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The best iPad Air cases in 2024

Whether you own the 11-inch or 13-inch iPad Air (2024) or an older model, it's probably wise to get yourself a case to protect your purchase. Check these out.

Digital Trends 22 May 2024 1:30 am

New 'Parkour' Immersive Video Coming to Vision Pro on Friday

Apple is set to release a new immersive video on the Vision Pro on Friday, with Parkour labeled as episode two in the Adventure series. Episode one is the Highlining video that shows highliner Faith Dickey walking across a tightrope 3,000 feet above Norway's fjords. A description of the Parkour episode invites Vision Pro wearers to join the world's leading parkour athletes as they go on a gravity-defying trek across the streets and rooftops of Paris. Apple says that its Adventure series is aimed at immersing Vision Pro users in the world of adventure like never before. Apple works with pioneering athletes facing extraordinary challenges across the world. Apple Immersive Video is an entertainment format that features 180-degree 3D 8K video recordings captured with spatial audio. The Vision Pro launched with several Immersive Videos, including Prehistoric Planet, Wild Life, and Alicia Keys: Rehearsal Room, and Apple has since added a video highlighting the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. The latest Parkour video is set to launch on Friday, May 24. Related Roundup: Apple Vision Pro Buyer's Guide: Vision Pro (Buy Now) Related Forum: Apple Vision Pro This article, New 'Parkour' Immersive Video Coming to Vision Pro on Friday first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 22 May 2024 1:18 am

Scarlett Johansson 'Angered' Over OpenAI's Chatbot Mimicking 'Her' Voice - CNET

The American actor accused OpenAI of building a virtual assistant voice that sounds eerily similar to her own -- all without her permission.

Cnet 22 May 2024 1:04 am

This $31 Logitech K585 deal lets you type with ease on your iPad and MacBook

Macworld We just found an amazingdiscount for the excellent Logitech K585 multi-device keyboard, which may very well be the perfect solution to your multitasking needs. Now available for $31, down from the regular $50, the keyboard is very close to its best price ever. Picture this youre working on your MacBook, and you suddenly need a second screen, so you pull out your iPad. You connect the two devices, place the iPad in the K585s slot, and start typing on the keyboard.As the keyboard is connected to both your iPad and the MacBook, you canjustpress a button and swap from one device to the otherwith ease. This cool feature is called Easy Switch,allowing you to gofrom your computer to your smartphone to your tablet in a blink. There are so many benefits of getting the Logitech K585, thefirst of which is the quiet typing experience. Its slim profile and sleek design are nothing to turn your nose ateither.The keyboard features a numeric keypad and 12 FN keys,which enablesusersto quickly access various shortcuts. You can use the Logi Options+ Software to customize those keys and more. The Logitech K585 doesnt just work with Apple products, of course, but you can also use it with Windows, Android, Chrome, and Linux just fine, making for a versatile addition to your tech setup. Sogo ahead anddont miss out on this $31 deal for the Logitech K585. Get the Logitech K585 multi-device keyboard for $31 Keyboards

Macworld 21 May 2024 11:25 pm

New Beats Pill Appears in FCC Database Ahead of Launch

Multiple celebrities have been spotted with a new version of the Beats Pill speaker, and today the device showed up in an FCC database, suggesting that we're getting closer to a potential launch. FCC filings typically happen just weeks ahead of when a product launches, so we could see this new Beats Pill speaker sometime in June. Apple plans to launch Solo Buds earphones in June, so the Pill could launch around the same timeframe. Apple has clearly provided these Beats Pill speakers to a number of sports stars and celebrities to create hype for it, and the speaker has been seen with basketball star LeBron James, F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, soccer star Lionel Messi, and Kim Kardashian. Apple has shared no details on the speaker, but it has a pill-shaped design that's similar to the Beats Pill that was discontinued in 2022 . It also includes a lanyard that was not available on prior models, and that's been heavily promoted in the celebrity leaks. Colors will include gold, red, and black, according to leaked images found when iOS 17.5 was being beta tested. The new Beats Pill speaker will likely feature USB-C charging, improved Bluetooth, and other similar improvements. Tag: Beats This article, New Beats Pill Appears in FCC Database Ahead of Launch first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 11:18 pm

Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit

Apple today filed a pre-motion letter seeking to dismiss the antitrust case that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) levied against Apple back in March . In the pre-motion letter, Apple says that the government's lawsuit is flawed in multiple ways, and has not successfully alleged that Apple is a monopoly power in the relevant market, proven anticompetitive conduct, or demonstrated consumer harm. From Apple's filing: This case lies well beyond the outer limits of antitrust law. A Section 2 Sherman Act claim can move past the pleadings only if the complaint alleges (1) monopoly power in a relevant market; (2) anticompetitive conduct; and (3) anticompetitive effects. [...] This complaint fails on all three fronts. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the type of conduct at the core of this case--namely, Apple's decisions about how and whether to grant third parties access to its platform--does not give rise to Section 2 liability as a matter of law. The complaint also nowhere connects the restrictions it challenges to any anticompetitive effects in the smartphone market. And regardless, far from being a monopolist, Apple faces fierce competition from well-established rivals, and the complaint fails to allege that Apple has the ability to charge supra-competitive prices or restrict output in the alleged smartphone markets, let alone that it has the market share necessary to establish or infer market power. The DoJ's lawsuit attempts to establish a narrow market category by arguing that Apple dominates in the U.S. smartphone market and the U.S. performance smartphone market, but it's going to be tough to win even with that definition. Apple has 65 percent market share in the U.S. smartphone market and 70 percent in the performance category, but a designation of monopoly power typically requires a company to have a higher share of the market. Apple has argued that it should be judged based on its global market share, which is at 20 percent. Apple points out that Supreme Court precedent favors allowing businesses to set the terms and prices of agreements that are entered into with third parties, and these agreements are what the DoJ has targeted in its complaint. The DoJ argues that Apple has restricted messaging apps, digital wallet development, and smart watch integration with the iPhone , among other things, and Apple says that historically, courts have rejected antitrust claims involving third party platform access. Further, Apple suggests that the DoJ has not demonstrated that Apple's conduct has had anticompetitive effects on the smartphone market. While the lawsuit claims that Apple design decisions lock consumers into the Apple ecosystem, Apple says that it does not have allegations establishing a factual link between those decisions and consumers' smartphone purchasing behavior. Judge Neals, who is overseeing the case, required Apple to file its pre-motion letter to dismiss by today, and the DoJ's response is due on May 30. From there, the two parties will have a conference with Neals. After that, the full motion to dismiss will be filed, but this is not expected until mid-June at the earliest. The government will need to respond 35 days after Apple files a motion to dismiss, and Apple will need to submit a reply brief 21 days after that. At that point, there may be a hearing, which is not expected to take place until September or later, and a ruling on the motion to dismiss will come late in 2024 or early 2025. The lawsuit on the whole is going to be a multi-year process with Apple's answer to the initial complaint, discovery, trial, and additional appeals coming if the judge does not grant Apple's motion to dismiss the case at this point. It is unclear how the antitrust case will play out, because the DoJ's aim is to secure a ruling that does not fit with antitrust precedent in order to push antitrust law into new areas. We have a complete Apple vs. the U.S. Department of Justice guide that breaks down the case, the DoJ's argument, and what consumers can expect as the lawsuit progresses. Tags: DOJ , Apple Antitrust , Apple vs. DoJ This article, Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 11:06 pm

iPad 10 vs. iPad Air Buyer's Guide: Is the $250 Difference Worth It?

With the same design, display size, camera systems, and more, the entry-level iPad is now a formidable rival to the iPad Air at a markedly lower $349 price point. With $250 between these two iPad lines, how different are they and which should you buy? Upon the discontinuation of the ninth-generation iPad, Apple dropped the price of the 10th-generation iPad from $449 to $349. This means that the 10th-generation iPad is now $250 less than the $599 starting price of the iPad Air that Apple just released. The 10th-generation model completes the transformation of the iPad product lineup toward a flat look with squared-off edges, no home button, and an all-screen design with curved corners. With the exact same display size and identical features like a Touch ID top button, USB-C port, and 5G connectivity, many prospective customers may now be considering a purchase of the standard iPad instead of the iPad Air but there are more differences between the devices than immediately meets the eye. The M2 chip and double the amount of memory make the iPad Air much more powerful than the 10th-generation iPad. Combined with a more advanced display in two size options, support for Apple Pencil hover and the Apple Pencil Pro, a thinner and lighter design, and even a different selection of color options, many users still have good reasons to preference the iPad Air. So should you consider buying the 10th-generation iPad to save money, or do you need the iPad Air instead? This breakdown serves as a clear way to see all the differences between the two devices. iPad (10th Generation, 2022) iPad Air (Sixth Generation, 2024) 10.9-inch display 11- or 13-inch display sRGB color P3 wide color Fully laminated display Anti-reflective coating A14 Bionic chip M2 chip 6-core CPU 8-core CPU 4-core GPU 10-core GPU Media Engine Hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC Video decode engine Video encode engine 4GB memory 8GB memory Smart HDR 3 for photos Smart HDR 4 for photos WiFi 6 connectivity WiFi 6E connectivity Apple Pencil hover Supports Apple Pencil (USBC) and Apple Pencil (first generation) Supports Apple Pencil (USBC) and Apple Pencil Pro Supports Magic Keyboard Folio Supports Magic Keyboard 7mm depth 6.1mm depth Starts at $349 Starts at $599 477 gram weight 462 gram or 617 gram weight Available in Silver, Pink, Blue, and Yellow Available in Space Gray, Starlight, Blue, and Purple Starts at $349 Starts at $599 A key difference between the devices is their chips and amount of memory, so if you plan on using your iPad for more demanding tasks like 3D graphic design, advanced photo editing, and gaming, the iPad Air will be the better choice by far. The M2 chip's dedicated media engine is also be particularly helpful when video editing, and supports Stage Manager , Apple's multitasking system for the iPad. The 10th-generation iPad's display lacks P3 wide color, full lamination, and an anti-reflective coating. While these aspects are unlikely to be major reasons to preference the iPad Air, they are worth bearing in mind when trying to justify the $250 leap to the more expensive device. The iPad Air is also available in an all-new 13-inch size option, which is more suitable for multitasking and using the device as a laptop-replacement, but this pushes the price difference up to $450 more than the cost of the 10th-generation iPad itself. The iPad Air is marginally thinner and lighter, with differences that are so minor as to be unimportant to most customers, but the more muted tones of its color options may make it more or less appealing based on your personal preferences. Apple Pencil support is also a key consideration. While the 10th-generation iPad supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, the Apple Pencil with USB-C is a better choice due to easier charging. However, this lacks advanced features like pressure sensitivity, haptic feedback, and barrel roll that you get with the iPad Air's Apple Pencil pro support. People who plan to use the Apple Pencil heavily for tasks like note-taking and illustration will undoubtedly have a significantly better experience with the iPad Air, which supports both the Apple Pencil with USB-C and the Apple Pencil Pro. While both devices support external keyboards, they have different strengths. The 10th-generation iPad's Magic Keyboard Folio will be better for table-typers, those who prefer function keys, and those who want to easily detatch the keyboard but keep the iPad propped up on a surface, while the iPad Air's Magic Keyboard is better for lap-typers and those who want backlighting. In theory, the iPad Air is a more compelling overall package with the M2 chip, 4GB of additional memory, a dedicated media engine, Stage Manager for multitasking, a better display, and a much better Apple Pencil experience, but in practice, users with basic requirements are unlikely to notice a massive amount of difference between the devices. Unless you have specific need for the iPad Air's added features or its larger display size option, it may be worth saving the $250 and buying the 10th-generation iPad. Related Roundups: iPad , iPad Air Buyer's Guide: iPad (Caution) , iPad Air (Buy Now) Related Forum: iPad This article, iPad 10 vs. iPad Air Buyer's Guide: Is the $250 Difference Worth It? first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 10:00 pm

Apple Wallet App Gaining Support for Transit Cards in Paris and Toronto

Apple has announced that the Navigo transit card can be added to the Wallet app starting today, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users to simply tap their devices to pay for rides on the metro, trains, buses, and more in the Paris, France area. With the Navigo card in the Wallet app, a rider no longer needs to visit a ticket vending machine, or reload the card at retailers. Instead, passes can be purchased directly in the Wallet app on the iPhone, or in the le-de-France Mobilits app. Apple also announced that real-time transit information for the Paris area will be available in Apple Maps starting this week. This feature will allow riders to view detailed schedules, live departure and arrival times, delays, outages, and any connections required to complete a trip across multiple transit systems. In related news, it was recently announced that the PRESTO transit card in the Toronto, Canada area will soon support the Wallet app too. In both cities, the transit cards will support Express Mode, meaning that riders can simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a payment reader to pay for their ride, without needing to unlock or wake the device. Express Mode continues to work for up to five hours after an iPhone has run out of battery power. Thanks, Apollo Zhao ! Tag: Apple Wallet This article, Apple Wallet App Gaining Support for Transit Cards in Paris and Toronto first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 9:58 pm

Your next iPhone could have a feature straight out of a sci-fi movie

Imagine an iPhone that can repair itself. While this sounds unrealistic, it could actually happen in the near future.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 9:48 pm

