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Google Calendar sync with Mac and iOS is broken

9 hours 2 minutes ago

A few days ago, something broke with Google’s calendar synchronization as it works in macOS and iOS. Complaints abound on Google’s support forums, but no solid answers have emerged at this writing.

Many people have tried a variety of techniques, like changing events, removing cached local calendar data in macOS, and other tactics. None have worked, or only work briefly before the calendar disappears again.

We’ll update this article when a solution appears. But never fear: It’s not just your account or device.

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Google Calendar sync is currently broken, but it’s not your fault! (Screen blurred for user privacy.)

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Glenn Fleishman

New iCloud.com beta site offers refreshed design and Reminders app

11 hours 30 minutes ago

Apple’s iCloud.com web interface has a design that feels a little dated, frankly, and the pending release of iOS 13, along with its completely redesigned Reminders app, is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up a bit. (The iCloud web interface doesn’t even have a Reminders app, it’s listed as “coming soon.”)

Apple is testing out a new iCloud.com beta web interface, featuring a new landing page with a simple white background and smaller icons.

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The iCloud.com beta site (bottom) features smaller icons, a clean white background, and a Reminders app.

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Jason Cross

Make sure you save your data before deleting an Apple ID account

17 hours 34 minutes ago

Apparently, one piece of online folk wisdom goes as follows: If you’re having trouble with your Apple ID, just create a new one and abandon the old one. This actually isn't a good idea in most circumstances. It usually makes a bad situation worse.

Apple IDs can be a problem, especially if you have legacy accounts from pre-iCloud Apple cloud services. Apple has made it easier over the years to use one Apple ID for purchases and another for iCloud, which was a big help. The upcoming macOS 10.15 Catalina rejiggers account management so your various Apple IDs are consolidated into a preference pane that replaces the iCloud one, very similar to iOS’s Settings app.

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Glenn Fleishman

Apple TV+ FAQ: Cost, release date, supported devices, and more

18 hours 34 minutes ago

This fall, Apple will make a risky venture outside its familiar spheres of hardware and software when it launches Apple TV+. The new service features a wide assortment of TV shows funded by Apple’s mountainous cash pile, and the Cupertino company is sparing no expense in its attempt to lure viewers with some of the best-known actors, writers, and directors.

Below, you’ll find a compendium of everything we know about the ambitious service so far, and we’ll keep it updated as we encounter credible rumors and get news from Apple itself.

How will you access Apple TV+?

Once it launches, you’ll sign up for and watch Apple TV+ content through Apple’s recently redesigned TV app, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Mac—in addition to some supported third-party smart TVs.

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Leif Johnson

Shoot to thrill: Three camera features the iPhone should add

19 hours 34 minutes ago

In the era of the personal computer, we worshipped at the altar of processor speeds, RAM capacity, and hard drive space. But in the era of the smartphone, none of these items are as important as they once were. Instead, we are more concerned about what their devices can do, and chief among those capabilities is taking great pictures.

Look back over the past few years of smartphone announcements from industry leaders like Samsung, Google, and, of course, Apple, and you’ll see cameras occupying a lot of time in onstage demos as well as a prominent position in smartphone marketing and ads.

With the unveiling of Apple’s 2019 iPhone line-up a matter of weeks away, many anticipate a big improvement in the devices’ cameras. That’s no surprise: every time a new phone rolls around, Apple always touts it as featuring the best camera ever. Because as good as the current iPhone’s camera is, there’s always room for improvement.

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Dan Moren

What we might expect from Apple’s A13 chip

1 day 12 hours ago

We’re still a long way away from hearing anything official about Apple’s next system-on-a-chip. The A13 is likely to be unveiled in September, along with the new iPhones it will power. But the design, manufacture, and testing of these chips takes years, far too long for Apple to suddenly make radical changes. The A13 design is likely, for all intents and purposes, set in stone by now.

By looking at past A-series chips and extrapolating from what we know of the manufacturing process Apple will use this year, we can get a reasonable picture about what to expect from the A13 chip. It will almost certainly be the fastest SoC Apple has ever developed for iPhones, but exactly how fast can we expect?

