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iPhone

iOS 16 Beta 7 and Apple’s “Far out” iPhone 14 event

What’s new in iOS 16 beta 7?

We’re obviously very close to the iOS 16 Release Candidate, which means we can expect fewer and fewer changes to iOS 16 with each subsequent beta release. We began seeing Apple pull back on new features and changes a few beta releases ago and the same applies with Beta 7.

  • Build number 20A5356a
  • American Express cards might need to be removed and re-added
  • Volume back on Lock Screen
  • Clocked moved up on landscape Notification Center
  • Tweaked date on landscape Notification Center

September 7th Apple event

The big news this week is that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 event will be on September 7th, which is less than two weeks away from today.

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iPhone

iOS 16 beta 6 changes and features – small refinements

Apple released the sixth developer beta for iOS 16 two days ago, as we inch closer and closer to the final September release. As expected, iOS 16 beta 6 includes a few new changes, but they are mostly minor in nature. Watch my brief full hands-on video for the details, and be sure to subscribe to Cellular on YouTube for more.

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Accessories Mac

Curve Flex review: a new adjustable MacBook stand from Twelve South

The Twelve South Curve Flex is a brand new stand for your MacBook that builds on the concept of the company’s original Curve stand. Whereas the original Curve provided a solid metal one-piece design, Curve Flex features two adjustable dual hinges that allow users to elevate their MacBook screen while simultaneously adjusting the angle of the keyboard.

I recently went hands-on with the Curve Flex, which launches today, and paired it with my silver M2 MacBook Air. If you’re a MacBook owner, Should you consider adding the Curve Flex to your desktop setup? Watch my hands-on video review for the details.

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iPhone

iOS 16 beta 5 changes and features

The fifth developer beta for iOS 16 is now available, and it includes the return of a long-abandoned feature that has caused quite a bit of chatter around Apple circles. Apple has given users the ability to add a battery percentage indicator to the iOS status bar, a feature that was removed with the launch of the iPhone X back in 2018.

Watch my hands-on video as I step through the pros and cons of the new battery percentage status bar indicator, along with other new changes and features. Be sure to subscribe to Cellular on YouTube for more videos like this.

Battery Percentage

In iOS 16 beta 4, the battery percentage returns as an option for the status bar. Ever since the iPhone X, the first phone with a so-called notch, Apple removed the ability to view the battery percentage from the status bar on the Home Screen and while within apps. The battery icon remained in the status bar while on the Home Screen, but only provided a visual representation of the approximate battery life remaining using size and color.

Users needed to invoke Control Center to view the exact battery percentage on iPhone X and above models up until now.

In iOS 16 developer beta 5, the option to add the battery percentage back to the status bar on a full time basis. To enable battery percentage on your iPhone, go to Settings → Battery, and enable the Battery Percentage switch.

The battery is now represented by a fully filled in battery glyph that remains full until the battery reaches 20% remaining. When the battery reaches 20%, the battery glyph’s interior turns red, and is significantly reduced to indicate the small amount of battery remaining. Up until then, even if you only had 21% life, the battery would appear completely full visually.

The battery glyph appears white when on a dark background, and white when on a light background. The battery percentage appears directly on top of the glyph as a numerical value, devoid of an actual percent sign.

Swiping down in the upper right-hand corner of the status bar reveals the same battery UI on previous versions of iOS, with the battery percentage (with percent sign), and a visual representation of the battery state of charge. It’s a pretty inconsistent UI at this point, but that is to be expected given that this is a beta.

If your iPhone enters Low Power Mode, you’ll notice that battery percentage is automatically enabled, and you don’t have a choice to turn it off.

As I noted on Twitter, I’m not a big fan of this UI, because the battery indicator on the status bar appears full until the battery drops to 20% or below:

Again, this is a work in progress. So we shouldn’t overreact about this. It’s nice that Apple is at least considering giving users a choice, and hopefully a refined version will appear in the shipping version of iOS 16 later this fall.

New Copy & Delete Option for screenshots

If you take a Screenshot, tap on the screenshot overlay, and tap Done in the upper left-hand corner, you’ll see a new option on the sheet that appears to Copy and Delete the Screenshot. This is handy if you only wish to paste said screenshot, and have no desire to keep it in your photo library. This is a welcomed new addition, and props to Apple for including more advanced features like this.

Lock Screen Now Playing UI

The Now Playing UI on the iOS 16 Lock Screen has gone through a whole slew of refinements and changes in iOS 16, and the trend continues in beta 5.

