Apple execs talk AirTags security, pet tracking ↦

Apple executives Kaiann Drance and Ron Huang spoke to Fast Company’s Michael Grothaus about AirTags, and there were a few interesting tidbits I hadn’t seen elsewhere: AirTags also have … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Bloomberg: iPadOS 15 to feature major home screen overhaul ↦

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reporting on what we’ve all suspected: Apple is poised to show off a big update for the iPad at this year’s WWDC. The company is planning the most significant u… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The iPad Pro needs an iPadOS that’s just as advanced ↦

Harry McCracken, longtime PC World editor and iPad power user, on the disparity between iPad hardware and software: Ideally, a device’s software and hardware become so symbiotic that you stop think… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Apple silicon transition reaches the iMac (and the iPad Pro) (Member Post)

Though the products themselves will mostly not be appearing until late May, Apple’s latest set of announcements is now in the rear-view mirror. And I’m struck by how much both the iMac … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 338: Too Many Cooks

Apple announced a new remote and some other things. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 395: Please Do Not Ingest AirTags

Apple’s latest Apple TV update, our thoughts on the new iPad Pro, whether we customize our hardware, and where our first AirTags are going. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

New Brydge keyboard has bigger trackpad, supports new iPad Pro ↦

On Wednesday Brydge announced the Brydge 12.9 MAX+, a new version of its iPad Pro keyboard-and-trackpad product that converts an iPad Pro into a MacBook Pro-style laptop. It works with the last thr… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The details of Apple’s new podcast program agreement ↦

I did a quick skim through the agreement for Apple’s new Podcast program yesterday, but Nathan Gathright took a more in-depth look and picked out some interesting details that I hadn’t … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The iPad Pro is a killer machine but its software is killing me (Macworld/Jason Snell)

Nobody needed to convince me that Apple’s at the top of its game when it comes to designing iPad hardware. The 2018 iPad Pro was so fast that more than two years later, it can handle more or less a… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Notes on the M1 iMac

The original iMac was all about colors. The first one was blindingly Bondi blue, and the follow-ups all came in various shades and designs. It was a computer you didn’t just buy to use, but t… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

As usual, the iMac takes it on the chin ↦

Stephen Hackett details the history of the iMac’s chin: From the front, it’s rather remarkable how little the iMac has changed in nearly two decades. The screen is front and center, surrounde… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 349: Six Colors and Not a Color

New iMacs and iPads! The long-anticipated debut of AirTags! Podcast subscriptions! A new Apple TV remote! Ted Lasso’s secret shortbread recipe! Fresh from viewing Apple’s latest event, … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The fine print: What Apple didn’t talk about

While you’re caught up in the whirlwind of an Apple event, it can be easy to fixate on what’s being said on stage. But with just about an hour of screen time, Apple’s certainly no… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Mars helicopter takes off ↦

In an astounding achievement, a helicopter has flown on another planet. On Monday NASA’s Ingenuity drone made its first flight, rising to a height of about three meters (10 feet) and hovering… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

(Sponsor) Unite 4 – Turn websites into apps on your Mac

Unite 4 for macOS allows you to turn any website into an app on your Mac. Using a lightweight, WebKit powered browser as a backend, you can easily create isolated, customizable apps from any site. … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

(Sponsor) Loopback: Powerful cable-free audio routing

My thanks to Rogue Amoeba, the very first Six Colors sponsor, for once again sponsoring Six Colors this week! Rogue Amoeba’s Mac utility Loopback makes it trivial to pass audio from one appli… | Continue reading | 6 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 348: The 2021 April Event Draft

Emergency draft! In this bonus episode, Jason and Myke predict what will happen at Tuesday’s Apple media event. Will there be new iPad Pro models, and if so, will new accessories accompany them? Wi… | Continue reading | 6 days ago

6C Podcast: April 16, 2021

Non-hyperbolic Apple Event predictions and electric cars. | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Kindles can at last display book covers on their lock screens

I was frankly flabbergasted to see a post on The Verge this morning, reporting that Amazon has—finally!—added the ability to show the cover of whatever you’re currently reading on your Kindle… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Project CHIP devices will start rolling out in late 2021 ↦

Stacey Higginbotham of Stacey on IoT has some details on the upcoming launch of products based on the new Connected Home over IP standard that counts Apple, Amazon, and Google as members: Today we … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

1800 Miles in a Tesla Model 3

Last week we visited my mother in Arizona for the first time in more than a year. Driving 1800 miles and trading sitting isolated in one house for sitting isolated in another isn’t the most p… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 394: AR Bologna

What we’d track with Apple Find My, our Samsung Unpacked predictions, what we expect from Apple’s April event, and a rant about Apple TV. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 337: Gene Munster Perks Up Somewhere

At long last, our origin story revealed. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

The firm that cracked the iPhone for the FBI ↦

Back in 2016, the FBI and Apple clashed over unlocking an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter, Syed Rizwan Farook. Things looked tense for a bit, as a showdown over encryption loomed, bu… | Continue reading | 8 days ago

The resilience of Tito ↦

I’ve gotten to know Paul Campbell over the past few years because he was the co-organizer of the Apple-focused Úll conference. But he’s also the co-founder of Tito, a company focused on… | Continue reading | 8 days ago

