OS X Yosemite update now available in the Mac App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Earlier today, Apple announced that its highly anticipated OS X Yosemite update would be available today. And we are happy to announce that the update just landed in the Mac App Store, and is now available to all users for free, as long as you have a compatible Mac machine.

The release is a major one for the Mac platform, as it brings about a number of improvements. The software’s UI design has been refreshed, bringing it more in line with iOS, and there are several new features including Notification Center widgets, and text message forwarding. Read More

 

This is iPad Air 2…

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Apple is holding its much anticipated media event at the corporate Town Hall campus in Cupertino, California and the company has just announced the next chapter in the iPad story, the iPad Air 2.

As suspected, the tablet is even thinner than the current-generation iPad Air and, yes, comes in Gold.

And guess what it’s called. Yes, the iPad Air 2. It’s an incredible 6.1 mm thin, which is 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air, enough to call it the “world’s thinnest tablet”. There’s Touch ID, better cameras, Apple Pay, faster chips and lots more, all listed after the break for your reading pleasure. Read More

 

iOS 8.1 available Monday, brings back Camera Roll and other improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Apple at today’s media event at its Town Hall campus in Cupertino, California announced that iOS 8.1 will be available this Monday, October 20, with Apple Pay and a number of improvements based on user feedback.

As per usual, the firmware upgrade will be available as a free download for compatible iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

These include bringing back the Camera Roll album that went missing in iOS 8 and other enhancements that Apple executives did not have the time to list during the presentation. Read More

 

Ten ways iPad Air 2 is better than iPad mini 3

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Deciding between the original iPad mini and the iPad 4 was tedious due to a feature gap stemming from the notable hardware differences between the two. On the other hand, the choice between the iPad mini with Retina display (or the iPad mini 2, as it’s now called) was a no-brainer. Both came outfitted with essentially the same hardware— from the sensors to the A7/M7 chips to the cameras — so the decision came down to picking your preferred screen size.

That said, brain work is required to make an informed purchasing decision concerning the latest iPads. In case you missed it, Apple’s brought minor changes to the iPad mini 3 and the device got only like thirty seconds of stage time. Conversely, the iPad Air 2 is a much more substantial upgrade.

Here are ten iPad Air 2 features that the iPad mini 3 lacks which make the bigger model a better buy and arguably the right device to boost your tablet computing. Read More

 

Rdio ushers in iPhone 6 and CarPlay support, interactive alerts and more in major iOS 8 update

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Following a recent overhaul with new features, free streaming in more than two dozen countries and other perks, Rdio, the popular Internet service, on Thursday pushed a major iOS 8 focused update.

Following in the footsteps of rival Spotify which two weeks ago added support for CarPlay, Apple’s in-car iPhone entertainment system, Rdio has now jumped on the automotive bandwagon, too.

In addition to music playback and navigating your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars, Rdio 3.0.4 has a handy new control to adjust streaming quality (should prove indispensable to those concerned about cellular data usage).

Moreover, this update adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, iOS 8’s Interactive Notifications (you can play music and follow other users directly from an alert) plus other nice-to-haves mentioned after the jump. Read More

 

Apple updates iWork with Yosemite support, OS X apps get redesigned

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Continuing with its marathon software rollout, Apple has posted updates for its iWork apps on both iOS and Mac. The suite of productivity software now properly supports the just-released OS X Yosemite, along with its major new features like iCloud Drive and Continuity.

Both versions received various improvements, such as customizable alignments and easier file sharing, but the three Mac apps got a lot more love then their iOS counterparts. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for OS X have been redesigned to better match the new Yosemite. Read More

 

1Password for Mac is 30% off for a limited time

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 16, 2014

In conjunction with today’s release of OS X Yosemite, AgileBits is running a 30% 0ff sale on the Mac version of its popular password manager, 1Password. The company also recently reduced its iOS app to free with in-app purchases alongside the release of iOS 8.

Although we’ve seen this deal on previous occasions, now is still an excellent opportunity to download 1Password, as it features a lot more than simple password saving. Not only does it store everything from passports to software licenses, but it securely syncs this information among all the devices on which you have 1Password installed. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger updated with doodles and captions for your photos

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Facebook Messenger has received its iPhone 6 compatibility fix nearly a month ago, unlike their main iOS client which only got refreshed with half-baked support for the new iPhone screen sizes yesterday.

Be that as it may, Facebook today issued a small Messenger update adding the ability to adorn your photos with captions and casual scribbles and sketches.

Messenger 14.0 (what’s up with version numbers, Facebook?) is free in the App Store.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 for OS X Yosemite

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Following the release of OS X Yosemite this afternoon, Apple quickly pushed out iTunes 12.0.1. As you know, Yosemite includes a refreshed edition of iTunes marked as version 12, and this is an update for the folks who are using the new software.

