Family Calendar Sharing + macOS Catalina is Here


Family Calendar Sharing with Google Calendar

Do you need to share calendars using Google accounts and don’t know where to start? Book a session with me where we will set up calendars for everyone in the family and share them with others. If some are using iCloud or other services, we will move everything to the Google account so it’s all nice and simple. You can check out my calendar and book something here!


macOS Catalina

Last week Apple released macOS Catalina. Keep reading for some highlights of new features released with this new OS. MacRumors has a pretty detailed list here if you want to dive deeper. As always, confirm your Time Machine backup before you upgrade just in case!


iTunes has been replaced

iTunes has been replaced with Music, TV, and Podcasts now being their own independent apps.

The Music app has full access to your music library, just like in iTunes, regardless of whether the songs were purchased or uploaded from a CD.

The Apple TV app is similar to the Apple TV app on Apple TV and iOS devices.  It gives you access to TV and movie content on your Mac.

In the new Podcasts app, you can access your Podcast library which you used to find in iTunes. From there you can manage your library, view top charts, and check out the new editor-curated categories.


Attach an iPad Sidecar to Your Mac

The new Sidecar feature lets you turn your iPad into a display for your Mac.  You can extend your display or mirror it so both screens display the same content.  You can even turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in apps like Photoshop while keeping the project live on your Mac.


Reminders

The Reminders app has a new look.  With smart lists, attachment support, and messages integration, it is now easier to organize your reminders so they work for you.  Don’t forget you can say, “Hey Siri set a reminder for <what you want to be reminded of and when>” if you think of something and don’t have a chance to type the reminder into the app.


Notes

Now share entire folders as well as individual notes.  You can limit collaborators to a read-only mode so you don’t have accidental edits.  There is a new gallery view that shows thumbnails instead of a scrolling list. There are also new checklist features for moving list items.  The checked items move to the bottom of the list and you can easily uncheck the items to reuse the list again.


Photos

Apple has simplified the organization of your photos.  Now making it easier to find photos by making thumbnails different sizes to focus attention on the best images in your library, and organized by days, months, and years.  You can now edit Memory movies on both Mac and iOS as well.


Screen Time Replaces Parental Controls

Screen Time helps you monitor app usage and lets you set limits on specific categories of apps.  You can also manage what your kids can do on their iOS devices and for how long.

To set this up, head over to the new Screen Time pane of System Preferences.  There you will also find several privacy controls.


Organize your Email + Several New Features in iOS 13


Need help with your Email?

Is your email out of control? You’re not alone. The good news is it doesn’t have to stay this way. I'll take you through my tried-and-true process to clear out your inbox and help rid you of unwanted newsletters in emails. We will also set up a filtering service that will help keep only the emails you need to respond to in your inbox and everything else goes to another folder for review and delete. You'll be shocked at how much time you save not having a process through so much email! 

In most scenarios, we'll have all this processed in one session! If you have a particularly complicated situation it may take one more. Check out my calendar and get on the books here!


New Ways to Select Multiple Emails in iOS 13

Apple’s iOS 13 has so many new features. One that you may not have heard about is that you can now select several emails to edit by swiping down the side to select instead of having to tap every message individually. One way to get through several emails quickly and save you time! Check out Gadget Hacks article showing this process.


iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Service Program for No Power Issues

According to Apple, “Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail”. If you think you may have an affected device, click here to enter your serial number and see if your phone is eligible for repair, free of charge.


Switch and connect to Wi-Fi directly in Control Center.

Another great feature in iOS 13 is that you can now switch and connect to Wi-Fi directly in control center without having to open the settings app.  To do this, open Control Center by either swiping down from the top right (iPhone X or later), or swiping up from the bottom (iPhone 8 or earlier) of the display. Next, open the connections box in the top left by pressing your finger down on the box, then press down on the Wi-Fi symbol. Here, you'll find a complete list of all available Wi-Fi networks, which you can connect to with a simple tap.


Coupon discount for Apple's 2019 MacBook Air

On Friday, AppleInsider published another exclusive coupon through Adorama. If you are looking for a new Mac check out this link and follow the pricing links at the bottom. Make sure you use APINSIDER code during checkout. I recommend the offers that include AppleCare to ensure 3 years of coverage. Go quick though because we never know when these offers will expire.