Top 12 Mac games for 2024

Macworld Unfortunately in recent years, the number of great games for Mac has declined because many are no longer supported. Every new version of macOS tends to break a few games, but macOS Catalina in 2019 meant that lot of games that used 32-bit code were no longer Mac compatible. At the same time that Apple went 64-bit only it also introduced Metal for 3D graphics, which left a lot of games developers with a decision: make new Mac versions of their games or stop making them. Unfortunately many chose the latter. This will hopefully change now that macOS Sonoma is here. With Sonoma, Apple provides two things: a new Game Porting Toolkit to make it easier for game developers to bring their games to the Mac, and a new Game Mode to ensure a game gets the highest priority on GPU and CPU, for better playability. Read: How to use Game Mode to boost performance. Even before the changes that Sonoma brought, and contrary to popular belief, Mac gamers already have plenty of top games titles to choose from indeed, the most difficult part is narrowing down the options, and then finding the money to buy and time to play them. We cant help with the latter, but the first problem is right up our alley. In this article, weve collected the best Mac games for your delectation including some of the best new games. Below you will find what we believe are the greatest Mac games out there, together with links to the Mac App Store, Steam and other reputable vendors, so you can buy them right away. These are the very best games for Mac. They are in alphabetical order, not in order of preference (because everyone likes different things). Updated May 2024 to add Classic Marathon. You may also like to take a look at our Best Mac for gaming guide. Plus we have an in-depth look at using an M1 MacBook Pro as a gaming laptop and we discuss why even with the M2 Pro, Mac gaming is as bad as its ever been . And if you want some free games to try out on your Mac take a look at our round-up of the Best free Mac games . Best Mac Games 2024 Before we run through our list of the best games weve played on the Mac, here are games that we strongly recommend you play on the Mac in 2024. 1. Death Stranding: Directors Cut (Mac) Price When Reviewed: $19.99 Best Prices Today: $19.99 at Mac App Store Apple is currently attempting to make up for around 40 years of neglecting the Mac games scene probably because it thinks that a few good games might help to boost sales of the new Vision Pro headset (cynical, moi? You betcha!). It hasnt exactly catapulted the Mac games scene into the stratosphere, but there are a few high-profile games now starting to arrive on the Mac, and 2024 gets off to a good start with the arrival of Death Stranding, the idiosyncratic and sometimes downright bizarre game from Hideo Kojima, the renowned developer behind the long-running Metal Gear series. The game is set in a near-future version of the United States, in the aftermath of a mysterious apocalyptic event known as the Death Stranding, which has caused the collapse of society. All thats left are a few scattered communities, which rely on porters to deliver supplies and help set up a communications system called the Chiral network. Thats where you come in, playing Sam Porter Bridges who is voiced by, and modeled on the actor Norman Reedus of Walking Dead fame as he trudges across the country delivering his supplies. Along the way, youll encounter terrorists and creepy invisible monsters called BTs (beached things), but your real foe for much of the game is simply the environment around you. There is some combat in Death Stranding, but your main task as a porter is to struggle across the rocky, ruinous countryside as you embark on a series of missions to deliver your cargo of medicines and other supplies. The game is sometimes described as a walking simulator as you spend much of your time clambering over rocks, up hills, or wading across rushing rivers and streams. That may not sound terribly exciting, but theres a lot of satisfaction as you struggle to slowly inch your way towards the peak of a craggy hill with your cargo intact. The game also has a dramatic cinematic flair possibly a little too cinematic, as the first 45 minutes or so is really just a series of very long cut-scenes, interspersed only by a few brief sequences where you learn how to control Sam as he walks, jumps and wades across the rocky terrain. The long cut-scenes can try your patience in the early stages of the game, but they do look terrific the landscapes have a cinematic scope, and the 3D graphics are tremendously detailed and realistic. And the feeling that this is the gaming equivalent of a blockbuster Hollywood production is further emphasized by cameos from a number of other Hollywood big names, including Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro, and Lindsay Wagner. The graphics do require a bit of horsepower though. The game will only run on Macs and iPads that have an Apple Silicon processor (M1 or later), and running macOS 13.3 or iPadOS 17.0. We were pleased to find that the game ran well even on an iMac with an M1 processor, although we did have to lower the resolution to 19201080. You might need an M2 or M3 to really enjoy the games sweeping vistas and eerie special effects, but seeing a game like Death Stranding running on an M1 iMac gives us some hope for the future of games on the Mac. 2. Resident Evil 4 (Mac) Price When Reviewed: $59.99 Best Prices Today: $59.99 at Mac App Store It can be a little tricky following the sequence of the Resident Evil games especially as most of them have never been released on the Mac. Last years Resident Evil: Village was the eighth game in the long-running series, although it was the first ever to arrive on the Mac, and also one of the first games written specifically to run on Macs with Apple Silicon. However, Resident Evil 4 is actually a newer game (sort of) as its a remake of the original Resident Evil 4, which was first released back in 2005. Being a newer game means that its considerably more expensive, though, weighing in at a rather hefty $59.99/57.99. However, it works hard to earn its keep with juiced-up visuals and a reimagined story as well as improved controls for combat and other character actions. And, thankfully, you can actually download the game for free and play through the opening section, before deciding if you want to go ahead and buy the full version of the game as an in-app purchase (along with some rather pricey DLC packs too). This installment follows the adventures of special agent Leon S. Kennedy a floppy-haired special agent from an earlier game in the series who has now been recruited to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the US President. Tracking her down to a village in Spain, Leon encounters a spooky cult called Los Iluminados, who have turned the villagers into crazed killers. You have to fight your way past the villagers and confront various bosses as you track down the Presidents daughter and attempt to uncover the cults true plans. Resident Evil 4 has some good jump scares along the way, but its more action-oriented than Village and doesnt have quite the same creepy and tense atmospherics. It certainly keeps you busy, though, as you shoot and slice your way through the villagers, and encounter the mysterious figures who control the cult. And, of course, its pretty gorey too, with a 17+ age rating. Like Resident Evil: Village, this game runs on Macs with Apple Silicon, and it ran pretty well even on a 24-inch iMac with a basic M1 processor. It felt a little sluggish initially, but seemed to run quite smoothly once we turned the resolution down to 1,920 x 1,080, and experimented with some of the graphics settings (the game will also run on iPads with Apple Silicon, and even on the iPhone 15 Pro as well). 3. Total War: Pharaoh New for Mac users Price When Reviewed: $59.99 Best Prices Today: $59.99 at Steam After a fairly epic detour into the fantasy worlds of Warhammer, the Total War series is back on its home turf once more, returning to the more traditional historical settings that the games have explored in the past. This time its ancient Egypt for Total War: Pharaoh, set in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age, and covering the lands of Egypt itself, as well as neighboring Canaan and the Hittite Empire. There are eight factions spread across these three lands, all competing to take the throne of Egypt and become the next Pharoah (with additional factions available to purchase as DLC on Steam ). Each faction has its own leader, with their own individual strengths and abilities, such as the reckless young warrior Ramesses (who has a tendency to put the chariot before the horses), and the cunning Tausret, who uses diplomacy and finance to pull the levers of power. If youre new to the game then there are several tutorials available that introduce the basics of battle, as well as more advanced tactics, such as siege warfare, and learning how to use the land and weather to your advantage. Pharoah might not have the otherworldly spectacle of the Warhammer games, but it still looks great, with spectacular vistas as the rival armies charge across the desert dunes. Unfortunately, the game doesnt run on older Macs that have Intel processors, but it ran quite smoothly on an iMac with a basic M1 processor when set to 19201080 resolution (and using the new gaming mode in macOS Sonoma ). The main single-player campaign should keep you busy for quite a while, and as well as creating custom battles to hone your skills you can also customize the main campaign, adjusting the troops, resources and money that are available to make the game more challenging. Its a shame, though, that the games multiplayer mode only allows you to play with other Mac users, as this means that without being able to play against PC users youll have a fairly limited choice of online opponents. 4. Baldurs Gate 3 Best single-player RPG Price When Reviewed: $59.99 Best Prices Today: $59.99 at Steam The original Baldurs Gate games were classics of the RPG genre when the series was launched almost 25 years ago, but their 2D graphics havent aged well, despite an HD update in 2012. However, the forthcoming Baldurs Gate 3 brings the series well and truly up to date with slick 3D graphics and a vast adventure that looks set to match the epic scale of its predecessors. Its actually been available in early access on Steam since 2020, but the game finally has a firm release date for August 2023 so you can now dive in and test drive the early chapters of the game to prepare yourself for the arrival of the full game in just a few months time. Its not a true sequel as the story and the main characters are all new set more than 100 years after BG2 although it is still set in the famous Baldurs Gate region from the popular Dungeons & Dragons table-top games (and spoiler alert some familiar faces do make a welcome reappearance). Rather than the powerful, god-like being that you became in Baldurs Gate II, the new game lets you start from scratch with an entirely new character, chosen from the traditional D&D selection of races and classes humans, elves, dwarves, wizards, warriors and rogues and you then awake to find yourself prisoner on a flying ship controlled by Mindflayers (a familiar villain from D&D lore). The ship is attacked by dragons, but youre able to escape only to find that a Mindflayer larva has been implanted inside your brain. So, along with other survivors from the crashed ship, you set out to try to find a cure and then quickly find yourself embroiled in a mysterious war between the Mindflayers and an assortment of enemy races who wont be fully revealed until the games launch in the summer. The 3D graphics really bring the game to life as you and your companions wade into combat, but the spectacular visuals do need a fairly fast Mac in order to run properly. The developers says that the game will run on an Intel Mac with a quad-core CPU and an AMD graphics card, or on most Macs with M1 or M2 processors. However, we had to drop the resolution to just 1600900 on our M1 iMac in order to get a playable 25fps, so an M1 Pro or higher might be better. Fortunately, the games turn-based combat doesnt require lightning reflexes and high-speed action, so you can still get by with an M1 Mac if you need to. The decision to opt for turn-based combat might worry old-timers like yours truly who remember the terrific real-time-with-pause system of the original games. But turn-based is the trend these days, and if my time in the early access game is anything to go by then youll find that the old Baldurs Gate magic will soon tempt you in as you gather your party before venturing forth just like the good old days! 5. The Elder Scrolls Online Best subscription-free MMO Price When Reviewed: $19.99 Best Prices Today: $19.99 at Steam Along with World Of Warcraft, The Elder Scrolls Online or ESO to its thousands of fans is one of the few A-List MMO titles that still supports the Mac (sadly, we lost Guild Wars 2 a couple of years ago). But, unlike WoW, you dont need to pay a monthly subscription to play the game, which makes it great value for players who want to immerse themselves in hundreds of hours of quests and adventures in the games online world of Tamriel. Some people i.e. me also prefer its grittier graphical style to the Disney-esque cartoon graphics of WoW. ESO keeps its fans coming back year after year by releasing regular expansions which it refers to as Chapters, as each new chapter brings a new story and a new series of quests to the game, as well as opening up new zones for you to explore. The latest chapter is High Isle, which takes you to the homeland of the games Breton race, and throws you into a story of political intrigue involving High Isles rival factions and a mysterious organization known as the Ascendent Order. Other new features include a new deck-building card game that you can play to while away a few hours, and two new computer-controlled companions for players who prefer to go questing on their own. And, of course, there are plenty of new quests to complete and dungeons waiting to be plundered. You can buy the base version of the game for $19.99/15.99, or buy the High Isle Collection, which includes High Isle and all the previous chapters for $49.99/42.99. Or, if you already own the game, you can just upgrade with High Isle on its own for $29.99/24.99. Once youve bought the game you can play for as long as you want without paying a monthly subscription, and there are enough dungeons and quests already available to keep you busy for years. However, you can pay for an optional subscription if you want ($14.99/8.99), which provides bonuses such as a larger inventory for storing all your gear and some extra gold coins to spend in the games online store. The Mac version of ESO did have a wobbly patch, around the time of Catalina, but it now runs well on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs, and we were able to get a playable 30fps from the game at 19201080 resolution even on a basic M1 processor on our 24-inch iMac. 6. Resident Evil: Village Best horror game Price When Reviewed: $39.99 Best Prices Today: $39.99 at Mac App Store $39.99 at Steam The Resident Evil games are the sort of A-List titles that rarely come to the Mac, so the announcement at 2022s WWDC that Resident Evil: Village would be released on the Mac at the end of the year was big news for Mac gamers. The game doesnt disappoint either, providing a series of creepy locations for you to explore, and a variety of supernatural menaces to fight against. Mac users, of course, will be new to the games, but Village starts off with a brief recap of the previous game to bring us up to date. Three years ago in Resident Evil 7 Ethan Winters and his wife, Mia, were trapped by the Baker family in Louisiana, who had been infected and mutated by a mysterious black mold. They managed to escape, assisted by para-military operative Chris Redfield, and then three years pass by before things start to get weird all over again. Ethan and Mia are now living peacefully, along with their young daughter, Rose, until Redfield suddenly reappears, gunning Mia down in cold blood and kidnapping Rose. So, playing as Ethan, you now have to pick up the trail and try to figure out what is going on. Its a frustrating game to get into at first, as the early stages of the game simply involve stumbling around a dark forest, liberally scattered with dead animals. Eventually, though, you discover the Village of the title, which is under siege by wolf-like Lycans, and find clues that suggest your daughter is being held in the conveniently creepy nearby castle. The pace barely lets up after that, with the game combining atmospheric horror and manic combat in equal measure (not to mention enough gore and bad language to merit a 17 age rating). Apple used the game at WWDC to demonstrate the graphical performance of its new M2 chips but the good news is that we found the game runs pretty well even on a 24-inch iMac with the older M1 chip. The bad news is that (a) it doesnt run on Intel Macs at all, and (b) youre paying extra for the Mac version, which costs $39.99/34.99 on the Mac App Store, while the Windows version released in 2021 is half that price on Steam. Its still a great game, though, and hopefully its just the first of many A-List titles that we can look forward to on the Mac in the new couple of years. 7. World Of Warcraft: Dragonflight Best subscription MMO Price When Reviewed: $49.99, plus $12.99/month subscription Best Prices Today: $49.99 at Bilzzard World Of Warcraft has dominated the MMO genre for almost two decades now, and is one of the few A-list games to have staunchly supported the Mac throughout its history in fact, it even provided an update that allowed the game to run on Apple Silicon Macs as early as November 2020. Its had a few ups and downs in recent years both in the real-world and in the games virtual world of Azeroth but the release of the Dragonflight expansion at the end of 2022 was a welcome return to form, providing some important new features and also updating some of the more dated aspects of the game. Dragonflight costs $49.99/39.99, and is required in order to enjoy new features such as raising your characters to the new maximum of Level 70. It also gives you access to the Dragon Isles, which contain four major new zones for you to explore and go adventuring. The Dragon Isles are also home to a new playable race of draconic humanoids called Dracthyrs, who can play as the new Evoker class, which has the ability to choose between either healing or combat abilities. And, on entering the Dragon Isles, you can also obtain your own drake a flying dragon that allows you to learn a new set of dragonriding skills that let you fly further, faster and higher as you explore the new zones. Throw in a more streamlined skill tree and a number of improvements to WoWs aging interface, and the entire game feels more sprightly than it has done for several years. You dont have to buy Dragonflight straight away though, as WoW still provides a free trial that takes you up to Level 20 for free, while owners of previous versions of the game can still continue to play without the new Dragonflight features by paying for a monthly subscription ($12.99/9.99 per month, with discounts for three-month or six-month subscriptions). 8. Classic Marathon Best Retro Action Game Price When Reviewed: Free Best Prices Today: Free at Steam Apple is trying very hard to encourage games developers to come back to the Mac, but around 30 years ago there was a time when big-names such as Bungie actually developed their games on the Mac first (until Bungie was taken over by Microsoft). Before Bungie hit the big time with Halo, it made a name for itself with the Marathon series. The original Marathon games stopped running on the Mac long ago, but the entire Marathon series was recently revived with the help of an open-source programming team called Aleph One. The first Marathon game is now available on Steam as a free download now called Classic Marathon and it runs on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. The game is a real blast of retro fun, set aboard a space ship called The Marathon, which has been boarded by alien invaders. Your task is pretty straightforward and mostly involves running along lots of corridors blasting the living daylights out of the aliens. Along the way, you can log in to computer terminals that provide access to the ships onboard AI, which points you toward your next target or sends you looking for useful information. Theres a plot twist, though, as there seem to be rival AIs at work, each with their own agenda, and this keeps you thinking about what comes next, as well as just exercising your trigger finger in combat. The games old-school graphics obviously look a bit dated these days, but they have a lot of charm, and theres a sense of satisfaction as you carefully attempt to pick off your enemies without wasting too much ammo and a real sense of relief when you come across some spare ammo packs lying on the ground too. The somewhat clumsy control system isnt quite so charming it took me some time reading around on the Internet to discover that theres no Save Game command, so you just have to hope you can survive all the way to the next checkpoint, where your game is saved automatically. But thats part of the fun, as it puts extra pressure on you to stay alive, and to keep searching for hidden areas that may reward you with extra ammo or weapons. The two sequels Marathon 2 and Marathon Infinity are also available, although youll need to download the open-source files from Aleph Ones own website, or wait for them to arrive on Steam for a more straightforward download and installation process. 9. Total War: Warhammer III Best strategy game Price When Reviewed: $59.99 Best Prices Today: 59.99 at Steam Perhaps the biggest game release of 2022 on the Mac, Total War: Warhammer III provided a truly epic conclusion to this popular series of strategy games. Theres no need to worry if you havent played any of the earlier games, though, as this three-quel includes an optional prologue, called The Lost God, that can act as an introduction for people who are new to the world of Warhammer. This prologue explains that the great Beard God, Ursun, who is worshipped by the human kingdom of Kislev has been imprisoned in the demonic Realms Of Chaos. In Ursuns absence, a terrible winter has fallen over Kislev, so you start by playing Prince Barkov of Kislev, who leads a small band of warriors to discover the fate of Ursun. This section also acts as a tutorial for people who might be new to strategy games, and when youre up to speed you can progress to the main campaign in which rival factions compete to reach Ursun and use his godly powers for their own ends. As well the people of Kislev, you can command another human kingdom called Grand Cathay, or turn to the dark side by playing one of the many demonic princes who all have their own monstrous armies. Theres Nurgle, the Plague Lord, whose somewhat squishy troops spread disease and decay, along with Khorne, the Blood God, the hedonistic Slaanesh, and Tzeentch, the master of Chaos Magic. And, finally, theres the uber Daemon Price, whose powers and even body parts can be customized so that you can create a playing style thats all your own. You can also buy additional DLC packs that add new factions and races to the game. Theres also a free add-on called Immortal Empires, which brings together campaign maps, factions and battles from all three Warhammer games into one vast and endlessly replayable series of battles. The good news is that the game will run on any Mac with an M1 or M2 processor and we found that it ran at a smooth 30-40fps at 19201080 resolution even on a 24-inch iMac with a standard M1 processor. But while Intel Macs with AMD graphics may be able to run the game, there are a few technical glitches that can affect these Macs, so the game isnt officially supported on Intel Macs. 10. Football Manager 2024 Best Football Game (aka Soccer for those in the U.S.) Price When Reviewed: $59.99 Best Prices Today: $59.99 at Sega There arent a lot of sports games available on the Mac, but the Football Manager series is a longtime supporter, and we get the 2024 edition at the same time as the PC and console versions too. The game is currently available via the Steam and Epic stores, but should also be coming to Apple Arcade soon as well. Theres also a new version of Football Manager 2024 Touch available for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. And, somewhat confusingly, the App Store also has a separate version, called Football Manager Mobile, which is only available to Netflix subscribers. One of the biggest changes this year is the arrival of the J-League, with 60 Japanese teams now added to the game, along with Japanese language support as well. There are also new playing modes, such as Real World where players in your games move to new teams on the same dates as they do in real life. Each new version of the game tends to bring graphical improvements, and FM24 provides smoother animations for players as they charge around the pitch, more realistic physics for ball movement, and enhanced lighting effects to create a greater sense of atmosphere. And, of course, there are the inevitable AI features, such as the introduction of Intermediaries that you can hire to go out and hustle for the best prices when youre thinking of selling some players. There are also new Set Piece Coaches, who can help you to choose the best players for events such as free-kicks and corners. However, youre up against tougher AI managers on opposition teams too, as they can now make smarter decisions when purchasing players that suit their tactical style. The game also follows recent trends in tactical play, such as the greater use of positional play, which allows players to switch positions when your team has possession. The sheer depth of all these tactical options means that Football Manager can be a bit daunting for more casual fans of the game, but theres a demo version available on both Steam and Epic, so you can have a quick kick-about to see how you get on before buying the full game. 11. Grid Legends: Deluxe Edition Best Racing Game Price When Reviewed: $39.99 Best Prices Today: $39.99 at Feral Interactive Its been quite a while since any of the Grid games were released on the Mac and, in fact, the Windows version of Grid Legends was first launched back at the start of 2022. However, the Deluxe Edition thats just been launched on the Mac App Store does include all the games recent DLC add-ons listed at more than $60/60 on Steam for the Windows version so its great value for racing fans on the Mac. You dont have to be an ace F1 driver to play Grid Legends, though, as the game includes a variety of different modes that can appeal to casual players as well as experienced drivers who want a more demanding and realistic driving simulation. The game starts by throwing you into its Story mode, called Driven To Glory, which follows the Seneca Racing team as it tries to make its name in the new season. As well as following the action through a series of races, the Story mode is also presented as a kind of behind-the-scenes documentary, with video cut-scenes and interviews with some of the main drivers (including an appearance by the pre-Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa). Story mode is a good way for beginners to get started, but more experienced drivers can jump straight ahead into the Career mode. This provides five difficulty levels, and allows you to work your way up from rookie to a seasoned pro driver. There are 10 different racing discplines available, including Drift, Elimination and the arcade-action of Classic Car-nage, and the game lets you play on 24 different tracks in locations such as Brands Hatch, Barcelona Dubai and Miami. As you progress through the season, you can unlock 120 different vehicles, with different handling properties to suit your driving style. Theres also a Garage mode where you can upgrade and fine-tune your car to suit different terrain and weather conditions. The game also includes a Race Creator mode, where you can design your own custom race events, using different tracks, vehicles and weather conditions. Its a shame, though, that the Mac version of the game is single-player only, and doesnt have the multiplayer mode thats available on the PC version. The game also requires an Apple Silicon processor, and doesnt run on older Intel Macs. However, it ran more than fast enough for my somewhat chaotic driving skills on an M1 iMac with medium graphics and 1600900 resolution, so you dont need a super-fast Mac to put your pedal to the metal. 12. Lies of P Apples Mac Game Of The Year Price When Reviewed: 59.99 Best Prices Today: $59.99 at NeoWiz There arent many soulsborne games available on the Mac so called because they follow the format of the popular Lost Souls and Bloodborne games available on PC and consoles but Lies Of P arrived on the Mac App Store recently and immediately walked off with Apples award for Mac Game Of The Year. The game is dedicated to Carlo Collodi, the author who created Pinocchio, and your main character is referred to as the puppet of Gepetto, so its clear who youre supposed to be. This isnt the cute Disney version of Pinocchio, though for starters the little wooden boy has grown a bionic metal arm to give him some extra muscle, and one of your first tasks is to pick up a sword and choose a path that determines your fighting style. The Path Of The Sweeper tends to focus on heavy, two-handed weapons, while the Path Of The Bastard lets you fight with lighter, faster weapons. Or, as a safe bet, you can choose the Path Of The Cricket, which combines elements of the other two fighting styles. Your puppet boy wakes in the city of Krat, a kind of steam-punk dystopia that has been over-run by rampaging puppets who have turned against their human masters. Guided by a cricket called Gemini (because Disney owns the name Jiminy Cricket) you fight your way across the city to locate Gepetto and end the puppet revolt. Like all soulsborne games, Lies Of P is very challenging, with a wide range of combat moves and skills that you have to master as you fight your way across the city. And, as the name suggests, the game also allows you to choose between telling lies or the truth as you encounter other characters in the game. The developers recommend using a game controller, rather than mouse and keyboard, and the game only runs on Apple Silicon, with no support for older Intel Macs. An M2 is recommended, but we still found the game playable on an iMac with a basic M1 processor, when running on medium graphics settings at 19201080, so most recent Mac models should be able to handle the game without too much trouble. The best games you can play on a Mac The best of the rest, in alphabetical order Alien: Isolation The Collection: Best Action Game Company: Feral Interactive Where to buy: Steam ($49.99/34.99), Mac App Store ($39.99/38.99) System requirements: Mac OS X 10.5, 2.0GHz dual-core Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 1GB graphics card Most of the games based on the Alien films have been pretty awful in fact, Alien: Colonial Marines even prompted a lawsuit back in 2013 from disgruntled customers who felt theyd been misled by the advertising for the game. Fortunately, as our friends over at GameAgent recently remarked, Alien: Isolation is one of the good Alien games. Originally released for the PC in 2015, Alien: Isolation has arrived on the Mac and does a great job of capturing the tension and atmosphere of that very first Alien film. The game is set 15 years after Alien, following the discovery of the black-box flight-recorder from Ellen Ripleys ship, The Nostromo . Ripley, of course, is still missing, so her daughter Amanda heads off to recover the black-box from the space station that found it. No prizes for guessing what Amanda and her team discover when they arrive at the space station: a toothy xenomorph on the loose, and gradually working its way through the terrified crew. Your task as Amanda is not to go in with all guns blazing, but simply to avoid the alien and stay alive hiding inside a locker, or creating a distraction that will draw the alien away for a few crucial seconds. The game creates a real sense of tension, and the computer-controlled alien is smart enough to provide a really formidable foe. This collection also includes a number of bonus missions, including Crew Expendable, which re-enacts events from the original Alien film. However, the games system requirements are pretty high, so you should check that your Mac is up to it before buying the game. Baldurs Gate II: Enhanced Edition: Best RPG Company: Beamdog Where to buy: Steam ($4.99/3.74), Mac App Store ($19.99/19.99) System requirements: Mac OS X 10.7, dual-core Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 2.5GB hard disk The original Baldurs Gate II was released way back in 1988 by the roleplaying gods at Bioware, and its 2D graphics will look pretty dated to anyone that has played modern roleplaying games such as Biowares Dragon Age series. Even so, its an essential purchase for anyone that has even the slightest interest in roleplaying games, and the sheer size of the game means that its excellent value for money. Its a shame that this updated Enhanced Edition couldnt be brought right up to date with more modern 3D graphics, but it does get a cosmetic makeover with high-def versions of the original artwork, so it doesnt look too bad on modern computer screens. Besides, whether in 2D or 3D, Biowares great strength has always been its story-telling skill, and Baldurs Gate II is as captivating now as it was nearly 30 years ago. Its very much traditional fantasy fare with you taking on the role of a warrior, wizard, rogue or cleric but its done on a truly grand scale. Your character is just one of many mortal offspring spawned by the evil god Bhaal, and the game pits you against several of your own brothers and sisters as they vie to succeed Bhaal and claim his power as their own. There are hundreds and hundreds of quests along the way around 300 hours worth if you try to complete them all including power struggles within the guild of Shadow Thieves, and an epic battle with the wizard Irenicus, played in full scenery-chewing mode by Brit character actor David Warner. Throw in the return of bonkers barbarian Minsc and his giant space-hamster Boo, and BGII is a real retro treat for RPG fans. Braid: Best Platform Game Company: Hothead Games Where to buy: Mac App Store ($10.99/10.99), Steam ($14.99/10.99) System requirements: OS X 10.6.6 or later The first time you play Braid, you might be forgiven for thinking youve just bought a late 90s puzzle platformer. You jump and run like Mario, kill monsters by jumping on their heads and collect puzzle pieces. And then youre introduced to Braids killer feature: you can turn back time. As you progress, you realise that this is a crucial part of the games mechanics. There are sections you cant complete without winding back the action. Add in some fiendishly designed levels, a lot of old-school gaming and a genuinely great soundtrack, and you realise why Braid won all those awards. Civilization V: Brave New World Best Strategy Game Company: Aspyr Where to buy: Steam ($29.99/19.99), Green Man Gaming ($29.99/19.99), Mac App Store ($29.99/28.99) System requirements: OS X 10.6.8 or later The Civilization strategy games basic formula remains the same: you start with a bunch of cavemen and progress through history to create a civilisation that will rule the world. But the Civ series has long since passed the point where all you had to do was build up a big army. Civilization V beefed up the diplomacy elements and the Gods and Kings expansion pack added religion to the mix. Brave New World adds even more depth. There are nine new civilisations, including Portugal, Morocco, Brazil and the Zulus, but the real substance in Brave New World lies in the new cultural and ideological systems. The Culture Victory, for instance, is a new way of conquering the world, whereby nations can place musicians, writers and artists in key buildings, such as the Globe Theatre in London. Theres combat aplenty if thats how you like your strategy games, but the political, religious and cultural elements that it adds to the mix create a game in which you really can develop an entire civilisation, rather than just building up a big army. Read our full Civilization V: Brave New World review . Diablo III: Best Action RPG Company: Blizzard Entertainment Where to buy: Battle.net EU (from 16.99/19.99) or Battle.net US ($19.99) System requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x or later; Intel Core 2 Duo; nVidia GeForce 8600M GT or better; ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better; 2GB RAM; 12GB available HD space Twenty years after the events of the last game, a meteor strikes the much-troubled town of Tristram, opening up a gateway into the depths of the earth and paving the way for the return of the demon lord Diablo. As always, its up to you to gird your loins and turn back the forces of darkness before they unleash untold nastiness upon the earth. This time around you can choose from five different character classes barbarian, demon hunter, monk, witch doctor and wizard each with its own unique skills and abilities. The graphics have been updated too, and now provide a true 3D view of the action. Theres no denying the addictive grip that Diablo III exerts, even if Blizzard could have been more ambitious in updating from Diablo II. If you have any interest at all in sword and sorcery action games this is simply irresistible. Read the full Diablo III for Mac review Disco Elysium: Best Detective RPG Company: ZAUM Where to buy: Steam ($39.99/34.99), GOG ($43.59/34.99), Mac App Store ($39.99/38.99) System requirements: Mac with OS X v10.13.4 or later, Metal-Compatible graphics card Its tough being a Mac gamer sometimes, watching great new games always arriving first on PC and often never being released on the Mac at all. Last years launch of Disco Elysium was particularly galling for RPG fans, as we watched the PC version of the game mop up awards all over the place. However, the Mac version of Disco Elysium has suddenly appeared, with no advance publicity, and is widely available on all the main online game stores. As mentioned, Disco Elysium is a roleplaying game, but instead of medieval fantasy or futuristic sci-fi, the game casts you in the role of a drunken detective in a sort-of-contemporary setting, in the town of Revachol. You wake one morning in a sleazy hotel, with a mega-hangover, barely knowing who you are. After locating your trousers, you explore the hotel and encounter your partner, who reminds you that you are a detective investigating a murder case. You then set off to explore the local neighbourhood, interrogating suspects and looking for clues as you try to crack the case. Despite the contemporary setting many traditional roleplaying features are still in evidence you can choose an archetype for your character, such as the Thinker who relies on deductive skills, or take the Physical approach and try to intimidate suspects for information. Theres also an extensive set of additional skills, such as empathy or logic, that you can use to help you in your investigation. You dont need to get too bogged down in stats and details, though, and youll soon be able to head off and explore the neighbourhood, which is wonderfully depicted, with grimy graphics and atmospheric music. Disco Elysium is the sort of absorbing, immersive game that can absorb you for hours on end. However, the system requirements for the 3D graphics are quite steep, so check to make sure your Mac can handle it first. Some of the language is a bit ripe too, so this definitely isnt a game for younger children. Divinity: Original Sin 2: Best Multiplayer RPG Company: Larian Studios Where to buy: Steam ($26.99/17.99), Mac App Store ($44.99/43.99) System requirements: macOS 10.13.6 or later, MacBook Pro 2016 or later, MacBook Air 2017 or later, iMac with AMD graphics 2013 or later, Mac Mini 2018 At the end of 2018, the developers at Larian Studios announced that they were working with Apple in itself a bit of a shock as Apple generally shows bugger-all interest in games on the Mac to develop a Mac version of Original Sin 2 (one of the greatest RPGs of all time) using Apples Metal graphics system. Theres nothing half-hearted about the Mac version, either as well as using Metal for the impressive 3D graphics, the game supports HDR (high dynamic range) on the latest Macs, as well as Mac-specific features such as Apple trackpads and the TouchBar on new MacBook Pro models. And the games multiplayer mode even works across both Macs and PCs, so you can play online with your friends (as long as youve all got the latest patches and updates). The only drawback here is that the Metal graphics require a fairly powerful Mac, so make sure to check the games system requirements before buying. Dont worry if youve havent played the original game, as this sequel remains in the fantasy world of Rivellon, but steps forward in time and allows you to embark on an entirely new adventure. You start the game in a bit of trouble, as youve been captured and sentenced to jail for using a dangerous magical force called Source. Using Source gives you and other Sourcerors great power, but it also creates a gateway to another dimension called The Void, allowing evil creatures to invade Rivellon. And, yep you guessed it your job is to save the world from the invading demons. The game begins with a helpful tutorial to get new players started, and newcomers can also opt for a ready-made origin character that has already been set up for you. More experienced players can delve into character creation, with a wide variety of races on offer with standard options such as humans, dwarves and elves complemented by more exotic lizards and undead and the game also offers several difficulty levels and modes to cater for different playing styles and levels of experience. It might all sound like fairly routine fantasy fare, but Original Sin 2 is tremendously well-made and involving. There are few simple good-versus-evil choices, and sometimes youll find yourself wracked with guilt because you simply cant find a nice, clean solution to a particular problem or a tricky side-quest. The solo game by itself will keep even hardened roleplaying fans absorbed through the dark winter months, and the various online and multiplayer modes will ensure that Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a game that youll come back to time and time again. Elder Scrolls Online (plus Blackwood expansion): Best MMORPG Company: Zenimax Where to buy: Green Man Gaming ($59.99/42.49), Steam ($59.99/49.99). This is for the base game plus the expansion set; both sites also sell the base game, or just the upgrade, for a lower price System requirements: macOS 10.13, Mac with quad-core CPU, discrete GPU with 1GB VRAM The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the few A-list MMORPG titles that supports the Mac, and ever since its launch back in 2014 the developers at Zenimax have kept their loyal players coming back by updating the game with a regular series of new chapters. These are essentially expansion packs that add more content, and occasionally new features too. But every year or so, Zenimax releases an update that makes major changes to the game in order to keep it feeling fresh and exciting and 2021s Blackwood expansion is one of the biggest updates for quite some time. The changes begin as soon as you enter the game. Even if you havent bought the Blackwood expansion theres a new introductory tutorial that sends you to the island of Balfiera, where you can learn the ropes by helping the local townsfolk to fend off an invading army of monsters. Once youve completed the tutorial youre given the option of entering a portal that can send you anywhere in the vast world of ESO. If you decide to head off to Blackwood, youll discover a vast new zone, full of quests and challenging dungeons. Blackwood also introduces a new companion system, which allows solo players to recruit a computer-controlled companion who can fight alongside you. This will be great for players like me who tend to play solo most of the time, with the new companion helping you to complete quests and tasks that might previously have been a bit too tough for one player on their own. Blackwood also introduces a new Gates of Oblivion storyline that will continue developing throughout this year, with a major quest that pits you against the demonic Prince Of Destruction, as he schemes to invade the mortal realm. The good news is that you dont have to pay the full price for Blackwood right away, as the original base game now costs just 14.99/$19.99 and no longer requires a monthly subscription to play. That contains enough action and adventure to keep you happy for months, before you decide if you want to visit Blackwood as well. Final Fantasy XIV Online: Best MMORPG Company: Square Enix Where to buy: Square Enix US store (from $19.99, plus $14.99 per month) or Square Enix EU store (from 9.99 + 7.69 monthly subscription); free trial also available System requirements: Mac with OS X v10.14 or later, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor As weve mentioned in the past, Final Fantasy XIV has had a bit of a chequered history with the original Mac version in 2015 being so bad that the developers actually offered refunds. However, a series of updates over the past few years have seen FFXIV emerge as one of the top games in the MMORPG genre despite the fact that, until recently, it was one of the few MMORPGs that still required a subscription to play. The latest update, which is now called Final Fantasy XIV Online, gives the game another major revamp, reworking the central quest system in order to give players a smoother introduction to the games vast online world. It also incorporates the Heavensward expansion pack that was previously sold separately, giving you even more quests and adventures to explore. Most important, though, is the new free trial system, which allows new players to sign up for a free account that provides access to vast areas of the game without paying for a subscription (although, to be honest, the registration process is a bit of a chore). Players with a trial account can take their characters all the way to level 60 the maximum level with a subscription is 80 and explore the main game and all the extra zones and quests in Heavensward for free. If you want to advance beyond L60 and explore new character classes and other new features then you will still need to buy a copy of the game and pay for a continuing subscription. However, you can start for as little as 9.99/$19.99 for the Online Starter Edition, and then decide if you want to continue your subscription, and buy the latest Shadowbringer expansion pack as well. Hearthstone: Best card game Company: Blizzard Where to buy: playhearthstone.com (free to play, with in-game purchases) System requirements: macOS 10.10, Intel Core Duo, Nvidia GeForce 8600M or AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro Hearthstone has been around for a few years now, and Blizzards typically slick presentation quickly established it as one of the leading computer card games. Like most card games, the basic version of Hearthstone is free to play, but offers a wide range of card packs that you can either buy with real money starting from 2.99/2.99 for two packs of five cards or earn by collecting gold and treasure within the game itself. Picking up a trick from the long-running success of World Of Warcraft, Blizzard also releases special expansion packs for Hearthstone every now and then, which bring new features to the game, as well as new cards and other goodies. But Hearthstone is still a fun game to play, even if you dont want to spend a lot of money buying all the latest expansions. Its a good option for newcomers to card games, with a simple tutorial that guides you through the main features of the game, and the basic/free version of Hearthstone still includes several different game modes that you can play in order to win new cards without spending any money at all. The game runs on most types of computer and mobile devices too, so you can switch between Mac, iOS and other devices using the same game account. Lego Star Wars Saga: Best Lego Game Company: Feral Interactive Where to buy: Steam ($19.99/15.49), Mac App Store ($19.99/19.99) System requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8; 1.5GHz Intel processor; graphics card with 128MB VRAM No home should be without at least one Lego game, and if you pick up the Saga version you get the six games based on the Star Wars films for an affordable price. The sheer fun of playing with the Lego versions of Luke, Han, Yoda and Darth Vader will appeal to both adults and children. The six games in this pack offer a variety of different scenarios, including space battles, lightsaber duels, and the famous battle on the ice planet of Hoth. If youre a Star Wars fan, Feral has also released a new Lego game based on the Clone Wars cartoon series, and there are other Lego games based on the Batman, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones films as well. Life Is Strange: Best Adventure Game Company : Feral Interactive Where to buy : Green Man Gaming ($3.20/2.56), Steam ($19.99/15.99, first episode free), Mac App Store ($17.99/17.99) System requirements: Mac with OS X v10.11 or later, 2.0GHz dual-core Intel processor, 8GB RAM, 512MB VRAM At first glance, Life Is Strange looks like a fairly conventional adventure game. You play a teenage girl called Max Caulfield who is having a bit of a bad day at school. Max ducks out of class and heads to the bathroom for a time-out, and as you wander the school corridors you can click on objects or people around you to gather information that guides you through the game. Thats routine adventure stuff, but life starts to get strange when Max witnesses the murder of her friend Chloe and discovers that she has the ability to turn back time. Saving Chloe reveals a deeper mystery concerning a missing student called Rachel, so Max and Chloe set off to find Rachel and uncover the dark secrets of the sleepy town of Arcadia. Thats straightforward enough, but Chloes time-travelling abilities add a whole new dimension to the standard point-and-click adventure format. Sometimes a conversation with another character will reveal some useful information, allowing Chloe to go back and replay recent events so they have a different outcome. However, changing past events can have unexpected consequences, leading to some difficult and dangerous decisions. The story unfolds in five separate episodes, but you can check it out for free by downloading the first episode through Steam and then deciding if you want to explore the mystery further. We enjoyed its haunting, Buffy-esque depiction of the dark side of teenage life, and our only complaint is that the keyboard-and-mouse controls felt a bit clumsy so youll progress more smoothly if you have a proper game controller to help you out. Papers, Please: Best Puzzle Game Company: 3909 LLC Where to buy: Steam ($9.99/6.99), GOG ($9.99/7.89) System requirements: 1.5GHz Core2Duo; OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later; 2 GB RAM; 100MB hard disk space Almost unclassifiable in normal gaming terms weve put it with the puzzlers, although its really a bizarre take on the classic worker simulation Papers, Please sees you taking up the post of border control in an authoritarian regime. Which is certainly a novel idea for a game. People enter your booth and present their papers; its your job to figure out if they can be allowed in. If you spot an irregularity in their paperwork, deny them entry. If their sob story touches your heartstrings, let them in. But if you let through too many dodgy types, or work too slowly, the money you earn will take a dip, and your family need to eat. Papers, Please is a quirky, interesting game set in a truly novel (and utterly bleak) environment. And while the level of profundity is debatable, theres definitely more going on here than in your average worker sim. Read the full Papers, Please for Mac review The Sims 4: Best Sims Game Company: Maxis Where to buy: Origin ($4.79/12.94), Best Buy ($39.99) System requirements: Mac OS X Lion; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz; nVidia GeForce 320M; 4GB RAM; 10GB available HD space Theres a lot to take in with the latest addition to The Sims line-up: deeper customisation, more variety with actions, new careers and new places to explore. The Sims 4 had a lot to live up to after the success of The Sims 3, but it fills its predecessors shoes beautifully. You get a deeper level of character customisation than in previous generations. While you can still browse and select preset eyes, mouth, hair, etc, The Sims 4 allows you to fine-tune your characters looks and build by clicking and dragging the area you want to tweak. Does your Sims belly protrude a little too much for your liking? Clicking on the troubled area and dragging it in will make your Sim thinner its as easy as that. The build & design mode in The Sims was the basis for the game as a whole it started off as a simulator that architects could use. And its fantastic here. Its a great experience being able to design a home exactly how you want it to be and really gets your creative juices flowing. With more design options (like the ability to build in the air with no support below), houses in The Sims 4 looks more breathtaking than ever. You can pick up and move whole rooms whenever you fancy a change, and buy whole rooms of same-style furniture. For those of us without an eye for interior design, it allows us to really appreciate the game and the design process. Day-to-day life in The Sims 4 is more enjoyable, too. If your Sim is hungry, simply click on the hunger bar and the Sim will automatically feed themselves the same applies to all their other needs too. It takes the effort out of the more mundane tasks and allows you more time to do the fun things with your Sim. The Sims 4 is a great game with so many options that youll lose yourself for hours at a time. Lewis Painter Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: Best RPG Company: Aspyr Where to buy: Green Man Gaming ($2.80/2.01), Steam ($3.49/2.51), Mac App Store ($9.99/9.99) System requirements: Mac OS X 10.9.5, 2.2GHz dual-core Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 256MB graphics card Its more than a decade since the original Knights Of The Old Republic was first released, but that game is still selling well on the App Store even after all these years. So it came as a bit of a surprise when we realised that this sequel originally released for PC back in 2005 has only just arrived on the Mac for the first time. Like its predecessor, KOTOR II is set thousands of years in the past, long before the events of the Star Wars film series. You play one of the last surviving Jedi, who have been almost completely wiped out after a long war with the evil Sith Lords. At the start of the game you wake up injured and with no memory of recent events. Even your trusty light-sabre has gone missing, so your initial challenge is to recover your memory and your Jedi powers, and then set off to try and find any other Jedi that may have survived. Theres a wide range of skills and abilities that you can develop as you progress through the game, and you can focus on either light-sabre combat or spooky Force Powers depending on how you want to develop your character. Theres also a strong story and roleplaying element, full of political twists and turns, and moral decisions that will affect the final outcome of the game. The 3D graphics look a little dated now, but the intriguing storyline and light-sabre action will soon have you hooked, and at just 9.99 the games a real bargain for Star Wars fans. Total War: Warhammer II: Best Strategy Game Company: Creative Assembly / Feral Interactive Where to buy: Steam ($59.99/39.99) System requirements: macOS 10.14, 2GHz Intel Core i5, Radeon R9 M290 or Intel Iris 540 with 2GB video memory Total War: Warhammer was a match made in Orc-heaven, as it combined the fantasy warfare of the Warhammer series with the large-scale battles of the Total War strategy games. So its no surprise that this follow-up offers more of the same, albeit with enough variety to make it worth coughing up the rather hefty 39.99/$59.99 on Steam. But you should check the games system requirements first, as the battling armies of elves, lizardmen and rodent-like Skaven need a pretty powerful Mac to handle their demanding 3D graphics. The story for the main single-player campaign is, to be honest, fairly trite fantasy fodder, with the games four rival factions competing to control a great, swirling vortex of magical energy floating up in the sky. Thats little more than an excuse to get the rival armies and heroes charging across the games vast landscapes, but the main campaign is well constructed and gives you plenty of different options for getting stuck into endless hours of fantasy fisticuffs. You can control any of the four rival races, and each race lets you choose between two Legendary Lords, who all have different storylines and starting locations, as well as their own special abilities that can be used to assist their troops in battle (and, if youre new to the Total War games, one Lord for each race also gives you a handy tutorial to get started). That gives you eight different options for playing and re-playing the game, and if you also own the original Total War: Warhammer then you get a free bonus campaign thrown in as well. The game also includes a number of Battle modes that you can dip into for a quick fix every now and then, as well as a multiplayer mode. Wildermyth: Best RPG Company: Worldwalker Games Where to buy: Steam ($24.99/19.49) System requirements: Mac with OS X v10.13, 64-bit processor Wildermyth is an unusual and impressive roleplaying game with flexible character development that encourages you to go back and play through it again. Its an immediately eye-catching game with papercraft graphics that look like a childs popup book, as your 2D characters use a turn-based combat system to move through hand-painted 3D environments. You start by creating a party with three characters: a warrior, a hunter (rogue) and mystic. These characters are created by the game, with their own personalities and backgrounds, although you can fine-tune each character by modifying their appearance, skills and other abilities. And, like all good roleplaying games, it allows you to make choices that affect the story and the relationships between the various characters. At various points youll be presented with options drawn like panels from a comic book rather than dull lumps of text that establish whether your characters are friends, rivals, or even in a romance, and this affects the way that the story develops and how the lives of your characters unfold. The tutorial could be a little clearer I had to look up some videos on YouTube to help me get started but the turn-based combat isnt too difficult to master, and you can develop your partys abilities to combine stealth, magic and weapon skills in any way that you like. And, at the end of each game, you can save favourite legacy characters in order to bring them back the next time you play. This is where Wildermyth really stands out, as its story is procedurally generated its not entirely random, but is flexible within a framework that is controlled by the game itself. Theres enough variety within that framework to enjoy playing through again, and gives you the luxury of being reunited with your favourite characters to see how their stories and relationships continue to develop throughout their lives. World Of Warcraft: Best MMORPG Company: Blizzard Where to buy: WoW (free for Starter Edition, plus $12.99/8.99 monthly subscription) System requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8; Intel Core 2 Duo; graphics card with 256MB VRAM Its cutesy graphics arent to everyones taste, but World of Warcraft is still the game that rules the massively multiplayer online scene, with around seven million subscribers playing as wizards, priests, warriors and rogues. Part of that success is down to the release of regular expansion packs, such as 2010s Cataclysm, which quite literally shook up the landscape, destroying some old areas and introducing new zones for you to explore. The fairly regular release of new material keeps experienced players happy, but to attract new players, Blizzard announced a Starter Edition of the game that allows you to play for free until your character reaches level 20. XCOM 2: Best Strategy Game Company: Feral Interactive Where to buy: Steam ($14.99/8.74), Mac App Store ($49.99/48.99) System requirements: Mac with OS X 10.11.2, 2.4GHz dual-core processor, discrete graphics card with 1GB VRAM The good news is that XCOM 2 arrived on the Mac at the same time as the PC version. The bad news is that the aliens won at the end of XCOM: Enemy Unknown back in 2013. So now we jump forward 20 years and the Earth is ruled by Advent a coalition of alien overlords and their human collaborators (boo, hiss) so its up to you to lead the human resistance movement and recruit a new XCOM team to wage a guerrilla war against the alien oppressors. Like its predecessor, XCOM 2 is a turn-based strategy game that provides an overhead isometric view of the battlefield so that you can plan your teams moves as they approach their target. But the moment you pull the trigger the action switches to a close-up view similar to a first person shooter that gives it a more visceral feel than most conventional strategy games. There are five soldier classes available to help you out, including Sharpshooters with their long-range sniper skills, and Grenadiers who just charge in and blow up everything in sight. Theres also the Psi Operative, who adds a fantasy/sci-fi element with telepathic abilities such as Soulfire and mind-control. Each class also gets its own selection of different skills, giving you plenty of freedom to develop your team in a way that suits your combat style. There are other resources available too. Your base is a captured alien ship called the Avenger, and between missions you need to give careful thought to developing the engineering, research and armoury facilities on the ship in order to provide new weapons and technology for your team. Its gripping stuff, and guaranteed to keep strategy fans glued to the screen for hours on end. Further reading Thats it! Were done. But if you want to read even more about your software options, why dont you check out our guide to the Best free Mac games ? Its amazing what you can get without paying a penny. On the hardware side, take a look at our Best Mac for gaming guide. Plus we have an in-depth look at using a M1 MacBook Pro as a gaming laptop . We also have eleven separate articles covering our favorites in each game genre. So if you want more of the same, select your favorite genre from the list below and jump to that article. 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Macworld 21 May 2024 8:55 pm

