Archive for May 6, 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022

One-click Time Machine Restore

Matt Sephton:

Often I want to restore the latest version of a file from Time Machine, but using the Time Machine interface to do so is awkward and slow. So I came up with my own solution that can be triggered from the Finder context menu of any file.


This takes a seconds or two, depending on the size of the file in question. Most importantly this saves interrupting my workflow by having to opening the Time Machine interface and zooming through all those windows looking for the file.

Camo 1.6

Michael Potuck:

Reincubate launched its Camo app back in 2020 to seamlessly upgrade your Mac’s webcam with the iPhone you already have. Over the last two years, the app has been continuously upgraded, and today brings a major milestone. Camo now has official support to use your iPhone as the webcam in FaceTime, Safari, and QuickTime Mac apps.


After talking with Apple over the last couple of years, Reincubate has been able to build official support for Camo into first-party Mac apps.

Scarlet Salkeld:

I bought just about every type of stand on the market, and even tried constructing some makeshift ones from things I had around the house. In this guide, I'm going to run through which ones might work for you, and why.

James Thomson:

So, this is the iPhone XS Max rear camera via @reincubate Camo, with a few tweaks. Nowhere near the Sony ZV-1 obviously, but realistically good enough for what I need to do[…]


Apple Lowers Trade-In Values

Joe Rossignol:

Apple this week lowered its estimated trade-in values for select Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch models in the United States.

iMacs are down from a maximum of $1,200 to $850. When I traded in my iMac a month or so ago, I was surprised to find that Apple offered the best price, by almost $100. Now Apple is offering $215 less than before, which is more typical. So perhaps it is just slower to adjust.


iPhone 4S Performance Settlement

Sami Fathi:

Apple has agreed to settle a long-lasting six-year class-action lawsuit that accused it of knowingly slowing down iPhone 4S devices following the iOS 9 update in 2015, agreeing to pay some iPhone 4S owners who had experienced poor performance $15 each for their claims.

The update was marketed as making the iPhone “faster and more responsive” but, at least on that hardware, it did the opposite. Alas, after updating iOS, there is no way to revert. This settlement has got to be a win for Apple—such a small payment and after delaying for so many years.