Tag Archives: Pixelmator

Smart Battery, Apple TV, Watch and GoPro, prisoner iPads, Pixelmator, Periscope, Master Fader


iFixIt tears down the Apple Smart Battery Case — Yesterday Apple surprisingly released the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case. Now iFixIt has torn it apart to look at its innards. Some of the highlights include that Apple uses a soft, reinforced elastomer hinge design to accommodate all that bump in the trunk and to allow your phone to slide easily in and out of the case.
This battery more than doubles your iPhone 6s (6.55 Whr) capacity with 7.13 Whr (1877 mAh at 3.8 V) capacity.
For such a smart battery, it looks like most of the brains probably live in software on your iPhone. iFixIt only found some rudimentary ICs inside.

Apple TV app store growth — Yesterday’s AWT News Update mentioned that Apple’s content chief, Eddy Cue, had stated that there were “over 2,000” apps in the Apple TV App Store. The AppFigures blog came out with some detailed stats on how the newest App Store is faring one month into its lifetime. It’s gaining over 400 apps a week, mostly games.

Your Apple Watch can now interact with your GoPro gadget — GoPro, Inc has added Apple Watch features in the GoPro App for iOS to enable quick access to the camera’s controls right from your wrist. The app allows you to preview your shot, toggle between capture modes, start/stop record and add HiLight Tags to videos via the smartwatch. GoPro is also teasing its first-ever drone — officially called the Karma — due to ship in 2016.

UK prisoners might receive iPads to study and communicate with family — The UK’s Ministry of Justice is reportedly considering a proposal that would give prisoners iPads to use in their cells for studying and keeping in touch with family members.

Pixelmator gains Apple Pencil, 3D Touch support in latest update — Popular iOS image editor Pixelmator has been updated to support Apple’s latest hardware, including iPad Pro optimization with full Apple Pencil compatibility and 3D Touch integration for iPhone 6s.

Twitter’s Periscope claims App of the Year in Apple’s 2015 App Store picks — Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 feature for the App Store, highlighting the company’s own picks as well as overall bestsellers.

Mackie Master Fader v4 adds Split View and Real Time Analyzer to iPad-controlled mixers — Mackie has released Master Fader version 4, the app used to control their DL-series iPhone- and iPad-controlled mixers. The update adds a slew of new features including real-time analyzers on all outputs, the ability to copy and paste channel settings, split view support for compatible iPads, iPad Pro support, an enhanced iPhone UI and much more.

4K 21-inch iMac teardown, iWork loses Beta, MacBook Pro screens, Flash critical flaw, Photos locations, Match, Pixelmator

(Image from Apple Inc)
(Image from Apple Inc)

iFixIt tears down the new 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac — The gang at iFixIt has torn apart the new 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac from Apple. You can find the complete teardown here, but following are some of the highlights:
Unlike other iMacs, this one’s packing a DCI-P3 display – one of the first available to consumers.

iWork for iCloud finally drops Beta tag — Apple finally dumped the beta tag from the iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on Friday. The company also rolled out updates for the iOS and OS X versions of the apps with support for 3D Touch, Split View, and more.

Apple quietly addresses Mac laptop anti-reflective coating issues — Apple has issued an internal notice about a new Quality Program that addresses anti-reflective coating issues on MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Retina displays. These issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays sometimes wearing off or delaminating. Apple will replace affected Retina displays for free for MacBook or MacBook Pro models with Retina displays within three years from the date of original purchase — or one year from Oct. 16, 2015, whichever is longer.

The fix for Flash’s latest critical flaw: uninstall — Yet another critical security flaw in Adobe’s Flash has been discovered and is being exploited on the Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. Directly linked to Pawn Storm, it can let hackers take control over your computer, and the only fix for now is to uninstall Flash. Flash has a long history of serious security flaws, and companies have been dropping support for the platform for years; the latest was Amazon. Full uninstall instructions are here.

How to add and edit location info in El Capitan’s Photos app — Photos in Mac OS X El Capitan has received some solid improvements.  You can now add and edit location information (something iPhotos, the app Photos replaces, was able to do for a long time). It’s really simple: select Info from the Window menu, then click Assign a Location in the Info panel that appears and start typing.

Match improvements — Apple MusicApple is working on increasing the number of songs supported by its music library matching services to 100,000. According to a statement given to MacRumors, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said that Apple is working on it and hopes to roll out the increase “before the end of the year.”