5 phones you should buy instead of the OnePlus 12

The OnePlus 12 is a stunning smartphone and a powerful one too. But there are a bunch of other phones that offer similar experiences. Here are five of the best.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 8:30 pm

Record Low Prices Arrive for M4 iPad Pro and 10th Gen iPad on Amazon

Amazon today has a collection of iPad deals, including all-time low prices on the brand new M4 iPad Pro and the 10th generation iPad. M4 11-Inch iPad Pro Starting with the M4 iPad Pro, Amazon is back with a solid $49 markdown on one model of the 11-inch iPad Pro. You can get the 256GB Wi-Fi 11-inch iPad Pro for $949.99 , down from $999.00. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. $49 OFF 256GB Wi-Fi M4 iPad Pro for $949.99 This is a match of the record low price for this brand new iPad Pro, and as such it's been fairly popular and has resulted in some shipping delays. As of writing, you can still lock in this deal today and get the iPad Pro delivered by late May. 10th Gen iPad Moving to the 10th generation iPad from 2022, Amazon has a few of these tablets at record low prices this week. Prices start at $329.00 for the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad, which is down from the new regular price of $349.00. Apple cut the prices of this lineup earlier in the month, and each model is now $100 cheaper. You can also get the 256GB Wi-Fi iPad on sale for $474.00 , down from $499.00, another all-time low price. $20 OFF 64GB Wi-Fi iPad for $329.00 $25 OFF 256GB Wi-Fi iPad for $474.00 Likewise, both cellular models are available for new record low prices on Amazon. The 64GB cellular iPad is on sale for $474.00 , down from $499.00, and the 256GB cellular iPad is on sale for $609.00 , down from $649.00. $25 OFF 64GB Cellular iPad for $474.00 $40 OFF 256GB Cellular iPad for $609.00 Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains. Related Roundup: Apple Deals This article, Record Low Prices Arrive for M4 iPad Pro and 10th Gen iPad on Amazon first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 8:21 pm

How to edit a PDF on iPhone

Macworld PDFs might seem like a blast from the past, but they are still in heavy use when filling in official forms, online submissions, and various other documentation. Interacting with them can seem like a pain, with some people resorting to printing them off to fill them in, then scanning the finished document to email it to the recipient. But, you dont have to go through that convoluted process. You can open and edit PDFs on your iPhone with ease using the markup tools that are built into iOS. Just open the PDF on your iPhone and access the markup tools via either the pen icon or the icon that looks like a pen and a box with three dots. Here you will find drawing tools as well as the ability to select a block to add text to. Well run through these free tools provided by Apple below and also recommend a few third-party apps for a bit more flexibility. Read on to find out how to use Apples tools to edit a PDF on iPhone. Create or open the PDF on your iPhone Before youre able to edit a PDF, you need to locate and open it. The PDF might have been emailed to you, in which case, you can click on the PDF in the email to open it on your iPhone. Alternatively, the PDF might be on a webpage. Click on the PDF to open it and edit. When you are finished the PDF can saved and then found in the Files app on your iPhone just search in Recents to find the PDF. Or you might even need to save the page as a PDF yourself, in which case follow these steps: Open the webpage or document you wish to turn into a PDF. Choose the Share option (the box with an arrow at the bottom of the screen). From the share sheet that appears, swipe across the app icons and select the Books icon. The PDF will be created and it will be saved as a PDF in Apple Books. There are alternative ways to create a PDF on an iPhone here: How to make a PDF on iPhone . Once you have the PDF file on your iPhone, select it you are ready to read or edit the contents. Want help scanning in a PDF so you can fill in? Heres how to scan documents on iPhone . Adding a signature to a PDF on iPhone One of the most common ways that people need to edit PDFs is to add a signature. This could be to sign a contract agreement or anything that requires you to prove your compliance with whats in the document. Thankfully, this is easy on iPhone. Open the PDF and then select the Edit button (this looks like a circle with a pen inside). Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Now to the + icon and choose Add Signature or Signature from the pop-up menu. Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Youll be presented with either a selection of signatures youve previously created or, if this is the first time, or you need to create a new signature, select the Add or Remove Signature option. Create a signature by drawing it on your iPhone screen with your finger or a stylus, then tap Done . Now your signature will appear in a box on the document. Simply drag it into place and resize it to add the signature. Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly When youre done, tap anywhere other than the box to leave the signature in place. Add text to a PDF on iPhone If you need to fill out a text field in a PDF, then your iPhone makes this easy to do as well. Follow the same steps outlined above: tap on the pen icon, then tap on +, but this time instead of selecting ( Add ) Signature , choose the ( Add ) Text option instead. A text box will appear on the form, so just move it to the correct place, adjust the size, then double tap the Text section of the box and type in the words you want to use. Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Tapping the AA icon on the bottom row opens up the text menu, from which you can select the font and size of the text. When youre done, just tap outside the box and your text should be left on the form. There is another even more precise way to add text to a PDF if the PDF has been set up with fields in it. In fact, in this case, you may even be offered help to AutoFill the form. Should you see an option to AutoFill Form Tap on it and the fields will be selected for you to fill in. The fields that are editable will be highlighted blue, and you may even get suggestions of what to enter, such as your name or address in the correct fields, depending on whether this is set up on your iPhone. If you dont automatically see a pop-up offering to help AutoFill the form tap on the AutoFill icon, which looks like a pen and three dots in a box and you will be able to edit the fields in the PDF. Foundry Foundry Foundry Annotate a PDF on iPhone Sometimes you might want to highlight areas of a PDF, particularly if youre working on it with a friend or colleague, so in those instances, you can use the annotation tools available on the iPhone. To do this, open the PDF, tap on it, then youll see the row of tools appear on the bottom of the screen. Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly Martyn Casserly From there you can choose the highlighter by tapping on it. If you want to adjust the thickness of the pen stroke, just tap it again and a pop-up menu will appear with the various sizes available. Theres also the opacity shown on the slider beneath, so you can make the strokes either see-through or solid. On the right, next to the + button, theres a circle that displays the current color of the highlighter. Tap this can you can use the palette to change it to the tone your prefer. Aside from the highlighter, you can choose the pen tool, marker, eraser and other ones to add the kind of annotation that you desire. If you make a mistake at any point, just tap the Undo icon (arrow curved towards the left) to remove the last annotation. Thats it, a free and easy way to annotate PDFs on your iPhone. If you want to try the same thing on a bigger screen, then you can check out our how to edit PDFs on a Mac guide. Best iPhone apps for editing PDFs For more refined PDF editing on your iPhone try some of these tools, all of which are cross-platform, with versions available for the Mac as well. In fact, we have reviewed all of these in our round-up of the Best PDF editors for Mac . Readdle PDF Expert. Create, edit and annotate PDFs. Merge PDFs together. From $9.99/9.99. Get it from the iOS App Store here . Abbyy FineReader. Scan PDFs, extract text and edit PDFs. From $2.99/2.99. Get it from the iOS App Store here . Adobe Acrobat Sign. Free app to fill in and sign PDFs. Get it from the iOS App Store here . Wondershare PDFelement. Edit, read, sign, and annotate PDFs. From 6.99 for PDF Editor and Scanner. Get it from the iOS App Store here . Foxit Reader. View, edit and sign PDFs. From 10.49 a year. Get it from the iOS App Store here . iOS, iPhone, PDF Editors

Macworld 21 May 2024 8:09 pm

5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max

Given Apple's rumored plan to add an all-new high-end tier to its iPhone 17 series in 2025, this could be the year for Apple to bring its boldest Pro Max model to the table the kind of iPhone 16 upgrade that stands tall above its siblings, both figuratively and literally. If you have been holding out for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, here are five of the biggest changes rumored to be coming to Apple's largest smartphone. The iPhone 16 series is expected to be released in the fall around mid-September. For all the details, see our dedicated roundup . 1. Bigger Size 6.9 Inches According to multiple sources , the iPhone 16 Pro Max will increase in size, potentially making it Apple's biggest iPhone ever. The device will measure in at 6.9 inches (up from 6.7), and is expected to be taller and wider than last year's iPhone 15 Pro Max. While thickness will remain the same, the weight will increase slightly due to the larger size. If accurate, it would be the first iPhone size increase since the iPhone 12 series, but it would also be another blow to those users who prefer a smaller handset. 2. Bigger Screen Thinner Borders It's logical to assume that a bigger device will have a bigger display, but Apple isn't just relying on larger physical dimensions to make the viewing experience more immersive. For its iPhone 16 Pro models, Apple is said to be using Border Reduction Structure (BRS) technology , which allows for a more compact and efficient layout of the circuitry under the display, resulting in even slimmer bezels. Last year, Apple reduced the bezels on iPhone 15 Pro models using low-injection pressure over-molding, or LIPO, to shrink the display border size to 1.5 millimeters (versus around 2.2 millimeters on iPhone 14 models). 3. Bigger Camera Two 48MP Lenses The iPhone 16 Pro Max is expected to feature a more advanced main camera that is 12% bigger, featuring a customized 48-megapixel Sony IMX903 sensor with a stacked design for better performance, a 14-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) for high-quality image data conversion, and Digital Gain Control (DCG) for better dynamic range and noise control. It is also said to include a 48-megapixel Ultra Wide camera, up from the 12-megapixel lens on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. 4. Bigger Battery Capacity Longer Life Apple will use battery cells with increased energy density, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo , which should offer longer battery life, perhaps even using the same battery size as that found in existing models. Early rumors have also suggested that both iPhone 16 Pro models will use stacked battery technology , which can result in higher capacity and a longer lifespan. According to another rumor , this year's iPhone 16 Pro Max will boast an even bigger 30-hour-plus battery life (compared to 29 hours for the iPhone 15 Pro Max). 5. Bigger Storage Capacity More Terabytes According to one rumor out of Korea , Apple's forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro models will be available with a new 2TB maximum storage, which would put them on par with the iPad Pro. The move is said to be a result of Apple's recently rumored switch to higher-density Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND flash for higher storage models. Apple's use of QLC NAND could allow Apple to fit more storage into a smaller space and it is less expensive than Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND, which current iPhones use. Related Roundup: iPhone 16 Pro This article, 5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 7:59 pm

POCO F6 dial's on Sophistication and Power

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NDTV 21 May 2024 7:23 pm

Adobe Lightroom Gains AI-Based Generative Remove Tool for Eliminating Unwanted Objects

Adobe today updated its Lightroom software for the iPad and Mac with Generative Remove, an AI-powered feature that can remove any element from a photo with a single click. Generative Remove eliminates unwanted objects in images non-destructively, intelligently matching the removed area with AI-generated content that matches the surrounding photo. Generative Remove is able to fix everything from an unwanted reflection in water to wrinkles in a tablecloth in food photography. It works with complicated backgrounds, and can be used for removing distractions from images or retouching photos. According to Adobe, users can expect to see high-quality, realistic and stunning results. The Generate Remove feature is powered by Adobe Firefly, generative AI features that have previously been available in Photoshop. Generative Remove is available today as an early access feature for Lightroom for mobile, desktop, iPad, Web, and Classic. Along with Generative Remove, Adobe is also adding automatic presets for Lens Blur, a feature that is able to add blur effects to any part of a photograph, plus Lens Blur includes improved subject detection. Other improvements include HDR optimization, a streamlined mobile toolbar on the iPad, and instant access to photo libraries in the iPad and Mac apps for faster editing. The new features are free for existing Lightroom users, with Lightroom access available starting at $9.99 per month . Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Adobe. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Tag: Adobe This article, Adobe Lightroom Gains AI-Based Generative Remove Tool for Eliminating Unwanted Objects first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 6:32 pm

Hands-On With the New Sonos 'Ace' Headphones

Sonos today announced the launch of the Sonos Ace, the company's long-rumored over-ear headphones that are designed to compete with the AirPods Max . We were able to spend some time with the Sonos Ace last week, getting a firsthand look at the design and sound quality. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Compared to the AirPods Max, the Sonos Ace headphones are lighter weight and don't exert as much pressure on the side of the head. Sonos designed the ear cups from a soft memory foam that's wrapped in vegan leather, and the cups are designed to create a seal around the ears without catching on hair. The cup material isn't quite as premium looking as the aluminum of the AirPods Max, and the Sonos Ace has a more traditional headband compared to Apple's version. There's a subtle logo on the right side of the Ace, and a set of buttons. The main button can be used for changing volume and controlling music playback, while the button underneath swaps between Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Aware Mode. ANC drowns out ambient sound, while Aware Mode allows sounds from the surroundings to come through. Sonos did a solid job with the ANC, though real world testing is needed to see exactly how the Ace measures up to the AirPods Max. Sound quality was also impressive, with support for Dolby Atmos and lossless over Bluetooth or USB-C, as well as spatial audio. TrueCinema, which maps the space around the user for better surround sound, will be implemented later this year. There are two custom-designed 40mm drivers in the Ace, which Sonos says should bring impeccable precision and clarity, along with eight beamforming microphones. There's some unique integration with other Sonos products. When using the Ace with a TV that has an Arc soundbar, pressing on the button on the Ace will swap the TV's audio to the headphones instead of the Arc. Sonos plans to bring this to the Sonos Beam and Sonos Ray in the future. The Ace headphones don't fold, and Sonos offers them with a travel case for protection. Sonos says that the headphones are able to provide 30 hours of listening time with ANC, which is 10 hours over the AirPods Max. A three minute charge provides three hours of battery life. The Sonos Ace headphones are priced at $449 and are set to launch on June 5, and they come in black and soft white. Tag: Sonos This article, Hands-On With the New Sonos 'Ace' Headphones first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 6:30 pm

A classic iPhone color is looking more likely than ever to return this year

Macworld At least once a year (and frequently twice ) Apple shakes up the colors of its iPhone range. This is the subject of surprisingly feverish speculation: Is yellow going to face the axe in 2024? Will white make the cut? Whats the fate of green? The latest word, in fact, is that white is in and yellow is out, at least on the standard iPhone models. On the Pro and Pro Max for 2024, meanwhile, were believed to be getting a new rose finish. This is all according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputable analyst with a long history of decently accurate predictions. In Apple land, rose generally means a pinkish gold. It was highly popular back in the days of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, but has been scarce since then. 2H24 iPhone 16 iPhone 16 Pro & Pro Max () () iPhone 16 & 16 Plus Apple () (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 19, 2024 The rest of the colors will stay largely the same, although Kuo warns that some finishes will keep the same name but look slightly different, while others will look the same but get a new name. That leaves us with the following changes, with the new or discontinued colors in bold: iPhone 16 (predicted): black, green, pink, blue, white iPhone 15: black, green, pink, blue, yellow iPhone 16 Pro (predicted): black, white/silver, gray/Natural Titanium, rose iPhone 15 Pro: Black Titanium, White Titanium, Natural Titanium, Blue Titanium The iPhone 15s color palette is notably very pale, so the inclusion of white could mean that Apple will be injecting brighter shades into the iPhone 16. Furthermore, the iPhone 16 Pros rumored color options suggest Apple will be moving away from highlighting the use of titanium. While his accuracy is generally strong, Kuo is quite a cautious analyst: he rarely sticks his neck out with radical, eye-catching predictions. And these claims have been proposed before. The theory that rose would replace Blue Titanium was first spotted on Chinese social media back in March , while whites comeback was being discussed in April . In other words, Kuos post is best regarded as corroboration rather than new speculation. For all the latest news and rumors about this falls announcements, check our regularly updated iPhone 16 superguide . iPhone

Macworld 21 May 2024 6:16 pm

I spent over $2,000 on the new iPad Pro. Heres why I already love it

I recently spent over $2,000 for the new iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, and Apple Pencil Pro. After a few days with the setup, I'm already in love.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 6:00 pm

Apple Challenges $2 Billion EU Antitrust Fine Over Spotify Complaint

Apple is challenging a $1.95 billion fine imposed by the European Commission for thwarting fair competition from music-streaming rivals, including Spotify (via Bloomberg ). The Commission fined Apple in March , saying that the company abused its dominant position in the market by forbidding music streaming apps to tell users about cheaper subscription prices outside the app. The EU crackdown also mandated that Apple emove anti-steering provisions for music apps in the European Economic Area (EEA). Apple subsequently updated its App Store rules to let music apps in the EEA inform users of other ways to purchase digital music content or services and to add website links for purchasing digital music subscriptions. Apple has reportedly filed a suit at the EU's General Court in Luxembourg to challenge the March decision. The Commission told reporters it is ready to defend its decision in court. When the fine was issued, Apple said the decision was reached despite the Commission's failure to uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm. Apple also said that the ruling ignores the realities of a market that is thriving, competitive, and growing fast. Apple also said that three different related cases mounted against it by the Commission over the past eight years consistently found no evidence of consumer harm and no evidence of anti-competitive behavior. The fine brought to a close a long-running investigation by the EU, triggered by a complaint from Spotify in 2015 into Apple's treatment of third-party music streaming services on the App Store. Tags: Spotify , European Union , European Commission , Apple Antitrust This article, Apple Challenges $2 Billion EU Antitrust Fine Over Spotify Complaint first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 5:18 pm

Phone Won't Charge? This Easy DIY Fix Might Save You Money - CNET

If nothing happens when you plug your iPhone or Android phone in to charge, this easy trick is worth a try.