GoPro Hero Max

The newest GoPro camera is here! The GoPro Hero Max has “HyperSmooth, Max TimeWarp, Max SuperView—plus a single-lens HERO and dual-lens 360 camera”. This is definitely the camera for vloggers and those who love extreme videos. Check out more from GoPro here. And Pre-Order today. Scheduled to ship Oct. 25.


Devices Out of Sync? + Philips Hue Play Sync Box


Devices Out of Sync?

Most people have multiple email addresses which mean multiple address books, calendars, notes, etc. When your devices are not syncing properly, this is usually the issue.  If this is you, you need a 2-Hr Session with me and we’ll get it all sorted out!

In this session, we will create order with all the email accounts, address books and calendars you have. Everything will be consolidated so you have perfect sync across all devices in the simplest way possible for your unique needs. Check out my calendar and get on the books here.

If you would like help setting something up you can email my assistant at jeanette@thedigitalorganizer.com and she will help you get on the books with me. I look forward to working with you soon!


Finally Buy Audible Books in App

How annoying is it that any time you wanted to buy a book on Audible you had to go to the website, rather than just search for the book right in the Audible app? Well, no longer. They’ve finally worked something out with Apple to be able to use your credits on books right in the app! If you’ve run out of credits and need to pay for the book, I believe you’ll still have to go to the website to buy since Apple takes a commission for any in-app purchases. Enjoy!


iOS 13.1 Update

Just days after the release of iOS 13, Apple released iOS 13.1 for all eligible devices. This update brings back several features that were in the iOS 13 beta software. Features like Shortcuts, Share ETA, Volume Indicator, and more. If you want to have all of the features that you were expecting iOS 13 to have, then I would recommend you update to iOS 13.1. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Make sure you have a current backup first!


tvOS 13 Update

Apple also released tvOS 13 last week. tvOS 13 can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update. According to MacRumors, “Multiple users are supported for the first time, letting more than one profile exist on the Apple TV so each family member can have their own customized Apple TV interface with separate recommendations, music playlists, and Watch Now lists.” A great feature if you want to keep your watch lists separate. It looks easy to switch between profiles as well.


Philips Hue Play Sync Box

If you want to add some ambiance to your TV room and already have Philips Hue Smart Lights, you will want to check this out. The Hue Play Sync Box promises to make Philips' smart lights change color in sync with whatever's on the screen. Preorder from Philips here if you want to be one of the first with this device. Scheduled to ship October 16.


Get Help with Family Sharing + New Apple Products are Here


Need help with Family Sharing?

Are your family address books, photos, text messages and such going to the wrong person’s device? Kids buying apps using your account when they have their own? You might need a Family Sharing Session with me!  In this session, we bring all of your family Apple devices together to straighten out all accounts. Each individual will have their own iCloud/Apple ID account for their own pictures, backups, contacts, etc., and all the accounts will be linked together with Family Sharing.  You will save money by sharing online storage billing, iTunes and App Store purchases. All devices will be logged into the correct Apple ID/iCloud account with Family Sharing and automated backups set up by the end of the session. Family Sharing also has several other optional features including, parental controls and device limitations, sharing calendars, a shared family photo album, and location sharing.

I recommend setting up 4 hours for this. Click here and book your Half Day Session today! If you would like help setting something up you can email my assistant at jeanette@thedigitalorganizer.com and she will help you get on the books with me. I look forward to working with you and your family soon!


iOS 13 Released

Apple released their newest iOS software last Friday and it is great! With new features like Dark Mode, Sign in with Apple, and Memoji, as well as several App updates to Photos, Camera, HomeKit, Privacy and Security and more. Check out the entire list of Key Features and Enhancements from Apple here and update today if you haven’t yet! *Remember to make sure your backups are current in case something goes wrong in the update.*


How to Delete Apps Has Changed

With new iOS updates, there are sometimes changes we are not aware of until we get frustrated trying to figure them out. Apple Insider came out with this article talking about the new way to delete or rearrange apps once you update to iOS 13. Check it out!


Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade launched last Friday as well. If you are looking for an opportunity to cut the kids off from in-app purchases in games then this may be a subscription for you. Only $4.99 per month allowing you to unlimited gameplay and access to over 100 new games. Check out more details here and you can sign up from there too. Don’t forget, Apple Arcade comes with a 1-Month Free Trial. TheVerge also published this article titled “The 10 Apple Arcade launch games you have to play” if you want some recommendations.


iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Apple Watch Series 5

It was a busy weekend for Apple, launching new software as well as three new iPhones and new watches. If you missed my post about these new products with some highlights then check out my blog and scroll down to my September 10 post. If you are near an Apple Store I encourage you to go in to check out these cool new products! Don’t forget the new watch studios where you will be able to try on any watch combination that you would like.


