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2020 iPhone rumor suggests dramatic iPhone 4-style overhaul for next year’s models

3 weeks 1 day ago

The new iPhones have only just gone on sale—in fact our review of the iPhone 11 Pro just went up today—but we already have a rumor about the next iPhone from an extremely reliable source.

In his latest research note, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2020 iPhone, which will presumably be called the iPhone 12, will have a design that is “significantly” changed from the iPhone 11. Apple introduced the current design two years ago with the iPhone X, and after a slew of copycats, it no longer feels as fresh or exciting as it did.

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Michael Simon

iPhone 11 Pro review: Nothing ‘Pro’ about it, just the best iPhone ever

3 weeks 1 day ago

If you were to ask people what they want in a new smartphone, they would probably say they want it to be fast, have a long-lasting battery, be nice and durable, and have a really awesome camera.

It just so happens that’s what you get with the iPhone 11 Pro. It’s also what you get with the iPhone 11, which costs $300 to $400 less than the Pro. The Pro is certainly an upgrade, but it doesn’t do a lot to justify its “Pro” moniker or very “Pro” price.

Still, the iPhone 11 Pro is a tremendous iPhone, with some noticeable (and not-so-noticeable) improvements over last year’s iPhone XS. As good as it is at what it does, it’s hard not to think Apple could have done more to justify the big price gap over the iPhone 11 and the “Pro” name that comes with it.

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Jason Cross

With iOS 13.1, Shortcuts gets a lot more powerful

3 weeks 1 day ago

With Tuesday’s release of iOS 13.1, Apple’s included Shortcuts app takes a major step forward with the addition of automation triggers, features that let you control your iPhone, iPad, and HomeKit setup like never before. Of all the features added to Shortcuts in iOS 13, this one has the most potential. And for iPad users, Tuesday’s release grants access to a major Shortcuts upgrade that will make it easier to create and edit automations on iPadOS.

First, the big update

iPadOS 13.1 is the entryway to all of the new features that arrived last week on the iPhone in iOS 13.0. This includes some great additions to Shortcuts, most notably a revamping of how each individual item in a shortcut accesses previous items.

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Jason Snell

iOS 13.1: The first iOS 13 update is out now

3 weeks 2 days ago

Apple's unusual fall OS release schedule continues. On Tuesday, just five days after the release of iOS 13, Apple has released iOS 13.1. Apple started beta tests of this release weeks ago, before iOS 13 was even released (an unprecedented move). 

This first major update to iOS 13 brings several features that didn't make the initial iOS 13 release. 

Updated 09/24/19: Apple has released iOS 13.1 for iPhones, along with iPadOS 13 and tvOS 13.

How to install iOS 13.1

Installing iOS 13.1 is easy. You'll eventually be prompted to update, but if you want to force the update as soon as possible, head to Settings > General > Software Update to begin the download and installation. If you're running iOS 13, we recommend updating as soon as possible. The iOS 13.1 release appears to be more stable and bug-free than the initial iOS 13 release.

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Jason Cross

How to stop your Apple Watch from waking you up while sleeping

3 weeks 2 days ago

The new Apple Watch is here and while it has an always-on display, ECG sensor, and a compass, there’s one long-awaited feature it still doesn’t have: sleep tracking. But it’s not just the lack of a native sleep app. Apple has no mechanism in place for recognizing when you’re wearing your watch in bed, so even if you’re using a third-party sleep app, your watch might wake you or your partner up with vibrations and screen wakes.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Until Apple builds into the Apple Watch an automatic do not disturb while sleeping feature, you’re going to have to add your Apple Watch to your bedtime routine. But fret not, there are a few easy fixes.

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Michael Simon

iPadOS 13: 8 cool new features you should try out first

3 weeks 2 days ago

For years now the operating system Apple uses for its tablets has been evolving into a distinct beast, and this year Apple embraced that shift by forging iPadOS 13 from the framework of iOS 13. It’s still recognizably iOS 13, mind you, so don’t expect to flip on your iPad this week and find an interface that resembles what you’d find on a MacBook.

On the other hand, iPadOS 13 certainly does a lot to take the iPad seriously as a MacBook replacement. File management has improved, websites in Safari usually look much like they do on a desktop, and the home screen is more more useful.

There’s a whole bundle of stuff we think you should try out, but here’s what should take priority. First off, though: Make sure you update all your apps before digging too deep into the update.

