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392: iOS 13’s best hidden features plus our favorite gadgets 🤖🔥

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

The super useful iOS 13 features you haven’t heard about! Plus: we discuss the best new features in iPadOS. And we’ll tell you about our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review.


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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


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iOS 13 now shows a map of where apps have been tracking you when requesting permission

  • iOS 13 now presents a popup notification when an app is using your location in the background, and the notification shows a map of the location data a specific app has tracked.

iOS 13 Apple Maps: Share your live route ETA with a friend

  • In iOS 13, integrated right into Apple Maps, you can share your journey status with your contacts in a feature called Share ETA.

NFC gets a lot more powerful in iOS 13

  • NFC — the technology that helps power Apple Pay as well other clever features for iOS apps like Launch Center Pro’s tappable stickers — is getting a big upgrade with the launch of iOS 13

iOS 13’s NFC triggers bring Shortcuts to the real world

  • The iOS 13 Shortcuts app has been updated to support automatic scheduled and location-based shortcuts
  • But it also includes NFC triggers. So if you have a compatible iPhone, you can combine NFC tags with Shortcuts.
  • That is, you can run any shortcut just by tapping your iPhone onto an NFC sticker.

Under Review!

Nikon Z6

Rodecaster Pro podcast mixer

Choetech Dual Wireless Fast Charger

391: We react to Apple’s LEGENDARY WWDC keynote

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

Our WWDC reactions! Apple keynotes don’t get more legendary than this one. Plus: the crazy cryptographic tech powering Apple’s new Find My app, and our favorite features of iOS 13, macOS Catalina, tvOS and watchOS.


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How new Mac Pro borrows from Apple’s best designs

  • Aside from looks, there are many similarities to the G5, plus a couple of ideas from other older Apple machines. Here are some of the clearest design influences on the new Mac Pro

Apple prods devs to give ‘Sign in with Apple’ top billing

  • Not only will Apple require all apps that use third-party login services like Facebook to also support Apple’s privacy-focused login service, but it is also asking that the button be placed above competitors’ options.

THE CLEVER CRYPTOGRAPHY BEHIND APPLE'S 'FIND MY’ FEATURE

How to use a PS4 or Xbox One controller with iOS 13 and iPadOS

  • iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 will allow you to play games with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller.

Everything Apple showed off at WWDC 2019 in under 8 minutes [Video]

390: New Mac Pro debuting at WWDC?

Chris C.

Photo:  YouTube.com/erfonelijah

Photo: YouTube.com/erfonelijah

This Week!

Apple may be prepping the Mac Pro for its big reveal... don’t miss our WWDC 2019 hardware expectations! Plus: the pros and cons of the 2019 MacBook Pro... we discuss. And did you know all the best Get a Mac ads never actually aired? We’ll tell you the odd reason why... All that and SO MUCH MORE.


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Latest MacBook Pro blows away its predecessors

  • The top-tier new MacBook Pro employs a Intel 9th-generation Core i9 processor, which just debuted. It’s clocked at 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. This is Apple’s first 8-core laptop, and the promotional materials promises “40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.”
  • Geekbench benchmark scores are now confirming that this macOS laptop is around 30 percent speedier depending the the tests look at.
  • The multi-core score for this device is around 29180. Last year’s speediest 6-core version of the MacBook Pro topped out at 22620, indicating that its predecessor is 29 percent faster.
  • The single-core score for the new model is around 5900, up from about 5350 in the 2018 version. That’s almost a 10% improvement.
  • One YouTuber reported the new MacBook Pro is beating his base iMac Pro in some tests!

2019 MacBook Pro teardown reveals minimal keyboard changes

  • Keyboard seems largely the same, though iFixit has confirmed Apple has changed some of the material used in the dome switch mechanism and keyboard condom.

Steve Jobs didn’t want the ‘Get a Mac’ ads to be too funny

  • Justin Long was recently on a episode of People Magazine’s TV show called Couch Surfing reciting why all the best Get a Mac ads never aired.
  • Though 66 ads aired, apparently they filmed over 300!
  • According to Long, it was Steve Jobs who kept the best ads off the air because they were just too funny.
  • “One, in particular, I remember Zach Galifianakis played a drunken Santa Claus and I was dying to see this one,” Long said on the episode, which aired on Sunday. “Basically, Steve Jobs preferred when they weren’t super funny. It’s because he thought that would detract from the point of the commercial. He thought if people were too focused on humor, they would lose sight of the product.”
  • But the commercials worked!
  • Apple experienced a sales increase of 200,000 Macs after the first month of the campaign in May 2006. By July, Apple sold 1.3 million and at the end of the fiscal year, there was a 39 percent increase from the previous year’s Mac sales

389: Apple unveils the 8-core MacBook Pro!