HomePod Gaining New 'Ambient Sounds' Siri Feature This Fall

According to MacRumors, Apple quietly updated the HomePod's product page including a few release dates for upcoming features. One new feature that has been added is called "Ambient Sounds". “Apple says that you'll be able to relax to sounds like ocean waves, forest birds, rainstorms, and more with this feature, also coming in the fall.”


Profoto C1 Smartphone Studio Light

If you thought the new cameras in the new iPhones were cool, then check out this new smartphone studio light. Proper lighting is always the key to a great photo, even with all the technology built into the phones. The Profoto C1 and C1 Plus are here to mimic professional studio lighting in a pocketable package. Check out the highlight video here and the accessories available as well.


iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR + Sonos Move


iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR

If you watched Apple’s recent keynote, then you may be wondering what the main differences are between the iPhone 11 and the previous iPhone XR.

Apple says the iPhone 11 will have up to one more hour of battery life.  The main differences though are the cameras. The rear camera now has two lenses, adding an ultra-wide-angle lens that will capture four times more scene.  It also comes with a new sensor that has a Night Mode that improves low-light photos significantly. The front-facing camera will now do slo-mo video as well. If you are not looking for an improved camera or slo-mo selfie videos then the iPhone XR may still be the phone for you, especially at its reduced price of $599.

Check out this article that MacRumors published if you would like a more in-depth comparison. They give a very detailed side-by-side comparison of both phones.


More 3% cash-back locations for Apple Card

Last week Walgreens announced that customers will receive 3% Daily Cash when they use the Apple Card with Apple Pay for all eligible purchases at Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy locations, including medicines and prescriptions. This is in addition to Uber and Uber Eats also extending 3% Daily Cash when using the Apple Card with Apple Pay recently. I wonder which merchant will be next in on this growing list.


What’s in Your Box?

The new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models will come with an 18W USB-C Fast Charger and USB-C Cable. Using this charger will charge the iPhone 11 Pro to 50% in only 30 minutes. Sadly, the iPhone 11 has the capability to charge using this new charger but it will still come with the 5-watt adapter and USB to lightning cable in its box.


Sonos Move

Sonos just released its first portable Bluetooth speaker. According to MacRumors, “The battery-powered Sonos Move features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for listening at home or on the go, AirPlay 2 support, built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and up to ten hours of continuous music playback per charge. The speaker features an oval-shaped design with IP56-rated water and dust resistance.” You can pre-order now and it will be available starting September 24 for $399.


Hue Filament Smart Bulbs

Do you love your Home Kit light bulbs but don’t like the way they look in clear glass? Hue just released their Filament Smart Bulbs. Now you can create warm ambiance in a room without using a light switch. You can check out the three new options available here. You can also check out their short videos that showcase some different ways you can decorate with them.


Cases for the new iPhones

AppleInsider published this article showing off some of the new Apple Branded cases we can expect to see for the new iPhones. Of course there will be many third-party cases that should be available as well, but Apple is getting much better at their selection of cases at launch time. I like the clear option if you want to show off your new iPhone color but still want some added protection.


Artifact Uprising

Do you ever wonder why you are holding on to so many photos? Do you want an easy way to cherish those photos in a beautiful presentation? Looking for a great way to make custom cards or calendars? Artifact Uprising allows you to make custom photo books and more with your pictures. Check out their website here. The ideas are endless. They also have an iOS App that allows you to upload photos right from your phone or Instagram.


Highlights of the New Apple Announcements + Apple Music Web Beta


Apple Special Event

Today was Apple’s long-awaited announcements for this year.  From launch dates for their Arcade and TV+ services to new iPhones, iPads, and Watches.  They even have upcoming watch studios coming to retail stores where you will be able to try on any watch combination that you would like.  Keep reading for more details on these upcoming services and products!


Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade is launching September 19 at a monthly subscription rate of $4.99 per month for an entire family (6 users total). Apple is giving a free 1 month trial for anyone who signs up. The subscription gives you unlimited game play and access to over 100 new games coming out this fall. There will be no ads and no additional purchases within games. You can download your games for offline play for travel and can jump from iPhone to iPad, Mac, and Apple TV all in the same game. Check out more here if you are interested and you can click the ‘Notify me’ button in the top right if you would like to be the first to know when Apple Arcade is available. This could be a great opportunity to cut the kids off from in-app purchases in games!


