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Jun 201404

Meet Mac OS X Yosemite – WWDC 14 Recap

by Shane Roberts

Mac OS X Yosemite

Mac OS hasn’t seen much of a facelift in the last nine years. Well, Mac OS X Yosemite will be receiving a treatment similar to iOS 7. Apple will be revamping some of the look and feel of the OS without reinventing the wheel. Screenshot_6_2_14__11_22_AM

As you can see in the image above, there is a flat look to the Dock, and the icons are very similar to what you see in iOS 7 and iOS 8. The windows offer a high level of translucency, and show off some of the color of the operating system. However, with Yosemite, there are some new features coming which will enhance the OS.

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Today View in Notification Center

The Today view in Notification Center helps you stay on top of key information with a swipe. It shows you up-to-the- minute calendar, weather, and stock information. And you can customize Today with widgets from services like ESPN, Weather Channel, and other similar services.

Spotlight - Mac OSX Yosemite

Spotlight

Spotlight now appears front and center on your display and shows rich previews that you can interact with. Use Spotlight to look up information from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, iTunes, news, and more, and to convert units and currencies. And Spotlight is always easy to access, no matter what you’re doing on your Mac.

Spotlight is one of my favorite features in Mac OS, and has been for a long time. To see Spotlight get some attention is great, and to augment it is a bonus for everyone.

Safari - Mac OS X Yosemite

Safari

Favorites view makes it simple to access your go-to websites. Tab view lets you see all your open tabs—even those on your other devices. New features give you more control over your privacy. And Safari offers blazing fast performance.

Mail - Mac OS X Yosemite

Mail

The new Markup feature lets you quickly fill out and annotate forms, images, and PDFs without having to switch to another app. And with Mail Drop, you can easily send files of up to 5GB for free.  MailDrop is a biggie, especially if you email files to people and their servers bounces them back because of size. This will give them a link to that file to download.

Message - Mac OS X Yosemite

Messages

Send audio clips with Soundbites. You can give titles to ongoing group conversations, add participants to group conversations, and leave conversations when you’ve finished chiming in.

iCloud Drive - iOS 8

iCloud Drive

Safely store documents of any type in iCloud so you can access and work on them across your devices. iCloud Drive works like any other folder in Finder— just drag in documents and organize them any way you like with folders or tags, and iCloud keeps everything up to date. Think of this as Apple’s Dropbox service, old time Apple fans remember iDisk, and this is an updated version of that.

There is another huge addition called Continuity, that is maybe the best addition, but that deserves a post all its own.

Check out the New in iOS 8 post to catch up on all of the additions coming to iPhone and iPad!

 

Jun 201403

iOS 8 Compatible Devices

by Shane Roberts

iPhone

iPhone - available at all simply mac locations

iPhone 4s
iPhone 5
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5s

iPad

iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina display - at simply mac

iPad 2
iPad 3rd Generation
iPad 4th Generation
iPad Air
iPad mini
iPad mini with Retina Display

iPod touch

ipod touch

iPod touch (5th generation)

Available

Fall

Cost

Free

Jun 201403

Meet iOS 8 – WWDC ’14 Recap

by Shane Roberts

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Yesterday was a great day for Apple fans! The WWDC keynote with Tim Cook and others laid out the future of both Mac OS X and iOS.

In this post we are just going to discuss iOS 8 and all of the new additions you can expect to come to both your iPhone and iPad.

Photos - iOS 8

Photos

Photos and iCloud Photo Library give you access to all your photos, anytime, anywhere. Your photos are easy to find and organized consistently across your devices. Photos has all-new editing tools for adjusting light, color, and more, and the ability to use third-party editing tools. This takes Photo Stream, which is existing already in iOS and iCloud, and augments that with a more robust service.

Messages - iOS 8

Messages

Use Tap to Talk in Messages to share your voice with just a swipe. And send photos and videos using the same simple gesture. Group messages lets you add and remove contacts, leave a conversation, and turn on Do Not Disturb. Share your current location from within Messages.

Health - iOS 8

Health

The new Health app gathers information you choose from your health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with an overview. HealthKit APIs give health and fitness apps the ability to communicate with each other, giving you a better way to manage your health. No longer will you have to jump from health app to health app just to get the info you are wanting to track. All of your health info will be located in one central location with Health.

QuickType - iOS 8

QuickType

The new QuickType keyboard includes predictive text, which understands how you communicate and provides personalized suggestions, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. iOS 8 also allows developers to create keyboards for system-wide use. That is a huge addition, because for years people have been asking for new keyboards, like a “Swype” or something similar.

Family Sharing - iOS 8

Family Sharing

Family Sharing lets up to six family members share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Use the same credit card and approve kids’ spending from a parent’s device. Easily share photos, a family calendar, and more.

iCloud Drive - iOS 8

iCloud Drive

Safely store documents of any type in iCloud so you can access and work on them across your devices. Your apps can now share files so you can work on the same file across multiple apps. No more making copies or importing documents from one app to another. For those old time Apple users out there, this is essentially iDisk reborn. This may replace a service like DropBox for a lot of people.