You’ll find a new waveform visualizer on the Now Playing interface when music is actually playing. This is handy for those times when you can’t actually hear the music at the moment — perhaps the volume is down, or your headphones are out of your ears — but want to still recognize that playback is occurring.

There are also brand new button animations for the transport controls on the Lock Screen Now Playing UI. You’ll notice that these updated animations also appear in the Control Center Now Playing UI, as well as the updated volume slider.

The currently-playing song title and artist name is now aligned with the minimized album artwork (which appears smaller than before) on the Lock Screen. You’ll also see a slight animation on the song title when skipping to the next track that we didn’t see before.

Music app

Lossless and Dolby Atmos metadata has been relocated to the same line as the genre and year details underneath the artist name. The Apple Digital Master logo and text is also moved to the area beneath the track list.

Photos

There’s a new Shared Library Badge option in Photos when you have a Shared Library enabled. This badge, which appears in the upper right-hand corner of photo thumbnails, makes it easier to tell if a particular photo appears within a shared library.

New splash screens

  • New Find My splash screen
  • New Home splash screen
  • New Photos splash screen

New tappable AirPods firmware version details

When venturing into AirPods settings, you’ll find that the Version pane is now tappable. Tapping Version reveals a new page that contains both the version and case firmware release numbers, along with a link (currently non-working) to the firmware details page on Apple’s website.

Updated text on 2-factor authentication pop-up

When receiving a 2FA pop-up for an Apple ID Verification code, new text on the pop-up notes the following security warning:

Don’t share this code with anyone. Apple will never call or text you for this code.

These codes are temporary and expire after a few minutes, so the security threat is only during the time that the code is active.

Updated sound when pinging from Apple Watch

A new sound occurs when pinging your iPhone via the Apple Watch Control Center. It’s the same overall tune, but occurs in a different key. I find it a little less abrasive than the previous tone.

Volume button slowness seems to have cleared up

By far, one of the most annoying problems with iOS 16 beta 4 was the unresponsive volume buttons bug. There seemed to be a long delay between button presses, and at times the volume controls were unresponsive and/or extremely laggy. Beta 5 seems to have hopefully resolved this issue, but I’ve only been using it for about a day.

Conclusion

iOS 16 beta 5 is packed with several new features, but the most outstanding (and controversial) new change is the reappearance of the battery percentage in the status bar. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments.

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Mac Tutorial

How to install Windows 11 on M1/M2 Mac using VMware Fusion Tech Preview

In this hands-on video and step-by-step written walkthrough, I show you how to install Windows 11 via VMware Fusion on a Mac with Apple Silicon. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to run VMware Fusion on an M1 MacBook or M2 MacBook, or any other Mac that uses Apple Silicon, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Studio.

Interestingly enough, the VMware Fusion Technical Preview also works on Intel Macs, but you’ll of course need to download the x86_64 version of Windows in order to do that. For this tutorial, however, it’s all about running Windows 11 on Apple Silicon, and that’s exactly what this hands-on guide will show you how to do. Without any further ado, let’s get started.

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Important: Please keep in mind that this is a tech preview, and as such, there will undoubtedly be bugs. Additional caveats include no 3D hardware acceleration support, and no shared folders/drag and drop between host and guest. Unity mode is also unsupported, and auto-fit guest resolution and auto-scaling is not supported either. Of course, these items could change in the future as development progresses.

Download the Windows 11 Client ARM64 Insider Preview

In order to download the Windows 11 Client ARM64 Insider Preview, you’ll first need a Microsoft Account that’s a member of the Windows Insider program. You can register a Microsoft account for free and sign up for the Windows Insider program for free as well.

Step 1: Visit Microsoft’s Windows Insider registration page and click Sign in now.

Step 2: If you already have a Microsoft account, sign in with your account. If you do not yet have a Microsoft account, click Create one and create a new account.

Step 3: Click the Register tab and click the Register now button.

Step 4: Click the checkbox next to I accept the terms of this agreement and click Register now.

Step 5: Visit the Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview page and select the Windows 11 Client from the drop down box. I recommend selecting the build from the Beta Channel. Click Confirm.

Step 6: Select the product language from the drop down box and click Confirm.

Step 7: Click the Download Now button to initiate the Windows 11 Client ARM64 Insider Preview download. (Click Allow if you see a Safari pop-up to allow downloads).

