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Where to buy the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro—all the best deals from carriers and retailers

13 hours 51 minutes ago

It’s been a long time since you could only get an iPhone directly from Apple or from AT&T. Today, it’s offered by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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Jason Cross

How to share a password via AirDrop from iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or macOS

20 hours 11 minutes ago

AirDrop lets you send lots of kinds of data to people right around you who are receptive to it, but one of the less-known elements is a password. Because AirDrop is both short range and encrypted between devices, it’s a secure way to transfer a password to someone else or even to another of your devices if you don’t have iCloud Keychain enabled for syncing.

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In Safari for macOS, you can also share passwords by first selecting one and clicking Details.

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Glenn Fleishman

Did you just get your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro? Do these things first!

21 hours 56 minutes ago

Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of a new iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro. You probably want to dive right into the phone the moment you get the box in your hands, but try to contain your excitement and do a little prep first!

We have a little setup advice you’re going to want to pay attention to. Sure, it seems like an unnecessary drag, but this stuff is going to really save you a lot of time and frustration later.

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Jason Cross

Apple TV+ originals: Scarlett Johansson to star in the film 'Bride'

1 day 8 hours ago

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that focuses almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing TV shows or movies.

Though the service has been available less than a year and and doesn’t yet have a lot of shows or films available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all the Apple TV+ content we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

Updated 10/23/20: On the Rocks and Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You are now available.

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Jason Cross

iMovie for iPhone and iPad is updated with HDR and 4K 60fps support

1 day 12 hours ago

Apple’s free video editing app iMovie has been updated for iOS and iPadOS. There are quite a few significant new features, but the headlining improvements concern 4K 60fps video and HDR support.

With the new Dolby Vision video recording capabilities of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which arrives in stores on Friday, iMovie has to be ready to edit the footage.

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Jason Cross

Apple TV app on its way to Xbox and Playstation consoles

1 day 15 hours ago

Apple is spreading its TV app everywhere. It’s on smart TVs, Fire TV, and Roku set-top boxes, in addition to being found on nearly all of Apple’s devices: iPhones, iPads, Macs, and of course Apple TV hardware. You can find a full list of devices here.

But there’s one place that customers frequently access streaming services that Apple hasn’t yet tackled: game consoles. If current reports are true, that may be about to change.

Update 10/22/20: Sony has officially announced that the Apple TV app will come to PlayStation 5. The app will also come to PlayStation 4 consoles.

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Jason Cross

Best USB-C power adapters for the iPhone 12: How to shop and what to buy

1 day 21 hours ago

If you’ve ordered a new iPhone 12, you’ll notice that the box is a whole lot slimmer than previous years. That’s because the bulkiest accessory is gone: the power adapter. In fact, Apple has removed the charger from all iPhones it sells, so whether you’re spending $399 on an iPhone SE or $1,399 on a maxed-out iPhone 12 Pro Max, you need to bring your own charger.

Any old charger and Lightning cable you have lying around will work, of course. But if you’ve been using Apple’s old 5W adapter, it’s a perfect time to upgrade. For the first time, Apple is supplying a USB-C-to-Lightning cable in all iPhone boxes to allow for fast charging, so all you need is the right charger.

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Michael Simon

Your scanner won’t work with Image Capture? Disable a network setting on your all-in-one

1 day 21 hours ago

Many things in life are inexplicable, and operating systems are no exception. Search for logic and a pattern as much as you like, and you may never find one. That was my reaction to discovering the solution to a problem with Image Capture on the Mac, when it stopped recognizing a scanner connected via USB.

After performing many scans, Image Capture began stating it had an error in connecting to the scanner. I did the usual troubleshooting: disconnect and reconnect the scanner over USB, power cycle the scanner, disconnect the power from the scanner and then plug it back in, and restart the Mac. None of this sufficed.

In searching for an answer, I found scattered references to IPv6, a method of addressing devices on the internet. Why would Internet Protocol version 6 have anything to do with scanner problems? That cry echoes into the void, as there’s no valid explanation for it.

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Glenn Fleishman

How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone

2 days 13 hours ago

Updated 10/21/20: There have been a few tweaks to the Health app interface. This article has been updated to reflect them.

There are plenty of iPhone features that feel like you just can’t live without them. But there is one that can literally save your life: Medical ID.

If you get into an accident or otherwise become unconscious or unresponsive, a first responder can pick up your phone and place an emergency call. But they can also tap the Medical ID button to be taken to a screen that shows important information about you: Age, blood type, allergies, medical conditions...whatever information you wish to share that may help a medical professional to treat you properly.

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Jason Cross

First iPhone 12 teardown tibits: Smaller batter, thinner display, new logic board

2 days 14 hours ago

The iPhone 12 is still a couple of days away from reaching the eager hands of the general public, but lucky YouTuber Hic Tech got his hands on an early model. So he took the whole thing apart. As spotted by 9to5Mac, the short teardown is much lighter on the details that the in-depth analysis we typically get from iFixit, but it still reveals a few interesting tidbits about the new phone.