Cnet 21 May 2024 5:00 pm

Xiaomi India Teases Launch of First-Ever Civi Series Phone in the Country

Xiaomi India posted a teaser video on social media platforms that likely hints at a new smartphone launch in the near future. In the videos, the Chinese smartphone brand highlighted Cinematic Vision, with the letters Ci' and Vi' marked in red, likely referring to the Civi series. The Civi lineup has so far not been introduced in the country.

NDTV 21 May 2024 4:08 pm

12 incredibly useful ways to repurpose your old Mac mini

Macworld When it comes time to get a new Mac, you have three options: Trade in your old Mac, sell it, or hold onto it. Macs tend to maintain a good amount of value but some Macs are more in demand than others. MacBooks are relatively hot sellers, but on the other hand, there seems to be a glut of used Mac minis for sale. With inexpensive Macs like the Mac mini, its probably not worth the hassle of selling it and Apple isnt going to give you very much for a trade-in. So, why not keep that old Mac mini? There are many sensible uses for it, even if its past its prime. If you have an old Mac mini that has been replaced by a newer model, here are a few ideas on how you can put it to good use. As an emergency Mac Apple devices are very reliable, but stuff happensa Mac can fall off a desk and weve all heard about someone who spilled a beverage onto a computer. So, while your primary Mac is at the shop recovering from that mishap, an old Mac mini can be a savior and be of service. If you use Time Machine for data backups , you can even use Migration Assistant to quickly bring the replacement device up to date. Currently best price: Mac Mini M2 For old software There are instances where a user relies on software that is no longer available or is no longer supported by the developer. Perhaps youre in a situation where a custom-made app will never be upgraded. Or maybe you have software that wont work with Apples emulator that allows M-series Macs to run software developed for Intel processors. You can use that old Mac mini for these instances. Keep older versions of software and discontinued apps on it so you can open those old files and archives. Be sure to turn off auto updates on it so you dont unintentionally install a new version of the appthe updates often replace the older apps. As a test machine If you have a setup with a lot of devices connectedprinters, audio interfaces, cameras, scanners, etca macOS update can sometimes (but not usually) cause problems. Especially if the device is older and the manufacturer isnt updating the drivers anymore. You can save yourself a lot of trouble if you set up the old Mac mini as a computer for checking software update compatibility. When an update happens, you can install it on the Mac mini and then test your device compatibility. This way, you can spot problems without affecting your workflow on your main Mac. You can also do this with the apps on the Mac; install the updated version on the Mac mini and see if it works with your files without any hitches. One thing to keep in mind is that the Mac mini may stop being compatible with the latest version of macOS. A Mac can usually run the latest major version of macOS for 5 to 7 years until Apple cuts it off. (A major version is a whole-point revision. For example, macOS 13 to 14.) As a digital video recorder The Mac mini is a great device to record TV programs on a scheduled basis. The Geniatech EyeTV U6 can be plugged into a USB-A port to receive an aerial TV signal and the bundled EyeTV 3 software provides a channel guide and can perform recording functions. However, the most recent version of macOS that the EyeTV3 software is compatible with is macOS 10.14 Mojave, so your Mac mini needs to run this older macOS. You may be able to find other apps that can help you use your old Mac mini as a TV. EyeTV U6 TV receiver for Mac. EyeTV U6 TV receiver for Mac. Geniatech EyeTV U6 TV receiver for Mac. Geniatech Geniatech As a remote Mac Maybe you like the idea of your older Mac mini as a second computer but you dont like the idea of setting up another display, keyboard, and mouse for it. That takes up a lot of desk space. However, you can use your setup on your primary Mac to remotely control the Mac mini. You do need to connect a display, and input devices to the Mac mini to set this up, and the Mac mini needs to be on your network. Once the setup is done, you can disconnect the display and input devices. Heres what you do on the Mac mini (these steps are with macOS 13 Monterey. They should be similar on other versions of macOS) Open S ystem Preferences/Settings. In the Search box, type Screen Sharing and press Return. Click Screen Sharing in the search results to open the setting. Flip the switch on for Screen Sharing. You can find further settings if you click the i icon; you can set a password, limit which users can have access, and more. You may have to enter your user password to confirm the settings. Close the window. To access the Mac mini remotely from your primary Mac, go to the Finder and click Go > Network . Click on your Mac mini and then click the Screen Share button. Youll need to enter the user account name and password for the Mac mini, but once thats done, youll see the Mac minis screen. Also, you can use a third-party remote access app such as TeamViewer , LogMeIn and AnyDesk , which offer access via the internet. If you want to control the computer from a PC, you can use the Mac version of Microsoft Remote Desktop . As a work-only Mac Depending on your use case, it might be a good idea to have a Mac dedicated to work and another for personal use. If you work for a company, hopefully they provide a work computer to use. But if they dont and your employer wants to install software that you need to use or platform management apps, a separate Mac dedicated to work makes even more sense. If you have your own business, a separate work Mac can prevent your professional data from mingling with your personal data. As a DVD/Blu-ray player Do you still have an old DVD collection but no longer have a functioning DVD player? An old Mac mini is also a good solution. Mac minis released before 2010 have a built-in drive, and if you have a model without a drive, an external USB one can be bought at an affordable price. Connect the Mac to your TV via HDMI, and the sound and audio will then come through the TV. A mouse is needed for operation. Dont worry about the fact that theres no longer a DVD player app that comes with the Mac. As soon as you insert a DVD, the app opens automatically. To play Blu-ray discs, you need to get a Blu-ray drive. Also, the Mac doesnt have software to play Blu-ray discs, so you need third-party software. Unfortunately, a lot of Blu-ray apps have had less than stellar reviews on the web, and a lot of them are old and not updated. Look for a trial or demo so you can try the app first before spending your money. A couple of Blu-ray apps include Macgo Blu-ray Player for Mac and Aiseesoft Mac Blu-ray Player . Currently best price: Mac Mini M2 Pro Use the old Mac mini as a media center Even though this idea has gone out of fashion in the age of Netflix and Apple TV+, using the Mac mini as a media center can be very useful. The mini would be dedicated to playing videos, photos, and music files and is connected to the TV via HDMI. Instead of using a mouse and keyboard, you can control this Mac using a mouse or a special remote control or an app on your iPhone. Software such as Plex also offers more and more streaming functions Software such as Plex also offers more and more streaming functions IDG Software such as Plex also offers more and more streaming functions IDG IDG Another approach is to use an app such as Kodi or Plex , which are optimized for remote control operation. This solution is interesting if you want to manage large quantities of video or audio files. As a caching server Content caching is an interesting function for a Mac Mini server. For software updates and iCloud synchronization, each of your devices has to download the required data individually from the network, even if it is always the same system update or software update. All these downloads can be managed via a single computer on the networka caching server. Using such a machine would save bandwidth. This function is of course particularly interesting for schools and companies with a poor internet connection, but can also be useful for households with a large number of Macs and iOS devices. To activate the function go into System Preferences/Settings and do a search for Content Caching. Flip the switch to turn it on. In the Content Chacing System Setting in macOS Sonoma, users can adjust the size of the cache. In the Content Chacing System Setting in macOS Sonoma, users can adjust the size of the cache. Foundry In the Content Chacing System Setting in macOS Sonoma, users can adjust the size of the cache. Foundry Foundry As a Time Machine/backup server If the Mac mini has sufficient storage space, you can also convert it into a Time Machine Server. Backups of one or more Macs are then no longer made to a USB-connected storage medium, but to this computer via the network. We have a separate article with details on how to set up networked Time Machine backups . As a virtual Windows machine An old Mac mini with an Intel processor can be used as a Windows computer. Apple offers a very easy-to-use solution for installation on pre-2018 Mac minis with Boot Camp, which allows you to boot into Windows or macOS at startup. You can only install Windows 10, not the current Windows 11. You can still use Windows 10 until October 2025, when updates will be subject to a charge. With the M-Series Mac mini, however, you must use virtual machine software to run Windows. Get the details on how to install Windows on Mac hardware . As a Linux machine The simplest way to run Linux on an old Mac mini is through virtualization software. With a little more effort, you can install Linux directly on the old Mac mini, replacing macOS altogether. Learn how to install Linux on an old Mac . From the 2018 model onwards, however, you must remember to allow booting from external media. This Secure Boot protection function can only be deactivated via a special help system . As a file server In a small company or your home network, an old Mac mini can fulfill the role of a file server for shared data. If you have stuff you want to share with others in your business or home, you can put the files on the server for easy access. To turn on file sharing, go to System Preferences/Settings and search for File Sharing. Turn it on, and then you can click on the i icon for more options. You can create shared folders when the shared files are stored, and set user permissions. You can even set users to get full access to the Mac mini drive if you wish. Foundry Foundry Foundry System is too old? Many old Mac minis are no longer officially compatible with macOS Sonoma If your Mac mini is using an older version of macOS, keep in mind that it could be a security risk at some point because Apple will no longer provide security updates after a OS has been replaced. macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 12 Monterey should still offer relatively good compatibility with newer Macs, including network functions and iCloud. Here is a partial list of older Mac minis and the latest version of macOS they support 2011 Mac mini: macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra 2012 Mac mini: macOS 10.15.7 Catalina 2014 Mac mini: macOS 12 Monterey 2018 Mac mini: macOS 14 Sonoma You can also install a newer system on these devices using the special tool OpenCore Legacy Patcher . This involves creating a special installation medium that also supports older models. Sonoma should still work with acceptable performance, especially on the Mac Mini 2012 and 2014 models. Donate that old Mac mini There is of course one last alternative to recycling: you can donate it. That still makes more sense than leaving it standing around uselessly. Every major city probably has a recycling center, and theres likely a community program near you that could use that old Mac mini. It can be pout to good use instead of heading for the scrap heap. This article originally appeared on Macwelt and was translated by Roman Loyola . Mac, Mac Mini

Macworld 21 May 2024 4:00 pm

iOS 17.5: All the Fun and Useful New Features That Just Landed on Your iPhone - CNET

However, some features are only available to people in the EU.

Cnet 21 May 2024 3:30 pm

Learn data analytics and more with this $69.99 Excel bundle

Macworld Data analysts have long known that Excel can be the most powerful tool in the Microsoft software arsenal. But now that data is the driver of todays cutting-edge AI, its more important than ever. Luckily, anyone can learn to use Excel with the right training, and at less than $70, the Excel Mastery Bundle is the most efficient way to get up to speed. Complete beginners can gain confidence in using Excel by learning basics like building easy apps, using pivot tables, and other core functions in a hands-on way. From there, you can move on to time-saving macros and learn how to code in VBA, all skills that will serve you well in your data analytics career. Right now, you can get the complete Excel Mastery Bundle for $69.99 (reg. $499). The Excel Mastery Bundle: Basics, Macros & Data Analysis $69.99 See Deal StackSocial prices subject to change. Accessories

Macworld 21 May 2024 3:30 pm

AirTag: Everything you need to know about Apples tracking device

Macworld Apple opened up its Find My network to third-party device makers, but thats not stopping the company from making its own item tracker. Weve heard rumors about AirTag since around 2019, and the company has finally released them. Theyre pretty simple, really: You add the AirTag to your account, attach it to some object, and then the Find My app will tell you where it is in the Items tab. Since nearly all modern Apple products can passively (and privately) use their Bluetooth radios to locate lost devices, youll have a pretty good chance of locating something that you accidentally leave somewhere. You can locate devices in real time, and also set a device to Lost Mode, which will notify you and display an optional phone number and message on the screen of whatever Apple got near enough to find it. Heres what you need to know about Apples own tracking devices. Apple AirTag Read our review Price When Reviewed: 1 pack $29 | 4 pack $99 Best Prices Today: $27 at Walmart | $29 at Apple | $29 at Best Buy AirTag costs $29 each Little Bluetooth trackers are nothing new. Tile has been making them for years, and Apple even just announced that the Chipolo One Spot , coming in June, would support the Find My network. If you want an item tracker, what you care about are things like size, durability, the scale of the network, and price. Apples first-party trackers cost $29 each. Thats even less than the $35 Tile Pro and about on par with Samsungs Galaxy SmartTag+. Apple lets you buy a four-pack for $99. Orders start on Friday, April 23, 2021, and they ship on April 30. You use the Find My app You dont need a new app to use AirTag. Theyll show up as Items in the Find My app, newly updated for anyone with iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, and macOS Big Sur 11.1. AirTag require an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Though Find My works on a Mac, and MacBooks are a part of the Find My network, youll need an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 14.5 or later, or iPad running iPadOS 14.5 or later in order to set up your AirTag. Once set up, AirTag work with all modern Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch devices, and MacBooks. Youll be able to use Find My on all these devices to locate the objects youve attached an AirTag to. Whats more, all these devices are used to create the Find My networkhundreds of millions of Apple devices that all register the locations of your items whenever they pass within Bluetooth range. The U1 chip allows for Precision Finding You dont need an iPhone with the U1 chip (the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12) in order to use AirTags. But if you have one, you can use a feature called Precision Finding. It uses the accelerometer, cameras, and more to direct you to the exact location of your tag. An arrow appears on the screen to show the direction and distance. On iPhones with a U1 chip, you can get precise and direct directions to your AirTag. On iPhones with a U1 chip, you can get precise and direct directions to your AirTag. Apple On iPhones with a U1 chip, you can get precise and direct directions to your AirTag. Apple Apple AirTag protects your privacy As is true with all devices on the Find My networkfrom iPhones to e-bikesthere is no personally-identifiable information shared with anyone at any time. Apple uses end-to-end encryption and unique random identifiers, so it never knows which devices belong to which people. Only your devices know which identifiers are yours. Whats more, Apple only sends location information when its requested and only retains it for 24 hours. Unless you have Lost Mode enabled, other users never know which devices they have come across. Learn more about Find My and privacy on Apples support site . AirTag and stalking controversy Not long after the AirTag release in April 2021, several reports appeared in the media about the AirTag being used to track people unwillingly and unknowingly. In one report, 150 cases that involved stalking with an AirTag were recorded by eight U.S. police departments. How many total reported cases in the U.S. of all police departments is not known. Apple released a statement in February 2021 that addressed unwanted AirTag tracking. AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another persons property, said Apple, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products. The statement also said that the company works with law enforcement and the company announced new features (listed below) in response to the concern. AirTag privacy updates These are the AirTag enhancements announced in response to unwanted AirTag tracking . Warnings during setup of a new AirTag that states that the device is meant to track personal belonging and that tracking people is a crime in many regions. It also states that AirTag is designed to be detected by victims and that police may request indemnifying information about an AirTag owner. The Unknown Accessory Detected alert says if a set of AirPods is travelling with the user. This AirTag information was previously not included. (Included in the AirTag Firmware Update 2.0.24.) Precision Finding, which allows a user with an iPhone 11 or later to find an unknown AirTag more precisely. (Included in the AirTag Firmware Update 2.0.24.) When an AirTag is detected, an alert sounds and is accompanied by an alert on and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch screen, allowing a user to play sounds or use Precision Finding. Tuning the unwanted tracking alerts so that it is louder. (Included in the AirTag Firmware Update 1.0.301.) Updated the unwanted tracking alert system logic so that it alerts a user earlier than before about an unknown AirTag. Updated support document to better explain the AirTag safety features. Unknow AirTag alert on Android In May 2024, Apple and Google made a joint announcement of the Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers specification. This allows users to get alerts about unwanted trackers, regardless of the platform. For example, this specification allows Android users to get alerts about AirTags, and iPhone users can get alerts for trackers made by Chipolo, Eufy, Jio, Motorola, and Pebblebee. This capability was included in the iOS 17.5 update and Android 6.0+. You can personalize your AirTag When you order your AirTag, you can personalize each tag with free engraving, including 31 different Emoji. AirTag holders cost more than AirTag AirTag has no holes or clips or other means of attaching to your devices. Dont worry, Apple will sell you one! The least expensive of which is the Polyurethane Loop (in four colors), which costs $29. The Leather Key Ring costs $35 and comes in three colors, and the Leather Loop comes in two colors and costs $39. The Apple Leather Key Ring costs $35more than the AirTag itself. The Apple Leather Key Ring costs $35more than the AirTag itself. Apple The Apple Leather Key Ring costs $35more than the AirTag itself. Apple Apple There will probably be a large third-party market of AirTag holders, clips, loops, and other attachment devices that are more affordable. How to setup AirTag AirTag is really easy to set up. Here are the steps. You can also see how its done in the video below. When you take the AirTag out of the box it has an insert to prevent the battery from connecting. Once you remove the insert, the battery connects and AirTag turns on. Place the AirTag near your iPhone, and the iPhone will sense it and automatically launch the setup process. Give the AirTag a name. Register with your Apple ID. AirTag is all set. Now attach it to your item. When will Apple release a new version of AirTag? Bloombergs Mark Gurman reported in May 2024 that Apple will be upgrading the AirTag in the middle of 2025 . The update will involve a better chip with improved location tracking. Mobile Phone Accessories

Macworld 21 May 2024 1:30 pm

Power up all your Apple gear with $20 off this 3-in-1 charging station

Macworld Apple fans know the pain of having too much cool stuff and not enough ways to charge it. This 3-in-1 transparent magnetic wireless charging station not only powers up your stuff, it does it with style. 3-in-1 Transparent Magnetic Wireless Charging Station $49.99 See Deal At the top of this stylish charger , youll find a Qi-compatible and MagSafe-friendly adapter that works with iPhones 8 through 14. It has up to 15W of output to charge your battery quickly. Next to that is an Apple Watch (Series 2 through 8) charging area you can drape your watch over to fill it up, while in the back of the unit is a charging pad for AirPods and non-magnetic phones. Its built with Certified QC 3.0 technology to ensure a fast charge. Adding to the appeal is the design. Made of black-tinted transparent plastic thats rugged, its carefully designed to fit on your desk and add style to your decor. It also has an anti-slip base to keep it where you need it, even when youre reaching for your phone to shut off your alarm. Get this transparent multi-charging station for $49.99, $20 off the $69.99 MSRP. StackSocial prices subject to change. Accessories

Macworld 21 May 2024 1:30 pm

The last MacBook Pro to have a Touch Bar is down to an incredibly low price

Macworld When we say our jawshit the floor when we saw the price of this M2 MacBook Pro, were not kidding. This 13-inch powerhouse with 1TB of storage and 24GB of RAM is $500 off , available for $1,599 right now in what might be the best deal youll ever see. Supercharged by the still-great M2chip, this discounted MacBook Pro features an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. Whether you want to use the laptop for work, play, or edit videos for your YouTube channel, youll be more than able to handle everything.And since it has a fan, it can reach longer sustained speeds versus the M2 MacBook Air. With 24GB of unified memory, multitasking is a breeze. Switch between a million Chrome tabs, video edit, play games, and listen to music like its nothing. You wont even have to worry about the laptop overheating when youre busy, because the MacBook Pro features a great active cooling system that will handle everything with ease. Can we also discuss that gorgeous screen? The 13.3-inch Liquid Retina display delivers crisp and clear images and fantastic colors, and since it has 500 nits of brightness, you can even use it out in bright light. But wait, the coolest feature wasnt even mentioned yet. Remember the Touch Bar? Well, this is one of the last few models to have one.When we reviewed this 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 , we enjoyed the Touch Bar, as well as the speed and graphics boost provided by the chip and the sustained performance vs the MacBook Air. Frankly, with a $500 discount and seeing how cool (and useful) the Touch Bar is, our advice is to hurry up and buy one before its gone forever. Save $500 on the M2 MacBook Pro with 24GB Memory and 1TB storage MacBook

Macworld 21 May 2024 8:55 am

Apple has just fixed one of the weirder iPhone bugs

Apple has moved pretty quickly to fix a bizarre bug on the iPhone and iPad that caused deleted photos to reappear on the devices.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 6:20 am

Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is Faster Than 15 M3 MacBook Air

Microsoft is going all in on AI, today introducing a series of Copilot+ PCs that have AI-focused hardware. The new Surface Pro is one of the first Copilot+ PCs, equipped with Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite processor. Microsoft is already pitting the Surface Pro against Apple's M3 MacBook Air , and in marketing materials, claims that the Surface Pro has superior processing power and battery life. Compared to the 15-inch MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, the Surface Pro and other Copilot+ PCs with 12-core and 10-core processors offer 58 percent better sustained multithreaded performance (based on Cinebench benchmarks). As for battery life, Copilot+ PCs support up to 15 hours of web browsing or 22 hours of local video playback. The MacBook Air models offer the same 15 hours of wireless web browsing, but only 18 hours of local video playback. According to The Verge , Microsoft's demonstrations for media included several comparisons of the Surface Pro compared to the MacBook Air, and the Surface Pro came out on top in many of them. Windows PCs have struggled to keep up with Apple silicon in recent years, but it appears that Qualcomm's technology is catching up. The Surface Pro is a 2-in-1 laptop that runs Windows, and it has an OLED display, much like Apple's newly launched iPad Pro models. It weighs under two pounds, supports Wi-Fi 7, and has advanced AI capabilities enabled by the neural processing unit. Pricing on the Surface Pro starts at $1,000, but the version with OLED display and Snapdragon X Elite chip, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD is priced starting at $1,500. Microsoft today also introduced the Surface Laptop with the same Snapdragon X Elite chip, with pricing that starts at $1,299. The Surface devices will arrive to customers starting on June 18. Tag: Microsoft This article, Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is Faster Than 15 M3 MacBook Air first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 3:49 am

