AirTag review: They work great—maybe a little too great

Apple’s AirTag is not a revolutionary new product. Rather, it’s a significant refinement of an idea that, up until now, has been fairly niche. It works very, very well, but it works so well it seems to undermine Apple’s attempts to focus its products on privacy and security. via Technology and News Today https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/airtag-review-a-neat-product-at-odds-with-apples-pro-privacy-messaging/

18 Surprisingly Practical Uses for Apple AirTags

Apple’s new $29 Bluetooth beacons definitely drew some inspiration from Tile’s lineup of trackers. But just because AirTags are designed like existing smart trackers doesn’t mean you can’t find other useful ways to use these little homing tags. via Technology and News Today https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/18-surprisingly-practical-uses-for-apple-airtags-0384571/

watchOS 7.4 arrives with an easier way to unlock your iPhone

Along with iOS 14.5, Apple has rolled out updates to its other operating systems. One of the key features of the latest iOS firmware is an easier way to unlock your iPhone. As long as you’re wearing an Apple Watch running watchOS 7. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-watchos-iphone-unlock-macos-tvos-homepod-181749610.html

You can buy Apple’s new $60 Siri remote a la carte for your old Apple TV, too

Apple has finally excised its much-maligned Apple TV remote with a new iteration that ditches the confusing touchpad for some good old-fashioned buttons. But you won’t need to shell out for Apple’s updated Apple TV 4K to get one. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/20/22394196/apple-tv-4k-new-siri-remote-sold-separately-price-buttons

The new Apple TV 4K gets a revamped remote and A12 Bionic chip

At its Spring Forward event, Apple announced a new Apple TV 4K streaming box, its first since 2017. New to this model is the company’s A12 Bionic chip. Apple says the updated silicon allows the Apple TV to play HDR video at higher frame rates, as well as decode video faster. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/new-apple-tv-4-remote-redesign-a12-bionic-173418462.html

Apple is bringing Touch ID to the new iMacs

Apple’s ultra-colorful new iMacs will include wireless Touch ID capabilities. This will allow users to log in, swap profiles and complete purchases with Apple Pay on the iMac. The feature will be built into specific versions of the keyboard that will be sold alongside the fresh iMac line. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/touch-id-apple-imac-wireless-174826559.html

The HomePod Mini Has a Secret Sensor, but Apple’s Smart Home Future Is Still Meh

When the HomePod mini launched a few months back, it appears Apple was holding out on everyone in the form of a secret temperature and humidity sensor. The news comes via Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who’s got a pretty stellar track record when it comes to Apple leaks, and was confirmed by iFixit. via Technology and News Today https://gizmodo.com/the-homepod-mini-has-a-secret-sensor-but-apples-smart-1846525863

Apple will abide by Russian law by offering government-approved apps

Apple has reportedly agreed to show Russian users a prompt to preinstall some apps when they’re first using an iPhone or other device. If a user doesn’t select one of the government-approved apps, it won’t be installed, according to newspaper Vedomosti. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-iphone-ipad-mac-russia-apps-preinstall-144255015.html