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Inside iOS 11, iPad Pro review, teardown, Apple’s ARKit, Data Shredder, Vita player


Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers — With iOS 11, currently in a developer beta, Apple is enabling more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances.

10.5-inch iPad Pro: beautiful display and blazing speed make it a winner — It’s rare when Apple World Today has two major hardware reviews published on the same day, but the stars aligned and the timing was right for both a review of the fast new 27-inch iMac and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The two devices are different in their use case: the big iMac is a powerful desktop, while the iPad Pro seems to be the future of portable computing from Apple. Both devices have two things in common: astonishingly good displays and powerful processors. These features set them apart from the rest of Apple’s products.

10.5″ iPad Pro teardown finds Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion display requires four connecting cables — Pushing the pixels of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro Retina display at a blazing 120Hz refresh rate requires more bandwidth, which led Apple to double the number of connecting cables for the new iPad’s LCD screen, a teardown of the device has discovered.

Examples of iOS 11 ARKit — Apple’s ARKit (i.e., ‘Augmented Reality Kit’) demo during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was pretty impressive, and the samples developers are making only days later give us a glimpse into what’s possible with the platform. Developers are sharing their ARKit examples on YouTube, so The Mac Observer put together a list of favourites.

ProtectStar Data Shredder for iPhone — Before you sell or give away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may want to make sure all your personal files on the device have been blitzed beyond recovery.
It’s easy to restore supposedly deleted files from the memory on your Apple device – files containing notes, passwords, address book, photos, videos, calendars and more. Data Shredder for iOS (formerly iShredder) surpasses international standards used by state and military organizations in secure deletion. It’s not cheap and there are various versions available.
[Personally, I do a full reset on any iDevice I sell or pass one, wiping all data, via the Settings>General, scroll to the bottom, tap ‘Reset’ and choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ but if you don’t want to do this, or you want more certainty, Data Shredder may be for you.]

Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support — Electronics maker Nativ has launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown shows difficult to repair computer — The first full tear-down of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has concluded, with confirmation of a non-removable SSD, and as expected the computer has little possibility of user repairability.
The interior layout differs from the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys beyond just the SSD being surface mounted, repair guide depot iFixit noted. The Touch Bar model features a physically smaller battery rated at 49.2 Watt-hours versus the 54.5 Watt-hours in the function key model, a pair of fans, a double-ended heat-sink, and lower speakers that have no relation to the purely cosmetic speaker grills in the new unit. And heres the odd fact that Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar currently lets users scrub through YouTube ads, and here’s everything you need to know about USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 on Apple’s new MacBook Pro.

Apple Music nabs exclusive streaming rights to star-studded ‘808’ documentary — Apple has secured exclusive first access rights to 808, a documentary film chronicling the impact the Roland TR-808 programmable drum machine had, and continues to have despite its discontinuation 33 years ago, on the music making world.

New Visual Studio is here, and for Mac — Visual Studio ’15’ gets a real name, and Microsoft bestowed the VS brand on Xamarin Studio. After a set of leaks from MSDN Magazine on Monday, the company officially confirmed Wednesday morning that it’s bestowing the Visual Studio brand on Xamarin Studio, a C# development environment for the Mac that Microsoft acquired earlier this year.

Seagate 5TB portable drive — Seagate is rolling out a device built for on-the-go folks with an insatiable thirst for more space. Later in November, you’ll be able to pick-up a Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive with a whopping five terabytes of storage capacity – enough to store about 1000 high-definition movies, or 20 AAA PC games.

What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald Trump’s American-built mandate — President-elect Donald Trump has pushed a protectionist proposal that could to force Apple “to build their damn computers and things in this country.” It’s a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers —but should it be? [And you thought Apple gear was already unaffordable …]

Twitter beefs up its mute tools and abuse policies to help you proactively silence trolls — Twitter is bulking up its tools to combat online hate and harassment. In recent months, critics have called out Twitter for not doing enough to stop online abuse. Now Twitter is fighting back against the growing impression that social the network is becoming far too vitriolic.

HP exploits Apple’s Mac Pro void with new Z2 Mini — Hewlett-Packard has announced the Z2 Mini, a powerful but compact desktop computer aimed at technical and creative professionals in CAD, finances, OEM and education. With the option for an Intel Xeon quad-core E3-1200v5 (or CORE i3/i5/i7), up to 32 GB of RAM, Linux and Windows 10 support and a model with support for six displays, the Z2 Mini can meet the needs of many professionals on the desktop who don’t need the highest performing Z workstation. Most importantly, it’s HP’s concerted effort to exploit a vacuum Apple has created on the desktop.

Look at pictures of Apple products instead of buying Apple’s US$300 Photo Book — Apple has released Designed by Apple in California, book that chronicles the last 20 years of Apple’s triumphs in product design and innovation. Or scroll through this post of great looking Apple products through the ages right here in your browser for free

VR coming to the Mac ‘in a few months’ — Windows is the dominant computing platform for VR gaming right now. However, Valve will encourage wider operating system support by bringing a SteamVR beta to macOS and Linux systems “in the next few months,” according to a Hexus report. [Don’t rush, then.]

Developers and designers finally get the Color Picker they need with Drop — Your Mac has a built-in color picker, but it doesn’t feel like it was cerated with coders and designers in mind. Tapity’s coding team thought that was unfortunate, so they whipped up Drop — a colour picker that fits the bill for both coders and designers.
Drop lets you sample and save on-screen colours as Hex, RGB, Swift or Objective C values for mobile and desktop formats. You can save color values to Drop’s built-in palette, copy them to the clipboard, and create colors without first sampling them. It also lets you store color swatches on the new Retina MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar for easy access.
Drop is currently available for 50% off at NZ$5.99/US$3.99 on Apple’s Mac App Store.

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The new Mac mini is available now, starting at NZ$749.
The new Mac mini is available now, starting at NZ$749.

New 2014 Mac mini models ship with soldered, non-user upgradeable RAM — According to Macminicolo’s Brian Stucki, the new Mac mini (above) is a “nice upgrade” over previous models, but there are a few drawbacks potential buyers should know about before hitting the “purchase” button. [Price-wise, in my opinion, by the time you add i7, you may as well be getting an iMac with the screen and all.]

iFixit teardown of iMac with 5K Retina display reveals hardware similar to 2013 iMac — The repair and teardown experts at iFixit recently cracked open Apple’s new 27-inch Retina iMac with Retina 5K display. The 2014 iMac model earned an iFixit Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.
Though it earned a mediocre Repairability Score, iFIxit notes that most components are modular and relatively easy to replace or repair. Owners can upgrade the RAM via a rear access panel and replace the hard drive and CPU with adhesive removal.

Using widgets in OS X Yosemite’s new Notification Centre — With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface. Here’s how to use them.

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive — Dan Frakes tells you how.

Video of Jony Ive’s full interview with Vanity Fair now available online — The full video of Jony Ive’s recent 25-minute interview at Vanity Fair’s New establishment Summit in San Francisco is now available online. The full video touches on a wide range of topics.