‘Ian’s Awesome Counter’ ↦

David Smith released a new app today. This isn’t news. He’s one of the most productive app developers on the planet. What’s news is that it’s an Apple Watch app he designed … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Apple may be on the brink of a smart home breakthrough (Macworld/Jason Snell)

Sometimes if you stare at something too long, you begin to see patterns that aren’t really there. I’m worried that this is happening to me when it comes to pondering Apple’s smart home strategy. Ha… | Continue reading | 8 days ago

The mystery of “white spots” on Apple trade ins ↦

The Verge’s Nick Statt has an in-depth story on customers who have run into mysterious “white spots” when trading their devices in to Apple via its partner Phobio: The situation s… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

It’s official: Apple Event on April 20

Apple announced (and pre-announced) that it’s holding a virtual event next Tuesday at 10 a.m. “Spring Loaded” is the tagline. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Report: Siri spills on April 20 event ↦

MacRumors reports that the beans have been spilled on the upcoming spring Apple event from an unlikely source: Upon being asked “When is the next Apple Event,” Siri is currently respond… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

We’re cobblers ↦

Ben Smith of the New York Times wrote an excellent piece about the rise of writers building their own businesses, most prominently newsletters based on the Substack platform. This part, about compe… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 347: The Hubris of the HomePod

Apple’s making moves both outdoors (Find My) and in (rumored new smart home products). Apple’s original podcasts continue with another project tied to TV+. And we discuss why some of Ap… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

(Sponsor) Loopback: Powerful cable-free audio routing

With Loopback it’s trivial to pass audio from one application to another on your Mac. Need to play a recording into Zoom? Add sound effects into a podcast? Include music in a streamed event? … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

First, do no Harmony ↦

Late on Friday, as befits disappointing news, Logitech announced that it would be discontinuing its Harmony remote line: While Harmony remotes are and continue to be available through various retai… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Apple is running out of chances to get gaming right (Macworld/Dan Moren)

Apple has made several attempts to make a go of the game market over the years—anyone remember when Apple had Game Evangelists? Pippin? Game Sprockets? And each and every time, just like boss battl… | Continue reading | 11 days ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock

My thanks to Magic Lasso Adblock for sponsoring Six Colors this week. Magic Lasso Adblock is an efficient and high performance ad blocker for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. It runs as a native Safari co… | Continue reading | 13 days ago

6C Podcast: April 9, 2021

No AirTags, driving to the Apple Store, and why you might not need your own wiki. | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Apple adds support for third parties to Find My network ↦

Apple Newsroom: Apple today introduced the updated Find My app, allowing third-party products to use the private and secure finding capabilities of Apple’s Find My network, which comprises hundreds… | Continue reading | 15 days ago

(Podcast) The Rebound 336: Remember ALF?

Tim Cook was on a podcast. But not this podcast. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

(Podcast) Clockwise 393: The Sprinkles of Success

Apple’s latest Arcade updates, LG exits the smartphone market, rumors of an iMac with a bigger display, and our automation and Stream Deck experiences. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

The perfect to-do system is a mirage ↦

Here’s Brent Simmons on chasing the perfect organizational system: Here’s what you need to know: it’s a mirage…. There’s no getting out of this fact: these apps are all going to take mo… | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Safari is the Loneliest Browser (Member Post)

A few years ago, I switched from Chrome back to Safari, wanting a more fluid experience between my Macs and iOS devices. While I now enjoy having my bookmarks, tabs and history everywhere I go — as… | Continue reading | 16 days ago

When technology won’t let you forget ↦

Really great read from Lauren Goode at WIRED about the persistence of digital memory, even in the face of things you might prefer to forget: Of the thousands of memories I have stored on my devices… | Continue reading | 16 days ago

(Podcast) Upgrade 346: Float It Like a Hologram

It’s a big news week! Myke and Jason break down Tim Cook’s podcast interview with Kara Swisher, and discuss some big changes at Apple Arcade. There’s also WWDC 2021 and Apple’s rumored augmented-re… | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Kara Swisher interviews Tim Cook ↦

Kara Swisher of the New York Times interviews Tim Cook on her podcast this week: In this episode of “Sway,” Ms. Swisher presses Mr. Cook on the motivations behind Apple’s privacy push, the power th… | Continue reading | 17 days ago

(Sponsor) Magic Lasso Adblock

Want to browse the web quickly, smoothly, and anonymously with no advertising? Then get the ad blocker made for you – easy to setup, easy to keep up to date and now with native support for the Appl… | Continue reading | 17 days ago

These three annoying Apple problems finally have fixes on the way (Macworld/Dan Moren)

Let’s all say it together: Apple’s not perfect. As good as the company is at creating products, even the folks from Cupertino are not immune from the occasional misstep. Nobody bats a thousand. Som… | Continue reading | 18 days ago

(Podcast) For All Mankind S2E7 Review: “Don’t Be Cruel”

As the season builds to its climax, there’s an awful lot to process. A real-life tragedy intervenes in Ellen’s story. Margo needs to communicate information from another tragic event that didn’t ha… | Continue reading | 19 days ago