iOS 12 won’t launch with FaceTime group chats

We hope you weren’t planning a group FaceTime chat the very moment iOS 12 and macOS Mojave reached your devices. The release notes for Apple’s latest iOS 12 and Mojave developer betas reveal that group FaceTime won’t be available in either operating system on launch, and will instead arrive in an update “later this fall.” Much like Apple Pay Cash, you could be waiting weeks or months to try the tent pole feature.

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple’s Windows migration tool can transfer more info in Mojave

Windows users looking for an easier time of switching to the Mac are in luck. According to a report at 9to5Mac, Apple’s latest operating system, macOS 10.14 Mojave, has a new Windows Migration Assistant. Originally spotted by a Twitter user, the new assistant will apparently bring over much more data than ever before, including user accounts, documents, email, contacts and calendar information.

Via: The Verge

Source: YRH04E/Twitter, 9to5Mac

Why Macs matter to Apple, even when they aren’t selling well

Apple didn’t say much about the Mac on yesterday’s quarterly earnings call. Customers only bought 3.7 million Macs in the past three months, a 13 percent drop compared to the year prior. For those keeping track, that’s only the fifth quarter in the past eight years in which Apple sold less than 4 million traditional computers. Meanwhile, both IDC and Gartner released reports saying the past quarter was the best the PC market has seen in six years.

The Mac’s decline is vindicating to the Apple fans and professionals alike who have been on the soapbox discussing how the company’s current products don’t measure up in one way or another. The best example is surely the MacBook Pro, with its problematic keyboard, lack of legacy ports, recent thermal troubles, questionable touch bar and — of course — its sky-high price. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air, Mac Mini Continue reading “Why Macs matter to Apple, even when they aren’t selling well”

The best desktops for students

For some of you, picking up a MacBook like the rest of your peers just won’t do. If you’re willing to trade portability for power, desktop computers are the way to go. Since it’s probably the biggest-ticket item you’ll buy for your apartment throughout college, it’s important to choose the right one for your needs (and budget). This goes double for those of you spending a little more on a machine that will get you through graduate studies and beyond.

Source: Engadget’s 2018 Back-to-School Guide

Bipartisan bill aims to study how tech is affecting kids

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has introduced legislation that would fund research into the effects technology and media have on infants, children and adolescents. The funding would support research into the use of mobile devices, computers, social media, apps, websites, TV, films, AI, video games, VR and AR with a focus on cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development.

“While technology educates and entertains our children every day, we need a better understanding of how it impacts their social, psychological and physical well-being,” Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) said in a statement. “This bill will enable experts to conduct critical research that will inform parents and policymakers about how best to protect American children’s bodies and minds from issues such as tech addiction, bullying and depression in the digital age.”

Source: Senator Edward Markey (1), (2)

Apple blames software bug for MacBook Pro CPU throttling, issues fix

It turns out that it’s not the MacBook Pro’s slim design that’s holding back Intel’s Core i9 CPU — it’s a software bug, according to Apple. The company admitted to the issue in a statement today, where it also announced that a fix is immediately available to macOS users. To put it simply, the bug drove down clock speeds for extended heavy workloads. And surprisingly enough, Apple representatives tell us the issue affects all of the new MacBook Pros, not just the top-end 15-inch Core i9 models.

Leaked Apple repair videos offer a peek behind the curtain

Apple products aren’t necessarily made for you to repair them at home; you generally need to take your ailing iPhone or Macbook Pro into an Apple retail store for any significant fixes or part replacement. Now, however, a YouTube account has apparently leaked eleven official-looking internal training videos that show how repairs are made on iPhone X, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.

Via: Motherboard

Source: Arman Haji/YouTube

MacBook Pro review (2018): Apple plays catch-up

With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is just trying to keep pace with the rest of the computing industry. The biggest upgrade is Intel’s latest CPUs, which have been popping up in PCs since last fall. And there are some other slight hardware tweaks, too. Basically, it’s a classic Apple refresh: Not much has changed. Put the MacBook Pro side by side with last year’s model and it’s impossible to tell the difference. Still, if you’re a committed Mac user, they’re exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Everyone else should take a long, hard look at the competition.

iFixit puts the MacBook Pro’s anti-debris keyboard to the test

Users have complained that the butterfly switch keyboard that comes with newer MacBook and MacBook Pro models is too sensitive to crumbs and dust, with difficult-to-repair keys becoming “sticky” overtime. But when iFixit took a look inside Apple’s newest MacBook Pro, it discovered silicone barriers around the keyboard switches — a new addition that a MacBook Pro service document states is to “prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.” Now, iFixit has put those barriers to the test in order to see how effective they really are at keeping particles from damaging the keyboard.

