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Tim Cook Squashes Any Hope Of An OS X Merger With iOS

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, iPad, OS X | Posted on 01-10-2015

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Have you been dreaming of having a touchscreen Mac running iOS? Well, I usually don’t condone giving up on your dreams, but you may have no other choice with this one. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently dismissed the assumption that Apple will merge the iOS mobile software with its OS X computer software. This means that iPads and Macs are, for the foreseeable future, going to remain separate entities, despite all the new similarities between them.

“We don’t believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile,” Cook stated on Tuesday during a chat with CEO of Box Aaron Levie. “We think it subtracts from both, and you don’t get the best experience from either. We’re very much focused on two.” Box is a company that provides cloud storage for businesses and is hosting its BoxWorks conference this week in downtown San Francisco.

These comments from Cook reiterate what Apple has been saying for years: that it’s PC and mobile systems will continue to be separate. Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi told CNET that introducing Macs with touchscreens was something that Apple had no intentions of doing. “We don’t think it’s the right interface, honestly. Mac is sort of a sit-down experience.”

Apple has kept its computer operating system totally separate from its iOS mobile software though it does feature things like “Handoff” from last year’s iOS 8, which allows the two programs to interact better. The feature allows you to start a program on an iPhone and then complete it on an iPad or Mac. According to Kantar Worldpanel Analyst Caroline Milanesi, “Apple continues to see the need for a continuum of experience but not a need for both experiences to merge if that means there is a compromise to make. I think that is the right approach.”

On the flip side, Microsoft has done the exact opposite. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has adopted a “one Windows” strategy. It has ported its new Windows 10 operating system to desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even its Xbox One gaming console.

With the iPad Pro being officially unveiled earlier this month, questions about whether Apple would merge iOS and OS X into a single system resurfaced. The new 12.9″ tablet comes with an optional keyboard and stylus, which allows designers and others to do much more with their iPad. In addition to that, having an iPad with a bigger screen could also allow people to replace their computers with a tablet, which is something that could be vital as Apple works desperately to revitalize its iPad business.

Even if there is no foreseeable future for the merger of iOS and OS X, people can still dream. While the new iPad Pro could push Apple in the right direction with merging the two operating systems, it isn’t something we should hang our hopes on. However, if Apple wants to remain competitive, it should definitely consider merging. Microsoft has already seen great success with it and people are continually trying to find more portable ways to replace their desktops.

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Apple’s New OS X El Capitan

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer, News, OS X | Posted on 08-09-2015

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Apple debuted its newest operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, at the Worldwide Developers Conference back in June. This new operating system builds on the features and design changes that were introduced with OS X Yosemite and while El Capitan may seem like an odd name, it is meant to highlight the operating system’s position as an update that brings under-the-hood improvements and refinements to OS X Yosemite.

In terms of reality, El Capitan is one of the most popular rock formations and landmarks located within the Yosemite National Park. The El Capitan name for OS X 10.11 hearkens back to a long-running OS X naming scheme that is used to denote updates that are refinements to previous updates. Other similar name changes include Leopard to Snow Leopard and Lion to Mountain Lion.

El Capitan shows that Apple is focusing on two major areas: the user experience and performance. Improvements to things like apps, window management, and Spotlight search enhance the way people use their Macs. In addition to that, the under-the-hood additions, like Metal graphics technology, make everyday activities like launching apps much faster.

El Capitan doesn’t change up its aesthetic too much, keeping the same general look as Yosemite. However, it does include a new system-wide font known as San Francisco. OS X’s window management feature, Mission Control, has also been given an upgrade and introduces a Split View feature that mimics the iOS 9 multitasking feature on the iPad. This features also allows for two full-screen apps to be used simultaneously side-by-side.

Spotlight search will now support natural language input with El Capitan as well as gaining deeper functionality and more sources. Safari has also gained Pinned Sites, which will allow users to pin favorite websites on the tab bar. There’s also a nifty new mute button that will mute all sound coming from Safari or quickly identify specific tabs playing audio.

Mail also supports new iOS-style gestures for managing messages while a Smart Suggestions addition will recognize names and events for quick additions to contacts and calendars. Moreover, whenever you are in full screen, there will also be tools that deal with multiple emails one at a time.

Another thing that is gaining support with El Capitan is Photos. Photos will now support third-party photo editing extensions from Mac App Store apps. The Notes app is also being revamped, much like the Notes app for iOS 9 was. This new app will support checklists, content from other apps like Safari or Maps, and an Attachment Browser.

