(Podcast) Upgrade 517: Maybe It’s Catchier in Japanese

The Summer of Fun has arrived, but we’ve still got a lot of catch-up work to do after a huge WWDC. So this week we share more thoughts about Apple’s new AI strategy and discuss a lot of the feedback we got about what happened last week.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 12 hours ago

Apple Pay Later where later means never ↦

Chance Miller at 9to5Mac reports that Apple has shelved its “buy now pay later” feature: The change goes into effect starting today, Apple says. Existing users with open Apple Pay Later loans will still be able to manage them via the Wallet app. … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 14 hours ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock: YouTube ad blocker for Safari

Do you want to block all YouTube ads in Safari on your iPhone, iPad and Mac? Then download Magic Lasso Adblock – the ad blocker designed for you.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 17 hours ago

(Podcast) Downstream 71: Mountain of Mishegas

Vulture’s Josef Adalian joins Jason to discuss the fate of Paramount after the latest deal has fallen through, Warner Bros. Discovery moves to plan B on sports rights, and Joe walks us through his Vulture streamer rankings.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 3 days ago

New York Magazine lauds Vision Pro’s accessibility ↦

Author Andrew Leland, whose memoir, The Country of the Blind gained critical praise last year, is out with a feature for New York magazine on how the Apple Vision Pro is providing accessibility benefits for people with low vision, limb differences, and cognitive disabilities: Neu … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 3 days ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock: The Safari ad blocker built for you

My thanks to Magic Lasso Adblock for sponsoring Six Colors this week. As a native Safari extension, Magic Lasso blocks all intrusive ads, trackers and annoyances – letting you experience a faster, cleaner and more secure experience across all your devices.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 3 days ago

OK, fine, here’s Apple Intelligence

It was clear that Apple didn’t want to be a part of this. For years now, the company has resisted using the phrase Artificial Intelligence to describe what it does.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 days ago

Excluding your website from Apple’s AI crawler

One of the more contentious announcements from Apple this week is that it trained its foundation models used as the basis for its forthcoming Apple Intelligence features via, among other content, the open web.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 days ago

Casey Liss’s summer project ↦

This week I got a chance to spend a little time with my pal Casey Liss, and he regaled me (and Stephen Hackett, since we are the three big college football fans in our larger tech nerd friend group) with the story of what he’s been up to this summer.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 days ago

visionOS 2 offers small, but promising, steps forward

Editing the Home View in Bora Bora. I’m just back from Cupertino, and there’s an awful lot to think about. But before all that, I thought I’d cover what absolutely everyone is talking about: visionOS 2.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 5 days ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 558: Passenger Princess

Our favorite features of Apple Intelligence, the biggest missed opportunity at WWDC 2024, our most anticipated iOS 18 feature announced, and our reactions to the lackluster iPadOS announcements.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 5 days ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 499: Weapons of Glass Destruction

Breaking news.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 5 days ago

Sequoia virtual machines allow logging in to iCloud ↦

Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham catches a nice small detail from amongst the WWDC developer announcements: As long as your host operating system is macOS 15 or newer and your guest operating system is macOS 15 or newer, VMs will now be able to sign into and use iCloud and other … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 5 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 516: I’m Suppressing My Feelings

Live from Cupertino, Jason has his in-person reactions to Apple’s big WWDC announcements. And in London, Myke processes his feelings about some controversial Apple choices.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 6 days ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock: The Safari ad blocker built for you

Do you want an to try an ad blocker that’s easy to setup, easy to keep up to date and with pro features available when you need them?… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 7 days ago

Siri’s biggest gains might be found at the edges

We’re on the verge, maybe, of something big. Apple broke ground with its voice-driven Siri assistant back in 2011, but over the years, Siri’s trajectory has been meandering and frustrating.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 10 days ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock: incredibly private and secure Safari web browsing

My thanks to Magic Lasso Adblock for sponsoring Six Colors this week. Designed from the ground up to protect your privacy, Magic Lasso blocks all intrusive ads, trackers and annoyances in Safari – stopping you from being followed by ads around the web.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 10 days ago

Swift 6 will be a big, under the radar change ↦

Howard Oakley says that there will be very little hype for a major change that will alter the fabric of apps on Apple’s platforms: Don’t be caught by the marketing hype in Apple’s long list of new features coming in macOS 15. … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 11 days ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 557: I Love the Whoop

What we’re excited about at WWDC, the oldest tech we have in use, how we store our digital photos, and whether we journal.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 12 days ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 498: The D Is For Disappointment

Put the D back in WWDC.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 12 days ago

Microsoft, Apple, and AI ↦

Charles Stross writes a refreshingly skeptical column about AI hype, how Apple has been ahead of the game for a while now, and why Microsoft seems to be courting disaster by enabling its Recall feature: Recall is already attracting the attention of data protection regulators; I s … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 12 days ago

There’s a Thread running through many of Apple’s latest products ↦

No, not Meta’s social networking platform: Thread, the smart home radio chip.1 You know, the one Apple quietly put in its HomePods, iPhone 15 models and, *ahem* some Apple TVs.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 12 days ago

Apple’s Screen Time restrictions on websites are easily circumvented ↦

The Wall Street Journal‘s Joanna Stern describes how Apple’s Screen Time parental controls has a simple security vulnerability that allows unfettered web access: I tried a number of Apple devices. … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 12 days ago

