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  • 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.

  • You think we’ve got it bad with Windows? How ’bout them, er, Apples?

    Posted on September 30th, 2019 at 12:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On Friday we saw iOS 13.1.1. Today we get iOS 13.1.2:

    iOS 13.1.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:

    • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup
    • Fixes an issue where Camera may not work
    • Addresses an issue where the flashlight may not activate
    • Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data
    • Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod
    • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles

    One big advantage to Apple patches, though: At least they’re numbered so you can unKB4517211der18362.387stand them.

  • New AskWoody support for Apple products

    Posted on September 25th, 2019 at 11:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Nathan Parker has assembled, and PKCano has posted, a new AskWoody Knowledge Base article, AKB 2000014: Ongoing List of Apple Operating System Updates. It’ll keep you updated on the latest Apple patches, and our recommendations about installing or waiting on each. Given the recent problems, particularly with iOS13, it’s a must-read for anybody with an Apple product.

    Our approach to Apple is the same as our approach to Microsoft (and Google, too, for that matter): We calls ’em like we sees ’em. Don’t expect any pulled punches or marketing pablum.

    Thanks, folks!

    And while you’re at it, wander through the MacOS for Windows Wonks Forum. Nathan has added many interesting topics to the list.

  • iOS 13.1, tvOS 13, and iPadOS released — plus urgent news for Mac Pro and AVID users

    Posted on September 25th, 2019 at 05:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Apple released iOS 13.1 yesterday for the iPhone and iPod Touch, adding additional features that did not make it in the iOS 13 release. Today also marked the release of the new iPadOS variant of iOS, which also happens to officially be at 13.1. tvOS 13 has also been released today as well.

    Before updating devices today, however, you might want to hold off until Apple releases a fix for third-party keyboards. For those of us who also use a Mac, it is also recommended to wait and upgrade all devices after macOS Catalina is released. AskWoody is launching an Apple Operating Systems Update list (an AskWoody Knowledge Base article) that will be continuously updated, along with guidance on when to install updates and what updates to wait on.

    Urgent news for users of AVID video editing software on the “trashcan” Mac Pro. There is a major issue causing some Mac Pros not to restart after shutting down. For those who use a “trashcan” Mac Pro and AVID, don’t shut down your Mac, and initiate a full-system backup immediately.

    Lastly, the new low-cost 10.2” iPad is shipping Wednesday, with in-store availability coming later this week.

  • Possibly inaccurate, but watch out: iOS 13 (?) may be leaking credit card numbers

    Posted on September 23rd, 2019 at 07:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s the original post:

    Went to update payment info, showed me some random persons full credit card info and billing address

    As the title says. I went to update my payment info in iOS13 and while doing so, it showed me info for a Discover card (no one I know even has one of these) and the woman’s full billing address.

    I took screen shots of everything and am going to report this to Apple ASAP however, I just read a post here on Reddit, not sure if it was this sub or another sub related to iOS/iPhone who posted the exact same issue.

    Although the poster pins the problem on iOS 13, the circumstances are nebulous enough that it could be a problem with the new iPhone 11, Apple Pay/Apple Card, or something else entirely. Be careful.

    Thx, Rafael Rivera @WithinRafael