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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X in anticipation of the new Mac Pro release

1 week 3 days ago

The release of macOS Catalina grabbed the major Mac news headlines on Monday, but Apple also announced updates to Final Cut Pro X that could be foreshadowing a release of the new Mac Pro.

According to Apple, FCP X now supports up to 28 CPU cores (the maximum core configuration of the new Mac Pro) and multiple GPUs. Compared to the previous Mac Pro with a maximum of 12 cores, Apple says FCP X rendering is 2.9 times faster, and transcoding is 3.2 times faster.

The FCP X update also takes advantage of the new Afterburner card in the upcoming Mac Pro. Editors can play up to 16 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video or three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video.

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Roman Loyola

How to create a bootable macOS Catalina installer drive

1 week 3 days ago

An external drive that you can use as an installer for macOS Catalina is a handy thing to have. If you have multple Macs to upgrade, it’s a lot more efficient to plug in the USB installer drive and run the installer than to log into the App Store, download the 6.5GB OS installer, and then run it.

In this article I’ll go over the different ways you can create a bootable macOS Catalina installation drive. But before I give instructions on how to create the drive, I’ll go over the items you’ll need and how to get them.

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Get an external drive and maybe an adapter

The macOS Catalina installer software is nearly 6.5GB, so you need a USB external drive that can hold that much data. The drive can be a thumb drive, hard drive, or SSD.

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Roman Loyola

If you bought an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus in the past year, Apple might fix it for free

1 week 3 days ago

The iPhone 11 might be getting all of the attention, but Apple isn’t ignoring users of its older phones. If you bought an iPhone 6s recently, Apple might fix it for free.

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Service Program for No Power Issues affects models manufactured between October 2018 and August 2019. According to Apple, some devices “may not power on due to a component that may fail.” It has provided a serial number check to find out if you have an effected model.

Apple doesn’t specify what the repair entails, nor does it estimate how long a repair will take. The normal repair channels apply, as well as the warning that, “If your iPhone has any damage which impairs the ability to complete the repair, such as a cracked screen, that issue will need to be resolved prior to the service.” Apple is also offering refunds for anyone who paid to have this issues repaired.

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Michael Simon

Spotify now supports Siri on iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay

1 week 3 days ago

The day that millions of users have been waiting for is finally here: You can control Spotify on your iPhone or iPad using Siri.

Simply grab the just-released Spotify update and you can tell Siri to play music or podcasts by adding “on Spotify” to the end of your command. It works on iPhone and iPad, and when using Siri with AirPods connected to those devices. It does not work natively on HomePod (you can’t install Spotify or any other app on HomePod); you have to use AirPlay, just as you’ve always been able to.

Want to hear Green Day? Say, “Hey Siri, play Green Day on Spotify.” Looking for a particular song? “Hey Siri, play Holiday on Spotify” will work just fine. You can queue up artists, songs, and playlists just as you would expect to.

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Jason Cross

How to find out if your Mac’s software is 32- or 64-bit

1 week 3 days ago

MacOS 10.14 Mojave, the version of the Mac operating system before the new macOS Catalina, is the last version that supports 32-bit software. With Catalina, only 64-bit software will be supported.

Catalina is here and if you decide to upgrade to the new macOS, you need to do a bit more than usual to prepare your Mac. You need to make sure your apps are 64-bit versions. If your app is a 32-bit version, it will not work.

Apple

Apple actually started to warn people about the change with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you launch a 32-bit app in High Sierra, an alert pops up to tell you that your app needs to be updated. The alert appears only once in High Sierra, and in Mojave, it appears every 30 days.

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Roman Loyola

macOS Catalina: Everything you need to know

1 week 3 days ago

From the desert to the coast: macOS Mojave has given way to the next major version of the Mac operating system, called macOS Catalina. Revealed during Apple’s 2019 WWDC keynote in June, Catalina features some major new features that continues to move the OS forward.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Catalina: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

When will macOS Catalina be released?

MacOS Catalina was released on October 7.

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Roman Loyola

Six features you should try after installing macOS 10.15 Catalina

1 week 3 days ago

With the release of the latest version of macOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple introduces a slew of new features. You should (and will) try them all, of course, but where should you start? Well, we’ve been using the macOS Catalina betas, so we have ideas on which new features you should try first. These are the major new features that you’ll want to start with in the macOS update.

Get to know the Music, Podcast, and TV apps Apple

The iTunes app is no more in macOS Catalina—it was an app that had too much going on, and Apple wisely broke up the app up into Music, Podcasts, and TV. You now manage the respective media in each app, and if you connect your iOS device to your Mac, you use these apps to coordinate your syncs.