Microsoft’s Recall feature is a security ‘disaster’ ↦

Tom Warren at the Verge has a nice summary of the security problems inherent in the new Windows feature Recall, which records everything you do (what could go wrong?)… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 13 days ago

Bartender has a new owner ↦

Juli Clover of MacRumors reports that venerable Mac utility Bartender has apparently been sold by longtime developer Ben Surtees, and that the new owner recently re-signed the app but otherwise hasn’t notified customers about the change: The transaction came to light after some R … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 13 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 515: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2024

It’s time for our ninth annual competition regarding what will happen at Apple’s WWDC keynote! What will be announced? Will it be all AI, all the time?… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 14 days ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock: incredibly private and secure Safari web browsing

Online privacy isn’t just something you should be hoping for – it’s something you should expect. You should ensure your browsing history stays private and is not harvested by ad networks.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 14 days ago

(Sponsor) Kolide

My thanks to Kolide for sponsoring Six Colors this week. Kolide helps its customers keep their devices in compliance, which keeps their company data safe. Kolide has seen a rise in cyber liability insurance issues recently.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 17 days ago

Making battery replacements easier ↦

Nick Heer, linking to a Jeff Johnson post about Apple’s onerous policies regarding replacing a MacBook battery, points out the fundamental truth of mobile devices: …batteries eventually need replacing on all devices. … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 18 days ago

Slow Internet at the South Pole ↦

I loved the Brr blog, which was written by an IT expert during a year in Antarctica. The author is home now, but here’s a surprise bonus post, full of information about how slow the Internet is in Antarctica and why modern software is terrible at working over slow connections: Do … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 18 days ago

(Podcast) Downstream 70: They Stole Your Brain

Other strategies for WBD if it loses the NBA, we answer a bumper crop of listener letters, and Julia has some big career news. [Downstream+ subscribers also get to hear us discuss Netflix potential sports futures and the changing face of broadcast TV.]… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 18 days ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 556: Mikah, We Might Fight

Our video gaming preferences and habits, thoughts on Nomad’s new thin Qi-rechargeable tracking card with Find My, how we connect non-iPhone devices on the go, and our top three software wishes for the upcoming WWDC.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 19 days ago

Getting a letter from a friend written with AI ↦

Fascinating blog post from Panic designer Neven Mrgan about the feeling of getting a letter from a friend written by AI: Where exactly would I draw the line between helpful features (“make this red shirt green instead”) and offensive takeovers (“generate an album cover in the sty … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 19 days ago

Review: “What If?” shows off the Vision Pro’s strengths

Marvel Studios and ILM’s “What If…? – An Immersive Story” for Vision Pro, launching Thursday as a free app, isn’t an immersive video or a game.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 19 days ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 497: Between Zero and Never

All the Apple News that’s fit to print.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 19 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 514: European Beard

It’s time for a Vision Pro check-in. How are we using it, and how should Apple sell it? Also, some EU app marketplace developers just want to go home.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 21 days ago

(Sponsor) Struggling to Afford Cybersecurity Insurance? Here’s Why.

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.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 21 days ago

Kobo Libra Colour Review: Color, but at what cost?

All my computing devices, save one, have color displays. The last time I regularly used a computer without a color display was probably in the mid-1990s.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 24 days ago

(Sponsor) Kolide

My thanks to Kolide for sponsoring Six Colors this week. None of us are as good at clocking deepfakes as we think we are. Even your mom, or your boss, or anyone in your IT department might not be able to tell the difference.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 24 days ago

Apple explains resurrected photos bug ↦

Speaking to Chance Miller at 9to5Mac, Apple explained the issue (patched in the recent iOS 17.5.1 update) that caused old photos to spontaneously appear in some users’ libraries: Apple confirmed to me that iCloud Photos is not to be blamed for this. … | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 24 days ago

Yes, Secure Erase on Mac is secure ↦

There’s been a lot of buzz lately involving a bug in Photos that caused some deleted items to reappear in libraries, including some (apparent) misinformation that blew the entire story out of proportion.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 25 days ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 555: I Lie to Myself

Do we multitask on our iPads? What AI uses do we actually find helpful? Plus, the email apps we use and whether we’ve experimented with cloning our voice.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 26 days ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 496: Time Traveling Dad: The Game

How do solve a problem like iPadOS?… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 26 days ago

The Dos and Don’ts of AI at WWDC

Picture this. (Photo illustration by Joe Rosensteel) For the past year, pressure has really been ramping up on the tech industry to do stuff with AI.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 26 days ago

‘What If?’ for Vision Pro to arrive next week ↦

The Watcher is watching with a Vision Pro. Today Marvel and ILM dropped the trailer for the forthcoming “What If?” immersive story, which was just announced a couple of weeks ago, and (surprise!)… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 26 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 513: I Do Not Rock Anything

Myke returns to the show to give his personal iPad Pro review, and we discuss Apple’s accessibility announcements, worrying Apple AI reports, and some mystifying rumors about future iPhones for this year and next.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 28 days ago

(Sponsor) Voice Clones Have Crossed the Uncanny Valley

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.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 28 days ago

(Podcast) Downstream 69: Pay the Gatekeeper

Why the “great rebundling” isn’t the return of the cable bundle; recalibrating how talent is paid for streaming shows; Paramount twists in the wind; Spulu gets a real name; the NFL makes a deal with Netflix; and Diamond Sports meets with skepticism.… | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 1 month ago