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WatchOS 6: Everything you need to know about the new features, faces, and functions

4 weeks ago

With the launch of the Series 5 Apple Watch in the fall comes a new OS, the sixth major release since Apple's wearable debuted in 2015. At its WWDC in June, Apple showed off some of the major new features of its ultra-mobile OS, and there are some big changes in store for your wrist. Here's everything that's new in watchOS 6, and how to get it on your Apple Watch:

Update 09/19/16: WatchOS 6 has been release for Apple Watch Series 3 and 4. Series 1 and 2 will get the update later this fall (read more about Apple's odd staggered fall software releases).

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Michael Simon

Apple Card FAQ: Interest rates, rewards, sign-up and everything else you need to know

4 weeks 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 9/19/19: Added Walgreens/Duane Reade to the list of businesses that offer 3 percent cash back on select purchases.

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Macworld Staff

iOS 13: It's out now—Here's what you need to know

4 weeks ago

When Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off in June, as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It brings a lot of major new features to that magic rectangle in your pocket, and provides developers with a host of tools to make even better apps.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone, along with details about supported devices and how install the update.

Want more detail on all these new features? We have assembled all of our guides, FAQs, how-tos, and tips into an iOS 13 resource hub.

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Jason Cross

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Even a two-year-old Apple Watch is hard to beat

4 weeks ago

The Fitbit Versa 2 was announced only a month ago and already its biggest competitor is trying to take it down. With the release of the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple cut the price of the Series 3 to $199, a near-30 percent drop over the prior year’s price. But more importantly, it means you can buy an Apple Watch for the same price as Fitbit’s latest smartwatch—99 cents less if you’re being technical.

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Michael Simon

Hands on with iPhone 11 Night Mode

4 weeks ago

Last year Google introduced Night Sight, a mindblowing combination of camera hardware and intelligent image-processing software that allows photos taken in darkness to have amazing detail and color. Plenty of us wished Apple would respond right away with a feature of its own, but the company took its time and has only now replied to Google with Night Mode on the iPhone 11.

I took an iPhone 11 Pro and an iPhone XS out into the dark streets of my hometown to see how Night Mode fares, since the lobby of the Steve Jobs Theater was too well lit to get a proper demo last week. The results were impressive. Night Mode seems to have been worth the wait.

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Jason Snell

iOS 13: The first 6 things to do after you upgrade

4 weeks ago

If you’ve got an iPhone, September 19 is a big day. It marks the release of iOS 13, which brings with it a host of new features, improvements, and app updates. You’ll be discovering new features for weeks to come, but these are ones you'll want to try out first.

First, should you even update?

There’s a good chance you’re reading this before downloading the iOS 13 update, trying to figure out if it’s worth getting now or waiting for a bit.

There are always a few bugs here and there in new iOS releases, and they get ironed out in subsequent updates. For most users, the new features usually outweigh their inconvenience. And it could be weeks before a major revision...nobody wants to wait that long, right?

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Jason Cross

iOS 13 resource hub: FAQs, tips, guides, and more

4 weeks ago

iOS 13 is a huge release full of new features and major app updates. It’s made only bigger by its association with the launch of two new Apple subscription services: Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

When you finally update your iPhone or iPad, you may be overwhelmed. Don’t know where to begin? Let this serve as your iOS 13 (and iPadOS 13) hub. You’ll find up-to-date links to all our related FAQs, guides, tips, and how-tos. 

FAQs

iOS 13 FAQ—Everything you need to know about the major features of iOS 13, when it is being released, and how to install it.

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Jason Cross

Apple Watch Series 5 reviews praise the always-on display, but battery life is a ‘compromise’

4 weeks 1 day ago

The new iPhones and their fancy cameras might be getting all of the attention, but they aren’t the only new Apple products going on sale this week. The Apple Watch Series 5 ($399 to $1,399) is also set to hit shelves and based on the early reviews, day-one adopters will be very happy.

While the new watch is a very modest upgrade, every reviewer loved its marquee feature: the always-on display. Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber wrote almost exclusively about it in his review, concluding that he would have ordered one “even if Apple had put up a slide that said “’Just one new feature: Always-on display.’” He says that “no other feature or improvement to Apple Watch to date has ever made me this happy.”

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Michael Simon

How to make sure your sent email is copied to the right location in Mail

4 weeks 1 day ago

When you send a message, your computer or mobile device is obviously not “sending” it, any more than a Star Trek transporter is “transporting” people to the surface of a planet. In both cases, the information that makes up the original is sent, but the original remains in place and is optionally deleted. (Yes, the crew is copied then destroyed, otherwise, you’d end up with a lot of Captain Kirks wandering around.)

With Mail for iOS and macOS, sent mail is always retained in a Sent mailbox. However, you can opt where that Sent folder is kept.

In macOS, find the settings through these steps:

  1. Select Mail > Preferences and click Accounts.

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Glenn Fleishman

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac review: Metal makes this one for the gamers

4 weeks 1 day ago

Every year there are events we look forward to—the changing of seasons, favorite holidays—and those which evoke a sense of dread—filing taxes, standing in line to buy the latest iPhone. The now-annual upgrades to Parallels Desktop fall squarely into the former camp.

That’s because new releases of this magical application which allow Mac owners to run multiple operating systems at the same time are almost always a big improvement over previous versions. And wouldn’t you know it, they’ve done it again this year, too.

Heavy metal

For those who spend as much time in a Windows virtual machine as they do native macOS, Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is a godsend thanks to support for Apple’s hardware-accelerated Metal graphics API, which replaces aging OpenGL. As a result, Parallels now supports Windows applications that rely on DirectX 11, while offering improved performance for DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 as well.

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J.R. Bookwalter

Watch us unbox the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max

1 month ago

On Tuesday, Macworld got its hands on the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max. We did a live unboxing broadcast on YouTube and took your comments and questions. If you missed it, you can watch the unboxing below.

We’ll be taking a close look at the new phones over the next few days. Stay tuned for our full review!

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Leif Johnson,

Roman Loyola,

Adam Patrick Murray

I played 53 Apple Arcade titles and enjoyed almost every one

1 month ago

Yesterday I went a little nuts and played quick snippets of all 53 of the available Apple Arcade games in the iPadOS 13.1 beta (aside from What the Golf, which kept crashing on my iPad mini 5). I was exhausted by the end, but I wouldn’t say I was bored.

And while I never saw anything that immediately struck me as great, I can say with certainty that every game was at least good. Aside from Hot Lava, which frustrated me on the iPad with its first-person perspective, I’d be happy to jump into any of the other titles today. It’s a good start for a good service, but Apple Arcade’s future depends on how easily and frequently Apple can announce new, critically acclaimed games; how many top-tier developers it can attract; and whether it can adequately pay those developers.

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Leif Johnson

Macworld's October Digital Magazine: Is it time to replace your iPhone?

1 month ago

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the October issue

In the October issue see the 5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone. We’ve also got 10 of our favorite complications for Apple Watch. Find out what Intel’s new chips mean for the future of MacBooks. Plus, 10 incredibly useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you should be using.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing

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Macworld Staff

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews call out massive leaps in photography, battery life, and value

1 month ago

Apple’s new iPhone 11 ($699), iPhone 11 Pro ($999), and iPhone 11 Pro Max ($1,099) go on sale Friday, and right on schedule, the first round of reviews are in. As expected, people are loving them—so much so that some current-gen iPhone owners might want to consider upgrading.

In fact, Nilay Patel from The Verge wrote exactly that: “I think the iPhone 11 cameras are so good that they’re worth a year-over-year upgrade from the XR; I don’t usually say that.”

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