Less than a week following the previous seed, Apple has released build 14D105 of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to both developers and users of the Public Beta. Apple has not yet said when 10.10.3 will be released to all OS X Yosemite users, but the increase in seeds in recent weeks likely indicates that a wider launch is fast approaching. As we’ve previously detailed, 10.10.3 will include the all new iCloud-based Photos app for the Mac, developer APIs for the new Force Touch Trackpad on the MacBook and MacBook Pro with Retina display, and a new Emoji picker across the system.
March 16, 2015
May 29, 2012
We are about 30 minutes away from Apple CEO Tim Cook’s first major public interview, which takes place at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. If I were a betting man, I would say this talk will focus on Apple after Steve Jobs, current issues at Apple’s manufacturing partners, and the latest Apple products. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher will sit down with the chief to hammer out the information we all want to here. It should be a doozie.
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April 10, 2012
AllThingsD just announced Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook would appear as the opening-night speaker at this year’s D10 conference. The 10th D: All Things Digital conference will be Cook’s first time speaking at the event, and AllThingsD noted this is his first-ever appearance onstage at a non-Apple event since becoming CEO last year. Past D conferences were notably a stage for many in-depth discussions and interviews with Steve Jobs. Jobs last appeared at the event at D8 in 2010.
Walt Mossberg and I could not be more thrilled to announce that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will be the opening-night speaker at our 10th D: All Things Digital conference.
The D10 conference is slated for May 29 to May 31, 2012 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
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July 27, 2015
July 23, 2015
An SEC filing by Apple shows that the company plans to increase this year’s spend on product development by $1.5B, reaching a total of $5.9B by the end of September, reports Business Insider. At the same time, Apple is cutting its forecast capital expenditure by $1B, which the company told the WSJ was due to efficiency savings.
A company spokeswoman said Apple lowered the forecast because it was able to spend more efficiently for tooling equipment and facilities. “There are no changes in our product plans,” she said.
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July 22, 2015
Microsoft has today launched Send, an experimental iPhone app that offers a kind of cross between email and instant messaging. Microsoft says that it is designed for “brief, snappy communications” where you want an instant response but also want to retain a record of what was said within Outlook. The app was previously leaked as Flow by Outlook.
While tools like text messaging and IM are great for short messages, you often don’t have your co-worker’s cell phone number or an IM app on your work phone. And we’ve heard loud and clear from people at work, they want all their communications available in Outlook—even if they send them from other apps. This is where Send comes in! Send gives you the simple, quick text message-like experience while allowing you to reach all co-workers and have all of your communications in Outlook for reference later.
July 16, 2015
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July 2, 2015
Two new reports out of Asia this morning purport to shed light on improvements coming to Apple’s next-generation Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S.
According to a report out of Korea (via Naver/Digital Daily), Apple has decided to source flexible OLED screens for the Apple Watch 2 from both Samsung and LG, prioritizing improved outdoor visibility rather than changing the screen size, shape, or resolution. Outdoor screen visibility is a particular issue for the more reflective, sapphire-faced Apple Watch and Edition, which noticeably reduce the underlying screen’s apparent brightness compared with the glass-faced Apple Watch Sport. The report also claims Apple is more concerned about thinning components than reducing weight, in order to make room for a larger battery.
A second and more questionable report out of Taiwan, allegedly posted to microblogging site Weibo by a Foxconn employee before being pulled and recirculated by PhoneArena, claims to offer a series of additional details regarding the upcoming iPhone 6S. As detailed below, a new pink color, higher-resolution cameras with Force Touch simultaneous video/photo modes, and a faster Touch ID fingerprint scanner are all said to be on tap…
June 18, 2015
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May 10, 2015
USB hubs are often hard to tell apart from one another: the Moshi iLynx 3 I reviewed here in February was the rare hub that actually matched the silver metal and black plastic look of the Macs it was designed to be used with. After an extended post-announcement delay, long-time Mac accessory maker Mobee Technology has finally released an alternative that uses two cool tricks to stand apart from all of its rivals: the Magic Hub ($50).
Five inches tall, 2.6″ wide and around 2″ thick, the Magic Hub is the first USB hub designed such that its physical characteristics are all but irrelevant. Mobee’s concept is to completely hide the Hub behind your iMac, filling the hole Apple left in the iMac’s stand using a screw-on clamp and a pass-through wall power port. Rather than requiring its own wall outlet for power, it hijacks the iMac’s power cable and passes power through both itself and your computer, powering four USB 3.0 ports in the process. If that sounds cool, read on…
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April 21, 2015
Following months of rumors, Adobe is today announcing Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, the latest versions of its popular photo editing and organization software. Sharing the same code, design, and much of the same functionality, the two Lightroom releases are separated into purchasable (Lightroom 6) or subscription (Lightroom CC) versions, only the latter of which can sync with Adobe’s mobile applications. Apple notably recommended Lightroom as a replacement for its recently-discontinued Aperture professional photo application, and worked with Adobe to build an Aperture library importing tool to aid users during the transition.
