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Apple will introduce universal app purchases for iOS and macOS

February 6th, 2020
Twitter returned to the Mac via Apple's Project Catalyst.

Enlarge / Twitter returned to the Mac via Apple's Project Catalyst. (credit: Apple)

When Apple introduced Catalyst, its developers' toolkit for porting iOS and iPadOS apps to macOS, developers and users alike were quick to point out that they'd like to see universal iOS/macOS app purchases in the App Store. Now, Apple has told developers it plans to add that feature in March, along with a few changes to the App Store to accompany it.

The company will give third-party app developers the capability to distribute macOS, iOS, and tvOS apps as a universal purchase from a single bundle ID starting sometime in March of this year. Unified purchases can also apply to in-app purchases (IAP).

"You can choose to create a new app for these platforms using a single app record in App Store Connect or add platforms to your existing app record," Apple wrote in a note to developers. All of this requires the Xcode 11.4 beta at the moment, however.

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Apple releases iOS 13.3.1 and macOS Catalina 10.15.3

January 28th, 2020
iPadOS.

Enlarge / iPadOS.

Today, Apple released updates for its operating systems for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, and Apple TV devices. iOS 13.3.1 is the most substantial of the updates, but they are all incremental updates that fix bugs or address user complaints or privacy concerns.

iOS 13.3.1 adds a new feature to toggle on or off the U1 ultra-wide band chip contained in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. This is in response to recent consumer concerns about the fact that international regulations affecting ultra-wide band devices that required the phones to check their location periodically even if users had disabled location services for all of their apps individually. Security experts observed that Apple did not seem to be collecting any user data, but the company promised under this scrutiny to offer a toggle in a future software update (this one, now) that would allow users to bypass the problem by disabling the U1 chip altogether. The U1 is currently used for the AirDrop file-sharing feature, but it may find other applications in future versions of iOS.

Additional changes in iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 include a fix for a problem, whereby the recently added Communication Limits feature could be circumvented, and a number of bug fixes and improvements for Mail.

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Apple Opens Its Invite-Only Bug Bounty Program to All Researchers

December 20th, 2019
As promised by Apple in August this year, the company today finally opened its bug bounty program to all security researchers, offering monetary rewards to anyone for reporting vulnerabilities in the iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and iCloud to the company. Since its launch three years ago, Apple's bug bounty program was open only for selected security researchers based on invitation and

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Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.2, iOS and iPadOS 13.3

December 10th, 2019
The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with the lid closed

Enlarge / The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

As has become a custom, Apple has simultaneously released software updates for nearly its entire suite of consumer products today—including iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, macOS Catalina 10.15.2, watchOS 6.1.1, tvOS 13.3—and an update for HomePods. All updates should be available to all users by the end of the day.

iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 together make for arguably the most notable update. They introduce yet another feature that was originally pitched by Apple as part of iOS 13 but delayed before that annual update's release this September: Communication Limits in ScreenTime. Parents can now whitelist contacts for their kids' accounts, which allows them to block their kids from communicating with anyone outside the list on Apple-made apps like Messages and FaceTime, with exceptions for emergency calls and services like 911.

These two updates also introduce new layouts for certain publications in Apple News+, adds a new interface for liking or disliking stories in News, and expands on the news options and coverage in the Stocks app.

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Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.1 and watchOS 6.1

October 30th, 2019
No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one.

Enlarge / No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one. (credit: Apple)

Apple's habit of late has been to release most of its operating system updates for each platform all on the same day. But in one recent instance, though, macOS and watchOS came a single day after iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS updates.

The macOS update mainly adds features we already saw yesterday in iOS and iPadOS 13.2. That includes support for AirPods Pro, the ability to opt in or out of sharing Siri recordings with Apple, new emoji, and new HomeKit feature support. There are also a number of macOS-specific bug fixes and the restoration of some lost Photos features.

Here are Apple's update notes for macOS Catalina 10.15.1:

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Garmin Venu review: Fitness expertise with many pixels left to fill

October 15th, 2019
Garmin Venu review: Fitness expertise with many pixels left to fill

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Smartwatches try to get us away from our smartphone screens, but ironically, a smartwatch's screen is one of the most important things about it. While plenty of materials have been used in smartwatch displays (including E-Ink, RIP Pebble), OLED and AMOLED panels have become ubiquitous on high-end wearables.

