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MagBytes 84 is here!


mb84Here it is folks, with a large Tips section, Shiny and New and lots of news, updates and even some views. It looks like the image above, and you can download it no obligations and entirely for free by clicking ….

THIS LINK —> MagBytes 84 for February 2017! Enjoy
(and feedback is always welcome)

MagBytes 82 for December 2016


mb82MagBytes 82 is here — this is the final issue for 2016, and has the usual roundup of news, views, tips and tricks, updates plus some interesting new products. It looks like the thumbnail at top left, and it’s available from …

THIS LINK ——> issue 82 Dec16

MagBytes 78 ~ more news, tips and tricks for August 2016


MB78Here it is (it looks like that
<—) people, MagBytes 78, with a roundup of the latest Apple, Mac and iOS news for August, plus  tips, tricks and some new products.

Download it from THIS LINK —> Issue78Aug16 <—

Apple’s low results, millennial mindsets, 2016 MacBook reviewed, dead body, 30 free filters, MagBytes


There is some good news today – MacPhun's free filter set
There is some good news today – MacPhun’s free filter set

Apple released its quarterly results — Here’s the official statement here, and the feedback from all and sundry follows. Basically, Apple’s results are disappointing everywhere, with significant declines in some sales: Tim Cook is still optimistic after Apple’s growth stalled in Q2 2016 and the Mac Observer points out that the sky is not falling in; Apple services and ‘other products’ see significant growth and Wall Street remains optimistic about ‘iPhone 7’ & Apple’s 2017 after the Q2 declines; but even iPhone saw its first year over year decline; iPad sales have continued their drop; at least loads of Mac buyers are new to Mac, and over it all, IMD professor Howard Yu reckons Apple’s sales show the ‘importance of self-cannibalisation‘. It’s a fascinating insight.

Amazon, Apple ‘closely match’ the mindset of millennials — Forty-two percent of respondents in a FutureCasts survey said that Amazon matched millennial mindsets closely, followed by 37% for Apple and 31% for Netflix.

Review says Apple’s early 2016 12-inch MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won’t change any minds — Apple’s second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel’s latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone’s opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook [ie, not powerful enough, too expensive, too limited in ports].

Dead body found at Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters — An investigation is underway after a body was reportedly discovered at Apple’s Infinite Loop corporate headquarters in Cupertino. A recording of the initial dispatch call is said to point at a possible suicide in a conference room.

First Look at Macphun’s new Filters for Photos app works as an Apple Photos extension — Catch one-click fever as 30 new filters aim to make your snaps shine. The new, free filters [which I mentioned yesterday] run the gamut of vintage, black & white, color fantasy, cross process, oil painting, pen sketch, and more. You can apply filters in real time, mix and match filters, adjust the look, and even selectively paint on filter effects.

MagBytes tonight — It’s a very long issue – 19 pages instead of the usual 14 or so.

OS X 14, Fantastical 2, new tech, MagBytes, 60Hz 4K in Air, Boom 2, Yokohama


Here's the original Mac OS 10 box, as published by TMO on that 2002 day 14 years ago
Here’s the original Mac OS 10 box, as published by TMO on that 2002 day 14 years ago

OS X turned 14 today— It was on March 24th, 2001, that Apple shipped the first commercial version of Mac OS X 10.0. It was a Saturday. It’s codename was Cheetah.

Fantastical 2 ups the ante for events in OS X — Fantastical isn’t for everyone, but this update is a big step forward. Apple’s calendar app for iOS and Mac OS X has moved through recent releases “from inconsistent, inadequate, and irritating to more or less just fine” (inGlenn Fleishman’s words – I’ve always been happy with it), the market for replacements grew and matured.
Fantastical for iOS, now in its second release, filled a gap there by not just presented a clean list and offering strong support for different calendar systems, but also its natural-language processing.

Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond — Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt — and possibly even Apple’s Lightning.

A new MagBytes out tonight — That’s right, all your tips and tricks for the month in one PDF.

Apple’s early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays — While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

Boom 2 promise much better audio for 20% off — Crafted exclusively for OS X Yosemite and comes with audio boosting, full equalizer controls and cool effects for enhanced Mac audio. I bought it – with the discount it comes to NZ$14.99 and there’s a free trial.

Apple’s Japanese R&D facility confirmed for Yokohama with 2016 completion date — An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.