Jul 19

iPhone 8 and iOS 11 arrive later in the year

https://www.apple.com/au/ios/ios-11-preview

 

Jun 06

Apple today announced upgraded iMacs, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs                                                                                                                                                                            

Here is a summary of all Macs currently available except for iMac pro*   

https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/13/mac-lineup-specs-price-upgrades-more

iMac    https://www.apple.com/au/imac/                       Specs  https://www.apple.com/au/imac/

They also announced a new iMac Pro to ship in December, the fastest Mac ever built for Pro users.

https://www.apple.com/au/imac-pro/            Specs    https://www.apple.com/au/imac-pro/specs/

*Upgraded MacBook Pro*  (Ships in December)

https://www.apple.com/au/macbook-pro/     Specs   https://www.apple.com/au/macbook-pro/specs/

MacBook Air has faster 1.8 or 2.2 GHz CPU Speed BOOST but retains non Retina screen and current ports. This remains the cheapest entry level Mac Laptop at $1799 with 256 Solid State Device 

New macOS 13 High Sierra  (coming in December 2017)

Many improvements and refinements macOS High Sierra 

May 22

https://www.apple.com/au/mac/

Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple’s cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.

Apple has already publicly stated that new iMacs are coming later this year and a new modular Mac Pro and Apple-branded display are coming in the future.

Bloomberg: MacBook Pro upgrade coming at WWDC alongside 12-inch MacBook refresh

Dec 30

The long awaited and eagerly anticipated Apple AirPods are now shipping with mostly good reviews. Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. Introducing AirPods. Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical.  http://www.apple.com/au/airpods/

 

Dec 08

Apple has officially unveiled the new redesigned MacBook Pro at its special event in Cupertino, California. The new design is all metal like the 12-inch MacBook (no plastic along the hinge) and available in space gray (looks darker than 12-inch but we’ll see) and traditional silver. 13-inch and 15-inch options are available. http://www.apple.com/au/macbook-pro/

New MacBook Pro Touch Bar details: UI interactions, screen specs, Control Strip, and how third party apps can use it

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  • 13-inch is 17% thinner, 23% less volume, 3 pounds, nearly 1/2 pound less than previous version
  • 15-inch is 15.5 mm, 14% thinner, 20% less volume, 4 pounds, 1/2 pound less

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All-new keyboard with 2nd-gen butterfly mechanism like 12-inch MacBook (more responsive, improved travel)

  • Function keys replaced with dynamic Touch Bar, a Retina OLED display panel above the keyboard
  • Touch Bar adaptive to specific applications, color display changes based on context
  • Touch ID available on new MacBook Pros, a first
  • Supports log-ins, sapphire crystal, second-gen version like iPhone 6s
  • Apple T1 Chip supports Touch ID, includes Secure Enclave for Apple Pay
  • Siri key added to Touch Bar with default system keys
  • Control Strip lets you manage system controls like brightness and volume
  • Touch Bar supports emoji, QuickType typing
  • Photos use of Touch Bar looks especially promising with scrubber for photos in a collection and finding place in a video
  • Touch Bar can be customized (example includes Finder, Control Strip)
  • Touch ID on new MacBook Pros support profiles (Phil Schiller’s fingerprint logs him into his account, Craig Federighi’s fingerprint pulls up his account)
  • Touch Bar supports most (if not all) Apple apps including Terminal, Xcode
  • Developers can program Touch Bar support
  • MacBook Pro display is 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast ratio, 25% more colors, display as thin as 12-inch MacBook display
  • 15-inch includes Intel Core i7 (6th gen, quad-core, 2133MHz memory), Radeon Pro, up to 4GB VRAM, up to 2.3x faster, Superfast SSD up to 2TB, up to 50% faster, advanced thermal architecture (for fan), all-new speaker design, 2x dynamic range
  • 13-inch includes Intel Core i5 or i7, Intel Iris Graphics, Superfast SSD
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C connector), headphone jack, any of four ports is charging port (RIP MagSafe)
  • Can support two 5K displays externally
  • New version of Final Cut Pro that supports Touch Bar coming, Adobe will also support Touch Bar with Photoshop, and djay Pro from Algoriddim shows support
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life in both models
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch will also be available in a version without Magic Bar
  • $1499 for non Touch Bar version, $1799 for 13-inch Touch Bar model, and $2399 for 15-inch Touch Bar model
  • Today for new models without Touch Bar, 2-3 weeks shipping for Touch Bar models
  • All models available to order starting today!

