Posts tagged with: OS X
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    Apple’s surprising “computer like no other” iPad Pro advert from a few weeks ago seemed ill-advised off the bat on so many levels, sparking an immediate return of snarky Microsoft publicity stunts. But Redmond wasn’t content just knocking down the convertible iOS tablet’s half-baked PC functionality, now arguing its Surface line even “does more” than the most recent MacBook Air installments. And no, we’re not talking about the “ultimate” Surface Book laptop here, but the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 hybrid tab, which holds a clear versatility advantage over its 11 and 13-inch ...

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    Traditional laptops aren't exactly our bread and butter here at Pocketnow, but mobile tech is mobile tech, and every once in a while a manufacturer puts our that's flashy enough, powerful enough, or just cool enough to force us to sit up and take notice; a little over a year ago, Apple did just that as it launched its incredibly thin new MacBook. For a few weeks now we've been wondering when a follow-up might roll along, and heard rumors about some new 13- and 15-inch models that could be due any month now – maybe making an appearance at WWDC. Well, Apple may have just set the dates for ...

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    Right now, Apple's operating systems are pretty spread out, with separate forks focusing on particular use cases: we've got iOS for phones and tablets, tvOS for the set-top Apple TV box, and watchOS for the Apple Watch. Removed from all those, Apple continues development for laptops and desktops with new OS X releases. For a company so interested in making sure all the slight variations of its iOS-based platforms have their own branding, that disparity between iOS and OS X feels like a bit of an oversight – and that's a situation that only gets worse when iOS makes its presumptive step ...

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    Voice-powered virtual assistants may no longer be the headlining, phone-selling features they were just a few years back, but that's not because we didn't love the heck out of them. Far from it, and instead their near-ubiquitous availability on mobile devices has rendered them a bit normalized – at this point we'd only really be paying attention if they suddenly stopped working so well. But while they may have their mobile game on lock, there's still progress to be made on the less ambulatory side of things, like we've seen with Cortana's move to the PC, or Siri coming to last year's ...

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    Even though Apple and Microsoft claim that both companies get along just fine, things are a different story when you measure product lineups. While Microsoft has done an amazing job at bringing its apps to iOS, its hardware products are clearly trying to compete with Apple in every way, even if Microsoft is primarily a software company. Apple is never the type to silence opinions on competitors though, and today we hear what Tim Cook has to say. Apple's CEO recently started his iPad Pro publicity tour, and while in an Iris college he did have some things to say about the Microsoft Surface ...

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    Even though analysts debated if 3D Touch would be enough of a feature for Apple to be able to break more records with the iPhone 6s, it seems to have worked. 3D Touch, even though a tad confusing and inconsistent has been the only major update for the new iPhone, and sales continue to skyrocket regardless. The iPhone is actually the latest addition to other Apple products with this functionality, and today we learn of a new one. A new patent that Apple recently filed envisions the idea of a keyboard capable of Force Touch technology. The patent is called an "ultra low travel ...

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    If you've ever been to an Apple Store Genius Bar, you've probably noticed a few cases where people with really old Apple hardware arrive for support. Apple's customer service is that good when it comes to device repairs, but obviously some products are just too old for parts to still exist.  Cupertino usually shares a list of these devices in order to avoid unnecessary sad faces, and we just got the list for December. As of December 8th, 2015 the following Apple products will sadly not be eligible for repair at the company's Apple Stores: - iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) - iMac (27-inch, ...

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    In case you were wondering whether Microsoft overpromised and underdelivered with its first full-fledged laptop, billed as two times faster than the competition, it turns out… it’s not as simple as that. As is often the case with pompous marketing claims, a series of disclaimers and footnotes are required to verify the statement. First of all, exactly what should we pit the Surface Book against? The MacBook Air line? No, that’s obviously too weak. A top-shelf 15-inch MacBook Pro configuration with dedicated AMD graphics in tow? Besides the footprint disparity, Redmond made it clear ...

