Apple is splitting up system and app updates in macOS Mojave. Mojave’s new Mac App Store will display updates for apps only, while system and security updates will be available in a new pane in System Preferences, a change that mirrors how updates are handled in iOS.
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Apple this week updated its App Store Review Guidelines to address recent questions about mirroring apps like Valve’s Steam Link, free trials for non-subscription apps, cryptocurrency mining, in-app ad behavior, and more.
After leaving KGI Securities, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back to predict “more aggressive” iPhone pricing for the upcoming 2018 models. Kuo believes that Apple wants to reassure investors concerned with the iPhone X’s $1,000 base price, as well as make technologies like Face ID more accessible.
The folks over at GOG have just launched their “SummerGaming Sale” and they’re kicking things off by giving away a free copy of Xenonauts, a turn-based strategy game inspired by the classic X-COM series. The free download includes versions for macOS, Windows, and Linux and, like all GOG-distributed games, is DRM-free. The GOG sale is on until June 18th, but the free Xenonauts offer is only good for the next 48 hours.
If you use a Mac at home but need to use Windows for work or gaming, there are probably a few macOS features that you really miss when you’re in Microsoft land. Well, a free app can help with at least one of those missing features: Quick Look. If you’re running Windows 10, just head over to the Microsoft Store to grab the totally-not-infringing app “QuickLook.” It installs in seconds and gives you an extremely functional Quick Look experience right inside Windows. It doesn’t offer the search/lookup features found in recent versions of macOS, but it’s great for quickly previewing images and documents.
Apple this weekend leaked a Mac App Store preview video of a new version of Xcode, which happened to also show off new features in the upcoming macOS 10.14 update, including a new dark mode, Mac App Store video previews, and a strong suggestion that the next version will be called macOS Mojave.
Apple is launching web support for Apple Music, allowing users to play back full tracks without the need for iTunes or an iOS device. But it’s not yet clear if this feature will give subscribers full access to their libraries or simply allow the streaming of full tracks from preset embeddable widgets.
Geekbench results posted this weekend appear to show an upcoming MacBook Pro featuring the latest 6-core Intel processor and 32GB of RAM, a major upgrade over the current 4-core models limited to 16GB of RAM. This suggests that a 6-core MacBook Pro could make its debut this week at WWDC.
An Animoji ad originally posted to Apple’s Korean YouTube channel last month was just posted on its main channel today in the hours before the company’s WWDC keynote. The ad features three Animoji characters singing along to Citizen Kane by the Korean group HYUKOH. The timing of the video’s re-posting suggests that the Animoji feature may see updates during today’s keynote, both in terms of capabilities and device compatibility. The song is kind of catchy, too.
After promising it last May, Apple finally launched iTunes via the Microsoft Store Thursday. The app looks and works just like its manually installed counterpart, but it allows Windows 10 users with “S Mode” devices to install and run Apple’s media playback and management software for the first time.
The proposed law, which would force companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook to build backdoors into their encrypted platforms, betrays the Australian government’s baffling lack of understanding.
The U.S. wants to tax all of Apple’s overseas money before the European Union gets a chance.
The Google employee says that his company simply wanted to “take back control” of its own app, which until then had been coded by Apple, and that Apple would have otherwise been happy to keep YouTube as a default app in iOS.
Shadow Warrior, the classic 1997 3D Realms first-person shooter, is available for free from GOG. The game runs on both Windows and macOS, and includes both expansion packs, Twin Dragon and Wanton Destruction, as well as the game’s soundtrack. You can also pick up the remastered “Redux” version of the game from Steam for just $0.99 as part of the 2017 Summer Sale. So if you’re itching for some classic FPS gaming, act fast!
The new feature would use 3D cameras to nearly instantly unlock your iPhone and is said to be even more secure than Touch ID.
The company claims that after using its graphics technologies for so many years, there’s no way that Apple could create its own GPUs without infringing on Imagination’s patents.
Nasdaq is blaming Bloomberg and other market-tracking sites for publishing test data that reset the prices of several tech stocks.
National Park-loving Apple fans can use Apple Pay next month to help Tim Cook “leave the world better than we found it.”
In an unusual move, the iPad receives the 10nm die shrink ahead of the iPhone, which will also launch with a 10nm A11 SoC later this year.
StarCraft, the classic real-time strategy game that was hugely popular on both Mac and Windows, is returning to the Mac this August with StarCraft Remastered. First teased back in March, Blizzard this week confirmed that the remastered version — which includes improved graphics up to 4K resolution, remastered audio, widescreen support, and modern multiplayer features — will launch for Windows and macOS on Monday, August 14th. Check out trailer and head over to Blizzard’s website to pre-order the game for $15.