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iPhone 2019 rumors: Apple to introduce a next-generation Taptic Engine

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:35

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 07/23/19: A new report from 9to5Mac claims this year’s iPhones will have a new Taptic Engine and improved front camera video recording.

Improved Haptics

A report from 9to5Mac primarily reiterates the rumors we’ve heard before, with one significant new wrinkle: This year’s new iPhones will feature “a new type of Taptic Engine, known by the codename leap haptics.” It’s not known what the new features of this improved Taptic Engine would be. Apple is already one of the very few to use a linear resonant actuator for its haptics, which provide much greater fidelity than the eccentric rotating mass vibration motors used in so many other phones.

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3 reasons why Apple would want to buy Intel's mobile modem chip business (other than the iPhone)

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:03

The race to 5G might have just added a new lane. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Intel are engaged in serious talks over the latter company’s smartphone modem chip business, which went belly-up earlier this year.

Intellectual property exchanging hands between industry giants isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, but this deal has significant ramifications. Just three months ago, Apple and Intel were partners on the development of the iPhone’s 5G modem, but that abruptly ended in one fell swoop when Apple and Qualcomm settled their longtime court case and Intel “announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices.”

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Sciencamatiffic: Bad iPhone surveys

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:00

Remember iPhones? Seemed like everyone used to have one. But now? Nope.

According to TNW, “Tons of iPhone users are joining the dark side by switching to Samsung.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alan.)

It seems Apple fans are finally shaking off the iPhone mania…

Yes, after… [pretends to check calendar]… 12 years, the fad is finally dying. No one is buying iPhones anymore.

…compared to last year, fewer people are trading in their old iPhones for the latest models.

Now, remember that no one has weighed these people who are ditching the iPhone so it is possible that, combined, they do weigh “tons.” It is also unknown if these are metric or imperial tons.

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Roon Labs' Nucleus music server review: Exquisite hardware for exceptional software

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 06:00
The Nucleus is a superb—but very expensive—platform for running Roon Labs' marvelous Roon music server software.

iOS 13: How to pair an Xbox One controller with your iPhone or iPad

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 06:00

The iPhone and iPad will finally feel like proper traditional game systems this fall, as iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 introduce support for some Xbox One controllers and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers. We’re focusing on the Xbox One S controller in this article, so you’ll want to head here if you need to hook up a DualShock 4. You can try this feature now if you want, but keep in mind you'll need to download the still-buggy iOS 13 public beta.

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iOS 13: How to pair a PS4 DualShock 4 controller with your iPhone or iPad

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 06:00

It only took a few years, but this fall the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV will finally support PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controllers and some models of Xbox One controllers. It’s super easy to set up these controllers, too, as you’ll see below.

For this story, we’ll focus on pairing the Sony DualShock 4 with an iPhone or iPad. All you need is an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 (which at this point means you’ll need the still-buggy beta) and any model of wireless DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4.

Here’s how to get in the action.

How to pair a DualShock 4 with an iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Settings app.

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WatchOS 5.3 restores Walkie-Talkie and brings ECG support to Canada and Singapore

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 14:50

After updating your iPhone to iOS 12.4 and then launching the Watch app to update it to watchOS 5.3, you may be a little disappointed by the release notes. In the Watch app, Apple only says, “This update includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes and is recommended for all users.”

Truth be told, unless you were a big fan of the Walkie-Talkie app, you’re not likely to notice much of a difference in watchOS 5.3. That is, unless you have a Series 4 watch and live in Canada or Singapore.

The latest release fixes a security flaw in the Walkie-Talkie app that could potentially allow users to listen in on others’ conversations. Apple disabled the app until it could fix the problem, which watchOS 5.3 apparently does. The Walkie-Talkie app doesn’t appear to be terribly popular, so there may not be that many truly affected by the fix.

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macOS Mojave: Apple releases 10.14.6 update

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 14:22

In September 2018, Apple released macOS Mojave, the current version of the Mac operating system. (In case you're keeping track, it's version 10.14.) In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

Editor’s note: Updated 7/22/19 with the release information for macOS Mojave 10.14.6.

The latest: macOS Mojave 10.14.6 now available

Apple on July 22, 2019, released version 10.14.6 of macOS Mojave. According to the release notes, the update of the operating system includes updates to Apple News, and several bug fixes, including one for Boot Camp.

