Macworld

Subscribe to Macworld feed
Updated: 1 hour 22 min ago

The Week in iOS Accessories: More cases for the new iPad Pro

13 hours 32 min ago
Taking care of your tablet

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup contains new cases for the iPad Pro, plus headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and more. Read on!

LifeProof

Image by LifeProof

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Over-the-air DVR: Do you really need it?

17 hours 32 min ago
Who needs an over-the-air DVR? Here's our guide to deciding.

Why the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a typing champ

17 hours 32 min ago

If there’s a defining quality to the iPad Pro, it’s that the device seeks to go beyond the traditional touch interface of iOS to seek out additional ways of getting work done. For people who are comfortable with pencil, pen, and paper, the Apple Pencil brings a new dimension to using an iPad. And for those of us who are most comfortable with a keyboard beneath our fingers, the iPad Pro—with its Smart Keyboard, the first Apple keyboard designed for iOS—was a sign that Apple realizes that sometimes, even an iPad needs to behave a bit more like a laptop.

There are probably innumerable reasons why Apple decided to expand the size of the second-generation iPad Pro, replacing the old 9.7-inch model with a new 10.5 one. But one benefit of the slight expansion—the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is 10.6 millimeters wider than the old model—is more room for typing, whether it’s physical keys on the Smart Keyboard or the virtual keys of the built-in software keyboard.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Podcast 564: Take a trip to Kaby Lake

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:00

A potpourri of news this week, from Tim Cook urging that schools teach coding to every student, Scott Forstall’s interview about the creation of the iPhone, and new iOS 11 features, including object recognition and augmented reality (AR), that will bump up camera and other third-party apps’ capabilities. Roman also critiques the new MacBook Pro models, which have a lot to offer.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Amazon has a tiny 64GB SanDisk Ultra thumb drive on sale for $19

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:28

Today's the day for a good price on a 64GB low-profile thumb drive: Amazon is selling the SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $19. That's about half the price of other online retailers. Just make sure you keep an eye on this thing, as it is tiny. It measures 0.75-by-0.63-by-0.34 inches and snuggles right up to the side of your USB port.

The thumb drive offers 150MB/s read speed, which isn't blazing fast but adequate enough. However, we don't expect it to bear out SanDisk's claim of transferring a full-length movie (about 1.2GB in size) in under 30 second over USB 3.0. Since this drive is so small, its limited ability to dissipate heat will slow its transfer rates. If you don't work with large files, though, it should perform fine.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring's original smart, wireless doorbell

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:12
For $199, Ring Video Doorbell 2 upgrades video quality to 1080P, improves night vision, and includes a removable battery and faceplate options.

Apple announces Apple Camp and Kids Hour summer programs at the Apple store

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:00

Need to help your kids battle the summer boredom blues? You may be in luck: Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions called (appropriately) Apple Camp, which goes along with the special kid-focused Today at Apple creative workshops. Apple Camp and Today at Apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll need to sign up sooner than later. The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp

The first of Apple’s summer offerings, Apple Camp, is a three-day program that involves 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. Apple offers three different sessions: Coding Games and Programming Robots; Creating Characters and Composing Music; and Stories in Motion with iMovie.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

25 great Mac games under $10 each

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 02:05
Good, cheap fun

Image by Andrew Hayward/IDG

The Mac gaming library expands with each passing week, bringing an array of new experiences to sink your teeth into—and if you want to game on the cheap, that’s truly no problem at all. Let this collection serve as a prime example: Each game on this list sells for $9.99 or less, and all are certainly worth more than that.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Best Buy is selling a 1TB portable drive for just $40 right now

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:28

Best Buy has a good deal on WD’s Easystore external hard drives once again. Right now, the big box retailer is selling a 1TB easystore portable HDD with USB 3.0 for $40.

WD’s easystore line is a Best Buy exclusive, so there’s not exactly a one-to-one comparison at other stores—however, a similar WD drive at Amazon is $54 right now. That’s not a bad price in its own right, as most drives in this class sell for $55 to $60. Best Buy’s sticker price for this drive is $100, which is an absolutely insane price any day of the year.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The Week in iOS Apps: Art of Gravity makes Zen a smashing good time

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 19:15
Smashing!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new game that helps you relax by smashing stuff. Plus, apps for travel, exercise, and more. Read on!