The battery is extremely small: If you thought the iPhone 11’s 3011mAh battery was small, wait till you see the iPhone 12’s battery. According to the video, it’s just 2815mAh, way smaller than the 4,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S20 and other Android phones. Early benchmarks suggest that battery life is roughly the same as the iPhone 11 (and a couple of hours less when using 5G), but it’s still disappointing.

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Michael Simon

iPad Air (2020) review roundup: The right price, design, and performance for most people

2 days 16 hours ago

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro aren’t the only Apple devices shipping to customers this week. There’s also the brand-new $599 iPad Air that launched last month, and based on the early reviews, it’s going to be a runaway hit.

The biggest change in the 2020 iPad Air over the prior model is the design. The new tablet takes its cues from the iPad Pro and eliminated the home button, slims the bezels, and flattens the sides. It also adds an array of new color options, all of which impressed Laptop Mag’s Phillip Tracy, who wrote: “Something about the Air gives off cool retro vibes. It could be the rounded machined aluminum corners, sculpted like an old Mercedes racing car, or that single prominent circular camera lens above a small mesh microphone. Whatever it is, the iPad Air’s elegance helps to offset the industrial aesthetic.”

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Michael Simon

How to prepare your digital assets in case of death

2 days 20 hours ago

Mac 911 has received a sadly unsurprising number of emails this year from people whose loved ones have passed away, and who are left with computers, mobile devices, and cloud accounts that contain memories, legal documents, and much more.

I have written previously about various aspects of survivorship for Apple products and its ecosystem, but it’s worth extending and collecting that in one place, given the number of questions many of you have.

Make a plan before it’s too late

Most of us feel macabre talking about death, but dealing with the fussy details ahead of time can solve endless problems later. It’s especially true with digital resources, as giant technology firms, including Apple, may not be responsive to your queries when someone’s gone.

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Glenn Fleishman

The A14 processor brings big improvements to the iPhone and beyond

2 days 21 hours ago

The future is here. Yes, this week marks the release of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPad Air. But it’s also the week we all finally get to meet Apple’s latest processor design for the first time. The A14 is here, and it’s going to be playing a major part in the entire Apple universe for the next year.

Why it’s important

The iPhone would probably continue to be a popular product even if its speeds were comparable to top-end Android phones. But we haven’t had to test that theory in a while, because ever since Apple began designing its own processors, it has accelerated away from the competition.

For the last few years, by the time the new iPhones and Apple-designed A-series processors have arrived, the fastest smartphones available on the Android side have yet to match the performance of the previous fall’s iPhone. Yes, it’s true—Apple has lapped the field. And since Apple is the only phonemaker who can use Apple’s processors, it provides Apple with a huge advantage over all its competition.

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Jason Snell

Macworld's November digital magazine: Apple Watch SE reviewed

3 days 8 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 November issue

In November we review the Apple Watch SE. Is it the right watch for your wrist? We compare the SE to the Series 3 and Series 6. Find out everything you need to know about Apple One, Apple’s new subscription bundle. Plus, make your Chromebook look like a MacBook.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Want to run Mac OS 8 on your Mac? Now you can. Plus, what Apple's new 'everything' gift cards mean to iTunes deals

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Macworld staff

Apple releases iOS 14.1 with support for iPhone 12, 10-bit HDR, and bug fixes

3 days 10 hours ago

Apple has release iOS 14.1, a sort of intermediary release between the big iOS 14 release a month ago, and the iOS 14.2 release currently in beta testing. This iOS version didn’t go through the normal public beta testing process, but it also doesn’t really add a lot of important new features for those who don’t have an iPhone 12.

The one significant new feature is 10-bit HDR playback and editing. Those with an iPhone 8 or later can play and edit 10-bit HDR videos in the Photos app (recording 10-bit HDR videos is only possible on iPhone 12). Beyond that, this release is full of bug fixes.

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Jason Cross

The Register

'This was bigger than GNOME and bigger than just this case.' GNOME Foundation exec director talks patent trolls and much, much more

20 hours 48 minutes ago
Snaps vs Flatpaks, losing in mobile, Microsoft and Linux, and avoiding another GNOME 2 to 3 disaster

Interview Patent assertion entities: do not pick a fight with open source. It won't end well for you. This is the message from GNOME Foundation executive director Neil McGovern, who will speak on the subject at the Open Source Summit Europe next week.…

CSS-Tricks

Creating CSS Shapes with Emoji

9 hours 34 minutes ago

CSS Shapes is a standard that lets us create geometric shapes over floated elements that cause the inline contents — usually text — around those elements to wrap along the specified shapes.

Such a shaped flow of text looks good in editorial designs or designs that work with text-heavy contents to add some visual relief from the chunks of text.

Here’s an example of CSS Shape in use:

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Preethi

CSS in 3D: Learning to Think in Cubes Instead of Boxes

17 hours 51 minutes ago

My path to learning CSS was a little unorthodox. I didn’t start as a front-end developer. I was a Java developer. In fact, my earliest recollections of CSS were picking colors for things in Visual Studio.

