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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Apple Pencil: All the changes coming in iPadOS 13


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Apple didn’t announce any new versions of the Apple Pencil hardware at this year’s WWDC, but it did announce some substantial improvements to how we’ll use it. The stylish stylus only took up a few minutes of Apple’s iPadOS presentation, but those moments were enough to demonstrate that Apple’s transforming it into more of a necessity than a novelty.

Apple is taking care to show that the Pencil isn’t just a tool for artists. Indeed, the WWDC presentation spent more time showing how we might use it in an office environment—in other words, more like a pen and legal pad. Here’s what you can expect when iPadOS drops later in the year.

Better latency, better writing experience

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Amazon is selling the new iPad Air for the best prices we’ve seen so far


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Head over to Amazon today, and you’ll find a heavy discount on the new iPad Air. The online retailer is selling both the cellular and Wi-Fi-only models for anywhere from $30 to $40 off and that includes multiple configurations. If B&H Photo is more your speed, you’ll find many of the same deals over there as well.

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E3 2019: The best game and service announcements for Mac and iOS


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We’ve now heard most of the big announcements coming out of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, and—as usual—the lion’s share of the attention went to games for consoles and Windows PCs.

But there’s a decent amount of love here for the iOS and Mac crowds, too, particularly from Bethesda Softworks and Square Enix. This year’s show also introduced us to xCloud—Microsoft’s Xbox-centered alternative to Google’s upcoming Stadia streaming service—as well as Bethesda’s new technology for making all these new streaming services run more efficiently. We didn’t see many truly new game announcements for Mac and iOS, but there are plenty of updates for existing games.

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iMovie’s latest update brings green screen effects, 80 new soundtracks, and more


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Apple’s iMovie app for iOS just got updated to version 2.2.7, and it's one of the app's most interesting updates in a while. It includes support for a green screen effect, 80 new soundtracks, support for images with transparent backgrounds, and some noteworthy smaller changes.

The green screen effect is by far the most interesting as it lets you replace any green or blue background in your videos with imported imagery. It does a lot to make iMovie more like the real movies.

You’ll also get 80 new soundtracks that run the gamut from pop to chill, and each one adjusts to fit the length of your projects. Today’s update also introduces the ability to drop images with transparent backgrounds into your videos, which will come in handy if you’d like to keep your logo on the screen for a YouTube project.

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Amazon knocks more than $100 off the price of the 9.7-inch iPad


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The baseline 9.7-inch iPad may lack a lot of the power of its specialized siblings like the iPad Air and iPad Pro (and even the iPad mini), but it’s a great little device for anyone who just needs a dependable tablet. Today, Amazon is selling the 128GB model for the lowest price we’ve ever seen it listed for—although, truth be told, it’s only a dollar less than the previous low mark. Still, that’s a $101 discount, which lets you pick it up for just $328, down from the usual price of $429. For a bit of context, that’s a dollar less than you’d pay for the 32GB model at retail.

For that matter, the 32GB model is also enjoying an $80 discount, which brings the price down to $249. Short of a Black Friday sale, I can’t imagine these prices going much lower.

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Get the Apple Watch Series 4 for some of the best prices ever at Target


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If you’ve been waiting for a great deal on the Apple Watch Series 4, you need to stop what you’re doing and check out Target while Apple’s wearables are still in stock. Today the retailer is selling Apple’s latest smartwatches for the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on the GPS and cellular models, especially if you happen to have a Target REDcard. Even if you don’t, you’ll almost certainly end up paying less for Apple’s new watch than you would elsewhere.

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Apple Arcade is poised to make Apple the ‘art house’ gaming platform


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Almost out of nowhere, Apple is poised to be a major force in mainstream gaming. It’s doing it in its own Apple way, too—not by chasing down the graphics-intensive blockbusters so popular on devices like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (or even the PC), but instead by positioning its upcoming Apple Arcade service as a hub for remarkable and tightly focused games that often get mentioned in discussions of whether games are art.

It’s quite the turnaround. Last year I would have laughed if you’ve have told me we’d be at this point today.

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Amazon is selling the 9.7-inch iPad with cellular for a match of the lowest price ever


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It’s a great time to get the base 9.7-inch iPad, particularly if you want one with cellular connectivity. Right now, Amazon is selling the 32GB Wi-Fi and cellular model for just $379, down $80 from the usual price of $459. It’s a match of the lowest price we’ever even seen for this model.

You’ll also find discounts on other versions of the tablet, such as the 128GB model for $459, down from the regular price of $559. There’s also an $80 discount on the 32GB model with Wi-Fi that brings the price down to $249. That’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—and it’s been hovering around this price lately—but it’s still a heck of a good deal.

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B&H is selling 2018 MacBook Pros for some of their lowest prices ever


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Look, the upcoming Mac Pro is a phenomenal machine, but you’re going to have to pay far more than the starting price of $5,999 if you want to push it anywhere near its potential.

Fortunately, there are plenty of powerful 2018 MacBook Pros available if you’re fine with not aiming quite so high, and today B&H is selling them for anywhere from $150 to $900 off. In some cases, these are the best prices we’ve ever seen, and we’ve outlined a few of the units we believe you should check out.

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