Designed by Apple in California, Touch Bar apps, virtual Touch Bar, Surface keyboard, big Melbourne Store, Apple Pay donations


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Designed by Apple in California chronicles 20 years of Apple design — Apple has announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products.
Designed by Apple in California covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, and documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation. The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs. The book is on sale fromWednesday, November 16th, in small (10.20” x 12.75”) at US$199 and large (13” x 16.25”) at US$299 exclusively from Apple.com in Australia (which may or may not include NZ), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the US, and in selected Apple Stores. The book is on display at the Apple Stores where it is sold. [Er, what about iBooks??]

Apple picks top apps with Touch Bar support for new MacBook Pro — Timed to coincide with the first deliveries of its new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple has posted a special Mac App Store section dedicated to apps enhanced to support the laptop’s Touch Bar, a unique feature that debuted with this year’s release.

Touché lets you see and use a Touch Bar on any Mac — Daniel Jalkut at Red Sweater Software has released Touché, an app that shows a fully-functional Touch Bar on the screen of any Mac. It’s fully-functional in that you can click on it, since actually touching it won’t do anything. This won’t give you the full experience of having a Touch Bar, but lets you see what you might be missing.
Touché is available free and runs on any Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (build 16B2657) and later.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard and Surface Ergonomic Keyboard hands-on — John The Devil’s Advocate Kheit unboxed his brand new Microsoft Surface Keyboard and Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard to look at build and materials, keys, design, and feel in his quest to find a wireless keyboard with a 10–key numeric pad to use with his Mac.

Apple may be finalising a deal for $50M AU store in central Melbourne — Apple is nearing a deal to build a major A$50 million store in the Australian city of Melbourne, a report said on Tuesday.

Apple Pay rolls out support for nonprofits to make donations quick and easy — If your payment details are already stored in Apple Pay, donating money now takes mere seconds since Apple is making it possible for well-meaning folks to donate money to their favourite causes by taking all the work of entering payment details out of the equation.

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