September 22, 2015

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The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are launching in just four days time and right on schedule the embargo on reviews have been lifted. Apple is touting the new phones as major updates over the 6 and 6 Plus, with 12-megapixel camera and 4K video recording, ‘3D Touch’ pressure-sensitive display to enable quick actions across the OS, Live Photos and more. We’ve already seen an early hands on with the iPhone 6s thanks to an early delivery but now the official tech reviews are live.

So what’s the verdict? We’ve rounded up the highlights below from those lucky enough to get the phones early …

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September 13, 2015

AAPL: 114.21

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Hamza Sood has cleverly used asset catalogs with the Xcode 7 GM to confirm the rumors around the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro RAM specifications. It confirms that the iPhone 6s has 2 GB of RAM, up from 1 GB in the iPhone 6, and the iPad Pro has 4 GB RAM, a 100% increase from the 2 GB in the iPad Air 2’s A8X chip.

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September 9, 2015

AAPL: 110.15

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The day is here: Apple is holding one of its biggest events in company history. Apple is set to unveil a pair of new iPhones (the 6s and 6s Plus) two new iPads (the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro) a revamped Apple TV set-top-box, Apple WatchOS 2, new bands, and Apple Watch Sport casing colors. We’ll be following the entire event from start to finish, and we’ll also be using this post to issue live updates of the latest information from before the event. We’ll be publishing separate articles detailing all of Apple’s major announcements, but this post will serve as a hub with direct links to all of them. Follow along with us, below:

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August 3, 2015

AAPL: 118.44

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For some reason, a popular opinion floating around the web these days is that splitting iTunes up into a bunch of separate apps that all do one individual task each would be a vast improvement on the current one-app-for-everything design. “They did it on iOS,” the logic goes, “so why not do it on the Mac as well?”

After pondering this suggestion for a while, I’m fully convinced that doing so would that be an unnecessary over-complication of the entire ecosystem.

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July 1, 2015

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Apple’s iTunes U service, a resource for teachers to create and manage educational content for students on iPad, is today receiving a big update that brings a long list of highly requested features. Starting today, teachers and students using the platform will get access to new additions including 1-to-1 discussions, homework hand-in & grade book features, PDF annotations, and more. expand full story

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May 21, 2015

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Update: As of 6.30am PT, Apple had updated its status page as showing all services back to normal. The company said that 40% of users had been affected.

Apple’s system status page is showing a substantial issue with iCloud services, the problems affecting eleven different services and persisting for four hours and counting at the time of writing.

While Apple lists the services as “may be slow for some users,” many users are reporting that the services are either completely unavailable or time-out when attempting to login …  expand full story

April 23, 2015

Randy Ubillos has today announced his retirement from Apple. Ubillos has worked at Apple for over twenty years, leading development on Final Cut Pro and newer versions of iMovie and iPhoto, part of Apple’s iLife suite. Offically, Ubillos was Chief Architect of Photo and Video Applications. Most notably in recent years, Ubillos headed the project to bring some of the latest iMovie concepts back to Apple’s professional software suite. This resulted in Final Cut Pro X.

Ubillos also led development of Apple’s creative pursuits on iOS, with versions of iMovie and iPhoto designed for the touchscreen experiences of the phone and tablet.

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April 20, 2015

Early reviews of Apple’s MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) have framed it as an expensive prototype from the future — a notebook that will someday be the standard, but one most people aren’t ready for yet. Despite that classification, the new MacBook is extremely tempting if you’re in the market for a new computer: it’s more portable than even the MacBook Air, it’s the first Mac available in gold and space gray finishes, and it has a trackpad with a new feature called Force Touch.

But can you actually do work on the 12-inch MacBook? That’s the $1300 question everyone is asking. I’ll unpack my experience below …

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March 24, 2015

Ten One Design has released an updated version of its drawing plug-in, Inklet, adding pressure-sensitive drawing on the new Force Touch trackpad in all Mac drawing apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Illustrator. The new trackpad was introduced by Apple on the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

This means MacBook owners with the new trackpad will enjoy enhanced, highly-accurate pressure sensitivity when drawing on the trackpad whether drawing with a stylus or with a finger.

Inklet for Mac adds an icon to your menubar that you click when you want to draw on your trackpad in your chosen app …  expand full story

March 19, 2015

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The first wish has to be a reworked Finder app. Although Finder was just rewritten in Snow Leopard for Cocoa and 64-bit support, it has slowly became more and more problematic and performs poorer version by version (maybe beside Mavericks) within the previous 5 years.

It now has awkwardly-laggy scrolling, half-baked CoverFlow appearance and a bunch of performance issues.

It would be really nice to see a revamp of Finder app, maybe taking cues from iOS but still offers the advanced features we now know and love. Maybe like Logic Pro X where certain functionalities can be enabled on demand? Just enabling syncing in Finder is not enough, adding more extension points to Finder would also be really nice. Imagine being able to QuickLook non-standard videos with 3rd party codecs, quickly view thumbnails of non-standard image formats, or do a fast file comparison right within Finder. If this happens, sandboxing will be a issue though and Apple needs to sort that out.

From what we already know, every image processing feature in Photos app is actually integrated with the mechanism of extensions. So it would also really make more sense to bring extensibility to Photos for OS X. This would bring feature parity to Photos app for iOS and help professional photographers better organize and enhance their shots.

