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10 iOS 15 features we want to see on iPhones this year

Last years iOS 14 release was one of the best iPhone updates yet. Apple didnt necessarily deliver everything on our wishlist from last spring, but it made big strides on a surprising number of them, with a massive home screen revamp, huge privacy advancements, and an overdue streamlining of Siris UI. And subsequent updates have []

17 Apr 2021 3:30 pm
Apple Weekly Update: The spring event is coming and new stuff is on the way

While we here at Macworld read and write about Apple all week long, we totally get that you might not. But since youre here now, allow us to catch you up on all of the stuff you need to know from the past week. The Spring Loaded event will be held April 20 While we []

17 Apr 2021 2:45 pm
Apple TV+: All the shows, series, and movies you can watch now

Apple has planted 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. The service launched on November 1, 2019, and has been steadily releasing original content ever since. The COVID pandemic had []

16 Apr 2021 10:00 pm
Laggy performance in macOS Big Surs Finder? Try closing tabs

Theres nothing worse than a mysterious slowdown on your Mac. You search online for answers. You restart. You zap the PRAM or NVRAM (on an Intel Mac). You sigh in frustration. But sometimes the simplest action provides the answer. That appears to be the case with some macOS Big Sur Finder slowdowns. After updating an []

16 Apr 2021 4:30 pm
A Mini LED display could be the best reason to buy a new iPad Pro

Weve heard rumors for about a year or so that Apple is on the verge of launching some products with Mini LED display technology, and now the first may finally be on the way. The latest speculation suggests that at least one of the new iPad Pro models will have a mini LED display to []

16 Apr 2021 4:00 pm
Apples Spring Loaded event preview: Everything we expect

Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations sporting the tagline Spring Loaded and teasing an online event streaming at 10 am PT on Tuesday, April 20. What might we expect to see at this event? Heres everything we expect, hope, and really want to see. Nearly certain iPad Pro The iPad Pro hasnt gotten a []

16 Apr 2021 4:00 pm
Apple expands Fitness+ with new workouts and a new instructor

Apple has announced a minor expansion to its Fitness+ service with the addition of several new workouts and new instructor. The workouts target under-represented groups in the current slate of Fitness+ workouts: those who are pregnant, older adults, and beginners. In addition to these new workouts, a new Yoga and Mindful Cooldown instructor joins the []

15 Apr 2021 10:18 pm
Add ports to your M1 MacBook with this awesome Anker USB-C hub deal

If theres one criticism we have of the new M1 MacBooks, its that the ports are extremely limitedjust two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. But todays deal will help. Amazon is selling an Anker USB-C hub built specifically for the MacBook for $36, 40 percent off the MSRP and the best price weve ever []

15 Apr 2021 8:41 pm
Macworld Podcast: We predict what will happen at Apples Spring Loaded event

Apple is having an event on April 20. On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, the staff makes predictions on what products (and TV characters) well see at the event. This is episode 738 withJason Cross,Michael Simon, andRoman Loyola. Get info Watch the April 20 event on Apple.com or on Apples YouTube channel. Listen to []

15 Apr 2021 5:30 pm
How to reveal hidden files in macOS (and hide visible ones)

Secrets lurk on your Mac drivesmost of them are files and folders that are hidden in normal Finder views because theyre related to low-level system purposes you dont need to deal, with unless youre troubleshooting a problem or are a system administrator. How to reveal hidden files You can reveal these hidden system files with []

15 Apr 2021 4:30 pm
This Apple Spring Loaded invite theory is kinda blowing our minds

It wouldnt be an Apple event without a little friendly sleuthing, and the Spring Loaded invite is no exception. But unlike the usual shot-in-the dark wild guesses, theres one that caught our attention this time. Were not sure it actually means anything, but people more conspiratorially minded than us have noticed that if you rotate []

15 Apr 2021 4:00 pm
watchOS 8: 5 features we expect, want, and hope to see

There are lots of ways we want the Apple Watch to be better, and most of them wouldnt even require buying a new watch. Apples smartwatch is already way more capable than any of its competitors, and outside of vastly improving battery life, the hardware itself doesnt really need to get better. The software, on []

15 Apr 2021 2:55 pm
Run Windows 10 on your M1 Mac with Parallels Desktop 16.5

The M1 Macs inability to run Windows might seems like an obvious limitation, but its actually amajor issuefor a lot of Mac users. Boot Camp is gone so you cant run Windows natively, which means you need to use a virtualization app. A few months ago, Parallels previewed its Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software []