It wasn’t until later that I got to tackle and find my love for the front end. And exploring CSS came later. When it did, it was around the time CSS3 was taking off. 3D and animation were the cool kids on the block. … Read article “CSS in 3D: Learning to Think in Cubes Instead of Boxes”

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Jhey Tompkins

Create an FAQ Slack app with Netlify functions and FaunaDB

1 day 17 hours ago

Sometimes, when you’re looking for a quick answer, it’s really useful to have an FAQ system in place, rather than waiting for someone to respond to a question. Wouldn’t it be great if Slack could just answer these FAQs for us? In this tutorial, we’re going to be making just that: a slash command for Slack that will answer user FAQs. We’ll be storing our answers in FaunaDB, using FQL to search the database, and utilising a Netlify function … Read article “Create an FAQ Slack app with Netlify functions and FaunaDB”

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Matthew Williams

A Primer on the Different Types of Browser Storage

2 days 17 hours ago

In back-end development, storage is a common part of the job. Application data is stored in databases, files in object storage, transient data in caches… there are seemingly endless possibilities for storing any sort of data. But data storage isn’t limited only to the back end. The front end (the browser) is equipped with many options to store data as well. We can boost our application performance, save user preferences, keep the application state across multiple sessions, or even different … Read article “A Primer on the Different Types of Browser Storage”

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Ido Shamun

xm

2 days 17 hours ago

This is a neat little HTML preprocessor from Giuseppe Gurgone. It has very few features, but one of them is HTML includes, which is something I continue to be baffled that HTML doesn’t support natively. There are loads of ways to handle it. I think it’s silly that it’s been consistently needed for decades and HTML could evolve to support it but hasn’t. So anyway, enter another option for handling it.

📢 Today I am open sourcing ✨ ₪

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Chris Coyier

How to Think Like a Front-End Developer

3 days 8 hours ago

The topical idea of “how to think like a front-end developer” began for me as a series of podcast interviews on ShopTalk Show. That was in preparation for a talk I was preparing (and gave) of the same name. That talk evolved into my essay The Great Divide, which evolved into the essay The Widening Responsibility for Front-End Developers.

But also, this entire site is loosely themed “how to think like a front-end developer”. My goal … Read article “How to Think Like a Front-End Developer”

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Chris Coyier

Announcing the 2020 State of CSS Survey

3 days 11 hours ago

Last year’s State of CSS Survey yielded interesting results. There’s the quick adoption of features, like calc() and CSS custom properties. There’s also the overwhelming opinion that CSS is fun to write even as we see a growing reliance on CSS-in JS. We also saw some predictable results, like the proliferation of VS Code as a preferred code editor, the dominance of flexbox as a layout model, as well as BEM and Sass being the most adopted Read article “Announcing the 2020 State of CSS Survey”

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Geoff Graham

“Durable”

3 days 13 hours ago

Looks like the word “durable” is an emerging term in the world of serverless. As I understand it, it’s like allowing for state in places you wouldn’t normally expect to have it. For example, you call some cloud function and run some JavaScript… unless you have it go get some data from elsewhere, it has no information other than it’s own code. It doesn’t remember what happened last time it ran. It’s a clean slate each time. But let’s say … Read article ““Durable””

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Chris Coyier

WooCommerce Payments, Now with Support for Subscriptions and Saved Cards

3 days 17 hours ago

A little while back we shared the news that WooCommerce shipped a beta payments feature as part of its 4.0 release. It’s a free plugin with no monthly costs or setup fees. You only pay when you make a sale.

We’re actually using this right here at CSS-Tricks. In fact, Chris blogged it back in July. Back then, we were using the WooCommerce Payments beta so we could start selling memberships here on the site and do it while taking … Read article “WooCommerce Payments, Now with Support for Subscriptions and Saved Cards”

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Geoff Graham

The failed promise of Web Components

4 days 9 hours ago

Lea has some words:

Perusing the components on webcomponents.org fills me with anxiety, and I’m perfectly comfortable writing JS — I write JS for a living! What hope do those who can’t write JS have? Using a custom element from the directory often needs to be preceded by a ritual of npm flugelhorn, import clownshoes, build quux, all completely unapologetically because “here is my truckload of dependencies, yeah, what”. Many steps are even omitted, likely because they are “obvious”.

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Chris Coyier

Comparing Styling Methods in 2020

4 days 11 hours ago

Over on Smashing, Adebiyi Adedotun Lukman covers all these styling methods. It’s in the context of Next.js, which is somewhat important as Next.js has some specific ways you work with these tools, is React and, thus, is a components-based architecture. But the styling methods talked about transcend Next.js, and can apply broadly to lots of websites.

Here are my hot takes on the whole table-of-contents of styling possibilities these days.

  • Regular CSS. If you can, do. No build tooling

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Chris Coyier

Focus management and inert

4 days 18 hours ago

Many forms of assistive technology use keyboard navigation to understand and take action on screen content. One way of navigating is via the Tab key. You may already be familiar with this way of navigating if you use it to quickly jump from input to input on a form without having to reach for your mouse or trackpad.

Tab will jump to interactive elements in the order they show up in the DOM. This is one of the reasons why … Read article “Focus management and inert”

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Eric Bailey