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New MacBook Pro, new Final Cut Pro, new monitor(ish), 25th anniversary of the PowerBook

OLED arrives at Apple and it's on a MacBook, not on an iPhone
OLED arrives at Apple and it’s on a MacBook, not on an iPhone

Apple announces new MacBook Pro in 13″ and 15″ and silver or space gray — Both models have an Oled touch row above the number keys called the Touch Bar, replacing the Function keys (F-Keys). This replaces the standard system functions of instant access to brightness and volume, and it adapts to the software you’re using: in Safari, it shows buttons for the favourite sites, for instance. Once you’re there, it becomes a back, search field, tab, and more. In photos, it has an interface for straightening a photo. In other apps it presents formatting controls for Bold, colour, etc, and can also predict who you might want to add to an email message.
[This will need support from third-party apps, and Adobe is already on board with Photoshop. Affinity Designer, Pixelmator, Sketch, DaVinci Resolve and other companies are already being revised and updated for the Touch Bar, and Microsoft is building Touch Bar support into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype for Business.]
You can customise every single part of the Touch Bar including system functions: in Finder, you can customise the Touch Bar so you can have a button you drag to Touch Bar in order to connect to a server. 
The 15-inch MacBook Pro was 18mm, the new one is 15.5mm – that’s 14% thinner, and 20% smaller by volume. It weighs 1.81kgs (4 US pounds), a saving of .23kgs (half a pound). The 13-inch is 23% less by volume the the previous generation, and 14.9mm instead of 18mm.
The trackpad is a force touch trackpad, twice as large as the previous generation. The keyboard is all new as well. It uses the butterfly switch mechanism from the 12-inch MacBook, using a second-generation butterfly for better feel and travel.
with the new MacBook Pro, you log in with your fingerprint, which is integrated into the power button. This is Sapphire crystal, and supported by a brand new chip, the Apple T1, with secure enclave meaning you can use it for secure purchases. [Gotta love how Apple makes it easier to buy things – yes, I am being slightly cynical.]
The screen is 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast ratio and shows 25% more colours, with wide colour gamut.The 13-inch has dual i5 or i7 intel iris graphcs with 64MB of eDRAM, with the same SSD of the 15″. The 13-inch Intel graphics is 103% faster than previous 13″ in gaming, 76% in video and 3D graphics.
Both models have four USB-C-shaped Thunderbolt 3 ports – the new MacBook Pro can be charged from any one of these, and each also handles Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI or VGA.

Coming … NZ pricing, availability and the most important question of all, perhaps: what exactly is the CPU?

Apple's Store page during the announcements ...
Apple’s Store page during the announcements …


No Thunderbolt Display, but … Instead, Apple took the unprecedented step of working with another company, in this case LG, to make the LG Ultrafine 5k Display with wide colour gamut, three extra usb-c ports and cameras. It connects to Mac over a single cable and charges your Mac over that cable. You can use two of them at the same time: 35 million pixels driven by the graphics of the 15″ MacBook Pro.

New Final Cut Pro — This uses the new Touch Bar to see the entire timeline and shows where you are on the timeline. This is draggable to move through a project; tap it to jump to sections, and also you can zoom in on the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar shows the same overview of the timeline, but can be navigated without ever leaving full screen view.

This week is a huge week in the history of the Mac — This week marks the 25th anniversary of our first notebook. It was on Oct 25th of 1991 that Apple unveiled the first PowerBook. The PowerBook defined the modern notebook for its time, changing the category and changing Apple forever. This was the first portable that featured the keyboard forward design, with the pointing device integrated into the palmrest. It was also the first laptop with an active matrix display. Every generation of Mac notesbooks had innovation that pushed the industry forward. [Surprised none of us worked that out in advance of this Mac announcement!]

[All this info came from Apple Insider’s live, on-site blog.]

Wozniak on Cook, new MacBook Pro, Apple 1, Typoman, Evernote Importer for OneNote, visual album,

The 'Celebration' Apple-1 board previewed in July comes with the most complete documentation yet seen for the board
The ‘Celebration’ Apple-1 board previewed in July comes with the most complete documentation yet seen for the board

Steve Wozniak: Tim Cook’s doing a good job at Apple — “I am very happy with the way Apple is going,” he said at a media roundtable Wednesday in Singapore as part of Paypal FinTech Xchange 2016. “When Steve Jobs died there was a tendency for a lot of people to say, ‘Oh no, Apple has lost a key force and will be in decline and won’t be innovative.’ I said wait for a couple of years, don’t be judgmental.”

Analyst: upcoming MacBook Pro will reignite Mac sales — With a MacBook Pro expected in the next couple of months, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes a trend of year-over-year Mac revenue declines in three consecutive quarters is set to reverse.