15 Apr 2021 1:04 am
Get a new iPad Air for the lowest price weve ever seen

There may be a new iPad Pro on the way in just a few days, but most people wont need all that power. Thats why the iPad Air exists, and Expercom (an Amazon Premier Partner) is selling it for cheaper than ever today, just $549.55 for the Space Gray 64GB model and $49.45 off the []

14 Apr 2021 9:23 pm
Next years iPhone could bring massive camera improvements, no more mini

While the iPhone 13 is looking to be an S-type update with minor design changes and few show-stopping features, next years model is shaping up to be a massive upgrade. Following rumors of a notchless, portless iPhone 14, Ming-Chi Kuo is back with a rumor that could elevate the iPhones camera to new heights. In []

14 Apr 2021 8:07 pm
Apple may be on the brink of a smart home breakthrough

Sometimes if you stare at something too long, you begin to see patterns that arent really there. Im worried that this is happening to me when it comes to pondering Apples smart home strategy. Has it been rebooted? Are we about to see Apple sweep back into smart-home categories with some exciting new spins on []

14 Apr 2021 4:30 pm
macOS 12: 10 features we expect, want, and hope to see

Every year since 2011, Apple has released a new major version of macOS, so we know one is coming this year. But since macOS Big Sur 11 was such a big change for Mac users, Apple may very well decide that the next version (most likely named macOS 12) will mostly focus on fixes and []

14 Apr 2021 3:30 pm
iOS 14.5: Apple releases beta 8

Apple is now beta-testing iOS 14.5, and whereas the iOS 14.4 release was a little dull, this version brings several welcome improvements. Youll get the ability to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch, AirPlay support for Fitness+, and the long-awaited App Tracking Transparency feature. Apple released the first developer beta on February 1, but []

14 Apr 2021 1:44 am
The Apple spring event is actually happening on April 20 for real

After rumors, missed predictions, shaved eyebrows, and a surprising Siri leak, we know officially know when Apples spring event will be held: April 20 at 10 am PT. What will reveal is another question. Apple is calling the event Spring Loaded and the tagline is accompanied by an Apple logo in the shape of a []

13 Apr 2021 10:12 pm
Coming to Apple TV+: Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong

Apples list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, but theres an even faster-growing list of projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season series, Apples got lots of irons in the fire for all of them. Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, but []

13 Apr 2021 9:43 pm
Now Siri says the spring event is April 20 and Apple may just be trolling us

Another rumored product launch has seemingly come and gone, and we dont know what to think anymore. And someone on Apples Siri team may be having fun at our expense. As first spotted by MacRumors, Siri was responding to some queries with a very curious answer Tuesday morning when asked, When is the next Apple []

13 Apr 2021 7:21 pm
iOS 15: 10 features we expect, want, and hope to see

Last years iOS 14 release was one of the best iPhone updates yet. Apple didnt necessarily deliver everything on our wishlist from last spring, but it made big strides on a surprising number of them, with a massive home screen revamp, huge privacy advancements, and an overdue streamlining of Siris UI. Looking forward to iOS []

13 Apr 2021 3:30 pm
The App Store isnt perfect, but its no reason to switch to Android

Are you still using iOS? Well, you might want to stand up because the Forbes contributor network and performative throwing-things-at-the-wall-to-see-if-they-stick circuit says its time to head for the door. According to Gordon Kelly, Apple Just Gave Millions Of iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave. (Tip o the antlers to Alex and JoJoGabo.) Again. Because []

13 Apr 2021 2:30 pm
Legal briefs: Senator wants to ban Apple from ever buying another company

Its a busy week for Apples legal team as the company prepares to head to D.C., faces new scrutiny over mergers and acquisitions, and continues to defend itself in its fight against Epic Games. Top exec heading to Senate App Store Hearing:After it was reported this weekend that Apple was deciding to skip out on []

13 Apr 2021 8:28 am
Get a deal on an iPhone, M1 MacBook and more at Apples Certified Refurbished Store

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price. Heres a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on []

13 Apr 2021 1:59 am
New M1 laptops might be delayed so save $100 on the MacBook Air right now

Weve heard reports that the upcoming M1 MacBook Pros wont arrive until the second half of 2021, so if you need one before then, youre going to have to pick up the 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. We have good news: Amazon is selling the M1 MacBook Air with 256GB of storage for $1,149, []

