macOS: How to Roll Back the Firmware on Your AirPort

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you update your Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme and your network starts having issues, then just go and roll back the version you installed! This little-known feature will let you revert the firmware on your Apple network devices in case you run into trouble, and Melissa Holt’s gonna tell us how in today’s Quick Tip.

An Excellent New iPad at a Reasonable Price

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The new 9.7-inch iPad (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pro (right) are more similar than different.

There’s a new iPad in town—a 9.7-inch model with the lowest prices ever for a full-sized iPad—priced from a mere $329 for a 32GB WiFi-only model (vs. $599 for the least expensive 32GB WiFi-only 9.7-inch iPad Pro). Dr. Mac has been testing one for a couple of weeks and is convinced the biggest difference between it and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is its price—$270 less than the cheapest  9.7-inch  iPad Pro, without an Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard  ($99 and $149 respectively).

Apple's Achilles Heel Is Neither the Mac Nor the iPhone

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple's Achilles Heel

A couple of interesting pieces got me thinking about Apple. The first was by Neil Cybart, who wrote, “The Mac Is Turning into Apple’s Achilles’ Heel.” The second was John Gruber reacting to that, saying ” The Mac is not Apple’s Achilles heel. The iPhone is.” They’re both well written and insightful pieces, but they’re also both wrong. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts.

Apple Makes iWork and iLife Apps Free and Easier to Download by Anyone

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Icons for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and GarageBand

Apple made its iWork suite—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—free on Tuesday, as well as two of the iLife apps*—GarageBand and iMovie. While they were already free to new Mac and iOS device customers (since 2013), making the price “free” makes them easier to download by everyone.

If You're Looking for Floppy Disks, Amazon's Got Them - Really

· Jeff Butts · Product News

floppy disks are still available to purchase

If you remember fondly the old days of passing files around by “sneakernet,” or using floppy disks, you might be amused at what Jeff Butts has discovered. Floppy disk drives and the diskettes you need for them are still widely available from at least one retailer.

12 Mac Apps and 3 Courses in the Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a great deal on 12 Mac apps and 3 training sources. It’s called the Supersized Creative Mac Bundle, and features several photo apps, filters, writing tools, Roxio Toast Express, mind mapping software, and more. The training courses cover photography, video editing, and web design. All for $29.

iOS 10.3: How To Hide News Sources In Apple News

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

When Apple News was first launched, iPhone users had the ability to block news sources. If you read a story you didn’t like, or just didn’t like a particular website, you could hide all of their stories from Apple News. But with the release of iOS 10.3, Apple slightly changed how Apple News worked. But it’s still possible to tweak your news feed, and Andrew Orr shows us how.

The 5 Best Terminal Commands for Your Mac

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

Terminal commands on macOS are powerful

As powerful as the graphical user interface is on macOS, there’s still a lot more you can do from the Terminal. Whether it’s turning on repeating keys or hiding a folder from prying eyes, the Terminal holds a lot of potential. Jeff Butts walks us through his favorite five tips and tricks for using the Terminal to unleash more of the power of your Mac.

Apple's Pro iMac to Compete with Microsoft Surface Studio

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple launching an iMac with pro features this fall

We know Apple has an iMac with pro features planned for later this year, and a new report says it’ll be designed to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Studio all-in-one PC. Apple also has updates for its current models coming, most likely in the second half of the year.

What We Want in Apple's Pro iMac - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-18

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Apple says an iMac with pro features is coming later this year, but didn’t elaborate on exactly what that entails. Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they’d like to see in the new model. Spoiler: they were able to distill that down to two words.

Apple Settles Unwired Planet's Patent Infringement Case Hours Before Trial

· Jeff Gamet · News

patent troll with justice scales

Unwired Planet’s patent infringement lawsuit against Apple is finally over because the two companies reached an undisclosed settlement just a day before they were scheduled to go to trial. The agreement most likely includes Apple writing a big check, and the patent holding company agreeing to leave the iPhone and Mac maker alone.

Bloomberg Backs Up iPhone 8 Big Screen Design Reports

· Jeff Gamet · News

Latest iPhone 8 leaks back up full screen design without a physical Home button

Another report is out saying the iPhone 8 will sport an almost bezel-free display, and this time it’s from Bloomberg. This one backs up what we’ve already heard: A bigger display in an iPhone 7-size body, curved glass edges, OLED, and no physical Home button.

Logitech POP Smart Button Gets HomeKit Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

POP Smart Button from Logitech gets HomeKit support

Logitech’s POP Smart Button is getting HomeKit support, and its POP Smart Button Kit will be available in Apple’s retail stores. The button supports a wide range of devices, so you can use it to control non-HomeKit gear, too.

Google Maps for iOS Adds Turn-by-Turn Directions to Lock Screen Widget

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Google updated its Google Maps app for iOS Monday. Version 4.30’s chief new feature is turn-by-turn directions on the lock screen courtesy of a Directions widget. With that widget, users can arrow through each direction in any active route from the lock screen or the Today view (swipe left on the Home Screen). Users can also send their location via Google Maps through iMessage. Both features give Google Maps a dramatically more integrated experience in iOS, erasing some of the pain points of not being the built-in Maps service for Apple’s mobile operating system. The Directions widget will need to be added to your lock screen, while the location feature is available through iMessage. The update is free, meaning you remain the product.

Google Maps for iOS Adds Turn-by-Turn Directions to Lock Screen Widget

macOS: How To Disable Webcam on Your Mac

· Jeff Butts · Tips

disable webcam on your Mac

Our front-facing cameras are terrific, but they are also a security risk. Jeff Butts tells you how to disable your FaceTime Camera, iSight, or other webcam on a Mac without resorting to leaving the sticky residue of tape behind.

A Video Tribute to Carrie Fisher

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The collective heartbreak when Carrie Fisher died in December was felt around the world. The Star Wars channel on YouTube has posted a wonderful “Tribute to Carrie Fisher” that is beyond delightful and amazing. It spans the decades of her involvement with Star Wars, including some outtakes, interviews, and scenes from the movies. Enjoy, and remember, if anyone asks: you were chopping onions.

Technical Evolution Can Leave Companies Behind That Caused it

· John Martellaro · Link

Technical Evolution

Companies have to be careful about grand projects that don’t serve as a foundation, change rapidly, and sometimes incur legal difficulties. This week’s Particle Debris looks at how Google Book Search foundered from a lack of commitment and legal troubles, VRML morphed into purer VR, the strained evolution of tvOS, cute robots putting laborers out of work, the rapid evolution of self-driving cars, and how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to keep his company from a slow, painful demise. These are examples of how technical evolution can double back on the very companies that spawn it.

CoBattery iPhone Charging Case Comes with 2 Swappable Batteries: $59

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

CoBattery iPhone Charging Case

We have a deal for you on CoBattery, an iPhone charging case that comes with two swappable batteries. It’s designed to let you never have to plug your iPhone in again. Instead, your iPhone charges from the battery case while the second battery recharges. It’s $59 through us, with models for iPhone 6/6s/7 and iPhone 6/6s/7 Plus.