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

1 day 10 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.

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Roman Loyola

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

1 day 11 hours ago

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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Roman Loyola

How to buy a used Mac without being locked out

1 day 15 hours 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 day 16 hours 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 day 17 hours 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

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases Public Beta 3

2 days 9 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 07/18/19: One day after releasing Developer Beta 4, Apple has released Public Beta 3. These two versions should be identical, and mostly include lots of interface tweaks and bug fixes. You’ll find a “rearrange apps” option on the long-press home screen menu, an updated share sheet look, and more.

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Jason Cross

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

2 days 9 hours 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. At some unspecific point in the future, it’ll also be coming to Mac, Apple TV, Android, PC, and consoles. I’m looking forward to jumping in, and I’ll have a review ready in the next couple of days.

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Leif Johnson

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

2 days 16 hours 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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Michael Simon

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

2 days 17 hours 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

Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: 'Snoopy in Space' launches this fall

3 days 6 hours ago

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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Jason Cross

2020 iPhone rumors: Rear camera to get 3D sensing time-of-flight capabilities

3 days 9 hours ago

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 07/17/19: A new report from Digitimes claims that Apple has plans to use VCSEL time-of-flight (ToF) sensors on the rear camera of next year's iPhone. 

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Michael Simon

iOS 13: How to use Look Around in Apple Maps

3 days 15 hours 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

3 days 16 hours 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

The Register

Excluding Huawei from UK's 5G will harm security, MPs warn

1 day 15 hours ago
A decision must be made as a 'matter of urgency', says Intelligence and Security Committee

Excluding Huawei from the UK's 5G network infrastructure would harm resilience and "lower security standards", the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) warned today.…

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

1 day 16 hours ago
1969 and all that, or why NASA shouldn't be all about lunar footprints

Tomorrow it will be a full 50 years since humans first set foot on the Moon, and nearly 50 years since the annual hand-wringing began over why none have gone back after Apollo 17.…

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