Macworld November 2020

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where does the apple watch go from here?

Six years in, the Apple Watch is at a bit of a crossroads. After a few years of explosive growth in terms of improving the hardware, Apple seems to have hit a bit of a lull. Last year’s Apple Watch Series 5 only added a single major feature, the always-on display, but it was a huge milestone. This year’s Series 6, though? It’s clear that even Apple knew how incremental this update was. An oxygen sensor is good, but since it’s not approved as a medical device, Apple’s implementation feels a little bit weak. A brighter always-on screen? Great, but the very definition of incremental. You know an update is feeling a little bit lackluster when Apple throws in a bunch of new colors to stir some excitement. In six years, the…

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apple one: what you need to know about apple’s new services bundle

Apple has several subscription services available, and now you can save some cash by signing up for Apple One, a pricing plan that bundles Apple’s services together for discounts. In effect, it replaces expensive à la carte pricing with cheaper pricing bundles. Here’s what you need to know about Apple One. WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN APPLE ONE? All of Apple’s services are available for bundled pricing: Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple Music, Apple News, Apple TV+, and iCloud. (Apple Fitness+ will not be available until late 2020.) If Apple introduces new services, they’ll probably adjust the Apple One plans accordingly. NOTE: AppleCare, Apple’s warranty and support program, is not part of Apple One. HOW MUCH DOES APPLE ONE COST? Apple has three Apple One plans. Each plan offers a different set of services. Here are…

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ipad (8th generation): it’s got a faster processor, and that’s all

When it comes to dedicated tablet devices, there’s the iPad and there’s everything else. The performance, features, and app ecosystem of Apple’s iPad line make it the tablet to own. The new 8th-generation iPad is still the best tablet you can buy for the price ($329), but it’s hard not to be disappointed by such a small upgrade. The new 8th-gen tablet is exactly the same as the 7th-gen iPad introduced a year ago, except that the A10 processor has been swapped out for the A12. That’s it. That’s the update. A12 VERSUS A10 Last year, Apple updated the iPad with a slightly bigger 10.2-inch display (up from 9.7), making the bezels slimmer. It also added the smart connector to work with the Smart Keyboard. Those were welcome upgrades, though the System-on-Chip (SoC)…

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having problems with bluetooth audio quality on a mac? here are ways to fix it

Audio quality via a Bluetooth device can be a great mystery, partly because Bluetooth only mandates in its basic audio standard, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), a low-quality audio encoding algorithm. An audio encoder takes a data stream and transforms it into whatever the best or agreed-upon quality both sides can take, often limited by the particular chips on each device and bandwidth available. That means that the lowest common denominator may prevail, even when both the sending and receiving devices have a variety of higher-quality options available that don’t match up or aren’t correctly invoked. Depending on a host of factors, both a Bluetooth streaming device (sending or receiving audio) and a Mac may agree on an encoder that makes music sound like it’s playing over a landline telephone call. That shouldn’t…

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apple watch series 3 vs. se vs. series 6: which model is right for your wrist?

For the first time since its launch in 2016, there are three Apple Watch models to choose from that all look very similar at first glance. But upon closer inspection, you’ll find that there are very distinct differences between them that go much deeper than their price differences. Here’s how they stack up. DESIGN AND DISPLAY Apple hasn’t strayed very far from its original square design over the seven generations of the Apple Watch, so there’s not a huge difference between the three watches. Series 3: 38.6 x 33.3 x 11.4mm SE: 44 x 38 x 10.4mm Series 6: 40 x 34 x 10.4mm (40mm); 44 x 38 x 10.4mm (44mm) But your wrist won’t notice the difference. Apple has the best and most recognizable watch design in the smartwatch industry, so any of the three…

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expressvpn: speedy, reliable service, but why the exotic locale?

It’s impressive how much ExpressVPN packs into its service. In addition to supporting the usual VPN connections across nearly 100 countries, ExpressVPN supports Smart DNS on consoles and set-top boxes—a great feature for Americans working abroad. It has a built-in speed test to help you make better decisions about which connections to use, if speed is your priority. It also works with Netflix in the U.S.—though you may need to try a few servers before it’ll take. The company is also working on trust with diskless servers, and it underwent a security audit from PwC. ExpressVPN is moving in the right direction, but how does it measure up overall? SECURITY, SOFTWARE, SERVERS, AND SPEED ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands. The company says it’s doing this to remain outside of the “14…