Pixelmator for Mac gets El Capitan optimisations, Metal-based Photos extension — Pixelmator for Mac was updated to version 3.4 last week, adding things like optimisation for OS X El Capitan, and a new Photos extension founded on Apple’s Metal graphics technology.

Mac prices up, stock options, new iMac teardown, new ResearchKits, Pixelmator, 4th Beta, iTunes sync, encrypting Time Machine

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 7.31.03 AM

The strong US dollar has hit NZ prices of Apple stuff — Apple this week raised prices on the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Norway, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey. In New Zealand in particular, the rises were “were downright nasty“, and of course also include GST . A 12-inch Retina display MacBook used to start at NZ$1999; now prices start at NZ$2,399. The base model Mac Pro saw the price jump from NZ$4499 to NZ$5699. Malaysia’s rises were even worse.

Apple expands stock options program to all employees — Apple has made all employees, including those in retail stores, eligible for a stock-award program, “in a move to retain talent,” according to the Wall Street Journal. CEO Tim Cook sent an email to employees on Wednesday about the change.

iFixIt tears down the new 21.5-inch iMac; here’s what they found — Inside the familiar slim chassis we found only minor modifications to better secure the antenna cables, and of course some new chips. Unfortunately, the hardware is pretty much unchanged and suffers a 1 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

Apple announces new ResearchKit studies for autism, epilepsy, melanoma — Apple says ResearchKit is enabling new research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma. The tool helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices.

Pixelmator 3.4 Twist adds support for OS X El Capitan — The Pixelmator Team has updated Pixelmator 3.4 Twist, its image editor (my favorite, my the way) for Mac. Pixelmator 3.4 Twist offers full support for OS X El Capitan, adds the new Split View feature, brings a new Photos Extension with Metal-based Distort tools, and more.

Apple seeds fourth OS X 10.11.1 beta with potential Microsoft Office 2016 fix — Apple on Wednesday released the fourth pre-release version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.1 maintenance update to developers and public beta testers, bringing with it the usual stability, compatibility and security enhancements. [This is the first one that’s been bad, for me, locking my MacBook Pro into a ‘no restart’ loop. Luckily, here’s how to unsubscribe from the Beta Program.]

SuperSync comes in handy for managing iTunes on multiple Macs — SuperSync is an excellent tool for many things, including managing iTunes. With the utility, you can, for example, retrieve a song from a laptop, play or download a song from a home computer while at the office, upload a new album from the road, or back-up an entire music library on a new computer or network drive.

Encrypting Time Machine backups or not — MacObserver’s opinion.

Google Inbox, Shazam scans, Pixelmator, Pebble Time, Apple Watch, Jawbone sues Fitbit

Pixelmator is now available for iPhone as a universal app (iPhone/iPad)
Pixelmator is now available for iPhone as a universal app (iPhone/iPad)

Google’s Inbox app is now available for all — Anyone with a Gmail or Google Apps account can now try out Inbox. Inbox is an overhaul of Gmail, giving you the ability to snooze, pin, and quickly swipe away emails. Inbox launched about eight months ago, and has been invite-only since then — though recently, Google let in a pilot group of Google Apps users to test it out. Google announced the wider availability and new features at the keynote for its I/O developer conference Thursday.

Shazam’s expansion to visual scanning is all about marketing — Everybody’s favorite music-identifying app, Shazam, is branching out beyond music with a new QR-style scanning feature. Now you can use Shazam to scan movie posters, magazine spreads, postcards, print ads, QR codes, and posters.

Pixelmator for iPhone is a feature-packed mobile image editor — With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more, for NZ$6.49.

Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch comparisons coming soon — Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we’re about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping, too, the smartwatch market is heating up

Jawbone sues Fitbit for ‘systematically plundering’ confidential data — Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of “systematically plundering” corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company.

Apple Watch Store experience, gallery, Apple TV, Omnioutliner, Launcher is back, Pixelmator, Meerkat

Apple's Watch gallery page
Apple’s Watch gallery page

Get ready for a new Apple Store experience when Apple Watch previews start — The Apple Watch release will usher in a new experience at Apple Stores, one that’s more like buying a wedding dress than a new gadget.
There’s a gallery page at Apple’s site where you can page through all of the watches, and get the details on each specific model. You can will also be view the watches in the store (our closest actual Apple Stores are in Australia – who knows what the NZ Resellers will be able to do in this regard?) where you can find pricing info.
There’s also an  Apple’s Watch Sizing Guide (a PDF you can view online or download), which contains information on band lengths.

