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macOS is Apple's operating system for the Mac. It has been around quite a long time, but in its current form it really started in 2001 with Mac OS X 10.1. It's built on top of a UNIX core, which makes it very stable, versatile, and great for developers. It's popular with creators too, as a good platform for video editing and photography. More recently, Apple has begun working to bring iOS apps to the Mac, which could change how MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Pros, and Mac Minis work for everybody.

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Apple released a bunch of updates today to fix security issues.

There are new iOS 16.6.1, iPadOS 16.6.1, watchOS 9.6.2, and macOS 13.5.2 updates that you should install if you can. MacRumors has more details.

Using a Mac to restore another Mac stuck in DFU mode is going to get a bit easier.

With the forthcoming macOS Sonoma update, you’ll apparently be able to do so from the Finder instead of having to install Apple Configurator (via MacRumors). Hopefully you’ll never have to worry about this, but if you do, soon there will be one less piece of the process you’ll have to remember to do.

In a world full of laptops, is there a place for the iMac?

Apple hasn’t updated the iMac in well over two years, and it sells far more laptops than desktops these days. What does all of that mean for the future of the desktop computer that saved Apple from bankruptcy 25 years ago?

For a generation of students, the iMac was a gateway to the future

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the iMac ruled the college dorm. Twenty-five years after its debut, we reflect on that experience.

iMac at 25: a visual history of Apple’s iconic all-in-one computer

It’s a computer, a monitor, an internet communicator, and one of the most iconic lines of tech in history.

How the iMac saved Apple

Twenty-five years ago, Apple released the computer that would save it from bankruptcy and pave the way for Apple to become the most important technology company ever.

I still want to see Face ID on the Mac.

Apple was granted a patent today for a “Light Recognition Module for Determining a User of a Computing Device” — aka an infrared light and scanner that could log you in to a MacBook or iMac.

Unfortunately, there’s no implication that this is actively on its way: the patent was filed back in 2019. We’ve gotten notches on MacBooks since then, and there’s no Face ID in sight.

A diagram of a MacBook Pro with Touchbar with a notch at the top of the screen.
A diagram from Apple’s Face ID for Mac patent. Further images show scanning hardware within the notch.
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How to upgrade the storage on an Apple Silicon device (even if you probably shouldn’t).

YouTuber Luke Miani previously explained how Apple blocks easy storage swaps in the Mac Studio, but with an assist from dosdude1, now he is showing how to upgrade the storage of this 256GB M1 Mac mini running macOS Ventura (via Apple Insider).

Taking it to 2TB requires carefully removing the existing chips and soldering on a pair of blank NAND chips. The swap is cheap at $100, assuming you have the know-how and equipment, but not easy. But, if you can do it, Miani notes, you could always double down and upgrade your RAM the same way.

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Linux gamers now outnumber Mac gamers on Steam.

Windows is still the vast majority of gaming PCs — over 96 percent — but the Steam Deck has thrust Linux into second-place, according to Valve’s latest hardware survey.

A full 42 percent of those Linux gamers are on SteamOS Holo specifically, which (for now) only officially ships on the Steam Deck. Is it time for Apple to finally get gamers in gear?

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I regret to inform you that you have too many tabs open right now.

If you’re a Safari user, Tab Groups can help. You can use these to separate your mountain of tabs into organized batches based on their purposes and use cases, which you can then open and close with a single click. Here’s your guide to creating and using Tab Groups on macOS and iOS.

iOS 16.6 is out — time to update your iPhone.

Apple just released iOS 16.6 with “important bug fixes and security updates,” so go get your iPhones and such up to date. iPadOS 16.6, tvOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, and watchOS 9.6 are also available.

No specific features are mentioned in the release notes. You can update most Apple devices by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

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Go ahead, try a desktop widget.

If you’ve taken the leap and installed the macOS Sonoma public beta on your computer, I encourage you to tinker around with the Widgets feature. You — yes, you — can put a number of dynamic little squares on your desktop with just a few clicks. Here’s how.

The Mac sure is starting to look like the iPhone

macOS Sonoma’s public beta is live and continues the ‘continuity’ trend Apple has been pushing for the past few years.

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Heads up, there’s a new Rapid Security Response patch for your iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Apple dropped new Rapid Security Response updates — the aptly-named updates that let it quickly address security issues — today that address potentially-active exploits:

Impact: Processing web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

The new versions are iOS 16.5.1 (a), iPadOS 16.5.1 (a), and macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (a). Apple’s first such update went out in May.

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Firefox just released the last major browser update with support for old versions of Windows and macOS.

In the release notes of Firefox 115, developers note that Windows 7 and Windows 8, as well as macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14, are all being moved to an extended support release version so they can continue to receive security updates.

To update to 116 when it’s released, you’ll need a PC running Windows 10, macOS Catalina 10.15, or something newer.

Google Chrome dropped support for Windows 7/8 in February.

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The 2022 13-inch MacBook Air now has Bluetooth 5.3.

The 2022 13-inch MacBook Air launched with Bluetooth 5.0, but the tech specs page for the laptop now says it has version 5.3, as reported by MacRumors.

It doesn’t look like this is a quiet mid-cycle hardware swap, as the 2022 model’s Broadcom 4387 now supports Bluetooth 5.3.

So if your 2nd-gen AirPods Pro have been working a little better with your laptop lately, that might be why!

Update July 3rd, 3:24PM ET: Added a link to the last Internet Archive snapshot of the 2022 MacBook Air.

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If you’re buying new Apple devices, do you really want to keep your old ones?

Apple recently announced a lot of nifty new hardware, and if you’re preparing to update your equipment, you may want to make room by trading-in your old Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Watch. We have a guide for how to wipe your device, and where you can trade it in for credit or cash.

I see your iOS 17 dev beta running on your primary iPhone and raise you Mac OS System 7 on a PocketChip.

ThisDoesNotCompute has a fun video on running Mac OS System 7 on a PocketChip, a handheld computer from 2016 that was powered by a board similar to a Raspberry Pi. Bonus: the video includes a bit of history about the PocketChip and the board inside of it, including the downfall of the company that made it.