Art of Gravity

Image by Art of Gravity

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

For Father’s Day: 14 fabulous movies to stream with Dad

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:00
These films showcase touching relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters.

Report: Secret Apple team is working to make your iPhone a medical record hub

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:25

Our iPhones already do a lot to keep us healthy, tracking our activity, sleep, mindfulness, and nutrition in the Health app. But according to a new report, Apple is working with hospitals and medical industry groups to bring your full medical profile to your phone, giving you full access to your digital medical chart.

CNBC is reporting that “a secretive team with Apple’s growing health unit” is working to bring clinical medical data to your iPhone. The goal is to make doctor’s visits, lab results, prescriptions, and even allergy lists available right your phone so you can access them whenever you need them.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Logitech and Speck protect your iPad Pro

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:00
New tablets? New cases.

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup features some new cases for the latest models of iPad Pro. Plus: Cables, air conditioners, earbuds, and more. Read on!

Logitech

Image by Logitech

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Podcast 563: Our iOS goes to 11

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:41

Apple confirms its working on autonomous automobiles, but is it making a car or a component? Roman and Glenn discuss Apple’s new podcast analytics, and then go through the large number of improvements scheduled for iOS 11, announced last week at WWDC. It’s going to feel like a very different system—for the better.

Show notes Subscribe

You can subscribe to the Macworld Podcast—or leave us a review!—right here in iTunes. Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader at: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/58576458-macworld/tracks

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

iPhone 8 rumors: New evidence points to wireless charging and waterproof specs really happening

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:15

Poor iPhone 7—we’re only halfway through its first year and it’s already totally overshadowed by whatever is coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a certification program for new smart home construction

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 08:00
Wi-Fi Certified homes will feature integrated wireless networks designed with the same level of detail as the home’s electrical and plumbing systems.

Why QR codes are important to iOS 11 and China

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:00

Why on earth would you want to use your iPhone’s camera to scan a two-dimensional block-and-dot code? How could this possibly have a benefit worth the trouble? Why would Apple have any interest in building this in as an automatic feature within its Camera app?

Ask folks in China—and Japan, where advertisers, handset makers, and cell carriers pioneered 2D codes over 15 years ago. Apple says its listening to the Chinese market in adding 2D code scanning, but the benefits will be there for users worldwide.

Apple’s addition to iOS 11 will let you open URLs, add contacts, and even join Wi-Fi networks with just the Camera app plus a tap to confirm. While it’s common to ridicule QR codes, that was because of pure inconvenience. With ease, will usage grow?

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Aukey's 104-key mechanical keyboard is $35 on Amazon today

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:42

There’s nothing like a good keyboard deal as the week moves into full swing. Amazon and Aukey are offering some deals on the latter’s products today. Of the bunch, our top pick is Aukey’s KM-G6 for $35 (use code RSKGHPRI at checkout). This is a 104-key mechanical keyboard with Outemu Blue switches and six-color backlighting.

Note that this peripheral’s switches are not Cherry MX, which is the more popular brand for mechanical keyboards. Outemu Blue is a clone of Cherry MX Blue—Cherry’s patent expired in 2014. That means you get a more affordable keyboard with a close approximation of an authentic Cherry MX Blue.  

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on a self-driving car system

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:18

While evidence has been mounting for years regarding Apple’s autonomous car project, code-named Project Titan, the company itself has been characteristically tight-lipped about it. But Tim Cook is finally ready to admit to the world that yes, Apple is working on a self-driving car system.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean an Apple automobile is in the works. In an interview with Bloomberg Television following the WWDC keynote, Cook described the autonomous driving system as “a core technology that we view as very important,” but stopped well short of saying Apple was actually building its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” he said, coyly.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:00
Touting onboard Thread radios, Eero’s CEO says this is the beginning of a new smart home platform.

Pages