8 things you need to know as Apple kills iTunes


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Apple is separating iTunes into new Apple Music, TV and Podcasts apps, but it isn’t really killing the veteran media management software it launched in April 2003.

Here’s what you need to know:

Why is Apple ending iTunes?

Apple’s software chief joked as he announced the end of iTunes

“How about a calendar in iTunes?,” joked Apple engineering lead Craig Federighi when he announced the news at WWDC.

“I mean, you can have all of your appointments and your best tracks all in one app!” The media management software had grown to a point at which it simply did too much.

The music industry owes a lot to iTunes

iTunes didn’t stop online piracy overnight, but it did“open up the promise of a celestial jukebox for anyone who believed that it’s better to pay for stuff.”

That turned out to be plenty of people who still

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Smart Fitness Device Activ5 Now Available From Apple


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Apple retail stores and the Apple online store are now carrying the Activ5, a fitness device designed by Activbody.

Described as a portable isometric-based strength training device with digital coaching, the Activ5 coaches users through each isometric exercise, measures maximum strength for each exercise, and communicates this to an iPhone.



The device itself is a small pad that’s outfitted with a number of pressure sensors inside.

The Activ5 is personalized to each user to create a challenging but achievable workout. Each workout pose is demonstrated in the app, and the device itself is able to tell users to push harder or less hard throughout the workout. Every detail of the workout is tracked via the app, providing fitness stats for each exercise.



There are more than 100 full body workouts available based on isometric exercises, which are designed around contractions of a specific muscle or group of muscles. Activbody

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Mattel Launches New Hot Wheels ‘id’ Smart Track Kit and NFC Cars Exclusively at Apple Stores


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Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand is getting a major digital upgrade with the launch of the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Race Portal, and Hot Wheels id vehicles, all of which are available exclusively from Apple starting today.

With the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Hot Wheels id vehicles can be raced on a track that incorporates digital tracking elements through an app on the iPhone or iPad. The system allows users to keep track of speed, count laps, build a digital garage, and more, providing a mix of physical and digital play.



The new Hot Wheels id setup includes 51 die-cast cars with NFC tags that are going to be released in six mini collections throughout 2019, with each vehicle to be priced at $6.99. Each car can be leveled up digitally, with challenges available to break race records.



Launch vehicles include the Corvette C7R, SRT Viper GTS-R, 2016

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Music pros seem to love Apple’s smashing Logic Pro X 10.4.5 update


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Logic X running on a Mac Pro

Music industry pros lusting after Apple’s fabulous new Mac Pro can prepare themselves for the power tower with Apple’s stonking new update to Logic Pro X, which ushers in performance updates and optimizations that will truly exploit the power of the pro machine.

Apple’s powerful Logic Pro X 10.4.5 update

Apple tells us that Logic Pro X 10.4.5 will support an unheard of up to 56 processing threads, which means people making music will be able to slide through demanding music projects like a hot knife through butter (though with better sound).

Logic Pro X 10.4.5 was shown onstage at WWDC 2019 running 2,000 audio and software instrument tracks on the new Mac Pro, and the company says it breaks new ground. That’s because when used with the newly-announced Mac Pro, Logic can run up to five

Logic Pro X 10.4 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production

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Apple’s new Logic Pro X is built for the Mac Pro


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Apple boasted that the redesigned Mac Pro could easily handle the most demanding audio editing tasks, and now the software is ready for it. The tech firm has updated its Logic Pro X music editing app to support the new workstation’s many cores, handling up to a whopping 56 processing threads. That lets the Mac Pro juggle up to 1,000 audio and software instrument tracks, or four times as many as the old computer. You won’t be hurting for power if you’re composing an elaborate orchestral piece for the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 85 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements


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safaripreviewiconApple yesterday released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 85 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Pointer Events, Editing, Media, CSS, Web API, JavaScript, WebAssembly, Web GPU, WHLSL, and Web Inspector.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was introduced at the June Worldwide Developers Conference.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple’s aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers

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How to change your name on AirDrop


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Tim Cook opens a new store

I wonder what meme they are sharing?

AirDrop. It’s so useful. You can privately share almost anything without being tracked, hacked or accidentally falling into some marketing hole. And it’s almost completely useless if you or others use names like ‘iPhone’, ‘Mac’ or ‘iPad Air’.

