How to enter Mac passwords with your Apple Watch

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Is there anything the Apple Watch can’t do?
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You know how you can double-press the side button on your Apple Watch, and then wave it over a contactless terminal to pay with your credit card? Wouldn’t it be great if you could do the same with your Mac login password? Instead of having to type your password to authenticate yourself, you’d be able to double-tap the Apple Watch’s side button to do it instantly.

Well, now you can do exactly this — if you’re running macOS Catalina.

Apple’s AR Glasses are almost here! Catch the discussion, on The CultCast

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A reliable analyst says Apple's AR glasses are right around the corner.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple’s AR glasses are about to be announced! At least according to one very reliable analyst…. we discuss. Plus: Mac OS Catalina is out, but you probably shouldn’t install it—we’ll tell you why. And Final Cut Pro just got massively faster thanks to a new update, and a long awaited iOS 13 feature finally goes live.

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Devs ding Catalyst, Apple’s new system for porting iPad apps to Mac

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Developers say macOS Catalyst has a lot of potential, but plenty of limitations too.
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Developers using Apple’s system to convert iPad software to macOS say Catalyst still needs lots of work before it can fulfill its promise.

The functionality is mostly there, but some features are missing and there are complaints about the style of the resulting apps.

macOS Catalina testers get a sneak peek at Apple Arcade

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Apple Arcade games can already be played on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and — for a fortunate few — Mac.
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Mac users can start enjoying Apple Arcade, but only if they’ve installed the latest pre-release version of macOS Catalina. This move seems to be preliminary step in launching this big macOS upgrade.

If it isn’t obvious, this also means that Catalina didn’t debut today, as had been rumored.

Apple seeds full version of macOS Catalina to developers

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Get ready: macOS Catalina is nearly here.
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Work has wrapped up on the full version of macOS Catalina, and Apple sent the resulting Golden Master to developers. This is the last step before releasing the first non-beta of version 10.15 to the general public.

Catalina splits iTunes into a number of other applications, and allows iPads to be easily used as a Mac’s second display.

What to expect at an Apple October event

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A 16-inch MacBook Pro, which might look something like this, could be a highlight of the Apple October event.
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An Apple October event hasn’t yet been announced, but there’s such an impressive list of products that are supposedly ready to launch that the company seems to need a big venue to show them all off.

There’s an epic new Mac, a big MacBook, fresh iPads and plenty more, all reportedly coming soon.

Why your iPhone reminders won‘t sync with your Mac

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Reminders in iOS 13 don’t play nice with macOS Mojave.
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The Reminders app in iOS 13 is a massive upgrade, offering multiple new features to make this utility software more useful. But some people might be frustrated because they can‘t get their reminders to synchronize with their Mac. Apple warns that this will continue until the next version of macOS is released.