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Leif Johnson

Consistency: The serial misunderstanding of Apple products

3 weeks 2 days ago

Reader? Are you sitting down? Because we have some shocking news.

The Macalope regrets to inform you…

[deep breath]

…that Apple products cost too much.

Yes. The Macalope was as devastated to read this entirely new accusation no one has ever made before in the history of Apple as you no doubt are.

Writing for MarketWatch, Jurica Dujmovic says “Apple’s new iPhones are overpriced and behind the times.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jack, SamT and Scott.)

Turns out all of the iPhone 11’s features have already been available on Android phones!

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The Macalope

Where to find app updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

3 weeks 3 days ago

With the release of iOS 13 and the soon-to-be-out iPadOS 13, third-party developers are pushing tens of thousands of app updates out to make their software compatible or take advantage of new features. But if you want to install updates, where can you find them in the new operating system releases?

IDG

App updates (available and recent) are found in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 in the App Store’s Account view.

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Glenn Fleishman

How to transfer all your data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone

3 weeks 6 days ago

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.

Updated 09/20/19: Explained what to do if your new device is running an older version of iOS than your new device, perhaps because of the iOS beta testing program.

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.

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Jason Cross

If your August, Nest, and Hue home/away triggers aren’t working with your new iPhone 11, here’s a fix

3 weeks 6 days ago

Whether you have a new iPhone 11 or just upgraded an old device to iOS 13, you might have noticed a change that isn’t for the better—your location-based smart devices might not be working anymore. Rest assured, that’s not a bug, it’s a new security feature and it’s easy to fix.

iOS 13 introduces a host of new tracking features designed to give you a greater awareness of the apps that are using your location. For example, iOS will periodically serve pop-up reminders that let you know which apps are using your location in the background, so you have the option to shut it down.

Also new is the dialogue box that appears the first time you install an app. Instead of the Always, Never, and While Using App options you saw in iOS 12 and earlier, there’s a new Allow Once option that replaces Always. What that means is you’ll allow the app to use your location information while the app is open but shut it down once it’s closed.

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Michael Simon

iOS 13: How to use Low Data Mode to slim your consumption

3 weeks 6 days ago

It’s easy to burn through data with an iPhone or iPad, whether you’re using a Wi-Fi network or a cellular one. In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has extended a tool that used to be only available as part of Low Power Mode and made it a separate switch: Low Data Mode.

With Low Power Mode, Apple wanted to make sure anything that used up battery life was reduced. So in addition to behind-the-scenes tweaks, it also halted data use by apps in the background, including automatic app downloads and updates, and stopped automatic email retrieval.

Now you can use just this data-saving mode separately with both Wi-Fi and cellular connections to conserve data usage. That can be helpful if you want to restrict use over cellular because you have a limited pool of data available or are reaching the top of your “unlimited” plan before the carrier throttles you to a lower speed.

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Glenn Fleishman

5 reasons to buy an Apple Watch Series 3 instead of Series 5 (and 3 reasons not to)

3 weeks 6 days ago

If you’re looking to buy a new Apple Watch you probably have eyes on the Series 5 that just landed. If you buy one, you certainly won’t be disappointed. But what you might not realize is that Apple is also selling its least expensive watch ever alongside its flagship wearable. The price of the 38mm Series 3 Apple Watch was slashed to $199, half the price of the Series 5 and one of the lowest-priced smartwatches you're going to find.

The question is, should you go all in on the top-of-the-line Apple Watch or save a bundle with the Series 3?

Update, 4:30 ET: This article has been updated to say that while watchOS 6 is compatible with Series 3, the new Noise app is not.

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Michael Simon

Three places iOS 13 might point to future Apple ambitions

3 weeks 6 days ago

By this time, iOS 13 has already been installed on iPhones and iPads around the world, though it’s poised to be one of the shortest-lived updates of all time, with iOS 13.1 already on the horizon for next week. But now that the initial release of Apple’s latest mobile OS has arrived, it’s time to once again cast our eyes forward to the inexorable future marching towards us.

Apple likes to say that it skates to where the puck is going, so for those who are interested in the company’s future plans, it’s always instructive to look at which direction it’s going. There’s no better way to get that direction than to look at Apple’s biggest software release of the year. As I’ve spent the last few weeks with iOS 13 betas on both my iPad and iPhone, I’ve had a little time to think about what clues of future plans we can pick out of the mix.

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