Lightroom manages large photo libraries, while offering photographers powerful tools for RAW and JPEG image adjustment. Now solely a 64-bit application, Lightroom 6/CC promises huge speed improvements when applying prior effects to images, as well as newly added tools and brushes. As shown in the embedded video, facial recognition has been added, enabling functionality similar to Apple’s Faces feature from Aperture and iPhoto. A new HDR (high dynamic range) tool uses two images to create a composite photo with more vivid colors and detail, while brushes such as radial and graduated filters have been added. The app has also gained new slideshow options, automatic panorama stitching, video slide shows, and many other features.
Photoshop Lightroom CC can be downloaded now as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography subscription service for $9.99 per month; a prepaid year of CC Photography access is normally $119.88, and currently on sale at B&H Photo Video for $99.88. Photoshop Lightroom 6 can be ordered for $149 as a standalone download. Adobe has also released version 1.4 updates to its mobile apps Lightroom for iPad and Lightroom for iPhone with support for Lightroom CC, improved cropping, and TIFF file support. Both iOS apps are now available for free from the App Store, but require Creative Cloud subscriptions.
April 16, 2015
Up until now, Bluetooth wireless audio was purely optional for Apple’s devices: every iPad, iPhone, and iPod has shipped with a 3.5mm audio port to connect with wired earbuds and headphones. The Apple Watch is different: it’s Apple’s first fully wireless device, with no user-accessible ports to connect accessories, even though it can work as a standalone music player during workouts. The lack of a headphone port is actually a positive, since tethering your wrist to your head with a cable would look silly, and isn’t ergonomically ideal. Thankfully, Bluetooth headphones have come a long way over the past few years, shrinking from gangly and boxy earmuffs into earphones comfortable enough to exercise with.
Since one of the Apple Watch’s major selling points is fitness functionality, this quick guide to the best Apple Watch headphones and earphones focuses mostly on accessories that can work anywhere, rather than options you can’t wear while exercising. But I’ll include some larger options, too, just in case you’re picking a pair for non-athletic use, or to share with your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Mac…
April 10, 2015
Now that the Apple Watch is officially in the wild, it’s clear that stands and docks make sense for two reasons: they keep metal and metal-accented bands from getting scuffed up, and guarantee a stable charging connection all night long. Some stands also serve as beautiful displays for your Watch, as well. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks to help you choose one that’s great for your needs. Every solution relies upon the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable includes in each Apple Watch box, so what you’re getting is a stand with the ability to manage the Watch and charger.
Inside, I’ll show you a large collection of stands that range in price from $20 to $129, with considerably different levels of sophistication. Some are just basic plastic holders for Apple’s charger, while others have really nice designs made from metal, leather, and wood. Updated with the first two Apple Watch docks and a new stand on July 30, 2015!
March 26, 2015
As I noted in Part 1 of How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Apple has designed the Mac purchasing process to be easy: pick a model, pick the good, better, or best configuration, hand over your cash, and enjoy your computer. Since most people get confused by tech specs — bullet points filled with numbers and acronyms — Apple downplays them in its marketing materials, leaving customers to sort through the details and figure out what most of them mean.
But these specs are really important when you’re shopping for the right Mac for your current and future needs. So I’ve created this How-To guide to walk you through each of Apple’s Tech Specs pages using clear explanations, hopefully enabling you to properly understand what you’re about to buy. Part 1 focused on the “big 5″ Mac specs you really need to know about, and this Part 2 looks at the rest — generally things that remain the same in a given model, regardless of the configuration you choose…
March 17, 2015
Apple today released a trio of OS X security updates for the Safari web browser, labeled 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4 for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, respectively. The updates revolve around fixes for WebKit:
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an
unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit.
These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
Impact: Inconsistent user interface may prevent users from
discerning a phishing attack
Description: A user interface inconsistency existed in Safari that
allowed an attacker to misrepresent the URL. This issue was addressed
through improved user interface consistency checks.
The updates are available from the Mac App Store’s Software Update tab. An update is not yet available for OS X 10.10.3, which includes Safari version 8.0.5.
