Apple redesigned its App Store app in iOS 11, introducing a new "Today" tab with editorials about featured apps and developers, tips and how tos, and more to help customers discover new and useful apps.
As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple recently extended these Today stories to the web, making the content fully accessible on the desktop.
The new two-column layout features a title card on the left and content on the right, ranging from text and images to app lists and links. Previously, the web previews simply directed users to the App Store on an iOS device.
Today stories can be read on the web by opening a story from an iOS device, scrolling down to the bottom, and tapping "share story."
Apple's WebKit team has published a "WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy" that details a range of anti-tracking measures it has developed and the types of tracking practices it believes are harmful to users.
Inspired by Mozilla's anti-tracking policy, the document posted to the WebKit blog provides an insight into the anti-tracking features built into Apple's Safari browser that the team hopes to see in all browsers one day.
This document describes the web tracking practices that WebKit believes, as a matter of policy, should be prevented by default by web browsers. These practices are harmful to users because they infringe on a user's privacy without giving users the ability to identify, understand, consent to, or control them.
Apple introduced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in iOS 11 and in Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra 10.13 and has been working to develop ITP ever since. For example, in February Apple released iOS 12.2 and Safari 12.1 for macOS, both of which included ITP 2.1 featuring enhancements that block cross-site tracking.
The new WebKit policy highlights Apple's continuing efforts to target all forms of cross-site tracking behavior, even if it's in plain view.
WebKit will do its best to prevent all covert tracking, and all cross-site tracking (even when it’s not covert). These goals apply to all types of tracking listed above, as well as tracking techniques currently unknown to us.
If a particular tracking technique cannot be completely prevented without undue user harm, WebKit will limit the capability of using the technique. For example, limiting the time window for tracking or reducing the available bits of entropy — unique data points that may be used to identify a user or a user’s behavior.
In addition to cross-site tracking, the document outlines several other tracking practices it deems harmful to users, and says WebKit will treat circumvention of its anti-tracking measures "with the same seriousness as exploitation of security vulnerabilities."
If a party attempts to circumvent our tracking prevention methods, we may add additional restrictions without prior notice. These restrictions may apply universally; to algorithmically classified targets; or to specific parties engaging in circumvention.
For more on tracking definitions, the unintended impact of anti-tracking measures, and exceptions to the rules, check out the full WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy on the WebKit blog.
Incase Textured Hardshell Case in Woolenex ($69) - Incase, a well-known Apple accessory maker, has a range of different cases for Mac notebooks, protecting them from drops, scratches, and other minor damage. The Textured Hardshell Case in Woolenex is an Apple Store exclusive designed for Apple's USB-C notebooks. It's a hard shell with a polyester-based fabric coating that feels like cotton and repels moisture. It features ventilation options and is fitted to your MacBook so it doesn't add a lot of bulk.
Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL ($150) - Mophie's power banks are well-designed and reliable, and this model offers up 19,500mAh and comes equipped with a 30W USB-C port so you can use it to charge a Mac notebook or an iPad Pro. It's not going to charge a MacBook Pro at full speed, but it has enough power to add some extra battery life. On the downside, Mophie is super expensive, and there are other alternatives on the market, including many that we've tested.
Anker PowerPort II ($30) - Anker makes a whole range of excellent power adapters that can be used in lieu of your standard Apple chargers, including the PowerPort II. The PowerPort II features a 30W USB-C port and a 19.5W USB-A port for charging both USB-C and USB-A devices. It's not going to charge a MacBook Pro at maximum speed because it's only 30W, but it still works when time isn't an issue and it's a good way to avoid having to carry multiple power adapters when you travel. Anker has higher-powered power adapters too, which are also worth checking out. Apple sells this same PowerPort II for $60 with a USB-C cable, but it's a better deal to buy it standalone.
OWC USB-C Travel Dock ($55) - OWC's USB-C Travel Dock is designed to add additional ports to your Mac notebook. It comes equipped with a built-in USB-C cable so it's ideal for travel, and it has a 4K HDMI port, an SD card reader, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and a USB-C passthrough port that supports up to 100W of power for charging even the 15-inch MacBook Pro at full speed.
Satechi Monitor Stand ($90) - If you have an iMac, check out Satechi's line of monitor stands, which are designed to add additional front ports and lift your iMac up to eye level. The built-in USB-C hub in the stand features an SD and micro SD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 USB Type-A ports, and a USB-C ports.