AppleTV+

AppleTV+ has a launch date of November 1 and Apple said they will be releasing new content each month going forward.  At a low $4.99 per month for a family subscription (6 users total) after a free 7-day trial, this is definitely going to rival other streaming services.  They even announced that when you purchase a new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or AppleTV2 you will get a 1-year subscription to AppleTV+ for free. That’s saving almost $60!


7th Generation iPad

The 7th Generation iPad has a 10.2” Retina Display, A10 Fusion Chip, pencil capability, as well as a Smart Connector so you will be able to attach a Smart Keyboard. Starting at $329 these are scheduled to launch September 30. You can pre-order here now and if you want to compare the different iPad models then check them out here.


Apple Watch Series 5

The ‘Always On, low temp Retina Display’, 18 hour battery life, built in compass, and international emergency calling (cellular models only) are the biggest new features of the Apple Watch Series 5. They also announced a new Apple Research App that will be available later this year if you are interested in helping with future medical research. On top of the standard aluminum and stainless steel models, the Apple Watch Series 5 will come in new Polished Titanium and Brushed Space Black Titanium finishes. There is also a new Space Black Hermes model. You can pre-order starting now and they will be available in store September 20. Starting at $399 and they dropped the Apple Watch Series 3 price starting at $199.


iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 comes in six new colors.  It has a 6.1” liquid retina display and dual cameras including a 12mp wide camera and 12mp ultra wide camera.  Adding features like night mode, quick take, and slow-mo now for the front facing camera, this phone is definitely tailored to the cameras.  Night mode is the thing that stood out most to me. The iPhone 11 has 1 more hour of battery life than the iPhone XR with the fastest CPU and GPU in a smartphone to date.  The iPhone 11 starts at $699. Pre-order this Friday starting at 5:00AM and available in stores September 20.


iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro 5.8”  and 11 Pro Max 6.5” come with everything the iPhone 11 comes with and more.  Adding a third camera, a 12mp Telephoto lens, four to five more hours of battery life than the iPhone XS, and a Super Retina XDR display.  These will come in Space Gray, Silver, New Gold, and a cool new Midnight Green. They gave a sneak peak of a new feature coming with a software update called Deep Fusion which takes 9 photos in one shutter click.  It will analyze the photo and pull out the best parts of all of them and turn it into the best photo. They also showed a demo of Filmic Pro, an app launching later this year that looks super cool for video. It will allow you to view and edit video as you go from all of your 4 camera angles right from your phone and much much more.  Video nerds, prepare yourselves. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1099. Pre-order this Friday starting at 5:00AM and available in stores September 20.

With these new phones they have lowered the price of the iPhone 8 and iPhone XR that will stay in their iPhone lineup.  The iPhone 8 will now start at $449 and the iPhone XR starts at $599.


Apple Music Web Beta

Last week, Apple launched a new Apple Music web experience, currently available to all users in beta form. Apple is trying to make Apple Music as widely available as possible so this web service will allow Apple Music to be accessible on any device that has a web browser. If you want to give the new Apple Music web experience a try can visit here.


Apple Special Event + Hands on Guide for Apple Card


Apple Special Event

Tuesday, September 10 at 12:00PM CST

Get ready for the most anticipated Apple Event this year!  With rumored iPhones, Watches, 16” Macbook Pros and more. I’m pretty sure it will be jam-packed with products and services to get ready for this coming holiday season.


Google Calendar scam

According to Wired, there is a new scam that targets Google Calendar.  In the scam, an event will pop up in a user's Google Calendar; the description will invite them to take a survey or claim a cash reward. That includes a link, prompting users to enter personal and financial information. 

We saw this in action last week. Google ended up pulling the events off the calendar, but it freaked some people out for sure. Know that this doesn’t mean your computer or account is hacked, it’s just someone figured out how to get something on Google calendar without your permission.

Here’s how to stop it. Open Google Calendar in your web browser and click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear). Go to Event Settings > Uncheck Automatically Add Invitations, and then select the option "No, only show invitations to which I've responded." Also, under View Options, make sure that "Show declined events" is unchecked.


Spam Mail from Survey Companies

Recently there has also been a spike in spam emails going out from survey companies and even Mailchimp and constant contact.  These will disguise themselves as something that you may be familiar with but never signed up for. You want to make sure you do not click the links or give these companies personal information or access to your devices. Always look to see what the email address is and don’t rely on the name. Just because the name says John Doe, if it’s suspicious the email address is likely someoneelse@anotherwebsiteyouhaven’theardof.com.


