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WPS Office for Mac returned with sincerity

In recent years, in the field of Chinese office software, in addition to Microsoft Office, there is WPS Office, which we are also familiar with. With WPS Office for Windows taking up half of the office software market, Kingsoft WPS became the only office software in  China that can compete with Microsoft Office. Recently, WPS Office for Mac has officially launched.

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WPS Office for Mac is now available for free download on the Mac App Store, or you can download it directly from the WPS website. I believe many have used this famous software on Mac since the previous beta, including the 2019 beta. WPS Office for Mac is compatible with the  document formats of Microsoft Office and has the advantage of Chinese localization. Compared with Apple’s iWork suite, it has more user groups. The personal version for individual users is free forever.

Features such as Siri shortcuts on iOS will also go on macOS

With the approach of macOS 10.15 and iOS 13, Apple has prepared for the early integration of macOS and iOS. The first is the cross-platform porting of thefirst-party applications. According to the latest reports of the media, Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time would launch for macOS 10.15 at the WWDC in June this year.

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Siri shortcuts and Screen Time are the main features introduced on iOS 12: shortcuts allow users to create customized voice commands for Siri and can form instruction macros with third-party apps. On macOS, users still need to download the app from the App Store. It’s important to note that only applications that use Marzipan (Apple’s cross-platform framework) would get shortcuts support on macOS. 

macOS 10.15 may launch standalone music and podcast apps

macOS 10.15 may launch standalone music and podcast apps

At the spring conference in late March, Apple announced that it will soon launch a new Apple TV App on the Mac. This naturally raises the discussion about whether Apple will introduce other media applications to the Mac. If they do, then iTunes is likely to be split into separate apps, and will no longer be Apple’s multimedia platform.

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Recently, developer Steve Troughton-Smith disclosed that there is convincing evidence that Apple is developing new apps of music, podcasts  and perhaps books for macOS,  together with TV apps, to constitute a native standalone application for macOS.

An 8-year old bug discovered on macOS: File encryption failed

Because of Quick Look’s vulnerabilities, all encryptions on macOS exist in name only.

macOS has a very practical function, namely Quick Look. You select a file or an image, press the Space key, and you will be able to preview its details. This function, however, was been reported to have a bug due to some issues on preview repository, which has led to great possibility of leaking the user’s encrypted files.

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Apple: It is easy to transfer iOS apps to macOS, but no merging

Federighi emphasizes that macOS will never merge with iOS, not even for a touch screen.

At WWDC a few days ago, Apple shared a tool for developers to efficiently transfer iOS apps to macOS, announcing the feature will be available for third-party developers by 2019. But we still have many doubts. Wired has published the interview of Craig Federighi, Apple’s software engineering supervisor, who gave specific answers about this transfer project.

Federighi expressed that this project was established two years ago mainly involved the update for UIkit, as Apple needed to make this iOS frame works for macOS. He also emphasized that it did not mean macOS would be able to run iOS App right after this, it is not automatic. Developers will need to do some extra programming.

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How to install dual system and shared partitions on Mac?

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Now there are many ways to install dual system and shared partitions on Mac, but some of them are not general enough or too complicated. A user, days ago, posted a general, simple way that doesn’t require you to reinstall macOS.

The user said this only applies to non fusion drive, otherwise just turn off the CoreStorage, which is a disk managing mode Apple designed for fusion drive.

Tools:

Mac’s built-in “Terminal” “Boot Camp Assistant” and “Disk Utility”.

Steps:

1. Turn off the CoreStorage.

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Access Terminal, type in command “sudo diskutil CoreStorage revert /”, press Enter, provide password, and reboot the Mac.

2. Use Boot Camp to install Windows.

Access Boot Camp, select “Open Boot Camp help”, then follow the prompts including the steps below:

– Check for software update
– Get a Windows ISO
– Prepare for installing Windows
– Install Windows
– Install software supported by Windows

3. Use Disk Utility to create multi partitions.

– After the installatio of Windows, reboot the Mac, press Option key, and select Mac system to log in.
– Open Disk Utility, select the whole disk, and select “Partition”
– Select the “MacintoshHD” partition, press “+” to enlarge the space according to your needs, select the exfat format, which can be visited by both systems.
– Click Apply.

4. Reboot the Mac.

How to quickly finish updating macOS?

Isn’t it boring when updating macOS, all you can do is waiting and watching the progress bar? Lately a user posted on Reddit to share a Terminal command that can speed up macOS update.

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The user said it usually takes half an hour to update macOS through the App Store. macOS now has a built-in utility that quickens the update, and users can use their devices while updating the system.

The user also said it only took him 10 minutes to finish updating to the latest version of macOS 12.6. The device needs to restart during the update, so you won’t be able to use your device for about 2 minutes.  The user suggested using the following commands for update:

softwareupdate -l 

softwareupdate -i -a

The first one is to check for updates, the second is to install the update. During the process you’ll be prompted to restart the device.

The post soon received replies – another user discovered a method with higher efficiency. This user said executing “sudo softwareupdate -ia;sudo reboot” command will automatically do the tasks one by one, so that during the update you can put the device aside and do other things.

Another method is to execute “sudo sh -c “softwareupdate -ia && sudo reboot” command. The device will restart after the first task is done, and you’ll be prompted if the device fails to restart.

The last but the better way is to execute “sudu sh -c “softwareupdate -ia && reboot” command.

Well, no matter which way you choose to update the device, backup is always suggested.

New macOS support device list: same as the last year

At Apple WWDC in 2017, the new macOS launched as expected, but it’s called macOS High Sierra, not the names of scenic spots in States as we guessed.

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Just like the name indicates, its coming doesn’t exclude any type of Mac. In other words, as long as your Mac computer supports macOS Sierra, it can be updated to the this new version. Specific devices include:

  • MacBook (from 2009 and later)
  • iMac (from 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (from 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (from 2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (from 2010and later)
  • Mac Pro (from 2010 and later)

Starting from last year, macOS Sierra no longer supports Mac devices produced in 2007,  2008, and 2009. Apple said that Mac’s software update cycle will be closer to the hardware update cycle. So the launch of High Sierra doesn’t mean those old machines won’t be supported, which did surprise many users.

But since currently Mac hardware update frequency has been greatly lowered, many old type of machines still have their value. Although old devices will not support every feature of the new system, many users won’t be worried their devices may lose Apple’s support due to this update.