The No-Notch Edition Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Exclusive: iPad Pro Face ID Details, 4K HDR Video Over USB-C, AirPods-like Apple Pencil 2 Pairing, More, by Guilherme Rambo, 9to5Mac

The new iPad Pros will have an edge-to-edge display and will not feature a Home button, much like the iPhone. Unlike the iPhone, however, the iPad Pro will not have a notch.


The 2018 iPad Pro will include Face ID with the same image signal processor as the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Further, we can confirm that Face ID on the new iPad Pro will in both portrait and landscape orientations, though it won’t work upside down.

Apple Releases Bug Fix Update To iOS 12, by John Voorhees, MacStories

One of the highest profile issues affected the iPhone XS, which sometimes failed to begin charging when connected to a Lightning cable. Other users reported that after the iOS 12 update, their iPhones would connect to WiFi networks at 2.4 GHz instead of 5.0 GHz even when both were available. Apple's release notes say both issues have been fixed.

Apple Watch Can Help Break iPhone Addiction Without Going Offline, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Creating new routines and behaviors that don’t involve the iPhone can be key in reducing the compulsive habit of looking for entertainment on your phone. For me, the Apple Watch has played a major role in creating these experiences.


Halide Introduces Smart RAW For iPhone XS, Joining A Host Of Other Improvements, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

While for most iPhone photographers, Smart HDR will be a major step forward that leads to improved images in most lighting situations, it poses some problems for those who prefer to shoot in RAW using an app like Halide. Because of camera changes designed to make Smart HDR possible, an iPhone XS RAW photo that eschews Smart HDR will often contain additional noise and be overexposed.

To address this problem, Halide's team in version 1.10 is introducing a feature called Smart RAW. Designed specifically for the iPhone XS and XS Max, Smart RAW is a way Halide has been custom-tuned to capture the best photos with the new cameras. I'm no expert photographer, but I'm excited to see what kind of images the new feature makes possible.

Darkroom 3.7 Brings New iPhone Support, Hashtag Sets, And Portrait HD, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

Darkroom 3.7 also introduces support for Apple’s new High-Definition depth-map. iOS 12 now generates new depth maps when it detects a face in Portrait Mode, which allows it to capture better detail around the edges of your subject’s face and provides better focus fall off for details like hair strands.

Review: Yoink Adds Support For Latest Mojave And iOS 12 Features, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Yoink is the app I use on my Mac every day as a temporary spot to park files, snippets of text, images, and URLs. By itself, Yoink for Mac has been a fantastic time-saver. The latest updates to Yoink for iOS and the Mac, however, have been transformative. There's more that can be done to support the cross-platform use of Yoink, but Handoff support, which makes it simple to move data between my Mac and iOS devices, and several other new features have already added a new dimension to the way I use the app and embedded it deeper into my day-to-day workflow than ever before.

Omnifocus 3 Task Manager Updated For Apple Watch Series 4, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The latest update includes complication support for the new Infograph and Infograph Modular faces on Apple Watch Series 4.

Hands On: AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System, by Lester Victor Marks, AppleInsider

It has made a fast-to-setup Wi-Fi mesh network that is pretty robust and has a number of complex options built-in, but nicely hidden so as not to scare people who just want to get Wi-Fi working fast. It has some decent parental blocking, but not filtering, and makes it easy to set up a mesh network or extend an existing network with an additional mesh node.

Speeds weren't as fast as our main use router, but it really should fill most people's needs as an easy to set up and easy to manage system.

Microsoft Is Bringing Sticky Notes To iOS, by Killian Bell, Cult of Mac

Microsoft is bringing Sticky Notes to your iPhone and iPad. You will be able to use them inside OneNote to quickly jot down notes and reminders on the go, and you’ll be able to sync notes from Windows to iOS.

Minecraft For Apple TV Is Dead Because No One Plays It, by Killian Bell, Cult of Mac

The game’s removal is being blamed on a lack of players. Developer Mojang explains that it needs to “reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most.”

Say Good-bye To The Lightning To 30-Pin Adapter, by Ed Hardy, Cult of Mac

Back in the distant mists of 2012, everyone needed an adapter to plug their collection of 30-pin charging cables into Apple’s new Lightning port. Fast forward to today and this once crucial accessory is no longer necessary. To the point where it’s been dropped from the online Apple Store.


Google Plus Will Be Shut Down After User Information Was Exposed, by Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times

Google did not tell its users about the security issue when it was found in March because it didn’t appear that anyone had gained access to user information, and the company’s “Privacy & Data Protection Office” decided it was not legally required to report it, the search giant said in a blog post.

The decision to stay quiet, which raised eyebrows in the cybersecurity community, comes against the backdrop of relatively new rules in California and Europe that govern when a company must disclose a security episode.

Microsoft Welcomes Scrutiny Of Tech Industry That Has Roiled Its Competition This Year, Says CEO Nadella. Easy For Him To Say., by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post

Microsoft has dodged the bruising that its peers have taken this year. Executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter have testified before Congress, pressed to explain their privacy practices and the exploitation of their platforms by Russian operatives. Apple and Amazon are the targets of attacks from President Trump.

But Microsoft, which runs the world’s largest corporate email program and one of the biggest cloud computing businesses, has not only escaped the negative attention of its industry peers, but has turned potential attacks on its systems into an asset.

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