Category Archives: Apple

The 2019 iPad races to the bottom (price-wise), but it’s not so bad down there

The new iPad takes some design cues from the 2019 iPad Air, but it makes some compromises to keep the price down.

Enlarge / The new iPad takes some design cues from the 2019 iPad Air, but it makes some compromises to keep the price down. (credit: Samuel Axon)

The past year has seen Apple blazing a new trail for its iPad line of products, further distinguishing the tablets from their iPhone roots and seeking to establish them as real productivity and creativity devices.

iPadOS and the features and performance found in the latest iPad Air, iPad, and iPad Pro models have made the best case yet for the iPad as a device for content creating—not just consumption. But the base iPad, priced at under $400, was until recently very much stuck in the old mode.

This year, Apple has updated that iPad to bring it closer to the rest of the lineup in terms of available features. In many ways, this is a minor update to last year’s iPad, though. Most of the internals, including the cameras and the A10 chip, are the same. Performance is identical. Photo quality is identical. Battery life is close to identical. The main changes are in the design of the chassis, including the addition of Smart Keyboard support.

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Apple TV+ adaptation of ‘Foundation’ will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace

Apple isn't cutting corners with its TV+ version of Isaac Asimov's Foundation. The tech giant has cast its first two stars for the show, choosing Chernobyl's Jared Harris (above) to play math genius Hari Seldon and Halt and Catch Fire's Lee Pace as…

Apple releases new version of macOS Catalina Supplemental Update

No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one.

Enlarge / No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one. (credit: Apple)

Apple has released a new version of its macOS Catalina Supplemental Update. The first iteration of the update was made available to Macs running Catalina on October 15.

Like last week’s update, of which this is apparently a new version, this Supplemental Update promises to fix problems some users encountered when there was limited disk space available. It also fixes issues with saving Game Center data that users faced when playing Apple Arcade games offline, a Setup Assistant bug, and a problem that prevented users from being able to accept iCloud terms when logged into multiple iCloud accounts on the same machine.

If you prefer to hear things in Apple’s own words, here are the release notes provided by the company to accompany the update:

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Test shows dark mode really can save battery life on OLED iPhones

Dark mode is a key feature on iOS 13, but can it really extend your iPhone's battery life? If it's an OLED model, the answer seems to be a firm yes, according to tests done by PhoneBuff. They used robotic devices to perform identical tasks on two iPh…

Recommended Reading: The Google Stadia controller prototypes

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US lawmakers criticize Apple over Chinese app censorship

In a new letter co-penned by a bipartisan group of members of Congress, federal lawmakers say they have "strong concern" related to Apple's recent actions in China. The letter, which is addressed to CEO Tim Cook, zeroes in on Apple's decision earlier…

Twitch viewers can subscribe to streamers on iOS

Twitch users on iOS can now subscribe to their favorite streamers directly from the app. It'll offer the same benefits of subscribing on desktop, including ad-free viewing, sub badges, channel emotes and sub-only chat, as well as supporting the partn…

The Engadget Podcast: What do we lose if Google is everywhere?

Google is all about ambient computing. That much was made clear at the company's launch event this week. Its products were leaked so thoroughly that there were barely any surprises left. Yet, finally getting to see Google's full portfolio of devices…

Lebanon plans to charge a fee for internet voice calls

If you're planning a trip to Beirut, you might want to think carefully about starting an internet phone call. Lebanon's cabinet has agreed to implement a 20-cent daily fee for VoIP calls across a range of services, including FaceTime Audio and WhatsA…

Pixel 4 XL vs. the competition: The six-inch flagships

Every major flagship always has to come in two sizes now, so it's no surprise that we're looking at yet another XL Pixel model. This handset differs from its smaller sibling in size, but has the same camera setup. However, the big phone field gets mo…