Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the TidBITS Content Network for Apple consultants.
Previous: TidBITS 1359 Next: TidBITS 1361

Thinking about Tom Negrino

The veteran Mac writer Tom Negrino may be dead of an intentional barbiturate overdose by the time you read this, an act he has chosen after years of fighting terminal cancer. The Apple world will be poorer without Tom in it, and we will miss his humor, skill, professionalism, and courage.Show full article

How to Identify High-Performance GPU Apps on the MacBook Pro

Is your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar getting less battery life per charge than you think it should? The culprit could be applications that are forcing it to use the high-performance graphics processor. Here’s how to tell which GPU is in use and which applications to close to switch to the integrated processor.Show full article

Half the AirPods for a Tenth the Price

If Apple’s AirPods are just too pricey for you, and you’re looking for an inexpensive wireless audio solution, Adam Engst has identified a category of cheap, single-ear Bluetooth earbuds that are worthy of consideration. Just don’t expect AirPods quality from a device that costs between $5 and $20.Show full article

How to Set Up and Use Airline Boarding Passes in Wallet

If you’re still printing boarding passes on paper because you think that using your iPhone would be too hard, think again. Airline apps and Apple’s Wallet app have improved significantly over the years, and the process is now easier than fussing with printed boarding passes. Adam Engst walks you through it.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 March 2017

Notable software releases this week include 1Password 6.6.2, Hazel 4.0.9, Lightroom CC 2015.9 and Lightroom 6.9, and ChronoSync 4.7.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 13 March 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Jamf’s enterprise survey reveals gains for macOS and iOS, Apple says that it has patched most of the vulnerabilities revealed in a recent WikiLeaks dump, a judge has ruled that you cannot be compelled to unlock your devices with Touch ID, and we learn that Steve Jobs initially thought the Genius Bar was an idiotic idea.Show full article

Show the full text of all articles