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Roman Loyola

Prizmo 5 review: Mobile scanner app makes it a snap to capture documents

1 week 3 days ago

Remember the days when scanning documents in digital form required bulky hardware tethered to a personal computer? With a decent smartphone and the right app, you can now perform this task in a few taps, creating shareable, cloud-friendly files with surprisingly good results.

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Capturing documents is a snap with Prizmo 5, thanks to autoshoot, edge detection, and image stabilization for sharp, high-quality results.

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J.R. Bookwalter

What to do if your Mac’s Fusion Drive fails (or shows signs of failure)

1 week 3 days ago

Apple created the Fusion Drive when large-capacity SSDs were unaffordable except to high-end professionals. A Fusion Drive pairs a large, low-speed hard drive (5,400 rpm) with a small-capacity, super-fast SSD, typically 24GB to 128GB. MacOS optimizes storage so that the most frequently accessed files are stored on the SSD.

You can run into trouble when the Fusion Drive’s SSD starts to falter, before it completely dies. While SSDs have no moving parts, they have an effective lifespan of a certain number of write operations per memory cell. Internal software manages “wear leveling” to make sure cells don’t stop allowing new writes prematurely by ensuring each cell gets an equivalent number of writes over time.

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Glenn Fleishman

Mpow Flame Bluetooth earphones review: A fine budget option for exercise enthusiasts

1 week 6 days ago

A pair of exercise-oriented earphones only need to do a few things well in order to be a success.

First, they need to serve up a brain-rattling amount of bass without swamping out the rest of the audio you’re listening to: sometimes a little extra thump is exactly what’s needed to power yourself to the end of a particularly grueling workout.

Second, they need to be resilient enough to survive your workout: moisture and salt can both be hard on electronics, so a pair of workout cans have to be water resistant, if not waterproof. This makes it possible for them to not only stand up to sweat, but also a quick dunk underneath of a tap to clean them off after exercise so that they’re fresh and ready for your next swole-seeking adventure. If your earphones can’t master this latter feat, they’d best be inexpensive because, sooner or later, your sweat is going to kill them dead.

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Séamus Bellamy

Apple Arcade could rock on Apple TV 4K with better optimization

1 week 6 days ago

I admired Apple Arcade when the new subscription-based gaming service first dropped for the iPad and iPhone, but I didn’t fall in love with it until I played it on my Apple TV 4K. On that device, it’s clear that commentators are doing Apple Arcade a disservice by branding it as a “mobile gaming” platform: On the Apple TV, it feels like a proper console along the lines of the Nintendo Switch, especially with a proper controller like the Sony DualShock 4 hooked up. I could forget that many of these games had mobile counterparts at all. Better yet, I didn’t have to hunch over an iPhone or an iPad: I could enjoy them with the full glory of my 4K television from the comfort of my couch.

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Leif Johnson

Siri is more open than ever, but it still has room to grow

1 week 6 days ago

Ever since Siri’s introduction on the iPhone 4s, third-party developers have clamored to integrate their apps more closely with the virtual assistant. And while Apple has relaxed its strictures over the years, Siri has largely—with a few handpicked exceptions—remained wedded to the company’s own software.

But with every major software update, Apple loosens the reins just a tad, and this year is no exception. Not only does iOS 13 once again broaden the categories of apps that work with Siri, but Apple’s also making some of those third-party apps easier to use. And, moreover, these changes to Siri apply in software categories in which Apple itself competes. This bodes well not just for users, who will get the ability to control those types of apps with voice, but also for the future of Siri as a platform.

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Dan Moren

Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

2 weeks ago

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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Roman Loyola

2020 iPhone rumors: Is a follow-up to the iPhone SE in the works?

2 weeks ago

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 10/3/19: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple is working of a follow-up to the iPhone SE that could be available early next year.

iPhone SE 2 next year

According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could ship a new version of its budget phone, the iPhone SE, early next year. Kuo says the iPhone SE 2 will be similar to the iPhone 8, which Apple currently sells for $449. Get more details on the iPhone SE 2 report.

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Macworld Staff

The iPhone SE 2 will reportedly be little more than an iPhone 8 with an A13 chip, more RAM

2 weeks ago

If you’ve been waiting for a new iPhone SE to come along, your patience might soon be rewarded. According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is looking to launch a new version of the budget phone early next year, but it might not be all you hoped for.

In a new analyst note, Kuo predicts that the iPhone SE 2 will have a similar “form factor design and hardware spec” to the iPhone 8, which Apple currently sells for $449. That means it will have a home button with Touch ID and a 4.7-inch display. Kuo doesn’t specifically say whether the phone will phone will include wireless charging like the current model, nor does he make mention of the camera. Also unclear is whether there will be an XL version of the iPhone SE 2.

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