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 with Walkie-Talkie fix, Apple News reorganization, and improved iPhone migration

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:27

Apple released iOS 12.3 in the second week of May, bringing us its new TV app with Channels subscriptions. Just days later, it started releasing betas to developers for another point release, iOS 12.4. Now, after seven beta releases, the final iOS 12.4 is out.

Update 07/22/19: Apple has released the final build of iOS 12.4. It improves iPhone migration, fixes a Walkie-Talkie security flaw, and reorganizes Apple News+. It was assumed this release was to prepare iOS for the release of Apple Card, but it is still nowhere to be found.

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2020 iPhone rumors: Apple could finally give us a 120Hz 'ProMotion' display

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:02

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 07/22/19: Well-known Samsung leaker @UniverseIce on Twitter claims that Apple is in talks with Samsung and LG to provide a 60/120Hz switchable display for the 2020 iPhones.

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iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: How to use the new gestures for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 09:00

As our iPhones and iPads increasingly become the primary way we interact with others online, really good text management features have become more important. The old “shake to undo” gesture just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

With iOS 13 (and iPadOS 13), Apple’s addressing text input in a big way with the new QuickPath swiping keyboard and several new three-finger gestures. Once you get used to them, you’ll find it easier to work with text on your iOS device than ever before.

Undo and Redo IDG

Undo and Redo gestures get easier in iOS 13.

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Apple is poised to lose lots of iPhone users if it keeps ignoring the middle

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 08:00

We’ve been hearing for months that longtime customers are souring on the iPhone upgrade cycle, and now there may be some evidence to back that up. According to a study conducted by BankMyCell of some 38,000 people, iPhone owners are 15 percent less loyal to their handset than they were last year, with 73 percent of responders claiming that they were sticking with Apple. Those are still strong numbers, but it’s the lowest retention rate since the company started tracking in 2011.

You can quibble with BankMyCell’s methodology all you want, but the numbers are significant. According to its tally, 24.5 percent of users trading in their iPhone during the fourth quarter of 2018 (when the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max launched), did so because they moved to a new brand of smartphone, overwhelmingly Samsung and LG. (I’m willing to bet it wasn’t the Galaxy Note or V40 ThinQ.)

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iOS 13: Everything that’s new with augmented reality

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 07:00

The end goal of Apple’s augmented reality program is currently a mystery, particularly in light of a recent DigiTimes rumor claiming that Apple disbanded the team for responsible for its AR head-mounted display. This rumor flies in the face of a slightly earlier report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming we’d see some kind of Apple AR headset as early as next year.

There’s little doubt, though, that Apple is still championing augmented reality with a zeal we find in few other competitors, and the progress in the new ARKit 3 (and so in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13) feels like a great leap forward. That leap is so great, in fact, that the many of the features only work with iPhones or iPads running A12 chips or better. (And for that matter, that progress strongly suggests that Apple is designing a headset or glasses that will allow these features to shine, but anyway.)

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Cord-cutters beware: Amazon's TV antenna listings are rife with dubious claims

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 06:00
Caveat emptor, cord-cutters: Many of the manufacturers selling TV antennas on Amazon are making suspicious performance claims for their products.

Samsung RU8000 4K UHD TV review: A good-enough smart TV, but not one that's keeping up with the times

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 06:00
By last year's standards, Samsung's RU8000 is a good TV; but this year, it's eclipsed in terms of both color and HDR performance by less-expensive competitors.

Microsoft To-Do review: Finally check that new Mac to-do app off your list

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 06:00

It’s been four years since Microsoft scooped up Wunderlist, the popular cross-platform to-do app. Although that software has thus far received a stay of execution and remains available, the introduction of Microsoft To-Do two years later with no native Mac app in sight had many longtime users adding “Find a new to-do app” as a new task.

For those who made do with just iOS and web apps over the last couple years, Microsoft To-Do has finally arrived in the Mac App Store. Overall, the free app is a faithful port from Windows, although those who prefer the dark theme found in that edition will be disappointed to find it missing here, nor does the Mac version currently support Mojave’s built-in dark mode.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:33

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:20

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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How to buy a used Mac without being locked out

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:00

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

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 07:00

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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