In current versions of OS X, filesystem shown in Finder differs from ones shown in dialog boxes, (from Mail app, for example). It would be nice to be able to see all photos within Photos library, music within iTunes library and videos created by iMovie right in Finder.

Maybe Apple should also tweak UI elements a bit. The disjointed arrows should be jointed. Maybe San Francisco can be tweaked and brought to OS X. It would also be nice to improve UI font choice for Asian languages. Many HongKong and Taiwan users have been long complaining about STHeiTi TC, which is designed by mainland Chinese designers who knows little about traditional Chinese typography.

Oh, and please fix the Finder full-screen background black-out glitch. The Image Capture and performance monitor scrolling issue. Various memory leaks. Interference caused by poorly implemented Wi-Fi direct drivers.

And a new filesystem.. Maybe in OS X 10.12 or 10.13 or OS XI?

February 25, 2015

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011.

A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app a reputation for being “iMovie Pro” rather than a true professional desktop video editor. Soon after its launch, Apple addressed the flood of criticism with an FAQ site and a promise that more features would slowly become available in the new version.

Nearly four years later, the first Hollywood film edited in Final Cut Pro X is set to be released. To showcase the movie debut and FCPX’s role in the film, Apple has launched a microsite detailing the production. expand full story

February 22, 2015

On the day of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, Apple has begun airing a new iPad Air advertisement highlighting how the tablet is used in the filmmaking industry. The new video advertisement is narrated with excerpts from notable movie director Martin Scorsese’s 2014 commencement speech at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The video, embedded below, is accompanied by a website highlighting specific stories of the iPad being used to make movies. These video stories were actually filmed and edited on iPads. The new website also discusses key video planning, filming, and editing applications for the iPad such as Final Draft, Garageband (but not the consumer-focused iMovie), and VideoGrade. This film-focused advertisement follows a music-oriented one that aired on the day of the Grammy Awards.

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January 9, 2015

One week into the new year, and with that post-holiday diet we promised ourselves still hanging in there, I thought it might be interesting to suggest a few tech-related New Year’s resolutions you might like to consider.

Don’t worry, though – it’s not all work and no play. Me being me, I’ve found a way to make a solid case for the new year being the perfect time to treat yourself to a gadget or two …  expand full story

December 25, 2014

Let’s assume you unwrapped a brand new Mac this year (awesome!) or scored a ton of iTunes/iBooks/App Store credit (still awesome!) and you need ideas for awesome apps to buy and check out for your new MacBook or iMac. Tons of new apps have launched on the Mac this year and even more have added new features and remain essential. Below are some of my favorite Mac apps that I’ve used needed from time to time or even use daily and should give you a solid place to start whether your a brand new Mac user or Mac veteran looking to do more with your machine. expand full story

December 12, 2014

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Former NYTimes reporter David Pogue did a Reddit AMA to hype one of his company books this week and answered a question related to Steve Jobs phone calls:

Do you have any Steve Jobs stories you would like to share? (Or Woz stories?) (Or, dare I hope, Steve Ballmer stories?)

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Oh, I have some great Steve Jobs stories!

He was famous for calling up tech writers to scream at them, or praise them, for stuff they wrote–and I wasn’t exempt!

I gave iMovie ’08 an “F,” said it was unusable. He called me at home to rant. “You don’t have any fking idea what we DO here at Apple, do you!?!?” You just held the receiver away from your head and waited it out.

Then another time, I did a music video called “I Want an iPhone” that kind of made fun of all the hype, the people standing in line, etc.

Jobs called me on my cellphone. “I wanted to talk to you about this song you made,” he said. I winced, preparing to be screamed at.

“It’s the funniest goddam thing I’ve seen in ages. Can you send me the QuickTime file?”

 

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November 1, 2014

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iFileiPhone, iPad and iPod touch users that have taken advantage of the iOS 8 jailbreak Pangu will be happy to hear that popular Cydia package iFile has been updated with support for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iFile offers multipurpose functionality as both a file manager and viewer for navigating the filesystem of jailbroken iOS devices. expand full story

October 21, 2014

Reviews of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have gone live across the web tonight and, as you may have expected, reviewers and pundits love Apple’s newest tablets. As usual, we’ve rounded up links to the reviews along with some choice quotes. You can find them all below the break:

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October 16, 2014

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Apple has just announced an update to it’s Mac mini desktop PC that features all-new internals and a lower starting price. The CPU has been bumped to the current fourth-generation of Intel’s Core processors paired with Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000 graphics processors. It now sports PCIe-based flash storage, though the exact amount of storage wasn’t mentioned.

The computer’s connectivity has also gotten a bump with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the addition of two Thunderbolt 2 i/o ports. The tweaked internals have also afforded the new Mac mini the title of “world’s most energy efficient desktop.”

The upgraded machine will be available today at a reduced starting price of only $499.

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Apple today announced the first Retina desktop computer with the Retina 5K iMac. The new Retina 5K iMac will start at $2499 for the all-in-one desktop computer and begin shipping today. The base model Retina 5K iMac will include a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMX Radeon R9 M290X graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Apple will continue to sell the non-Retina 27-inch iMac which starts at $1799 as well as the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac starting at $1099. expand full story

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