12 Apr 2021 9:24 pm
A radical new Apple TV is in the works with a HomePod speaker and camera

While were waiting for a new Apple TV with a faster processor and better remote to arrive, Apple may have way bigger plans for its set-top box. According to a report from Bloombergs Mark Gurman, the next Apple TV might be a lot more than a digital streaming box. Details are scarce, but Gurman says []

12 Apr 2021 7:32 pm
Why new Apple products might be harder to buy this year

Compared to 2020, 2021 has been a wasteland for new Apple products. Over the final three months of 2020, Apple launched the Apple Watch SE and Series 6, the iPad Air, HomePod mini, iPhone 12 series, and M1 Macs, along with a surprise December AirPods Max launch. We naturally assumed the pace would continue into []

12 Apr 2021 5:55 pm
OWC Thunderbolt Hub review: Finally a simple way to add USB-C ports to a MacBook

Thunderbolt 3 was an amazing improvement in simplicity, despite the confusion that came with it and the transition from USB 3.0 over USB Type A, Thunderbolt 2, Mini DisplayPort and the like. Thunderbolt 3 uses the orientation-reversible USB-C connector, and can deliver up to 40Gbps in each data direction in an ideal world, while also []

12 Apr 2021 4:30 pm
Apple is running out of chances to get gaming right

Apple has made several attempts to make a go of the game market over the yearsanyone remember when Apple had Game Evangelists? Pippin? Game Sprockets? And each and every time, just like boss battles in classic Nintendo games, those efforts have largely been futile. Gaming has so often seemed like an afterthought for Apple, paid []

12 Apr 2021 3:00 pm
Best iPad 2021: Wait for the Pro if you want the best

If youre looking for a new iPad, you have no shortage of options. Apple makes as many iPads these days as MacBooks, and the differences between them arent all that obvious. They all support the Apple Pencil, most work with the Magic Keyboard, and of course, they all run the same iPad OS 14. Yet []

10 Apr 2021 4:00 pm
Weekly Apple Update: New iPads finally on the way but supply shortages cause delays

While we here at Macworld read and write aboutAppleall week long, we totally get that you might not. But since youre here now, allow us to catch you up on all of the stuff you need to know from the past week. iPad Pros are finally coming (we think) After lots of false hope over []

10 Apr 2021 1:45 pm
Samsungs iTest web app is like an April Fools Day joke that arrived a week late

You wont find it in the App Store, but if you want to test out Samsungs One UI 3 OS on your iPhone, theres a handy way to do it. Why anyone would want to is another question. The web app, which was made by Samsung New Zealand, is actually pretty slick and does a []

9 Apr 2021 11:12 pm
Apple confirms what we knew all along: iMessage is never coming to Android

When youre in a group message with one of your Android-using friends, those green bubbles can be annoying. And not only are they ugly, but they also limit interactions, dont play nicely with Messages on the Mac, and can have issues with delivering. But for those of us who have been holding out for an []

9 Apr 2021 8:59 pm
Save Mac storage space by cleaning out abandoned log files

Whenever I have a mystery to uncover about lost storage space, I fire up DaisyDisk, a disk-usage visualization app. While the $9.99 price tag may seem steep for its purpose of plotting out what is occupying your drives storage, I find it invaluable in tracking down the giant sucking sound of lost space. Its also []

9 Apr 2021 4:58 pm
Why new Apple products are arriving later than ever this year

When 2020 came to a close, Apple was on a bit of a tear. Over the final three months of the year. It launched the Apple Watch SE and Series 6, the iPad Air, HomePod mini, iPhone 12 series, and M1 Macs, along with a surprise December AirPods Max launch. We naturally assumed the pace []

9 Apr 2021 4:00 pm
Macworld readers pick Apple CEO Tim Cooks successor

In a recent interview with Kara Swisher on the Sway podcast, Apple CEO Tim Cookrevealedthat he doesnt think hell be the head of Apple in ten years. So with that in mind, we posted this poll on our Twitter feed to you, dear reader: Who do you think should be Cooks successor? And here are []

9 Apr 2021 1:00 pm
This refurb iPhone SE for $250 is the perfect Apple device for your kid

No matter how old your kid is, were betting they want an iPhone. And were also betting you dont want to buy them an expensive phone with a cellular plan. Todays deal covers all of your bases. Amazons Woot is selling a fully unlocked refurbished iPhone SE for $250, about 40 percent off the MSRP []

