Ed Hardy, author at Cult of Mac

Wait is over for iOS 15.5, macOS 12.4 and watchOS 8.6

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iOS 15.5, macOS 12.4, iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5: If you have an Apple computer, no matter the shape or size, there's a good chance it just got a software update.
If you have an Apple computer, no matter the shape or size, there's a good chance it just got a software update.
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Apple released software upgrades for all its computers Monday. After finishing weeks of beta testing, macOS Monterey 12.4, iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5 are available for anyone to download.

Many of them include an update to the Podcasts application to keep it from taking up too much storage space. And the webcam in the recently released Apple Studio Display will work better after a firmware update.

Feel lucky? Watch the teaser trailer for Apple TV+ animated comedy Luck.

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Do you feel lucky? Watch the teaser trailer for Apple TV+'s animated comedy 'Luck'
All is not going as expected in the Land of Luck.
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The Apple TV+ teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film Luck explains how luck really works: it’s controlled by magical creatures. The star-studded film by Skydance Animation will be about the unluckiest person in the world visiting the Land of Luck.

Watch the trailer to see more – and learn more about luck.

More affordable Apple TV might launch soon

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Apple's new Apple TV 4K with redesigned Siri Remote
A new Apple TV is on the horizon.
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A new Apple TV streamer will launch in the second half of 2022, according to a trusted analyst. And there’s a hint in the prediction that the device will cost less than its predecessors.

A cheaper version of Apple’s set-top box could help it grab a higher share of the set-top box market. And it could certainly use the boost.

What to expect from iOS 16, macOS 13, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9

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What to expect from iOS 16, macOS 13, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9 at WWDC22
WWDC22 will give us our first official looks at iOS 16, macOS 13, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9. But you don't have to wait.
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We’re less than a month away from WWDC22, an excellent time to look ahead to the unveiling of iOS 16, macOS 13, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9. As always, these operating system upgrades are expected to be the highlights of Apple’s annual developers conference.

Some details about them already leaked out, though. Here’s a foretaste of WWDC22.

iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 take a big step toward release

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iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 take a big step toward release
There are new release candidates for the operating systems that run all these Apple devices.
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Apple gave both developers and the public access to the release candidates of macOS Monterey 12.4 and iOS 15.5 on Thursday. The iPadOS 15.5 Release Candidate also went out, as did the watchOS 8.6 RC and tvOS 15.5 RC. That’s the final step before introducing them to the public.

Aside from long-overdue improvements to the Studio Display webcam in macOS, all these are really just minor tweaks. But that’s not surprising considering Apple is expected to unveil the next major upgrades for the OSs at WWDC22 in early June.

Apple dethroned as world’s most valuable company

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Bullish Apple analysts aren’t panicking about coronavirus…yet
Wall Street has not been kind to Apple in 2022.
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Apple is no longer the world’s most valuable company. That honor now goes to the Saudi Aramco oil giant. The Mac-maker had (mostly) held onto the title since 2020, but has now lost it.

So far in 2022, the value of AAPL shares is down 20%, while the share value of the Saudi oil company has surged 25%.

Google mocks iPhone’s lack of headphone jack then drops it from Pixel 6A

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Google mocks iPhone's lack of headphone jack then drops it from Pixel 6A
The Google Pixel 6A is made with the finest hypocrisy.
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In 2021, Google made a funny video making fun of iPhone for not having a headphone jack. Fast forward a few months, and Google launched the Pixel 6A without a headphone jack. That sure looks like hypocrisy.

And there’s little excuse for it, as Samsung got busted years ago for doing the same thing – mocking iPhone for not including a headphone jack then dropping the feature from its handsets.

How to get the latest AirPods firmware update

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How to get the latest AirPods 3 firmware update
There is a firmware update out for AirPods 3. Here’s how to get it.
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Apple began pushing out AirPods firmware updates Tuesday. Models getting fresh software include AirPods Pro, AirPods 2, AirPods 3 and AirPods Max.

It’s not clear what’s in the 4E71 firmware. But updating isn’t a bad idea, since Apple typically refines the AirPods experience gradually.

The AirPods update process is indirect, but we can steer you through it.

Photoshop for iPad simplifies removing objects and backgrounds from images

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Photoshop 3.6 on the iPad includes Content-Aware Fill.
Easily take objects from images with a new tool in Photoshop for iPad: Content-Aware Fill.
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Adobe’s Photoshop on the iPad just got some very useful features carried over from the desktop version, including Content-Aware Fill and Remove Background. Plus, Select Subject got a human-centric update. These make it easier to remove objects from images, or put new backgrounds behind subjects.

In addition, Adobe gave its Fresco painting application for iPad the Liquify and Magic Wand functions on Tuesday.

R.I.P. iPod: Apple discontinues its tiny music player

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R.I.P., iPod. Apple discontinues iPod touch. It's the end of the iPod product line.
R.I.P., iPod.
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It’s the end of an era — Apple has stopped making the once-iconic iPod. The little music player helped save Apple, and made the company a powerhouse in the music industry, but its day is over.

The last model is the iPod touch, which “will be available while supplies last,” Apple said Tuesday in a press release.