Apple TV revisited: 4 reasons to buy it, 4 reasons to skip it — Apple TV sometimes feels like the black sheep of Cupertino, but it got some love last week when Apple dropped the price to $69 (in New Zealand, it’s now $119 not $159). Macworld explains why you should, why you shouldn’t.

OmniOutliner 2.3 for iOS review: the best outlining app goes universal — Version 2 added iOS 8 polish and a lot more power, and version 2.3 extends the productivity to your iPhone too (it became Universal). A good outline is an evolving idea. It’s a workshop for hammering out the greater shape of something — a paper, presentation, business plan, book, screenplay — by adding, discarding, and rearranging information. (In New Zealand, it’s $38.99.)

Fully-functional Launcher returns to App Store, Pixelmator for iPad gets watercolours — Popular shortcut app Launcher has been allowed back into the iOS App Store after 6 months absence with all of its original features, while Pixelmator for iPad has been updated with a large assortment of improvements, including watercolour tools. Apple Insider has more.

Why Meerkat, the breakout app of SXSW, is more than a flash in the pan — Meerkat is either the most annoying or groundbreaking app to strike it big at the South by Southwest Interactive festival. Live-streaming video, particularly on Twitter, has incredible potential: Meerkat has already been used to show the world a demonstration from Ferguson and a US Secretary of Commerce swearing-in ceremony. But most of the 3-week-old iOS app’s 100,000-plus users are live-streaming complete garbage, like endless shaky clips of other people using Meerkat.

Vainglory, Fleksy record, Pixelmator, Apple Pay and holiday, Wolfie, iSight, Apple TV update

Vainglory is feature- and image-rich (picture from Vainglory site).
Vainglory is feature- and image-rich (picture from Vainglory site).

Vainglory, Apple’s iPhone 6 showcase game, offers great, gorgeous MOBA action — Apple chose Vainglory to spotlight the strength of the iPhone 6 — and iOS 8’s Metal graphics tech — at September’s big event, and it’s been one of the most anticipated mobile games on the horizon since. Andrew Hayward finds it lives up to the immense hype and expectations cast upon it by Apple’s smart showcase move.

Fleksy breaks Guinness World Record again — The Fleksy Keyboard for iOS 8, which we reviewed here, has broken a Guinness World Record for texting speed on a touchscreen device. The previous record holder? Fleksy Keyboard.
Marcel Fernandes Filho, 17, was able to use Flesky on his iPhone 6 to type a sentence  in just 17 seconds.

Pixelmator for iPad is an affordable image editor that packs a powerful punch — From cropping and straightening to colour correcting, retouching, and painting; from creating selections to combining imagery; from blending layers to adding slick effects, shapes, layer styles, and highly customisable text, Pixelmator for iPad truly does it all…for a mere NZ$6.49.

Online retailers who support Apple Pay in iOS apps will boost sales this holiday, study says — While most of the buzz surrounding Apple Pay is focused on its use in person at retail, the most popular application this holiday season may be in securely authorising online purchases, a new study shows.

Wolfie allows beginners to learn piano with advanced tools — This educational music app teaches students how to play piano and helps instructors teach them as well. Plus, it has technology to guide you along as you play. Wolfie is a free iPad app with in-app purchases requiring iOS 7.0 or later, and comes with an entire catalogue of sheet music to download and learn how to play. There’s over 750 choices and your first two are free, so choose wisely because the others aren’t cheap.

Apple iSight supplier Sony unveils new 21MP CMOS sensor with 4K video, phase detection AF — Apple partner supplier Sony on Monday announced an upcoming 21-megapixel CMOS sensor with onboard plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, 4K video output and still image HDR, all features that could trickle down to a future iPhone model.

Apple TV (3rd Gen) updated to 7.0.2, no Patch Notes — Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what’s in it because Apple hasn’t released patch notes yet.
There are two versions: Apple TV 3 (AppleTV3,1) version 7.0.2 (Build 12B435) – (955.2MB download)
Apple TV 3 (2013) (AppleTV3,2) version 7.0.2 (Build 12B435) – (955.2MB download).
The updates are available through the Apple TV update interface, as well. Note that this update is for 3rd generation Apple TVs only.