Apple gives your data away, but only when you request it

New protection

Apple also introduces new privacy protection and anti-phishing tools in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, which are currently in beta.

One week before CEO Tim Cook gives a speech to EU privacy chiefs, Apple has published a new Data and Privacy Portalonline, making it possible for more customers to download everything Apple knows about them,

Privacy is a human right

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give a speech at the 40th annual international conference of data protection and privacy commissioners in Brussels on Wednesday, 24 October.

He will take pains to articulate the company’s position that privacy is a fundamental human right.

He’s expected to once again stress the deep need for privacy both to protect democratic freedoms and to support emerging digital business models and connected infrastructure.

“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. And so much of your personal information —

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Are you ready for iPhone XR pre-order day?

Apple shared a reminder that it will open up to take pre-orders for its new iPhone XR smartphone on Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. PST on and the Apple Store app.

All the fun, less the price

While it’s hard to argue that the $749 device is cheap, Apple would likely point to it being the more affordable of its now three-strong range of new iPhones.

iPhone XR is pretty great in contrast to its siblings, too – you get a super-fast A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, and other breakthrough iPhone XS technologies. You also get no Home button and Face ID.

The only real compromise is the glass: while XS’ use OLED, the XR offers a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which Apple does say is the most advanced LCD used in a smartphone.

The all-screen glass and aerospace-grade aluminum iPhone XR is available

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Some of Apple’s Forgotten iOS Apps

Apple has just about always offered iOS apps on the App Store, separate from what apps come bundled on its devices from the factory.

Sometimes, these apps get promoted to being part of the iOS image, like Podcasts and iBooks have. Once stuck hanging out on the App Store, they now ship on the iPhone and iPad by default.

A lot of other apps weren’t luck enough to get that lifeline, and have since been removed from the App Store. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

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What is TLS and why does it matter to Apple (and you)?

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No matter what platform you run your business on, if you have any old connected enterprise infrastructure around you’d better replace it fast, because Apple and every other Internet giant just declared a key protocol that kit may rely on EOL.

A Transport Layer Security primer

In a coordinated announcement, Apple, Google,Microsoft and Mozilla revealed plans to deprecate use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 by early 2020. TLS is a critical security protocol that protects data when it moves between clients and servers – it’s one of the systems that protects passwords and other sensitive information and is used in to securedata over HTTPS, FTPS, SMTP, and so on.

Because it is so important, TLS has come in for deep scrutiny by security researchers and flaws have been identified, exploited and patched. Now the big tech firms are

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BestPhotos Offers Streamlined Photo Management

BestPhotos, a photo management app from Chicago-based Windy Software that we’ve covered on Club MacStories before, was updated today with new features for quickly and efficiently organizing your photos. I take thousands of pictures each year and sometimes it feels like I take even more screenshots. Sifting through to find the best shots and discard old screenshots, duplicates, and just plain bad photos takes a lot of tapping and time in Apple’s Photos app. BestPhotos is a better solution that streamlines the whole process.

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Apple Debuts Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Created in Collaboration With Disney

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, Apple has introduced special edition Mickey-themed Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones.

Priced at $329.95, the headphones are a gray color with a classic Mickey design. The headphones come with a matching gray felt carrying case, a collectible pin, and a decal sticker.

Celebrate “The True Original” with Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Keep the magic going with award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. The cool-gray headphone features Mickey Mouse in the iconic pose seen on classic t-shirts that we all know and love. It also comes with a custom felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats, along with a collectible pin and decal sticker to honor the collaboration.

Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on November 18, 1928 to replace Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Disney’s original characters. He

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Apple wants you to know iPads are professional computers

Full Photoshop for iPad in 2019

Full Photoshop for iPad in 2019

With Apple rumors predicting an iPad Pro launch event this month, Apple has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a press release announcing the introduction of Photoshop CC for iPad and other new Adobe apps for creative pros.

Photoshop for iPad

Adobe previewed Photoshop for iPad at Adobe MAX this week. The company also gave designers a chance to look at Project Aero tools to create AR experiences, drawing app Project Gemini and Premiere Rush CC for social media video production.

