macOS 10.15 brings changes to how iOS devices are managed

This week saw the announcement and beta launch of the latest macOS 10.15.

Some of the highlights were new functionality to use an iPad as a secondary display, new Music & TV apps, screen time and new unlock capabilities using an Apple Watch.

After having updated a MacBook Pro to macOS 10.15 the first thing we wanted to do was install the new iOS 13 beta onto an iPad.

A big reason for wanting to test on an iPad was due to Apple releasing an iPad only version of iOS now called iPadOS which includes for the first time a desktop standard version of safari!

Currently iOS 13 can only be installed from a MacBook running the latest macOS beta or Xcode. In previous versions of macOS all iOS upgrades and restores were handled by iTunes.
Now when the new Music app is loaded you are just presented with a blank summary page of the iOS device.

Apple Music app with a iOS device attached.

After digging through some of the new settings it became apparent that a new method has been introduced to update iOS devices. The new Music app is as it says for purely managing Music.

iOS devices are now managed in the regular Finder app

All iOS devices are now detected as locations in the new Finder app.
When selected the familiar options become visible and it’s clear to see that all update and restore options previously in iTunes will now be located here.

Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus Launches February 20th

The next iteration in Samsungs Galaxy S series the S10 launches on February 20th.
Rumoured to be coming in three sizes, the low end Galaxy S10e, the standard size Galaxy S10 and the larger size Galaxy S10 Plus.
Standout features are the hole punch lcd for the front facing camera, wireless charging for charging other devices and in screen finger print sensor.
To be prepared for the launch we have a range of Samsung Galaxy S10 accessories available now.

Are Apple Switching To USB-C?

New renders of the the latest iPad Pro due to be announced on the 30th October 2018 have indicated a number of hardware chnages.
It is widely expected the new iPad Pro will lose the home button and switch to the new swipe up gesture now in the iPhone X, XS and XR.
But what could be a huge chnage of direction for Apple, it is rumoured they could be about to adopt USB-C / Type-C connectivity for the first time in an iPad or iPhone.
If the rumours are true where does this leave their own lightning style connector?

Nokia 7.1 Announced

Nokia 7.1 Announced

Nokia / HMD have just announced the new Nokia 7.1.
The latest androidone Nokia comes with a premium spec list and exciting design at a mid range price.
As is the trend a notched display is present with a small bar at the bootom carrying the Nokia branding.
Each release sees Nokia / HMD improve the design and quality of their devices.

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