Depending on your Internet connection, the Windows 11 ARM64 preview could take some time to download, as it’s around 10GB in size. Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64.VHDX.

The VHDX extension stands for Virtual Hard Disk v2. VHDX is a disk image format that’s capable of storing the contents of a hard disk drive. VMware Fusion cannot natively read VHDX files so it will need to be converted to a Virtual Machine Disk, or VMDK. The good news is that converting a VHDX to VMDK can be done easily (and for free) using QEMU.

Thus, the next step is to install Homebrew on your Mac, which will then allow you to easily install QEMU.

Install Homebrew

If you’ve already installed Homebrew on your Mac, you can skip this step.

Step 1: Open Terminal.

Step 2: Paste the following command in Terminal and press Return on your keyboard:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Whenever prompted, press Return on your keyboard. You will also be prompted to enter your administrator password. Once you do, press Return on your keyboard.

Step 3: Enter the following commands to add Homebrew to your PATH:

echo 'eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"' >> /Users/jeff/.zprofile

eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"

Install QEMU using Homebrew

Open Terminal and type/paste the following command and press the Return key.

brew install qemu

The QEMU installation may take a while depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Convert Windows 11 VHDX to VMDK

Now we’ll use QEMU to convert the Windows 11 VHDX container to a VMDK container.

Open Terminal and type/paste the following (make sure ‘vmdk’ is in lower case):

qemu-img convert -O vmdk

Ensure that a single space is inserted after vmdk, and drag the Windows 11 VHDX container from the Downloads folder into the Terminal. The result should look similar to the following, but obviously your user name will most likely be different:

qemu-img convert -O vmdk /Users/jeff/Downloads/Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598.VHDX

Ensure that a single space is inserted after VHDX, and type/paste the following:

~/Desktop/Windows11.vmdk

The final command should look similar to the following:

qemu-img convert -O vmdk /Users/jeff/Downloads/Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598.VHDX ~/Desktop/Windows11.vmdk

Press Return on your Keyboard. Once you do, you may see a pop-up stating that “VMware Fusion Tech Preview” would like to access files in your Desktop folder. Click OK to allow access.

QEMU will begin converting the VHDK container to VMDK, creating a separate file. The new file will be roughly the same size as the original VHDK, so you’ll want to ensure that you have enough space on your Mac to accommodate it. Conversion will take a few minutes. Once completed, you should see a new Windows11.vmdk file on your desktop.

Download and Install VMware Fusion Technology Preview

Before downloading the VMware Fusion Technology Preview, you’ll need to login with a VMware Customer Connect account.

Step 1: Visit VMware Customer Connect and click Login in the upper right-hand corner. If you do not have a VMware account yet, click Register in the upper right-hand corner to register.

Step 2: Once logged in, visit the product downloads area to download the latest VMware Fusion Technology Preview. If the download doesn’t start automatically, click the Download Now button next to the universal.dmg file. (Click Allow if you see a Safari pop-up requesting to allow downloads).

Step 3: Double click the VMware-Fusion.dmg to mount the image, then double-click the VMware Fusion Tech Preview icon.

Step 4: Click the Open button on the pop-up that appears, enter your macOS administrator password, and click OK.

Step 5: Click Agree on the VMware Technology Preview License Agreement.

Step 6: On the license key screen, the license key for VMware Fusion Preview should already be populated with a valid license. Click Continue and then click Done to complete the installation.

Step 7: Click OK on the VMware Fusion Tech Preview System Events permission pop-up.

Step 8: Click Not Now on the Accessibility pop-up. You can always change this later via Security & Privacy Preferences if you desire.

Once the install and configuration is completed, you will be presented with the Select the Installation Method window. If you don’t see this window, you can always open it by clicking FileOpen in the menu bar.

Install Windows 11 ARM Preview with VMware Fusion

Step 1: On the Installation Method window click Create a custom virtual machine and click Continue.

Step 2: Under Choose Operating System select Microsoft Windows > Windows 11 64-bit Arm and click Continue.

Step 3: Keep UEFI selected on the Firmware Type window and click Continue.

Step 4: On the Encryption Window, keep the default option — Only the files needed to support a TPM are encrypted — and click Auto Generate Password. Ensure that Remember Password and store it in Mac’s Keychain is selected and click Continue.

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Step 5: On the Choose a Virtual Disk window, click the radio button next to Use an existing virtual disk and then click Choose virtual disk…

Navigate the pop-up Finder window to the desktop and select the Windows11.vmdk file created in the prior steps.