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    Apple has made some controversial decisions lately that have actually proven to be the smarter thing to do. At a time when Microsoft was all about merging tablets and PCs, Apple continued handling them separately, and we all know who won the tablet side of things, and the PC side of things. If you're wondering why Apple sticks to these choices, today we learn more. A recent interview with Steven Levy from Backchannel revealed some interesting details on Apple's recent decisions when it comes to technology. For one, we know that Apple's major partner for displays is LG, but we just learned ...

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    Fingerprint scanners have existed for a very long time in smartphones, and that period extends much further when you consider laptops. The added security of a fingerprint scanner is simply unmatched by most of the other security alternatives out there. Still, the company that has popularized it most is Apple, and today we learn of the company's new plans. Apple has just patented a new “Finger sensing apparatus using hybrid matching and associated methods,” which in a nutshell is bringing Touch ID to the Mac. The patent considers bringing this technology to MacBooks, but also leaves the ...

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    Today's new Apple hardware launches aren't just about the latest iMacs – though we're sticking in that same ballpark. In addition to its new computers with some stunningly high-res screens, Apple also revealed a family of new and updated accessories to be used with these machines, drawing the curtain back on the Magic Keyboard, as well as the newly refreshed Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. The Magic Keyboard is designed to save on desk real estate while still offering users a full-sized keyboard experience, all with the convenience of wireless connectivity. Apple designed the ...

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    Last month brought us Apple's big event for mobile hardware, introducing the iPad Pro and the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. But word started getting around that Apple wasn't quite done with the new devices just yet, and last week we heard that we weren't too far away from the day we'd get to meet Apple's latest products joining its computer lineup. Rumors going back months now have hinted at the arrival of a 21.5-inch 4K iMac and new 27-inch 5K iMac options, and sure enough, today Apple went official with that very hardware. The new 21.5-inch iMac pushes resolution limits for its size, moving ...

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    Apple's most recent launch event was all about iOS: we got our new iPhones, a couple new iPad models, and even a new Apple TV. But for all the event brought us, we weren't seeing any action on the OS X front: what about some new Apple laptops and desktops? A recent rumor suggests that Apple could have another launch announcement in the works for just that kind of hardware, one that could occur as soon as next week. But even if Apple does come through with a refresh for its computer lineup, will shoppers take notice? Sure, plenty will, but maybe not as many as Apple might like, as reports ...

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    In an odd change of pace, Apple takes a back seat with the public rollout of its newest desktop operating system build in the spotlight, as all tech eyes remain on Google, and the search giant’s vast portfolio of fresh mobile gear. Even Microsoft, LG and HTC seem to be garnering superior media interest, setting the stages for Lumia 950, 950 XL, V10 or G4 Pro, and One A9 announcements around the same time OS X El Capitan makes its way across MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Minis running on Yosemite. Granted, Cupertino technically unveiled the El Capitan software package several months ago, ...

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    Did you already update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9 on day one of the new software build’s quest for iOS 8 replacement? Great, then you’re all set to download the latest iTunes patch, bringing Apple’s hugely popular service to version 12.3. First released almost a year ago, iTunes 12 previously saw a pair of point enhancements, with 12.2 adding Apple Music to the equation. Recently, an even smaller system renovation effort quashed a few bugs, and now, 12.3 supports iOS 9, as well as the unreleased OS X El Capitan, but also “improves Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver”, and ...

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    In case you wondered what Apple’s decision to unveil new iPads earlier than usual meant for prospective Mac upgrades, you probably shouldn’t fret, as at least one majorly improved iMac configuration is still expected in stores by the end of the year. The Retina 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop computer, with 4K screen resolution intended to match the pixel density of the 5K 27-incher, may simply get a lower-key introduction than we’d normally expect, since it doesn’t sound capable of making a lot of headlines by itself. Recently tipped for an October public debut by a relatively ...

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    While it wasn't an official announcement, like everything we've seen today, those who paid close attention to the presentation managed to acknowledge the OS X El Capitan release date. Yesterday was all about the Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad Pro, and iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus, but, with the occasion of one particular demo (3D Touch on the new iPhones), Apple made a silent announcement as far as the OS X El Capitan release date is concerned. September 30 is the date to circle in your calendar. An email (for demo purposes, but still) from Phil Schiller -- to Craig Federighi -- says "The El ...