That’s why you need this tip:

How to change AirDrop name

This is one of those tips that’s really useful if you don’t know it, really annoying if you’re attempting to AirDrop items with someone else who doesn’t know it, and well worth sharing with others if you think they need to know how it is done.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Mac or an iOS device belonging to you or to someone else on your network and all you’ve found is generic iPhone or Mac information, so you can’t tell it is them, then this might help.

[Also read: How to share

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How to change your name on AirDrop


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Tim Cook opens a new store

I wonder what meme they are sharing?

AirDrop. It’s so useful. You can privately share almost anything without being tracked, hacked or accidentally falling into some marketing hole. And it’s almost completely useless if you or others use names like ‘iPhone’, ‘Mac’ or ‘iPad Air’.

That’s why you need this tip:

How to change AirDrop name

This is one of those tips that’s really useful if you don’t know it, really annoying if you’re attempting to AirDrop items with someone else who doesn’t know it, and well worth sharing with others if you think they need to know how it is done.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Mac or an iOS device belonging to you or to someone else on your network and all you’ve found is generic iPhone or Mac information, so you can’t tell it is them, then this might help.

[Also read: How to share

AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle

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How to create a HomePod stereo pair for use with your Mac


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The built-in speakers that come with most Macs are pretty darn good, especially (or so I’m told) on the iMac Pro. But if you want a high-end, expensive (about $700) set-up, you can pair two HomePods for some intense audio.

Apple says that setting up your stereo pair is easy and that “when you set-up a second HomePod in the same room, you’re prompted to form a stereo pair.” That’s true under ideal conditions.

Let’s assume that you are indeed working under ideal conditions and the set-up goes smoothly. Then your two HomePods communicate with each other so that only one responds to Siri requests. If both responded, you’d have a problem, of course.

Even though these two speakers act as one, each HomePod communicates with the other so that only one speaker responds to Siri requests. Unless this changes with the upcoming macOS Catalina, Apple says you

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Certain routers may not support peer-to-peer connections

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Apple Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation


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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today announced that Apple has joined the group as a Platinum member, and Senior Engineering Manager Tom Doron has joined the CNCF Governing Board.

The CNCF sustains and integrates open source monitoring and deployment systems like Kubernetes and Prometheus. Cloud Native Computing Foundation CTO Chris Aniszczyk said the foundation is “thrilled” to have Apple’s support.

“Having a company with the experience and scale of Apple as an end user member is a huge testament to the vitality of cloud native computing for the future of infrastructure and application development,” said Chris Aniszczyk, CTO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We’re thrilled to have the support of Apple, and look forward to the future contributions to the broader cloud native project community.”

87 other companies are already members of the CNCF, including Spotify, Atlassian, eBay, Intuit, Reddit, Shopify, Squarespace, Walmart, and more.

The CNCF

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Here are all Apple’s iOS frameworks Catalyst brings to Mac


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Catalyst is here, Project Marzipan never existed and we may soon see tens of thousands of iPad apps ported easily across to the Mac.

What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is Apple’s well thought through system that lets developers easily port their iPad apps across to the Mac. It consists of new tools within Xcode (essentially you just need to tick a box) and built-in Mac support for a huge number of APIs that will let your iOS apps run natively. I thought some readers may be interested to see a list of all of these.

AppKit for the Mac

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Contactless Ticket Support Coming to Apple Wallet for College Sports


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Paciolan, a ticketing service provider for college athletics, today announced plans to allow customers to add contactless tickets for sporting events to their Apple Wallets.

The contactless tickets available in Apple Wallet will allow event attendees to enter stadiums with just their iPhone and Apple Watch using NFC. Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey said that students and fans will love having their tickets right on their Apple devices.

“iPhone and Apple Watch make going to college sports games easier than ever,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “We’ve said our goal is to replace the physical wallet and students and fans will love the convenience and security of having their tickets right on the Apple devices they carry with them every day.”

iPhone and Apple Watch users will receive purchased tickets via the Messages app and can add them into the Wallet app by tapping on

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How to use Apple Pay with your Mac


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You may already use Apple Pay with your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. However, it’s also a great fit for your Mac.

Buy with Apple Pay

Buy with Apple Pay

But let’s back up. In case you’re not familiar with Apple Pay, it’s the tech giant’s mobile payment and digital wallet service/app that lets you make payments in person, in apps, or on the web. You can use it to buy stuff, subscribe to Apple Music, upgrade your iCloud store, and more. 

Apple Pay digitizes and can replace a credit or debit card chip and PIN transaction at a contactless-capable point-of-sale terminal. It doesn’t require Apple Pay-specific contactless payment terminals; it works with any merchant that accepts contactless payments.