In terms of performance, the addition of Metal improves speeds for the Mac by increasing system-level graphics rendering. This graphics improvement, along with other enhancements, allows many standard apps to perform better and also allows games and pro apps to see significant performance boosts as well.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was given to developers back in June right after the Worldwide Developers Conference. On July 9, Apple began offering OS X El Capitan to public beta testers. Since then, Apple has given out eight El Capitan betas to developers along with six betas to public beta testers with each one adding small tweaks and improvements to the operating system. The operating system is supposed to be available to consumers sometime this Fall.

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Cool OS X Tricks Every Mac User Should Know

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 20-03-2015

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ThinkstockPhotos-484765389There are all kinds of things that make iOS awesome, but some of the coolest features are also some of the ones that are least known. You’d think they would include them in the instruction manual, right? Well, for those of you looking to get the most out of your Mac, here is a list of 5 awesome tricks that you probably didn’t know anything about.

Recording your iOS 8 device’s screen

This little trick can come in pretty handy for a lot of different reasons. You can actually record whatever is happening on you iPhone’s screen straight to your Mac. All you have to do is plug the device into your Mac using a Lightning cable. Then you can open up the QuickTime player app on the Mac, choose File and then New Movie Recording, and then select you iPhone or whatever other device is plugged in and hit the record button.

Print faster in shared offices

Doesn’t it suck when you are in a shared office and you have to wait forever to print your files? With this trick, you can skip the line and automatically print from the first available printer. Launch System Preferences>Printers & Scanners, then select all of the shared printers in the office and create a printer tool that includes all of them. Now, every time you print just remember to select the pool, and your print job will get printed out on the first available printer. Pretty sweet, right?

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Your Mac has the ability to summarize long tracts for you. All you have to do is select the text, right click, and then click on “Services”. Then you can enable Summarize in the Shortcuts section under Text.

Apple Dictionary

A lot of people don’t know this, but Apple actually has their own dictionary for all of the Apple related terms. You can access it by launching Dictionary and selecting the Apple tab at the top of the window. Now you can learn lots more about your computer and your operating system in general. This comes in handy for just about everyone.

Command

If you press Command and hit tab you can move between apps, everyone knows that. But what most people don’t know is that if you hold down Command and use the Q and H keys with it, you can either quit or hide the selected applications.

Pretty cool stuff right? There are a ton of little tips and tricks like this that Mac users can utilize, these are just a few of our favorites. Enjoy!

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Apple’s New 5K Retina iMac Performs As Well As It Looks!

Posted by Michael Luciano | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer, Computer Accessories, Device, News | Posted on 02-11-2014

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5k iMacIt seems like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Apple deliver us anything other than a new iPad or iPhone. Now for true Apple fans such as myself, this isn’t really too much of a problem. That being said, sometimes, it’s nicer to sit and use a big beautiful computer. Not a laptop. An actual desktop computer. It’s been so long since I’ve actually operated one, and I won’t lie; I miss it sometimes. Apple has continuously made a name for themselves with their consumer mobile electronics, however. It seems like that’s all they’re known for anymore. Luckily for us, they’ve not forgotten those users that like to remain a bit more stationary. They gave us a new iMac, and holy crap it looks incredible.

Apple released a new iMac with a 5K display… yes, you read that right.

5 Is Better Than 4

When you take a look at the screen of the new iMac, just prepare to be blown away at the sheer beauty of it. Why is it so remarkable? Well, it’s because of the recent Apple term “Retina”. Apple use this term when it essentially doubles the pixels on a typical screen resolution. We’ve seen Retina devices from Apple for a while now. The original Retina iMac that we saw had only 2,560 x 1,440. Now that isn’t saying that the display looked bad, because it did not AT ALL. The new 5k iMac doubles those numbers though. A whopping 5,120 x 2,880 pixel count is what you’re going to see when you look at this bad boy. The screen boasts 14.7 million pixels across the entire 27-inch real estate. This makes this particular display perfect for anyone looking to do some illustrating or photo editing. After all, you’re working with 14.7 million pixels remember?

What’s Under The Hood?