You may choose the default option Make a separate copy of the virtual disk. This will copy the contents of the Windows11.vmdk container to a new location in ~/Virtual Machines.

This option will take up more space, but will allow other virtual machines to use the original virtual hard disk. If you only plan on using a single virtual instance and wish to save space, you can select Share this virtual disk with the virtual machine that created it.

Personally, I usually stick to the default option, but the choice is yours. Once you’ve selected the desired option, click Choose, followed by Continue.

Step 6: On the Finish window, you’ll have the opportunity to customize settings. Click the Customize Settings button if you wish to configure how much memory is allocated to the virtual machine along with the number of CPU cores, etc. If you’re fine with the default settings presented, click Finish.

Whether or not you click Customize Settings or Continue, you’ll next be prompted to save the virtual machine to your Mac. The default location is ~/Virtual Machines and I recommend keeping the default setting. Click Save to confirm.

If you opted to make a separate copy of the virtual disk, VMware will copy the virtual hard disk to the new location, and then automatically boot into Windows setup.

If you see a permission dialogue requesting Screen Recording access, you may click Deny. You can always provide permissions later via the Security & Privacy section of System Preferences if needed.

Windows setup

Because the necessary VMXNet3 virtual network driver isn’t included with Windows Home or Pro for Windows on ARM, you’ll need to bypass the network enrollment during Windows setup.

Step 1: On your Mac’s keyboard, press Shift+F10. If you have your keyboard set up as default, and you’re using a MacBook or Magic Keyboard, you’ll need to press Fn+Shift+F10 instead. This will invoke the Windows Command Prompt.

Step 2: Enter the following on the Command Prompt:

OOBE\BYPASSNRO

Press Return on your keyboard. This command lets you bypass network enrollment, but first it will restart Windows Setup.

Step 3: Select your country/region and click Yes.

Step 4: Choose your desired input method and click Yes.

Step 5: On the second keyboard layout page, click Skip.

Step 6: On the network page, click I don’t have Internet and click continue with limited setup.

Step 7: Click Accept on the License Agreement page.

Step 8: Enter your name and click Next.

Step 9: Enter a password (optional) and click Next.

Step 10: Disable all of the privacy settings and click Accept.

Windows will continue with the final configuration steps, and eventually the Windows desktop will appear.

Installing VMware Tools

Prior to installing VMware Tools, you will be unable to configure your network connection or adjust display resolution settings. In other words, instilling VMware Tools is a must.

Step 1: Click the Windows Start menu and type PowerShell in the search box. Click Run as Administrator, and click Yes on the User Access Control prompt. (If you don’t see Run as Administrator, right click on PowerShell and select Run as Administrator).

Step 2: Type the following inside the PowerShell prompt:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Press Return on your keyboard to execute the command, and then type ‘Y’ and press Return to confirm the change to the execution policy. Type Exit and press Return to close the PowerShell.

Step 3: In the menu bar click Virtual MachineReinstall VMware Tools and click the Install button on the prompt that appears.

Step 4: Open Windows Explorer, navigate to the DVD drive, and ensure that VMware Tools setup is mounted. You should see a Setup.ps1 PowerShell script in the root of the DVD drive.

Step 5: Right click on the Setup PowerShell Script and click Run with PowerShell. Click Yes on the User Account Control pop-up.

VMware Tools will now install, along with the necessary VMXNet3 network drivers and SVGA display driver. After a short countdown, the PowerShell window will automatically close.

Network functionality should now be operational, and you will also be able to configure display settings via Start → Settings → Display. There should be no need to restart in order to enable this functionality.

Conclusion

Although this tutorial may seem like a lot of steps, it’s a fairly easy procedure to navigate through once you have the needed Windows 11 image and the VMware Fusion Technical Preview downloaded.

Jeff Benjamin holding an M2 MacBook Air with Windows 11 on ARM on screen running via VMware Fusion Technical Preview.

For general computing with apps with no Mac alternative, VMware Fusion Technical Preview has been a solid experience so far, and will only get better.

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Accessories

Nomad launches Base One MagSafe chargers in new gold colorway

Nomad, one of my favorite companies producing Apple-centric accessories, has launched a new version of its Base One and Base One Max MagSafe chargers in a beautiful gold colorway. These high quality official MagSafe chargers were initially available in both carbide and silver color options.

