Breaking up With Chrome is Hard, But Right, to do

· Charlotte Henry · Reporter's Notebook

Safari, Firefox, Chrome

Tests prove that Safari outperforms Google Chrome on a Mac. Because of that and the extra privacy, Charlotte is going to give it another try.

Which Apps Spy on the iOS Clipboard?

· Jeff Butts · Product News

Spy on iOS Clipboard

There are a few apps that spy on the iOS clipboard. Thankfully, some of the most popular ones are updating their apps to stop doing that.

Everything You Want to Know About iOS 14 Notes and Reminders

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple notes app icon

Ryan Christoffel has a nice write-up of iOS 14 Notes and Reminders in the developer beta, which I’ve been avoiding since I don’t have spare test devices. If you specifically want to know about Apple Notes and Reminders like me, check out the article. I was hoping for more features, like tags for notes, but I’m glad the texture is gone.

Though neither app’s improvements have been held up as tentpole features of this fall’s releases, Apple has nonetheless given noteworthy attention to making the user experience for each app better in a variety of key ways. You won’t find fundamental evolutions in how either app works, but these updates prove the power of iteration.

Safari 14 Adds Face ID, Touch ID to FIDO Logins

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Touch ID fingerprint icon

A feature coming to Safari 14 later this year involves logging into websites with Face ID and Touch ID through the Web Authentication API.

WWDC Deep Dive – Mac Geek Gab 821

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts and experiences with the new technologies Apple announced at WWDC this week.

Craig Federighi Reveals iOS 14 Clipboard Will Be Locked Down

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple hand privacy logo

Michael Grothaus interviewed Craig Federighi where he talks about iOS 14 privacy features. One feature is restricted access to the system clipboard/pasteboard. Apps will no longer have full access, which was a problem in the past.

Though there isn’t a lot of evidence apps have done this on a wide scale, apps will now require your approval to access the pasteboard for the first time. If a messaging app requests approval, it’s probably legit–but look out if, say, a free gaming app wants to get at your pasteboard.

As regular readers can guess, I’m excited for the new privacy features in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

New Feature ‘Sleep Mode’ Could Arrive on iOS 14

· Andrew Orr · Link

Sleep icon made up of a crescent moon and three Z letters.

Apple leaker Fudge (@choco_bit) claims that a new feature coming to iOS 14 will be called Sleep Mode.

When Sleep Mode is enabled, the lockscreen will dim, calls and alerts that arrive while locked will be silenced, and notifications will be sent to history. Emergency alerts will break through. Sleep will analyze your sleep patterns based on your iPhone usage at night.

Bedtime in the Clock app can set an alarm and track your time in bed. Do Not Disturb can silence calls and alerts. So if this rumor is true then it sounds Apple is rebranding and combining these disparate features into one Sleep Mode toggle.

How to File Great Bug Reports According to Apple

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple feedback assistant icon

Apple shared post to its developer page to give advice on how to file great bug reports. It’s also good advice for people who like to beta test Apple software, so bookmark the page once iOS 14 and macOS 10.16 Redwood have been announced (I’m taking this opportunity to make my macOS name prediction).

You should always file feedback for any bugs you find while developing on Apple’s platforms; after all, we can’t fix problems that we don’t know about. But how can you be sure that the information you provide is helpful for triaging the issue, rather than a bug-solving dead end? Here are some of our top tips for making sure your bug report is clear, actionable, and — most importantly — fixable.