iOS 13: How to use Look Around in Apple Maps


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It only took 12 years, but Apple Maps will finally get a feature that resembles Google’s Street View when iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 drop sometime later this year. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with macOS.) Look Around works a lot like Street View, but it comes with some attractions of its own, including smoother transition animations and photos that use parallax in order deliver a 3D-like depth you don’t find Google Maps.

It’s also really easy to use, as you can see below.

One catch: Look Around is currently a very limited feature, as you’ll only be able to use it in the United States, and even then you can only use it in places like the Hawaiian island of Oahu and California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Apple is steadily collecting imagery for other locations, though, and you can get an idea of its progress through this page.

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The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from June 2019


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June turned out to be a great month for software announcements from Apple itself at WWDC, and luckily we got a few great releases on the iOS App Store as well. For one, Niantic’s long-awaited Harry Potter-themed followup to Pokémon Go finally made it to iOS, and we also got some fantastic ports of beloved games from other systems. June also gave us a couple of retro-styled games that are perfectly suited to the quick bursts of gameplay that the iPhone excels at.

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The 12-inch MacBook is dead, and it will be missed


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Apple officially killed off the scrappy, portable 12-inch MacBook and I’m wallowing in my grief. It certainly wasn’t a laptop for everyone, but it was the perfect MacBook for me and people like me—namely, carless writers who need access to a laptop for edits and quick stories within a moment’s notice regardless of where they are. I was waiting to buy a new one until Apple released a new model—preferably one with the membrane-padded keyboards we find in the latest MacBooks, but now I may content myself with the latest 2017 model with the best processor so I can get as much life out of it as I can.

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Got 1.5GB to spare? Apple’s Texas Hold’em is back on iOS


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It’s been a year of big software-related surprises in the Appleverse, and today we’ve got another one for you. In celebration of the App Store’s 10th anniversary, Apple’s own Texas Hold’em card game has finally made its way back to the iOS App Store after an eight-year absence. For that matter, we’ve got another surprise—this “simple” card game weighs in at 1.5GB. Yikes. When we originally reviewed it in 2008, we warned you about the “huge 128MB download size.”

Apple restored the game to the App Store using the same listing, so it’s kind of funny to see reviews that were written 10 years ago, as though the game had vanished and reappeared thanks to a Thanos-style snap. Texas Hold’em looks about the same, but sports improved graphics—which probably have a lot to do with the massive file size—and you can play at 10 locations ranging from Vegas Continue reading "Got 1.5GB to spare? Apple’s Texas Hold’em is back on iOS"

Kuo: Scissor-switch keyboards to return in 2019 MacBook Air, 2020 MacBook Pro


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Few if any of Apple’s recent designs have been so vocally reviled as its butterfly keyboards for the MacBook. But according to a new report from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (as reported by 9to5Mac), Apple may at last be reverting to the scissor-switch design for this year’s MacBook Air and 2020’s MacBook Pro.

This doesn’t mean that Apple is simply bringing back the beloved keyboard it used in older MacBooks. Instead, Kuo claims the new keyboards will have a fresh design that includes glass fiber for reinforcing the keys. Interestingly, Kuo suggests that such a scissor-switch design should cost Apple less to make, although I’ll caution that we’ll have to wait to see if that translates into savings at the consumer level.

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How to use Sidecar to make your iPad a secondary Mac display in macOS Catalina and iPadOS


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If your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you can now use your iPad as a secondary monitor with the new “Sidecar” feature. It’s ridiculously easy to set up wirelessly through AirPlay.

First, a few notes. Unlike with some existing third-party screen-sharing apps such as Air Display 3, you can really only use your fingers on the display for simple actions such as scrolling through text.

The Apple Pencil works as a “mouse,” though—and that includes using it to alter and create images through the full version of Adobe Photoshop while we’re waiting on the proper iPad version to appear. Apart from the Apple Pencil, interaction involves a number of shortcuts on the borders of the interface—and you can press these with your fingers. Notably, Apple also includes relevant Touch Bar actions when someone is using an app on the iPad through Sidecar, so in Safari, for instance, you’ll see Continue reading "How to use Sidecar to make your iPad a secondary Mac display in macOS Catalina and iPadOS"

iPadOS 13: How to use the floating digital keyboard


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Here’s a truth we’ve had to endure for the iPad’s entire lifespan until now: The bigger the iPad, the bigger the frustration of typing on the screen when you’re holding the tablet like a clipboard. One hand had to hold up the iPad, leaving the index finger of your other hand to hunt and peck its way across the QuickType keyboard on the expansive screen. It certainly didn’t help that the normal keyboard is simply bad for presentation because it obscures around a fourth of the screen.

