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 November issue
In the November issue we review Apple’s latest and greatest phone yet: the iPhone 11 Pro. Find out why it’s the best iPhone ever. We also reviewed the iPhone 11: A hard to beat combination of price, features, and quality.
Also in this month’s issue:
• MacUser: Make sure you save your data before deleting an Apple ID account
• MacUser Reviews: ExpanDrive 7, JustPlay
After an awkward iOS 13 and 13.1 release schedule, punctuated by two rapid-fire bugfix releases (iOS 13.1.1 and 13.1.2), Apple is ready to move on to iOS 13.2.
The big new feature in 13.2 is the Deep Fusion computational photography upgrade for the camera in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. During its big September event to debut the phones, Apple promised this update is coming “this fall” and showed off its prowess in mid-to-low light with what can only be described as a “hipster in a Cosby sweater.”
Apple is said to be spending a several 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 all that money? 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.
We have a lot of testing to go before we can reach a verdict on Google's new Pixel 4 smartphone, but the early results show it’s in for a big fight with the iPhone 11. We tested the improved Night Sight against the iPhone 11’s Night mode to see which camera could snap a better nighttime shot. The first impressions are very one-sided.
That’s very surprising. Apple’s Night mode was largely seen as playing catch-up to Google’s version on the Pixel 3, and we all assumed that the Pixel 4 would take another leap to show Apple who’s boss. That might not be the case.
Editor's note: The photo samples were incorrectly labeled when this story originally posted. It has been fixed.
If you’ve continued to use iPhoto after Apple discontinued it in 2015, you had to know its days were numbered. Many people preferred iPhoto’s controls and the new Photos app was initially missing features and buggy, crashy, and slow at times. Photos has improved substantially, though it’s still not everyone’s cup of tea.
Now, iPhoto’s number is finally truly up. The outdated software won’t launch in macOS Catalina, because its core functions rely on a software framework Apple has also sent riding into the sunset.
Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.
Got questions? Fortunately we have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.
Updated 10/15/19: Added a section on how to cancel Apple Arcade.
Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was harshly reminded of how important it is to have a phone good case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete—three days before I was supposed to trade it in. The screen cracked, and in a rarity for me, I wasn’t using a case.
That’s partially why great care was taken to create this list of the best cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and cases) are all so similar this year, we’ve compiled them all into one listing and provided links to each model. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to “See More,” and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 11 version. If you don’t see a price listing for a particular model, that means there isn’t one.
Apple on Tuesday released an update for macOS 10.15 Catalina that fixes a few bugs. Here’s what the update does, according to the release notes:
Improves installation reliability of macOS Catalina on Macs with low disk space
Fixes an issue that prevented Setup Assistant from completing during some installations
Resolves an issue that prevents accepting iCloud Terms and Conditions when multiple iCloud accounts are logged in
Improves the reliability of saving Game Center data when playing Apple Arcade games offline
To install the update, you need an internet connection. Go to System Preferences and double-click on Software Update. Your Mac will check online for the update and will tell you when it’s available. (You can also get to Software Update via Apple menu > About This Mac, then click on the Software Update button in the Overview section.) The update is nearly 1GB in size.
Apple’s latest mobile OS release has had a bit of an unusual launch cadence and kind of a rocky start. The company split iOS into iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 this year, with different initial launch dates. There have been several small updates to both OSes to fix a litany of bugs.
The latest release brings iOS and iPadOS up to version 13.1.3. There are no significant new features introduced, just a bunch of additional bug fixes. The release notes for iOS 13 are as follows:
Addresses an issue that could prevent a device from ringing or vibrating for an incoming call
Back in March, Apple announced that its new TV app would be available on a lot more devices (and in a lot more countries) than ever before. It’s available on a lot of popular smart TVs, it’s coming to Macs in macOS Catalina, and it’ll be on both Fire TV and Roku.
Well, we’re still waiting for the Fire TV app, but the Apple TV app for Roku just launched. Roku users can find and add it in the Roku Channel Store, just as they would any other channel. From there, you’ll log in with your Apple ID to access your content.
iCloud Photos provides a great service. Deeply embedded into iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and iCloud, with the feature enabled, every photo you take and every video you record is automatically uploaded to your central iCloud account and then synchronized as a thumbnail or full-resolution image to all your devices linked to the same iCloud account that also have iCloud Photos enabled.
As photo collections grow, some people balk at paying Apple for increasing amounts of iCloud storage, however, and they don’t need or want synchronization across all their devices in quite this way.
You can shed the iCloud part of iCloud Photos and stick just to Photos if you like. You can then opt to sync a different way if you still want that feature—and at no cost.
It turns out the iPhone 11 Pro appears to be selling very well. Which is terrible.
