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Apple Clarifies Ability to ‘Set Default’ Audio Apps in iOS 14.5

Earlier today, Apple provided TechCrunch with a fascinating clarification regarding the ability in iOS and iPadOS 14.5 to pick “default” audio apps for music, podcast, and audiobook playback. From Sarah Perez’s article: Apple has clarified that the iOS 14.5 beta is not actually allowing users to select a new default music service, as has been...

Eve Systems Announces That Its New Eve Energy Smart Plug and Eve Weather HomeKit Devices Will Support Thread

Source: Eve Systems. Ever since I got a glimpse of what Thread could mean to home automation by pairing a Nanoleaf A19 bulb with a HomePod mini, I’ve been excited about the technology’s future. We’re still in the early days of adoption by device manufacturers. However, today, Eve Systems announced a significant expansion of its Thread-compatible lineup...

Apple Launches Service for Transferring iCloud Photos and Videos to Google Photos

As reported today by Juli Clover at MacRumors, Apple is now allowing iCloud Photos users to transfer a copy of their data to Google Photos. This joins the growing suite of tools provided on Apple’s Data and Privacy webpage, which also include downloading copies of your data, correcting your data, and deactivating or deleting your account. As described...

Coppice: Visual Note-Taking and Research for the Mac

Apps that help you organize and connect ideas aren’t new, but it’s a hot category right now. There are note-taking apps, many of which offer wiki-style back-linking, outliners, diagramming apps, mind mapping apps, and more. The approaches vary as widely as the ways people process and organize their thoughts, which is what makes these apps so interesting....

AppStories, Episode 207 – Shortcuts Wish List, 2021 Edition

This week on AppStories, we take a hard look at Shortcuts, an app we rely on every day, and consider how we’d like to see Apple evolve the app this year and beyond. Sponsored by: Fitbod – The fitness app for personalized exercise plans. Get 25% off your membership. Impending: The team behind Head’s Up. Now hiring. ...

Spotify Adding Genre and Mood Filters for Liked Songs

Fascinating new option announced by Spotify last week, coming soon to the app’s ‘Liked Songs’ default playlist: Your “Liked Songs” on Spotify are a collection of you—spanning every genre you’ve ever enjoyed and each mood you’ve experienced. Some days, you might be looking to play the entire eclectic mix, while on others, you’re searching for...

Organize Your Inbox (and Never Waste Time on Email Again) with SaneBox [Sponsor]

SaneBox is your personal email assistant that automatically organizes your inbox, saving you valuable time. SaneBox works with your existing email service, making sure that only the most important messages reach your inbox. The rest of your messages are neatly tucked away in designated folders like SaneLater and SaneNews for reviewing later. You can...

MacStories Unwind: Scanning and Budgeting iOS App Updates, Overcast’s New Watch App, a Brand New Mac Utility, and a Shortcuts Update

0:0023:13 Sponsored by: MenuBar Stats – Advanced Mac System Monitoring This week on MacStories Unwind: MacStories Overcast Revamps Apple Watch App and Shortcuts Actions Apple Frames, Now with Support for the 2020 iPad Air DarkModeBuddy: Automatic Light and Dark Mode Switching Based...

Overcast Revamps Apple Watch App and Shortcuts Actions

In the latest update to his popular podcast app, developer Marco Arment has shipped a completely overhauled version of Overcast for Apple Watch. The update not only resolves some longstanding issues with the old Watch client but also debuts playback speed controls, chapter skipping, and show notes for the first time on the Apple Watch. When you first...

Apple Frames, Now with Support for the 2020 iPad Air

Silvia’s iPad Air Home Screen. Wallpaper via Club MacStories. In the last update to Apple Frames – my shortcut to put screenshots captured on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch inside physical device frames – from December, I added support for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Since the introduction of revamped widgets in iOS 14, Apple Frames is...

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