Apple originally attempted to solve this problem by letting you split the keyboard in two halves, but Apple is removing that feature with iPadOS 13. That’s because iPadOS 13 introduces a better option: Now there’s a floating iPhone-sized keyboard that can freely move to any spot of the display. Unlike the iPad’s digital keyboard in its default configuration, this smaller floating keyboard Continue reading "iPadOS 13: How to use the floating digital keyboard"

iPadOS 13: How to use the floating digital keyboard


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Here’s a truth we’ve had to endure for the iPad’s entire lifespan until now: The bigger the iPad, the bigger the frustration of typing on the screen when you’re holding the tablet like a clipboard. One hand had to hold up the iPad, leaving the index finger of your other hand to hunt and peck its way across the QuickType keyboard on the expansive screen. It certainly didn’t help that the normal keyboard is simply bad for presentation because it obscures around a fourth of the screen.

Apple originally attempted to solve this problem by letting you split the keyboard in two halves, but Apple is removing that feature with iPadOS 13. That’s because iPadOS 13 introduces a better option: Now there’s a floating iPhone-sized keyboard that can freely move to any spot of the display. Unlike the iPad’s digital keyboard in its default configuration, this smaller floating keyboard Continue reading "iPadOS 13: How to use the floating digital keyboard"

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad or iPhone


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A vocal number of heavy-duty iPad users have begged for mouse support on the iPad for years, and that support is finally coming with iPadOS 13 this fall. A little surprisingly, iOS 13 also brings mouse support to the iPhone.

It’s not so surprising, though, that Apple chose to bury it deep within the iPhone and iPad’s Accessibility settings. And when you do hook up a mouse through a Bluetooth or wired connection, you’ll still have to deal with an ugly circular cursor that’s meant to mimic a human fingerprint and a few interface complications. We’re glad the feature’s here, but it doesn’t quite work the way we’d hoped. (It is, after all, designed as an Accessibility feature.)

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Jony Ive’s departure from Apple is an even bigger test than losing Steve Jobs


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On Thursday, Apple announced that design chief Jony Ive was departing as an employee of Apple after almost 30 years with the company, during which he spearheaded the design for iconic products ranging from the iMac to the iPhone. It doesn’t appear to have been a hostile departure, as Apple’s official press release states that Ive is forming an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients.” Technically we’re not yet looking at a totally Jony Ive-free Apple, but it’s easy to get the impression that we might as well be.

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iOS 13: How to turn on Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad


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One of iOS 13’s most highly anticipated changes is also one of its simplest. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system finally introduces a Dark Mode for your iPhone and iPad’s interface, much as last year’s macOS Mojave finally bought a Dark Mode to Apple’s desktop operating system.

Once it’s on, formerly white interface elements of iOS change to black (or a deep slate gray), and the text shifts to a brighter color for better legibility. That means that many Apple apps (such as Mail and Music) will now put less of a strain on your eyes at night, and there’s a small chance that Dark Mode will even improve your battery life. And, of course, it just looks cool.

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Pages, Numbers, and Keynote productivity apps for iOS and macOS get major update


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Fresh on the heels of the release of the public betas for iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina, Apple has updated both the iOS and macOS versions of its iWork apps:\

Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

Each app comes with its own bag of goodies, but each one now comes with better options for editing lists, charts, and tables—including the ability to create customized bullets. All three apps also let you stylize your text with new outline styles or by filling in the letters with gradients or your own images.

In addition, all of the updates include a "face detection" feature that intelligently positions subjects in photos when you place those photos in placeholders or objects.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite won’t dethrone Pokémon Go, but it’s just as magical


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Pokémon Go thrived on the joys of simple discovery and exploration. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, as befits a game inspired by the goings-on at an imaginary elite school, requires learning so many extra features that it sometimes feels more like taking a class.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It does probably mean that its extra dose of complexity will keep developer Niantic’s game from achieving the same pinnacle of popularity as its 2016 blockbuster, but its appeal lies in offering the best bits of Pokémon Go’s experience for a different sort of crowd. After spending some time with Wizards Unite, I’m fairly certain I number among them.

