iPhone XS (Max)

I usually write my review of the new iPhones about a week after I get one of the new devices, but this time around, I just kept using and trying out the different features of the iPhone. Now, I want to give you my thoughts on the iPhone XS and XS Max. […]

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Mr. Allen, who in 1975 set up with Bill Gates the company that became known as Microsoft, died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle, according to a statement from his family.

Very sad.

BBEdit: The Mac Text Editor for Coders and People Who Use Words [Sponsor]

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Do you sling code or compose with words? Whether you’re an app developer, web developer, systems admin or just want a powerful writing tool that stays out of your way, BBEdit is worth checking out.

I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

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The Dalrymple Report: Apple TV content, a rocket, and Ozzy with Dave Mark

Dave Mark and I explore the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s foray into video content, and talk about a failed rocket launch and Ozzy cancelling his concert.

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CBC investigates allegations of Apple’s overpriced repair costs

The National goes undercover to investigate some of Apple’s controversial business practices including allegations of overpriced repair charges and the battery/slowdown scandal.

I understand why Apple wants genuine parts in its products—they want the customers to have a properly repaired device with the right parts. I also have never believed that Apple intentionally slowed down the iPhone to force people into buying a new device. Having said that, you should watch the video.

Google Plus is dead

Over the years we’ve received feedback that people want to better understand how to control the data they choose to share with apps on Google+. So as part of Project Strobe, one of our first priorities was to closely review all the APIs associated with Google+.

This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.

Seriously, who didn’t see this coming… five years ago.

Universal Audio: The best music company

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

I have long praised Universal Audio as my favorite music company. They don’t just model a plug-in to sound “something like” the original EQ, amp, or compressor, it is an exact replication of the analog gear. I trust all of my music to Universal Audio and have for many years. There is a video and story on their web site that gives you a bit more information on the company’s history.

The 70 new emoji available in iOS 12.1

More than 70 new emoji will be coming soon to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food. The new emoji are available in today’s developer and public beta previews of iOS 12.1, and will be available in upcoming software updates for iOS, macOS and watchOS.

Everyone loves a good emoji.

X-ray socks

I have no idea why I looked at these for so long, but I had to share.

Setting 1Password as the default autofill in iOS 12

But what if you prefer using 1Password as your default password manager? Or if not 1Password, something like LastPass or Dashlane? Don’t worry, with iOS 12 Password Autofill, it is entirely possible to change the autofill provider to your preferred password manager of choice, as long as it supports Apple’s new Password Manager API framework.

This is a great tip that I’m sure many people will use.

The Dalrymple Report: The new iPhones and Apple Watch with Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie joins me this week to talk about the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and the Apple Watch Series 4. We have both been using them for a week or so and have some thoughts on what we’ve seen so far.

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Review: Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch is undoubtedly one of my favorite Apple devices ever. It gives me information and notifications for everything I need, it helps me stay fit, and the new Series 4 device promises to watch my health like no Apple Watch before it.

Review: macOS Mojave

I installed macOS Mojave shortly after it was introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. There are a few features in Mojave that made the upgrade really great for me, so I’d like to tell you a bit more about those. […]

BBEdit: The only tool needed for writers, web authors, and software developers

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

BBEdit is crafted and continuously refined in response to meet the needs of writers, web authors, and software developers, providing an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. All in all, BBEdit is a powerful editor with an interface that stays out of your way, and well worth checking out.

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Google Maps updated with support for CarPlay

Google today updated its popular Google Maps navigation app, introducing support for CarPlay. With iOS 12, third-party mapping apps work with CarPlay for the first time, giving CarPlay users an alternative to the built-in Apple Maps app.

I still use Apple Maps a lot, but I know this will be a popular feature for many users.

BBEdit: The only tool needed for writers, web authors, and software developers [Sponsor]

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

BBEdit is crafted and continuously refined in response to meet the needs of writers, web authors, and software developers, providing an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. All in all, BBEdit is a powerful editor with an interface that stays out of your way, and well worth checking out.

BBEdit 12 is 64-bit ready. Download and try it today!

Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone event

I attended Apple’s iPhone event on Wednesday and spent a little time with the new products after everything was announced. I wanted to give you a few thoughts on the products and my overall feeling of the event. […]

The Dalrymple Report: Attending Apple’s iPhone Xs event with Dave Mark

I just got out of Apple’s iPhone Xs event, so Dave and I got together and recorded a podcast with out thoughts on all the new products.

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Apple’s iPhone event will be live streamed on Twitter

Apple’s iPhone press event will be live streamed on Twitter for the first time, TechCrunch has confirmed. This news backs up an earlier report from last month, which claimed Apple would expand the ability to watch the event to Twitter’s platform, instead of only through Safari and Apple TV or Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, as in the past.

I wonder how many people will choose Twitter over the traditional streaming methods that Apple has used for years.

The Dalrymple Report: iPhone names, Apple Store robberies with Dave Mark

Dave and I had a great time this week, talking about everything from growing a beard to the rash of Apple Store robberies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Amazon reaches $1 trillion valuation

Amazon’s total market value passed $1 trillion on Tuesday, following Apple’s ascent into 13-digit territory at the beginning of August. Amazon and Apple now make up more than 8% of the entire value of the S&P 500, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst for S&P.

Amazon is, for the most part, a trusted brand by consumers. With its expansion into selling almost anything you can imagine, and the availability of quick shipping, many people will just default to shopping on Amazon these days. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Mercedes unveils electric car to challenge Tesla

Mercedes showed on Tuesday how it is “aggressively” gunning for top spot in upscale battery cars market currently dominated by Tesla, as it unveiled the EQC, its first fully electric car, at an event in Stockholm.

I love Mercedes. To me that brand is all about excellence in everything it does and every car it produces. More than loving the vehicles, I trust Mercedes—they are safe, long-lasting, and technologically advanced. If I were looking for an electric vehicle, that’s the company I would look to first.

NetNewsWire is back with Brent Simmons

After some years spent traveling the world, NetNewsWire is now back where it started! It’s my app again.

We’ve kept its room ready for all these years. And I am thrilled to welcome it home.

This is great news! I was a NetNewsWire user for many years and I can’t wait to see what Brent is going to do with it.

Apple announces special event for September 12

Apple on Thursday announced the date for its special event. Scheduled for September 12, 2018 at 10:00 am, the event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s new campus. […]

Verizon assholes

Verizon Wireless’ throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.

“County Fire has experienced throttling by its ISP, Verizon,” Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in a declaration. “This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services.”

When the fire department called to ask them to stop throttling the connection, Verizon demanded they upgrade their plan.

Assholes.

Dark Sky for iOS

Today we’re happy to announce a major new version of Dark Sky for iOS and Android. This update is one of the biggest overhauls in Dark Sky’s six year history. It represents over a year of effort, incorporating countless suggestions from our users as well as the experience we’ve gained building our weather service from the ground up these past years.

I love this app and I trust what it says.

Apple prepares users for end of Back to My Mac

Back to My Mac will not be available on macOS Mojave. You can get ready now by learning about alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access.

An alert popped up on my Mac this morning warning that the Back to My Mac service was ending soon and linked to a support article on Apple’s Web site. It’s too bad, I really enjoyed the service, but it’s not like you don’t have options—Apple details everything in the support document.

Lyft surpasses 5,000 self-driving rides

Lyft has completed more than 5,000 self-driving rides through its ride-hailing app, the company said on Tuesday, as it aims to become a serious competitor in autonomous driving while its biggest rival, Uber, retrenches.

I always said that I wouldn’t want to take a self-driving Lyft ride, but I changed my mind. I would really like to see this technology in action.