The Base One is a solo MagSafe charger that provides charging speeds up to 15W (you’ll need to provide your own 30W or higher USB-C power adapter). Of course, it’s also Qi-enabled, so it will work with any Qi-device, not just iPhones. The unit features a beautiful weighted metal & elevated glass design, and is a definite step up from Apple’s standard MagSafe charger, or even the Apple MagSafe Duo, which is prone to yellowing over time.

If you’re interested in charging both your Apple Watch and your iPhone simultaneously, the Base One Max features the same MagSafe charger with weighted metal body and elevated glass panel alongside a soft-touch Apple Watch charging base.

Base One is available for $99.95 and Base One Max is available for $149.95. The prices are higher than some third-party MagSafe options, but the build quality and design of Nomad’s options are second-to-none.

As I noted at the outset, I’ve been a fan of Nomad gear since it was primarily known for its Horween leather cases. Even though it has expanded its portfolio to other areas, design has remained a top priority. I’ll try to get a hands-on video of the Base One or Base One Max if I get the opportunity.

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iPhone

iOS 16 beta 4 changes and features: Control Nearby Devices

iOS 16 developer beta 4 (and public beta 2) was recently released, and it is one of the more feature-laden updates that we’ve seen thus far. Included in the update are significant changes to the way that editing and deleting iMessages in the Messages app works, updates to the Now Playing album artwork UI on the Lock Screen, updates to Home Screen wallpaper customization, and much more.

One of the coolest additions to iOS 16 is the Control Nearby Devices feature. This accessibility option, which apparently was burried deeper in iOS settings on previous betas, has now graduated to the root of Accessibility. Found in Settings → Accessibility → Control Nearby Devices allows you to connect to and control a nearby iOS device wirelessly, assuming it’s also running iOS 16.

Accessing Control Nearby Devices on my iPhone 13 Pro Max running iOS 16 beta 4

Thus far, Control Nearby Devices lets users invoke the Home Screen, App Switcher, Notification Center, Control Center, and Siri on a nearby device wirelessly. Additional options are found for controlling media playback, including play/pause, previous or next track, and volume up or volume down. What’s cool is that I was able to connect to my iPad Pro while the device had its display turned off, and I was still able to connect to the device, and control music playback wirelessly.

Connecting and disconnecting from a nearby device wirelessly

Although limited at this stage, Control Nearby Devices is a promising new accessibility feature that will hopefully grow beyond the few options that it has today. It would be awesome to have an Apple TV Remote experience of sorts for controlling devices remotely, providing a sort of virtual mouse experience to have more fine-grained control over an iPad or iPhone.

General controls and additional media controls

Taking this idea even further, I would love to see a full Remote Desktop experience available to control other devices, mixing elements of SharePlay with remote control. Perhaps Control Nearby Devices will graduate beyond being just an Accessibility feature and a develop into a full-on utility for iOS users? Obviously that’s just wishful conjecture at this stage.

Keep in mind that this is a beta feature, so it’s not a guarantee that we’ll see it in future beta releases and/or in the final shipping version of iOS 16 later this year.

What do you think? You can watch my full walkthrough of iOS 16 beta 4 in the video embed above, but if you’d like to jump directly to my brief demonstration of Control Nearby Devices, you can find it timestamped here.

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iPhone

iOS 15.6 changes and features

Today Apple released iOS 15.6 to the public. The update, while not loaded with a lot of user-facing features, comes bundled with a decent helping of bug fixes and security update.

iOS 15.6 also addresses the issue with the Music app reappearing in its default location in the Dock, kicking out whatever app was in that position. People automatically assumed that this was Apple doing something malicious to promote Apple Music, but it was just a bug. This bug, among several others, has been fixed in iOS 15.6

If you’re already running the iOS 15.6 RC version 2, you can rest easy knowing that it and the publicly-released version are identical.

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Hands on: Luma Fusion 3.1 – real-time video scopes, and more

LumaTouch just released the latest version of its award-winning video editing software, LumaFusion. This update — version 3.1 — is huge, and brings forth scopes, featuring real-time histograms, waveforms and vectorscopes.

Scopes are handy monitoring tools that pro users have been clamoring for. Critical for measuring color, highlights, and shadows, they are especially helpful when monitoring and grading HDR content. But scopes aren’t the only new feature to come, as I showcase in my hands-on LumaFusion 3.1 video walkthrough.

Scopes!