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The new AirPods just had their first price drop at Amazon


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If you’ve been wanting to save a few bucks on the second-generation AirPods, today’s your lucky day (particularly if you’re not a Costco member). Today, Amazon is selling Apple’s beloved true wireless earbuds with a wireless charging case for $179.99, down from the normal retail price of $199. It’s the first time we’ve seen a discount for this model at Amazon.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic’s follow-up to Pokémon Go, launches this Friday


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Almost two years after we first heard about it, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to work its magic in the United States and the United Kingdom this Friday, June 21. The augmented reality-based game is developer Niantic's long-awaited follow-up to Pokémon Go, and it shares many features in common with the 2016 phenomenon. Australia and New Zealand got to enjoy a beta rollout back in May, and Niantic hinted yesterday that Wizards Unite will launch in other countries later. Considering how long it took Pokémon Go to launch in Japan, though, “later” could mean anywhere from weeks to months.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic’s follow-up to Pokémon Go, launches this Friday


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Almost two years after we first heard about it, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to work its magic in the United States and the United Kingdom this Friday, June 21. The augmented reality-based game is developer Niantic's long-awaited follow-up to Pokémon Go, and it shares many features in common with the 2016 phenomenon. Australia and New Zealand got to enjoy a beta rollout back in May, and Niantic hinted yesterday that Wizards Unite will launch in other countries later. Considering how long it took Pokémon Go to launch in Japan, though, “later” could mean anywhere from weeks to months.

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Safari on iPadOS 13: The best new features


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Since the iPad was introduced in 2010, users have endured the same Safari experience they knew from the iPhone, which fueled jabs that Apple’s tablet was little more than a gigantic version of the iPhone. Interfaces for commonly used sites like WordPress wouldn’t load properly. Google Docs forced you to a dedicated app that lacked features of both the desktop and mobile versions. Sometimes you simply couldn’t see key interface elements that you’d get on the desktop version of a site.

Apple has finally given us a Safari browsing experience that makes it easier to take the iPad seriously as a laptop alternative or replacement. When iPadOS 13 drops sometime this fall, here are some of the treats you can expect.

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Safari on iPadOS 13: The best new features


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Since the iPad was introduced in 2010, users have endured the same Safari experience they knew from the iPhone, which fueled jabs that Apple’s tablet was little more than a gigantic version of the iPhone. Interfaces for commonly used sites like WordPress wouldn’t load properly. Google Docs forced you to a dedicated app that lacked features of both the desktop and mobile versions. Sometimes you simply couldn’t see key interface elements that you’d get on the desktop version of a site.

Apple has finally given us a Safari browsing experience that makes it easier to take the iPad seriously as a laptop alternative or replacement. When iPadOS 13 drops sometime this fall, here are some of the treats you can expect.

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The 2019 MacBook Pros get the steepest Amazon discounts we’ve seen so far


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This year’s MacBook Pro models are getting their steepest discounts ever at Amazon, with price cuts ranging from $149 to $199. Those aren't huge discounts, but they’re the best we've seen for the devices that launched just last month, with several configurations up for sale:

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • $1,649.99 (down from $1,799)

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5
  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • $1,849.99 (down from $1,999)

15-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM
  • $2,199.99 (down from $2,399)

These newer models don’t look all that different from their counterparts from 2018, but they’re sporting better processors across the board. Additionally, Apple says it made some improvements its "butterfly" keyboards that should make them less likely to fail. So if you've been holding out on Continue reading "The 2019 MacBook Pros get the steepest Amazon discounts we’ve seen so far"

The iPhone X notch: It’s time for haters to apologize


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It’s time, folks. Time to admit Apple was right to introduce the notch for the iPhone X back in 2017. Oh, sure, it was fun to ridicule the little black strip at the time; to see the memes grumbling about how Apple had lost its way and the tweets asserting that Steve Jobs Would Never Have Done This. But just 21 months later, we’re already seeing articles discussing which phones don’t have notches. Even Apple’s most direct rivals have embraced the notch: It sticks out like a black tongue on the Google Pixel 3 XL, and it lurks in the corner of Samsung’s overly ambitious Galaxy Fold. All these months later, Apple’s implementation of it remains, well, top notch.

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