Know of other favorite Mac accessories that we didn't mention here? Feel free to share them in the comments.
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OWC today announced the launch of an updated version of its compact, square-shaped Travel Dock, adding new capabilities and design changes.
The new version of the dock features built-in cable storage at the bottom of the accessory, so you can make sure you always have a USB-C to USB-C cable with you when you need it while on the go.
It also supports up to 100W of pass-through power for the first time, up from the 60W supported in the previous version. That means it has enough power for all of Apple's MacBook models, including the 85W 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The OWC USB-C Travel Dock continues to offer a 4K HDMI port, an SD Card reader, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and the aforementioned USB-C power pass-through port.
OWC says the dock is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows, and Chrome notebooks and tablets, and for Apple users, it will work with Mac devices and the USB-C iPad Pro.
Twelve South recently launched the StayGo, a portable USB-C hub that's designed to add additional ports to USB-C MacBooks and MacBook Pros. There are a lot of hubs out there on the market, but Twelve South is known for its high-quality Apple accessories, so I thought I'd take a closer look at the StayGo.
Design wise, the StayGo offers a simple but attractive design that's slim, portable, and easy to carry so it can go wherever you need it, but it's not quite as slim as some other USB-C hubs on the market.
The StayGo is made from a black aluminum material with a dot design on the front, and it measures in at about five inches by 2.5 inches and it's half an inch thick. There are four little rubber feet at the bottom so that it's stable and won't move when on a flat surface, and on the whole it's about as attractive as you can expect a USB hub to be.
The rectangular shape of the StayGo houses multiple ports and a short built-in USB-C to USB-C cable so that you're never without a cord to use the StayGo with a Mac notebook. There's also a longer USB-C to USB-C cord included for when you need to position it further away from your Mac.
The longer USB-C to USB-C cable is meant to provide users with a way to tidy up the cables on their desks while also providing additional ports, which it does successfully. The idea is to set it up away from where the Mac is, hiding most of the mess of the cords for a tidier workspace.
The built-in cable is a unique feature that other USB-C hubs don't include, and I appreciated always having a USB-C to USB-C cable on hand. The cable comes all the way out of the StayGo using a little button on the cable that you can push up to expose it.
There's a single USB-C port at the top of the StayGo next to the built-in cable, which can plug into a power source and supports passthrough charging up to 85W, enough to charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro using the power adapter that comes with your Mac if needed (a power adapter is not included). From an external power source, the hub supports up to 100W of power.
A second USB-C port on the side connects the StayGo to the MacBook Pro, and then there's a Gigabit Ethernet Port, a 4K HDMI port that can support a 4K display at 30Hz, three USB-A ports that provide power and support transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. Two of the three ports offer 900mA power, while the third is a BC 1.2 port that supports up to 7.5W.
At the bottom, there's an SD card slot and a micro SD card slot that work with the cards used in cameras, drones, and other devices. In testing, all of the ports on the StayGo worked as expected, and file transfer speeds were about as promised, though I did not test the HDMI port because I don't have a 4K monitor.
It's worth noting that if you use a 4K display, the StayGo does not support 4K at 60Hz, plus it doesn't work with the faster UHS-II SD card specification, and it doesn't support faster USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds, so it may not be the best choice if you're looking for maximum performance. It is, however, a good all around hub for day-to-day usage when tops speeds aren't a priority or if you're not dealing with huge file sizes or a ton of file transfers.
Twelve South's StayGo is more expensive than some other hubs on the market, but it has a greater number of available ports (most don't offer three USB-A ports), more port variety (Ethernet ports are rare), and it's flexible when it comes to usage because of the two cord lengths.
If you're looking for a USB-C hub that's going to be reliable and that takes up minimal space, the StayGo is worth checking out. The StayGo isn't going to offer the speeds and versatility you're going to get with a Thunderbolt 3 hub, of course, but it's much more affordable than Thunderbolt 3 docks if you don't need the TB3 connectivity.
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If you're on the hunt for an iMac this week, Amazon has introduced a few sales on the latest models of Apple's desktop computer. This includes discounts on all three of the 27-inch Retina 5K iMacs that were updated back in March, which are all lowest-ever prices.
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Deals start with the 3.0 GHz 6-Core iMac that has 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage for $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00. In total, Amazon's sales amount to as much as $200 off Apple's prices for these brand-new iMac models, and B&H Photo is matching each price.