You can find the new scopes feature by double-tapping on a clip in the timeline to open the Clip Editor. While inside the Clip Editor, tap the Color & Effects tab at the bottom of the interface then tap the Scopes button in the upper left-hand corner.

By default, LumaFusion presents all three video scopes at once: histogram, waveform, and vectorsope. Each scope features a chevron button that allows you to further customize its features.

For histograms, users have the option of displaying an overlay of all three color channels, or a horizontal or vertical parade. Users can also toggle individual red, green, or blue color channels, along with a luminance channel.

The waveform graph allows you to switch between YCbCr luma or chroma values, and RGB with options to toggle individual channels, while the vectorscope is built for color correction, and allows users to toggle the skin tone line via settings.

The video scopes panel can be enlarged by using the slider at the top of the interface, which, after a certain size, will begin to obscure the video preview.

Finally, if you long-press the Scopes button in the upper left-hand corner, you can customize the scopes view. In all there are six different views to choose from, the default 3-up view, a 2-up view, a 1-up view, and a pair of 2-up views with one large scope and one smaller scope.

Overall, the new scopes feature is a welcomed addition that allows you to gain real-time insight into color and luminance values of your footage. Of course, scopes work great within SDR color spaces, but since LumaFusion already handles working with HDR content like a champ, it comes as no surprise that scopes play nice within an HDR color space as well.

The only downside, if you can even call it that, is that scopes are only viewable while within the Clip Editor for an individual clip, and disappear when closing the Color & Effects tab. In future versions, it would be great if you could keep the scopes viewable while on the project timeline and customize their location around the interface. But as a free update for people that already own LumaFusion, it’s really hard to complain about gaining such a valuable new feature for free.

Multiple LUTs and effects

LUTs provide a great way to customize the look of your footage, but up until now LumaFusion only supported adding one LUT per clip. In version 3.1, this restriction has been removed, and users can now add multiple LUTs to a clip.

In addition to the ability to add multiple LUTs, version 1.3 makes it possible to add multiple effects, even multiple instances of the same effect. You can also rearrange the order of the LUTs and effects in effects list.

Improved drag and drop and timeline lasso selection

LumaFusion 3.1 now features a visual lasso for selecting items, making timeline selection easier than before. There’s also improved drag and drop that allows you to simply drag an item like a photo, video, title, or transition and drop it to the timeline naturally without any pauses.

Reorder audio effects

A new drag handle will now appear in the audio effects lists when adding more than one effect. With the ability to change the order of the effects, users gain more control over critical audio adjustments.

Automated Project Backups

Automated project backup management now stores current backups, plus one per day for the last 30 days, and one per month for prior months.

New Import and Restore feature

Found directly within the Project Manager interface, LumaFusion 3.1 makes it easy to find and restore automatic project backups.

Expanded keyboard shortcut support

Lots of additional keyboard shortcuts have been added to LumaFusion 3.1, speeding up editing for power users. New shortcuts are available for importing media, select and deselect all items in the browser, adding transitions, viewing clip info, zoom (!) in and out, switching to the full screen viewer, adding markers, hiding and muting tracks, and switching between any of the six available UI layouts.

Conclusion

One of the biggest missing features in the LumaFusion workflow up until now was the availability of scopes. Now that LumaTouch has added this feature, it’s become an even more compelling option for both in-studio and on-the-go workflows pro workflows.

In addition to all of the aforementioned features, LumaTouch has made improvements to the UI styling, added support for personal and team folders with DropBox accounts that have Team Spaces enabled, improved clip representation on the timeline, along with dozens of additional smaller improvements.

If you already own LumaFusion, version 3.1 is a free update that’s available now on the App Store. LumaFusion is built with the touch screen iPad and iPhone interface in mind, but is also compatible with Apple Silicon-enabled Macs. New customers can purchase LumaFusion today for $29.99, and to be honest, I simply can’t recommend it enough.

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How to install iOS 16 public beta + downgrade to iOS 15

Earlier this week Apple made the iOS 16 beta available to the public. The release coincided with the second revision of the third iOS 16 developer beta, which brought about full screen now playing album artwork on the Lock Screen.

In this hands-on video, I demonstrate how to install the iOS 16 public beta using Apple’s recommended steps. In addition, I also show you how to downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 without losing your data.

How to install iOS 16 public beta

Before installing the iOS 16 public beta, the first thing that I highly recommend doing is backing up your iPhone to your Mac prior to upgrading to iOS 16. This makes it so that you can easily downgrade back to iOS 15 should the need arise, and you can retain all of your apps and data with ease via the backup.

