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#1441: New MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro; iOS 12.1 and macOS 10.14.1 bring Group FaceTime, Apple posts record Q4 despite flat sales

Apple kept everyone hopping last week with new hardware, updates to all its operating systems, and a strong earnings report. First up was the company’s release of long-awaited updates to the MacBook Air and Mac mini, along…

#1440: Music Modernization Act to aid artists, Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 reviewed, TechSoup helps nonprofits get tech discounts

Want to see musicians make a decent living from music streamed via Apple Music or Spotify? See Glenn Fleishman’s coverage of the Music Modernization Act here in the United States, a bipartisan bill that aims…

#1439: New Macs and iPads coming, CrashPlan for Home ends, standalone Apple Watch podcasts, recent article survey results

Those looking for a new Mac or iPad will want to tune into the webcast of Apple’s special event on 30 October 2018—we have a preview of what Apple might unveil. 14 months ago, Code42…

#1438: Siri Shortcuts, SMS 2FA autofill, make your own Dynamic Desktops, Apple News anywhere

Lots of practical how-tos this week! Want to make your own Siri commands with the new Siri Shortcuts feature of iOS 12? Josh Centers explains it. Prefer a faster way to enter two-factor authentication codes…

#1437: Apple OS updates, Apple vs. Businessweek, Apple Watch Series 4 health monitoring, Wi-Fi naming, apps for reading TidBITS

In the news this week, Adam Engst examines Apple’s vehement denial of Bloomberg Businessweek’s claim that Chinese spies snuck malicious chips onto servers used by Apple and other tech companies. Plus, we share details of the…

#1436: What’s new in iOS 12’s Photos, Mojave’s Dark Mode and Continuity Camera, Safari 12 crashes Sierra’s Spotlight

Explore the new features of macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12 with TidBITS this week! But first, for those still running macOS 10.12 Sierra, Safari 12 is causing Spotlight to crash—we have the fix. Back…

#1435: Exploring iOS 12’s Do Not Disturb and Apple Books, new HomePod features with iOS 12, easyDNS sponsoring TidBITS

With iOS 12 out for a week, we’ve started our in-depth exploration into Apple’s latest mobile operating system. If you’ve ever been burned by forgetting to turn Do Not Disturb off after invoking it manually,…

#1434: New iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max; Apple Watch Series 4; upgrading to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14 Mojave

It’s time to start the cycle again. Apple last week introduced three new iPhone models and the Apple Watch Series 4, and today brought the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12, plus…

#1433: Mojave privacy versus usability, prepare for iOS 12, iPhone 8 logic boards replaced, how to move from Evernote to Notes

Apple will be announcing new iPhones later this week. With them will almost certainly come a release date for iOS 12, so Take Control of iOS 12 author Josh Centers explains how to get ready for the…

#1432: New iPhone and iOS 12 announcement, AirPort Express gets AirPlay 2, cheaper digital movies, Arlo Baby Cam review

Get ready for the latest and greatest! Apple has scheduled a special event for September 12th, undoubtedly to reveal new iPhones and a ship date for iOS 12. The company also released a firmware update…

#1431: Steve Jobs’s daughter’s new book, Apple abandons Back to My Mac, restoring from Backblaze, how to buy a NAS

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s memoir about her famous father is due out next week, but there’s early coverage that might tell you if you want to read it. Back to My Mac users will need to look…

#1430: Explaining Pages linked text boxes, improving iMovie output resolution, Mailplane 4 review

Slowly but surely Pages is getting back all the features it lost when Apple relaunched it a few years back. One of those recovered features is linked text boxes, and Michael Cohen tells you how…

#1429: Group FaceTime delayed, System Preferences window secrets, iOS Safari tip, Sinemia and other alternatives to MoviePass

In breaking news, Apple has delayed the promised Group FaceTime feature in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave until “later this fall.” If you’ve ever needed to load the desktop version of a mobile Web…

#1428: Apple posts record Q3 profits, Apple terminates app affiliates, USB Restricted Mode explained, Siri relationship tips

Apple had a busy week. The company posted record revenues and profits for its third fiscal quarter and then terminated affiliate fees for Mac and iOS app sales. Adam Engst sees this move as unnecessary,…

#1427: MacBook Pro thermal throttling and data recovery, Wireless Sensor Tags, Wyze Cam Pan security camera, Apple News

We need your help—please follow TidBITS in Apple News so its algorithm will be more likely to recommend our articles to new readers. The new MacBook Pro figured prominently in the headlines last week, with Apple…