Chris C.

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

Apple releases the MacBook Pro we never thought possible, packed with Intel’s newest 8-core chip! But can a machine this slim handle the heat? Plus: WWDC 2019 is officially on! We talk our keynote predictions. And even more good news, Apple announces two new warranty repair programs to fix MacBook’s most troubling issues… for FREE.


This episode supported by:

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  • The NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at Netgear.com/wifi6.
  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone Xs/Xr, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.
  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say hellooooo!

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lewiswallace / @lkahney


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Apple’s wacky unicorn invites press to June 3 WWDC keynote

  • Invitations to the keynote address for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference just went out. The design features a unicorn whose brain is exploding with ideas.
  • You can catch Episode #387 for our rundown of all features expected to be announced for iOS 13, macOS 10.5, watchOS, all the OSs

iOS 13

  • But Apple is expected to unveil a whole bunch of new and upgraded apps for iOS, a Dark Mode, possibly a new swipe keyboard. They’re adding new features to the Health, Books, Maps, and Messages
  • Apple is also planning to let the HomePod respond to different users’ voices, creating a multiuser mode.
  • iPad is getting some loving', including an updated home screen, updates to multi-tasking, and the ability to use two instances of the same apps.

watchOS

  • New apps for the Apple watch that will make it more independent from the iPhone, health tracking enhancements, and an Apple Watch store so you can download apps on the go.
  • Marzipan is set to be unveiled for the Mac, meaning developers can bring their iPad apps to the Mac. This should be interesting.
  • Apple will be bringing the Podcast app to the Mac, along with Find my Friends, Find my iPhone, and Screen Time.
  • New voice memos app so you can record notes from your wrist.
  • New watch faces (from Bloomberg:
    • A “Gradient” face that makes a gradient look out of a color the user chooses, at least two new “X-Large” faces that show jumbo numbers in different fonts and colors, a “California” dial that looks like a classic watch face and mixes Roman numerals with Arabic numerals, a redesigned “Solar Analog” watch face that looks like a sundial, and a new “Infograph Subdial” one that includes larger complication views like a stock market chart or the weather.
  • Apple is also adding more complications

Hardware

  • There’s a chance we could see new hardware, like the new Mac Pro, or Bloomberg says there’s a possibility we’ll see a new Apple Display featuring HDR.

Apple unleashes its fastest ever MacBook Pro

  • Apple just brought Intel’s latest eighth- and ninth-generation chips to the MacBook Pro, making it the company’s fastest ever laptop.
  • The newest 8-core models deliver up to twice the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro, and up to 40% more than a 6-core model. They also promise powerful graphics, a T2 Security Chip, super-fast SSDs, and “all-day” battery life.
  • Apple also addressed problems with the Butterly keyboard, noting that these new models use different materials in the keyboards which will supposedly reduce the well-publicized issues with keys sticking.
  • According to Apple:
    • You’ll get to enjoy up to twice as many Alchemy plugins in Logic Pro X. You’ll render 3D scenes up to twice as fast in Maya Arnold. You’ll get to apply complex edits and filters up to 75% faster in Photoshop. And you’ll compile code up to 65% faster in Xcode.
    • What’s more, video editors now have the ability to edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam steams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X. And you don’t just get new chips.

All MacBooks with butterfly keyboards are now eligible for free repairs

  • Apple updated its Keyboard Service Program today to also include support for the 2018 MacBook Pro and 2018 MacBook Air.
  • The news comes on the heels of Apple’s unveiling of new MacBook Pros this morning with 8-core processors and butterfly keyboards with new materials. With the updated program, any MacBook with a butterfly keyboard is now eligible for service free of charge.
  • Theory: It seems like Apple has no plans to ditch the butterfly keyboards…

Apple Launches New Backlight Service Program for 2016 13-Inch MacBook Pro Display to Address 'Flexgate’ Issues

  • Alongside the launch of new MacBook Pro models, Apple today introduced a new Backlight Service Program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • Strangely, this is the only model Apple will fix even though there have been reports of the 15” also having the stagelight issue