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New hardware, Surface vs MacBook Pro, great Pages update, Notes vs Evernote, 1Password, Apple Music, Amtrak Maps, China environment


(Image from Apple's hardware page.)
(Image from Apple’s hardware page.)

Apple’s new Mouse, Trackpad and Keyboard — Apple’s new Magic Mouse 2 isn’t really that much different from the original Magic Mouse. It has major changes that affect how the mouse moves and a new built-in battery but nothing to make you ditch your current mouse.
The Magic Trackpad 2 is shockingly large and blindingly white and looks kind of a like a futuristic thing you’d find in a high-tech kitchen.
The Magic Keyboard is, is a pretty nice Bluetooth keyboard that charges with a Lightning cable. Whether that’s worth Apple’s somewhat steep US$99 (NZ$189!) asking price is up to you (keep in mind Apple’s older, now-defunct Wireless Keyboard was only US$69), but the Magic Keyboard is slim, compact, and pleasant to type on. [Can’t beat my Apple wired extended keyboard. That numeric trackpad is great for gaming and Final Cut, Logic, and it never runs out of batteries or needs recharging – and it costs NZ$95.]

Spec showdown: Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro, from cheapest to priciest — If there was any doubt which product Microsoft was gunning for, the spec sheet makes it abundantly clear.  A look at each device’s tech specs reveal plenty of similarities, including price points, screen size, battery life, and storage. It’s almost as if Microsoft designed the Surface Book to match the speeds and feeds of Apple’s pro-grade laptops — and then go just a bit further with a detachable touch screen and stylus support. [But the biggest difference isn’t noted: only one of those systems can run Mac OS; both can run Windows.]

Apple’s Pages upgrade for Mac OS X is better than hoped — Dennis Sellers reckons Apple did a fine job in upgrading its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — for Mac OS X. “I was beginning to fear the utilities were suffering from neglect, but, thankfully, I’ve been proven wrong. The Pages upgrade is especially sweet (of course, it is the iWork app I use the most).”

Six reasons Apple Notes still can’t replace Evernote — With iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple finally bulked up its minimalist note-taking apps. The upgrades are welcome, but the latest Notes apps aren’t going to persuade many people to give up Evernote, OneNote or even Google Keep.

1Password to change file formats after key file found to contain unencrypted data — 1Password makers AgileBits have promised to change one of the default file formats in the software in response to a blog post by Microsoft engineer Dale Myers, who revealed an AgileKeychain file was displaying unencrypted metadata.

Earning a third as many paid users as Spotify in under 4 months, Apple Music already a hit, FBR says — Less than four months after it launched, Apple Music already has 6.5 million paid subscribers, or nearly a third of the 20 million who pay for Spotify, a service that has been around since 2008, investment firm FBR & Co. said on Tuesday.

Apple Maps integrates select Amtrak routes, Boston area transit directions — A month after Apple debuted transit directions in its Apple Maps service for US and Chinese (mostly) locations, the company has added selected Amtrak train arrival and departure data as well as local support for Boston.

Apple’s Tim Cook to join group of corporate leaders tackling Chinese environmental problems — Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining the CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization, a group formed by the Paulson Institute and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges in order to divert the environmental impact of China’s urban growth.

Full iPhone 6s review, 4K video, iOS 9 Low Power Mode, iOS 9.0.2, Roaming charges, Photos, Remote teardown, 1Password, Watch Activation Lock


(Image from Apple's film on 3D Touch)
(Image from Apple’s film on 3D Touch)

In-depth review: Apple’s iPhone 6s & 6s Plus with 3D Touch — Last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus introduced a larger, slimmer form factor housing higher resolution Retina HD screens and improvements in processors, cameras and wireless. While Apple’s latest 6s and 6s Plus models look virtually identical, the company has significantly improved nearly every key feature, from a stronger glass and metal exterior outside to high-performance components inside, including a new pressure sensitive 3D Touch display. [I’m working on mine.]

How and when to capture 4K video on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — Now that there’s an iPhone that can shoot 4K video, it’s time to put together a nice, simple guide to 4K video, explaining what it is, what it means, and how and when to use it.

iOS 9 Low Power Mode extends battery life — iOS 9 introduces a new feature to the iPhone called “Low Power Mode.” Like Apollo 13 on the way to the Moon, it shuts down non-essential services in an effort to maintain an emergency lifeline. That is, enough juice to make and hold an emergency phone call, be located or utilise Wi-Fi. Here’s how to activate it.

iOS 9.0.2 — Apple has released iOS 9.0.2 with some minor bug fixes and an important security fix related to Siri. According to the notes, “A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen.”

Apple ‘trying to fix’ problem of iPhone roaming charges, says SVP Eddy Cue — Though obstacles with partners remain, Apple has made some progress in addressing the issue of carrier roaming charges for iPhone owners, and continues to work toward a solution that will be beneficial to consumers, senior VP Eddy Cue has revealed.

