Apple tops Consumer, MacBook Pro anger, Magic Mouse gestures, Media giant, video updates, Railroads, Charcoal, Park goes 3D

Apple Park in Cupertino has joined the 3D pantheon within Apple Maps

Macs top Consumer Reports’ reliability surveys — In the latest Consumer Reports survey of 83,000 readers, Apple was dubbed the most reliable company when it comes to laptops and desktops, according to ZDNet.
Apple’s “broken or not working as well” percentage is 17. Other brand percentages: Samsung 27; Dell 29; HP 30; Lenovo 31; and Asus 33.

MacBook Pro anger — John Kheit reckons the Touchbar MacBook Pro is a ‘disposable embarrassment’: “It’s a joke that the new MacBook Pro with a Touchbar is called a ‘Pro’ machine. Perhaps Apple should call it the MacBook Exec or Edition. I won’t bother rehashing the many quibbles that others have already covered. Yet, once again, the punditry has failed to notice the biggest and most obvious flaw and are ranting about the wrong things. Let me rant about the right things for you. You’re welcome.
The Touchbar MacBook Pro is a failure because you cannot upgrade its storage capacity. Ever. Why? Because the SSD is a soldered-in and non-upgradable boat anchor.” And so on.

Comprehensive Guide to Magic Mouse Mac Gestures — Here is an unabridged look at what gestures you can use with the Magic Mouse, as highlighted by Apple and (I hope) improved upon by yours truly. This guide to Magic Mouse Mac gestures assumes you are running macOS Sierra with the most current model of the accessory.

Apple Transforms PR Site to a ‘Newsroom’ and redesigns executive profiles — Apple has revamped its PR site for the first time in many years. Out is a headline-oriented list of press releases and in is a Flipboard-like ‘Newsroom’ with cover photos and clickable tiles. The company also redesigned its executive profile sites, including new headshots for some of its execs.

Apple Music subscriber numbers soaring as it becomes a media giant — CEO Tim Cook hinted at this shift in Apple earnings during analyst earnings call after the Q2 results. By this time, Apple Music had 13 million subscribers.

Apple updates iMovie, Final Cut Pro — Apple has updated iMovie and Final Cut Pro, the (respectively) consumer and pro versions of its video editing software. Both upgrades are available via the Mac App Store.

Sid Meier’s Railroads for Mac hits Steam platform — Feral Interactive announced this week that Sid Meier’s Railroads for Mac (originally Railroad Tycoon back in the day) is now available on Steam. This isn’t a new game (it’s been available on the Mac App Store for years) but Railroads was also updated on the Mac App Store. In addition to some unspecified bug fixes, the update removes support for Apple’s Game Center and Game Ranger. It’s US$17.99 on the MAS, but only US$9.99 on Steam.

Charcoal for macOS makes it fun to turn photos into charcoal, chalk drawings — AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 is a fun standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for macOS that lets you create charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos.
The program contains 34 ready-to-use presets. You can create your own presets saving your favourite combinations of the parameters.
The software runs on macOS 10.6 and higher and costs US$49 for a home license and a 10-day demo is available for download.

Apple Park 3D models, walkways, more show up in Apple Maps — Apple in a recent update to Apple Maps enhanced coverage of the Apple Park campus area in Cupertino, California, with the app now displaying 3D building models, walkways and other points of interest across the sprawling grounds.