Not much is mentioned in the change log in terms of what’s new in 12.0.1, but it does note that at least one of the changes has to do with security. And given its release time, and .1 build number, we imagine that it includes other bug fixes as well. Read More

 

Instagram’s iPhone 6 refresh is out

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

One of the most popular mobile applications and the de facto leading platform for mobile photography, Facebook-owned Instagram, has at last been optimized with native display support for Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.Instagram 6.1.3 is now available in the App Store and lists no other changes in iTunes release notes accompanying the 15.9-megabyte download. Read More

 

iPad Air 2 photo gallery

By Sébastien Page on Oct 16, 2014

It’s thinner, lighter, more powerful, and it comes with Touch ID and a faster processor. This is iPad Air 2, a somewhat significant upgrade from its predecessor, while still not being a revolutionary device. What it is though is a beautiful device, which now comes in a new color: gold. We’ve gone through Apple’s website to collect a large amount of iPad Air 2 photos for you to enjoy. Read More

 

Watch the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina 5K display videos

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Apple just posted the introduction videos for the iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina 5K display shown during this morning’s event to its YouTube channel. So for folks who haven’t seen the keynote yet, or simply want to watch the clips again, here is your chance.

The video for the iPad Air 2 is short, coming in at just over 30 seconds, and focuses on the tablet’s thinner profile by hiding it behind a laser-cut pencil. As for the new Retina display iMac, there are 2 videos that—as you’d expect—highlight its beautiful screen. Read More

 

New cellular iPads feature versatile Apple SIM for seamlessly switching from one carrier to another

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Amongst the many new features included in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, we’ve come across an interesting one specific to the cellular models. It’s a new pre-installed, Apple-branded SIM that allows you to switch seamlessly between participating US and UK carriers.

We’ve seen a number of Apple-filed patents pertaining to such an invention over the years, with some even speculating that the company was looking to become a wireless provider. But it appears it just wanted to make it easier to use the iPad with short-term data plans. Read More

 

Tech specs: iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2

By Sébastien Page on Oct 16, 2014

Without much fanfare, Apple also announced the iPad mini 3 to replace the iPad mini with Retina display, now known as iPad mini 2. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the new iPad mini 3 doesn’t defer much from its predecessor, at least not on the outside, besides the addition of Touch ID and a new color, as well as a new storage tier. If you want to pit both devices side by side, we have compiled this comparison of iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2 tech specs. Read More

 

Pixelmator is coming to iPad soon, app teased in new video

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 16, 2014

Soon after its appearance on stage at Apple’s iPad event today, Pixelmator has published a blog post featuring a sneak peak at Pixelmator for iPad, a full-featured version of its popular photo editing app for Mac.

Although several of its features are still under wraps, Pixelmator did announce that its iPad app will include a layer-based image editor with a true-to-life painting engine, color adjustments, retouching tools, effects, shapes, typography, selection tools, non-destructive layer styles, and even support for Photoshop documents. Read More

 

Tech specs: iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air

By Sébastien Page on Oct 16, 2014

Apple recently unveiled iPad Air 2, and while the new model is more evolutionary than revolutionary, there are still a few major differences between both the older and newer version of the device. Obviously, the form factor and Touch ID might be the most obvious differences between the two, but there are also a few differentiating factors, mostly internally. In this post, we’ll show a comparison of the tech specs of iPad Air 2 and iPad Air. Read More

 

Apple introduces new Smart Covers and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 16, 2014

Following today’s announcements, Apple has refreshed its Smart Cover and Smart Case accessories for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The Smart Covers are made of polyurethane and come in seven vibrant colors, while the Smart Cases have a leather construction and are available in five neutral colors.

Designed to fit the 6.1mm form factor of the iPad Air 2, Apple is selling its Smart Covers and Smart Cases at $39 and $79 respectively, with the iPad mini 3’s versions being $39 and $69 respectively – the iPad mini 3’s leather Smart Case coming in as $10 cheaper than its Air 2 counterpart. Read More

 

You can now buy iMac with Retina 5K display from Apple’s website

By Sébastien Page on Oct 16, 2014

Following today’s announcement of the iMac with Retina 5K display, the machine is now available for purchase on Apple.com. Starting at $2,499, the base iMac with Retina 5K display model comes with a 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5,  8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM, an AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory for superior graphics performance, and a 1TB Fusion Drive.

Of course, the machine can be upgraded for screaming performances, but the basics should just do for anyone. Anyone that can afford it of course. Read More

 

Apple updates Mac mini, lowers price to $499

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

In addition to the new 5K iMac, Apple announced an update to its aging Mac mini line today. The new desktop computer has been outfitted with Intel’s 4th-gen Core processor, and now supports PCIe-based flash storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and the faster Thunderbolt 2 ports.

But the Mac mini has never really been about performance; it’s been about the price. As Apple’s least expensive Mac machine offered, the mini gave more people access to the popular OS X ecosystem. And today, the computer gets even more accessible with a  $100 price drop. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite available today as free update

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Mac and iOS software chief Craig Federighi just announced that OS X Yosemite will be available to the public today, as a free update in the Mac App Store. As long as you have a compatible Mac machine, you’ll be able to grab the software at no cost.

Announced in June, Yosemite is a significant update for Apple’s Mac operating system that brings about a fresh new design, and hundreds of new features including Notification Center Widgets, Handoff, Continuity, text message forwarding and more. Read More

 
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