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MagBytes 88 is available to download

MagBytes 88 looks at Apple’s new products, has news, tips and tricks and more. It’s available to download now from the link on this page.
Here’s the link: ——>MagBytes Issue 88 June 2017

(As always, other issues of MagBytes are available from the MagByes Newsletter link over there on the right.)

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 74 for April 2016

MB74Longer than usual as I was away in March and could not get connected reliably, this issue should make up for that with a lavish load of tips.

Download it in PDF form from this link – it looks a lot like this thumbnail at top left only it’s readable text and it’s linked up like crazy.

HERE’S THE LINK ———> Issue74Apr16
(Right-click or Control-click that to select where to download this file; if you just click or tap it, it will simply display in your browser. On iPad, hold your fingertip on the link for a few seconds to get options.)

More new products soon? Tim Cook full interview, 5 browsers, NAS

Apple may not be finished with product releases for 2014
Apple may not be finished with product releases for 2014

Apple’s next product splash slated for second half of October — Though the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have been formally introduced, Apple is far from calling it quits on 2014, with the company’s next major product unveiling expected to take place around mid-to-late October, AppleInsider reckons. (Picture, above, from this link.)
[The new A8 chip is a natural for iPad, and there have been perhaps wishful rumours of a Retina iMac. Mac mini is due a refresh, and Apple TV is always under speculation.]

Full Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose available to stream online — After the second segment of a two-part Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on Monday, full versions of both are now available for streaming online.

Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed, ease of use and more — The best browser for your desktop could be one you’re not using. Whether Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Safari is your current choice, our tests found distinct differences in speed and ease of use. Macworld also compared how each browser uses system resources, a near-invisible trait that could be discreetly bogging down your Mac. [I am happy with Safari, but I use Firefox when sites don’t play nice, which is pretty rare. Chrome is by Google so I don’t use that at all, since Google plays free and easy with privacy.]

Make the most of your Mac by adding NAS — Your beloved Mac sits at the center of your tech universe, but it falls short when it comes to managing and securing the scores of data you count on each day. NAS (network attached storage) fills in the gaps, acting as a central hub for all your photos, videos, music, and other files. A proper NAS-Mac setup can save time and reduce stress through easier downloads, improved organization, smoother backups, and more.

iPhone 6 x2, Watch, iOS8 and more from Apple’s big announcements


Apple's two new iPhone 6 sizes compared to iPhone 5 on the left
Apple’s two new iPhone 6 sizes compared to iPhone 5 on the left

iPhone 6 in two sizes (the 6 and 6 Plus) feature greatly increased battery life — Apple has introduced two new iPhone models, one of which has a whopping 5.5-inch display. Seeing as how Apple has always valued one-handed use, it has implemented a few UI tweaks to improve usability. On the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, users can turn the device into landscape mode and essentially use it like a miniaturised iPad Mini (picture above from this link).
Don’t like the battery life on your iPhone 5 or 5s? Apple’s new, larger iPhones both feature increased battery life figures, and the 6 Plus battery stats are particularly impressive.
The iPhone 5s battery featured 10 hours of 3G talk, 10 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing, and 40 hours of audio playback, the iPhone 6 boasts 14, 11, and 50 hours respectively. The iPhone 6 Plus has 24 hours of talk, 12 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 80 hours of audio playback. The 32GB capacity for iPhone 6 is not available – the storage sizes are 16, 64 & 128GB starting at US$199.

NZ prices just in — iPhone 6 from NZ$999, 6 Plus from 1149.

Standby times — iPhone 6 is the same 10 days as on the 5s; iPhone 6 Plus increases that figure to 16 days – over two weeks of standby time without a plug-in.
The iPhone 6 features a new, powerful A8 chip. It’s 50 percent more energy efficient than the previous generation. The new phone also has boosted LTE specs and wifi calling. It will be available in the US from 19th September, where the iPhone 5 models are now cheaper.

New cameras — The 2 new cameras offer True Tone Flash, 1.5 micron pixels, a fast ƒ2.2 aperture, and a new sensor. A new feature is what Apple calls ‘focus pixels’ which changes to the sensor use phase detection autofocus for speed and better accuracy – it’s two times as fast as previous iPhones. Apple is promising tone mapping and better noise reduction, helpful in dimly lit scenes.

AppleWatchApple Watch: Yes indeed, but not till next year — It will come in two sizes and three collections, with six different strap styles. The new fashion-focused Apple Watch will come in a wide variety of styles and two different sizes, aiming to offer the right device for a each user’s particular style and needs. It include built-in Messaging, Navigation, Photos and third-party apps (Besides Apple apps, the company also introduced Watchkit, which will allow for the development of third-party apps). Apple Watch starts at US$349 and launches in early 2015. There are many more details here, and it has communicative emojis.

iPhone 6 also introduced Apple Pay — Apple is taking on mobile payments in a big way. Every day Americans make 200 million transactions using credit cards. Apple wants to simplify that: rather than take your card out of your wallet or purse and swipe it in the machine with every purchase, the iPhone 6 allows you to simply swipe your phone over a sensor at the point of sale.
Apple is opening an ApplePay API to developers in iOS 8

… and the iOS 8 update available publicly on September 17 — Apple today announced that it is rolling out iOS 8 to public starting September 17, which is two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this year at WWDC with significant changes to the underlying OS, including a new Health app with HealthKit API, new HomeKit API, support for third-party keyboards and more. MacObserver has a guide to preparing your devices for iOS 8.