iOS 18 Guide: Its all about AI

Macworld Every year, Apple announces the new version of iOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. It then enters a beta testing period (first for developers only, then for the public) before being released in September, around the time the new iPhones go on sale. We dont expect the process or timeline to change this year, but thats about the only thing we can count on being the same as years past. When it comes to iOS 18 itselfits features and changesthe rumors and leaks point to what might be one of the most consequential iPhone software updates in years. What follows is a summary of rumors and leaks, but bear in mind that the final product may not quite resemble what you read here. Information about upcoming Apple products is often unreliable, and even when its accurate, plans change. That said, this is what we think we know so far. Updated May 20: The latest report from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg summarizes some of the AI features we can expect in iOS 18. iOS 18 release date: When will iOS 18 arrive? For the last 10 years or so, the new version of iOS has been released in September, typically in the second or third week. We havent heard anything to suggest this year will be any different, so here are the last five years of release dates for reference: iOS 17: September 18, 2023 iOS 16: September 12, 2022 iOS 15: September 20, 2021 iOS 14: September 16, 2020 iOS 13: September 19, 2019 Prior to its general release, Apple will make a developer beta available immediately after the WWDC keynote in June followed by a public beta in early July. It will go through several betaswith some features being added, changed, and droppedbefore the main release in September. iOS 18 compatibility: Which iPhones will get iOS 18? We havent heard any specific rumors about which devices will be compatible with iOS 18, but the prevailing assumption is that all the phones that got iOS 17 will get iOS 18. That means everything from the iPhone XR and XS or 2nd-generation iPhone SE up through the iPhone 15, and of course, the iPhone 16 that will be introduced this fall. Here is a list of all the iPhones that support iOS 17: iPhone15, iPhone15Plus, iPhone15Pro, iPhone15ProMax iPhone14, iPhone14Plus, iPhone14Pro, iPhone14ProMax iPhone13, iPhone13mini, iPhone13Pro, iPhone13ProMax iPhone12, iPhone12mini, iPhone12Pro, iPhone12ProMax iPhone11, iPhone11Pro, iPhone11ProMax iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax iPhoneXR iPhoneSE(2ndgen orlater) Its likely that some of the coolest new features will not be supported on the older phones, because they lack the hardware necessary (a powerful enough Neural Engine or GPU to run AI stuff, or enough RAM). This is typical of new iOS releases. iOS 18 rumored features: The biggest iOS updateever? Bloombergs Mark Gurman has reported extensively on iOS 18 development, and claimed in his Power On newsletter that, the new operating system is seen within the company as one of the biggest iOS updates if not the biggest in the companys history. There will be major new AI features, we expect lots of ambitious updates and changes beyond just stuffing AI into everything. An all-new Siri The most visible theme of iOS 18 is said to be AI. Specifically, generative AI, which Apple has been slow to bring to market while products like ChatGPT, Bard, CoPilot, Dall-E, Stable Diffusion, and others have taken the tech world by storm. There has been a huge push inside Apple to build a generative AI technology stack, and weve seen Apple publish papers on a number of topics like a new large language model called Ajax, object reference called Ferret , new speech recognition models , and much more. Siri is said to be getting a big Generative AI overhaul, using new large language models and other advanced AI to take it to the next level. The new Siri is said to be more conversational and natural, with features that help users in their day-to-day lives. AI everywhere Siris not the only place Apple is said to be incorporating new advanced AI. We dont have all the details yet, but Apple is said to have an edit to bring advanced AI features to as many of its products as it can. Apple Music playlist generation is one oft-cited area, and so is code generation in Xcode, AI features in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and more. Apple is expected to follow a hybrid approach, performing many AI tasks on-device for better privacy, security, and responsiveness, but also employing cloud-based AI for bigger tasks that cant run on an iPhone. And theres a reason to believe that Apple could dive into the generative AI pool as well, with lots of gen-AI research published by Apple researchers recently. In March, it was reported that Apple is talking with Google about including its Gemini AI in iOS 18 , though in what capacity, nobody really knows. Another report claimed that Apple is buying AI tech from Baidu in China , though that is likely to be used in China only (Google and OpenAIs gen-AI products are not available in China). In late April, Mark Gurman once again reported that Apple is in talks with both Google and OpenAI about supply some AI technology for use in its upcoming OS. Nicols lvarez on X (formerly Twitter) posted about finding some back-end code that suggests a couple of new features: Safari browsing assistant and encrypted visual search. According to tipster Mark Gurman, the initial wave of AI features will run entirely on-device , with no cloud processing. Apple will surely promote the privacy and speed benefits of this approach, though it sounds as if later features will require more powerful cloud processing. A more customizable Home screen Several reports claim that Apple will allow greater personalization of the Home screen , including allowing users to place icons anywhere on the grid, allowing spaces between them. Currently, icons can be reordered or put into folders, but always fill the screen from left to right and top to bottom. This put icons wherever you want feature is something weve wanted from Apple for many years, and has been a staple of many Android phones seemingly forever. RCS support Late in 2023, Apple announced what seemed to be the unthinkable: RCS support is coming to iPhone . Yes, Messages will still be a lock-in for default texting and no, iMessage isnt going anywhere. But the green bubbles will be RCS not SMS, when texting with other RCS-supporting devices. The catch? Its not coming until later in 2024 which almost certainly means iOS 18, if not iOS 18.1 or 18.2. When it arrives, youll finally get things like read receipts, full-size images and videos, typing indicators, and more when you send messages to people with Android phones. New accessibility features According to MacRumors , Apple is planning several new accessibility features for iOS 18, including Adaptive Voice Shortcuts, which will let users turn on or off specific accessibility features using a custom phrase, and Live Speech, which lets users type what they want to say and have it read out loud on phone calls or video meetings, will get the ability to add saved phrases to categories. The report also lists five macOS apps that will get support for custom font sizes, though since font sizes work differently in iOS, this feature may be limited to macOS. App updates Beyond AI features, Apple will of course update the features and interface of a lot of its built-in apps. There havent been a lot of leaks about that stuff yet, but we have hear from an AppleInsider report that the Notes app will get support for voice memos and proper mathematical formula notation. In the Q&A section of an April newsletter , Mark Gurman said Apple plans to overhaul many apps including Notes, Mail, Photos, and Fitness, but did not say what the changes would be. Some of the rumored updates to apps include: Calculator An all-new calculator app with history sidebar, conversions, and iPad support. Fitness This has been rumored to get an overhaul but no specifics have been mentioned. Freeform A new scenes feature will let users quickly get to specific areas of a whiteboard. Health This has been rumored to get an overhaul but no specifics have been mentioned. Mail This has been rumored to get an overhaul but no specifics have been mentioned. Maps Custom routes and topographic maps are two of the rumored new features. Messages Adding RCS support, and using gen-AI to better auto-complete messages. Music A new gen-AI feature to create custom playlists. Notes Support for proper mathematical formulas and embedded voice memos. Auto-transcription and summarization of voice memos. Pages, Numbers, Keynote Apples iWork suite is supposed to get gen-AI features to help make slides, write faster, and so on. Photos This has been rumored to get an overhaul but no specifics have been mentioned. We expect new AI-powered editing features at least. Safari New features include a search assistant and page summarizing, web eraser to persistently remove parts of web pages, and a new quick-access menu. Shortcuts New capabilities to create more powerful Shortcuts, perhaps even using AI to help create Shortcuts that do the tasks you want them to. Voice Memos Real-time transcription of recordings and AI-enhanced auto summary. Vision Pro influence Apples visionOS interface introduces more than a few new interface elements, most notably circular home screen icons. A rumor from the Israeli news site The Verifier claims Apple is working on bringing elements from the visionOS operating system of the Vision Pro glasses into the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 updates. That could mean huge changes are coming to iOSafter all, its been more than a decade since the last major redesign shook things up in iOS 17. MacRumors reports that the Camera app may see some design changes . The changes are subtle and wont drastically change where controls are located, but the Camera app looks more like the one in visionOS. iOS, iPhone

Macworld 21 May 2024 3:21 am

iOS 17.5.1 update fixes rare bug that caused some deleted photos to return

Macworld Shortly after the release of iOS 17.5 last week, some users started to notice that certain photos they had previously deleted (though not all of them) started to reappear in their photo libraries .Some of the photos were quite old, and there wasnt any rhyme or reason as to which images would be impacted; some reported photos sent through Messages, others not. There was speculation about Apple potentially keeping photos they said they deleted, among other accusations. The mystery appears to now be solved, and fixed, with iOS 17.5.1. The release notes are as follows: This update provides important bug fixes and addresses a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted. When you delete a file in iOS (and most other operating systems), its not actually erased. Instead, a file management system marks that area of storage as empty and available for future use. But the data is technically still there until it is overwritten by new data, which is how some specialized forensic software can recover deleted data from hard drives and SSDs. So Apple wasnt keeping deleted photos or messages in iCloud beyond the 30-day restore period. Instead, some images marked as deleted but not yet overwritten by new data had their database entries corrupted in such a way as to cause your iPhone or iPad to once again display them in your Photos albums. The iOS 17.5.1 update fixes this bug. The patch notes dont list any other changes. How to update to iOS 17.5.1 To update your iPhone: Open Settings Select General Select Software Update Follow the on-screen instructions iOS

Macworld 21 May 2024 2:43 am

Android phones may be a lot more expensive in 2025. Heres why

Smartphones could get a lot more expensive in 2025, and the fault might be with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. Here's what's going on.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 2:30 am

Best Memorial Day tablet deals: Save on iPad, Samsung, Amazon, and more

Tablets are a great tool to have, and unlike a few years ago, you can get a good one for pretty cheap with these early Memorial Day deals.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 2:30 am

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: news, rumored price, release date, and more

We're getting closer to the release of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6. What kind of specs, design, and price are we expecting? Here's everything we know.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 1:30 am

Microsoft Debuts New Copilot+ Windows PCs Designed Around AI

Microsoft today announced the launch of new Windows PCs that have integrated AI hardware, called Copilot+ PCs. According to Microsoft, the Copilot+ PCs are the fastest PCs ever built with all-day battery life, chips capable of 40 trillion operations per second, and access to the most advanced AI models. The new machines are designed with AI at the center, introducing experiences that can be run directly on device to cut down on latency and improve privacy. Recall - Recall gives the PC a photographic memory so users can access anything they've seen or done on their PC. Content can be located using timelines across any website, application, or document, with support for snapshots. Cocreator - Text prompts can be used to generate new images using the neural processing units of the computer. Art can be created based on the text input, and there is a creativity slider to choose from a range between more literal to more expressive. Restyle Image - Combines image generation and photo editing. Pre-set styles can be used to change the background, foreground, or full image. Live Captions - Live Captions support live translations and can turn any audio that passes through the PC into a single, English-language caption experience in real time across all apps. Any live or pre-recorded audio in any app or video platform can be translated from 40 languages into English. Quick Settings - In Windows Studio Effects, the Quick Settings option cleans up video with automatic image adjustments for videos calls to mitigate low-light or add filters. All Copilot+ PCs include a powerful AI agent that can be accessed with a single tap on the Copilot key. There is an AI interface that will support the latest models such as OpenAI's GPT-4o. Microsoft claims that the Copilot+ PCs outperform the 15-inch MacBook Air by up to 58 percent in sustained multithreaded performance, while also offering longer battery life. Microsoft says the battery is able to last for up to 15 hours of web browsing or 22 hours of local video playback, beating the MacBook Air. The new Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are some of the first Copilot+ PCs, and ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung have also introduced Copilot+ PCs. The new PCs are available today and are priced starting at $999. Tag: Microsoft This article, Microsoft Debuts New Copilot+ Windows PCs Designed Around AI first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 May 2024 12:55 am

Apple offers boosted trade-ins until June 3 if you a new iPhone

Macworld From now until June 3, Apple is improving its trade-in offers for those giving up their old iPhones and getting a new one. The deal is good on any new iPhone purchase , as long as youre trading in at least an iPhone 11 or newer. The amount you get varies based on the model and condition of the phone, but trade-in values are going up from $10 to $30. An iPhone 13 used to have a trade-in value of $300, but youll get $320 until June 3, for example. Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 16 in September, but if you need a new iPhone now, this is a great chance to get it for a few bucks less. The new model wont be all that different than the iPhone 15, but it will bring some new features, including a slightly larger screen and updated cameras. Apple will also show off all of the new features coming to older phones in iOS 18 at WWDC on June 10. Your best trade-in deals in the U.S. will still come from carriers, but Apples trade-in is one of the only ways to get an iPhone without being locked into some extended service with a specific carrier. We have some additional advice in our guide to selling or trading in your iPhone . Apple iPhone 15 Read our review Price When Reviewed: From $799 Best Prices Today: $829 at Apple | $829.99 at Best Buy iPhone

Macworld 21 May 2024 12:50 am

We finally know when Apple may release a second-gen AirTag

We've finally gotten some concrete information about the second-generation Apple AirTag. Here's what might be new.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 12:27 am

Coming to Apple TV+: All the upcoming shows, series, movies, trailers, and more

Macworld Apples list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, and so does the list of upcoming projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season seriesApples got lots of irons in the fire.d Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, while others have been reported by the Hollywood press, which always has its ear to the ground about what projects actors, directors, and producers are involved in. Weve divided this list in two: Coming Soon is a list of shows for which Apple has given an official release date or release window, and Further Out compiles content that is still in production or perhaps havent even begun yet. Updated 05/20/23: Apple has announced several new projects and release dates. Our list below has been updated to include them. Apple TV 4K (2022, 3. Gen.) 128GB WiFi + Ethernet Read our review Price When Reviewed: 64GB $129 | 128GB $149 Best Prices Today: $129 at Apple You dont need an Apple TV set top box to watch Apple TV+ , nor do you have to pay for a subscription, see: How to watch Apple TV+ for free . Coming Soon The following shows, series, and movies have been officially announced by Apple and will typically will begin streaming in the next few weeks or months. Trying (season 4) What its about: In the exciting fourth season, we fast-forward six years, discovering that Nikki and Jason are experienced adopters having built a lovely little nuclear family, enriched by an extraordinary support network. However, as their teenage daughter, Princess, starts to yearn for a connection with her birth mother, Nikki and Jason find themselves confronted with the ultimate test of their parenting skills. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Stars Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Scarlett Rayner, Sin Brooke, Darren Boyd, and Cooper Turner. When you can watch: Season 4 of Trying premieres on May 22, 2024. Frog and Toad (season 2) What its about: A childrens cartoon. Frog and Toad are best friends who know that the true secret to friendship is not only enjoying the things you have in common, but embracing the things that make you different. Important names: Starring Nat Faxon, Kevin Michael Richardson, Ron Funches, Margaret Cho, and more. When you can watch: Season 2 of Frog and Toad premieres on May 31, 2024. Presumed Innocent What its about: An eight-episode limited series inspired by the Scott Turow novel of the same name. A courtroom drama that tells the story of a murder that ends up in the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys office when one of its own is suspected of the crime. Important names: The showrunner is David E. Kelley, with J.J. Abrams and Dustin Thomason as executive producers. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, and Elizabeth Marvel. When you can watch: Presumed Innocent premieres on June 14, 2024. Bread & Roses What its about: A documentary that reveals the powerful resistance of Afghan women against the Taliban. A Cannes Film Festival selection and Cannes Golden Eye nominee. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Produced by Jennifer Lawrence and Justine Ciarrocchi, directed by Sahra Mani. When you can watch: Bread & Roses will premiere on June 21, 2024. Land of Women What its about: Based on Sandra Barnedas bestselling novel of the same name. A six-episode dramedy about Gala, a New York empty nester whose life is turned upside down when her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties, and she is forced to flee the city alongside her aging mother and college-age daughter. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Will star Eva Longoria, Santiago Cabrera, Victoria Baza, and Carmen Maura. Directed by Carlos Sedes. When you can watch: Land of Women will be released on June 26, 2024. Fancy Dance What its about: Since her sisters disappearance, Jax has cared for her niece Roki by scraping by on the Seneca-Cayuga reservation in Oklahoma. Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. The pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Rokis mother in time for the powwow. Important names: Stars Lily Gladstone and Isabel Deroy-Olson, directed and co-written by Erica Tremblay. When you can watch: Fancy Dance will hit theaters on June 21, followed by Apple TV+ June 28, 2024. WondLa What its about: Based on the childrens book by Tony DiTerlizzi, which follows the story of Eva Nine, a girl who spent most of her life living underground before being forced to flee outside and survive with a robot named Muthr, an alien named Rovander Kitt, and a water bear named Otto. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Stars Jeanine Mason, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, and Gary Anthony Williams. When you can watch: WondLa premieres on June 28, 2024. Sunny What its about: Apple describes this 10-episodes series as a darkly comedic half-hour drama about Suzie, an American woman living in Kyoto, Japan. When her husband and son disappear in a mysterious plane crash, shes given Sunny, one of a new class of domestic robots made by her husbands electronics company. They develop an unexpected friendship, and uncover the dark truth of what really happened to Suzies family. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Rashida Jones stars as Suzie, written and executive produced by Katie Robbins. When you can watch: Sunny will release on July 10, 2024. Fly Me to the Moon What its about: A stylized comedy-drama about NASAs effort to market the Apollo astronauts and moon landing, including producing a fake moon landing film in secret just in case the real one fails. Important names: Starting Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, directed by Greg Berlanti. When you can watch: Fly Me to the Moon will debut in theaters on July 12, with an Apple TV+ streaming date to follow later. Lady in the Lake What its about: Apples description of this limited series says it takes place in 60s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood, a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimores Black progressive agenda. Apple Apple Apple Important names: It will star Natalie Portman andMoses Ingram. Directed byAlma Harel. When you can watch: Lady in the Lake streams on July 19, 2024. Time Bandits What its about: Terry Gilliams time-traveling adventure comedy Time Bandits may make its way to the small screen in a TV series. The eccentric crew of bandits embark on epic adventures while evil forces threaten their conquests and life as they know it. As the group transports through time and space, the gang stumbles upon fascinating worlds of the distant past while seeking out treasure, depending on 11 year old Kevin to shed light on each situation. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Created for television by Jemaine Clement, Iain Morris, and Taika Waititi. Stars Lisa Kudrow, with appearances by Waititi and Clement. When you can watch: Time Bandits premieres on July 24, 2024. Women in Blue What its about: Set in 1970 and inspired by true events, Women in Blue (Las Azules) tells the story of four women who defy the ultraconservative norms of the time and join Mexicos first female police force, only to discover that their squad is a publicity stunt to distract the media from a brutal serial killer. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Stars Brbara Mori, Ximena Sariana, Natalia Tllez, with showrunner and director Fernando Rovzar. When you can watch: Women in Blue (Las Azules) premieres on July 31, 2024. The Instigators What its about: A desperate father and an ex-con thrown together to rob a corrupt politicians ill-gained earnings. But when the heist goes wrong, the two find themselves engulfed in a whirlwind of chaos, pursued not only by police but also by backward bureaucrats and vengeful crime bosses. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Stars Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. Directed by Doug Liman and written by Chuck MacLean. When you can watch: The Instigators premieres on August 9, 2024. Yo Gabba Gabbaland! What its about: Join familiar friends Muno, Foofa, Plex, Brobee and Toodee, and meet new magician Kammy Kam. Dance, sing, play and make learning fun as kids and parents jump into Yo Gabba GabbaLand. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Stars Kamryn Smith, Erin Pearce, Emma Penrose, Adam Deibert, Amos Watene, and Christian Jacobs. When you can watch: Yo Gabba Gabbaland! premieres on August 9, 2024. Bad Monkey What its about: An adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel of the same name, Bad Monkey tells the story of Andrew Yancy, a one-time detective demoted to restaurant inspector in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas. And yes, theres a monkey. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Written and produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Ted Lasso, Cougar Town) and starring Vince Vaughn. When you can watch: Bad Monkey premieres on August 24, 2024. Further Out These shows, series, and movies may or may not have been officially announced, and do not yet have definitive release dates. Some may debut in the next few months, others be more than a year away. Its even possible that some of these projects will never be released. Down Cemetery Road What its about: Based on Mick Herrons novel of the same name. When a house explodes in a quiet Oxford suburb and a girl disappears in the aftermath, neighbor Sarah Tucker becomes obsessed with finding her and enlists the help of private investigator Zo Boehm. Zo and Sarah suddenly find themselves in a complex conspiracy that reveals that people long believed dead are still among the living, while the living are fast joining the dead. Important names: Stars Emma Thompson and Ruth Wilson. Morwenna Banks is lead writer, Natalie Bailey is lead director. When you can watch: Down Cemetery Road does not yet have a release date. For All Mankind (season 5) What its about: The fifth and likely final season of the sci-fi epic that imagines an alternate reality where the Soviet Union beat the United States to the moon, and the decades of space race that follows. Important names: Produced by Ronald D. Moore, starring Joel Kinnaman, Wrenn Schmidt, Coral Pea, Krys Marshall, Cynthy Wu, and more. When you can watch: The fifth season of For All Mankind does not yet have a premiere date. Star City What its about: A spin-off of the For All Mankind universe, Star City takes us back to the key moment in the alt-history retelling of the space race when the Soviet Union became the first nation to put a man on the moon. But this time, we explore the story from behind the Iron Curtain, showing the lives of the cosmonauts, the engineers, and the intelligence officers embedded among them in the Soviet space program. Important names: Created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi, the creators of For All Mankind . When you can watch: Star City does not yet have a release date. Imperfect Women What its about: A limited series based on Araminta Halls novel of the same name. It is described as, an unconventional psychological thriller examining a crime that shatters the lives of a decades-long friendship of three women. Important names: It will star and be produced by Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington. When you can watch: Imperfect Women has no release date yet. The Last Thing He Told Me (season 2) What its about: Laura Daves novel of the same name has a sequel set to publish in 2025, and Apple has landed the rights to produce a second season of its show based on that novel, and due to stream not long after the novels release. Important names: Stars Jennifer Garner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Angourie Rice and David Morse. When you can watch: In 2025, after publication of the sequel to the novel The Last Thing He Told Me. Neuromancer What its about: A new 10-episode drama based on the award-winning novel of the same name by William Gibson. The series will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets. Important names: Created for TV by Graham Roland and JD Dillard. Specific stars and directors have not yet been attached. When you can watch: Neuromancer does not yet have a release date. Prime Target What its about: An eight-episode one-hour conspiracy thriller that features a brilliant young math postgraduate on the verge of a major breakthrough. If he succeeds in finding a pattern in prime numbers, he will hold the key to every computer in the world. Apple Apple Apple Important names: Stars Leo Woodall and Quintessa Swindell. Directed by Brady Hood. When you can watch: Prime Target does not yet have a release date. Murderbot What its about: A 10-episode action-packed sci-fi series based on a series of novellas by Martha Wells. Tells the story of a self-hacking security android who is horrified by human emotion yet drawn to its vulnerable clients. Murderbot must hide its free will and complete a dangerous assignment when all it really wants is to be left alone to watch futuristic soap operas and figure out its place in the universe. Important names: Starring Alexander Skarsgrd, written and directed by Chris and Paul Weitz. When you can watch: Murderbot does not yet have a release date. Camp Snoopy What its about: After discovering their troop is in danger of disbanding, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts set off to the Great Outdoors to earn their performance badges, with the Beagle Scout Manual as their guide. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and friends enjoy their summer at Camp Spring Lake, crossing paths with Snoopy as they experience everything camp and the outdoors have to offer. Important names: Features the same Peanuts characters weve known for decades. When you can watch: Camp Snoopy is a new series set to debut in 2024, with no release date yet. La Maison What its about: A family drama series about the life of an iconic French fashion house. Important names: Stars Lambert Wilson, Amira Casar, Carole Bouquet, Zita Hanro, and Pierre Deladonchamps. Directed by Fabrice Gobert and Daniel Grou alias Podz. When you can watch: La Maison does not yet have a release date. Carme What its about: A biography drama about Antonin Carme, the so-called first celebrity chef, who rose to stardom in the 19th century. While he dreams only of becoming the most famous chef in the world, his talent and ambitions attract the attention of renowned and powerful politicians, who use him as a spy for France. Important names: Benjamin Voisin stars as Carme, with Jrmie Renier and Lyna Khoudri co-staring. When you can watch: Carme does not yet have a release date. The Savant What its about: An eight-episode limited series inspired by a true story published by Cosmopolitan. The storyline and character details are being kept under wraps for now. Important names: Written and showrun by Melissa James Gibson, starring Jessica Chastain in the lead role. When you can watch: The Savant does not yet have a release date. Mere Mortals What its about: An eight-episode series of individual tales set in the world of Mythic Quest that will explore the lives of employees, players, and fans who are impacted by the game. It is said to be in the vein of Mythic Quest episodes A Dark Quiet Death, Backstory!, Everlight, and Sarian. Important names: The series is created by Mythic Quest writers Ashly Burch, John Howell Harris, and Katie McElhenney. When you can watch: Mere Mortals does not yet have a release date. Firebug What its about: A fictional drama series inspired by true events, Firebug will follow a troubled detective and an enigmatic arson investigator as they pursue the trails of two serial arsonists. Important names: Written and created by Dennis Lehane, starring Taron Egerton. When you can watch: Firebug does not yet have a release date. Untitled Vince Gilligan drama What its about: It is described as a described as a blended, grounded genre drama, which doesnt tell us much. Important names: Vince Gilligan gave us Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Rhea Seehorn is attached to star in the lead role. When you can watch: This new series does not yet have a release date. Untitled Formula One film starring Brad Pitt What its about: We dont know much, other than that Apple says Brad Pitt stars as a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver against the titans of the sport. Important names: Brad Pitt stars, with Joseph Kosinski directing, and seven-time Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton producing. When you can watch: The film does not yet have a release date. Speed Racer What its about: A live-action series based on the beloved Japanese animated show from the 60s. Important names: Will be produced by J.J. Abrams Bad Robot production company, with Hiram Martinezand Ron Fitzgerald as writers and showrunners. When you can watch: Speed Racer has no release date yet. The White Darkness What its about: A limited series based on David Granns nonfiction book about Henry Worsley, who crossed Antarctica on foot. Important names: Tom Hiddleston stars, Soo Hugh directs. When you can watch: The White Darkness has no release date yet. Midnight Family What its about: Apples first all-Spanish-language series, with an entirely Hispanic cast and crew. The story follows Marigaby Tamayo, a medical student by day who spends her nights saving lives throughout Mexico City aboard her familys privately owned ambulance. Important names: Stars Joaqun Coso, Renata Vaca, Diego Calva, Yalitza Aparicio, Itzan Escamilla, and more. When you can watch: Midnight Family has no release date yet. Omnivore What its about: A food documentary series that tells the story of humanity and the planet through eight defining ingredients. Important names: Created by filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga and chef Ren Redzepi. When you can watch: Omnivore does not yet have a release date. Disclaimer What its about: Based on the novel of the same name by Renee Knight. Catherine Ravenscroft is a television documentaryjournalist whose work has been built on revealing the concealed transgressions of long-respected institutions. A novel written by a widower has her as a key character in a story that she had hoped was long buried in the past. A story that reveals her darkest secret. A secret she thought was hers alone. Important names: Acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarn will write and direct all episodes. Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline will star. When you can watch: This series has no release date yet. Untitled Jon Watts / Brad Pitt / George Clooney film What its about: A thriller in which two lone-wolf fixers (Pitt and Clooney) get assigned to the same job. Deadline reports that Apple outbid other major studios and distributors for the film rights. The film doesnt have a title yet. Important names: Written and directed by Jon Watts, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. When you can watch: This film has no release date yet. Untitled Negro League Baseball series What its about: Follows the life and career of legendary pitcher Leroy Satchel Paige. Important names: The series is produced by Erving Magic Johnson, among others. It is in conjunction with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and MLB. When you can watch: This series has no release date yet. Number One on the Call Sheet What its about: A pair of documentary films that examine the history of black actors and actresses in Hollywood. One focuses on leading men, the other on leading women. Important names: Producers include Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Datari Turner, Dan Cogan, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Reginald Hudlin, and Bryan Smiley. When you can watch: These two companion films have no release date yet. Untitled Chuck Barris drama What its about: Gong Show host Chuck Barris famously claimed to be a secret CIA assassin in his autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind , which was made into a feature film in 2002. A Deadline report says Apple is developing an hour-long drama series about Barris as both Gong Show host and CIA assassin. Important names: Justin Timberlake is attached to star as Chuck Barris. When you can watch: This series has no release date yet. Dolly What its about: Deadline describes it as a sci-fi courtroom drama in which a robotic companion doll kills its owner and then shocks the world by claiming that she is not guilty and asking for a lawyer. Important names: Florence Pugh and Vanessa Taylor are attached to star and Drew Pearce will write the script. When you can watch: No release date yet. Bride What its about: Deadline reports that this is a genre-bending film about an engineered ideal wife who rejects her creator, escapes captivity, and discovers her true self. Important names: The film will star Scarlett Johansson and will be directed bySebastin Lelio. When you can watch: No release date yet. Earthsound What its about: A natural history documentary series that uses new audio technology and cinematic 360-degree audio to reveal untold nature stories from every continent. Important names: It will be executive produced byAlex Williamson, and the series producer is Sam Hodgson. When you can watch: No release date yet. Untitled Idris Elba spy thriller What its about: According to Variety , this is to be a spy movie with romance set in Africa but little else is known about the nascent project. The report says its early in production. Important names: The film will star Idris Elba and is produced by Simon Kinberg andAudrey Chon. When you can watch: No release date yet. Hedy Lamarr series What its about: According to The Hollywood Reporter , its an eight-episode series about the 1930s and 40s actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (whose frequency-hopping radio technology is still the basis for many modern wireless communications). Important names : Gal Gadot is set to star as Lamarr, with a script written by Sarah Treem. When you can watch: No release date yet. Where the Wild Things Are What its about: Apple has struck an overall deal with The Maurice Sendak Foundation to produce shows or series based on the authors works for children. The most famous of these, by far, is Where the Wild Things Ar e. Important names: Apple is working with longtime Sendak collaboratorArthur Yorinks and his production studio Night Kitchen Studios. When you can watch: No release date yet. Custom of the Country What its about: A limited-series adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel The Custom of the Country . The novel, published in the early 20th century, is about a midwestern girl who climbs the ladder of New York high society. Important names: The big one is Sofia Coppola, who is developing the series for Apple. No word yet on whether she will direct it. When you can watch: No release date yet. El Gato Negro What its about: Based onRichard Dominguezs comic book about an agingluchador who teams up with his grandson to use the El Gato Negro persona to fight crime in South Texas. Important names: Robert Rodriguez will direct and produce, whileDiego Boneta will star and also produce. When you can watch: No release date yet. Brie Larson CIA biography series What its about: A report in Variety says that Apple has made a direct-to-series order for a new drama based on thereal-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox. Fox has a hot novel named Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA that released in October 2019. Important names: Brie Larson will star and executive produce the series. When you can watch: No release date yet. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends What its about: A report from Variety says that Apple has made a direct-to-series order of My Glory Was I Had Such Friends . The limited series, based on theAmy Silverstein memoir about a woman awaiting heart surgery and the women who supported her. Important names: Jennifer Garner was previously attached but has left the show. When you can watch: No release date yet. Losing Earth What its about: This summer, The New York Times Magazine published an epic feature titled, Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change . At over 30,000 words, it took up an entire issue of the magazine and earned critical acclaim. It focused on how, from 1979 to 1989, a small team of scientists, activists, and politicians tried to stop climate change while there was still time. We dont know the format the show will take, but The New York Times specifically calls it a series. Based on the source material, it seems like a single-season limited series makes the most sense. Important names: The articles author, Nathaniel Rich, will serve as executive producer together with Anonymous Content founder and CEO Steve Golin. When you can watch: No release date yet. You Think It, Ill Say It What its about: According to Variety , Apple has ordered a 10-episode, half-hour run of a new comedy variety show. The showis inspired by Curtis Sittenfelds collection of short stories You Think It, Ill Say It . Important names: SNL alum Kristen Wiig was set to star, but pulled out citing scheduling conflicts with Wonder Woman 1984. The show is created and produced by Colleen McGuinness ( 30 Rock , About a Boy ). When you can watch: This project does not yet have a title or release date. Apple TV

Macworld 20 May 2024 11:50 pm

AirTag 2 expected for 2025 release: 5 features I hope Apple adds

The long-anticipated AirTag 2 is expected to launch in 2025. Since it was unveiled during the pandemic in April 2021, this item tracker has gained The post AirTag 2 expected for 2025 release: 5 features I hope Apple adds appeared first on BGR .