Spotlight - iOS 8

Spotlight

iOS 8 extends Spotlight’s capabilities to give you suggestions beyond what’s on your device, including information from Wikipedia, news, and nearby places.

Continuity - iOS 8

Continuity 

Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac work better together with Handoff to start an activity on one device and finish on another, the ability to make and receive calls and send SMS/MMS messages from all devices, and the ability to create an Instant Hotspot. We will dig more into Continuity in a laster post.

Design - iOS 8

Design

iOS 8 delivers interactive notifications, fast access to key contacts by tapping the Home button twice, the ability to quickly switch back and forth between your inbox and drafts in Mail, and intelligent suggestions. The ability answer messages, or really any notification for that matter, within another app will be a welcome, streamlined addition to iOS 8.

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Developer Tools

iOS 8 is the biggest release for developers since the introduction of the App Store. It opens up new areas of iOS, allowing developers to extend the reach of their app content and functionality. With more than 4000 new APIs, developers can customize the user experience with features like widgets. You can now have widgets like ESPN on your Notification Center. Also services like HomeKit, which is the ability to increase and improve home automation equipment like smart thermostats, will be available as well. iOS 8 also includes Swift, a powerful new programming language that will improve app development, and Metal, a new graphics technology that maximizes game performance on A7-powered devices and will make games on iOS 8 devices more graphically impressive.

May 201430

WWDC 2014 Live Blog!

by Shane Roberts

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May 201428

Apple Officially Acquires Beats Audio

by Shane Roberts

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CUPERTINO, California—May 28, 2014—Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” said Jimmy Iovine. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”

Iovine has been at the forefront of innovation in the music industry for decades, and he has been an instrumental partner for Apple and iTunes® for more than a decade. He has produced or collaborated with some of the most successful artists in the history of the iTunes Store®, helping make it the world’s number one music retailer. Iovine and Dr. Dre are sound pioneers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Beats Electronics has brought the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio back to the listening experience and has introduced an entirely new generation to premium sound entertainment. Beats Music was developed by a team of people who have each spent their entire career in music and provides music fans with an incredible curated listening experience.

“Music is such an important part of Apple’s DNA and always will be,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The addition of Beats will make our music lineup even better, from free streaming with iTunes Radio to a world-class subscription service in Beats, and of course buying music from the iTunes Store as customers have loved to do for years.”

In just five years since launch, the Beats “b” has become the brand of choice in the music and sports worlds, and is the market leader in the premium headphone market. Music superstars including Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have designed their own customized Beats headphones and speakers. Fashion designers and street artists such as Alexander Wang, Futura and Snarkitecture have collaborated on special limited products, while renowned athletes including LeBron James, Serena Williams and Neymar use Beats as a critical part of their training and game day process. Beats has quickly become part of pop culture in the US and with the acquisition the Beats product lineup will be offered in many more countries through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Apple expects the transaction to close in fiscal Q4.

Formally established in 2008 as the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, Beats Electronics (Beats) comprises the Beats by Dr. Dre family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers as well as patented Beats Audio software technology and streaming music subscription service Beats Music. Through these offerings, Beats has effectively brought the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio to the listening experience and has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment.

Beats Music is a subscription streaming music service that focuses on providing a personalized music experience for each user through a unique blend of digital innovation and musical passion. Programmed by a trusted team of well-respected music experts with over 300 years of experience across all genres, Beats Music delivers the right music for any situation, any time, and any preference, personalized to your tastes. The result is an artist-friendly digital music service that does more than simply offer access to music, but one that establishes an emotional connection to it as well.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

May 201428

WWDC is almost here

by Shane Roberts

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One of the most exciting days of the year for any Apple fan is the first day of WWDC. Every year on the first day of WWDC, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook gives a keynote address discussing some changes that Apple is bringing to their ecosystem.

Through the years WWDC has been the stage for many of Apple’s largest announcements. Lets run down some of them…

In 2007,  Steve Jobs showed off a feature-complete beta of Mac OS X Leopard, arguably the most feature packed OS X update.

In 2008, announcements at the keynote included the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch, a subsidized iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 2.0, and Snow Leopard.

In 2009, announcements at the keynote included the release of the iPhone OS 3.0 software announced to developers in March, the new 13″MacBook Pro, updates to the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros, and the new iPhone 3GS.

In 2010, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4 and the renaming of iPhone OS to iOS. The FaceTime and iMovie apps for iPhone applications were also announced.

In 2013,  Apple unveiled a redesigned model of the Mac Pro, AirPort Time Capsule, and AirPort Extreme as well as updated models of the MacBook Air. Apple also showcased OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, iWork for iCloud and a new music streaming service named iTunes Radio.

There have been some very exciting announcements through the years at WWDC. MacWorld used to have a ton of exciting announcements, including the initial iPhone unveiling, but everything else has fallen to WWDC or dedicated media events for announcements since Apple has pulled their affiliation with MacWorld.

Apple will be live streaming the event on their website and Apple TV, next Monday at 10am PDT. Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

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