But Garmin, maker of some of the most comprehensive fitness wearables available, hasn't taken advantage of such screen technology until now. The $399 Garmin Venu is the first of the company's wearables to have an AMOLED display akin to that on the Apple Watch and some WearOS devices.

While it's an extension of the Vivoactive family, the Venu injects a premium feel that Garmin will clearly use to attract those who are drawn to competitors like the Apple Watch. However, just because the Venu looks lovely doesn't mean Garmin has found ways to use that pretty panel to the best of its abilities.

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Apple reveals iOS 13 and iPadOS release dates—but macOS Catalina remains a mystery

September 11th, 2019
The just-announced iPhone 11 running iOS 13.

Enlarge / The just-announced iPhone 11 running iOS 13. (credit: Samuel Axon)

CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple's annual major public releases of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS will arrive by the end of this month, Apple revealed on its website as it unveiled new hardware products in a live-streamed event today.

iOS 13 will hit iPhones and watchOS 6 will reach Apple Watches on September 19. iPadOS will ship a few days later on September 30. macOS Catalina is still due at an as-yet unspecified date in October.

Since Apple already made its announcement detailing features of the new operating systems at its developer conference back in June, today's event was focused on new hardware like the iPhone. But Apple often launches its major operating system releases alongside new hardware—especially when they involve mobile devices.

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What to expect from Apple’s September 10 “By Innovation Only” event

September 5th, 2019
Stylized Apple logo.

Enlarge / This image accompanied invitations Apple sent to the press for the September 10 event. (credit: Apple)

At 10am Pacific on September 10, Apple will host its annual iPhone event in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif. We're expecting new iPhones and a new Apple Watch to be sure, and as has been the case for recent Apple launches, there have been reliable leaks of details about both.

With the event less than a week away, let's look at what we know so far—what will be different about the new iPhones? What features are coming to the Apple Watch? And will Apple actually deliver a "one more thing" announcement on top of the usual this time?

We're doubtful about really big surprises at this point. The days of surprising revelations seem to be over; the company has settled into a fairly predictable product-release schedule, and most major details about new products—be they hardware or software—tend to show up in reports in tech and business publications around the Web.

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Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece

August 8th, 2019
The Apple Watch Series 5.

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 5. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Update: Our Smartwatch Guidemaster was originally published in February 2018. But recently, we've been looking back at all of the smartwatches we've tested in the past two years in order to update our picks. Below is our guide to the best smartwatches you can buy in January 2020.

If you hate looking at your smartphone all day, you should consider getting a smartwatch. While it may seem counterintuitive to get a new gadget to lessen your dependency on another, it can be more effective than you think. Smartwatches take the most crucial parts of a smartphone—call and text alerts, app notifications, and quick controls—and put them on your wrist.

That means no more fumbling with your smartphone during a meeting to silence a call, no more checking Twitter or Facebook every two minutes for the newest post. Instead of absentmindedly staring at your smartphone's display, the most important information hits your wrist as it happens. As wearables, smartwatches can also track daily activity, and some even double as high-end fitness watches equipped with heart rate monitors, GPS trackers, music storage, and more.

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Apple’s watchOS 6 brings new apps (and various iPhone apps) to Watch

June 3rd, 2019
The Apple Watch Series 4 on a wooden table.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.—At its developer conference today, Apple described its new Apple Watch software features in detail. Called watchOS 6, the operating-system update adds new apps, watchfaces, and features that enhance the ways users are already putting their Apple Watches to good use.

Arguably the biggest update coming to the Apple Watch is the new on-watch App Store. In watchOS 6, you'll be able to browse, purchase, and download apps directly from the App Store on the Watch. That means users don't need to turn to their iPhones to download and install apps.

Going hand in hand with an on-watch App Store is the new ability for developers to make independent apps for the Apple Watch. Currently, all Apple Watch apps must have an iOS app installed on the Watch's paired iPhone in order for them to work on the Watch. In watchOS 6, developers will be able to populate the new on-watch App Store with apps that users can download and use immediately, without the need for yet another app on the paired iPhone.

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