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Jason Cross

16-inch MacBook Pro: Bloomberg report says it will be revealed in September

1 day 13 hours ago

For the first time in nearly a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro may be on the way. Rumors have been ramping up for months regarding a brand new 16-inch flagship notebook, expanding Apple’s laptop lineup beyond the 13- and 15-inch models its been selling since 2012. Here’s everything we know so far.

The latest rumor: September reveal

Bloomberg reports that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be announced at a yet-to-be-announced event in September. The report does not say if the 16-inch model will replace Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, though it does say that the overall size of the 16-inch model will be close in size to the 15-incher.

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iPhone 2019 rumors: Three new iPhones to be released in September, according to Bloomberg

1 day 13 hours ago

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 08/22/19: Bloomberg has a report on the iPhones that will be released in September. The report shares several new minor details about the phones.

Three new iPhones coming in September

Bloomberg has a report on what Apple plans to announce during its September event, which has yet to be announced. According to Bloomberg, the featured products of the event are the “Pro” iPhones that will succeed the iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as a follow-up to the iPhone XR.

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Macworld Staff

How to restore items for an external drive that’s backed up using Time Machine

1 day 17 hours ago

Time Machine’s main purpose is to back up an internal startup volume, but it can also archive the contents of other volumes on an internal drive and volumes on externally attached drives. Check the Time Machine preference pane to make sure those other volumes aren't excluded if you want them backed up. (But you can't include the Time Machine volume itself!)

However, once Time Machine has started to archive those other volumes, you might wonder how to find their contents to restore older versions or the entire set of files. Apple doesn't provide the same ease of navigation backwards nor full restore with volumes other than the one set to start up the Mac, but the data is all there.

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Glenn Fleishman

Zagg Folio keyboard case for iPad mini 5 review: Like a book-sized MacBook

1 day 19 hours ago

I'm always looking for ways to do my job on the go while using the least amount of space in my bag, and that's why I love the Zagg Folio wireless keyboard case for the fifth-generation iPad mini. Slip it on, and Apple’s smallest tablet transforms into an adorable little laptop. I've found myself wishing Zagg would have leaned into that and made differently colored cases that match the seven hues used for the keyboard backlighting, but nah, we're stuck with the workaday black fabric and plastic defines Zagg's cases as of late.

It’s a good thing, then, that almost every other feature of this delightful case makes up for it. It's barely thicker than half an inch when it's closed. It’s tough enough to endure the pain I put my stuff through on my footbound commute, and the keyboard—though small—offers much of the satisfaction I’d expect from a proper laptop. After handling it for a while, I kind of wish Apple would take some cues from Zagg for some of its own designs.

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Leif Johnson

Macworld's September Digital Magazine: Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro reviewed

2 days 6 hours 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 September issue

If you’re considering a new laptop for a college-bound kid, don’t miss our review of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. This entry-level Mac is now worthy of the Pro name. If you’re interested in augmented reality, check out our pick of 10 great AR apps for iPhone and iPad.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How a 16-inch MacBook Pro sets the table for ARM MacBooks

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Macworld Staff

Apple has rules for keeping your Apple Card clean, but they don’t go far enough

2 days 6 hours ago

Millions of iPhone users have already signed up for the Apple Card, and iPhone users across the U.S. are going to want to show off that membership has its privileges—most notably a titanium, laser-etched Apple Card. But like any Apple product, you should think twice before leaving the house with your Apple Card, lest it end up scratched or discolored.

What are you to do? Apple has some tips, of course. In a support document titled, “How to clean your Apple Card,” Apple has offered up several dos and don’ts for its new card. Basically, you have to be more careful with it that an iPhone.

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Michael Simon

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases Public Beta 7

2 days 8 hours ago

Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off on Monday, and 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 looks to be a doozy.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone and iPad when it releases this fall, along with details about supported devices and how to join the beta test to try it out early.

Update 08/21/19: Apple released Developer Beta 8 of iOS 13 in the morning, and released the same build a few hours later as Public Beta 7. So far most of the changes appear to be bug fixes.

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Jason Cross