While yes, the screen of this new iMac looks nothing short of phenomenal, it’s a lot more than just a pretty face. This new iMac is as powerful as it is gorgeous to look at. They made sure to match the inner workings with the outer beauty. The new 5K Retina iMac houses a 4th gen Haswell Intel Core i5 quad-core processor that runs at a cool 3.5GHz, so you know that you’re getting speed and performance. If that’s not good enough for you, you can always upgrade the processor to an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor which will run at 4GHz. The graphics card that comes with the base model is an AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Yet again, if you want a bit more graphical power, you can upgrade the graphics card too, to an AMD Radeon R9 295X with double the RAM. You’re going to want the best for this 5K screen anyway.

But… Why?

There are some out there, myself included, that might be wondering just why Apple decided to go ahead and release an iMac with a 5K resolution display. This type of technology is a bit ahead of its time, simply because it’s hard enough already to find any 4K media, let alone 5K. That isn’t to say that a new 5K monitor and computer isn’t appreciated though! Apple just simply has the resources to pull this type of technology off. The main selling point of the new iMac is clearly the 5K screen, but you’re also getting a very powerful computer to go along with it. The price tag sits right at $2,499, but if you think about what all you’re getting, it doesn’t really seem overpriced. After all, a regular 4K display costs around that price anyway. You’re looking at a better screen and getting an amazing computer for the price of a good 4K monitor.

Apple’s new Retina 5K iMac is nothing to take lightly. It shows that Apple still has the gusto to make amazing hardware that isn’t just for a mobile market. The sooner you can get a look at this new iMac, the better. It’s beyond impressive. Well played Apple, well played.

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The Henry Ford Museum Drops $905K On A Working Apple-1

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer | Posted on 30-10-2014

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Apple_I_ComputerIt’s hard to imagine that Apple, arguably the biggest name in technology in the world, started out with humble beginnings nearly 40 years ago. The very first computer ever produced by the company, known today as the Apple-1, forever changed the face of the computer and technology industries. Having a working Apple-1 today seems almost unfathomable, but alas one was recently sold at an auction for a record-breaking $905,000.

The Apple-1 was sold by Bonhams Auction House in New York to The Henry Ford, which has plans to put the computer on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The $905,000 price tag isn’t the exact price of the Apple-1. The real price was only $750,000. But when you add Bonham’s $175,000 commission and taxes, the total came out to$905,000. This easily beat the record of $671,000 for another working Appl-1 that was sold bac  in May 2013.

The Apple-1, by today’s standards, is little more than a standalone circuit board. The device was hand-built, however, by Apple o-Founder Steve Wozniak back in 1976 and is quite possibly one of the first full lot of 50, according to Bonhams. Bonhams had brought in a pair of antique computer specialists to evaluate the computer with one stating that it was in “superb overall condition with no apparent modifications performed or removed.”

The very first batch of computers was purchased from Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs by Byte Shop of Mountain View, California in 1976. Each of the computers was sold for $666.66 and approximately 200 were produced, though maintainer of the Apple-1 Registry Mike Willegas has tracked only 60 survivors. Moreover, as few as 15, including the one sold by Bonhams, are known to be in working condition.

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The Apple-1 purchased by Ford came with a keyboard, a power supply in a small wooden case, two vintage cassette tape decks an old monitor and various documents. According to Bonhams, the Apple-1 had been owned by John Anderson, founder of the AppleSiders of Cincinnati user group, which still meets. Anderson acquired the computer back in 1980.

Other Apple-1 computers that have gone at auctions in the past couple of years have seen prices range from one sold in June 2012 for $374,500 to one sold in November of that same year for $640,000. However staggering the $950,000 price for this working Apple-1 is, it still pales in comparison to the record-setting piece of Apple memorabilia ever sold. Back in 2011 an executive out of Miami paid an incredible $1.6 million for the original contract that marked the founding of Apple as a company.

To see a working Apple-1 in such good condition is rare so I think it is fitting that the computer will be on display in the Henry Ford Museum, allowing many people to see something that they might otherwise never have the opportunity to see. In the words of the great archaeologist Indiana Jones the Apple-1 “belongs in a museum” and that’s exactly where it is headed.

Should You Really Worry About The iPhone 6 Plus Bending?

