macOS Catalina 10.15.7 squishes a nasty Wi-Fi bug


Jamf Now macOS Catalina and iOS 13 upgrades
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 takes care of multiple problems that might be bugging you.
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Mac users can update their computer on Thursday with macOS Catalina 10.15.7. It’s important for anyone who’s noticed their computer not connecting to Wi-Fi like it ought to. There are no new features.

This might be the last Catalina version before the big macOS Big Sur upgrade gets introduced.

Amazon cloud gaming service heads to Mac and (surprise!) iPhone


Amazon Luna brings console-quality games to iOS and iPadOS.
Amazon Luna is coming to a variety of devices including, amazingly, iPhone and iPad.
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Amazon on Thursday unveiled a cloud gaming service that can play console-quality games on mobile devices and a range of other computers. Unlike rival streaming services from Google and Microsoft, Amazon Luna will be available on iPhone and iPad. It’s also coming to Mac.

iOS 14.0.1 fixes a totally annoying iPhone bug


iOS 14.0.1
iOS 14.0.1 lets you set Gmail as your default email application, and have it actually stick.
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Apple released a bug-fix update to iOS 14 on Thursday. iOS 14.0.1 removes a number of problems — most notably, a bug that prevented users from permanently picking a new default email app and web browser. And iPad users get iPadOS 14.0.1 with the same fixes.

There are also bug fix updates out for Final Cut Pro and some of Apple’s other media-production applications for Mac.


Coalition for App Fairness
Apple's rivals aren't backing down.
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New braided Lightning cable for iPhone 12 appears in pictures


These iPhone 12 dummy units show what the real handset might look like.
The new iPhone could come with a more robust charging cable.
Photo: Marques Brownlee

Twitter user @laobaiTD, aka Mr-white, posted images late Wednesday of what he claims is the braided Lightning cable that will come with iPhone 12.

At present, the Mac Pro is the only Apple product to come with a more-durable braided cable, which also provides a premium look. Check out the images of the alleged iPhone 12 cable below.

Big tech analyst thinks Apple could hit $3 trillion in next couple of years


Money on Unsplash
That's a whole lot of cash.
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After seeming to defy the general COVID-19 downturn, tech stocks have taken a dip as of late. Loup Ventures’ tech analyst Gene Munster thinks there is going to be a split in future fortunes — with some soaring back up to previous highs and others, well, not.

Apple, he believes, is going to be a big winner. And from my calculations he thinks it could be just a couple of years from another major financial milestone.

Cherry Jones and Jason Segel join Apple TV+ original movie The Sky Is Everywhere


Cherry Jones, who played a sly lawyer in Defending Jacob, is coming back to Apple TV+.
Cherry Jones, who played a sly lawyer in Defending Jacob, is coming back to Apple TV+.
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Actors Cherry Jones and Jason Segel have joined the cast of upcoming Apple TV+ original movie The Sky Is Everywhere. Jones (HBO’s Succession and Apple TV+’s Defending Jacob) and Segel (the excellent Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will join relative newcomer Grace Kaufman.

The movie is an adaptation of a Jandy Nelson young-adult novel. The plot follows a high-school girl mourning the death of her sister. She becomes romantically attached to her late sister’s fiancé and another young man newly arrived in town.

iPhone owners race to upgrade to iOS 14


iOS 14 adoption. It’s a good thing.
Many iPhone users can’t resist the new features in iOS 14.
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Over 30% of iPhones are running iOS 14 exactly a week after the release, according to data from an analytics company. That’s a 50% faster adoption rate than iOS 13 a year ago.

Best iOS 14 custom Home screens (so far …)


iOS 14 Home screen modification
Give your iPhone a bespoke overhaul.
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Thanks to iOS 14’s new widgets, seemingly everyone is redesigning their iPhone Home screens right now. Some of these look amazing. Others evoke the eyeball-abusing tragedy of late-stage MySpace, serving as painful reminders of why most of us didn’t become professional graphic designers.

Here are some of the better iOS 14 custom Home screens we’ve seen. (Want to make your own? We’ve got a guide for you: How to give your iPhone Home screen a new look with custom icons).