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How to Wirelessly Sync Your iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC

Thursday April 8, 2021 4:26 pm PDT by
When you connect your iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC, you'll be able to sync to it albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, audiobooks, photos and videos, contacts and calendars. This article shows you how. You can sync your iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC by physically connecting them, but did you know that you can sync your Apple device by having them connected over same ...

How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC

Tuesday April 6, 2021 3:43 pm PDT by
Not everyone who owns an iPhone or iPad has a Mac, which is why Apple made its mobile devices compatible with Windows PCs, too. Using USB, you can you can connect an iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC to set up the device, charge its battery, share its internet connection, transfer files, and sync content. This article shows you how to back up your iOS device on a Windows PC. Make Sure You...

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Apple Redesigns iCloud App for Windows

Thursday February 8, 2024 5:27 am PST by
Apple this week rolled out its redesigned iCloud app for Windows, touting a range of new features and improvements to enhance the user experience (via TechCrunch). The latest update to the iCloud for Windows app brings an all-new design, an easier-to-use onboarding and setup process, syncing status, support for physical security keys for Apple ID sign-in, photos syncing performance...
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Apple Releases iTunes for Windows Update With Support for iPhone 15 Models

Wednesday September 13, 2023 11:45 am PDT by
Apple today released an iTunes 12.12.10 update for Windows users, and the new software adds both security improvements and support for new devices that include the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models. iTunes for Windows is not updated on a regular basis, and this is the first new software release since May when Apple addressed a major security vulnerability. Following the update, Windows...
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Apple Releases Tool to Help Developers Port Windows Games to Mac

Saturday June 10, 2023 7:28 pm PDT by
Apple at WWDC this week announced a new toolkit that makes it easier for game developers to port Windows games to the Mac. The toolkit provides an emulation environment that allows developers to run their existing, unmodified Windows game on the Mac and quickly evaluate how well the game could run on macOS before writing any code. A beta version of the toolkit is available for download on the...
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PSA: If You Run Windows, Make Sure to Update iTunes to Fix Security Vulnerability

Thursday June 1, 2023 4:07 pm PDT by
Windows users will want to make sure that they are running the latest version of iTunes, iTunes 12.12.9, in order to gain protection from a recently uncovered security vulnerability. Apple released iTunes 12.12.9 on May 23, and it fixes an issue that could allow malicious apps to gain elevated privileges to install malware on a Windows machine. While the vulnerability was addressed last...
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Microsoft Completes Rollout of Basic iMessage Support on Windows 11

Monday May 15, 2023 2:19 pm PDT by
Microsoft today announced it has completed its rollout of iPhone support for its Phone Link app on Windows 11, as spotted by The Verge. With the Phone Link app for Windows 11 and the Link to Windows app for iOS, iPhone users can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and view notifications directly on their PC. Notably, this means Windows 11 technically supports...
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Microsoft Now Rolling Out iMessage Support on Windows With Several Limitations

Wednesday April 26, 2023 9:00 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced it is beginning to roll out iPhone support to the Phone Link app on Windows 11. In a blog post, the company said this functionality will be available to all Windows 11 users around the world by mid-May. With the Phone Link app for Windows 11 and the Link to Windows app for iOS, iPhone users can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and view...
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Apple Releases Updates to Apple Music and TV Preview Apps for Windows

Tuesday April 25, 2023 6:20 am PDT by
Apple has released updates for its Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices apps for PC users running Windows 11, bringing what appear to be notable improvements and bug fixes to the preview apps. Last year, Microsoft said that Apple Music and Apple TV apps would be coming to the Microsoft Store in 2023 for installation on Windows devices, offering a better experience of ‌Apple Music and...
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Microsoft Announces iMessage Support on Windows With Several Limitations

Tuesday February 28, 2023 7:18 am PST by
Microsoft today announced that it is adding iPhone support to its Phone Link app on Windows 11. The app allows iPhone users to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and view an iPhone's notifications directly on a PC. Notably, the app brings limited iMessage functionality to Windows. After pairing an iPhone with a PC via Bluetooth and granting some permissions on the...
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Apple Music and TV Preview Apps for Windows Appear in Microsoft Store

Wednesday January 11, 2023 1:30 pm PST by
Last October, Microsoft announced that Apple Music and Apple TV apps would be coming to the Microsoft Store in 2023 for installation on Windows devices, providing significant improvements for users on those platforms who have had to access ‌Apple Music‌ via the web or Apple's outdated iTunes for Windows app and Apple TV+ via the web. Preview versions of the two apps, as well as an Apple...
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Microsoft Begins Rolling Out iCloud Photos Integration on Windows 11

