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  • iPad guide for Windows users who want to switch

    Posted on February 26th, 2020 at 14:18 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another amazing, hard-knocks rundown from Nathan Parker, edited by @PKCano.

    If you’re thinking of moving from Windows to an iPad, there are many tricks — and your knowledge of Windows can help.

    See the full guide in AKB 2000021.

  • Guide for Windows users who are thinking about switching to a Mac

    Posted on February 24th, 2020 at 15:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Nathan Parker has just published an enormous, fact-filled guide to making the switch from Windows to Mac. With @PKCano wielding the editorial sword, I think it’s going to be an AskWoody Knowledge Base classic.

    The Guide itself is in AKB 2000020, Mac Guide for Windows Users Wanting to Switch

    Comments/questions/discussion are in a separate post, here.

    With Apple now claiming the “snooping” high ground (your opinion may vary, of course), I think it’s important for Windows owners to consider the Apple option. And for those who need to buy a new PC because Windows 7 is going kaput, you should certainly think about going over to the citrus side of the fence.

    Don’t forget that we have an entire forum for Mac folks — and it’s platform agnostic.

    Do you have a topic you’d like to cover in depth? Drop me a line.

  • Apple: More active devices than Microsoft

    Posted on January 29th, 2020 at 08:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You can dot some “i”s and cross some “t”s but Apple just ate Microsoft’s lunch.

    Chances are good, if you follow such things, that you know Apple had a record quarter, ending December 28. What you may have missed is that the number of monthly active devices running Apple operating systems just went over 1.5 billion:

    During the holiday quarter our active installed base of devices grew in each of our geographic segments and has now reached over 1.5 billion. We see this as a powerful testament to the satisfaction, engagement and loyalty of our customers — and a great driver of our growth across the board.

    As far as I know, Microsoft has never claimed more than 1.5 billion monthly active devices – and it’s highly debatable whether the real number these days (however it may be defined) is anywhere close to 1.5 billion.

  • A swarm of iOS 13 bugs lead Apple to change the way it’s testing iOS 14. Will it work?

    Posted on November 22nd, 2019 at 06:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I bet it doesn’t.

    Paul Thurrot has a succinct tweet:

    If anything, the iOS 13 buggy patch saga is worse than Microsoft’s — a development I would’ve thought impossible just a couple of years ago.

    Mark Gurman at Bloomberg published an article yesterday that explains how Federighi is going to make iOS 14 development better.  How?

    The new approach calls for Apple’s development teams to ensure that test versions, known as “daily builds,” of future software updates disable unfinished or buggy features by default. Testers will then have the option to selectively enable those features, via a new internal process and settings menu dubbed Flags, allowing them to isolate the impact of each individual addition on the system.

    Pshaw. I’d be willing to bet that this approach will create even more confusion – and fewer results – than Microsoft’s much-maligned “Insider” marketing beta approach.

    What ever happened to dedicated testing, by a well-funded team of professionals?

  • The new Macbook Pro keyboard

    Posted on November 13th, 2019 at 10:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This tweet says it best:

  • Have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or Older iPad Model? Time to Update It

    Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 07:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathan Parker:

    We have been discussing on the AskWoody Lounge that owners of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or
    some older iPad models need to update to iOS 10.3.4 (iPhone 5 and fourth generation cellular
    iPad) or iOS 9.3.6 (iPhone 4s or a handful of older cellular iPads). Apple provides more info

    For those who do not update their devices before November 3, there will be issues with GPS
    on these models. This issue does not affect iPod touch or any iPad models that have Wi-Fi only.
    It also doesn’t affect iOS devices newer than those listed in the support article.

    If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by November 3, 2019, customers will be required
    to back up and restore using a Mac or PC in order to update because over-the-air software
    updates and iCloud Backup will not work.

    So for those with these devices, it’s time to ensure they’re up-to-date.

    Apple has also recently launched a series of updates for devices this week, including macOS
    Catalina 10.15.1 and iOS 13.2. We’re tracking the latest updates on the AKB, and let us know
    anytime with your Apple questions!

  • Update for iTunes for Windows

    Posted on October 12th, 2019 at 09:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just in from Nathan:

    Use iTunes for Windows? Update Now!

    Apple recently released an update for Bonjour for Windows which is installed with iTunes for
    Windows that resolves a ransomware vulnerability. For those using iTunes for Windows, update now to patch the vulnerability. Bonjour for Windows is also included with iCloud for Windows, so those using iCloud for Windows should also check for any updates.

    In other news, Pixelmator Pro has also been updated to support Catalina, the forthcoming new Mac Pro, and offer support for Sidecar in Catalina (the ability to use an iPad as a second
    screen). Now’s a great time to grab this update as well, especially to prepare for upgrading to
    Catalina or for those purchasing the forthcoming Mac Pro.

  • macOS Catalina is here – but hold yer horses

    Posted on October 7th, 2019 at 21:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathan Parker:

    Apple released macOS Catalina today. The upgrade brings all new features to the Mac, including the ability to use an iPad as a second display with Sidecar, a new Find My app, support for bringing iPad apps to the Mac using Project Catalyst, improvements to the Photos app, support for Apple Arcade and the forthcoming Apple TV+, and much more.

    While macOS Catalina is an exciting new upgrade, I personally recommend holding off installing the upgrade until at least macOS 10.15.1 becomes available. We’ll keep you posted with all Apple Operating System Updates with the comprehensive list in AKB 2000014.

    A few important tidbits to note about macOS Catalina:

    • This update brings the end of 32 Bit apps. If you’re still running any 32 Bit apps (I’m running a couple of Windows apps on WINE that are still 32 Bit), you need to hold off upgrading until those apps are updated to 64 Bit support.
    • iTunes has been replaced with new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. Your iTunes library will migrate to those apps, and most functionality will be there. If you rely on iTunes XML file support, however, hold off upgrading. Remember that iPhone and iPad device management has now been moved to the Finder.
    • A few additional legacy apps such as QuickTime Player 7 (Not QuickTime Player X) and Dashboard have also been discontinued.

    For those who have already pulled the plug on the update, here are the features to try out first.

    In addition to macOS Catalina, iMovie, GarageBand, Logic Pro X, and Final Cut Pro X all saw updates today. The major update was Final Cut Pro X (and its companion apps) which now offer support for Metal to improve video rendering performance, as well as support for the forthcoming modular Mac Pro.

    In other news, Spotify now supports Siri on the iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay. To top off today’s Apple-related news, here are some good troubleshooting tips for handling Macs with failing Fusion Drives.