Which MacBook? 10 games, Outline Edit, add a touchscreen, virtual Touch Bar


Comparison: which Apple MacBook is right for you? Having trouble deciding between the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, Retina MacBook and MacBook Air? Confused about specs? Not sure if upgrades are worth the extra money? AppleInsider explains it all in this breakdown of Apple’s current laptop lineup.

10 games — Macworld recently looked back on the year in Mac gaming, choosing 20 of the most exciting and essential releases of 2016 — but game studios didn’t stop releasing games just because we were winding down for the holidays. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun looks like one of 2016’s top tactical games, for example, while Dying Light and N++ both warrant serious attention. Check out this Macworld slideshow.

Outline Edit — Outline Edit is a free download for Mac and lets you sketch out ideas in a quick, simple and intuitive way.

Add a Touchscreen to your Mac — AirBar is a USB-powered sensor that attaches to the bottom of your screen and enables touch interactions right on the display thanks to the company’s “zForce AIR” light field technology. The company is launching support for the MacBook Air first with support for other models to follow. Interested users can sign up at the company’s website to be notified once pre-orders go live in March. There’s no word on pricing but AirBar already sells a version for Windows laptops for US$69.

Duet Display lets you add a virtual Touch Bar to any Mac — If you want the Touch Bar experience that comes on some models of the 2016 MacBook Pro but can’t afford the new laptop, you can experience it on your current Mac with the Duet Display app.

iOS predictions, Apple Music #9, expanding AirPods capacity, FaceTime controversy, RollerCoaster Tycoon, iPhone production in India

Will 2017 be a rollercoaster?
Will 2017 be a rollercoaster?

Dennis Sellers also predicts for iPhone, iPad, iOS — “The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (I don’t think they’ll be dubbed iPhone 10 and 10 Plus, even though 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s smartphone) will debut in September. They’ll have a glass casing, a bezel-less form factor, and wireless charging.” And there’s more.
[Personally, I don’t care about wireless charging. It’s slow and inconsistent, and I imagine a little hit and miss and perhaps even dangerous.]

Apple Music was number nine among the top smartphone apps of 2016 — Apple Music landed on the number nine spot of the 10 top smartphone apps of 2016, according to a Nielsen survey. The research group says it had over 68 million average unique users. That’s up 20% year-over-year.

Inventec expanding its capacity to met AirPod demand — Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the AirPods a “runaway success,” and maybe he’s not exaggerating. Apple is seeing strong demand for the wireless earpieces during the year-end holidays and its strong sales are expected to benefit the device’s manufacturer Inventec, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report (as noted by DigiTimes).

Family blames Apple’s FaceTime for their daughter’s death — A family grieving the death of their daughter wants Apple held accountable for encouraging distracted driving with its FaceTime app, in a lawsuit filed Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. FaceTime is a videoconferencing app that Apple includes with its iOS and Mac devices.  [It wasn’t their daughter FaceTiming, but the driver of the vehicle that slammed into their car.]

Review: ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic’ for iOS is faithful port of ’90s title — Attention computer gamers from the ’90s and early ’00s: Atari has launched its third try with the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, and AppleInsider will tell you how well the port of the early titles in the series has transferred over to mobile, as well as explore if the game is worth the relatively steep price tag for mobile, or not. (NZ$8.99/US$5.99 from the App Store.)

Apple rumored to begin iPhone production in India by end of 2017 — Amid rumours that Apple is ramping up efforts to sell its wares in India, a report claims the company is “very serious” about starting up iPhone production operations in the country by the end of 2017.

Mac predictions, LG UltraFine


Dennis Sellers’ Mac and macOS predictions for 2017 — The Mac line-up was sorely neglected this year, but Tim Cook has been promising that won’t last.
The iMac will be revved with faster Kaby processors and get updated graphics. For the latter, I expect the AMD’s Zen processor in most models, and AMD Polaris Graphics set in a high-end model. The new iMacs will also implement a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience …”
Here are some interesting requests for accessible features, too.

Unboxing and first look at the LC UltraFine Display —  Apple this week started deliveries of LG’s hotly anticipated UltraFine 5K Display, a monitor developed to complement Apple’s new all-Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro lineup. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the device in this first look video. Here’s the unboxing, then Apple Insider delivers a video of the UltraFine running.