Tag Archives: OS 10.10

iMac Retina, mini, lots of Yosemite links, iWork and iLife updates, iCloud security, iTunes, Lightroom

The Retina iMac (image from Apple Inc).
The Retina iMac (image from Apple Inc).

Apple’s new 27-inch Retina iMac — Apple certainly has a talent for making people lust after products they previously didn’t know they wanted; such is the case with Apple’s new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac. TUAW has a roundup of early reviews. A teardown of the new 27″ Retina iMac reveals identical parts, construction as the last-gen model– apart from that utterly gorgeous 5K screen, of course.

Apple’s new Mac mini lacks user-replaceable memory — An early assessment of Apple’s late-2014 Mac mini found that the headless desktop does not come with user-replaceable RAM, but does include user-serviceable hard drives. [Well, it is essentially a MacBook inside.]

Yosemite! What you need to know — TUAW has posted ‘the only Yosemite review you need to read‘ and Macworld has ‘The Complete Guide‘; the Mac Observer has ‘Cool stuff found in Yosemite Notes‘ (it’s a podcast); new OS feature  iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud; and how to get phone calls on your Mac in Yosemite. Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPadHow to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite; and How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite, plus ‘OK, Mac’: Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite.
Apple has posted the full October Media Event video.
Take Control has you covered too, with Take Control of Upgrading to YosemiteYosemite: A Take Control Crash Course, and Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course.

Apple patches OS X to protect against POODLE — Apple yesterday issued a security update for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion meant to protect Macs against possible POODLE attacks.

Macworld runs down everything you need to know about iCloud security — The key takeaways here are that yes, you should absolutely be using Apple’s two-factor authentication – here’s how to set it up, by the way – especially now that it offers extended protection to iCloud and your backups.

iWork Updates for OS X, iOS Add iCloud Drive Support, more — Thursday’s release of OS X Yosemite brought along big updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both the Mac and iOS devices. The updates for Apple’s iWork suite included iCloud Drive and Handoff support. The iLife suite for Mac has app redesigns, OS X Yosemite support.

Adobe Lightroom plug-in eases transition from Aperture, streamlines photo library imports — Seemingly timed to coincide with the launch of OS X Yosemite, Adobe on Thursday announced availability of a Lightroom plug-in that streamlines the process of importing Aperture photo libraries.

Where is my sidebar in iTunes 12? — Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. All is not lost, however: your playlists can still appear in a left-side column as usual, making them quite easy to manage.

Five Tip Friday — Yosemite offers new powers

Yosemite's Spotlight has new powers
Yosemite’s Spotlight has new powers and. as in iOS 8, can now search the ’net

You may not have installed it yet, but when you do … keep this link!

1/ Search deeper with Spotlight — In Yosemite (Mac OS 10.10), instead of being stuck to the left-hand side of the toolbar like in previous versions, Spotlight opens up a dialogue box in the middle of your display. The new Spotlight will search through your computer files and iTunes, Mail .. but also Wikipedia and Google. (You can’t move this window, it’s ‘stuck’.)

2/ Instant video recordings of iDevice screens — It’s aimed at people wanting to create video previews for iOS 8 apps, but could be used for other things, like recording SnapChats or messages. Open Quicktime on your Mac, plug in your iPhone and it is recognised as a video camera. Click record and everything you do on the phone is recorded!

3/ Private searches — An update to Safari for Yosemite added another search engine to choose : DuckDuckGo. It doesn’t track your searches, or collect and share your personal info.

Easy now to make your Mac look more serious
Easy now to make your Mac look more serious

4/ Dark Mode for your Mac — If you don’t like the  white Mac OS menu bar and Dock, open the General tab in System Preferences and tick the ‘Use dark menu bar’ box. It’s all a bit Gotham …

5/ AirDrop files between all your Apple devices — To, for example, quickly send a picture from an iPhone or iPad to your Mac, it’s now possible with AirDrop. Open up the AirDrop icon in the Finder on your Mac, select a photo from your iOS device, open the share sheet and your computer will appear, assuming you’re on the same Wi-Fi network. (Until now, AirDrop was Mac to Mac and advice to iDevice; now it crosses those platforms.)

Want more? There are more at Trusted Reviews.

Apple announcements tomorrow, Yosemite, Apple in minutes, Lightroom advantages

Will OS 10.10 Yosemite be available tomorrow?
Will OS 10.10 Yosemite be available tomorrow?