Posted by Jake Nolan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, News | Posted on 02-10-2014

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There has been a lot of news around the internet about the new iPhone 6 and the new iPhone 6 Plus. Some of the news hasn’t been so nice to read. There a tons of people freaking out over the reports of the iPhone 6 Plus being able to bend (*See Video Below). There have even been a few people, who are apparently very rich by the way, who have even went as far as to buy a brand new iPhone 6 Plus and make YouTube videos of them bending their phone until it is completely broken.
Should this really be a concern? I don’t know, I guess it depends on the type of person you are. But before you decide on which new phone you are going to buy, you have to think rationally.
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Now, I have never been a huge fan of Apple products. Not because they aren’t good, just because I think that they offer less options and flexibility than some other companies. So I’m looking at this from a fairly unbiased view point.With this launch, Apple broke every sales record they had with previous iPhones. Everyone and their mom bought one. There were literal boat loads of iPhone 6 Plus phones out there. When all of these accusations online started blowing up and becoming a big deal, there had only been 9 reported cases of the iPhone 6 Plus bending by accident. Let that sink in. That means that only a fraction of a fraction of iPhone 6 Plus users had a problem at all. I think that by itself sheds a lot of light on the whole situation.
You also have to use your own common sense, and also understand that a lot of the world doesn’t have that much common sense. You can break, bend, or destroy just about any electronic device that has ever been created. Just because I can stand on a Sony TV and destroy it doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic TV, and just because I can’t bounce a MacBook like a basketball and then score a goal with it before I watch cat videos on YouTube doesn’t mean it’s a bad laptop. If you try to break anything, 9 times out of 10 it’s going to work.
There may be a weak spot on the iPhone 6 Plus. There is probably a weak spot on anything.  As with any nice electronic device, the iPhone 6 Plus is going to require some care. If you ask me, then in my humble opinion I don’t think anyone has anything to worry about when considering the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a great phone, it has a longer batter life than the iPhone 6, it has a better camera and it’s obviously bigger. Go ahead and get the phone you know you want, act like you have some sense, and be happy.

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Could Apple Be Slimming Down The MacBook Air Even More?

Posted by Jake Nolan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer Accessories, News | Posted on 04-09-2014

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macbook airApple’s MacBook Air laptops have become super popular due to their ultra-slim design. They are super light and easy to transport, which makes them perfect for traveling on business or for students who need to have their computer wherever they go. According to new reports from Digitimes, Apple could be launching brand new MacBook Air models that are even lighter and more slim than they have ever been before. These new models could be released as soon as the end of the year or some time in 2015.

Actually, the Digitimes report doesn’t really specify if the slimmed down new models will be the MacBook Air specifically, but that seems to be what makes the most sense. It could be a slimmed down version of the MacBook Pro, but then there wouldn’t be much of a reason for the MacBook Air. There is a strong possibility that both models will get a fresh redesign though and that they could both be slimmed down a bit. The same website has also reported that the current 13.3-inch version of the MacBook Pro will be retired by the end of the year.

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Both of these flagship laptops have gotten little changes this year already. Nothing major was updated, but they did both get a CPU boost along with a nice drop in price. It seems like it might be a little bit hard for Apple to shave even more bulk off of the MacBook Air. At the same time, they will probably never slim down the MacBook pro to the same size as the MacBook Air. The two laptops are different and have different selling points, they wouldn’t dare drop one from their line of products or go out of their way to make them basically the same.

Either way, these new reports are very interesting. Hopefully we will be hearing some more news on this by the end of the year, or even see the new product in person by then.

Apple’s MacBook Air Leads 18% Increase To Mac Sales

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer | Posted on 07-08-2014

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Back in June Apple announced that it sold 4.4 million Macs during the month, the most ever for that quarter of the year. In addition to that, the company also announced that those figures also showed a year-over-year growth rate that the rest of the industry hasn’t seen since 2010. Apple sold 18% more Macs in the quarter than the same quarter the previous year with revenue from the oldest line of Macs contributing 15% of the company’s $37.4 billion in total sales.

According to a statement from Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, “I was pleasantly surprised by the Mac numbers. The rumors of the death of the personal computer are, of course, highly exaggerated.” When Chief of Research and Head of U.S. Business for Kantar WorldPanel Comtech Carolina Milanesi was asked for her reaction, she stated, “No, I’m not surprised by the Mac numbers. The PC business is almost all mid- and low-end, and that’s not where Apple plays, so they’ll continue to outperform.”