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    It’s hard to concentrate on anything other than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that Apple might have in the pipeline for the foreseeable future, even if relatively exciting upgrades are reportedly planned for iPads, Apple TVs, and iMacs. Cupertino would have probably been smart ergo to put off its A8-powered digital media player until sometime after the iPhone-centric September 9 event. Meanwhile, it’s possible new iPads will indeed be kept on the sidelines, and it’s essentially etched in stone the highly anticipated 4K 21.5-inch iMac shall break cover next month. No 5K love for the ...

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    Apple's push to higher-resolution technology on its computers has certainly done a good job in boosting the company's product reputation. Its existing Retina Display laptops are top of their class, and the same can be said about its 5K iMac in everything but its price tag. We know that mentality doesn't last for long in Cupertino, and it seems more products are already planned. Code buried inside the recent betas of OS X El Capitan has already begun hinting a 4K iMac in the works, but it seems this is not just one product. The recent beta has gone as far as to reveal three new iMacs on the ...

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    Apple has spent the last few weeks updating the beta releases for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan simultaneously. iOS 9 has seen most of feature updates on every beta release, but it seems that the reason for that is that OS X El Capitan was launched in a more complete manner since its first beta. Today we see Apple launch another beta for its desktop operating system, but this time we're taken by surprise. As opposed to previous beta updates, Apple has decided to launch beta 5 for OS X El Capitan on its own, and without the company of beta 5 for iOS 9 and watchOS 2. At the moment we ...

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    Apple's launch of Apple Music has been met with mixed impressions. While some of us like the service, others still can't find a reason to move away from the freemium services of Spotify and others. The launch of Apple Music was also plagued with a few bugs for users of other Apple Services, but that seems to have gotten fixed today. Apple has just released iTunes 12.2.1 to the public, and the update is mostly focused on fixing bugs that were left by the Apple Music but. Customers using iTunes Match were met with the sad surprise that Apple Music would swap matched content for the specific ...

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    Microsoft isn't really everyone's cup of tea with some of the drastic measures taken to its mobile division lately. The company is clearly on a roll in reinventing its approach to the software business, and we've seen it in the way it neglects its own platform for some early product launches for competitors. The biggest example of this is how the company has pushed new versions of Office apps and Outlook for iOS and Android, while leaving Windows Phone in the dirt, and today things go a step further. Microsoft has just announced the launch of Office 2016 for the Mac, which brings new and ...

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    Apple spent a great deal of time telling us how great iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan will be when they launch in the fall. As such, the company has spent the last couple of weeks polishing its operating systems through three private betas that were only accessible to developers. One of our biggest questions was when would Apple launch the public beta of any of these, and the answer arrived today. Apple has just announced that it will launch the public beta of both OS X El Capitan, and iOS 9. It seems that the third beta that developers received was good enough for consumers, and it ...

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    Apple spent a great deal of time telling us how great its new updates to iOS, watchOS, and OS X would be at its WWDC 2015 keynote. At this point there is still no public beta for you all to be the judge of that, but our hands-on videos of iOS 9 and watchOS 2 should help you get a clear idea. Our thoughts on the initial betas were of a more mature approach to the user experience, and Apple continues to take that further today. As promised by Eddie Cue, Apple has just launched the third beta of iOS 9, and has also matched the launch with the same beta number for watchOS 2 and OS X El ...

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    Right now, Apple's managing two markedly different platforms, as its mobile devices are powered by iOS (which we're including watchOS under), and its proper computers powered by OS X. But for a while now we've been wondering if Apple might be ready to start blurring those boundaries, and if the rumored jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad could run some variant of OS X – not unlike how we see Windows tablets running the same operating system as Windows PCs. Now there's a new trademark filing that's getting attention for possibly providing some actual evidence that OS X could land on a future iPad ...

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