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a new word of the day app – macstories

today developer and writer benjamin mayo launched his latest iphone app on the app store: daily dictionary. from the app's website: one word every day. words that you have known but long forgotten. and some that are entirely new. daily dictionary is written by real people, not machines. no technical jargon or esoteric science terms. just words you can use to improve your writing and expand your speaking vocabulary. get a word of the day with a push notification, lock screen widget, or ask siri using ios 12 siri shortcuts. i've been testing daily dictionary over the last month, and it's a beautiful app with a design language that feels like a preview in some ways of where apple could take ios in the future. there's lots of big text, bu...




siri shortcuts, wordpress, and more – macstories

drafts 5 was recently updated to version 5.4, which brings a host of new features. while there is support for ios 12's siri shortcuts and all that they have to offer, there are also other important features that have improved the app's capabilities significantly.siri & shortcuts supportdrafts now supports integration with the shortcuts app via an action step. like with workflow before it, there is a "run shortcut" step which will kick off a shortcuts shortcut1 with template information from a draft. this will replace "run workflow", though both action steps will remain for those who need features in workflow that aren't yet in the shortcuts app. in most cases, your migrated shortcuts will behave in the same way as before, and will work ...




the iphone xs’ camera and neural engine – macstories

apple describes the xs as sporting “dual 12mp wide-angle and telephoto cameras”. this will be obvious to most of you, but in case it’s not, they’re not just dual rear-facing lenses, they’re dual rear-facing cameras. the wide-angle and telephoto lenses each have their own sensors. as a user you don’t have to know this, and should never notice it. the iphone xs telephoto camera is the same as in the iphone x — same lens, same sensor. but the iphone xs wide-angle camera has a new lens, which i believe to be superior to last year’s, and an amazing ...




google maps adds carplay support – macstories

i just got home from a trip to my local drugstore using google maps’ new carplay integration. once i had a destination selected and was on my way, the experience was fine, as long as i didn’t stray from the path. overall though, from my very preliminary, single test drive, i wasn’t left wanting to switch away from apple maps.google maps (left) and apple maps (right).i like the interface of google maps better than apple maps. as you can see from the comparison screenshot above, google’s app has a cleaner look and isometric viewpoint, which is used even when you are not traveling a route, compared to apple’s more cluttered looking top-down view. to be fair, these two screenshots aren’t zoomed into the same scale, and with a couple ...




lookup 5 teaches siri the word of the day and more via shortcuts – macstories

we all know that it's important to regularly learn new things, but often the busyness of life crowds out that learning and we settle into routines that make learning unnecessary. fortunately, one of the things made possible by ios 12 and the new shortcuts app is that you can create your own custom "routines" of sorts with the help of siri, and integrate daily learning into those routines.in that vein, the excellent dictionary app lookup was updated this week to version 5, which takes advantage of siri shortcuts in ios 12 to offer access to the word of the day via siri. the update also brings a new collections feature, additional shortcut options, and more.the word of the day is one of lookup's hallmark features, and each word in the app...




the macstories review – macstories

watchos had a bumpy first few years. some poor decisions and perhaps a premature initial launch forced significant design changes to be in order right away. it wasn't until last year's watchos 4 release that it finally felt like the waters had calmed. apple seemed to have solidified the brunt of its focus around fitness and audio, while also debuting a healthy backdrop of first-party apps, new watch faces, and machine learning features. the siri watch face was the big addition for both of those last two categories, and while its initial introduction was underwhelming, the ideas behind it were intriguing. the redesigned workout and music apps along with background audio during workouts were excellent additions to the apple watch's core fou...




appstories, episode 79 – our favorite apps with ios 12 features (part 1) – macstories

focusthe best pomodoro app for i...




how to trigger ifttt applets with ios 12’s new shortcuts app and siri – macstories

among the actions that didn't make the transition from workflow to the new shortcuts app for ios 12, built-in support for triggering ifttt applets (formerly known as "recipes") is perhaps the most annoying one. with just a few taps, workflow's old 'trigger ifttt applet' action allowed you to assemble workflows that combined the power of ios integrations with ifttt's hundreds of supported services. the ifttt action acted as a bridge between workflow and services that didn't offer native support for the app, such as google sheets, spotify, and several smart home devices.fortunately, there's still a way to integrate the just-released shortcuts app with ifttt. the method i'm going to describe below involves a bit more manual setup becaus...




shortcuts user guide – macstories

extensive, nicely formatted guide for the new shortcuts app, published directly by apple today.if you're absolutely new to the shortcuts app and never played with workflow before, this is where i'd start. the guide goes into great detail about what shortcuts are, how you can organize them, and what types of input are supported in ...




an oral history of apple’s former headquarters – macstories

steven levy spent more than a year talking to past and present apple executives and employees about the company’s former headquarters at one infinite loop in cupertino, california. as levy describes it: infinite loop was the place where apple’s leaders and engineers pulled off a historic turnaround, and it will always be the source of stories and legends—many of them untold. until now. it’s hard to pick among the anecdotes in levy’s history, but one of my favorites is this from phil schiller because it captures the tough choice that had to be made when steve jobs returned to apple and his empathy for cus...




pages, keynote, and numbers add siri shortcuts support and more – macstories

released today in version 4.2, apple's iwork suite of pages, keynote, and numbers now supports siri shortcuts in ios 12. additionally, each app scored a handful of new features and improvements, many of which are available across all three apps, while others are app-specific, such as animated drawings in pages and smart categories in numbers.shortcutsthe main way shortcuts have been adopted in iwork is for creating new documents from different templates. each of the existing templates across all three apps will provide their own shortcuts, so you can, for example, save a shortcut for creating a new note taking document in pages, formal presentation in keynote, or schedule spreadsheet in numbers.another helpful shortcut i've discovered ena...