Apple-1 ‘celebration’ auction bids hit $270K — A motherboard that appears to be one of the first ever produced for the Apple-1 is up for auction on CharityBuzz, and has been valued at nearly $1 million. The ‘Celebration’ Apple-1 board previewed in July comes with the most complete documentation yet seen for the board, marketing materials, a period-correct power supply, an original cassette interface board, and early Apple Basic cassettes signed by early Apple employee and coder Daniel Kottke. It the only known unit still in existence to feature a pre-production circuit board.

Typoman: Revised is now out on Steam for Mac OS X — Brainseed Factory has announced that Typoman: Revised is now live on Steam for Macs and PCs. A free demo version is now available. The game is priced at US$14.99 with a 20% off it’s first week of launch.

Microsoft releases OneNote Evernote Importer for Mac — When Evernote changed its free service this month to support only two devices, Microsoft OneNote suddenly looked like a great alternative. The problem was getting all of your Evernote content moved into OneNote, at least for Mac users. Microsoft fixed that problem with its new Evernote to OneNote importer for OS X, which is free, just like OneNote.

Frank Ocean releases a ‘visual album’ on Apple Music — Frank Ocean has released a 45-minute long ‘visual album’ titled Endless exclusively on Apple Music. A representative from Apple’s streaming music service told Pitchfork to “keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank.”

MacBook Pro end of the year? Aurora update, Photo software deals, Picture ++


No new MacBook Pro Until the last quarter of this year, says a rumour, but it’ll be Really Cool — If you’re holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we’ll have to wait until this fall, and what we’ll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.

Aurora HD updated — Macphun has announced Aurora HDR Pro v1.2.2 is now live. The update includes a number of performance improvements, plus added support for RAW files for more cameras. Please see attached press release for a full list of new features and improvements.

93% off MacPhun’s Creative XXL Kit — There is only one week left to get 93% off Macphun’s Creative XXL Kit, which is down to US$129 from US$2000. The package includes 6 powerful photo editing apps: Noiseless, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, Focus and FX Photo Studio, along with more than 40 ebooks, training materials and photography apps. While you’re checking it out, get Filters for Mac, free – this adds filters like those in the iOS camera to your Mac.

Duplicate photos clutter your Mac — When you take and edit tons of photos, you end up with copies all over your Mac. MacPaw’s Gemini 2 wipes out duplicates in a snap: music files, videos, and most importantly — images. It’s currently 20% off (US$15.96 instead of US$19.95.) and there are other deals on this site.

Picture ++ is an OS X Photos extension, but is more useful standalone tool — One of the cool things Apple did with last year’s release of Mac OS X El Capitan was to allow the application of third-party image editing extensions within Photos. One such extension is Picture++, which is available at the Mac App Store for NZ$5.99. It’s an enhancement extension. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Extensions and click on the Photos box under the Picture ++ icon. The utility can analyse images and make enhancements specific to them. You can adjust the intensity of the enhancement by using a slider with a range from 0 to 100%. But Picture ++ also works as a standalone app, and that’s where it’s the most useful. You can use to open, improve, and save most RAW, HDR, and other image formats. In other words, it’s a default RAW to JPG converter. Not everyone will need such a tool, but if you deal with lots of images, it can be handy.

All new MacBook, new Air, shuttle driver pay rise

The completely rebuilt MacBook Pro is all-metal, and has integrated antennas, a full-size edge-to-edge keyboard and an Apple-invented 'butterfly mechanism' for keys. The 12-inch Retina display boasts over 3.3 million pixels and is just 3.3 millimeters thin, making it the thinnest display ever built into a Mac.
The completely rebuilt MacBook is all-metal, and has integrated antennas, a full-size edge-to-edge keyboard and an Apple-invented ‘butterfly mechanism’ for keys. The 12-inch Retina display boasts over 3.3 million pixels and is just 3.3 millimeters thin, making it the thinnest display ever built into a Mac.

Apple looks to ‘reinvent the notebook’ with all-new 12″ MacBook with Retina display — In a surprise announcement this morning, Apple has revealed an all-new MacBook featuring an ultrathin design that makes it the thinnest and lightest notebook the company has ever made, with an all-new keyboard, a Force Touch trackpad, and just one port for both power and accessories. [I’ll post the full NZ press releases separately.]

MacBook Air updated with Broadwell CPUs, Thunderbolt 2 connectors, faster flash — Apple has updated its legacy MacBook Air lineup, bringing Intel’s new Broadwell processors to its notebook lineup, along with faster Thunderbolt 2 connectors. The larger 13-inch MacBook Air has also gained new flash memory that’s twice as fast as before. The new MacBook Airs ship starting today.

Apple shuttle bus drivers get significant pay raise — Contract workers who drive shuttle busses for workers commuting to Apple’s Silicon Valley offices are getting a 25% pay raise. Apple is kicking in the money to give the drivers the hourly pay rate increase, and said split shift workers will earn an even higher pay rate.