How to disable Apple’s HEIF and HEVC formats in iOS

Apple introduced two high-efficiency multimedia formats in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra: HEIF and HEVC. They take up substantially less storage for the same quality of image as comparable JPEG, PNG, and H.264 video. However, they’re not very useful outside the Apple ecosystem of apps.

Right now, these formats get employed exclusively when you take pictures or shoot video in iOS 11. By default, you’re using HEIF for images and HEVC for video. However, whenever you export images or share them from iOS or the Photos app in macOS, they’re converted into a compatible format. It’s only when a non-Apple app (or an older version of Apple’s apps) tries to work directly on the original file as stored that you can run into trouble, as Macworld reader Nik has found.

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Where oh where can the Mac updates be?

Even before Tim Cook took the stage, there was little expectation that this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference would focus on anything other than software. But now, with it in our rearview mirror and a new iPhone announcement likely not far down the road, questions have turned to the future of Mac hardware.

Rogue Amoeba co-founder Quentin Carnicelli stirred up some discussion this past week by examining Apple’s current Mac lineup, and pointing out that, with the exception of the new iMac Pro, none of it has been updated in over a year. (The most egregious case being, of course, the Mac mini, which is closing in on four years without a revision.) That’s prompted some clamor that Apple should commit to yearly updates of its computer platform, just as it does with the iPhone.

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GarageBand 10.3 update makes Artist Lessons free and adds 1,000 new loops

Apple's free music creation software, GarageBand, hasn't been updated for about a year. Last summer, with version 10.2, the Mac app got a totally redesigned interface, Touch Bar support, and the ability to sync and edit projects between Mac and iOS.

This summer's 10.3 update is every bit as substantial, and perhaps even more so. It adds a huge number of new loops and sound effects, new instrument sounds, and it makes all the Artist Lessons free

First introduced in 2009, Artist Lessons are a series of videos in which famous recording artists teach you how to play some of their most famous songs on guitar or piano. Sting will show you how to play "Roxanne" on guitar, while Norah Jones will teach you how to play "Thinking of You" on piano.

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The best Mac game deals from the Steam Summer Sale 2018

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s the first day of summer—but more importantly, it’s also the first day of the Steam Summer Sale. And if you love to play games on your Mac, then you’ll want to grab your wallet for this one.

Thousands upon thousands of games are discounted in this year’s Intergalactic Summer Sale, with some bigger and/or recent releases available for a fraction of their normal asking prices, plus a fine selection of older classics sold for a couple bucks a pop. Ready to load up on Mac games for the months ahead? Here are the best deals we’ve found in the sale. Be sure to snag any games before the sale ends on July 5.

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iOS 12: How to use Live Listen with your AirPods

If you have MFi-compatible hearing aids, you can do more than just play music or make calls straight from your iPhone: You can also use your iPhone as a special sound-boosting microphone to help you hear in difficult situations.

You simply turn on the feature—called Live Listen—and place your phone near the person you’re talking to. Say, over on their side of the table in a crowded and noisy restaurant. Your iPhone’s mic will pick up nearby sounds and send them, boosted, to your hearing aids.

With iOS 12, the Live Listen feature comes to AirPods, too. It’s a great feature that can really help those who don’t necessarily need a hearing aid but are having trouble hearing others in a difficult situation. Here’s how to get it working.

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Bag Week 2018: WP Standard’s Rucksack goes the distance

WP Standard – formerly called Whipping Post Leather – makes rugged leather bags, totes, and briefcases and their Rucksack is one of my favorites. Designed to look like something a Pony Express rider would slip on for a visit to town, this $275 is sturdy, handsome, and ages surprisingly well.

There are some trade-offs, however. Except for two small front pouches there are no hidden nooks and crannies in this spare 15×15 inch sack. The main compartment can fit a laptop and a few notebooks and the front pouches can hold accessories like mice or a little collection of plugs. There is no fancy nylon mesh or gear organizers here, just a brown expanse of full grain leather.

I wore this backpack for a few months before writing this and found it surprisingly comfortable and great for travel. Because it is so simple I forced myself to pare down my

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Get A Lifetime Of PixelModo’s Graphic Design Tools For $49.99 (91% Off)

Admit it. In at least one point in your life, you wanted to create something aesthetic. We’ve all been there, but not all of us have done that. Some individuals happen to have an eye for design, but that doesn’t mean no one else can create something beautiful.

This leads us to today, the digital age. When you open up a website, what’s the first thing you notice? Does the website look good? Are the banners well made? Yesterday’s artists are becoming today digital designers. However, as we stated before, you don’t need to be Picasso to design a great website; all you need are the right tools, and a PixelModo subscription has everything you need.

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Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Custom chip and OS could delay it until September

Apple’s new AirPower is a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. We hope to fill the void here. We’ll update this article as we get more details, so stay tuned.

Update June 21, 2018: A Bloomberg News report says AirPower might not ship until September due to numerous technological hurdles.

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Now that WWDC has passed with nary a passing mention of AirPower, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News has chimed in with a report detailing why the charging mat is so late. According to his sources, the main issue for the delay is the "the complexity of the circuitry" that has led to numerous issues with development of the device, including overheating. Since AirPower will be one of the Continue reading "Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Custom chip and OS could delay it until September"

What to do when your two-step Apple ID account is locked

I woke up on a Friday morning, groggy with allergies, a mild cold, and a message on my iPhone. I needed to enter my password to proceed. I did so, but only after checking that it wasn’t some kind of phishing message—the message was generated on the home screen and using iOS, not in a browser or an app.

After entering my password, my iPhone said, “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.” I needed to go through an unlock process. I presume my account was locked because someone had attempted to lock in and had too many password failures.

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Apple warns you when it’s locked your account.

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No good deed goes unpunished: The Apple blame game

WWDC is long over but The Macalope has still not dug out from under the backlog of BLAZZLEFROZZLE that erupted in the wake of Apple’s keynote.

Writing for The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo said after WWDC “Apple Shuns the Tech Industry’s Apology Tour.”

Reasonable people could probably come up with a list of things for Apple to apologize for. Maybe your MacBook Pro keyboard is a lemon, maybe you’re having a hard time picking out a good Mac to buy because the company doesn’t make Macs as often as they used to. Whatever your very reasonable complaint is, you won’t find it in this piece.

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