Gmail Extension for Easy Access to Folders (labels)

I just came across this cool extension for Gmail. It can make a tab at the top for quick access to labels, or searches like emails that have attachments. If you’re a hardcore gmail.com user, you should check it out here!


Use AirPods to Improve Your Hearing

Another way to use your AirPods is to use them to enhance the sounds around you. iOS’s Live Listen feature uses your iPhone’s mic to pick up sounds and then sends that audio directly to your AirPods, helping you focus on what you want to hear. Check out this article from JimmyMac for more in-depth steps on how to set this up.


Apple Offering Tools for iPhone Repair to Small Shops

We’ve all been there. You drop your phone and it breaks. Now what? You have to pay a stupid amount of money and pay even more in the hassle to get Apple to repair it or send it in to your cell carrier. Soon though, the game is going to change. There’s been a movement for a while now for tech companies like Apple and Microsoft to allow consumers the right to repair their own devices. Apple has decided to start sending small repair shops the tools and guides they use to repair phones in the Apple Stores. More details will come soon, but it’s nice to know that it should get a lot easier to get quality repairs done on our devices. Want the full story? Click here to see more from Wired.


Hands on Guide for Apple Card

Apple Card is here!  MacRumors has this great guide on everything from applying, setting up, how to use, etc.  You can even test what your name will look like on the card.  I just got my physical card on Friday and it’s pretty slick! It reminds me of the American Express black card, but stripped down and super simple. I’m pretty impressed with Apple Card so far. 

I’m not one for credit cards, but I like the benefits. This card gives me money back every day on the purchases which add up pretty quickly. Who doesn’t love pocket money :) The other benefit I’ve found is the MasterCard Identity Protection. I haven’t completed everything it offers, but it will monitor your credit, the dark web and all kinds of stuff for free as an Apple Card member. So far, so good!


Not Receiving Voicemail? + UV Cellphone Sanitizing Charger


Back To School

If you missed the promotions during tax-free weekend, you haven’t missed out completely. Apple still has their Free Studio Beats promotion with the purchase of a Mac for college students. That is on top of the education pricing you get on the Mac as well as the 20% off AppleCare+. Take a look at this year’s Back to School Program here and see if you or your student(s) qualify!


Not Receiving Voicemail?

Are you suspicious about not receiving voicemails on your mobile phone?  You may need to complete these troubleshooting steps to get it back. First, hold down the number 1 on your dial-pad.  That will call your voicemail box. If you don’t remember your voicemail password then hang up and dial 611 to reset your password first.  Once you have a password, hang up, turn the phone off and then turn the phone back on again. If you tap the voicemail button and it is still not working at this point then you need to hold down the number 1 again and put in the new voicemail password you just created.  Then tap the voicemail button and everything should come back up and start to populate with old voicemails. If you have a voicemail box that is showing as empty but says it is full when people call, then you will need to call your carrier to have them reset your voicemail on their end.


How to Fix Apple's App Store Bug

If your Mac won't let you update one of Apple's apps until you click on 'Accept,' here's what to do when there is no such button according to appleinsider.


iOS Software Update Version 12.4

The iOS 12.4 and WatchOS 5.3 updates became available.  This update includes a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch and re-enables Walkie-Talkie functionality.  It also introduces the ability to wirelessly transfer data and migrate directly from an old iPhone to a new iPhone during the setup process.  To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. I always recommend completing a backup before running updates just in case an issue arises.


Phonesoap UV Cellphone Sanitizing Charger

I found this on uncrate.com. “Throughout the day, your smartphone is picking up bacteria. Enough bacteria to make it 18 times dirtier than a public toilet. So before you put your fingers on it and push it up against your face, let this sanitizing charger clean things up. PhoneSoap uses UV light to kill that nasty bacteria when you place your phone beneath the scientifically proven germicidal UVC light. It also doubles as a charger with two external charging ports on the back for your other devices. It's able to fit all phones, including the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and can sanitize anything that fits inside.” Buy yours on Amazon today!


LG UltraFine 5K Display

According to MacRumors, “Last week LG released a new version of its UltraFine 5K Display with USB-C connectivity, allowing it to be used with the 2018 iPad Pro for the first time. You can purchase it through Apple here. There are so many monitors on the market right now so although this one is beautiful, I’m not sure the almost $1300 price point is where it should be to compete. Here is a great monitor that I like to recommend as well for all-in-one workstations. This is another great option, a client of mine recently purchased this and I’m in love with it!


