MindNode issued an update on Wednesday that adds support for the iOS 14 Scribble feature with Apple Pencil. Users can try the new image picker to add photos, trigger actions with the new context menu, and use their Apple Pencil to hand write in nodes. Other improvements: Added support for opening URLs in third party browsers; Fixed opening of documents on Apple Watch that are outside MindNode’s iCloud container; Fixed image loading on Apple Watch of single file format documents and documents outside MindNode’s iCloud container; Improved support for third-party fonts by adopting the system font picker; Fixed an issue with opening documents that are outside MindNode’s iCloud container.
Coming soon to iOS 14.2, you’ll have Shazam music recognition right from the Control Center. It’s a great way to quickly name that tune.
NextDNS released a new tool on Tuesday that lets you generate a configuration profile to let you use iOS 14 encrypted DNS without needing the NextDNS app.
There are a couple of different ways you can turn the iPhone flashlight off and on. These methods also work for iPad Pro and iPod touch.
Pixelmator for iOS was updated on Tuesday, adding support for Magic Keyboard, mice, and track pads with over 70 new keyboard shortcuts. The update also makes it fully compatible with iOS 14. Other new changes include: The color picker will now remember the position in the image it was last picked from; The Hidden category from your Photos library will now be accessible from the Photos browser; Tapping the name of the image in the toolbar will now present the option to save it. Many bugs were also fixed in Pixelmator 2.6.
After claims that iOS 14 widgets are up to no good, can they access your keyboard and act as keyloggers? First, as the developer of Widgetsmith says:
Leaving for a moment that I don’t think that is technically possible for a widget to read the keyboard. Widgetsmith was built from the ground up with complete privacy in mind and collects essentially no data about its users.
After using the app I wrote about this morning, Sticky Widgets, I’d say yes they can access your keyboard, because if not then Sticky Widgets would be unusable and you couldn’t type anything into them. Can they access the keyboard without user consent? Most likely not, as the quote continues: “Widgets use SwiftUI views to display their content. WidgetKit renders the views on your behalf in a separate process. As a result, your widget extension is not continually active, even if the widget is onscreen.”
Many Mac users have fond memories of Apple’s sticky notes widget and you can replicate that experience with Sticky Widgets. It lets you add sticky notes on your Home Screen in two steps: 1) Add a Sticky Widget to your Home Screen; 2) Tap on the widget to edit it. This is one app you should download immediately, although you probably don’t need me to tell you that since sticky notes on the screen are so useful. With these widgets easily accessible and in my face, I no longer have to create a reminder for stuff to get at the store, and a reminder to remind myself to set the other reminder.
Of course your Quick Tips for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 keep rolling in, and of course your two favorite geeks take pleasure in sharing them for you. But there’s more… there’s always more! This week, John and Dave dig into what’s making your CPU hot, what’s causing your CarPlay woes, and much, much more! Press play to enjoy learning at least five new things.
iOS 14 lets users choose which email and browser they want to be the default. Mark Zuckerberg wants the option for Messenger to be the default.
Writer Nicole Lee is happy with iOS 14 features that are similar to Android, like widgets, default apps, and App Library. And she wants more of that.
But for me, the real star of iOS 14 is not quite so obvious (It’s so low-key that Apple didn’t mention it at its WWDC keynote). It’s the fact that, at long last, iOS now lets you pick your own default email and browser apps. This one feature, more than any other, is what I feel is a key factor in preventing me from switching to Android. That’s because, as an iOS user, it is not Android that I find attractive — it’s Google.
I’m trying to wrap my head around this argument. I don’t want to be one of those people who say, “If you’re not happy with iOS, then switch to Android.” But it doesn’t make sense to me that setting default apps would stop her from switching, considering Android had that all along. She goes on to say that she hasn’t bothered with iOS 14 widgets and that Android widgets don’t appeal to her. Okay, don’t use them?? Just like you’re not using iOS 14 widgets?? There’s more I have to say but this is running up against the length limitation of our Linked Teasers. Go read.
Apple released iOS 14.0.1 on Thursday primarily to fix the “default apps bug” that would reset your default mail and browser app upon reboot.
Like many websites, The Mac Observer uses advertising trackers and cookies. Here are six of them Andrew found using Safari 14.
Calendar app Fantastical updated to version 3.2 which adds support for iOS 14 widgets, iPadOS Scribble, and bug fixes.
Widgetsmith lets you create iOS 14 widgets and customize them to suit your needs and Home Screen theme. The app includes a variety of widget categories like weather, calendar, timezone converter, and others. Widgets can even by scheduled to appear on your screen following rules you define. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
YouTuber Kaustubh Debnath dives into iOS 14 Spatial Audio to explain what it is, how it works, what devices it runs on, and where you can find content that supports it. Spatial Audio is a feature for AirPods Pro that can give you “surround sound” without needing multiple speakers. Em Lazer-Walker has a good write-up of it here but Mr. Debnath’s video is also a good resource.
Verizon is adding iOS 14 support for its robocall blocking feature called Silence Junk Callers.
We’ve got first-run Quick Tips for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 for you right here. You know those things that surprise and delight your friends when they see you do them? That’s what Quick Tips are! Come and learn at least five new things as John and Dave talk through Quick Tips plus answer your questions about everything Mac, Apple, iPhone, and more. Press play and enjoy hanging out with your two favorite geeks!
Apple reminds us in an App Store story today that iOS 14 Game Center has been completely redesigned. Here are new changes.