Expectin’ — Everyone pretty much expects new iPads (since the new chip for the iPhone 6 is available), and maybe new Macs, and probably the announcement of the release date for Mac OS X Yosemite … provided it isn’t just released to the public tomorrow. TUAW will live-blog it (it will be early in our Friday morning). This is what Macworld expects.

Which Macs can run OS 10.10? OS X Yosemite promises to make it easier to share information with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, can send and receive calls through your iPhone, more powerful Spotlight searches, iCloud Drive support, a redesigned interface that takes visual cues from iOS 7 and iOS 8, and more. Here’s a list of which Macs can handle it.

YouTube Find: History of Apple’s brand in under three minutes — FastCompany’s BrandEvolution series takes a look some the most popular brands in world and how they have changed over the years. A recent episode explores Apple, showcasing the company’s advertising campaigns starting with the original Apple I and ending with the unveiling of the Watch.

8 reasons why Lightroom should be your go-to photo app — Even though Photoshop is so incredibly popular its name is a verb, it’s not for the faint at heart. Now that Adobe offers both Photoshop and Lightroom (plus other nifty goodies) for $10/month via its Creative Cloud Photography Program, it’s creeping out that it’s easier to edit images in Lightroom than in Photoshop. Brace yourself and consider the following major advantages.

October 16th Apple Event, Apple fans, iTunes redesign, Sapphire, VPN protection

The new iTunes user interface mirrors Apple's initial iTunes 12 beta, which itself draws inspiration from a spartan aesthetic first introduced in iOS 7.
The new iTunes user interface mirrors Apple’s initial iTunes 12 beta, which itself draws inspiration from a spartan aesthetic first introduced in iOS 7.

Apple’s October 16 Invitation a hidden promise — Chris Maxcer thinks the Apple invitation to the 16th October event (our 17th) theme quote implies an admission of failure.
Apple has confirmed it will offer a live stream of the event, which will take place at 10am Pacific time on Thursday at the company’s own Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino. Apple’s live streams are available on the dedicated Apple TV channel for Live Events, as well as in Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6 or later. The stream will appear here.

Nine ways Apple users differ from Microsoft fans — A chart published by Business Insider using Ranker’s crowd-source ranking data results in an infographic that looks at nine consumer opinion categories, including preferred brands, candies and movies.

Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to developers — After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

Apple introduces redesigned iTunes Store to iTunes 12 beta testers — Ahead of an expected OS X Yosemite debut next week, Apple  rolled out a revamped iTunes Store on Friday for beta testers using iTunes 12 on the next-gen operating system, revealing a reworked user interface more in line with the flat aesthetic (pictured above) the company is moving toward.

GT Advanced hopes to cease operations this year; calls contract with Apple “oppressive and burdensome” — The saga involving GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy filing continues to take strange turns. One day after signaling its intention to wind down operations and presumably sell whatever assets remain a report today from MacRumors relays that GTAT today filed court documents seeking to free itself from the executed contracts it signed with Apple, calling the terms of the deal “oppressive and burdensome.”
[Why doesn’t Apple just buy it and run it properly if it wants Sapphire?]

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Yosemite imminent, dev toolkit, printers, Reason 8

Reason has a whole new look
Reason has a whole new look

Apple Tells Developers to submit their OS X Yosemite-compatible apps — Apple is signaling we’re much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it’s time to start submitting their app updates. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates — which has also happened.

Free Mac app developer toolkit — A Mac Observer deal.

Apple releases new printer drivers — Apple has released new printer drivers for eight different manufacturers, including HP, Ricoh, Gestetner, Infotec. The drivers are a mixture of OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Mavericks, so if you have an affected printer, it will show up in Software Update or the Mac App Store.

Propellerhead Ships Reason 8 with Emphasis on Drag and Drop Workflow — Propellerhead has announced the release of Reason 8. The company’s emphasis for this update was to streamline the work flow for musicians, desktop producers, and DJs when creating new music.
With this update, the company’s flagship sequencer and recording suite gets a whole new interface (pictured) with a significant emphasis on drag and drop features. This includes the ability to drag loops, effects, and samples directly from the new in-app browser to sequencers and other recording modules in the Reason rack. That includes the ability to drag and drop individual components to individual presets and pads.