How to organise iPhone 6s photos in iOS 9 — With iPhone 6s’ 12MP iSight and 5MP FaceTime cameras, Apple bumped the specs of the world’s most popular digital shooter, giving users a good excuse to create mountains of data. Using iOS 9’s built-in Photos app can help you manage this flood of photographs from the moment you press the shutter button.

iFixit’s Apple TV teardown screwed developers — Apple rarely gives developers early access to unreleased products, and iFixit may have ruined that for everyone. iFixit is known for their detailed tear downs for new devices, and the company found itself on Apple’s bad side after taking apart an early access Apple TV developer kit and posting what’s inside on its website. iFixit violated its developer agreement with Apple by posting the tear down early.

1Password 6.0 for iOS review: first-class secure data management to your mobile device — AgileBits’s digital vault makes the most of iOS’s latest features to offer a superior way to carry all your private information wherever you go.

How to use the Activation Lock feature in watchOS 2 — watchOS 2 offers an Activation Lock for your Apple Watch. It turns on automatically when you set up Find My iPhone on your paired iPhone. With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone or pair and use your Apple smartwatch with a new iPhone.

iOS 8 is here, with lots of handy explanatory links – iPhone 6 review, convert from Android, 1Password


It's out!
It’s out!

iOS 8 is here! Read TUAW’s complete guide to Apple’s new mobile OS — Now that iOS 8 is officially available, here’s a list of all of TUAW’s detailed write-ups of the new features. While you’re waiting for iOS 8 to download and install on your favourite device, take some time to read through our guide to most of the top new features of the mobile operating system. [I recommend plugging your iPhone into your Mac with the white USB cable and updating via iTunes while the phone is plugged in. It’s faster, more reliable and the iPhone can’t run out of charge while it’s updating.]

What iOS 8 is all about — The Applecentric sites have loads of features on all sorts of iOS 8 topics: first, which iPhones, iPods, and iPads are eligible to upgrade to iOS 8? Mac Observer tells you how to prepare your devices for the upgrade,  Alernative keyboards and Swypecompatibility updates for Beats Music, Find My Friends and more, how to use iOS 8 ContinuityiOS 8 ExtensionsiOS 8: Spotlight, Siri, and notificationschanges in the Settings app, and how to upgrade to iOS 8 (and downgrade to iOS 7 if you regret it). Finally, TUAW writes ‘Be aware, be careful, be prepared for iCloud Drive‘.

iPhone 6 review — Giving the people what they want.

Apple offers iPhone migration guide for Android converts — Now that Apple has joined the giant smartphone party, it’s reaching out to Android users with a helpful migration guide. [Cheeky!]

1Password 5 now available for free — So many people use AgileBits’ 1Password app to keep track of the hundreds or even  thousands of passwords in their lives this is worthy of a separate announcement. 1Password 5 has just appeared in the App Store, and you can pick up your copy for free.

Productivity apps, Family Sharing, Microsoft celeb tracker, Shogun, 1Password


Apple is showing off productivity apps in a sale
Apple is showing off productivity apps in a sale

Apple highlights 20 ‘amazing’ productivity apps with App Store sale — Apple recently kicked off a new limited-time sale on the top 20 productivity apps in a section of the App Store aptly titled “Amazing Productivity Apps.” The promotion highlights popular titles such as Scanner Pro by Readdle, Scanbot and Tydlig Calculator. Some discounts are as high as 50%.

Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS, Mac App Store listings — Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company’s upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.

Microsoft releases celebrity tracking app for iPhone — Microsoft has [somewhat bizarrely] launched a free new iOS app called Snipp3t (pronounced “snippet”) that lets you subscribe to your favourite celebrity, thereafter providing a personalised stream of headlines and social media feeds about them. You can also offer your own thoughts about these famous people and see what other fans have to say. [Stalk away.]

Total War Battles: Shogun — The Total War series is an exceptionally popular strategy series that combines real-time tactics with turn-based strategy. Eschewing cartoonish violence and gimmicks for complex strategy and patient gameplay, the Total War series is revered as much as it is many ways the opposite of what you’d expect from an iOS game. While most iOS games favour quick play sessions and dumbed-down gameplay, Total War Battles: Shogun, developed by Sega and the Creative Assembly, requires patience, a mature understanding of tactics, and a deft hand.

1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut, upcoming iOS 8 version to be free update — Popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.

Formula Force Racing — There are a few other downsides to the game. There are no in-race sound options. Instead, you have to exit to the main menu to change the volume. Also, unlocking modes and cars is not clear. There is an option to pay to unlock all of the championships and car classes, but it greatly lowers replay ability but the art is beautiful in even the simplest tracks and even more amazing in other complex ones. For NZ $1.29, it is worth the download, reckons TUAW.