MagBytes 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 …
Longer 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.
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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.]
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 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.
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.
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 …