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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

0 comments : last update or comment 3 months 1 week ago
Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020 by AppleVis

We would like to invite everyone in the AppleVis community to join us for a virtual get-together as a way to help people connect in new ways during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Our virtual get-together will be held via Zoom on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. CDT/ 7:00 p.m. UTC. To join the meeting from iOS, Mac, PC, or Android, simply follow this link.

36 comments : last update or comment 3 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today announced the launch of a second-generation iPhone SE featuring a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display, A13 Bionic chip, Touch ID and a single 12-megapixel camera.

Although visually similar to the iPhone 8 and sharing the same physical dimensions, the new iPhone SE features some upgraded internals to the iPhone 8 (which has been discontinued today). Probably the…

54 comments : last update or comment 1 month 4 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2020 by Lysette Chaproniere

To encourage us to stay at home and get creating, several developers are giving away their music creation apps for free Since so many visually impaired people are musicians, it would make sense for these companies to incorporate accessibility into the design of their apps.

Far too often, however, for screen reader users, music software is difficult to use at best. On…

12 comments : last update or comment 3 months 1 week ago
Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 6.2.1 and a supplemental update to macOS 10.15.4, addressing an issue that prevented Macs running macOS 10.15.4 and Apple Watches running watchOS 6.2 from participating in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 or earlier, or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or earlier.

According to Apple's release notes for watchOS 6.2.1, via 9to5Mac the update:

  • Fixes an issue where…
2 comments : last update or comment 4 months ago
Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 to the public.

These appear to be minor releases focusing on fixes for a small number of bugs which Apple presumably believed should not wait until the releases of iOS 13.4.5 and iPadOS 13.4.5 (both of which are currently in beta testing).

In the case of iOS 13.4.1, the release notes mention just two fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls…
2 comments : last update or comment 4 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

0 comments : last update or comment 4 months 1 week ago
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2020 by Morgan Watkins

Like most folks, I have always been a bit of a social animal. I delighted in dining with friends at our local Periodic Table Supper Club. I liked walking around the block with a neighbor friend and talking to others in their front yards. I enjoyed traveling with my wife wherever and whenever we wanted. And, we absolutely loved it when our kids dropped by the house. That was then, this is now.

A new abnormal has descended upon all of us. An unwanted virus has invaded our lives. It was…

50 comments : last update or comment 3 months ago
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by AppleVis

In addition to iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, Apple has also today released macOS Catalina 10.15.4, watchOS 6.2 and tvOS 13.4 to the public.

Our testing of macOS Catalina 10.15.4 suggests that it resolves the following bugs:

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has this week released the Gold Master versions of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to developers, and announced that these updates will be available to the public on March 24. In addition to bringing some new features and enhancements, these releases will bring fixes…

69 comments : last update or comment 4 months 1 week ago
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by AppleVis

In addition to a new MacBook Air and updated Mac Mini, Apple today has also announced a new iPad Pro powered by the A12Z Bionic chip and featuring a new dual-camera, a LiDAR scanner for Augmented Reality, and trackpad support.

According to Apple, , the new…

7 comments : last update or comment 4 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today announced the launch of a new MacBook Air featuring the Magic Keyboard, up to two times faster CPU performance, twice the storage, and a new lower starting price of $999.

The new MacBook Air features the latest 10th-generation Intel CPUs, which Apple says allows the new MacBook Air to deliver faster everyday performance:

Offering quad-core…

1 comments : last update or comment 4 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple's Beats subsidiary today announced the launch of Powerbeats, an updated version of its Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones.

According to 9to5Mac, the US$149 Powerbeats have been upgraded on multiple fronts over the previous generation Powerbeats 3:

Powerbeats now use the same H1 chip as second generation AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, and AirPods Pro, boosting battery life…

2 comments : last update or comment 4 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by AppleVis

Over the past few days, 9to5Mac and MacRumors have posted details of several iOS features that are reportedly in development at Apple.

Based upon findings in supposed unreleased iOS 14 code, one of these reports is of a new developer framework named VoiceProvider, which could let developers replace built-in speech voices on iOS with custom text-to-speech synthesizers.

Information on how this might be used is speculative, with…

21 comments : last update or comment 1 month 3 weeks ago
Posted on Friday, March 6, 2020 by PaulMartz

Also in this series:

GarageBand makes it amazingly easy to create music. In this blog, I'll show you how to create the following blues-based rock jam. You don't need an instrument. You won't have to play a single note.

7 comments : last update or comment 4 months ago
Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries…

0 comments : last update or comment 5 months 1 week ago
Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released watchOS 6.1.3 to the public, bringing bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.

Most notably, watchOS 6.1.3 contains a fix for an issue that Apple says prevented irregular heart rhythm notifications from working correctly for users in Iceland. From Apple's release notes:

This update includes improvements and bug fixes, including a fix for an issue that prevented the irregular heart rhythm notification from working as expected for Apple…

3 comments : last update or comment 5 months 3 weeks ago
Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PaulMartz

Also in this series:

With no accessible 64-bit Audacity build available, GarageBand has become my new digital recording solution on MacOS. In this series, I hope to fully explore nearly all of GarageBand's many features. In…

7 comments : last update or comment 4 months ago
Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020 by AppleVis

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries…

1 comments : last update or comment 6 months 1 week ago
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by AppleVis

Apple has today released macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1.

MacRumors has previously reported that it didn't find any major changes to macOS 10.15.3 during the beta cycle, suggesting that Apple's focus with this release is on performance improvements, security updates, and bug fixes.

Our own testing of macOS 10.15.3 suggests that there are likely no changes or fixes for…

3 comments : last update or comment 6 months 1 week ago

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