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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:33 am

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here's a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 9:20 am

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you're planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn't include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don't have to carry around multiple adapters.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 5:00 am

One of the great selling points for Macs has been a combination of their longevity and resale value. I know plenty of people with decade-old Macs. In the last two decades, I've easily gotten seven or eight years out of some Macs I've owned, and then sold them to folks who kept them in service.

There's a lot to consider when buying a used Mac to make sure that it will keep working. But something that you might overlook is that security decisions made by the previous owner could conspire to lock you out in certain circumstances. This could happen on a restart, when trying to erase and reinstall macOS, or even on logging in, depending on what state the Mac was left in when you purchased it.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 4:00 am

It may only be July, but it's never too early to start speculating about Apple's next big announcements. We're likely another seven or eight weeks out from the company's annual September event, and while little is known about what Apple might have up its sleeves, a new iPhone line-up seems like a sure thing. (After all, it's not like Cupertino's just going to up and quit making them.)

I ventured into an Apple Store recently to help my wife upgrade from her iPhone 6, and as we ran down the list of available models, I found myself thinking back to that two-by-two product grid I discussed just last week and how antithetical it seems to the current crop of iPhones.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 3:00 am
Adding Bluetooth eliminates the need to buy a Philips Hue Bridge. But you can run only 10 bulbs without it, and you'll be cut off from the broader Hue ecosystem.
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Friday, July 19, 2019 3:00 am

The Apple TV 4K is coming up on its second anniversary. Two years isn't necessarily old age for an Apple product, and it certainly holds up well against its rivals. With support for Dolby Vision and Atmos, and all the cool enhancements coming to tvOS 13 this fall, it's arguably the most capable streaming box around. That said, it's very much a continuation of the old line--it looks and operates like the 4th generation Apple TV, released almost four years ago.

That doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. Apple's pushing hard into streaming content, enabling you to subscribe to other providers from within the TV app with the new Channels feature and launching its own subscription service, Apple TV+, this fall. Between streaming video and HomePod, Apple's spending billions on the living room; it's clearly very important, and that's why we think it's time to reexamine its streaming hardware.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 3:00 am
Today's smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:41 am

Apple's huge WWDC developer conference kicked off on Monday, and as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It's the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It looks to be a doozy.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone and iPad when it releases this fall, along with details about supported devices and how to join the beta test to try it out early.

Update 07/18/19: One day after releasing Developer Beta 4, Apple has released Public Beta 3. These two versions should be identical, and mostly include lots of interface tweaks and bug fixes. You'll find a "rearrange apps" option on the long-press home screen menu, an updated share sheet look, and more.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:56 am

We've been waiting for a long time for Thatgamecompany's Sky: Children of the Light, as Apple first revealed it in order to show off the power of the Apple TV 4K way back in 2017. We even had to suffer another delay earlier this month.

It's finally out, but not for the Apple TV oddly, enough: You can only take to Sky on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. At some unspecific point in the future, it'll also be coming to Mac, Apple TV, Android, PC, and consoles. I'm looking forward to jumping in, and I'll have a review ready in the next couple of days.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:00 am

We did a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We share what you wrote, and we offer our thoughts.

As a reminder, you can comment or ask questions via Twitter (@macworld), on Facebook, or through email at [email protected]

Here's how today's show works.

  1. We explain the subject at hand. If the hot take is a reaction to the article, we briefly summarize that article. If the take is a reaction to a recent event, we explain what happened.

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