the best pomodoro app for iphone, ipad, apple watch, and mac [sponsor] – macstories

focus is a time manager that helps you beat procrastination and work more efficiently using the pomodoro technique. available on ios, the mac, and the apple watch, focus teaches you to work in intervals and reminds you to take regular breaks.taking breaks enables you to reenergize and concentrate better, be more thoughtful, and ultimately, work more productively. with its simple and lightweight way to organize and manage your tasks, focus is the best way to get organized and achieve daily goals that keep you motivated. because its task management features are unobtrusive by design, you'll spend your time working on your tasks instead of fiddling with the app.focus is designed to work seamlessly across all platforms and devices through apple...




streaks 4 adds ipad support, timed tasks, healthkit improvements, and siri shortcuts – macstories

there are a lot of habit trackers on ios, but streaks was one of the first and remains the gold standard against which i measure all other trackers. even as crunchy bagel has added new features and customization options, streaks’ simple, elegant design has remained at the center of its user experience. that’s important because habit tracking only works if it’s easy to log events. even the slightest friction makes it too easy to abandon your efforts.i’ve reviewed streaks 2 and last summer’s major 3.0 update before, so i won’t cover that ground again here. instead, i’ll focus on what’s new: an all-new ipad app, timed tasks, improved health tasks, and siri shortcuts.ipad app and syncstreaks sits at an interesting crossroads wher...




things 3.7 brings support for shortcuts, siri watch face, iphone landscape mode, and more – macstories

today cultured code launched the latest update to things, version 3.7, on ipad, iphone, and apple watch. the app's headline feature is full support for siri shortcuts, but it also brings welcome improvements in a few other areas: integration with the apple watch's siri face, landscape support on iphone which includes the iphone x, dynamic notifications, and more. taken together, it's a broad set of enhancements that takes full advantage of all the latest apis apple has to offer.shortcutsif there's a productivity app that could have possibly gotten by without immediate shortcuts support, it's things. my reasoning is that, even before shortcuts came along, things already had strong features in the areas of siri and automation that most oth...




shortcuts and siri watch face support added to carrot weather – macstories

one of the big themes of apple's software releases this fall is the opening up of siri. with day one adoption of both siri shortcuts and siri face integration on the apple watch, carrot weather makes for a wonderful demonstration of how valuable this new, extended siri can be in all its various forms. finally, siri can provide weather data from sources besides the first-party app, both through the standard voice interface and, to my delight, on the siri watch face. and carrot weather takes great advantage of both new capabilities.often when an app receives immediate support for a significant new os feature, its implementation of that feature isn't as rich or extensive as updates that arrive later. with ipad drag and drop in last year's io...




the macstories review – macstories

tvos 12 is available today, the latest major software version for the apple tv. tvos releases are never as significant as those found on apple's other platforms, and that remains true this year; however, tvos 12 does include a handful of new features that have the potential to truly improve the apple tv experience on a daily basis. improvements include upgrades to aerial screensavers, dolby atmos support, an easier way to enter passwords, and more. let's dive in.screensaversin many ways, streaming boxes have a pretty simple job: they just need to deliver tv over the internet. whether someone's watching on an apple tv, chromecast, roku, or amazon fire tv, in most cases they really only care about whether their streaming box will give them ...




redesigned now playing screen, search, siri media shortcuts, and more – macstories

overcast, marco arment's popular podcast client for iphone and ipad, received a major update today to version 5. while i've long praised apple's work on their built-in podcasts app for ios – particularly since getting three homepods and leveraging podcasts' support for airplay 2 – i also recognize the appeal of overcast's advanced features and powerful audio effects. sprinkled throughout overcast's release history are design details and enhancements big and small that make it a sophisticated, versatile client for podcast aficionados who don't want to settle for a stock app. from this standpoint, despite welcome improvements to podcasts in ios 12, changes in overcast 5 make it an even more attractive option that has caused me second-...




1password extends into the ios quicktype keyboard with password autofill – macstories

this year's wwdc must have been a wild roller coaster ride for 1password's developers, agile bits. anxieties were surely at a high as apple shared news of icloud keychain's expanded capabilities in ios 12 – the system now offers seamless new password creation, security code autofill, and more. those segments seemed to signal apple's intent to make third-party apps like 1password unnecessary for most users. yet not long after apple's keychain announcements, a new api was discovered that told an entirely different story. as i wrote in my ios 12 overview earlier this summer: one advantage apple's own icloud keychain has had over third-party password managers like 1password is that it can populate relevant account info inside the quick...




the macstories review – macstories

we left last year's ios 11 update with a palpable tension between two platforms.on one hand, following a year of minor changes to the ipad and a hardware refresh that came in later than some expected, apple once again devoted plenty of attention to reimagining the tablet's role in the world of modern computing. ipad updates in ios 11, despite having their fair share of critics, largely did not disappoint. on the other hand, the iphone – by and large still apple's crown jewel – had to play second fiddle to a platform that was more in need of a strong, coherent message. and so despite blessing the iphone with the same features of its larger multitouch cousin (at least most of them), apple seemed content ceding the smartphone's spotlig...




audiobook, shortcuts, ebook, and making of – macstories

it's a big week ahead for apple fans, with the company launching the next major versions of ios, watchos, and more later today, plus the arrival of the iphone xs/xs max and apple watch series 4 in a few days time. it's also a big week for macstories, with coverage planned for many exciting app updates and the publishing of federico's ios 12 review.over the last few years, federico's annual ios review has grown into the center-point of our september apple coverage, and as such we always enjoy providing a variety of extras to accompany the review. here's what we have in store for this year.audiobook2017 marked the first time we offered an audiobook version of the ios review, and that option was so well received that we're happy to report ...