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Jason Snell for iMore
July 29, 2016 7:51 AM PT
One of the things I love about the iPad Pro is that when it’s stripped down to its naked robotic core it’s a powerful, useful device in a small, easily-carried package. But the iPad Pro wouldn’t be an Apple product if it weren’t surrounded by a universe of accessories.
Every accessory adds functionality to the core product, but also complexity and weight. It’s a tricky balance, and here’s what I’ve found best suits my lifestyle.
Dan Moren for Macworld
July 29, 2016 7:43 AM PT
As someone who seems to live most of his life on the Internet, I’ve always appreciated Apple’s thorough and thoughtful approach to security. The company realizes that we keep all sorts of important stuff in our devices, from our credit card numbers to our super-secret, handed-down-through-seventeen-generations French toast recipes. Hardly the kind of stuff we want plastered all over the world.
Like every other technology company, Apple has to weigh the fundamental tradeoff between security and convenience. In general, the higher the level of security, the less convenient it is—no surprise there, since making something more difficult for someone else to break into generally means making it more difficult for you, too.
Apple’s security measures are pretty comprehensive, and they’re only getting better. With the latest additions to Apple’s lineup this fall, the company is getting one step closer to creating an interconnected web of authentication that should hopefully make your device security better and more transparent.
By Jason Snell
July 28, 2016 12:19 PM PT
For a long time Mac Power Users co-host David Sparks and I would meet when I was visiting southern California and we’d talk about how our jobs were grinding us down. Then all of a sudden, he and I were both out on our own and grappling with any number of issues involving being independent workers after 20 years of working in a traditional job.
David suggested there might be a podcast in that. Our discussion of how to structure such a thing so that its scope didn’t overwhelm us and all the other work we were doing ended up being the jumping-off point for the first episode of “Free Agents”, the new podcast we kicked off this week.
(Thanks to Chris Breen for the theme song and Matt Alexander for the narration.)
If you’re interested in hearing us talk about the issues around being an independent worker, check it out. The show will be short and appear fortnightly, and we’re hoping to do two short topic-based episodes followed by an interview with an independent working person.
July 28, 2016 • 29 minutes
On the latest episode of the weekly technology roundtable, Jason and Dan are joined by PCalc developer James Thomson and writer, editor, and podcaster Shelly Brisbin to talk the rise of biometrics, looking for retail therapy at the end of the world, augmented reality and the Pokey Man, and the ups and downs of Adobe and Apple’s long relationship.
July 28, 2016 • 45 minutes
This week, we explain how Bob Mansfield is the Michael Corleone of Apple, discuss the benefits and risks of biometric security, suss out rumors of a third iPhone model this fall, and guess what 1990s Internet property Verizon will buy next. And, of course, you get our patented prognostications about Apple’s quarterly earnings. Timely, as always.
Jason Snell for Macworld
July 27, 2016 8:25 AM PT
Another quarter brings with it Apple financial results-nearly $8 billion in profit this time, despite a whole lot of tough year-over-year sales and revenue comparisons. But as a part of the results we also get the chance to hear directly from Apple’s executives, in the quarterly ritual of the conference call with analysts. There’s always good stuff to be gleaned from this call, and this quarter was no exception. Here’s what we learned.
By Jason Snell
July 26, 2016 5:55 PM PT
Apple continued its grin-and-bear-it slog though a brutal year of quarterly financial results Tuesday, thanks to the incredible success of the iPhone 6 raising the bar so high that every single year-over-year comparison is destined to look tiny. Apple will probably keep taking its lumps for a quarter or two, but the numbers—$42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion in profit—are pretty much in line with Apple’s business in the year before the iPhone 6. It suggests that Apple will probably continue to have miserable year-over-year comparisons for a couple of quarters, but then things may start to even out.
By Dan Moren
July 26, 2016 8:28 AM PT
A friend of mine was looking to find every file on her Mac with a particular file extension (i.e. “.jpg”). Now, there are a few ways to do this: by default, I might just type the file extension in the Finder’s search box. But that can give you false positives if that extension is a string that might occur elsewhere in a filename.
You can also search by Kind, but not every file extension on the Mac is mapped to a Kind. However, the Finder actually has the ability to search by a bunch of advanced criteria that you might not even know about. Here’s how to find them.
Select Find from the Finder’s File menu. On the left is a dropdown menu for search criteria.At the bottom of the dropdown you’ll see an option for “Other…”
When you select that, you’ll get a sheet with a ton of different search attributes. And I’m talking a lot. Files on the Mac have a lot of metadata associated with them—some applications even add their own metadata attributes—but most of those attributes aren’t exposed directly to the user.
You can filter this big sheet of options using its own search box. So, in this example, if we’re looking to eventually search by file extension, type ‘extension’ in the box and you’ll probably see a couple options come up. The one we want is “File extension”, so click the In Menu checkbox that’s next to it, and then click OK.
Now, when we return to the search window and select a criteria from that dropdown menu again, you’ll see the option for File Extension is now in the menu. Select that and type in the extension you want and voilà: a list of every file on your Mac with that extension.
The best part is that ‘File extension’ search option (and any other options you add) will now stay in the dropdown menu, which is great if it’s something you end up using frequently—you won’t have to repeat this process every single time you want to make that particular search.
There are other handy search criteria in that advanced search options sheet. A few I find particularly useful are “System files”, which includes those files that are part of OS X and aren’t usually searched, like preferences files, plug-ins, and so on; “File invisible”, which lets you more easily search for files based on their visibility; and even “Pixel height” and “Pixel width” which let you narrow your search by, you guessed it, image dimensions.
July 25, 2016 • 1 hour, 26 minutes
Scrivener for iOS and a new mechanical keyboard for iPad arrived at Jason’s house this week. This week on Upgrade, Myke Hurley and Jason discuss using a specialized writing tool for longform work and the challenges of building an iPad keyboard that doesn’t turn the iPad into a laptop. Plus they recap the latest trailers from Comic-Con.