphics cards deals, but they’re a necessary part of any PC setup. And we couldn’t let this one pass you by: Amazon is selling the Belkin 10-outlet surge protector for just $20 todayRemove non-product link, the lowest price we’ve seen for this strip in years.

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Michael Simon

Problem inflation: Apple's mole hills made into mountains

2 weeks 5 days ago

There are problems and then there are Apple problems. Apple problems, of course, are always the worst.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and school of interpretive Dance Dance Revolution, Gordon Kelly says “Apple 'Confirms' iPhones Have A Serious Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Oh, are they bursting into flames in such high numbers that they’re going to have to be recalled? No! It’s worse.

The camera smoothing is set too high.

There’s a lot to like about the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max while, in my opinion, the budget-friendly iPhone XR is the best of the bunch.

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The Macalope

Scoring our iOS 12 wishlist

2 weeks 5 days ago

Back in March, long before Apple introduced iOS 12 at WWDC, we compiled a wishlist of features we hoped the new OS would provide. That sometimes feels like a lifetime ago for us thanks to the long beta period, but we have to remember that for most users iOS 12 is brand new.

With iOS 12.1 set to release very soon, Apple will have delivered on nearly every feature it promised at WWDC and at its September event. Only the Apple Watch’s ECG function remains on the table.

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Jason Cross

iPhone XR: Hands-on and first impressions

2 weeks 5 days ago

The iPhone XR is available for pre-orders now and it officially arrives in stores on Friday. I got my hands on one Wednesday and after using it for a few hours, my initial impression is that it’s going to be a mainstream hit that pleases buyers while also improving Apple’s bottom line. Let’s dive in.

It’s got the looks

This is a gorgeous phone. It’s available in six colors, and while the black and white models look very much like the phones Apple has been releasing for the last few years, the blue, coral, Product(RED), and yellow models absolutely do not. When laying screen up on a table, you can still see the colored aluminum frame around the edges. But flip it over—or hold it in your hand—and the shiny glass colored back pops out with enormous personality. I took possession of the coral model, which lies somewhere between pink and orange on the spectrum, and it’s spectacular.

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Jason Snell

Early iPhone XR reviews, Beautygate fix, next week's Apple event

2 weeks 5 days ago

The iPhone XR is available for pre-orders and the first reviews have hit the web. Apple says a fix is coming for portrait photos. What do we think will happen at the Apple event on October 30? We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman LoyolaDan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 627.

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Leif Johnson,

Dan Masaoka,

Roman Loyola,

Michael Simon

Best iPhone XS cases: Our top picks in all styles

2 weeks 6 days ago

If you’ve upgraded to Apple’s iPhone XS, the new 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X, you’ll surely want a case to keep this premium phone protected and pristine.

iPhone XS cases: Our top picks

Our quick-hit recommendations. Read this article to find out what makes these cases stand out.

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  2. Presidio Stay Clear View
  3. Crystal Palace View
  4. Phone Case 3 Card View
  5. Bella Fino View
  6. Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 View
  7. NËXT View
  8. Manta View
  9. Impact View
  10. Alloy Case View
  11. Limitless 2.0 Wood View
  12. SuperSkin View
  13. Thin View
  14. Super Thin Case View

Fortunately, there are a variety of nice options to choose from, in styles ranging from thin and unobtrusive, to rugged, to showy. We rounded up some of our top picks. As we review more excellent cases, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

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Dieter Holger

iMac: Update could be in the works for Apple’s Oct. 30 event

2 weeks 6 days ago

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

The current iMac lineup was released in June 2017 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and the iMac Pro was released in December 2017. If you’re in the market for an iMac, this guide will help you make the right choice. Apple has two versions of the iMac: the standard iMac and the iMac with Retina display.

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Macworld Staff

Amazon's huge one-day sale slashes prices on external storage, flash drives, and SD cards

2 weeks 6 days ago

Amazon’s dropping the prices on all kinds of portable storage todayRemove non-product link as one of its daily deals. The sale covers mostly WD and SanDisk products (WD owns SanDisk) with a smattering of G-Technology options (also owned by WD). We’ve sifted through it all to highlight our top picks from the sale, which ends just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday.

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Ian Paul

How to use multiple drives with Time Machine for redundant backups

2 weeks 6 days ago

When you create a backup system for your data, duplication is the best course of action. I don’t mean duplicating the files—that’s a requirement—but duplicating the destinations to which files are bound.

Every form of backup media is destined to fail, and despite high reliability from cloud-backup services, you can’t put all your faith that any of them will always be perfect. Even a system with “five nines” of reliability (99.999 percent) may suffer a loss, and the universe might pick you to experience that loss.

The rule of thumb is summarized as 3-2-1: three copies of your data, two of them local, and one offsite. One copy is your live version on your active drives; one can be a Time Machine backup; and the offsite one can be either a cloud backup, or your files stored somewhere securely and regularly rotate with the local backup.

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Glenn Fleishman
1 hour 50 minutes ago
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