BGR 20 May 2024 11:46 pm

This Anker Prime power bank that can charge your MacBook and iPhone is $55 off today

Macworld I think wecan all agree that the most annoying thing in the world (besides slow internet) is seeing your phones battery dying out slowly. Thankfully, this Anker Prime Power Bank 27,650mAh is now available for its best price ever, which means you can get it for $125 , down from $180. What makes this power bank so special? Well, it can charge multiple devices at once. Featuring 250W multi-device fast charging, the Anker Prime Power Bank has two USB-C ports and one USB-A port.It takes this powerbank just under half an hour to get your MacBook Pro to 50 percent, while your iPhone will get to 100 percent in what will feel like no time. So, whether youre traveling, enjoying a night out on the town, or working remotely, this power bank will solve a ton of your problems. The Anker Prime Power Bank is not only powerful but also highly portable. Despite its substantial capacity of 27,650mAh, Anker managed to make this power bank compact enough not to be a nuisance. Measuring just 6.37 2.24 1.96 in and weighing 1.47lb, this 99.54Wh power bank even meets TSA requirements, and you can carry it in your carry-on badge. We reviewed the Anker Prime power bank with a 12,000mAh capacity and loved how compact it was, how fast it charged devices, and how informative its display is. And with more than twice the capacity, this model is even better for road warriors. This special offer wont last forever, so take advantage of the best price ever for the Anker Prime 27K Power Bank and charge all your gadgets on the go. Save 31% on the Anker Prime 27K power bank Mobile Phone Chargers

Macworld 20 May 2024 11:18 pm

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 will get a small (but critical) upgrade

The Galaxy Watch 7 could see a big improvement when it comes to battery charging versus the current Galaxy Watch 6 models. Here's what we know.

Digital Trends 20 May 2024 10:53 pm

Report: A new AirTag is coming next year but not much is changing

Macworld In the latest Power On Newsletter, Bloombergs Mark Gurman reports that Apple will be upgrading the AirTag in the middle of 2025. The upgrade would be the first since the tracking device was released in April 2021. As for what the upgrade will include, Gurman states it will have a better chip with improved location tracking. The current AirTag has Apples U1 chip, which uses ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to give a device with the chip spatial awareness. With the iPhone 15 Pro , Apple released a second-generation UWB chip with better precision. So, it appears that Apple will update the AirTag with the new chip. Gurman doesnt mention any other features, but he does say his personal wish list includes a louder speaker, better battery life, and a size that fits well in a wallet. Whether his wish list is his way of implying that these are possible features is not clear. Gurman also states that Apple is already doing test production runs of the new AirTag. A new AirTag seems like a good product to make available during the holiday shopping season, so if Apple is already doing a test run, perhaps the release schedule could move up to the latter part of this year. However, the original AirTag was released in April so a similar timeframe seems equally possible. Gurmans report comes about eight months after a report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said that production of the new AirTag has been pushed from August 2024 to some time in 2025. Kuo did not provide a reason for the rescheduling. The AirTag is a disk-shaped Bluetooth device that is used as a tracker. It works with the Find My app that can be used to determine the approximate location of the items attached to the AirTag. To learn more, read our AirTag review and check out our AirTag superguide . Accessories, Mobile Phone Accessories

Macworld 20 May 2024 10:41 pm

Apple Releases iOS 17.5.1 With Fix for Reappearing Photos Bug

Apple today released iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, minor updates to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates that came out last September. The 17.5.1 updates come a week after the launch of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 . iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 can be downloaded on eligible iPhones and iPads over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. According to Apple's release notes, the updates include a fix for an issue that could cause images to reappear in the Photos library even after being deleted. This update provides important bug fixes and addresses a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted. There have been several complaints from iPhone and iPad users who saw their old, deleted photos resurfacing after installing the iOS 17.5 update. Images deleted as far back as 2010 were surfacing again, leading to confusion and worry over what was going on. Apple's information today indicates that it was a database corruption issue, and iOS 17.5.1 should solve the problem. This article, Apple Releases iOS 17.5.1 With Fix for Reappearing Photos Bug first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 10:41 pm

Dont expect the Mac Studio and Mac Pro to be updated at WWDCor in 2024

Macworld With the release of the iPad Pro , Apple has ushered in a new chip generation with the M4. The introduction of that chip disrupted Apples usual chip release cycle, howeverthe M3 was first released only six months ago in the MacBook Pro and iMac. The last device to get an M3 was the MacBook Air in January. What about the rest of the Mac lineup? In the recent edition of his Power On newsletter , Bloombergs Mark Gurman reports that the Mac Studio and Mac Pro arent on Apples release schedule until mid-2025. In April, Gurman reported that Apple was testing a Mac Studio with a still-unreleased M3-era chip as well as a M4-series chip, which left its status for release in 2024 unclear. But now it appears that Apple has decided to skip the M3-based Mac Studio, which likely also means itll skip the M3-based Mac Pro, too. So, the current M2 Max /Ultra Mac Studio and M2 Ultra Mac Pro will remain in Apples lineup for another year. That also means that WWDC24 likely wont have any new Mac announcements; Gurman reported in April that the M4 Mac rollout would start in the later part of 2024 with M4-based MacBook Pros and an iMac, which would be about a year after those Macs were released with the M3. The other Mac that still uses M2-series chips is the Mac mini . Gurman reports that the Mac mini wont be updated until later 2024 or earlier 2025. That leaves four Macsthe low-end MacBook Air, Mac mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Prowith M2 chips and three Macsthe newer MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMacwith M3 chips. The decision to skip the M3-based Mac Studio and Mac Pro isnt surprising. The M3 was the first chip made with the 3nm fabrication process, but the M4 uses a new enhanced 3nm process. As our own Jason Snell has pointed out , the two processes are incompatible, so Apple needed to make the switch to M4 to accommodate production. With no new Mac hardware expected at WWDC24, the Mac spotlight turns to macOS 15 and any other apps, such as Xcode. WWDC24 is expected to have an AI focus, with several AI-based features being revealed. Those features will probably be iPhone- and iOS 18-centric and brought over to the Mac where applicable. Read our Mac Studio superguide to learn more about Apples high-end desktop Mac. And get more information about WWDC24 and the upcoming macOS 15 . Mac, Mac Pro

Macworld 20 May 2024 9:18 pm

Best Mac Cleaner software: Boost performance and disk space with a Mac cleaner app

Macworld If your Mac is slowing down, frequently freezing, regularly running out of RAM or just not behaving like it used to. Are you short of space on your Mac? Have you spotted the immense amount of room taken up by System Data and are now looking for a safe way to delete some of that data. What you need is a Mac cleaner app that will delete the clutter and digital debris from your system and free your RAM from memory hogs. Thankfully, there are a wealth of tools available to rectify that can clean up your Mac and get it working properly again. Weve picked some of the best Mac cleaning software below so you can find one that suites you. The apps included in the list below all offer free trial versions. Some of these trials will merely show you how much space you can free up, but several are essentially free Mac Cleaners that will allow you to clean your Mac for free, albeit for a limited period. These include the trials for CleanMyMac , DaisyDisk , Parallels ToolBox and MacCleaner Pro featured below. Updated: May 2024 with refreshed reviews of MacCleaner Pro and CleanMyMac X. PROMOTION CleanMyMac X | Do more on a faster Mac Use CleanMyMac X to find hidden junk and free up unseen cache files. Locate large old folders, background apps, and heavy memory consumers. Tune your Mac for maximum speed, and keep it malware-free and secure. Make sure you use the Smart Scan weekly to help your computer stay productive all year round. Download Free Edition For more information about why a Mac cleaner app could be useful read: Why your Mac needs a cleaner app. We also discuss Tips for cleaning up your Mac . For more ways to squeeze the most out of your system read our How to speed up a slow Mac guide and How to delete Other on a Mac . We also look at How to delete System storage and How to clear cache on a Mac. Best Mac Cleaner 1. MacCleaner Pro Pros Impressive set of tools Good tutorial system Good level of configuration with the applications modules Cons Occasionally awkward user interface Price When Reviewed: $74.95 for 1 Mac (one time purchase); or $29.95/a year for 1 Mac (usually $14.95 a month) Best Prices Today: Free at Nektony (free 2 day trial) $74.95 at Nektony (one time purchase) MacCleaner Pro from Nektony(version 3.3 at the time of our latest review) is divided into a core app and several module apps, namely App Cleaner & Uninstaller, Disk Space Analyzer, Duplicate File Finder, Memory Cleaner, and Funter.The core app can perform an overall disk cleaning and help free up storage space by eliminating extraneous files. The App Cleaner & Uninstaller module works well, and allows you to see the app youre removing as well as its support files. This module has been improved compared to version 3, and now offers you easier access to startup programs and extension files, allowing you to enable, disable, or remove them. A Remaining Files feature allows you to chase down loose files, while an Open With feature lets you assign applications to open certain file types. With Duplicate File Finder its easy to specify file types to look for, such as audio and photo files, with an impressive level of precise control. Memory Cleaner module offers an easy interface to show which applications and processes are consuming the most RAM. Funter module finds hidden files within your operating system. The Fast Cleanup option was able to clear up 11.4GB of drive space, most of these being application cache files, while the Deep Cleanup feature helped reclaim 65.4GB of drive space. We did have some peculiar instances in which a reminder poped up advising us to clear disk space for a macOS Sonoma (which was already installed).On another occasion when we paused scanning after half an hour we saw a request for full access to the hard drive. MacCleaner Pro is easy to install, runs well and has a good feature base. The software is priced decently at $29.95.95/29.78 a year for a 1 Mac license (usually $14.95/14.87 a month), or a one-time purchase fee of $74.95/74.54 for a 1 Mac license. The free trial version will actually perform some of the tasks you need to do, rather than ask you to buy the full version. You can get MacCleaner Pro here . Read our full MacCleaner Pro review 2. MacPaw CleanMyMac X Pros Excellent cleaning tools for Mac storage Large toolset Easy to use Cons Updater feature missed some app updates Malware Removal is still producing mixed results Price When Reviewed: $89.95 for 1 Mac (one time purchase); or $34.95/a year for 1 Mac (usually 39.95 a year) Best Prices Today: Free at Mac Paw (free 7 day trial) $34.95 at MacPaw (one time purchase) CleanMyMac X is a catch-all utility designed to identify and clean out gigabytes upon gigabytes of unused system garbage. It grants you easy access to several handy utilities to clear up disk space, protect user privacy, optimize performance, update applications, uninstall software, and help prevent malware and adware. The modules include Smart Scan, System Junk, Mail Attachments, Trash Bins, Malware Removal, Privacy, Optimization, Maintenance, Uninstaller, Updater, Extensions, Space Lens, Large & Old Files, and Shredder. Among these you will find tools for file cleanup, malware removal, privacy cleanup, easy access to system extensions, the app uninstaller, and the ability to down multi-GB files you forgot to delete and a quick means of deleting them. Smart Scan is the overarching umbrella feature, hunting down extraneous files that can be deleted to clear drive space, performing a quick malware scan, and executing a speed test to look into optimization functions, such as freeing up RAM or quickly clearing system caches. The Disk Lens and Uninstaller offered a clear view as to which folders were consuming the most drive space and a quick means of removing applications. I was able to recover more than 30GB of drive space as the program found unused files and disk images galore. Our main criticism is that the developer overextends themselves by trying to be everything to everyone. Unfortunately, some features arent as good as others particularly the Malware removal module and the Updater function, neither of which work as well as we hoped, even with the antivirus being updated to take advantage of the Moonlock Engine. CleanMyMac X is easy to download and install, and features a bright, friendly user interface and its exceptionally easy to see whats gobbling up the most space on your Macs hard drive. The features are well-integrated. The software costs $34.95/29.95 a year for a 1 Mac license (usually $34.95/34.95), or a one-time purchase fee of $89.95/76.95 for a 1 Mac license. Theres a free version available to download There is a free trial version available on the Mac App Store and from MacPaws website , but it restricts the app to only remove files up to a maximum of 500MB and in the middle of deleting files it will demand you pay the license fee for the app. You can download that limited version and scan your Mac to see just now much space you can save before committing to buying the app. MacPaw is currently running a 30% discount for students submit your university email address and receive a download code here . You can get CleanMyMac X here . Read our full CleanMyMac X review 3. Daisy Disk Pros Quickly scans storage and finds large files Graphical representation of storage File name previews Can check cloud storage Cons Some user-interface quirks Price When Reviewed: $9.99 Best Prices Today: $9.99 at Software Ambience (One time purchase) No one ever said tracking down and eliminating all the stuff that was devouring space on your Mac would be pleasant, but DaisyDisk succeeds in making it pretty simple. DaisyDisk is focused on file management, presenting whats taking up invaluable disk space, and allowing you to work with it. If all you need is to make some space on your Mac (perhaps because you are trying to update the macOS and it needs more space than you have) then you could go for a tool that simply finds and deletes unnecessary files for you. If this sounds like you then DaisyDisk ($9.99/ 9.99 on the Mac App Store) is an excellent tool for seeing the contents of your drive in a colorful and interactive graph. The files are sorted into various groups such as Large files, Documents, Music, and Downloads, each of which are allocated their own colors and spokes that show how much space that area is taking up. Its a good at-a-glance method for understanding where all your space has gone. Each section can be clicked to bring up another circular breakdown of its contents, with each sector representing a file. These can be previewed to see whether you want them or not, and if its a case of the latter then you simply drag them to the bottom of the screen where all your junk files are stored. The point of DaisyDisk is that it will delete the files you dont need for you rather than you trying to locate them. A job that could take hours takes minutes and there is no danger of deleting something important. If you visit the DaisyDisk site then youll be able to download a trial version that shows you how the app works. This is useful, but as the delete feature has been disabled you wont be able to clear out any files. Instead, go for the full-blown version which costs $9.99/9.99 at least thats not a yearly subscription. You can get Daisy Disk here . Read our full Daisy Disk review 4. Parallels Toolbox Pros Full suite of Mac tools Fully featured free trial Cons May be more than you require Price When Reviewed: $24.99 per year Best Prices Today: Free at Parallels Toolbox Free 14-day Trial $24.99 at Parallels (annually) Parallels Toolbox is a bunch of tools that can be used to perform various actions on your Mac such as Download Video, Record Audio, Hide Desktop Files, Resize Image, Clipboard History, Find Duplicates, Free Memory, and even the ability to set alarms. Among all these tools is one that can be used to clean your Mac. Mac cleaning tools provided in Parallels Toolbox that could also be useful when cleaning a Mac include Clean Drive, Uninstall Apps, Find Duplicates, and Free Memory. The Clean Drive tool scans your drive and then lets you choose what to delete. You can delete applications by dragging them to the trash, but this doesnt always completely delete them. Often files and folders can be left scattered around your system that were related to that now gone app. Parallelss Uninstall Apps tool will remove apps and their associated files from your Mac. Similarly, you can run Find Duplicates to dig out any identical files even ones that have different file names. Parallels Toolbox costs $24.99/20.99 a year, but the excellent news is that the free 14-day trial will actually delete your files, free memory and do all those other useful things without you buying the app! You can get an overview of Toolboxs various features, and download the seven-day trial, from the companys website . You can get Parallels Toolbox here . Read our full Parallels Toolbox review 5. App Cleaner & Uninstaller Pros Simple user interface Free (with Pro upgrade) Cons Not as full-featured as alternatives Price When Reviewed: $14.95 a year for 1 Mac (usually $7.95 a month) Best Prices Today: Free at Nektony (free 3 day trial) $14.95 at Nektony (annually) Also from Nektony, is the simple and easy to use App Cleaner & Installer . This lightweight app is actually bundled with MacCleaner Pro ( above ), but this version focuses on clearing out the broken links, files, and other gubbins that get left behind when apps are uninstalled. It also, as the name suggests, allows you to uninstall apps cleanly from the get-go, and set which ones launch at start up. There is a free version that does most of these tasks, but if you pay $9.99/9.99 for the Pro upgrade youll also be able to remove system extensions, executable parts of files, and uninstall apps, plus the ads that adorn the free version disappear. Easy to recommend due to both its price and quality. You can get App Cleaner & Uninstaller here . 6. MacBooster Pros Adds virus and malware scans as well as optimization No yearly subscription Cons Could be overkill for beginners Price When Reviewed: $39.95 a year for 1 Mac (usually $49.95) Best Prices Today: $39.95 at MacBooster (annually) MacBooster is a powerful app that not only offers the standard disk clean-up features like removing duplicates, scanning for large files, claiming back memory, and general performance enhancing duties, but also includes Virus and Malware scans to keep your Mac free from malicious software. As you can see, it has a similar interface to CleanMyMac X (above), and a similar collection of tools. The benefit here is that theres one price to pay, rather than a yearly subscription. We also found that MacBooster identified a few more files for deletion than CleanMyMac did. While its certainly a comprehensive suite, the power under-the-hood could prove a little too much for beginners. Wed also recommend, as with any app in this roundup, that you make a complete backup of your system before you begin deleting files. A trial of MacBooster 8 is available, but if you want to delete anything you will have to buy the app it costs $39.95/37.57 for single Mac lifetime license. You can get MacBooster here . 7. Onyx Pros Powerful toolset Versions for older Mac systems readily available Cons UI needs some time to learn Price When Reviewed: Free Best Prices Today: Free at Titanium Software (Donationware) Theres a reason Onyx from Titanium Software has been among the tools of choice for Mac techies for such a long time. It offers a great set of tools and an incredible level of customization. Its also freeware, so you dont have to pay a penny, although the developer Titanium Software appreciates donations. Onyx also combines a unique, bare-bones approach to its user interface while offering an incredible level of customization as to whatfilesare affected during a repair. Onyx can repair permissions, rebuild databases, reorganize file structures, check hard disk structures, and restore indexes. It can even repaire Unix-level functions that would otherwise only be accessed through Terminal. The main downside is that its not all that simple to use and its easy to make errors. Luckily there are handy FAQ links on the Titanium Software website for common issues. There are versions of Onyx for each version of the macOS. You can get Onyx here . Read our full Onyx review 8. CCleaner Pros Impressive customization tools Excellent control over storage Cons User interface is a little clunky Price When Reviewed: $29.95 a year Best Prices Today: $29.95 at Piriform Software (annually) CCleaner from Piriform (acquired by Avast, which has subsequently merged with Norton) achieves what it sets out to do: help clean up gigabytes of cache files, internet history files, and locate and purge large files on your Mac, all with an impressive level of control. Its easy to both analyze a hard drive to determine how much space certain files might be taking up. Options include Uninstall, Startup, Erase Free Space, Large File Finder, and Duplicate File Finder. You can customize which cookies you want to save or purge and chose between Normal file deletion, which is faster or Secure file deletion, which takes longer. Our only nitpick is that the user interface makes it feel very much like a Windows port. In fact, CCleaner has had a similar look and feel for the better part of 20 years. Its freeware, but theres an option to pay for a professional version for $29.95/25.95 a year. In 2017 CCleaner was used to distribute malware. Hackers had inserted malicious code in the legitimate program. This has been rectified. You can get CCleaner here . Read our full CCleaner review 9. MacKeeper Pros Convenience of having multiple tools in one product Free version lets you access most of the features Cons Paid subscription is expensive Burdened with a bad reputation Price When Reviewed: $62.01 a year for 1 Mac (usually $95.40 a year) Best Prices Today: $62.01 at Clario (annually) We have to start by addressing the fact that MacKeeper doesnt have the best reputation, although in recent years the companys new owner Clario has tried very hard to rectify that. MacKeepers poor reputation wasnt helped by the fact that it was difficult to uninstall an usedscarewaretactics to encourage people to upgrade to a paid version. Those issues should now be in the past. The software has received a good grade fromAV-Test and has notarization from Apple, among other things, that should give users confidence. In terms of what it can do, MacKeeper offers 11 tools including an antivirus scanner, adware remover, a cleanup feature, a duplicate file finder, and a smart uninstaller. Theres also a memory cleaner, a software update tracker, and a startup item locator. Youll also find a ID theft guard, a VPN, and an online ad blocker. Theres a free version, that gives you access to most of the tools, as well as a $5 a month for a year subscription. A subscription includes 24-7 tech support through which you can email, chat with, or talk to support staff. You can probably find individual productsand in some cases, more robust productsfor each of the features in MacKeeper. But having all these tools under one roof makes for ease and convenience. You can get MacKeeper here . Read our full MacKeeper review You may also like to consider: Cleanup Premium for Mac . $29.88/24.99 a year. Disk Doctor , $2.99/2.99 a year. Gemini 2 , $19.95/15.95 a year. Cleaner One Pro ,$19.99 a year. Tuneup for Mac , $65.99/54.99 a year. Cleaning and Data Recovery Software, Personal Software

Macworld 20 May 2024 9:12 pm

Amazon Takes $149 Off Every Model of Apple's 13-Inch M3 MacBook Air, Starting at $949.99

Amazon today has every model of the 13-inch M3 MacBook Air on sale at new all-time low prices, starting at $949.99 for the 256GB model, down from $1,099.00. Every deal in this sale requires you to clip an on-page coupon and head to the checkout screen in order to see the final discounted price. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. You can also get both 512GB models of the 13-inch M3 MacBook Air on sale right now on Amazon. The 8GB RAM/512GB SSD is on sale for $1,149.99 and the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD is on sale for $1,349.99 , both of which are $149 off and record low prices. Note: You won't see the deal price until checkout. $149 OFF 13-inch M3 MacBook Air (256GB) for $949.99 $149 OFF 13-inch M3 MacBook Air (8GB/512GB) for $1,149.99 $149 OFF 13-inch M3 MacBook Air (16GB/512GB) for $1,349.99 These notebooks were updated in March 2024 with the new M3 chip and no external design changes compared to the previous generation. Larger 15-inch models debuted at the same time, and right now we aren't tracking any discounts as steep as those on the 13-inch MacBook Air. Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup . Related Roundup: Apple Deals This article, Amazon Takes $149 Off Every Model of Apple's 13-Inch M3 MacBook Air, Starting at $949.99 first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 8:51 pm

I reviewed Googles new cheap Pixel phone, and you really should buy it

The Google Pixel 8a is the cheapest Pixel you can buy, but is it too compromised to consider? Thankfully, no. Here's why it's a great purchase.

Digital Trends 20 May 2024 8:30 pm

Best Buy Memorial Day sale: early TV, laptop, and appliance deals

If you're looking for some of the best deals around, then these early Best Buy deals for Memorial Day should be right up your alley.

Digital Trends 20 May 2024 8:04 pm

All of the iPhone 16 colors just leaked. Heres whats coming

Many details about the iPhone 16 series have leaked already. But what about the colors Apple is working on? A new leak provides a thorough overview.