What’s important about these apps is that most of them are designed to run effectively on an iPad. Indeed, Photoshop offers all the features

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Creating Shortcuts with Invisible Names for the iOS Home Screen and Widget

I’ve spent the past two weeks updating my iPhone’s home screen setup for the XS Max and, as I shared in the latest episode of AppStories, part of the process involved gaining easier access to some of the shortcuts I use on a regular basis. While I’m not a fan of the shortcuts-only home screen approach described by CGP Grey in episode 75 of the Cortex podcast (at some point, I believe you just end up swapping app folders for shortcuts), I do like the idea of adding a couple of frequently used custom shortcuts to the home screen. And as I detailed on AppStories, I also like to use “shortcut launchers” – effectively, shortcuts to launch other shortcuts.

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Apple is using backpacks to collect map data in San Francisco

Apple’s quest to improve Maps’ accuracy appears to include some on-foot action. Former Engadget writer Dante Cesa has posted photos of an Apple Maps worker carrying a backpack loaded with cameras, LiDAR sensors and other equipment as he walked through San Francisco. It’s not certain what the exact goal was, but MacRumors speculated that he was collecting details for pedestrian directions.

Via: MacRumors

Source: Dante Cesa (Twitter)

A Quick Guide to iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts

macOS High Sierra Siri iconWith the addition of Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12, Apple’s intelligent assistant became a lot more powerful. Siri Shortcuts give iOS 12 users the ability to create their own voice commands for various built-in functions, but the real power comes from being able to control third-party apps that support the feature.

In this guide, we will not be covering the Shortcuts app that is also new to iOS 12. This app used to be known as Workflow, was purchased by Apple in 2017, and can be used to perform multiple actions on many apps through a sophisticated interface that includes a number of programming features. While these powerful shortcuts can be launched by Siri, we’re strictly targeting Siri Shortcuts that work with a specific app when invoked by voice. (Get more iOS 12 tips here)

What Apps Support Siri Shortcuts?
In order to create a Siri Shortcut for

(A list of suggested Siri Shortcuts is created and updated by iOS 12)
(Check an app's version history to see if support for Siri Shortcuts has been added)
(Several suggested shortcuts for the Health app)
(The interface for setting a voice command for the Siri Shortcut)
(The phrase that will tell me how far I've walked and run today)
(Siri can now tell me how far I've walked and run)
(A suggested Siri Shortcut for a Trello board appears)
(The top of the screen to add a Siri command to open the Trello board)
(Saying "Show me future Rocket Yard posts" instantly displays the proper Trello board)

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Half of all iOS devices are now running iOS 12

“Do you want a different animoji for each line, Tim?’

Apple just told us that within days of introducing iOS 12, 89 percent of all iOS devices currently in use are now running iOS 11 or iOS 12. Over 53 percent of devices shipped in the last four years run iOS 12.

This is why Apple’s developers are happy.

Because they can build it once and run it on almost everything.

It’s also why customers are happy — they get what they expect. And there may even be a good business in older devices.

Like a mobile planet with better designers.

Here are 30 reasons you should upgrade to iOS 12 if you have not done so already. And a short guide to using what is there.

Here come the new iPad Pros

Get ready, get set… but it’s not quite yet time for “Go” as new models appear in a Chinese government registration database.

Here come the new iPad Pros

While there had been some speculation the new models would appear earlier this year, Apple’s instead kept us waiting a little while, conceivably while it sorted out the 7nm processor manufacturing facilities for the A12 chip used (at present) only in the brand new iPhones.

The new models identified on the MIIT database are – A1876, A1980, and A1993. These three model numbers have certification date of September 29, 2018, “which makes them quite new in comparison to the previous leaks that carried model numbers from last year,” said MySmartPrice.

The report also describes a new Bluetooth device model number A2051 – we can’t be certain but this looks likely to be the much-mooted all-new and improved Apple Pencil 2.

What can

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Apple is bigger than Microsoft

This is not a headline I ever expected to write, but the brutal truth is that Apple is bigger than Microsoft when it comes to PC hardware sales in the U.S., even using Gartner’s obfuscated statistics.

When push comes to shove

The latest market share data sees Microsoft push Windows partner Acer aside on strength of Surface sales alone. What makes that stat so weird is that while Gartner counts Surface as a PC, it fails to account for Apple’s iPad sales in the same way.

That’s incredibly odd when you consider that iPads are more powerful machines that are perfectly capable of running macOS if used with Parallels Access software. I still believe Gartner’s (and IDC’s) refusal to count iPads as PCs calls its credibility into question.

All the same, the stats do show that, in the U.S. at least, Apple is a bigger hardware vendor

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