Writing for Vice, Jason Koebler says “It Is Currently Impossible to Exchange Money for an iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antler to Nick.)
What about two wheat for an iPhone?
Three wheat and one lumber! That’s my final offer!
I should not have built my settlement next to the desert.
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There is an HTML attribute that does exactly what you think it should do:<div>I'm visible</div> <div hidden>I'm hidden</div>
It even has great browser support. Is it useful? Uhm. Maybe. Not really.
Adam Laki likes the semantics of it:
If we use the hidden attribute, we make our semantic a little better. Anybody will understand what does a “hidden” attribute means on an element.
Monica Dinculescu calls it a lie:
the hidden rule is a User Agent
There are all these sites out there that want to help you with your images. They do things like optimize your images and help you serve them performantly.
That's a very good thing. By any metric, images are a major slice of the resources on websites, and we're notoriously bad at optimizing them and doing all the things we could to lower the performance hit from them. So you use some service to help you deliver images better. Smart. Many of them will make managing and optimizing images a lot easier. But I don't consider them a no-brainer. There is a lot to think about, like making choices that don't paint you into a corner.
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At a recent conference talk (sorry, I forget which one), there was a quick example of poor web performance in the form of a third-party widget. The example showed a site that installed the widget in order to add a "email us" button fixed to the bottom right of the viewport. Not even a live-chat widget — just an email thing. It weighed in at something like 470KB, which is straight bananas.
Just in case you are someone who feels … Read article
It’s pretty common to see a loading state on sites these days, particularly as progressive web apps and reactive sites are on the rise. It’s one way to improve "perceived" performance — that is, making it feel as though the site is loading faster than it actually is.
The WordPress ecosystem has a plentiful supply of plugins that offer everything from AMP to Zapier integration and so, so, so many other things in between. It's a significant contributor to what makes WordPress great because plugins can account for the needs of nearly any website.
How many plugins are installed on your WordPress site? Five? Fifteen? Fifty? We've been up to 31 plugins here at CSS-Tricks and we rely on them for everything from content delivery to performance. Why … Read article
In this post, we’re going to use CSS superpowers to create a visual effect where two elements overlap and weave together. The epiphany for this design came during a short burst of spiritual inquisitiveness where I ended up at The Bible Project’s website. They make really cool animations, and I mean, really cool animations.
My attention, however, deviated from spiritualism to web design as I kept spotting these in-and-out border illustrations.
Screenshot form The Bible Project website.
I wondered … Read article
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Say you have page that has a bunch of transitions and animations on all sorts of elements. Some of them get triggered when the window is resized because they have to do with size of the page or position or padding or something. It doesn't really matter what it is, the fact that the transition or animation runs may contribute to a feeling of jankiness as you resize the window. If those transitions or animations don't deliver any benefit in … Read article
I recently found a solution to dynamically update the color of any product image. So with just one <img> of a product, we can colorize it in different ways to show different color options. We don’t even need any fancy SVG or CSS to get it done!
We’ll be using an image editor (e.g. Photoshop or Sketch) and the image transformation service imgix. (This isn’t a sponsored post and there is no affiliation here — it’s just a technique … Read article
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It was this: <tt>
I say "was" because it's deprecated. It may still "work" (like everybody's favorite <marquee> in some browsers), but it could stop working anytime, they say. The whole purpose of it was to display text in a monospace font, like the way Teletype machines used to.
Dave used it jokingly the other day.
Per recent events: As you can see by this official transcript, Dave Rupert LLC has done nothing wrong...
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In this week's roundup, Lighthouse sheds light on third-party scripts, insecure resources will get blocked on secure sites, and many country connection speeds are still trying to catch up to others... literally.Measure the impact of third-party code during page load
Lighthouse, Chrome’s built-in auditing tool, now shows a warning when the impact of third-party code on page load performance is too high. The pre-existing “Third-party usage” diagnostic audit will now fail if the total main-thread blocking time caused by … Read article
WebPageTest is an online tool and an Open Source project to help developers audit the performance of their websites. As a Web Performance Evangelist at Theodo, I use it every single day. I am constantly amazed at what it offers to the web development community at large and the web performance folks particularly — for free.
But things can get difficult pretty quickly when dealing with Single Page Applications — usually written with React, Vue, Svelte or any other … Read article
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We constantly hear about the importance of keeping websites lean and fast. A fast-loading website makes users more satisfied, and satisfied users spend more time and money on your website. However, website optimization is a complex task, as there is not one silver bullet to fix all of the issues causing poor performance.
We also hear that addressing the performance of images is a low hanging fruit if you want to improve your site’s user experience However, anyone who has … Read article
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