Digital Trends 20 May 2024 8:02 pm

Apple COO Jeff Williams Reportedly Visits Taiwan to Secure 2nm Chips

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams has visited Taiwan to secure supply of TSMC's upcoming 2nm chips, Economic Daily News reports. The visit apparently involved a meeting between Williams and TSMC President Wei Zhejia to discuss custom AI chips and ensure that Apple will be able to access the chipmaker's 2nm manufacturing process, which is set to begin production in 2025. The iPhone 15 Pro is powered by the A17 Pro chip, which is manufactured with TSMC's 3nm process. This process allows for more transistors to be packed into a smaller space, delivering improvements in performance and efficiency. Apple's M4 chip, which just debuted in the new iPad Pro , uses an enhanced version of this 3nm technology. The transition to 2nm chips should bring further improvements, with projected performance gains of 10 to 15 percent and power consumption reductions of up to 30 percent compared to the 3nm process. Securing an early supply of 2nm chips is critical for Apple, as TSMC remains the only company capable of manufacturing them at the scale and quality required. This exclusivity is vital for Apple to meet the high demand for its products while limiting competitors' access to these more advanced chips. For its 3nm chips, Apple booked all of TSMC's available chipmaking capacity. The company's 2nm chips could first appear in 2025's iPhone 17 lineup. Tags: TSMC , Jeff Williams , Economic Daily News , Apple Silicon This article, Apple COO Jeff Williams Reportedly Visits Taiwan to Secure 2nm Chips first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 7:46 pm

Samsung Launches New Summer Sale With Major Savings Sitewide, Including Smart Monitor M8 for $349.99

Samsung is hosting new Discover Samsung sale this week, which includes discounts on multiple product lines sitewide. The popular ViewFinity S9 5K Smart Monitor and Smart Monitor M8 are both discounted during this sale, but you'll also find sales on storage, audio, TVs, smartphones, and home appliances. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Samsung. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. As with previous sales, the highlight of the new event is the 27-inch ViewFinity S9 5K Smart Monitor for $899.99 , down from $1,599.99. At $700 off this is an all-time low price on the 2023 display, which has a matte display, modular 4K SlimFit camera, and support for Thunderbolt 4. $700 OFF 27-inch ViewFinity S9 5K Smart Monitor for $899.99 Samsung's 27-inch Smart Monitor M8 is also being discounted during this sale, available for $349.99 in Warm White, down from $699.99. This is a 4K smart monitor with a design that looks similar to the iMac line, and this is another record low price. $350 OFF 27-inch Smart Monitor M8 for $349.99 The Discover Samsung Summer Sale is set to run through this Sunday, May 26, so be sure to browse all of the deals this week before anything expires. We've rounded up a few more discounts below on TVs, monitors, and Galaxy products, but remember that this sale is sitewide and you can save on many more devices, including household appliances and more . Monitors 34-inch Odyssey HDR Gaming Monitor - $369.99, down from $549.99 34-inch ViewFinity HDR10 Curved Monitor - $549.99, down from $699.99 49-inch Odyssey G9 Curved Gaming Monitor - $799.99, down from $1,299.99 34-inch OLED Curved Smart Gaming Monitor - $799.99, down from $1,199.99 49-inch Odyssey OLED G9 Curved Gaming Monitor - $1,199.99, down from $1,799.99 TVs The Frame TV - Save up to $1,000 70-inch QLED 4K QE1C TV - $879.99, down from $1,799.99 55-inch Neo QLED 4K Smart TV - $1,099.99, down from $1,499.99 55-inch Samsung Neo QLED 4K TV - $999.99, down from $1,999.99 65-inch OLED S90C TV - $1,599.99, down from $2,599.99 85-inch Samsung Neo QLED 4K Smart TV - $2,199.99, down from $4,799.99 Galaxy Products Galaxy S24+ - Save up to $750 with participating carriers Galaxy S24 Ultra - Save up to $1,100 with participating carriers Galaxy Z Fold5 - Save up to $900 with participating carriers Galaxy Z Flip5 - Save up to $575 with participating carriers Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra - Get $200 off Galaxy Book4 360 - $999.99, down from $1,349.99 Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories. Related Roundup: Apple Deals This article, Samsung Launches New Summer Sale With Major Savings Sitewide, Including Smart Monitor M8 for $349.99 first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 7:30 pm

The Apple accessory every MacBook needs is just $18 right now

Macworld Whether you have a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, theres one port you definitely dont have: Gigabit Ethernet. But today you can add one for cheap: Amazons Woot is selling an official Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for just $18 , a savings of $11 and the best price weve ever seen. Apples Ethernet adapter is simple: It has a USB-C cable on one end and an ethernet port on the other to provide and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks. It measures just six inches and can easily fit in any bag for travel. To use it, just plug it into an available USB-C port on your MacBook, plug an ethernet cable into it, and select Ethernet in the Network settings. The sale is good until Wednesday or until stock sells out. And one more bonusif youre an Amazon Prime member, youll get free shipping. Mac

Macworld 20 May 2024 7:02 pm

Vivo Y200 GT, Vivo Y200, Vivo Y200t With 6,000mAh Battery, Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

Vivo Y200 GT, Vivo Y200t, and Vivo Y200 were launched in China on Monday as the latest entrants in the company's Y series. They come in multiple colour options and feature 50-megapixel dual rear cameras. The Vivo Y200 GT runs on a Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC, whereas the Vivo Y200t and Vivo Y200 use the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 SoC. All three models house a 6,000mAh battery with...

NDTV 20 May 2024 6:01 pm

Apple Responds to Huawei Threat By Slashing iPhone 15 Prices in China

Apple has launched another round of steep discounts on iPhone 15 models in mainland China, in a bid to boost sales in its biggest smartphone market and counter a strong showing by Huawei. The discounts run from May 20 to May 28 and are steeper than the price cuts that Apple introduced in February . For example, on its official store on Alibaba Group's Tmall site, Apple is offering discounts of up to 2,300 yuan ($318) on select models. A top-of-the-line 256GB iPhone 15 Pro Max can now be bought for 7,949 yuan ($1,199), compared to its 9,999 yuan price tag when the device was released in September. Meanwhile, an entry-level 128GB iPhone 15 model is currently being offered at the discounted price of 4,599 yuan ($636), down from its previous price of 5,999 yuan. Apple has become dependent on discounts to shift mid-cycle iPhone 15 stock, with strong competition from Huawei's latest high-end series of Pura 70 phones said to be partly behind the most recent drop in sales. Apple's previous discounts in February were thought to be a response to growing interest in Huawei's homegrown Mate 60 series, which launched last August. Apple sales in China dropped 13 percent to $20.8 billion in the quarter ended December, falling short of the $23.5 billion predicted by analysts. However, despite a gloomy outlook for 2024, Apple's previous promotions in February are believed to have helped counteract its sales slowdown in China. Reuters reports that Apple's shipments in the country increased by 12% in March, a significant improvement from the first two months of 2024, when the company experienced a 37% slump in sales. Tags: China , Huawei This article, Apple Responds to Huawei Threat By Slashing iPhone 15 Prices in China first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 5:16 pm

iPhone SE 4 With Face ID Said to Be Priced Below $500

Apple is targeting a sub-$500 starting price for its upcoming fourth-generation iPhone SE model despite a raft of rumored upgrades coming to the more affordable device. According to leaker Revegnus on X , the U.S. launch price of the fourth-generation iPhone SE will either remain at the same $429 starting price as the current model, or will see an increase of around 10%. Either way, Apple's intention is to keep the price below $500. Last week, The Information reported that Apple plans to release a redesigned iPhone SE in the spring of 2025 that will remain the cheaper option in Apple's iPhone lineup. The design is said to be similar to the standard iPhone 14, which means Touch ID and the Home button will be replaced by Face ID and a display notch. Along the same lines, the iPhone SE 4 could have an OLED display rather than LCD, and the display size will increase from 4.7 inches to 6.1 inches. Other rumored features for the next iPhone SE include a USB-C port and an Action button . The panel prices for the iPhone SE 4 are said to be a lot lower than suppliers charge for the OLED displays used in the iPhone 15, since the panels for the SE will use legacy parts identical to those used in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, so the suppliers won't need to make new investments in R&D. Display manufacturers are believed to have been bidding to supply the panels since at least last August. The third-generation iPhone SE was released in March 2022, so there is likely to be pent-up demand for a new model that includes some of the latest features of Apple's flagship iPhone models. For everything else we know about the iPhone SE 4, check our dedicated roundup . Related Roundup: iPhone SE Tag: Revegnus Buyer's Guide: iPhone SE (Don't Buy) Related Forum: iPhone This article, iPhone SE 4 With Face ID Said to Be Priced Below $500 first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 4:13 pm

Think Tank Retrospective EDC Backpack review: Lots of style and space

Macworld At a glance Expert's Rating Pros Robust material and optimum padding Excellent workmanship Well-thought-out compartments Includes rain cover Cons Only in green Our Verdict With the Retrospective EDC Backpack, Think Tank has brought an all-round successful laptop backpack onto the market. The material is robust, the workmanship is excellent and its many different compartments make it easy to keep everything organized. The Retrospective EDC Backpack is one of the best laptop backpacks weve tested. Price When Reviewed $239.75 Best Prices Today: Think Tank Retrospective EDC Backpack Retailer Price $203.79 View Deal $239.75 View Deal Think Tank $240 View Deal Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide Product Price Price comparison from Backmarket The first thing that stands out about The Think Tank Retrospective EDC Backpack is the material used on the backpack. The stone-washed canvas made from 100 percent cotton looks stylish and has a durable repellent coating. This coating is good at keeping out a short rain shower, and a proper rain cover is included to keep out water during a downpour. The two-color twill lining and genuine leather applications match the style. As befits a backpack manufacturer, great attention has also been paid to the carrying system. The padded back panel is just as comfortable as the shoulder straps. This means that even heavy loads can be carried home in comfort. The Retrospective EDC has a storage capacity of 19 liters and weighs just one kilogram. Retrospective EDC Backpack: Compartments galore A USB-C adapter here, a charging cable or an SSD therein a mobile office, many small items accumulate that need to be adequately stored. The more compartments a backpack has, the better it is as an organizer and this is where the Retrospective EDC Backpack scores highly. I counted 15 different-sized compartments alonethe most Ive counted in a backpack. These compartments range from small with a zip for USB-C sticks, to compact for keys, to large for books and folders. The many compartments are spread over three levels. At the back is the large, lined with soft fabric laptop compartment big enough for a 16-inch Macbook Pro. Next comes the large main compartment, with additional compartments for an iPad and A4 notebooks, for example. But even a pair of shoes with a water bottle fit inside. Then comes a slim compartment with lots of smaller pockets for all your device accessories. Lastly, there is a compartment on the front that fits a bunch of keys or an iPhone, among other things. It is lined with soft fabric and can be closed with a zip. All compartments are covered by a lid that serves as visual and weather protection for the zips. The lid is held in place with strong magnets. The last compartment is located on the back and is theft-protected and is particularly suitable for your iPhone or ID documents. The eyelets on the robust YKK zips also serve to protect against theft. In addition to the very comfortable carrying straps, there are three handles for transport, on the left and right sides and at the top. There is also a loop for the trolley handle. The otherwise excellent Retrospective EDC Backpack also has two disadvantages: it is only available in green and is very expensive. After all, quality has its price. Should you buy the Think Tank Retrospective EDC Backpack? If you have a wish list for a laptop backpack, you could tick many boxes with the Retrospective EDC Backpack. Its very comfortable to carry and the cotton material is robust and perfectly finished. The great thing is not the sheer number of compartments, but that they are so varied and therefore suitable for many situations. The padding for the MacBook is also impressive and your precious item also has its place in a separate compartment. This article originally appeared on Macwelt and was translated by Roman Loyola . Laptop Accessories

Macworld 20 May 2024 4:00 pm

Think the new iPads are boring? Wait until you see the iPhone 16

Macworld Welcome to our weekly Apple Breakfast column, which includes all the Apple news you missed last week in a handy bite-sized roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a Monday morning cup of coffee or tea, but its cool if you want to give it a read during lunch or dinner hours too. A long wait, no surprises The problem with big build-ups is they create big expectations. Apple kept us waiting longer than ever before for its latest batch of iPads. It went an entire calendar year with no updates, for the first time in the products history, and then delayed the announcement for a few extra months because of production problems. By the time the invitations dropped into our inboxes, Apple obsessives were ready for something huge to justify the long wait and the dedicated event with the inevitable result that the new iPad Air and Pro ended up as a bit of anticlimactic. The M2 iPad Air is a workmanlike refresh that pretty much nobody should buy . And while the M4 iPad Pro is a more ambitious hardware upgrade, featuring a Castlevania-style double jump on the processor and an exceptionally skinny chassis, most reviewers agree that Apple hasnt changed what needed to be improved: iPadOS. (Perhaps the company will have good news for us on that front at WWDC next month.) Even now, this reporters advice to almost all potential buyers would be to ignore the new models and buy the 10th-gen iPad from 2022, which just got a handy price cut and is also, as a bonus, available in a stunning pink. Then again, the iPad has been Apples problem child for a while now. Rather unhelpfully, tablet owners have split into two camps: those who use their iPads to check emails on the sofa and therefore have incredibly low requirements; and creative professionals who use them to edit 8K video and have incredibly high requirements. With the former rarely if ever bothering to replace their devices and the latter comprising a very niche group, neither represents a healthy revenue stream. And until society at large changes its approach to the tablet form factor, its hard to imagine that even if Let Loose was the most exciting and successful iPad launch in historyone, for example, that did not feature an ad that annoyed a good proportion of the people who watched itwould have moved the dial very far in terms of unit sales. The fact is, however, that most of Apples product lines appear to be running out of inspiration at roughly the same time. And if you found Let Loose uninspiring, you should probably get used to it. The iPhone 16 , for example, is nailed on to be the focal point of Apples year, at least in terms of commercial importance. But what can we expect from this lodestar device? Based on the rumor mill were getting new processors (obviously), a fractionally larger screen, a slight change to the way the rear cameras are arranged and improved low-light performance, a new Capture button and potentially solid-state buttons elsewhere, and maybe Wi-Fi 7. None of which are exactly radical and bear in mind that rumors are far more likely to overstate the magnitude of imminent upgrades than to understate them. I dont mean this, by the way, as yet another criticism of Apples supposed lack of innovation; its not like other smartphone manufacturers are blowing us away either. I simply think that many of the consumer devices that have underpinned Apples success across the past decade or solaptops, tablets, smartphones, smartwatchesare simultaneously hitting a point where most of the significant improvements have already been made and were left with iterative tweaks. The first few iPhone releases were exciting precisely because the devices were so comparatively poor, from screen legibility to camera performance: there were problems to solve and low-hanging fruit to pluck. The iPhone 15 is too good a phone for the iPhone 16 to be anything other than a pale retread. Which is a bad thing for Apples accountants, but good for the rest of us. This isnt to say either that there are no items of interest rolling down Apples conveyor belt; its just that the commercially significant stuff, almost by its nature, lends itself to cautious iteration. Whereas Vision Pro is a fascinating and gloriously flawed product that will undergo a series of massive improvements in subsequent generations. And Apples first steps into the world of AI, also expected to be announced at WWDC (if only in part, so key elements can be held back for the iPhone 16 launch), should see similar missteps and recoveries that we can all enjoy. Theres still fun to be had. You just need to look in the right places. Foundry Foundry Foundry Trending: Top stories The iPad Air only exists to sell other iPads . Apple shouldnt have apologized for its controversial iPad Pro Crush ad . Apples rare iPad misstep is a symptom of a much larger problem . Worried about another iPad Pro Bendgate ? Apple wants you to relax . Dan Moren asks the big question : Are we in Apples post-iPad era ? The 10th-gen iPad is everything Apples SE devices should be . Heres one more reason you should get a nano-texture glass iPad Pro. Podcast of the week How fast is Apples new M4 chip? Whats the cost of breaking the screen for the new iPads? Was Apples latest ad oppressive? We talk about the latest iPad news in this episode of the Macworld Podcast! You can catch every episode of the Macworld Podcast on Spotify , Soundcloud , the Podcasts app , or our own site . Reviews corner M4 iPad Pro reviews praise what it looks like but not what it does . Head to head : iPad Air (M2) vs iPad Pro (M4) . Best Mac webcams : Get better image quality and features for video calls. The rumor mill The long wait for the next iPad mini might be even longer . Shocking report claims the next iPad Air will have an M3 chip . Software updates, bugs, and problems Warning: iOS 17.5 may resurface deleted photos . Apple says its working on a fix for an M4 iPad Pro HDR screen glitch . Report : iOS 18 to get a big AI boost with ChatGPT integration . iOS 17.5 is out now with tracker detection, News updates, and lots of security fixes . And with that, were done for this weeks Apple Breakfast. If youd like to get regular roundups, sign up for our newsletters . You can also follow uson Facebook , Threads , or Twitter for discussion of breaking Apple news stories. See you next Monday, and stay Appley. Apple Inc

Macworld 20 May 2024 4:00 pm

This Secret Apple iOS Hack Will Make Your iPhone Calls Much Clearer - CNET

Give your calls a boost in four easy steps. The person you're talking to will thank you.

Cnet 20 May 2024 3:30 pm

Apple Promotion Boosts iPhone Trade-In Values for a Limited Time

Apple today launched a limited-time promotion that increases the trade-in values for select iPhone models in the United States when customers buy a new iPhone. The promotion lasts from today until June 3, and means anyone trading in their existing iPhone 11 or newer will get more money knocked off the price of a new iPhone. As you can see from some of the new trade-in values below, the adjustments are slight, but the promotion still means more credit toward an upgrade than customers would have gotten yesterday: iPhone 14 Pro Max: Up to $650 (vs. $630) iPhone 14 Pro: Up to $530 (vs. $520) iPhone 14 Plus: Up to $430 (vs. $420) iPhone 14: Up to $380 (vs. $370) iPhone 13 Pro Max: Up to $460 (vs. $450) iPhone 13 Pro: Up to $380 (vs. $370) iPhone 13: Up to $320 (vs. $300) iPhone 13 mini: Up to $300 (vs. $270) iPhone SE (3rd generation): Up to $170 (vs. $160) Over the weekend, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman shared news of the promotion ahead of time. However, Gurman said the better trade-in values would only apply to customers purchasing one of Apple's latest iPhone 15 models, and that's not the case. On the contrary, the boosted values listed above apply to any series model in Apple's current smartphone lineup, including the iPhone 14, iPhone 13, and iPhone SE. Trade-ins can be completed on Apple's website or at an Apple Store, and the credit can be applied towards the purchase of a new Apple product, or placed on an Apple gift card for later use. Apple's trade-in page offers a complete list of values for devices. Tag: Apple Trade-In This article, Apple Promotion Boosts iPhone Trade-In Values for a Limited Time first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 3:04 pm

WWDC 2024: Everything you need to know

Macworld Of the big Apple events of the year, WWDC is the most reliable: In each of the past 17 Junes, like clockwork, Apple has held a big get-together for its developer partners and announced a raft of important software updates. The September iPhone launch and the March/April spring event (which didnt happen in 2023) seem almost unpredictable by comparison. In this article, we list the major announcements (and some of the smaller titbits) you can expect to hear about at WWDC 2024. Some of theseupdates to the five big Apple operating systems, most obviouslyare as predictable as the timing of the event. But we reckon Apple will spring a few surprises this year. Apple has announced that WWDC24 will be held from June 10-14 . When is WWDC 2024? Apple will kick off WWDC24 with a keynote at 10am Pacific Time on June 10, and the event for developers continues through June 14. Here are the dates from the past few years: WWDC 2023: June 5-9 WWDC 2022: June 6-10 WWDC 2021: June 7-11 WWDC 2020: June 22-26 WWDC 2019: June 3-7 WWDC 2018: June 4-8 What time does WWDC 2024 start? The keynote event will start at 10 a.m. in California. If you are wondering what time will the WWDC keynote start where you are it translates to: US: at 10 a.m. (PDT), 11 a.m. (MDT), noon (CDT), 1 p.m. (EDT) Canada: at 2 p.m. (ADT) UK: at 6 p.m. (BST) Europe: at 7 p.m. (CEST) India:at 10.30 p.m. (IST) Singapore and China: next day at 1 a.m. Japan: next day at 2 a.m. (JST) Australia: next day at 1 a.m. (AWST), 2.30 a.m. (ACST), 3 a.m. (AEST) New Zealand: next day at 5 a.m. (NZST) How to watch WWDC 2024 When WWDC starts Apple will live stream the opening keynote on its website and elsewhere, including on YouTube and on the Apple TV app. This means youll be able to watch the presentation on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and even PC. Here is the WWDC keynote video from 2023: What will Apple announce at WWDC 2024? WWDC stands for the Worldwide Developers Conference and is dedicated to the third-party software and hardware developers that create apps and accessories for Apples platforms: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and now Vision Pro . If you are a developer we have more information about getting an invite below. While devs are at the heart of the event, its also a press event that Apple uses to announce its software plans and potentially some new Macs and other products to the world. Read on to find out what we expect to see Apple unveil at the event, from software and hardware to some entirely new products. Apple Apple Apple WWDC 2024: Software releases WWDC is all about the software, so we can be certain that Apple will reveal details of its upcoming operating system updates for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, and Apple Watch. Those updates will then be issued to developers as a beta to test, and then a few weeks later a public beta will start. Eventually, the new software will be available for everyone to download in the fall (usually September for iOS/iPadOS/watchOS and October for macOS, although in 2023 macOS Sonoma arrived in September). Heres what to expect: iOS 18 The headliner of the event simply because of the sheer number of iPhone owners across the planet. If youve got an iPhone made within the past five years, youll likely be able to install the new version of iOS when its released in the fall of 2024. The rumors weve heard about iOS 18 so far indicate that it could be one of the biggest iOS update ever. You can expect AI-specific features, including Generative-AI updates to Siri, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. RCS support is also said to be coming to iPhones in that time frame. But before then, theres a whole beta-testing cycle to get through. iOS 18 will be announced at WWDC 2024, then released as a developer beta (for registered app developers only) almost immediately after the keynote. Developers will then be able to install the iOS beta and a few weeks later a public beta version will be made available for all users who want to try the new features. Our advice is to be cautious and prepared for serious flaws with the beta softwareit might even brick your device. Over the course of the next few months, the developer and public betas will go through a testing process where features will be tweaked, changed, fixed, and updated until we reach the finished iOS 18.0 public release, most likely in September. Read all the rumors and our hopes for iOS 18 in our iOS 18 guide. iPadOS 18 The accompanying update for iPad owners, iPadOS 18 is likely to incorporate most of the new features of iOS 18, but adapted to a larger-screen interface. When Apples two mobile operating systems split in 2019 they were similar in most respects, but the iPad version is heading steadily into its own realm. In 2022, Apple released iPad OS 16 a month after iOS 16, so its possible that the two versions dont arrive at the same time. macOS 15 Whats Apple got in store for its follow-up to macOS Sonoma ? Well find out at WWDC 2024. This version will be numbered macOS 15, but what is less predictable is the California landmark Apple will name the version after. So far weve had: Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura and Sonoma. Based on the trademarks Apple has applied for , macOS Rincon or Skyline could be likely. Well share all the rumors and our hopes for macOS 15 in our macOS 15 guide . visionOS 2 Now that the Vision Pro is on sale you can expect to hear about new software features coming to the device at WWDC. Apple is likely to have things to say about new apps being made for the device as well as third-party software that is being created for Vision Pro. watchOS 11 The new operating system for the Apple Watch will be revealed at WWDC 2024. This is more of a niche than the iPhone, iPad, and Mac updates discussed above but could bring more health and fitness features to Apple Watch owners around the world. Expect AT to have an impact here as well. tvOS 18 The lowest-profile of the big Apple operating systems, tvOS is the platform that runs on the Apple TV. What will we get this year? Youll find out at WWDC. HomePod software version 18 Apple is also likely to update the software on the HomePod and HomePod mini alongside the other operating systems. In 2022 Apple introduced HomePod Software Version 16 which didnt bring a lot of new features at the time, but a later update: HomePod Software Version 16.3 brought temperature and humidity sensing to the HomePod mini and more. We may hear more about Apples plans for the HomePod during the WWDC eventespecially as Apple is rumored to planning big changes to the HomePod . Other software You can also expect Apple to update its developer-focused apps, like Swift, Xcode and TestFlight. Apple displayed this special Swift logo on its WWDC 2023 website. Apple displayed this special Swift logo on its WWDC 2023 website. Apple Apple displayed this special Swift logo on its WWDC 2023 website. Apple Apple WWDC 2024: Hardware releases WWDC tends to be a software-focused event, but Apple has often found time during its WWDC keynotes to launch hardware products too. The first few iPhone revisionsiPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4Swere all released at WWDC, and the HomePod had its unveiling at the event in 2017 as well. However, the event has focused on Mac releases in recent years. Apple unveiled the iMac Pro in 2017 alongside updates to the iMac, MacBook, and MacBook Pro, and announced a new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR in June 2019. At WWDC 2020, Apple announced the transition from Intel to Apple silicon, and WWDC 2022 saw Apple launch the M2 chip in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. WWDC 2023 saw Apple introduce the Vision Pro, 15-inch MacBook Air, and the Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2 Ultra chip. Whats in the hardware pipeline for Apple right now? There are plenty of WWDC rumors, but whats really coming? Heres what we hope to see: Vision Pro The Vision Pro launched in the U.S. in February, but its still not available elsewhere in the world. We expect Apple to announce availability for the U.K., Europe, Canada and Australia at WWDC in June. Frankly, if Apple doesnt start selling the device outside the U.S. soon, it is going to look like a flop. Read more here: Apple Vision Pro: Everything you need to know . New Macs We already have M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max, so updates to the Mac mini and Mac Studio are long over due. Expect the M3 Ultra to arrive at this event. Mac Pro Over the years, including in 2023, new Mac Pro models have launched at WWDC and this year could be no different. We expect to see the Mac Pro gain the M3 Ultra processor at WWDC in June. Read what we know about the 2024 Mac Pro . Mac Studio If we see the M3 Ultra in the Mac Pro we will also see it in the Mac Studio. The Mac Studio will also get an M3 Max option. Read more here: Mac Studio M3 Max and Ultra rumors . Mac mini Now that the iMac and MacBook Air have an M3 chip, and the MacBook Pro an M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max chip, it is surely only a matter of time before those same chips make their way into the Mac mini. Read our new Mac mini rumors . iMac For some time there have been rumors that the iMac Pro will make a return, in the form of a M3 Pro and possibly M3 Max version of Apples all-in-one. This could make an appearance at WWDC 2024, but rumors do seem to suggest we could be waiting a little longer for this larger iMac. Read the rumors about Apples plans for the iMac Pro . How to attend WWDC If you want to attend the WWDC Keynote in person you need to be prepared to enter a lottery and apply for a ticket alongside other developers. There is a lot of competition for those tickets, which are randomly selected from those to apply and arent transferable. The good news is that tickets are free. The bad news is they have already been allocated for 2024. Apple invites developers to participate in a series of classes, workshops, and sessions to learn about the system-wide changes coming to the major software platforms in the coming year so they can update their apps. Some lucky developers even get to watch the event live in person. To be in with a chance of attending WWDC 2024 you needed to Request to attend on the Apple Developer website . The deadline to request to attend the event has now passed though. It was open to the following: Current Apple Developer Program members. Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni. Swift Student Challenge winners 2024 challenge applicants will be included in a separate random selection process for winners (in early May 2023 Apple began alerting the lucky few of their status as winners). Current Apple Developer Enterprise Program members. The lucky applicants were notified of their success in getting a ticket at the beginning of April 2024. You can find out more about how to get tickets to WWDC in our FAQ. WWDC keynote tickets have been free and randomly distributed for the past few years, but it previously cost $1,599 for developers to attend and those tickets sold out very quickly. Even without a ticket, all registered Apple developers get online access to session videos, slides, and sample code throughout the week. Apple will share additional conference information in advance of WWDC24 through the Apple Developer app . Further reading Well update this article regularly in the run-up to WWDC, so check back to see the latest news. For a broader view of the years plans, check out our guide to the new Apple products coming in 2024 . Apple Inc, Apple TV, iOS, Mac, MacOS, Personal Software

Macworld 20 May 2024 2:54 pm

How to clear the cache on your iPhone (and why you should)

Cache and cookies can clog your browser and slow your iPhone's performance. Here's a good way to get it back up to speed.

