Tim Cook issues ‘Speaking up on racism’ letter

10 hours 20 minutes ago

On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook released an open letter to address the current unrest due to the killing of George Floyd. A link to the letter, titled “Speaking up on racism,” occupies the top promotional spot on the homepage.

The letter acknowledges the “senseless killing of George Floyd” but is primarily concerned with the longer history of racism and the way it is, in Cook’s words, “still present today—not only in the form of violence, but in the everyday experience of deeply rooted discrimination.”

Cook’s statement comes on the heels of many such letters from corporate brands and their leaders. Compared to most of them, the statement from the CEO of the most valuable company in the U.S. is fairly modest (it certainly lacks the verve and specific calls to action of the statement from Ben and Jerry’s, for example). It acknowledges both the current firestorm and the larger systemic issue, while mentioning donations to “organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative.”

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Jason Cross

5G could make the iPad a better PC than the MacBook

13 hours 45 minutes ago

It’s been a furious week of rumors for the iPad. First, we learned that the iPad Air might be dumping the Lightning port in favor of USB-C. Then we learned that Safari in iOS 14 might bring full Apple Pencil support for annotating websites. And, finally, news of the iPad Pro’s 2021 update leaked, reportedly bringing an A14X processor and a long-awaited mini-LED display that’s more vibrant and power-efficient than the LCDs Apple uses now.

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Michael Simon

Can I keep my partner’s Apple purchases and account after they die?

16 hours 1 minute ago

With so many people facing the sudden and untimely passing of loved ones, particularly parents and significant others and spouses, it may add insult to injury that their digital lives are severed as well as their physical ones.

Since this is a Mac 911 column, I won’t dig into the details across services outside of what Apple provides. When we purchase apps, media, and other digital items and digital subscriptions from Apple, we are paying for a license that has a variety of terms attached. It’s a purchase in the loosest terms, not a permanent transfer of ownership as when you buy a physical good, like a book or puzzle.

Apple has long blurred the distinction on this by typically offering expansive licensing, especially compared to other tech companies. Way back in 2003, when I interviewed Apple’s worldwide vice president of marketing Phil Schiller about the opening of the iTunes Store, I asked him almost immediately that if it was a “store” did that mean rights were transferrable. He said, “You bought it. You own it. You don’t have to pay us again for the right to license it.” But the rights can’t be sold or transferred to someone else. This remains true, encoded in legalese, to this day.

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Glenn Fleishman

Air Display 3 review: Turn spare iOS devices into extra Mac displays

17 hours 31 minutes ago

Introduced with macOS Catalina, Sidecar is an awesome feature which enables Mac users to extend their desktop onto a single iPad over a wired or wireless connection. There’s just one catch: You’ll need a Mac released sometime in the last five years to make it work.

Although Apple offers little recourse to owners of older Mac models, as usual the company’s cold shoulder has been turned into a new opportunity by third-party developers. Not surprisingly, simply installing the right software will allow similar display trickery on even more screens, without all those stringent system requirements.

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J.R. Bookwalter

Google improves security key support on iPhone

1 day 8 hours ago

Google has made it easier to use more types of physical security keys to authenticate your Google account on iPhones, according to a post on the Google Security Blog

For iOS devices running iOS 13.3 or later, Google now supports the W3C WebAuthn standard for physical security keys. That means you can use USB or NFC security keys to securely log in to Google apps and websites using either your personal or enterprise Google account. 

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Jason Cross

New rumor says the next iPad Air will be even more like the iPad Pro

1 day 13 hours ago

When Apple re-launched the iPad Air last year, it brought support lots of iPad Pro features for a lower price, including Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support as well as the A12 Bionic processor and a True Tone display. And now it looks like Apple’s mid-range tablet will be borrowing another feature from the flagship model.

According to Japanese rumor site Mac Otakara, the iPad Air update due later this year will introduce USB-C, replacing the Lightning port on another Apple device. That would leave the iPad mini and the entry-level iPad as the only non-iPhones to still use the proprietary port.

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Michael Simon

My Mac shows a Windows recovery screen at startup. What gives?

1 day 17 hours ago

One of the strangest things you can do with a Mac has got to be using it only to run Windows—although there’s a method to that madness, too. Apple began offering direct support for Windows-on-a-Mac with Boot Camp several years ago, allowing a more powerful option than emulation of Windows in macOS.

Some people have opted to run Windows on a Mac full time, including at least one government adviser in a previous job, for reasons of support, cost, and computational power. Apple only offers relatively powerful computers, but it backs them up with a higher level and quality of support than competing PC makers.

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Glenn Fleishman

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14: Safari to get built-in translation and full Apple Pencil support

2 days 6 hours ago

WWDC may be in limbo due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that’s not stopping the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Apple is hard at work on the next update for the iPhone and iPad, and details are starting to leak ahead of the big reveal. Here is everything we know so far.

Update 06/02/20: 9to5Mac reports that Safari will have a built-in translator and Apple Pencil support in iOS and iPadOS 14.

iOS14 and iPadOS14: Built-in Safari translation

According to an early build of iOS14 obtained by 9to5Mac, it appears that Apple is working to expand Siri's minimal translation features (just words and phrases) into something grander and more system-wide. Safari, the site claims, may have the ability to translate web pages without the use of a third-party app or service.

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Macworld Staff

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

2 days 9 hours ago

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. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.

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Roman Loyola

Apple Music participates in Black Out Tuesday, but you can still access your Library

2 days 10 hours ago

Apple Music is taking part in the music industry’s “Blackout Tuesday” event, showing a supportive message in place of some of its usual, and most frequently-accessed, features.


Apple Music’s curated sections are participating in Blackout Tuesday.

If you attempt to access the For You, Radio, or Browse sections of the service, you will instead be greeted by a black screen with large text reading:

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Jason Cross

Which Mac should you buy?

2 days 11 hours ago

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac computer and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

MacBook Air

Models for sale were originally released March 2020.

What is it? The MacBook Air is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers two 13-inch models.

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Roman Loyola

Apple Card: June payments can be deferred, interest-free

2 days 13 hours 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 06/02/20: Apple Card users can defer their June payments.

The latest: June payments can be deferred

Holders of the Apple Card can defer their June payment. This is in response to the "financial pressure from economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," according to Bloomberg. Apple and Goldman Sachs had the same offer for March, April, and May payments. 

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Macworld Staff

Recognizing game: iPhone SE praise from an unexpected source

2 days 17 hours ago

If you didn’t think this timeline was weird enough, it’s about to get “cats and dogs living together” kind of weird.

Writing for AndroidCentral, Harish Jonnalagadda’s review of the iPhone SE says:

Come for the value, stay for the blistering performance and four years of software updates.

We live in strange times indeed. At least not all of it is strange and completely crappy.

Jonnalagadda is correct, of course: the second generation iPhone SE (just like its predecessor) is a terrific phone for the money. And good for Jonnalagadda and AndroidCentral for noticing that.

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