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  • 2024 ADA Finalists Announced

    1:51pm By John Voorhees
    As WWDC approaches, Apple has announced the finalists in the running for its annual Apple Design Awards. The awards ceremony revealing the winners will be held during WWDC. This year, there are seven categories, and each category has six finalists. That’s…
  • Apple Announces WWDC 2024 Details

    1:28pm By John Voorhees
    Today, Apple announced that WWDC 2024 will run from June 10th through the 14th. As has been the case for the past several years, the event will be predominantly online, with over 100 sessions for developers, opportunities for developers to consult with…
  • AppStories, Episode 385 – Our 2024 macOS and visionOS WWDC Wishes

    9:18am By John Voorhees
    This week on AppStories, we continue our annual wishlists with a look at macOS and visionOS. Sponsored by: Raycast – A collection of powerful productivity tools all within an extendable launcher. Fast, ergonomic and reliable. Notion – Start turning ideas…
  • Struggling to Afford Cybersecurity Insurance? Here’s Why. [Sponsor]

    Mon 6:55am By MacStories Team
    When MGM Resorts suffered a $100 million hack in September, CEO Bill Hornbuckle wasn’t too worried about the lost revenue, because cyber insurance would cover the tab. “I can only imagine what next year’s bill will be,” he joked. Weeks later, on a call…
  • MacStories Unwind: A Small Fire at 3AM

    Fri 12:00pm By John Voorhees
    This week on MacStories Unwind, I update listeners on my new 11” iPad Pro and Federico lights a fire, plus YouTube, app, and TV recommendations. Show Notes The 11” iPad Pro Blowing fuses in power supplies Picks John’s Pick: Retro Game Corps Videos…
  • What If…? – An Immersive Story Will Debut May 30th

    Wed 2:24pm By John Voorhees
    Source: Disney+. Earlier this month, I linked to What If…? – An Immersive Story, which Marvel Studios and ILM Immersive developed for Disney+. The project is an Apple Vision Pro exclusive for which there were few details originally. Now, however, we have a…
  • Magic Rays of Light: Apple TV Wishes Past, Trying, and Sugar

    Wed 1:04pm By Devon Dundee
    This week on Magic Rays of Light, Sigmund and Devon highlight the return of Trying, recap the first season of Sugar, and revisit their 2023 WWDC hopes to see what came true and what remains on the wishlist. Show Notes Opening Chat Sigmund’s Modded Magic…
  • Tadoº Announces New Range of Smart Heating Products Supporting Matter Over Thread

    May 21, 2024, 6:27 pm By Jonathan Reed
    Tadoº, the European-based smart heating company, has announced a new line of products called tadoº X. These products feature upgrades from the company’s previous V3+ range, support the new Matter smart home standard, and are built on the Thread protocol…
  • QuickTune: A Music Remote App for Mac with Tiger Vibes

    May 21, 2024, 1:49 pm By John Voorhees
    I’m not usually nostalgic about apps. I appreciate classic designs from the past, but I find ‘new’ more exciting. However, for every rule, there’s an exception, and for me, it’s Mario Guzmán’s beautiful, pixel-perfect reimagining of classic Apple…
  • I Turned the New 13” iPad Pro Into a MacPad and Portable Gaming Display

    May 21, 2024, 11:00 am By Federico Viticci
    The updated MacPad. As I hinted in my story on the issues of iPadOS last week, I upgraded from an 11” iPad Pro to a 13” iPad Pro (1 TB, Wi-Fi-only model). While I was very happy with the 11” form factor, I decided to return to the larger model for two…
  • Apple Rolls out Support for Paris Transit Passes in Wallet Just in Time for the Olympics

    May 21, 2024, 8:20 am By Niléane
    Today, Apple rolled out support for Paris’ Navigo transit passes in the Wallet app, just in time for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Travelers are now able to acquire a Navigo pass directly from Apple’s Wallet app and load it with…
  • The One Where Quinn Nelson Tries to Create a Window with iPadOS’ Stage Manager

    May 21, 2024, 8:07 am By Federico Viticci
    I’ve published my fair share of criticism regarding the iPadOS version of Stage Manager over the years. I wrote about it again last week, but most of its underlying issues date back to the original release in late 2022, which I documented here. But let’s…
  • A TestFlight Update: Patched, But Still Broken

    May 20, 2024, 1:55 pm By John Voorhees
    Just over a year ago, I wrote about the poor performance of TestFlight, the app that App Store developers rely on for beta testing their own apps. Today, thanks to a couple rounds of Feedback submissions, TestFlight is working better than before, but it’s…
  • AppStories, Episode 384 – Our 2024 iOS and iPadOS WWDC Wishes

    May 20, 2024, 11:35 am By John Voorhees
    This week on AppStories, we kick off our annual WWDC wishes episodes with a conversation about the changes they’d like to see made to iOS and iPadOS 18. Sponsored by: Things: a beautiful native app for Apple Vision Pro. Our iOS and iPadOS 18 Wishes for WWDC…
  • MacStories Unwind: So, I Was Thinking About the iPad Pro…

    May 17, 2024, 1:12 pm By John Voorhees
    This week on MacStories Unwind, Federico proposes an iPad Pro experiment and he and I both recommend Steam Early Access games, one of which is also on iOS. This episode is sponsored by: Kolide – It ensures that if a device isn’t secure it can’t access…
  • Magic Rays of Light: The Big Cigar, Palm Royale, and Apple’s Theatrical Strategy

