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Spotify is beta-testing Siri support for iOS 13

2 weeks 3 days ago

Shortly after iOS 13 was announced at WWDC this summer, we wrote about how it would finally make true one of our greatest wishes: the ability to use Siri with third-party audio apps

Siri’s new Media Intents in iOS 13 allow apps like Spotify, Overcast, Audible, Pandora, and others to operate with Siri. It’s not quite the same as the support for Apple Music or Apple Podcasts—those play when you don’t specify an app, while third-party apps require to name them by saying “on Spotify” or “on Audible”—but it’s the next best thing. Of course, these apps need to be updated to support the new Siri frameworks.

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Jason Cross

Giveaway: Win a brand-new iPhone 11 Pro Max and a copy of AnyTrans

2 weeks 3 days ago

Want an iPhone 11 Pro Max? Starting today, we’re teaming up with AnyTrans—the iPhone manager that helps users transfer, manage, and back up their iPhone content from one place—to give away a free 64GB space gray iPhone 11 Pro Max to one lucky Macworld reader, along with a lifetime license of AnyTrans.

To sign up to win, simply enter your name and contact information through the form below. You can get additional chances to win if you follow us on Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook, and you’ll also get two additional chances to win if you retweet this tweet.

For loyal Macworld podcast listeners, we’ve got a special treat that you’ll see in the widget below. Answer the question, and you’ll get an extra chance at winning.

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Macworld Staff

Apple Watch Series 5 review: As always, on point

2 weeks 3 days ago

The Apple Watch Series 5 is so far ahead of anything that professes to be a peer, there’s only one reason not to buy one: You want multi-day battery life. Otherwise, you’re not going to find a smartwatch with a better screen, more advanced sensors, nicer design, or stronger app support.

Christopher Hebert/IDG

Watch faces look rich, bold, and straight up gorgeous on the Series 5’s OLED screen.

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Michael Simon

How to convert a case-sensitive Mac HFS+ partition into a case-insensitive one

2 weeks 3 days ago

Apple has long offered two versions of the same HFS+ partition formatting scheme used to create a filesystem for a Mac-mountable volume: “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)”. With the addition of APFS formatting, that flavor is also available in case sensitive and insensitive versions. What a difference that “case-sensitive” makes!

Case-sensitive filesystems can allow multiple files to have the same human-readable name using different capitalization. Blue dolphin.pdf and blue dolphin.pdf and bLuE dOlPhIn.PDF are all considered different items to a case-sensitive filesystem. With the opposite, a case-insensitive filesystem, the default option for macOS in HFS+ and APFS, those files can’t co-exist: They’re all effectively the same name with a different appearance.

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Glenn Fleishman

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: How to decide which one to buy

2 weeks 6 days ago

The display, the camera, the battery, a little extra water resistance, and a better charger. When you boil it all down, those are the only real differences between the iPhone 11 and the two iPhone 11 Pro models. That and $300 to $400. That’s not to say you shouldn’t spend the extra money on the Pro or Pro Max, but you should know what you’re getting for your money. So here’s how the three phones stack up.

Read our review of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Read our review of the iPhone 11 iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pros: Design

Apple didn’t deviate too much from the formula it presented in the iPhone XS and XR. That means in terms of body size the entry-level iPhone 11 is sandwiched between the new Pros, despite costing significantly less. Here’s how the three phones measure up:

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Michael Simon

Why you should use Google Photos over iCloud Photos: Sharing photos and movies

2 weeks 6 days ago

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your images and videos across all the devices you own that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access anywhere via a web browser to the same media at iCloud.com, and let Apple effectively perform a backup (or extra backup, depending on your configuration) of all your media.

But iCloud Photos is for devices, not people. When it comes to sharing pictures and movies with other people, it’s not a robust solution. You can use Shared Albums, which let you invite people or create a publicly accessible album that anyone with the URL can access. This is great for an event or a pool of photos that families might share of each other’s kids and pets.

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Glenn Fleishman

Apple Arcade is the best part of iOS 13. Now Apple needs to open it up

2 weeks 6 days ago

When we first heard about Apple Arcade, long before we knew it would only cost $4.99 a month, I hoped that it would give developers an alternative to the freemium model that has plagued mobile gaming.

Now iOS 13 has been released and with it, the Apple Arcade service. At $4.99 a month with family sharing, it’s a much better deal than anticipated. And the games are great—the variety and quality exceeds my highest hopes. I’ve only played about 15 of the games offered, and I can see myself spending a lot more time with at least 10 of those.

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Jason Cross

Is the writing on the wall for the Apple TV?

2 weeks 6 days ago

Of all of Apple’s platforms, tvOS seems to have gotten the least attention in this year’s annual round of updates. When you think about it, that’s a little surprising. After all, Apple is on the verge of launching a major new video streaming service, and the Apple TV hardware device is sure to be a part of that. Where’s the love?

But look a little closer and the big picture starts to come into focus. Even with the imminent launch of Apple TV+, the Apple TV set-top box, once Apple’s beachhead in the living room, is simply not nearly as critical to the company’s mission as it used to be.

The future of TV is app

Apple’s TV platform has long been a third-class citizen in the company’s ecosystem, after both macOS and iOS. These days, I’d argue it even falls behind the Apple Watch as a significant product. Updates to tvOS are few and far between, and tend to bring very small adjustments or modest new features. Updates to the Apple TV set-top box are even less common, especially since 4K HDR and Dolby Vision arrived on the scene. After all, when you support the latest and greatest video and audio formats, what more is there to add?

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Dan Moren

Apple releases security update for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, High Sierra, and Sierra

3 weeks ago

Apple on Thursday released a security update for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, High Sierra and Sierra. According to the release notes for the Mac and iOS, the update is described as follows:

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2019-8641: Samuel Groß and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

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Roman Loyola

Apple Watch Series 5 Always On faces ranked: From the best to Toy Story

3 weeks ago

The hot new feature on the Apple Watch Series 5 is one that you’re going to use the most: the always on display. With every other generation of Apple Watch, the display turned black after you were done using it, but the Series 5 stays lit so you can quickly see the time without waiting a second for the display to light up.

But more important than the convenience it brings, the Always On feature fundamentally changes how your Apple Watch looks. Since the always-on display will be visible some 90 percent of the time, it’s more like a regular watch than ever before, so you’ll want to choose a face that looks good.

Apple Watch Series 5 Always On: Turn it on

The Always On display will be on by default when you pair your Apple Watch Series 5 for the first time, but if it’s not working on your watch, here’s how to activate it. Head over to the Settings app, then Display & Brightness, and Always On. On the next screen, tap the toggle to turn it green and you’re good to go.

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Michael Simon

iPhone 11 review: A hard-to-beat combination of price, features, and quality

3 weeks ago

Last year, Apple introduced the iPhone XR as the “affordable” offering in its new iPhone lineup. We liked the XR a lot, and we even said that it might be the best iPhone Apple has ever made. The follow-up to the iPhone XR is the new iPhone 11, and the fact that Apple decided to bless this model with the “iPhone 11” title—and not call it something like the iPhone 11R—says a lot about where the company positions the phone. 

But can this phone carry the burden of being known as the iPhone 11? As a matter of fact, it can. The satisfying speed boost, dual camera setup, and long battery life combine to make the iPhone 11 even better than last year’s iPhone XR. And given its relatively low price tag, it’s probably the best new iPhone for most people.

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