You can use Apple Pay in Safari on your Mac to shop easily and securely. However, first you need to set up your credit or debit card on the desktop or laptop you’ll use

Apple Pay Checkout
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WWDC: Apple Voice Control – what is it and what does it do?


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Voice-based computing became a reality at WWDC 2019, when Apple enhanced its platform-wide Voice Control feature, which will really and truly transform lives.

What is Voice Control?

Limited Voice Control has been available as an option in Settings>General>Accessibility>Home/Side button for some time, but iOS 13 and macOS Catalina makes it much more effective, introducing Siri dictation and support for label/voice/field-based controls.

This smarter implementation of Voice Control realises something that has long been a dream for many users. While others have tried to achieve this, Apple appears to have reached the goal — little surprise given the company’s long track record in enabling people with these system level tools.

Apple’s enhanced Voice Control solution makes that dream possible, enabling you to consistently control almost everything you do on your Mac, iPad and iPhone.

What must developers do to support it?

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 84 With New Favorites Design, Weak Password Warnings and More


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safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 84 includes new Safari 13 features that will be available in macOS Catalina. These features include a new Favorites page and prompts to change a password when a weak password is detected.

Refreshed Favorites Design. The Favorites page has been visually refreshed, and now includes Show More and Show Less actions.

Switch to Tab from Smart Search Field. The Smart Search Field now offers switching to an already-open tab when a search query matches the title or URL of an open tab.

Warnings for Weak Passwords. When signing into a website with a weak password, Safari will prompt you to visit the website in a

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Apple might wave goodbye to Dashboard in macOS Catalina


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One of the Mac’s longer-serving features appears to be going away. Appleosophy and others using the developer preview of macOS Catalina have discovered that Dashboard, the secondary screen for widgets, isn’t present. The app is missing in Launchpad, and you can’t even force it to appear using Terminal. We wouldn’t completely rule out a return in a later beta, but iTunes also has a missing icon and is clearly falling out of favor.

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Apple Shares Full Video of Today’s WWDC Keynote


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Apple’s WWDC keynote took place this morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, and nearly 12 hours later, the company has finally shared the full video recap of today’s event on its Events website and on the Events app on the Apple TV.

With the full keynote now available, people who missed the original presentation can now catch up with all of the announcements and features that were shared today.



Apple usually updates the keynote to its own website shortly after the event, and then later in the week, shares the full video on YouTube.

For those who don’t want to watch the entire video, we’ve shared a highlights version that covers all of the important features in just nine minutes, so make sure to check it out.

Our own event recap also includes all of our coverage today, which is a a great way to get an in-depth look at

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on iOS 13’s Sign In with Apple: ‘We’re Not Really Taking a Shot at Anybody’


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Following today’s WWDC keynote event that saw the debut of new software for iOS, macOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with CBS Evening News and shared a few quick thoughts on one of the new features, Sign In with Apple.

Sign In with Apple is designed to let you sign into apps using your Apple ID for authentication purposes, offering up a privacy-focused alternative to signing in with accounts from sites like Facebook, Google, or Twitter.



Cook was asked whether Apple was taking a shot at the way Facebook and Google collect user data with the new feature, but Cook said that wasn’t the case. Apple, he says, focuses on the user, and the company believes people want to be able to use the web without being under surveillance.

You know, we’re not really taking a shot at anybody. We’re – we focus on the user.

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Our first-look photos of the Apple’s new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR


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Another view of the Mac Pro

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Today, Apple introduced two very expensive pieces of pro-targeted hardware: the Mac Pro, and the Pro Display XDR. While we were not offered an opportunity to get any hands-on time with them, we did see behind-closed-doors live demonstrations and get an opportunity to photograph them both.

Apple is positioning these as direct competitors to the sort of video editing bay hardware that costs tens of thousands of dollars, not as mass-market consumer products. Judged on that scale, these seem like great bargains, albeit only for a few people in specialized fields.

The big surprise is the modular Mac Pro, so let’s start there.

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We cut down Apple’s 2-hour WWDC keynote to under 30 minutes


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To say Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote was jam-packed would be an understatement. Apple offered its usual previews of the next versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, but it also broke some new ground. The iPad now has its own operating system, for starters. There were also meaningful updates to the HomePod and a new privacy-focused sign-in. And of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of the redesigned Mac Pro — Apple has finally shown its long-in-the-making workstation. It’s a lot to take in. Never fear, though, as we’ve boiled things down to a shorter video that gives you the gist of Apple’s many, many announcements.