iOS 13 and iPad OS 13 Public Betas »

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Apple today released the first public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to test out the software ahead of its upcoming fall release.

The first public beta of iOS 13 corresponds to the second developer beta released last week. Apple originally said that the public beta would be coming in July, but has apparently decided to release it a few days early. Apple’s public beta testing website is still down, so public beta testers will not be able to install the software until it’s up.

I’ll be installing iPadOS later today.

macOS Catalina Public Beta 

Looks like today’s the day for the macOS Catalina Public Beta. You can learn more and enroll here.

I know this gets said every year, but at this point, unless you need to be running the next version of macOS for your work or cool side project, it’s never a bad idea to give these early betas more time in the oven before moving to them.

There’s a lot to this macOS release, so don’t miss Jason Snell’s excellent look at the release:

Catalina takes the Mac in a new direction. I’m encouraged by the fact that Apple is cranking up its focus on security and privacy without locking Mac users out from running the software they want, when they want to. I’m of the belief that the introduction of Catalyst will result in the influx of some really good software from thousands of iOS developers who have been using the Mac all this time without the wherewithal to develop software for it.

But it’s also a time of transition, and with every transition comes some frustration. I’m concerned that Apple’s apps—both Catalyst and non-Catalyst—show inconsistent approaches to how Mac apps should behave, when they should instead be exemplars of the platform. Fortunately, Apple has all summer to tighten the bolts and re-think some of the assumptions of the spring. Here’s hoping that by the fall macOS will all be a bit more ship shape, ready to sail off to the island of Catalina.

Mac Power Users #488: How We Communicate »

This week on Mac Power Users:

Our digital devices make communicating with others easier than ever, but with that flexibility comes complexity. David and Stephen talk about what solutions they use for certain types of communication, then talk about Notifications and Do Not Disturb, which can help curb incoming messages when things get too hectic.

I think this was a really interesting conversation about to wrangle our ever-growing number of inboxes.

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‘Cheesegraters and Crystals’ »

Dr. Drang, weighing in on the design of the Mac Pro’s air vents:

This isn’t just marketing blather. The hole are a negative-space representation of a common atomic arrangement in metallic crystals, something that most engineers learn about in their introductory materials science class.

While I never took an introductory materials science class, this article helped me visualize the Mac Pro’s design better than anything else I’ve read about it.

Apple Opens Mid-2015 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall, Urges Customers to Stop Using Machines »

Apple has just launched a repair program for the Mid-2015 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it sounds really serious:

Apple today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number.
The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks.

Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units. Customers should visit for details on product eligibility and how to have a battery replaced, free of charge.

The service page has more details:

Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.

Please open that page and run your serial number if you are using one of these laptops.

Liftoff #101: Behind the Back Fence »

This week on Liftoff:

The Artemis Budget is becoming more and more real, as NASA promotes the number of companies involved in building its hardware. Elsewhere, ESA is preparing to go to Jupiter with the JUICE robotic mission and Bigelow has big plans for the ISS.

So. Much. Space. News.

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