These new iMac models come with 8th and 9th-generation Coffee Lake processors and upgraded Radeon Pro Vega graphics options for significant performance improvements over the 2017 models. You can find more information on the latest sales and bargains in our full Deals Roundup.
The new Multiport Adapter lets users connect a USB-C-enabled Mac or iPad Pro to a HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.
The old version of the adapter only supported HDMI 1.4b, but this new model supports HDMI 2.0 at 60Hz and resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels when connected to a 2017 or later 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2017 or later iMac, iMac Pro or iPad Pro. Resolutions of 1080p at 60Hz and 3,840 x 2,160 pixels at 30Hz are also supported.
To connect at these resolutions and refresh rates, Apple says devices need to be running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or later or iOS 12.4 or later.
Apart from HDMI 2.0, the new dongle includes a USB-A port offering USB3 transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, and a USB-C port that's capable of transferring power from a wall charger or battery pack. In addition, the adapter brings Dolby Vision and HDR10 support when connected to a compatible playback device and display, TV, or projector.
The updated USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter keeps its $69 price tag, and Apple is quoting a delivery arrival time of August 12 or 13 for online orders placed today. Apple retail stores are due to receive stock on August 13.
Apple has published a support document explaining the differences between the new version of its Multiport Adapter (model number A2119) and the old one (A1621).
Amazon is discounting the 2018 9.7-inch iPad this week by as much as $100, offering the discount on both the 32 GB and 128 GB Wi-Fi models.
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Every color is available in the sale (Space Gray, Silver, and Gold), with the exception of the 128 GB Space Gray model. The sale is focused on Wi-Fi models and doesn't include any cellular versions of the 2018 iPad.
Apple updated the iPad in March 2018 with an A10 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, Touch ID, and support for the Apple Pencil. This is Apple's entry-level iPad, sitting below the iPad mini 5, iPad Air, and iPad Pro in terms of price.
Head to our full Deals Roundup to stay up to date with all of the latest Apple-related sales and bargains going on this week.
Amazon today is discounting Apple's latest iMacs, with up to $150 off a few 27-inch models. These are the iMac models that were released in March 2019, and as of now these are the lowest prices that we've seen on each computer listed below.
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Amazon has the 27-inch iMac model with 8 GB RAM and 1 TB Fusion Drive priced at $1,649.00 ($150 off) and one with 8 GB RAM and 2 TB Fusion Drive priced at $2,167.99 ($131 off). Both computers are the base models sold by Apple on its own website, and these prices are also being matched at B&H Photo.
Apple updated the iMac with 8th and 9th-generation Intel processors, faster memory, and new Radeon Pro Vega graphics options back in March. There were no design changes in this update, and the 21.5 and 27-inch 4K and 5K iMacs continue to use the same "ultra-thin" slim-bodied design that was first introduced in 2012.
Head to our full Deals Roundup for more of the latest sales and bargains related to Apple's products.
A new bundle of Mac apps has been discounted on StackSocial this week, offering 10 total apps for just $29.99. Additionally, MacRumors readers can use the coupon code MAC6 to get an additional $6 off and bring the cost of the bundle to $23.99 for a limited time.
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StackSocial calls this the Mighty Mac Bundle, and it includes app like CleanMyMac X, WALTER 2, Dropshare, and VPNSecure. Check out every app in the bundle below, and be sure to head to StackSocial and claim the $6 off code before the sale ends on August 11 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Apple subsidiary FileMaker today announced it has returned to its original name Claris from the late 1980s.
Claris was spun off as an Apple subsidiary in 1986 while John Sculley was Apple CEO. At the time, it was known for several programs such as MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw, and FileMaker, but the company eventually began to focus solely on FileMaker, leading it to be renamed FileMaker in 1998.
Now, the company plans to expand its portfolio again, leading it to readopt the Claris name. FileMaker Pro will remain one of its offerings.
The rename coincides with FileMaker acquiring Italian startup Stamplay and renaming it Claris Connect. The API-based development platform enables users to build workflows that connect cloud services, including Dropbox, Slack, Salesforce, and more. In March, it was reported that Apple had acquired Stamplay.
Apple updated the MacBook Pro this past May with new 8th and 9th-generation Intel processors and an upgraded butterfly mechanism made from new materials. Then in July, Apple released an updated entry-level MacBook Pro with 8th-generation Intel processors, a Touch Bar, Touch ID, and a T2 Security Chip, just like the more expensive 13 and 15-inch models.
Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the best deals and bargains happening this week.
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