    May 17, 2024, 7:26 am By Devon Dundee
    This week on Magic Rays of Light, Sigmund and Devon discuss Apple’s evolving theatrical film strategy, highlight the debut of The Big Cigar, and recap Palm Royale. Show Notes iPad Pro Reviews and Not-Reviews Not an iPad Pro Review: Why iPadOS Still Doesn’t…
  • Assassin’s Creed Shadows Is Coming to the Mac Day and Date with Consoles and Other Platforms

    May 15, 2024, 5:49 pm By John Voorhees
    Source: Ubisoft. Today, Ubisoft announced that the next major release in the Assasin’s Creed franchise, Shadows, will be released on November 15th on its Ubisoft+ service, PlayStation 5, Xbox X|S, Amazon Luna, and Apple silicon Macs via the Mac App Store.…
  • Emulator-palooza

    May 15, 2024, 2:33 pm By John Voorhees
    PPSSPP. It’s been a big week for for emulators on iOS and iPadOS. It seems like yesterday when I was writing about Delta and being told ‘authoritatively’ online that it wouldn’t last. Yet here we are. Last weekend, Gamma, a Sony PS1 emulator, was…
  • Apple Marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day with a Preview of OS Features Coming Later This Year

    May 15, 2024, 10:00 am By John Voorhees
    Source: Apple. Thursday is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and to mark the occasion, Apple has previewed several new accessibility features coming to its OSes later this year. Although this accessibility preview has become an annual affair, this year’s…
  • AppStories, Episode 383 – The Trouble with iPadOS

    May 15, 2024, 7:28 am By John Voorhees
    This week on AppStories, we examine iPadOS and the ways it has failed to get the basics right. Sponsored by: Concepts – Sketch, Note, Draw. Celtreos – The shoot-em-up game with tiny ships, big weapons, waves of foes, power-ups and obstacles. AppStories+…
  • Ruminate, Episode 184 – The Rhythm of the Newsroom

    May 14, 2024, 6:33 pm By John Voorhees
    This week on Ruminate, snack follow up, a WeblogPoMo progress update, the 100 best albums, and AI on iOS. Links and Show Notes Snacks Herr’s Carolina Reaper Flavoured Cheese Curls - 1oz (28.4g) - American Fizz The rack of KitKats WeblogPoMo #WeblogPoMo Why I…
  • The iPad Pro 2024 Manifesto

    May 14, 2024, 9:09 am By Federico Viticci
    There are so many parts of Steve’s iPad Pro manifesto I would quote here on MacStories, but I’m going to limit myself to just a couple of excerpts. What I like about this story is that it’s a balanced take on the limitations of iPadOS from the…
  • iPad Review Roundup: Cutting Edge Hardware and OS Frustrations

    May 14, 2024, 7:40 am By John Voorhees
    Source: Apple. Late yesterday, iPad Air and Pro reviews were published, and I spent the evening reading and watching many of them, so I thought I’d share some highlights. At Six Colors, Jason Snell, who has used and reviewed iPads for years, brings an…
  • Not an iPad Pro Review: Why iPadOS Still Doesn’t Get the Basics Right

    May 13, 2024, 5:00 pm By Federico Viticci
    Let me cut to the chase: sadly, I don’t have a new iPad Pro to review today on MacStories. I was able to try one in London last week, and, as I wrote, I came away impressed with the hardware. However, I didn’t get a chance to use a new iPad Pro over the…
  • AltStore’s Clip Is the Best Clipboard Manager on iOS Yet

    May 13, 2024, 12:25 pm By Niléane
    Last month, AltStore was finally made available on iOS for everyone living in the European Union. Not only does the first alternative app marketplace on iOS ship with the great Delta videogame emulator, but it also lets you install Clip, a clipboard manager…
  • Apple Music Debuts a 10-Day Countdown of the 100 Best Albums

    May 13, 2024, 11:30 am By John Voorhees
    Apple Music kicked off a 10-day event today celebrating its newly-compiled list of the 100 Best Albums of all time. Apple’s press release explains that the list was created by: Apple Music’s team of experts alongside a select group of artists, including…
  • Voice Clones Have Crossed the Uncanny Valley [Sponsor]

    May 13, 2024, 8:21 am By MacStories Team
    Now, don’t get offended, but – you aren’t as good at clocking deepfakes as you think you are.  And it’s not just you–nobody’s that good at it. Not your mom, or your boss, or anyone in your IT department.  To make matters worse, you probably think…
  • MacStories Unwind: Federico Visits Medium Ben

    May 10, 2024, 6:58 am By John Voorhees
    This week on MacStories Unwind, Federico and I discuss how Apple crushed it at its iPad event, and Federico lets loose in London. Links and Show Notes Crushing It Apple’s Crush! ad Hugh Grant, Justine Bateman and More Slam Apple for iPad Pro ‘Crush’ Ad:…
  • Apple Apologizes for Crush! Video

    May 9, 2024, 6:17 pm By John Voorhees
    On Tuesday, Apple introduced its new iPad Pros with a video called Crush! that was meant to convey how much the device can do. The trouble was the way the video delivered the message, depicting musical instruments, books, a record player, paints, a TV, and…
  • Stu Maschwitz on the Filming of Apple’s Let Loose Event

    May 9, 2024, 2:26 pm By John Voorhees
    This week’s “Let Loose” Apple event was filmed on the iPhone and edited on the Mac and iPad. During the event, filmmaker Stu Maschwitz noticed that some scenes featured a shallower depth of field than is possible with the iPhone’s cameras. Although he…