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac

Connect your iPhone to your Mac via a Lightning to USB cable.

Step 2: Establish trust on iPhone

If this is your first time connecting your iPhone physically to your Mac, you’ll need to approve the Trust prompt that appears upon connection, and enter your iPhone’s passcode to confirm.

Step 3: Open Finder and navigate to iPhone under Locations

On your Mac, open the Finder, and navigate to the name of your iPhone under the Locations heading in the Finder’s side bar.

Step 4: Establish trust on Mac

You’ll next be required to establish a trust relationship to your iPhone via your Mac. Tap the blue Trust button that appears in the Finder to establish the trust pair.

Step 5: Backup iOS 15

Under the General tab, you’ll see a Backups section. Check the box that says Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.

Check the box next to Encyrpt local backup, and enter a new password to protect your iPhone backup. You’ll need to verify the password your choose. Be sure to check the box next to Remember this password in my keychain to have macOS save your password.

Click the Set Password button.

The backup should commence, and depending on how much data there is to back up, it could take a while so exercise patience.

Step 6: Archive your backup

Once the backup is completed, click the Manage Backups button to view your latest backup.

Right click on the backup and choose Archive to archive the backup and prevent it from being overwritten by a future backup.

You may now close the Finder window.

Step 7: Visit beta.apple.com

On your iPhone, open Safari and visit beta.apple.com.

Step 8: Sign Up or Sign In

Scroll down and click the Sign Up button if this is your first time registering on Apple’s Beta Software Program website. Otherwise, click Sign in to sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 9: Download profile

On the Guide for Public Betas page, ensure that iOS is selected, and scroll down until your see Step 2, Install profile. Tap the blue Download profile button, and click Allow on the prompt that follows.

Close Safari, and open the Settings app. At the top of the Settings app, beneath your iCloud panel, you should see a Profile Downloaded shortcut panel. Tap Profile Downloaded, and you’ll be taken to the Install Profile prompt under VPN & Device Management.

Tap the Install button in the upper right-hand corner and enter your device passcode to confirm.

Tap Install again in the upper right-hand corner, followed by the Install button at the bottom of the interface.

You’ll now be prompted to restart your device to apply the changes. Tap Restart to commence with the restart.

Step 10: Install iOS 16 public beta

Once your iPhone reboots, open Settings → General → Software Update, and iOS will check for a new update and find the iOS 16 Public Beta. It may take some time to download the update, which is several gigabytes in size. Once the download is completed, tap Install Now to proceed with the update. The update will take several minutes to install, and you’ll be met with the iOS “Hello” screen upon successful installation.

Congratulations, you have now installed the iOS 16 Public Beta on your iPhone.

How to downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15

Step 1: Disable Find My iPhone

Go to Settings → iCloud → Find My → Find My iPhone, and disable Find My iPhone.

Step 2: Connect iPhone to Mac

Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a Lightning to USB cable.

Step 3: Put iPhone into Recovery Mode

To put your iPhone into Recovery Mode, do the following in quick succession:

  • Press Volume Up and release
  • Press Volume Down and release
  • Press and hold the Side button

Continue to hold the Side button until you see the connect to computer screen. This screen indicates that you’ve successfully entered Recovery Mode.

Step 4: Restore iOS 15 using Finder

A Finder window should appear indicating that your iPhone needs to be updated or restored. Click the Restore button and then click Restore and Update.

Click the Next button that appears on the release notes for iOS 15 or current public version of iOS. Click Agree on the Safety Info screen, and the restore process will begin.

Step 5: Restore iOS backup using Finder

Once your iPhone is restored, step through the iOS setup process until you arrive on the Apps & Data screen. From there, tap Restore from Mac or PC. The Connected to Computer screen should appear on your iPhone.

Open Finder on your Mac, and navigate to your iPhone under Locations in the side bar. Select Restore from this backup, and select the backup that was made earlier. Click Continue and enter the password to unlock your backup and click Restore.

Your iPhone should now begin the restore process. Once completed, apps and data will continue downloading in the background.

Conclusion

The steps for both upgrading to iOS 16 public beta, and downgrading from iOS 16 back to iOS 15 are fairly straightforward and easy to do. The hardest part is the wait involved when performing steps like downloading iOS 16 beta. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @JeffBenjam.