The sales of Apple’s Macs came in significantly higher than the predictions of nearly every single Wall Street analyst polled by Fortune. Apple beat the 3.9 million average of nearly three-dozen analysts by 12% . None of the 34 financial experts surveyed by Fortune had placed a bet higher than what Apple had recorded. “We had a record June quarter for the Mac, and demand has been very strong for our portables in particular,” stated CEO of Apple Time Cook.

In addition to that, Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri praised the fact that Apple was able to beat the PC industry average in 32 of the last 33 quarters. The one quarter in the last eight years that Apple failed to match or beat the average was Q4 od 2012, which was caused by a production fiasco which left the company without iMacs to sell for several months.

Research firm IDC stated that global PC shipments for the June quarter, with a majority of them running Windows OS, fell to 2% with Gartner noting that the shipments fell flat compared to last year. Gartner’s Van Baker believes the increase in sales was caused by the MacBook Air, the company’s thinnest and lightest notebook. Baker stated, “The MacBook Air is still a very strong product and people like it a lot. It puts them in a good position for continued growth.”

Gotheil and Baker both believe that Apple benefited from the minor bounce back in the overall PC business from the previous quarter, though for different reasons. Gotheil believes that users with aging PCs running Windows (likely ones bought around 2008-2009) picked a Mac as a replacement/upgrade whereas Barker believes there is a different reason for the spike.

“Some of these Macs, I think, went to people who had bought a tablet thinking that it would be a replacement PC,” said Baker. “But then those consumers said, ‘Tablets are nice and I like tablets, but a notebook is still a better idea.’ In the developed economies, that’s a dynamic that is operating.”

In addition to that, all three analysts noted that one potential reason for the increase in sales was the price drop that Apple instituted for the MacBook Air line back in April. Apple decreased prices of all four stock model MacBook Airs by $100 and, for the first time, offered a sub-$900 Air, selling the 11″ 128GB Air for $899 to consumers and $849 to college students and parents of students. Gotheil added, “The MacBook Air is a more attractive choice with those price cuts, and it’s a pretty robust notebook.”

Do You Need Lots Of iPads?

Posted by admin | Posted in Computer | Posted on 29-07-2014

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Have you ever wondered how companies get their hands on hundreds of laptops, computers or iPads that you see on the web, TV and all kinds of conventions? Well, 9 times out of 10 they don’t just buy all of the technology just for one event, so how do they get it? The answer: a rental from a company like RentOurTablets.com

Technology is expensive, is it not? I know for a fact that I can’t go out and buy a brand new iPad whenever I want to. The more advanced technology gets, the more expensive it seems to get as well. Owning new devices can cost so much these days. Mind you that this isn’t just for personal use either. If you need a lot of iPads for one occasion, you could be looking into quite the price tag depending on the number that you need. Purchasing many devices at one time could definitely break the business budget. I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of ultra large price tags (who is though?). This why there are rentals for tech devices like this. That’s right! You can rent iPads for any occasion should you want to!

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Apple Introduces iOS 8

Posted by Erika Blasko | Posted in Apple News And Rumors | Posted on 08-07-2014

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ios8-1Recently, Apple has unveiled one of the biggest releases since the launch of the app store, iOS 8. It provides Apple users with more iCloud storage for photos, improved keystroke entry, improved message content and many more updated features. iOS 8 will deliver a much simpler and faster user friendly experience. With the iCloud photo library, iOS 8 allows users to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices. It also includes predictive typing for Apple’s “QuickType” keyboard.
In iOS 8 the iCloud and photos app will give you access to all of your photos and videos anywhere. Photos are more easy to find and are completely organized across any of your enabled devices. The Photos app can automatically edit any photo with inhaled smart editing tools.
Sending and receiving messages become more immersive with the ability to communicate with one swipe, and ‘tap to talk’ allows you to record your voice for sharing videos and photos within messages. You can also choose to share your current location in messaging.
iOS 8 also introduces Family Sharing, which makes it easier to share purchases, photos, etc, all in the same household. Family members can view each other’s iTunes, iBooks or app store purchases and parents can create Apple IDs for children, which includes ‘ask to buy,’ which requires parental permission for any purchases. Family Sharing automatically keeps everyone fully connected by creating an option for locating family members and their devices.

Additional features include:

•More complex design enhancements

•Quick access to contacts

•Ability to quickly switch back and forth between your inbox and drafts

The iOS 8 software and SDK are available now for iOS developer program members only at developer.apple.com, but iOS 8 will not be available to the public until the upcoming fall. It will be a free software update for any Apple device.