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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.

May 201419

Own a piece of Apple History

by Shane Roberts

Apple Rainbow Logo signs going to auction

Courtesy of Cult of Mac

One of the most iconic versions of the Apple logo can be yours to own, kinda. At the Apple headquarters in Cupertino used to hang some fiberglass or styrofoam rainbow Apple logo signs. Well, those signs have found their way to the auction block, and could go for as high as $15,000.

Apple changed out this logo in 1997 when they switched to the monochromic Apple logo.

Check out the whole story from CultofMac.com!

May 201415

Apple Releases Mac OS 10.9.3 Update

by Shane Roberts

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Apple has released the latest update to Mavericks, putting us now at 10.9.3.

The OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. 
This update: 

- Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013) 
- Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection 
- Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec 
- Includes Safari 7.0.3 

For detailed information about this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6228 
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Now just under three weeks until WWDC, it will be interesting what route Mavericks takes over the coming weeks.

To update your Mac, just head to software update!

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