Tax-Free Holiday Weekend + Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones


Apple Still Has Your Back

Apple pushed another silent security update to our Macs to address vulnerabilities similar to the Zoom app using your computer as a web server. The recent offenders are RingCentral and Zhumu. I love that Apple will just go and find the vulnerability and take it out before waiting for 3rd parties to fix it on their end!


Tax-Free Holiday Weekend

The 2019 tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 26 and ends Sunday, July 28 at 11:59 p.m. Take a look at this year’s Tennessee Tax-Free Holiday website to see what all will be eligible next weekend! This holiday weekend is bigger than Black Friday for some stores. So if you are not wanting to get stuck in traffic, you may want to steer clear of the malls.


Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Verge had a cool article about the new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Of course, nothing’s perfect but they claim to have “The best voice calls you’ll experience on any headphones”. That’s pretty intriguing to me. I’ve had a couple sets of AirPods and love them, but the audio quality still isn’t where I want them to be. Recently Sony has jumped in the noise cancelling headphones game and briefly took over. They’ve created a strong fan base due to how they tune their headphone sound. Bose is obviously determined to win their top spot back in this category and the reviews say they’ve done it!


Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition

This new wireless charging base for the iPhone and Apple Watch is gorgeous! Supporting simultaneous charging of up to three devices, it is compatible with all Apple Watch models and iPhone 8 and newer iPhones. It is currently on backorder but you can get on the waiting list for one in late August here.


Is Your HomePod Making A Clicking Sound? Here's How To Fix It

Appleinsider published this article on how to fix a clicking or popping sound you may hear coming from your HomePod. They say, “The good news is that you may be able to fix it yourself, but the bad news is that you may have to take it to Apple.” So check out the article for more info if this is happening to you.


Apple Card Is Almost Here

Apple Card is almost here and there is so much information already out on what you need to know before it launches. Claiming to be the most secure credit card ever, this will definitely be one to look into if you are in the market for a credit card. Take a look at what Appleinsider has to say here if you are interested in finding out more information.


New Hands-Free Law in Tennessee + New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Models


New Hands-Free Law in Tennessee

Starting July 1, a new law passed in Tennessee where you cannot be holding a device while driving.  According to the Tennessean, “A driver's first violation will result in a $50 fine. If the violation is the driver's third offense or it results in a wreck, the fine jumps to $100. If the violation occurs in a work zone when workers are present or in a school zone when warning flashers are on, the fine is $200.”  iPhone iOS has a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” option to help with distracting, or now tempting notifications. You can enable this in Settings, <Do Not Disturb>, and choose from three options for how and when to activate this feature. Drive safe out there!


Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch

According to MacRumors and TechCrunch, Apple just announced that they were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function in order to fix the issue. They said, “We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent”. I’m not sure how popular this feature really was anyways but so glad that Apple is making sure they ensure that privacy is a top priority.


Apple Pushes Automatic Mac Software Update to Remove Vulnerable Zoom Web Server

Also on MacRumors, “Earlier this week, a serious vulnerability with the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS was disclosed, with attackers potentially able to hijack users' webcams.” Zoom did release a fixed app version last Tuesday. “Apple however took things one step further and pushed out a silent macOS update that removes the web server, reports TechCrunch. The update was deployed automatically, so users don't have to manually apply it in order for it to take effect. ‘Apple said its actions will protect users both past and present from the undocumented web server vulnerability without affecting or hindering the functionality of the Zoom app itself.’ The update will now prompt users if they want to open the app, whereas before it would open automatically.” I think it’s pretty cool that Apple deployed a fix before Zoom even got to an update!


New MacBook Air

Apple announced that they updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone Display and a lower starting price of $1099. According to MacRumors, the new base model still continues to get you a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 617. You can also save $100 more dollars if you are a qualified student through Apple's education store.


12” Macbook Discontinued

The 12” MacBook has been discontinued.  With the recent update to the MacBook Air, and lower price, it just makes sense to get rid of this model in Apple’s lineup in my opinion.


New MacBook Pro

Apple has removed the old 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys from its lineup and updated the base model to now include the Touch Bar, Touch ID, True Tone, and the Apple T2 chip. Starting at $1,199 you can check out the new models here.