Source: iFixit

Apple’s slim MacBook Pro design could be holding back its i9 CPU

The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro lets you crank up the processor power by swapping in an Intel 2.9GHz six-core Core i9 CPU for an extra $300. But the chip seems to be struggling when it’s handling power-hungry tasks, to the point where the average clock speed is vastly below the advertised performance of the CPU. Some tests even showed that it fared worse than the i7 model.

Source: AppleInsider, Dave Lee (YouTube)

MacBook Pro document confirms ‘anti-debris’ keyboard redesign

When iFixit tore down the new MacBook Pros, it found silicone barriers protecting keyboard switches. While Apple claimed these were to make the keyboards quieter, others suspected that the membranes were a way for Apple to fix its troublesome keyboards. Now, an internal document obtained by MacGénération and MacRumors confirms that the new feature is indeed a barrier to “prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.”

Via: TechCrunch

Source: MacRumors

Apple’s MacBook eGPU is a step toward winning back creative pros

Even though Apple makes a lot more money on iPhones and iPads, Macs are still crucial to its bottom line. For years, they were widely loved by creative folks and influencers because they were simpler and more powerful than Windows PCs. Now, content creation pros and designers are falling out of love with Apple. Many see the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar as a dumb consumer gimmick, and worse, Apple’s top-end laptops have failed to keep pace technologically with powerful, well-designed PCs from Microsoft, Dell and others.

iFixit finds a ‘cover-up’ inside new MacBook Pro keyboards

While we’ve been all over the outside of Apple’s newest MacBook Pro lineup, iFixit has, as usual, decided to look underneath the hood and find out what’s changed from previous models. While it has not published a full teardown report yet, the repair outfit said that the keyboard may have a bigger change than Apple let on. Users have reported problems with the “butterfly switch” keyboards in new Apple laptops for a while saying they’re too sensitive to crumbs and dust and can’t have individual keys repaired. Still, the company said this iteration only has changes that make them quieter to use.

Source: iFixit

Apple drops the 2015 MacBook Pro from its lineup

When Apple launched the current MacBook Pro design in 2016, it kept the old 15-inch model around for those who insisted on the the earlier design. Now that the 2018 refresh is here, though, that holdover has gone away — the 2015 MacBook Pro is no longer available through Apple. It’s not a surprising move when the system was three years old, and its performance was clearly going to lag behind cutting-edge six-core models. However, that’s not likely to please some people. Unlike other legacy models, there’s still a significant contingent pining for the old model.

Via: 9to5Mac

Apple discontinues its photo printing service

Today, 9to5Mac discovered that Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service. For those who used it, Photo Print Products was a seamless way to order prints and create photo albums, photo books and calendars. Apparently not enough people did, though, because the macOS 10.13.6 Photos app notified users that the last day for orders would be September 30th.

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple’s MacBook Pro refresh appeals to power users

Good news, Mac fans: If you were waiting for Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro, today is your lucky day. Both the 13- and 15-inch models have received some under-the-hood upgrades, along with a quieter keyboard. (Be warned: It’s maybe not the overhaul some of you were hoping for.) These new models are are available today starting at the same prices as before: $1,299 and up for the 13-inch model and $2,399-plus for the 15-incher. I had a chance to see them in use this week, and will also be receiving a review unit any day now, at which point we’ll be doing some performance and battery life testing (and, yes, checking to see if the keyboard tweaks make a difference). For now, here’s a rundown of what you can expect across the line.

Mobile-gaming titans keep ripping off indies

The word “casual” has long been flung out as an insult on video-game forums and social media. It’s deployed to belittle the interests of people who enjoy more relaxing experiences than gritty shooters, strategy-rich online games or time-sucking RPGs. Unsurprisingly, it’s most often hurled at anyone who says they like mobile games.

For Voodoo, “casual” isn’t an insult. It’s a cash cow.

Open source hasn’t made tech more open

There are two institutions dominating the top of the tech food chain today. On one side are big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, as well as China’s big three of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent. Alongside them are the massively funded, heavily staffed global cyberpowers — most notably the US, China and Russia — who are seeking to monitor and control information flows online in the name of national security or political control.

Both are intertwined. Sometimes intimately, as in China, where an Orwellian social credit system is taking shape, and private companies are becoming indistinguishable from the state’s apparatus. In the US, tech companies are now the biggest lobbyists and political donors in Washington, while in Russia there is a battle against the message app Telegram. Together, these forces control the vast majority of information that flows online, either through data gathering, surveillance or censorship.

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