High Sierra on 25th, Travel Dock, iTunes gets sleeker, Mellel 4 word processor


Apple Will Ship macOS High Sierra on September 25th — macOS High Sierra will ship on September 25th, according to information added to the High Sierra website. The date went unmentioned during Apple’s media event, and falls one week after iOS 11 ships.
High Sierra includes Apple File System, support for the HEVC 4K video codex (aka. H.265), Metal 2 for graphics processing, the ability to create virtual reality content, improvements to Photos and other Apple apps, Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari, the ability to control autoplay videos, improvements to Siri and Spotlight, and a whole lot more.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock — The USB-C Travel Dock brings portable connectivity to USB-C equipped notebooks, no matter where you are. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock, available in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold,  delivers incredible versatility providing five ports of connectivity and power in a little package. This has 2xUSB3.1, 1xHDMI, USB-C-in and an SD car reader for just US$49.99 (about NZ$70 plus shipping). [The most direct competitor to this ‘little’ Dock is Moshi’s symbus, which is available in New Zealand; OWC is mail order only from the US. Differences are that the symbus has Ethernet; OWC doesn’t, and like the symbus, the OWC Travel Dock can charge a MacBook air and 13-inch MacBook Pro but not a 15-inch MacBook Pro. However the symbus costs NZ$269.99/US$124.95]

Apple is de-bloating iTunes with latest 12.7 release, removes App Store — Apple has updated iTunes for Mac and PC, with the latest release marking major changes in both content presentation, supported devices, feature additions – and deletions – and more. Apple is seemingly cutting bloat from iTunes, moving the software away from its previous status of centralized content management hub with the most serious deletion being the ability to buy iOS apps via iTunes [which most people don’t use anyway, preferring to buy them directly on their iDevices].

Mellel word processor for macOS boasts over 200 new, improved features — Mellel has released Mellel 4.0, an upgrade of its word processor for Mac. The new version includes over 200 new and improved features, is built from the ground up and designed “to save writers both time and frustration associated with traditional word processors.”
Mellel says version 4.0 aims to replace Microsoft Word as the preferred word processor of writers who use Macs. [Good luck with trying to shake me from the fast and wonderful US$79 Nisus Writer Pro, with it’s NZ English dictionary!]
A 30-day demo of Mellel 4.0 is available for download. Registration is US$59 [xNZ$82] or US$49 [cNZ$58] for an educational license. Upgrading from previous versions costs US$29 [cNZ$40].