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How to buy a used Mac without being locked out

1 month ago

One of the great selling points for Macs has been a combination of their longevity and resale value. I know plenty of people with decade-old Macs. In the last two decades, I’ve easily gotten seven or eight years out of some Macs I’ve owned, and then sold them to folks who kept them in service.

There’s a lot to consider when buying a used Mac to make sure that it will keep working. But something that you might overlook is that security decisions made by the previous owner could conspire to lock you out in certain circumstances. This could happen on a restart, when trying to erase and reinstall macOS, or even on logging in, depending on what state the Mac was left in when you purchased it.

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Glenn Fleishman

How Apple could simplify its complex iPhone line-up this fall

1 month ago

It may only be July, but it’s never too early to start speculating about Apple’s next big announcements. We’re likely another seven or eight weeks out from the company’s annual September event, and while little is known about what Apple might have up its sleeves, a new iPhone line-up seems like a sure thing. (After all, it’s not like Cupertino’s just going to up and quit making them.)

I ventured into an Apple Store recently to help my wife upgrade from her iPhone 6, and as we ran down the list of available models, I found myself thinking back to that two-by-two product grid I discussed just last week and how antithetical it seems to the current crop of iPhones.

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Dan Moren

Six things we’d like to see in the next Apple TV

1 month ago

The Apple TV 4K is coming up on its second anniversary. Two years isn’t necessarily old age for an Apple product, and it certainly holds up well against its rivals. With support for Dolby Vision and Atmos, and all the cool enhancements coming to tvOS 13 this fall, it’s arguably the most capable streaming box around. That said, it’s very much a continuation of the old line—it looks and operates like the 4th generation Apple TV, released almost four years ago.

That doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement. Apple’s pushing hard into streaming content, enabling you to subscribe to other providers from within the TV app with the new Channels feature and launching its own subscription service, Apple TV+, this fall. Between streaming video and HomePod, Apple’s spending billions on the living room; it’s clearly very important, and that’s why we think it’s time to reexamine its streaming hardware.

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Jason Cross

Thatgamecompany’s stunning Sky: Children of the Light finally comes to iOS

1 month ago

We’ve been waiting for a long time for Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light, as Apple first revealed it in order to show off the power of the Apple TV 4K way back in 2017. We even had to suffer another delay earlier this month.

It’s finally out, but not for the Apple TV oddly, enough: You can only take to Sky on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. I’m looking forward to jumping in, and I’ll have a review ready in the next couple of days.

The whimsically named Thatgamecompany is the studio behind the short but lovely 2012 PlayStation 3 game Journey, which even netted composer Austin Wintory a Grammy nomination for its soundtrack (a rarity for games).

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Leif Johnson

Macworld reader hot takes on the MacBook Air, Apple Maps, Jony Ive, and more

1 month ago

We did a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We share what you wrote, and we offer our thoughts.

As a reminder, you can comment or ask questions via Twitter (@macworld), on Facebook, or through email at podcast@macworld.com.

Here’s how today’s show works.

  1. We explain the subject at hand. If the hot take is a reaction to the article, we briefly summarize that article. If the take is a reaction to a recent event, we explain what happened.

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Leif Johnson,

Roman Loyola,

Michael Simon

Commander One 2.1 review: Mac file manager now works with iOS devices

1 month ago

For average Mac users, the concept of a separate application just to manage files and folders probably sounds like overkill. After all, the Finder is free, baked right into macOS, and does just about everything one could ever want. But file manager apps are no longer just for power users, and once you’ve gone dual-pane, it’s hard to go back.

Transmit and Forklift are among the most recognizable names in the Finder alternative subgenre, but the folks at Eltima Software have also been busy cultivating their own solution in recent years, and if you can deal with the less-refined Windows-style UI, has a few unique tricks up its sleeve.

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J.R. Bookwalter

iOS 13: How to use Look Around in Apple Maps

1 month ago

It only took 12 years, but Apple Maps will finally get a feature that resembles Google’s Street View when iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 drop sometime later this year. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with macOS.) Look Around works a lot like Street View, but it comes with some attractions of its own, including smoother transition animations and photos that use parallax in order deliver a 3D-like depth you don’t find Google Maps.

It’s also really easy to use, as you can see below.

One catch: Look Around is currently a very limited feature, as you’ll only be able to use it in the United States, and even then you can only use it in places like the Hawaiian island of Oahu and California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Apple is steadily collecting imagery for other locations, though, and you can get an idea of its progress through this page.

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Leif Johnson

13-inch MacBook Pro review: Updates make the new entry-level models worthy of the Pro name

1 month ago

Apple’s recent revamp of its MacBook lineup makes it a lot easier to understand the target audiences for Apple’s laptops. And with the release of the new 13-inch 1.4GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro, Apple also made it easier to pick a 13-inch model.

It’s easier now because you don’t have to decide if you’re willing to sacrifice any features when picking an entry-level model over the higher-end ones. Before the newly-updated base model was released, there was a division within the four 13-inch models. Apple offered two entry-level models without the Touch Bar, and two high-end models with it. (The entry-level models were missing some other features, as well, but the main missing feature was the Touch Bar). So when it came down to picking a 13-inch MacBook Pro, you had to consider whether you were willing to give up some features for the lower price.

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Roman Loyola

Is it a good idea for Apple to buy exclusive rights to podcasts?

1 month ago

The podcast industry has been flooded with big money over the last few years, as businesses and investors seek to get in on a rapidly growing media business that’s got a lot of room for audience and revenue growth. (Spotify alone is spending $500 million on podcast companies and exclusive content.)

And yet over all this time, the industry’s biggest player hasn’t made any big podcast business moves.

That player is Apple—its Podcasts app is the top podcast player, with 50 to 70 percent of the app market—and its time as a neutral supporter of the industry may be coming to an end. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Lucas Shaw report that Apple is talking to media companies about buying exclusive rights to podcasts.

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Jason Snell

Apple highlights new emojis coming this fall to iOS and macOS in celebration of World Emoji Day

1 month ago

Last year, Apple celebrated World Emoji Day (July 17) by giving us a preview of some of the emojis coming to iOS 12 and macOS Mojave in the fall of 2018. This year, Apple’s doing it again.

In February, the Unicode Consortium finalized the Emoji 12.0 list, approving 59 new emojis to be included in our operating systems this fall. Those 59 new emojis include over 170 variants of gender and skin tone to better represent the diversity of people and couples on the planet.

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Jason Cross

Apple pushes new silent updates to address vulnerable Zoom software

1 month ago

Update 7/16: Apple has issued two more silent updates to macOS that address other apps that may be using Zoom's localhost server.

Apple is taking further action to shut down Zoom servers that may be running on your Mac without your knowledge . A week after Zoom released a patch for its Mac app that removes a localhost web server from your Mac and allows users to manually uninstall the app from the menubar (you can download that patch here), Apple has issued its second and third updates to shut down servers running in the background.

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Michael Simon
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