January 29, 2015
The newly launched iphone 6 has been a long awaited and one of the most desired phones of the year. The new iPhone 6 is turning up as a device to get in love with. When it comes to a new launch, Apple has again surprised people with goose bumps and successfully turned the tables. The new iPhone 6 is the topic where mesmerizing experience starts from the very first look to all the way to its performance. iPhone 6 has become the most searched gadget on Google 2014. It won’t be wrong to say that people went insane for owning the iPhone 6. The waiting in long queues in front of the stores after months of pre-ordering, is justified by the arrival of whole new experience. The iPhone 5 and 5s users are wondering the worth to upgrade to the new iPhone 6. When it comes to new features integration, Apple shows up very well with a pretty impressive work on the long enough list.
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Display –The first look of the iPhone 6 says all about “The Change”. Apple has now finally movedfrom its small screen customs to bigger screen phones. The screen size of iPhone 6 is stretched from 4 inch to 4.7 inch. Now the resolution of iPhone is 1334*760 pxwith 326 PPI density. Where as the iPhone 5s has resolution of 1136*640 px with a much small screen of 4inch.
iPhone 5s is slim with 7.6mm but the Apple has pretty well managed to make the new iPhone 6 much slimmer to 6.9mm. The placement of physical buttons are also re-positioned (lock button) from top to right side; and the edges are also curved.
Reachability – iPhone 5s hasaddicted userswith the comfortably operable iPhone 5s average sized screenbut a thing to be thought will be for accomplishing the same comfort after migrating the user to the BIG screen phone.With increasing the screen size, Apple has made a remarkable move with integrating a new feature for single-handed use. Reachability is a new astonishing aspect to empower the users of the iPhone 6. Users just need to double tap on home button, and with a blink of an eye the whole screen is shifted downwards for easy access to the options that were showing at the top of the screen. Despite of the 4.7-inch screen of iPhone 6, the glamorous feature has made the access and use very smooth and reachable. That is one wonderful thing to be thought of and Apple has done justice with it.
NFC –Apple pay is here. Although previous versions including iPhone 5s did not had any NFC (Near Field Communication) but it was always on the radar of Apple. Apple has now embedded the NFC chip iniPhone 6 for the users to pay without taking out their wallet and getting the card swiped. The whole process can now be done by just putting the phone in front of the device and then pay by touch ID only. Users have to just enter the credentials of the card and complete the process of using the phone to pay only once. The details of the credit card and credentials are not anywhere saved on the database of Apple, which is a fabulous thing. The security has been the one of the major concerns these days which is made sure to be taken care of in iPhone 6. But the chip is closed for the third party developers since now. According to the resources, Apple is looking forward to expand the use of NFC for public transit tickets, building security and on some other different commercial levels.
Camera – Not a big change has been noticed in the front side and the rare side camera as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 both have 8 mega-pixels. Apple has though made some changes and tweaks in iPhone 6. Now the iPhone 5s users can enjoy a lot more features by upgrading to iPhone 6 integrated inside the camera of iPhone 6.
Autofocus of the phone is re-touched with the new “Focus Pixels”. Autofocus of iPhone 5s was great but now it is twice as fast as the previous one. One can easily autofocus and that too very quickly. The rear camera is one that does “Digital Image stabilization”, which means that the photos will be much clear and crispier. One of the really awesome things about the rear camera is the slow motion video capturing at 240 FPS that is a fantastically sharp experience. The front camera is also of the aperture f/2.2 as of the rear camera. Now the front camera can capture much better photos in low light as well as offers a burst mode too.
Processor and Wi-Fi – Peeking inside, iPhone 5s posses the A7 processor where as in iPhone 6Apple has introduced the new A8 processor which 13% small in size than the previous processor A7. And additionally is designed to be 50 percent more efficient. The new processor is tremendously fast.
The A8 processor is accompanied by M8 co-processor, which tracks the user’s activity such as walking, cycling, running for the records and use of health kit.
Speed is not only limited to the processor as the WIFI 802.11 ac is 3 times faster. 4G LTE is supported by both iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 but the iPhone 6 has now an extra support on 20 LTE, which makes iPhone 6 a better option in performance terms as well.
Battery – Apple has broken the myth of more battery consumption by a big screen phone that drains by lunchtime and prompts to charge. Talk time of iPhone 5s is 10 hours and Internet surfing is 8 hours. Although iPhone 6 is a BIG screen phone but the battery life as claimed by Apple for iPhone 6 for talk time has improved from 10 hours to 14 hours. Adding on, Internet use has increased10 hours from 8 hours.
Apple has now moved to the large screen segment and justified the new look as being elegant that makes it standout. Not just the looks, but also its inside is built strong and proficient for the flawless performance. Apple iPhone 6 is a good option for those who want a bigger and better iPhone in terms of performance, looks, and some big and small tweaks.
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