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Jun 201424

New Channels have landed on Apple TV!

by Shane Roberts


Apple has added some new channels to the Apple TV home screen for your viewing pleasure.

ABC News is one of the new apps to hit Apple TV, with live and on-demand streaming. Also, AOL ON, PBS Kids, and Willow have been added to the home screen.

PBS Kids is a nice addition, because you can let your kids watch popular hits like Curious George and Cat in the Hat. 

Willow is for the Cricket fans out there, and AOL ON will give you news, sports and some original content as well.

There is nothing you need to do to get these apps, they will just update for free!

These apps not doing anything for you and you’d like to hide them? Here’s how you can do that!

Jun 201418

New iMac option released by Apple

by Shane Roberts


Have you been wanting a new iMac, but would like to pay a little less? Today Apple has given you a great option!

Apple has released a new entry level 21.5″ iMac that will give you the beautiful all-in-one, at a more affordable price.

Here is the run down for the new entry level iMac:

New 2014 entry iMac

If you’d like this new iMac, contact your local store about availability!

Jun 201411

First 3rd-party iOS 8 Keyboard in action!

by Shane Roberts

Keyboards like this will be available when iOS 8 launches this fall!

Jun 201411

The Verge Calls iPhone 5s “The Best Smartphone You Can Buy”

by Shane Roberts

iPhone 5s - simply mac

We all know it already, but it’s nice to see some validation from other websites that the iPhone is the best phone out there.

The Verge ran an article on which smartphone should be your next smartphone, if you’re up for a new one. Of course, they chose the iPhone 5s as the best all-around phone, and suggest if you’re in the market for a new phone, don’t look any farther than the iPhone 5s. Here’s a little of what they had to say:

The 5S’ appeal begins with its design. Its rounded metallic body feels precious and high-end in a way few phones can match. Its 4-inch screen is a little small by today’s standards, but it makes the device much easier to use in one hand and far more pocketable. Its camera is best-in-class, an 8-megapixel shooter that takes crisp and clear photos that no other cellphone camera has ever been able to replicate. Battery life is the 5S’ weakest spot — it’ll last a day but never more — but it’s nowhere near enough to be a problem.

No doubt there are other great phones out there, with some cool features. However, this final paragraph by The Verge nails exactly what the iPhone is all about:

Other devices may have particular advantages — a bigger screen or longer battery life — but they all come with complications and trade-offs. The 5S has none. If you want a smartphone you know you’ll love, that you’ll never have to worry or think about, the iPhone 5S is the best you can buy.

Make sure to go check out the entire article, because the iPhone 5c makes an appearance as well.

Check out all the iPhone models currently available here, and come into your local Simply Mac to get your new iPhone!

Jun 201410

QuickType – Typing on your iPhone/iPad is getting a lot better

by Shane Roberts

QuickType - iOS 8

One of the most static features of iOS since the original iPhone was announced has been the keyboard. There has been some tweaks to it, but overall the keyboard has remained largely untouched.

In iOS 8, Apple is bringing some major new features to the keyboard with QuickType. Essentially, QuickType is a predictive text feature that will help you compose whatever it is you’re typing. Here is how Apple describes it:

Now you can write entire sentences with a few taps. Because as you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style. iOS 8 takes into account the casual style you might use in Messages and the more formal language you probably use in Mail. It also adjusts based on the person you’re communicating with, because your choice of words is likely more laid back with your spouse than with your boss. Your conversation data is kept only on your device, so it’s always private.

iOS 8 - QuickType

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This feature will be especially handy for those quick response texts. For example, if someone asks you via text if you want to go to a movie or dinner, QuickType will present those two options and you just select one.

iOS 8 - Quicktype

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Another huge feature that is coming with the new keyboard in iOS 8, is the ability to add 3rd-party system wide keyboards. So, if you’d like to use different keyboards – like Swype – you will be able to download those keyboards once they are available!

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Here is what Apple has to say on allowing third-party keyboards:

Swipe rather than type, or go old school with the classic keyboard layout. For the first time, iOS 8 opens up the keyboard to developers. And once new keyboards are available, you’ll be able to choose your favorite input method or layout systemwide.

Some of the biggest keyboard developers have already jumped on this, so we should expect to see a good selection of third-party keyboards when iOS 8 launches this fall.

iOS 8 will be available this fall and will be a free update!

For all the features coming to iOS, click here. 

To see if your device will be able to update to iOS 8, click here.

Jun 201409

WWDC Review: Looking at the new Mail app in Yosemite

by Shane Roberts

Mail - Mac OS X Yosemite

Many Mac users use Mail very frequently as their primary email program. Some people will use Outlook and other 3rd party apps for email, but new features coming in Mac OS X Yosemite may lure some of those users back to Mail. Here are two features that are going to be great additions to Mail:

Mark Up:

Mark up - Mac OS Yosemite

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Ever receive an email with an image or PDF that requires your input or signature? Normally you have to open those attachments in a separate program, do your edits or additions there, and then reattach it to your reply. With Mark Up you can do all of that within Mail. As you see in the image above, you can annotate the image within the message with type or drawings. If you get sent an important document that requires your signature, you can sign with your finger on your track pad, or you can use the iSight camera to capture your signature.

Mail Drop:

Sharing attachments, especially large attachments via email can be a massive headache – especially if the person you email has a server that doesn’t play well with big attachments.  There are 3rd party services that can help you send these large attachments, but this new feature will negate the need for those. With Mail Drop you can forget those headaches, and it sounds like all you need is an iCloud account. When you attach the file, and if it’s too big, the email you send will have a link that the recipient can click on to download the file. You can send up to five gigabyte files with this method.  Here is Apple’s description of it:

Now there’s almost nothing that’s too big to mail. When you’re signed in to iCloud, Mail Drop lets you send large files like videos, presentations, even a folder of images without having to worry about your service provider’s limitations. With Mail Drop, when you send a large attachment, it’s automatically uploaded to iCloud. If your recipients use Mail, they’ll receive the attachment just as they do today. If they use another app or webmail, they’ll receive a link to download it. Mail Drop works with any email service. All you need to do is click Send, and Mail takes care of it for you.

These additions to Mail are going to be great. Unfortunately, they will not be available to the masses until this fall. The best news is these additions, along with Yosemite, will be a free update via the Mac App Store!

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