First shots of the Steve Jobs Theater headline latest Apple Park drone footage — The latest footage of the construction of Apple’s new Apple Park campus is up. In addition to some breathtaking views of the building’s architecture and surroundings, we get our first look at the top level of the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1000-seat auditorium named in honour of the company’s visionary co-founder where Apple will hold future meetings and product events. Also keep an eye out for all of those solar panels that, when complete, will comprise one of the largest on-site solar power installations in the world.
Apple Discontinues Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — One of Apple’s quiet updates during WWDC earlier this month was the long-awaited introductionof a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad. The Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad includes the same popular features of the existing Magic Keyboard 2: scissor key switches, Lightning cable charging and connectivity, macOS and iOS media keys, long battery life, etc – while adding in the handy numeric keypad for those who need it [this echoes the layout of the Apple Calculator app].
Beyond the situations where a wired keyboard is ideal, the biggest negative for consumers regarding this change is that the price of the only Apple-made keyboard with a numeric keypad just went up 163%, from the old wired keyboard’s US$49/NZ$85 price to the US$129/NZ$219 [!] price of the new wireless model. [iStore in Takapuna still has a few – I bought one yesterday as I love these keyboards; Logitech makes cheaper wired and wireless versions.]
MacFamilyTree gets even better with version 8.2 — The software lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8.2 features new, improved, and configurable charts and diagrams as well as improved FamilySearch integration and better CloudTree performance. In version 8.2, almost every aspect of a chart can be configured. Many presets can now be further refined to your taste. You can adjust colouring, shadows, line styles, information to display, and fonts for all charts. [I use this: it’s marvellous.]
Apple’s Tim Cook, other CEOs meet with India’s Prime Minister in Washington — Apple CEO Tim Cook was reportedly one of 21 US corporate leaders who attended a roundtable with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, DC on Sunday.
Internet Safety Month nets Intego Deal — This week only, you can get a special discount with the purchase of Mac Premium Bundle X9. Get 50% off MSRP* today by using this coupon code at checkout: SAFERINTERNET04 (the discount applies to households, limit 10 Macs per customer. Regular renewal rates apply. This exclusive deal expires Sunday, July 2 at 11:59PM US PST).
CopyClip 2 is a lightning fast clipboard manager for Mac — Running discreetly from your menu bar, the app stores all you have copied or cut in the past, allowing you to easily find that snippet of text you need. You can get a free trial; it costs US$6.99.