Trump will reportedly spare Apple products from latest China tariffs

If you were scrambling to buy the latest Apple Watch out of concern that Trump’s next round of tariffs could lead to price hikes, you can likely relax. Bloomberg sources have claimed that the new tariffs don’t affect a technology category that covers many of Apple’s products, including the Watch, AirPods, the HomePod and Beats headphones. This is also likely to exempt comparable products from other companies, such as Fitbit’s activity trackers and Sonos’ speakers, but the scoop only mentioned Apple’s by name.

Source: Bloomberg

Trump tells Apple to build more US plants in response to tariffs

If Apple was hoping to elicit sympathy for the potential impact of US tariffs on product prices… well, it’s not going to get any from the highest levels of government. In one of his characteristic weekend Twitter sprees, President Trump acknowledged that product prices might go up, but insisted that there would be an “easy solution:” make the products in the US. “Start building new plants now,” Trump said.

Via: Variety

Source: Donald Trump (Twitter)

Apple is creating an online portal for law enforcement data requests

Apple and law enforcement have had a contentious relationship, frequently butting heads over what level of access Apple should provide officials when approached. The issue came into a rather public spotlight in 2016 when the FBI took Apple to court over its refusal to unlock an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. But, in an effort to work with officials, Apple has provided training for law enforcement officers on what sorts of data are available from Apple and the legal processes for obtaining it. Now, it’s expanding that program and developing an online portal through which officials can submit requests for data.

Source: CNET, Apple

Apple is creating an online portal for law enforcement data requests

Apple and law enforcement have had a contentious relationship, frequently butting heads over what level of access Apple should provide officials when approached. The issue came into a rather public spotlight in 2016 when the FBI took Apple to court over its refusal to unlock an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. But, in an effort to work with officials, Apple has provided training for law enforcement officers on what sorts of data are available from Apple and the legal processes for obtaining it. Now, it’s expanding that program and developing an online portal through which officials can submit requests for data.

Source: CNET, Apple

Top-grossing Mac App Store app steals users’ browser histories

Adware Doctor is a top app in Apple’s Mac App Store, sitting at number five in the list of top paid apps and leading the list of top utilities apps, as of writing. It says it’s meant to prevent “malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac” and claims to be one of the best apps to do so, but unbeknownst to its users, it’s also stealing their browser history and downloading it to servers in China.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Objective-See

Apple’s iOS 12 beta is driving everyone crazy

Apple promised a lot of bells and whistles with its iOS 12 update — better performance, grouped notifications and the coveted Pixar-like Memojis, for example — but its pre-launch spiel never mentioned the surprise feature everyone on the public beta is talking about today. Thanks to, presumably, a bug, iPhones are showing update notifications every time you unlock your phone, without an option to actually install the update.

Source: Twitter [@m4tt]

Square finally has a Lightning card reader for newer iPhones

If you have a newer iPhone, it’s been a pain to take payments from magstripe cards using a Square reader — without a native headphone jack, you’ve had to plug in a dongle and hold it steady while you serve a customer. Isn’t Square overdue for a more iPhone-friendly version? Thankfully, it’s here. You now have the option of a magstripe reader with a Lightning connection instead of the usual 3.5mm plug. There’s nothing new apart from the port compatibility, but the identical $10 price makes it an easy choice if you run an iPhone-centric shop.

Source: Square

Apple teaches photo editing with over-the-phone classes

Many device makers give you the tools to capture and edit great photos, but they seldom teach you how to make the most of those tools. Apple thinks it can — and unlike in the past, you don’t need to show up in person to develop your skills. The company has launched an over-the-phone training program that teaches you how to edit with Photos (both iOS and macOS) in a 30-minute one-on-one session with a specialist. It’ll both show how to use simple adjustments like Auto Enhance as well as deeper edits like color balance and exposure. If you have Live Photos or Portrait mode pictures from your mobile devices, you’ll learn how to edit those as well.

Via: Cult of Mac, PetaPixel

Source: Apple

Parallels 14 boots faster and uses less of your storage

It’s been well over a decade since Macs have been able to run Windows. Ever since, Parallels has been one of the top options for running Microsoft’s OS alongside macOS. With the big Mojave update just around the corner, Parallels today is releasing version 14 of its virtualization software. The company says that today’s update, which you can download now, launches four times faster than the previous version and is ready for macOS Mojave.

Apple may unveil ‘low-cost’ MacBook, upgraded Mac Mini this year

Apple is setting up to release a lower-cost MacBook and higher-performance Mac mini later this year, sources told Bloomberg. Given how dismal Mac sales were last quarter (13 percent worse than the same period in 2017), these new versions could breathe life into product lines that have been largely stagnant over the last few years. While there aren’t too many details, the added features include some that consumers have been wanting for years.

Source: Bloomberg

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.