Chris Lawley’s In-Depth Interview About Smart Script and Math Notes
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by John Voorhees
57m ago
Smart Script and Math Notes are two of the most notable features coming to iPadOS this fall. Both take advantage of the Apple Pencil and the iPad’s computer power to do a lot of complex work under the hood, which makes taking good-looking notes and working with numbers and equations feel natural. Chris Lawley, co-host of Comfort Zone, sat down for an exclusive interview with Jenny Chen, an Apple engineering manager for input experiences, and Ty Jordan, an Apple system experiences product manager, to talk about both features in-depth for his YouTube channel. It’s an excellent interview full of ..read more
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The Latest from AppStories and NPC: Next Portable Console
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by John Voorhees
22h ago
Enjoy the latest episodes from MacStories’ family of podcasts: This week, Federico and John run down the highlights of the iOS and iPadOS 18 public betas that were released today. On AppStories+, Federico and John compare earbud notes, covering recent models from Sennheiser, Technics, and Beats. This episode is sponsored by: CleanMyMac X: Your Mac. As good as new. Get 15% off today with code APPSTORIES15. Setapp – the place to get apps. It was a busy news week in the world of portable gaming hardware, plus Federico’s quest for cable perfection continues, a return of the Steam Deck ..read more
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Federico’s Updated Setup Is Designed for Modular Simplicity
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by John Voorhees
1d ago
Federico has been on quite a journey with his gear setup over the past few months. If you’ve been following along on NPC: Next Portable Console, MacStories Unwind, and AppStories, you know that he’s been assembling a modular system that lets him switch effortlessly from work to play. He’s working on a story that pulls the threads of his experience together for readers, but in the meantime, Federico has updated our dedicated Setups page with what’s changed. If you start with Federico’s latest entry in our Setups changelog, you’ll notice right away that the updates he’s made to his setup are al ..read more
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New Projects, New Setup
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by John Voorhees
1d ago
The past few months have been busy at MacStories. The release of new iPads was followed by our launch of new podcasts and then WWDC. Along the way, my gear setup has changed a little, too. Portable Setup Changes 11” iPad Pro and Accessories Leading up to Apple’s spring event and knowing that it would feature new iPads, I was on the fence about buying one. The Pencil Pro and the Tandem OLED display tipped the balance, though, and I ended up getting the 11” Wi-Fi-only model with a Magic Keyboard Case, a Smart Folio cover, and Apple Pencil Pro. I was tempted by the nano-texture display but ulti ..read more
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My Top Amazon Prime Day Picks
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by John Voorhees
1d ago
There are thousands of things on sale during Amazon Prime Day, including a lot of my favorite gadgets, so I thought I’d highlight the deals I’ve found for the gear I’ve used, tested, and love. Here are my top picks. Apple Hardware and Accessory Deals Apple Studio Display with Adjustable Stand (15% off) Source: Apple. I’ve had an Apple Studio Display for two years now and love it. Colors are bright, text is crisp, and having a set of additional Thunderbolt ports available on its rear panel comes in surprisingly handy. Apple iPad mini (6th Gen), 256GB Storage, Wi-Fi (15% off) Source: Apple ..read more
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Overcast Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary with a Redesigned Interface
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by Niléane
1d ago
Overcast has long been my favorite podcast player on iOS and iPadOS with its beautifully simple user interface that complements a great audio engine. Today, developer Marco Arment is celebrating Overcast’s tenth anniversary with the release of a new version featuring a user interface that’s been rewritten from the ground up. From the app’s main screen to playlist and podcast pages, show notes, chapters, and search, this new version of Overcast looks completely modern, and it feels fast. But at the same time, the app remains true to itself and retains a familiar look, with no drastic visual ch ..read more
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IOS 18 After One Month: Without AI, It’s Mostly About Apps and Customization
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by Federico Viticci
2d ago
iOS 18 launches in public beta today. My experience with iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, launching today in public beta for everyone to try, has been characterized by smaller, yet welcome enhancements to Apple’s productivity apps, a redesign I was originally wrong about, and an emphasis on customization. There’s a big omission looming over the rollout of these public betas, and that’s the absence of any Apple Intelligence functionalities that were showcased at WWDC. There’s no reworked Siri, no writing tools in text fields, no image generation via the dedicated Image Playground app, no redesigned Mail ..read more
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MacOS Sequoia: The MacStories Public Beta Preview
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by John Voorhees
2d ago
Sequoia is not your typical macOS release. In recent years, new features of all Apple OSes have been increasingly meted out over time instead of dropping all at once in the fall. That’s been true of macOS, too, but this year, the magnitude of the staged release will be more pronounced, which has trickled through to the public beta released today. macOS Sequoia will be a phased release. That means you won’t find everything announced at WWDC in the public beta. Some features, notably large parts of Apple Intelligence, won’t be available until 2025. That’s something worth keeping in mind if you ..read more
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WatchOS 11: The MacStories Public Beta Preview
MacStories
by Jonathan Reed
2d ago
Last year, Apple declared watchOS 10 the biggest update to the Apple Watch’s software since its introduction. I don’t think that was actually the case, but there were undoubtedly some notable changes to how we interact with our watches every day, with the introduction of the Smart Stack being key among them. While Apple hasn’t forgotten about UI enhancements like the Smart Stack, this year sees the company turning its focus back to health and fitness tracking with some significant new features in those areas. I’ll be saving a deeper dive into the software update – including all the tiny chang ..read more
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The Latest from Magic Rays of Light, Comfort Zone, and MacStories Unwind
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by John Voorhees
5d ago
Enjoy the latest episodes from MacStories’ family of podcasts: This week on Magic Rays of Light, Sigmund and Devon spotlight the theatrical release of Fly Me to the Moon, revisit the idea of an Apple TV Pro, recap Trying season four, and highlight new Apple Original series Sunny starring Rashida Jones. This week on Comfort Zone, Niléane has a social media surprise, Matt tries to take his email to superhuman levels, and Chris blows his hair back with Wi-Fi speeds you wouldn’t believe. Then we reflect on last week’s very chill challenge before jumping into the next one where we must b ..read more
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