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My Mac shows a Windows recovery screen at startup. What gives?

5 hours 35 minutes ago

One of the strangest things you can do with a Mac has got to be using it only to run Windows—although there’s a method to that madness, too. Apple began offering direct support for Windows-on-a-Mac with Boot Camp several years ago, allowing a more powerful option than emulation of Windows in macOS.

Some people have opted to run Windows on a Mac full time, including at least one government adviser in a previous job, for reasons of support, cost, and computational power. Apple only offers relatively powerful computers, but it backs them up with a higher level and quality of support than competing PC makers.

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Glenn Fleishman

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14: Safari to get built-in translation and full Apple Pencil support

18 hours 52 minutes ago

WWDC may be in limbo due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that’s not stopping the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Apple is hard at work on the next update for the iPhone and iPad, and details are starting to leak ahead of the big reveal. Here is everything we know so far.

Update 06/02/20: 9to5Mac reports that Safari will have a built-in translator and Apple Pencil support in iOS and iPadOS 14.

iOS14 and iPadOS14: Built-in Safari translation

According to an early build of iOS14 obtained by 9to5Mac, it appears that Apple is working to expand Siri's minimal translation features (just words and phrases) into something grander and more system-wide. Safari, the site claims, may have the ability to translate web pages without the use of a third-party app or service.

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Macworld Staff

How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

21 hours 56 minutes ago

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.

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Roman Loyola

Apple Music participates in Black Out Tuesday, but you can still access your Library

22 hours 54 minutes ago

Apple Music is taking part in the music industry’s “Blackout Tuesday” event, showing a supportive message in place of some of its usual, and most frequently-accessed, features.

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Apple Music’s curated sections are participating in Blackout Tuesday.

If you attempt to access the For You, Radio, or Browse sections of the service, you will instead be greeted by a black screen with large text reading:

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Jason Cross

Which Mac should you buy?

23 hours 49 minutes ago

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac computer and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

MacBook Air

Models for sale were originally released March 2020.

What is it? The MacBook Air is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers two 13-inch models.

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Roman Loyola

Apple Card: June payments can be deferred, interest-free

1 day 1 hour ago

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.

Updated 06/02/20: Apple Card users can defer their June payments.

The latest: June payments can be deferred

Holders of the Apple Card can defer their June payment. This is in response to the "financial pressure from economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," according to Bloomberg. Apple and Goldman Sachs had the same offer for March, April, and May payments. 

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Macworld Staff

Recognizing game: iPhone SE praise from an unexpected source

1 day 5 hours ago

If you didn’t think this timeline was weird enough, it’s about to get “cats and dogs living together” kind of weird.

Writing for AndroidCentral, Harish Jonnalagadda’s review of the iPhone SE says:

Come for the value, stay for the blistering performance and four years of software updates.

We live in strange times indeed. At least not all of it is strange and completely crappy.

Jonnalagadda is correct, of course: the second generation iPhone SE (just like its predecessor) is a terrific phone for the money. And good for Jonnalagadda and AndroidCentral for noticing that.

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The Macalope

‘Central Park’ review: Newest Apple TV+ show doesn’t quite nail the high note

1 day 6 hours ago

Central Park isn’t the first animated series on Apple TV+ (the service launched with a set of Snoopy in Space shorts), but it’s the first one made for adults as well as kids. It’s got all the ingredients for a hit show: it’s from the creators of long-running hit Bob’s Burgers, it’s got incredible voice talent including Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, and Tituss Burgess, and it’s about something basically everyone is familiar with, the most famous park in the world.

The first two episodes became available on May 29, and if they any any indication of what we can expect from the rest, I’ll only watch reluctantly. All the pieces are there, but the show as a whole is not the sum of its parts.

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Jason Cross

Apple releases important security patches for all its operating systems

1 day 18 hours ago

Apple has released a small but important update to all its operating systems today. The update notes for version iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1, watchOS 6.2.6, tvOS 13.4.6, and macOS 10.15.5 are practically non-existent: “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.” The iOS update also includes 13.4.6 for HomePod.

Typically, when Apple is so vague about a security patch, it is trying to make sure users have a change to update without tipping off hackers. This latest patch is probably related to a new jailbreaking tool that apparently works even on newer hardware running iOS 13.5.

We can get a little more information by looking at Apple’s security updates page. The security update details for all these operating systems is exactly the same:

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Jason Cross

iOS and iPadOS 13.5.5: Apple releases first beta for developers

1 day 18 hours ago

In addition to releasing important security updates for all its operating systems on June 1, Apple released the first beta of iOS and iPadOS 13.5.5. We have little information so far about what is included in the beta or when it will be released.

What’s new in iOS 13.5.5

The beta was released with no release notes, even on Apple’s developer site. That typically means that the release either focuses on bug fixes and performance, or that it incorporates code for testing unannounced features or products.

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Jason Cross

Apple releases important security patches: iOS and iPadOS 13.51, watchOS 6.2.6, tvOS 13.4.6, and macOS 10.15.5

1 day 22 hours ago

Apple has released a small but important update to all its operating systems today. The update notes for version iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1, watchOS 6.2.6, tvOS 13.4.6, and macOS 10.15.5 are practically non-existent: “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.” The iOS update also includes 13.4.6 for HomePod.

Typically, when Apple is so vague about a security patch, it is trying to make sure users have a change to update without tipping off hackers. This latest patch is probably related to a new jailbreaking tool that apparently works even on newer hardware running iOS 13.5.

We can get a little more information by looking at Apple’s security updates page. The security update details for all these operating systems is exactly the same:

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Jason Cross

Apple TV+ originals: 'Ted Lasso' first look to premiere on August 14

2 days ago

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

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Jason Cross

How your Apple, WearOS, and Fitbit smartwatch can help track your coronavirus symptoms

2 days 5 hours ago

We're all concerned about diagnosing the Coronavirus, so it's a shame Apple Watch can’t take our temperatures. Neither can a WearOS smartwatch or the Fitbit Versa. During a time when more people than ever are concerned about having a fever, it’s a shortcoming that seems particularly glaring.

Update 5/31: Several studies are now available for sharing your data to help track COVID symptoms and early warning signs.

It’s not your watch’s fault, however. Skin readings, particularly on the wrist, are less than ideal for monitoring body temperature due to stress, sweat, and other external oscillating factors. For now, any attempts to do so would be inaccurate at best. If you’re worried about whether a lingering cough could be caused by a coronavirus infection, you’ll need to track your temperature the good old fashioned way and then input your results manually in Apple Health or Google Fit for now. Then you can consult your physician if you see an upward trend.

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Michael Simon

To move forward, Siri needs a lot of attention

2 days 6 hours ago

Apple recently confirmed that it bought Inductiv, a machine-learning company based in Canada; the staff from the firm will apparently be working on improving Siri. This is just the latest in a line of acquisitions of AI and machine-learning companies that Apple has bought over the last few years, many of which likely had the company's voice assistant in mind.

The future can't come too soon.

Way back in 2015, before Apple's annual September event, I put forth that what Apple's Siri (then a mere four years old) needed was a major "2.0" push, taking a hard look at the virtual agent from the ground up.

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Dan Moren

Best water leak detectors for smart homes

2 days 6 hours ago
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.
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