Friday Morning News
A paywalled article from The Information suggests Apple could bundle its as-yet-unreleased streaming video service with a number of other services, including news content, Apple Music and iCloud storage. It makes a lot of sense to offer an all-in-one package deal across all of Apple’s services, especially if that’s a subscription that keeps people coming back month after month, year after year.
A visual guide to what’s new in macOS Mojave from Ars Technica tells us about Dark Mode and plenty of other features besides. Finder now shows metadata for photos and videos, Quick Look now has basic editing tools, and there’s fresh coats of paint on pretty much everything else. The new apps are basics, but the one thing you should be checking out is the all-in-one screenshots tool, accessible via Command + Shift + 5.
Smaller features in the macOS Mojave public beta are pointed by Macworld, who say that even Automator has seen improvements this time around. Recent apps in the Dock takes a leaf out of the iPad playbook, Siri now gets access to Home accessories if you don’t like the app, and a fun new option lets you mess up your desktop icons — at least until it’s removed in a future beta.
If you frequently do mixed activities during a workout and track your exercise with your Apple Watch, consider breaking up your activity tracking into segments. Segments allow you to see how a particular activity affects your heart rate and energy burn, with stats also available for seeing how long you spent lifting iron compared to climbing hills, for example.
The latest version of Audio Hijack introduces broadcasting features, allowing users to stream audio to Shoutcast and Icecast servers. MacRumors points out you can easily broadcast to multiple servers simultaneously, if you wanted to, say, offer broadcasts in different qualities, or different audio formats, but this should be an adequate replacement for the company’s Nicecast audio broadcasting software.
If you’re not shy about using Microsoft’s Edge browser on your iOS device (you monster), Microsoft are currently publicly testing a version which includes a built-in ad-blocker. While this won’t be a true system-wide ad blocker like you get when you install an iOS content blocker, if you frequently use something other than the Mobile Safari app for general web browsing, this could be useful.
Unspecified backend security improvements mean people still using iOS 4.3.5 and earlier, OS X 10.8.5 or earlier, and Apple TV 4.4.4 or earlier will be unable to make payment type changes to their Apple IDs as of tomorrow, June 30. If you’re still using one of the ancient versions listed, you’ll still be able to make new purchases and download past ones, but have to find another device if you want to switch payment methods.
You’ve probably read plenty of pieces about switching from the Mac to the iPad as a primary computing device, but what about the other way? If you’ve been iPad-only (or mostly) for a few years, what’s it like to switch back to the Mac? As it turns out, not too dissimilar from why you switched to the iPad in the first place, according to The Sweet Setup.
In their excellent piece discussing the fragility of the butterfly keyboard found on MacBooks and MacBook Pros, iFixit calls making a product slimmer at the cost of usefulness, functionality, serviceability, and the environment. It seems like a given at this stage that we’ll see a brand new keyboard design, so whether that’s the 3.0 version of the butterfly mechanism or something new entirely, I’m ready.
Fortune uploaded the full video of their interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook to their YouTube channel, if you needed something to watch this weekend.