9 Apr 2021 1:16 am
How to use Hey Spotify voice commands in the Spotify iOS app

Spotify hasmade it clearthat it doesnt think Apple plays fair as a music streaming rivalry and platform holder. But give Spotify creditthe company is doing more than justfiling legal complaintsagainst Apple for unfair business practices, its striving to make its service more appealing than Apple Music. In February, Spotify addedSpotify HiFiso you can listen to []

8 Apr 2021 11:05 pm
Apple TV+: Apple orders The Crowded Room anthology with Tom Holland

Apples list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, but theres an even faster-growing list of projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season series, Apples got lots of irons in the fire for all of them. Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, but []

8 Apr 2021 10:47 pm
Macworld Podcast 737: Tim Cook and Apples sway over privacy, AR, and an Apple Car

Apple CEO Tim Cook made some interesting revelations in a recent episode of the Sway podcast. We talk aboutCooks comments aboutprivacy, augmented reality,hisretirementand more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast. Before we talk about the Swisher/Cook interview, we talk about Apples announcement about its Find My program for third-party apps. This is episode 737 []

8 Apr 2021 5:30 pm
How to fix your mysterious Mac storage problem

Over 200GB had disappeared from my Macs startup volume. It seemed unlikely the external SSD I had just swapped in as my startup drive was shrinking. Instead, it was a snapshotmore accurately, a snapshot for reverting the state of files on my volume or the entire volume to a previous point in time. Snapshots are []

8 Apr 2021 4:13 pm
Apple just made its long-rumored AirTags trackers completely unnecessary

While were waiting and waiting and waiting for Apple to finally unveil its long-rumored Bluetooth trackers at some point this year, we actually got a bit of AirTags-related news this week. Instead of a $29 ultra wideband Bluetooth tracker, Apple announced a massive expansion of its Find My program to include third-party devices. There are []

8 Apr 2021 11:30 am
Apple opens up its Find My network to third-party devicesno AirTag needed

While weve been waiting for the long-rumored AirTags to finally make an appearance, it appears that Apple might have pulled a head fake. Instead of a keychain that you can attach to things, Apple is partnering with third-party device manufacturers to use the Find My app to track down things they have lost. Much like []

7 Apr 2021 11:16 pm
Save $80 on the Apple Watch Series 6 in stunning (Product) RED

With warmer weather approaching, were all starting to think about getting back in shape. And theres no better companion than the Apple Watch Series 6. And today weve got a great deal on it. Amazon is selling the 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 in gorgeous (Product) RED for $320, good for $80 off the MSRP []

7 Apr 2021 10:00 pm
The iPad Pro may finally launch next week with no event, nothing else

March came and went without an Apple event and now its looking like April might do the same. A new rumor suggests that the iPad Pro could arrive as early as April 12 but without an event or any other products. LeaksApplePro on Twitter, who previously nailed the date of the iPhone 13 event and []

7 Apr 2021 7:29 pm
How to maintain video resolution when sharing videos via AirDrop

AirDrop lets you easily transfer items of all sorts among Apple devices. If you dont have iCloud Photos enabled, the next easiest way to shift a movie you shot on your iPhone to your Mac is via AirDrop. However, some people have found the resulting video is of lower resolution or quality than the original []

7 Apr 2021 4:34 pm
The ultimate Mac repair guide: Get your Mac powered on and starting up

The Mac is one of the most reliable PCs you can buy, which is probably why theres a heightened sense of anxiety when you press the power button and nothing happens. But take a deep breath. When your Mac wont start, there are a number of reasons why, and most likely, its an easy fix. []

7 Apr 2021 3:30 pm
Its possible to upgrade your M1 Mac but you probably wont want to

Apples M1-equippedMacBook Air,13-inch MacBook Pro, andMac minihave impressive speeds, but they also have integrated memory and SSDs that we assumed werent upgradable after purchase. According to areport coming out of China, however, adding more storage and memory isnt impossible, its just not for the faint of heart. As spotted by Macrumors, an engineer who is []

6 Apr 2021 10:56 pm
The Apple TV may get 120Hz support before the iPhone

While were still awaiting some sign that Apple is going to release new products sometime this month, theres no shortage of Apple TV rumors. After hearing rumblings of a new remote and possible FaceTime support, the latest report has the new streaming box adding support for super-smooth 120Hz 4K TV sets. According to tvOS 14.5 []

6 Apr 2021 9:08 pm