ZDNet 20 May 2024 2:27 pm

Does the iPad Pro (2024) come with a pen?

If you're considering the iPad Pro (2024), you might be wondering whether it comes with a pen. So, does it?

Digital Trends 20 May 2024 1:30 am

Turn Off FaceTime Reactions by Adjusting This Setting - CNET

It's easy to turn off the extra emoji and animations on FaceTime. Here's how.

Cnet 20 May 2024 12:30 am

iOS 18 to Use AI to Summarize Notifications, Add to Calendar, and More

Apple is poised to unveil an auto-summarization feature for notifications as part of a series of new artificial intelligence features in iOS 18 , according to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman . In today's edition of his Power On newsletter , Gurman provided more detail about what to expect from Apple's first major move into generative AI at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference: As part of the changes, the company will improve Siri's voice capabilities, giving it a more conversational feel, and add features that help users with their day-to-day lives an approach it calls proactive intelligence. That includes services like auto-summarizing notifications from your iPhone, giving a quick synopsis of news articles and transcribing voice memos, as well as improving existing features that auto-populate your calendar and suggest apps. There will also be some enhancements to photos in the form of AI-based editing, but none of those features will impress people who have used AI in Adobe Inc.'s apps for the last several months. Gurman added that while Apple will mainly rely on on-device processing to support its AI features, it will also deliver them via the cloud in data centers that contain high-end Apple silicon chips designed for the Mac. He also noted that a ChatGPT-like chatbot will be noticeably absent from Apple's upcoming AI features. Apple executives are said to have admitted that they're playing catch-up internally. Apple's inaugural push into AI is widely expected to be revealed as part of previews of its next-generation software updates at WWDC, which begins on June 10. Related Roundup: iOS 18 Tags: Bloomberg , Artificial Intelligence , Mark Gurman This article, iOS 18 to Use AI to Summarize Notifications, Add to Calendar, and More first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 May 2024 12:07 am

iPhone 16 Lineup Rumored to Come in These Two New Colors

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today outlined his expectations for the iPhone 16 lineup's color options, revealing that two new colors should replace two of the existing shades. Kuo outlined his expectations in a post on X (formerly Twitter) earlier today. He believes that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be available in black, white or silver, gray or Natural Titanium, and rose. This effectively means that the iPhone 15 Pro 's Blue Titanium option will be discontinued and replaced with a new rose color. This mirrors an earlier rumor originating in China, which claimed that the existing Blue Titanium color will be dropped from the iPhone 16 Pro lineup in favor of a new ose titanium color. On the other hand, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will apparently be offered in black, green, pink, blue, and white. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are available in black, green, pink, blue, and yellow. This means that white will replace yellow, with the colors remaining the same. Kuo noted that Apple may rename some of the existing colors, such as when it changed the iPhone 12's White to the iPhone 13 's Starlight. Likewise, where color names are not changed, the actual tone and appearance may still look different. The iPhone 16 lineup is expected to be announced in the fall. Related Roundups: iPhone 16 , iPhone 16 Pro Tag: Ming-Chi Kuo This article, iPhone 16 Lineup Rumored to Come in These Two New Colors first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 19 May 2024 11:38 pm

Android 15 release date: When will my phone get the update?

Android 15 is here, at least in the form of a beta. Here's everything we know about Android 15's release date (and when it's coming to your phone).

Digital Trends 19 May 2024 8:30 pm

This is the one AI feature from Google I/O 2024 I cant wait to use

Whether you love it or hate it, AI is all the rage right now. This was especially true at Google I/O 2024, where one particular AI feature stole my attention.

Digital Trends 19 May 2024 6:30 pm

AirTag With New Chip and Improved Location Tracking Due Next Year

Apple's next-generation AirTag item tracker is on track to launch in mid-2025, Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman reports. In his latest Power On newsletter , Gurman discussed Apple's work on the next-generation version of the AirTag, codenamed B589. Apple is currently completing manufacturing tests with partners in Asia and the new item tracker is still timetabled to launch around the middle of 2025. The new model will apparently feature an upgraded chip and enhanced location tracking capabilities. In October 2023, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said mass production of the second-generation AirTag had been postponed from the fourth quarter of 2024 until some point in 2025 . He believes the new AirTag will have some kind of integration with Apple's Vision Pro headset , but he has not shared any more specific details. See our AirTag 2 guide for more information. Tags: Bloomberg , Mark Gurman , AirTag This article, AirTag With New Chip and Improved Location Tracking Due Next Year first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 19 May 2024 5:58 pm

Gurman: No New Mac Studio and Mac Pro Until Mid-2025

Apple will not refresh the Mac Studio and Mac Pro with next-generation high-end chips until the middle of 2025, according to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman . In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter , Gurman said that Apple's current schedule does not include the launch of new Mac Studio and Mac Pro models until the middle of next year. Apple last updated the Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2-series chips at WWDC in 2023, meaning that they could go around 24 months without an update, even though the iPad Pro now contains the M4 chip. All other Macs with the exception of the MacBook Air should be available with the M4 chip by the end of 2024, but Gurman does not anticipate any new models being unveiled at WWDC in June. More to follow... Related Roundups: Mac Studio , Mac Pro Tags: Bloomberg , Mark Gurman Buyer's Guide: Mac Studio (Caution) , Mac Pro (Neutral) Related Forums: Mac Studio , Mac Pro This article, Gurman: No New Mac Studio and Mac Pro Until Mid-2025 first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 19 May 2024 5:45 pm

It's Almost Apple's Turn: iOS 18 Needs to Have These Features - CNET

Commentary: Yes, WWDC is just weeks away, but these iPhone features and tools would be game-changers if Apple added them to the iPhone.

Cnet 19 May 2024 4:30 pm

Best Phone Under $500 for 2024: Great Features at Lower Prices - CNET

Our favorite phone under $500 is so close to its more expensive sibling that there's no reason to pay more.

Cnet 19 May 2024 3:30 pm

Your iPhone's Notes App Is a Secret Weapon for Private Conversations. How It Works - CNET

Have private conversations and delete them like they never happened, right from your Notes app.

Cnet 19 May 2024 1:35 pm

Prism Drives secure 20TB cloud storage plan is under $90 until May 22

Macworld While cloud storage is a given these days, theyre not necessarily sufficient for all our photos, videos, and other media, and they often come with recurring or subscription fees. With Prism Drive, you can say goodbye to pesky subscription fees, as aone-time payment gets you 20TB of cloud storage for life .Now, you can grab it for less than$90, the lowest price you can find online. Prism Drives cloud solution offers an intuitive interface, and its 20TB plan meanstheresplenty of room for all your content. Helpful features like quick file previews, large file transfers, active monitoring for uploads, and trash recovery for up to 30 days makes this cloud storage option exceptionally handy. If youre concerned about privacy and security, Prism Driveis protectedby AES 256-bit and HTTPS encryption . That means your media is safe at rest and in transfertheres no tracking here. Files, photos, and videos stored on Prism Drive are also easy to share. Create shareable links to send to friends, family, or coworkers. Never run out of space again when you get a lifetime subscription to 20TB of Prism Drive cloud storage, now just $89.97 until May 22 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Thats the best price online, too! 20TB of Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage: Lifetime Subscription Only $89.97 at Macworld StackSocial prices subject to change. Accessories

Macworld 19 May 2024 1:30 pm

How to download the Android 15 beta right now

Android 15 is available as a public beta for those with a Google Pixel and other select Android devices to try for themselves. Here's how to download it.

Digital Trends 19 May 2024 3:30 am

WhatsApp: how to use bold, italics, and strikethrough in your messages

Want your WhatsApp messages to stand out? Here are the simple tricks to add bold, italics, strikethrough, or bullet points or quotes to your texts.

Digital Trends 19 May 2024 1:30 am

iFixit Shares 13-Inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Pro Teardown Video

The popular repair website iFixit today shared a video with teardowns of the new 13-inch iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil Pro . The website praised the inclusion of adhesive pull tabs for the battery cells in the new iPad Pro, as they make repairs easier. We already shared another iPad Pro teardown video , so the look inside the Apple Pencil Pro is the novel aspect here. Key hardware changes introduced with the Apple Pencil Pro include a gyroscope that allows you to rotate the accessory for precise control of shaped pen and brush tools, and a haptic engine that vibrates for certain actions. You can also track the location of the Apple Pencil Pro in the Find My app. Apple Pencil Pro is priced at $129 in the U.S. and launched on Wednesday. Related Roundup: iPad Pro Tags: iFixit , Teardown , Apple Pencil Buyer's Guide: iPad Pro (Buy Now) Related Forum: iPad Accessories This article, iFixit Shares 13-Inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Pro Teardown Video first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 18 May 2024 7:01 pm

Heres everything new in the iOS 17.5 update for your iPhone and iPad

Macworld Its been over a month since the release of iOS 17.4 , which brought new emojis and a few other features here in the U.S., but delivered a massive change for users in the European Union. In compliance with the Digital Markets Act, iPhones running iOS 17.4 and later now allow third-party app stores and browser engines, have new policies and terms for App Store apps, and a whole lot more. iOS 17.5 isnt nearly as monumental, but it still brings a few new features that users here and in the EU will appreciate. And it might be the last one we get for a whilewith iOS 18 coming at WWDC in just a few weeks Apples iOS 17 development is likely to slow down a bit. Heres everything you need to know about iOS 17.5: iOS 17.5 New features The most notable new feature is once again for the EU, Apple now allows users to download apps from a developers website instead of just an App Store. However, there are also some new features for U.S. users. In partnership with Google, Apple has finally introduced cross-platform tracking detection that will deliver notifications to users if a compatible Bluetooth tracker (AirTag and third-party devices) they do not own is moving with them, regardless of what operating system the device is paired with. If you need to send a broken iPhone to the Apple Store, a new Repair State mode will let you keep Find My and Activation Lock enabled but still allow technicians access your phone. The update also includes new Pride month wallpapers in five different color schemes. Additionally, there are some new features for Apple News+ subscribers: Offline mode in Apple News+ gives you access to the Today feed and News+ tab, even when you dont have an internet connection Quartiles is a new and original daily word game that is now available in Apple News+ Scoreboard in News+ Puzzles gives you access to new player data for Crossword, Mini Crossword and Quartiles, including stats and streaks iOS 17.5 security updates There are more than a dozen security updates in iOS 17.5 that include important fixes to AppleAVD (the audio and video decoder), FindMy, Maps, and Notes, along with two critical patches that could lead to arbitrary code execution: Kernel Impact: An attacker may be able to cause unexpected app termination or arbitrary code execution Description: The issue was addressed with improved memory handling. WebKit Impact: An attacker with arbitrary read and write capability may be able to bypass Pointer Authentication Description: The issue was addressed with improved checks. To learn more about each of these, check out Apples page about the security content of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 . Suffice it to say there are quite a lot of fixes to multiple apps and frameworksa lot of surface area as they sayso updating your iPhone and iPad as soon as possible is recommended. iOS 17.5: How to install You will probably be prompted to install iOS 17.5 eventually, but that can take days or even weeks. If you want to update right away, follow these steps: OpenSetting. Tap General Tap Software Update Youll see the update appear, tap Download and Install (or Install Now if your iPhone has already downloaded it) Youll need to enter your passcode and your iPhone will restart after the update downloads and installs Find out everything you need to know about iOS 17 in our iOS 17 superguide . iOS

Macworld 18 May 2024 7:00 pm

Top Stories: New iPads Launch, Apple Previews iOS 18 Accessibility Features, and More

The new iPads are here! Following their unveiling at last week's Let Loose Apple event, the new iPad Pro and iPad Air models launched this week alongside the Apple Pencil Pro and revamped Magic Keyboard, bringing the first updates to Apple's iPad lineup in over 18 months. This week also saw the release of iOS 17.5 and related operating system updates, while Apple previewed some clever new accessibility features coming later this year and we got an intriguing rumor about the 2025 iPhone lineup, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more! Hands-On With New iPad Pro: M4 Chip, OLED Display, and More The new iPad Pro and iPad Air models launched on Wednesday after being unveiled by Apple last week. We shared a hands-on video for the new iPad Pro , which has several new features compared to the previous model, including a faster M4 chip , a brighter OLED display, a thinner design, the front camera and Face ID sensors moved to the landscape edge of the device, and compatibility with the redesigned Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil Pro . Hands-On With the New M2 iPad Air In addition to the new M4 iPad Pro, we also picked up an M2 iPad Air in order to see what's new with the mid-tier iPad family and shared our early thoughts in a hands-on video . The new 13-inch size option is of course the most obvious change, but the new M2 chip is a welcome spec bump and the relocated front camera is great for those who want to use their iPad in a landscape orientation. The M2 iPad Air is at least $400 cheaper than the M4 iPad Pro, so you can save quite a bit of money while still getting a very capable device that will last you for years. iPhone 17 Lineup Rumored to Feature All-New Slim Model Above Pro Max With 'Major Redesign' We've been hearing a few rumors about an iPhone 17 Slim to replace the current Plus model for the 2025 iPhone lineup, and this week we got additional detail on what this device might be . According to The Information , Apple is aiming to discontinue the Plus model with the iPhone 17 lineup, and this new Slim model will sit at the top of the lineup above the Pro Max model. The new high-end model will feature a significant redesign that could be much thinner than current iPhone models and see changes like relocating the rear camera array to the top middle of the device from the corner where it has been since the original iPhone in 2007. Here's How the New iPad Pro Holds Up in Bend Tests Given that the new iPad Pro is advertised as being the thinnest Apple product ever , it was only a matter of time before the first bend test videos for the devices surfaced on YouTube. The new 13-inch iPad Pro has a thickness of just 5.1mm, making it slimmer than even the seventh-generation iPod nano released in 2012. Apple made internal design changes to the new iPad Pro to ensure it remains strong. Apple Previews iOS 18 Accessibility Features, Including Eye Tracking Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day this week, Apple previewed many new accessibility features coming later this year with updates like iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, and visionOS 2. Two notable features coming to the iPhone and iPad include eye tracking, and visual cues that can help to reduce motion sickness in a moving vehicle. There are also new accessibility features for CarPlay . Apple Releases iOS 17.5 With These New Features Apple released iOS 17.5 this week following around six weeks of beta testing, and there are a handful of new features and changes for the iPhone, such as expanded support for item tracking alerts, and a new Quartiles game for Apple News+ subscribers. iOS 17.5 also includes 15 security patches , so make sure to update your iPhone as soon as possible to keep yourself protected from software vulnerabilities. iPhone Emulators on the App Store: Game Boy, N64, PS1, PSP, and More In April, Apple updated its guidelines to allow retro game emulators on the App Store, and several popular emulators have already been released for consoles like the Game Boy, Nintendo 64, original PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, SEGA Genesis, and others. Check out our list of popular emulators available on the App Store so far for the iPhone, iPad, and/or Apple TV, including Delta, RetroArch, and more. MacRumors Newsletter Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view. So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter ! Tag: Top Stories This article, Top Stories: New iPads Launch, Apple Previews iOS 18 Accessibility Features, and More first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 18 May 2024 6:30 pm

The Secret iPhone Feature That Lets You Take Stunning Long-Exposure Photos - CNET

Use Live Photos to take gorgeous long-exposure shots, with no extra apps or equipment needed.

Cnet 18 May 2024 4:30 pm

Best T-Mobile Phones for 2024 - CNET

Handpicked by CNET editors, these are the best phones available from T-Mobile in 2024.

Cnet 18 May 2024 4:00 pm

iOS 17.5 Is Here, but Don't Forget These iOS 17.2 Features - CNET

The update was released months ago, and it was packed with features including the Journal app and Contact Key Verification.

Cnet 18 May 2024 3:30 pm

Best Senior Phone Plans of 2024 - CNET

Carriers large and small offer discounts for older adults, but not all plans are the same.

Cnet 18 May 2024 3:30 pm

This waterproof Bluetooth speaker offers 360 surround sound at a price better than Amazons, now $100

Macworld Whether youre planning a beach day or camping trip this summer, theres one thing youll need to keep the mood upbeat: music. Fortunately, you can bring happy beats and tunes wherever you go with the TREBLAB HD-360 Bluetooth speaker. This highly portable and user-friendly speaker is sure to be a welcome accessory, especially since has an impressive 20 hours of battery life, IPX4 waterproofing, surround sound, and more. Now, its on sale for $99.99 (reg. $159)itsa price that even beats Amazons. The standout feature of the TREBLAB HD-360 is its IPX4 waterproofing.Itll keep playing your music even when its touched by wayward splashes, rain, and other liquid .Its the ideal speaker for beach or pool days, as well asother outdoor excursions. The TREBLAB HD-360 easily connects to your iPhone and other devices withBluetooth 5.0 and provides 90W and 360 surround for rich, smooth basses and clear highs.With a full charge,you can play tunes for up to 20 hours. Thanks to its TWS mode, you can amplify your music by pairing two speakers together. This speaker even has NFC technology, which makes it easy to pair NFC-enabled devices to the TREBLAB. Bring immersive, crisp sound anywhere when you get the TREBLAB HD-360 Bluetooth Speaker for just $99.99 . TREBLAB HD-360 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Only $99.99 at Macworld StackSocial prices subject to change. Speakers

Macworld 18 May 2024 3:30 pm

Best Cheap Phone of 2024: Most Value for the Money - CNET

We round up the best inexpensive phones we've reviewed from Apple, Samsung and Google Pixel. Our list of affordable phones should help you save money, with the cheapest starting at $160.

Cnet 18 May 2024 3:00 pm

Turn a Video into a GIF on iPhone and iPad

Animated GIFs have become a staple of the internet. Invented in 1987, the looping, soundless video clips can be found everywhere online, from social media networks to messaging platforms. They're often used to express emotions, communicate ideas, or just make people laugh. Because they are so short, GIF files are quick to load and they play automatically, so they communicate what you want instantaneously and without effort on the viewer's part. What's more, thanks to Apple's Shortcuts app, you can turn video clips into GIFs quickly and easily on your iPhone and iPad without even having to download anything. The following steps show you how it's done. Open the Shortcuts app. Using the Gallery tab, search for Video to GIF, tap the shortcut in the results, then tap Add Shortcut . Run the shortcut by tapping its card in the My Shortcuts tab. You'll be presented with a list of videos from your photo library that you can turn into GIFs. Choose the clip that you want to convert. If the video is too long, you'll be prompted to trim it down by dragging the chevrons on either end of the clip. After that, tap Save . Tap the Share button below the preview to Save Image or choose a sharing method. Once you're finished, tap Done . If you want more control when making your own GIFs, consider using a dedicated GIF creation tool such as GIPHY . The app is free to download and includes additional options including stickers and effects to apply to your creations. This article, Turn a Video into a GIF on iPhone and iPad first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 18 May 2024 2:15 pm

Apple Prepares to Launch Vision Pro in UK, Canada, and Other Countries

Apple will soon begin selling the Vision Pro in additional markets outside the U.S., according to Bloomberg , and Mark Gurman today reports that the United Kingdom and Canada are included in the list of countries where the headset is next set to launch. Gurman's update corroborates the exact same list of countries for the next Vision Pro launches that MacRumors revealed back in March . They include: Australia Canada China France Germany Japan Singapore South Korea UK Apple has not announced a launch date for the Vision Pro in these countries, but it is expected to happen after the Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to take place from June 10 to June 14. To prepare for the multi-region launch, hundreds of employees from international retail stores have been flying into Cupertino for multi-day Vision Pro training sessions, according to Bloomberg . Interest in the Vision Pro in the U.S. has waned in the months since its launch, leading Apple to reportedly reduce shipments . While international sales may revive enthusiasm for the device, the $3,500 USD price tag remains a significant barrier. Pricing for other countries has yet to be announced. Related Roundup: Apple Vision Pro Tag: Mark Gurman Buyer's Guide: Vision Pro (Buy Now) Related Forum: Apple Vision Pro This article, Apple Prepares to Launch Vision Pro in UK, Canada, and Other Countries first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 18 May 2024 2:05 pm

Use Beelinguapp to learn a new language by reading and listening, only $29.97

Macworld Learning a new language can help you communicate abroad andcan evenimprove your career prospects. While language learning isnt easy, you can learn more intuitively withBeelinguapp. Beelinguapphelps students master a second language by focusing on the listening approach to learning .Now,lifetime access to this innovative language-learning solution is only$29.97(reg. $100). Compatible with Android 4.3 and up and iOS 9 and higher, Beelinguapp offers 14differentlanguages to learn, including Korean, Spanish, French, and more. How itworksis that it showsyou two texts side by side, one in your first or native language, and the other youre learning.It also provides an audiobook option with karaoke reading, allowing students to follow the audios text for greater language immersion. To keep you motivated to learn your new language,you can pick which type of text to learn from.Options include fairy tales, news, science papers, classic novels, and more. New texts are also added weekly. Beelinguappsinnovative approach to learning a second language has earned it rave reviews, and the platform boasts over 57K reviews on the Google Play Store, as well as a 4.8-star rating out of five on the App Store. Learn a new language by listening and reading along. Grab a lifetime subscription to Beelinguapp, now just $29.97 until May 22 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Beelinguapp Language Learning App: Lifetime Subscription Only $29.97 at Macworld acc StackSocial prices subject to change. Accessories

Macworld 18 May 2024 1:30 pm

Apple to Increase Old iPhone Trade-In Values for iPhone 15 Customers

Apple for a limited time will increase the trade-in value for older iPhones when customers buy any iPhone 15 model in the U.S. and Canada. Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman reports that Apple will soon boost the credit paid for older iPhones when customers buy an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max. The offer does not apply to other devices in Apple's smartphone lineup, including the iPhone 14, iPhone 13, and iPhone SE (4th generation). Gurman did not mention the new values of old iPhones in its trade-in program, only that they will increase as of Monday, May 20, with the offer continuing through to Monday, June 3. Apple currently offers the following credit values for older iPhones as part of its trade-in program: iPhone SE (3rd generation): Up to $160 iPhone 13 mini: Up to $270 iPhone 13: Up to $300 iPhone 13 Pro: Up to $370 iPhone 13 Pro Max: Up to $450 iPhone 14: Up to $370 iPhone 14 Plus: Up to $420 iPhone 14 Pro: Up to $520 iPhone 14 Pro Max: Up to $630 Trade-ins can be completed on Apple's website or at an Apple Store, and the credit can be applied towards the purchase of a new Apple product, or placed on an Apple gift card for later use. Apple's trade-in page offers a complete list of values for devices. Related Roundups: iPhone 15 , iPhone 15 Pro Tags: Apple Trade-In , Mark Gurman Buyer's Guide: iPhone 15 (Caution) , iPhone 15 Pro (Caution) Related Forum: iPhone This article, Apple to Increase Old iPhone Trade-In Values for iPhone 15 Customers first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 18 May 2024 1:19 pm

'iPhone 17 Slim' Could Move Rear Cameras to Top Center in Biggest Redesign Since iPhone X

The Information today reported that Apple plans to release an all-new, high-end iPhone 17 model next year, and there was one detail that is worth singling out: the rear cameras could be relocated to the op center of the device. Google's Pixel 8 Pro The rear camera system on the iPhone has been positioned in the top-left corner of the device since the original 2007 model, so the cameras being moved to the top center of the device would be a notable change. Some popular Android smartphones have rear cameras positioned towards the top center, such as Google's Pixel 8 Pro. The report said the new iPhone 17 model will feature a major redesign akin to the iPhone X, so it sounds like Apple has big plans for this device. With the report claiming the device could have a higher price tag than the Pro Max model, which starts at $1,199, perhaps it will end up being the iPhone Ultra that has been rumored for a few years. Here is everything that the report mentioned about the slimmer iPhone 17: Between a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display ( likely 6.5-inch ) A significantly thinner design with an aluminum frame Rear cameras moved to op center of device A higher price tag than the Pro Max model in the iPhone lineup Improved front camera A narrower Dynamic Island A19 chip Read our initial coverage of the report for more details about the device. Tag: The Information This article, 'iPhone 17 Slim' Could Move Rear Cameras to Top Center in Biggest Redesign Since iPhone X first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 18 May 2024 3:30 am