One of the features coming in iOS 11.3 will let you use Face ID for family sharing. This includes approving purchases. It’s already shown up in the iOS 11.3 beta.
If HomePod were released by Google, I think they would explicitly state that many of its features are available “in beta” and let customers know that they expect problems to occur, but that’s generally not been Apple’s way of operating. Apple prefers to communicate confidence and consistency, which means they often wait to roll out new features until they get the foundational platform stable.
There is a keyboard shortcut that let’s you quickly see hidden files and folders.
Twitter’s privacy settings are a bit less comprehensive than Facebook, but also easier to find.
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple’s plans for iOS 12, plus they discuss the debate surrounding iPhone X sales.
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Marvel’s first Ant-Man movie was an awesomely fun romp through the super hero world, and it looks like the sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, is going to be more of the same. A surprise trailer for the movie dropped on Tuesday morning showing Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Dr. Pym back in action saving the world while on the run. You’ll never look at Pez in the same way again.
iPhone X sales are either horrible or great, depending on who you ask, and supply chain sources aren’t helping sort that out.
Don’t look for a long list of big new features in iOS 12 because Apple is focusing on performance and reliability improvements this year.
Each device comes with a full one-year Apple warranty, and you can even buy one under Virgin’s US$1/month plan.
John Kirk is a former trial attorney, financial advisor and business coach. About a decade ago, he burst on the scene with the most delightful, literary, and informed opinions and analysis of Apple, its foundations, customer approach, and products. His writing became legendary for its literary references and his ability to punch through to the real heart of all Apple matters. We chatted about how he first embraced the Mac, successfully used the Mac in his law practice, earned his gig at techpinions.com, and why some observers of Apple go wrong. We also delved into the psychology of consumer choice, Apple being back on track with the Mac, how Apple embraces the future, what it choses to leave behind, design issues related to future Macs, and the legacy of Steve Jobs.
Check out this fascinating AT&T video from 1961 called Seeing the Digital Future. AT&T has published a lot of archival material to YouTube, and a friend spotted this one over the weekend. There are lots of things I find interesting about it. For one thing, remember that it’s 1961. AT&T wasn’t the AT&T of today, it was Ma Bell. It was the telephone company. It was the tech giant of its day! And while there’s a lot that misses the mark in this video, there are also some things Ma Bell got right, including the importance of computers being able to talk to each other. I also personally enjoy the 1960s special effects—in color, no less!—and wooden acting. It’s a great glimpse back at how things were, while they were trying to figure out how things would someday be.
This delicious tidbit comes buried deep in an excellent Bloomberg article from Mark Gurman describing Apple’s entrenched efforts to build a powerful chipmaking business.
The spectrum of reactions to the new HomePod ranges from “superbly Apple,” to “Doesn’t stand a chance.” Friday’s Particle Debris points to three articles that span the expected range of media coverage. Pick your favorite.
You can’t browse a list of your conversations. But you can send new messages using voice dictation.
Bella Bongiorno tweeted eight memories from creating the iPad, and four of those memories were stark reminders of just how important Steve Jobs’s penchant for detail was to making Apple’s products great.
Note that Facebook changes these privacy settings from time to time, so check back once a month or so.
Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at HomePod’s streaming music service options, plus they explain what Apple’s looming 64-bit app deadline means.
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Now that you can pre-order a HomePod smart speaker Apple has four new ads hyping its music playback.