Wednesday November 9, 2022 11:36 am PST by
Microsoft today announced that iCloud Photos integration in the Photos app on Windows 11 is beginning to roll out today with an update to the app on the Microsoft Store. Microsoft expects the update to be available to all Windows 11 customers by end of the month. iCloud Photos integration allows iPhone users to access all of their photos in the Photos app on Windows 11 devices. In a blog...
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Apple Music, Apple TV, and iCloud Photos Integration Coming to Windows

Wednesday October 12, 2022 9:01 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced that dedicated Apple Music and Apple TV apps will be available on Windows devices next year. The company also announced that iCloud Photos integration is coming to the Photos app on Windows 11 devices later this year. The standalone Apple Music and Apple TV apps will provide a much improved experience for Windows users who use these services. Currently, Windows...
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Apple Releases iTunes 12.12.4 for Windows With Security Updates

Wednesday May 18, 2022 1:43 pm PDT by
Apple today released an iTunes 12.12.4 update for Windows, with the new software adding several security fixes to address vulnerabilities. According to Apple's security support document for the new Windows version of iTunes, it includes fixes for AppleGraphicsControl, ImageIO, Mobile Device Service, WebKit, and more. Apple did not mention that the exploits were found in the wild, but...
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There's No Windows for Arm Macs Yet Because Microsoft Has Secret Exclusivity Deal With Qualcomm

Monday November 22, 2021 12:56 pm PST by
Microsoft has declined to make a version of Windows 11 available for Apple's M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Macs that are built on an Arm architecture, and now we may know the reason - a secret exclusivity deal with Qualcomm. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. According to XDA-Developers, Arm-based Windows has only been made available on devices with Qualcomm SoC's because of ...
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Microsoft Releases Windows 11, Mac Virtualization Support Still Seems Unlikely

Tuesday October 5, 2021 5:34 am PDT by
Following three months of beta testing, Microsoft has officially released Windows 11, which brings a new design, new multitasking features, and other software additions to the PC-using public. Perhaps inspired by macOS, the main Windows 11 screen features rounded corners on several interface elements including application windows, and in combination with a new theming system that combines...
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Microsoft Says ARM Windows Virtualization on Apple Silicon Macs 'Not a Supported Scenario'

Tuesday September 14, 2021 5:16 am PDT by
Macs powered by ‌Apple silicon do not support Windows and there is no Boot Camp feature like there is on Intel Macs, but support for Windows is a feature that many users would like to see. However, Microsoft has dampened hopes that Windows will ever work on Apple silicon, saying that running an Arm version of Windows 11 on M1 Macs, via virtualization or otherwise, is not "a supported...
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Microsoft CEO Would 'Welcome' Apple to Bring iMessage to Windows

Thursday June 24, 2021 11:03 am PDT by
Following his company's reveal of Windows 11, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sat down with The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern to discuss the next generation of Windows and the possibility of Apple bringing some of its services, such as iMessage, to Windows. One major theme of Windows 11 is its openness to third-party app marketplaces and Microsoft's end goal of making the platform a center ...
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Windows 11 Will Run Android Apps From Amazon Appstore

Thursday June 24, 2021 10:21 am PDT by
Microsoft today held an event where it unveiled Windows 11, the next generation of Windows with a new design, new versatility capabilities, gaming improvements, and more. One notable announcement was that, starting with Windows 11, PCs will be able to run Android apps. Logically, Microsoft would partner with the Google Play Store to offer Android apps on its platforms. However, the company...
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MacBooks Running Windows Gain Improved Trackpad Support With Boot Camp Update

Friday June 11, 2021 8:36 am PDT by
Apple this week released Boot Camp version 6.1.15 for users running Windows on a Mac, as noted in a Reddit post spotted by The Verge. The update adds support for more precise trackpad gestures on MacBooks running Windows, including a single tap to click, tapping the lower-right corner to right-click, swiping down to scroll up, and various multi-touch gestures using three or four fingers....
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Apple Planning to Bring Music and Podcasts Apps to Microsoft Store

Thursday January 14, 2021 4:31 pm PST by
Apple is working to bring Music and Podcasts apps to the Microsoft Store, according to a report from 9to5Mac that cites unnamed sources. Apple is allegedly testing Music and Podcasts apps for Microsoft's platforms in a private beta capacity at this time. There is no word on whether the apps will be compatible with Windows PCs or if they are being developed for Microsoft's Xbox consoles....
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Developer Successfully Virtualizes Windows for Arm on M1 Mac

Friday November 27, 2020 7:16 am PST by
Developer Alexander Graf has successfully virtualized the Arm version of Windows on an M1 Mac, proving that the ‌M1‌ chip is capable of running Microsoft's operating system (via The 8-Bit). Currently, Macs with the ‌M1‌ chip do not support Windows and there is no Boot Camp feature as there is on Intel Macs, but support for Windows is a feature that many users would like to see. Using...