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By Rich Woods
macOS Catalina beta 4 is out, breaks SwiftUI previews and doesn't support 2019 MacBook Air
by Rich Woods
It's been two weeks since Apple released its last round of developer betas (although there was a refreshed iOS 13 build in the meantime), but today, the company only released a new build for macOS 10.15 Catalina. The new developer beta is somewhat problematic too.
One issue is that beta 4 is not available for the 2019 MacBook Air. Obviously, future betas will support it, although it's not clear if Apple will have a mid-stream refreshed build like it did for iOS 13 last week to add support for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
The other big issue is that it breaks SwiftUI previews. This will only be a problem until Xcode 11 developer beta 4 becomes available. That could happen tomorrow, or it could happen next week. It's unclear why Apple chose to seed a new macOS beta today and leave everything else out, but when the rest of the lineup gets refreshed, there should be a new Xcode 11 beta.
Naturally, the rest of the new developer beta is all about fixes for things that were previously broken. Other than the above issues, this build should be better than the last one. If you're on the public beta, you should get this build soon, possibly whenever Apple works outwhatever issues it's having with the MacBook Air.
By Rich Woods
OneDrive support is ending for OS X 10.10 and 10.11 on February 1
by Rich Woods
In an announcement of new OneDrive features coming to the mobile clients, Microsoft said that it will be ending support for OneDrive on OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan on February 1, 2019. The news isn't surprising, as Apple isn't even supporting the older versions of its OS anymore.
If you're still using the OneDrive sync client on Yosemite or El Capitan, don't worry, as it will continue to work. You should still think about upgrading to a newer version of macOS though, as you're pretty much running in an unsupported state. The client will no longer be tested on those OS versions, and issues won't be investigated or fixed after February 1.
Also, new installations of the sync client will be blocked on OS X 10.10 and 10.11. That means that while it will continue to run for the time being, if you uninstall OneDrive or reset your PC, you won't be able to get it back.
Microsoft is recommending that you upgrade your Mac to at least macOS 10.12 before February 1, but for the best experience, you should go for macOS 10.14 Mojave. After all, you'll need to be on the latest version of the OS to get OneDrive Files On-Demand.
Windows 10 continues dominance on Steam with 57.28% userbase
by Boyd Chan
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Valve announced that its Steam client will no longer work on Windows XP and Vista come January 1st, 2019. While Windows Vista seems well and truly consigned to the dustbin as far as Steam usage is concerned, Windows XP 32-bit continued to endure with a diminutive 0.22% in May 2018. The results for June 2018 have now been published and it's a good opportunity to look at some of the general trends across the board.
Windows 10 64-bit continued to increase its dominance at the expense of all other versions of the OS, increasing its share by 1.5% to 57.03%. The only minor exceptions to this were Windows 10 32-bit and Windows XP 32-bit, each clawing back a paltry 0.1% of the Steam userbase. Outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, macOS and Linux garnered results of 2.93% and 0.52% each, representing a loss of 0.12% and 0.29% respectively compared to May 2017. This is perhaps not the best result after Valve re-affirmed its commitment to SteamOS and Linux a few months ago after it hid Steam Machines from the Steam Store due to low traffic.
As far as CPU hardware is concerned, Windows-based quad-core systems surrendered 0.94% but remained by far the most popular configuration amongst Steam users with 59.57% while dual- and hexa-core CPUs made gains of 0.35% and 0.62% respectively. While the small gain in dual-core adoption on Windows may seem somewhat strange, it is not unprecedented over the course of the general decline seen over the last 18 months. Furthermore, it also appears that June 2018 is the first time that Windows-based 18-core CPUs beat the two decimal place round off, with its first 0.01% chalked up according to the detailed CPU stats.
Over on the GPU side of things, Nvidia was once again the most popular manufacturer with its video cards found in just shy of three-quarters (74.32%) of systems surveyed by Steam. Meanwhile, AMD lost 0.1%, falling back to 15.1% but this result is somewhat consistent with those for the two prior months for the company.
Results prior to that were skewed by a bug that Valve squashed as of the April 2018 results, but it does appear that Team Red continues to lose ground to Team Green, with none of the former's GPUs appearing in the top ten, as well as Intel's HD Graphics 4000 claiming the tenth spot.
VR headsets are also tracked as part of the Steam Hardware & Software Survey although only 0.7% of all gamers on Steam have VR hardware according to the latest stats. At present, it still remains largely a two-horse race between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive totaling 0.33% and 0.32% respectively across their variants, comprising 93.75% of the surveyed VR userbase on Steam. Windows Mixed Reality made up the remainder of the VR userbase with its strongest result since making an appearance at all in the survey results.
Of course, it's worth a reminder that participation in the Steam Hardware and Software Survey is optional and, as such, actual results may deviate somewhat from that which has been captured.
By Jay Bonggolto
Dark theme, Mac News app, App Store video preview support likely coming with macOS 10.14
by Jay Bonggolto
Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC), which will start on June 4, fresh details about the tech giant's next-generation operating system for computers have surfaced online. Developer Steve Troughton Smith posted a set of purported macOS 10.14 screenshots via his Twitter account (via 9to5Mac), revealing the first look at Xcode 10 and new upcoming features such as a dark theme, Mac News app, and a video preview support for the Mac App Store.
First off, it's worth pointing out that the leak comes from a 30-second video preview of Xcode on macOS 10.14 that pops up in the Mac App Store API, so it's safe to assume the details are legit.
Currently, videos are not supported on the Mac App Store, and Smith noted that this should have been concealed in the app store page's API. The fact that a video preview is included in the Mac App Store API indicates that macOS 10.14 will likely introduce video preview support to the App Store app.
The screenshots also suggest that the upcoming OS will include a dark user interface that affects all applications. The OS' current dark theme option only applies to the menu and dock bars. Like the dark theme for those bars, the system-wide dark UI is also supposed to be optional as the Xcode storyboard window has an interface that allows developers to switch between light and dark themes. However, the all-inclusive dark appearance won't likely come to iOS as Smith observed no relevant button for that option in the iOS storyboard.
More details about the upcoming macOS version will come to light next week as WWDC gets into full swing in San Jose, California. Meanwhile, you can view the screenshots in the gallery below.
Source: Steve Troughton-Smith (Twitter) via 9to5Mac
Apple launches new Data and Privacy website ready for GDPR
by Paul Hill
Apple has launched a new Data and Privacy website in order for the company to better comply with the new GDPR rules coming into effect in the European Union on Friday. While the service is available in the EU right now, it’s expected to be released worldwide in the coming months.
Once logged into the service, you'll be able to see the data that is associated with your account, delete your data, or download it. Information that you’ll be able to find pertains to sign-in records, bookmarks, contacts, documents, photos stored in iCloud, app usage stats, App Store purchase history, and AppleCare support history.
In order to download a copy of your data, if you live in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Norway, press the Get started link below ‘Obtain a copy of your data’ then tick the categories that you want to download. After selecting the categories you’ll be asked how large the archives should be, you can choose 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB - then hit complete request. You’ll be emailed once the archives are ready to download.
Aside from downloading your data, you can also request corrections to your data, deactivate your account, and permanently delete your account. The latter will see Apple wipe all the information they hold on you, great for those who no longer need an Apple account.
Source: Softpedia | Image via Apple