** All new MacBooks now only have 1 ,2 or 4 USB C ports so to use older peripherals like USB 3, HDMI or SuperDuper card readers etc., you will need to purchase some sort of external HUB. There are many types available, from Apple or third party suppliers. It is recommended that you use a Bluetooth mouse, external keyboard and wireless printer to avoid too many wired connections.

Watch the video: (takes a while to buffer, please be patient)

Oct 19

Apple has released macOS 10.12 Sierra and iOS 10 for iPad, iPhone and iPod. http://www.apple.com/au/macos/sierra/   https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/20/macos-sierra-now-available-everything-new/ 
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 Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new capabilities designed just for the desktop. And that’s not the only way your Mac is smarter. macOS Sierra helps you rediscover your best photos, shop faster and more conveniently online, and work more seamlessly between devices. It can also help free up valuable storage space. Now your Mac does even more for you, so you can do more with your Mac.

screen-shot  Everything you love is now even better with iOS 10, https://www.apple.com/au/ios/ios-10/  our biggest release yet. Express yourself in bold new ways in Messages. Find your route with the beautifully redesigned Maps. And relive memories like never before in Photos. There’s so much to say about iOS 10 — here are just a few of our favourite things.   https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/13/ios-10-new-features/

Sep 08

Apple held a special event on September 7th. https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/07/iphone-7-keynote-event-fast-as-possible/

New iPhone 7 announced, pre-orders start September 9th https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/07/apple-unveils-iphone-7/

http://www.apple.com/au/iphone-7/

  • Redesigned Home button with Taptic engine
  • A10 Fusion four-core CPU
  • Water and dust resistant enclosure
  • 12 Megapixel cameras with new quad-led True Tone flash
  • Dual-camera system for enhanced zoom on Plus models
  • Optical image stabilization in all iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models
  • Lightning Earpods + Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in box
  • Color options: New glossy “Jet black”, second “black” finish with black logo, silver, gold, and rose gold
  • Repositioned antennas

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iOS 10 Announced  https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/07/ios-10-will-be-released-to-the-public-on-september-13-for-iphone-and-ipad/

http://www.apple.com/au/iphone-7/ios/

The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

http://www.apple.com/au/iphone-7/ios/             iOS brings iPhone and iPad to life in incredibly personal and powerful ways. The interface is beautiful and easy to use. Intelligent suggestions appear exactly when you need them. And advanced technologies protect your privacy and security. Once you’ve experienced iOS, you’ll understand why so many people love using iPhone and iPad.

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macOS 10.12 Sierra is due for release 20th September https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/07/wip-macos-sierra-will-be-released-on-september-20/

Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new capabilities designed just for the desktop. And that’s not the only way your Mac is smarter. macOS Sierra helps you rediscover your best photos, shop faster and more conveniently online, and work more seamlessly between devices. It can also help free up valuable storage space. Now your Mac does even more for you, so you can do more with your Mac.  http://www.apple.com/au/macos/sierra/

Jun 15

Apple Announces macOS Sierra at WWDC 

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http://www.apple.com/au/macos/sierra-preview/

Goodbye, OS X. Hello, macOS. (Version: Mac OS X 10.12)  The next-generation Mac operating system has a new name, macOS Sierra, but most of the same great features, with some extras to boot—everything from Siri and Apple Pay integration to iCloud Drive desktop access and picture-in-picture (an iPad feature we love and can’t wait to use on the Mac).  http://9to5mac.com/2016/06/13/apple-announces-macos-sierra-at-wwdc

Like iOS 10, macOS Sierra officially rolls out in September, but developers can beta test the software starting now and a public beta launches next month.

See the Keynote here:  http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2016/

Apr 04

Congratulations to Apple, 40 years old on 1st April 2016  

 

http://9to5mac.com/2016/04/01/apple-hangs-pirate-flag-over-infinite-loop-on-its-40th-birthday-2/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtY0K2fiFOA&feature=youtu.be

In homage to its history, Apple has hung a pirate flag at its Infinite Loop Headquarters (images via @twfarley and @mjisrawi). On April 1st, 40 years ago, Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. The iconic flag, complete with rainbow Apple logo for an eye, dates back to the creation of the original Mac. The Mac team hung the flag as an act of rebellion, distinguishing their cool work, led by Jobs, from the rest of the company which was preoccupied making the Lisa.

Watch Apple’s 40 year celebration video, first shown at its event last month, after the jump …

On a typical day, Apple flies a company flag featuring the apple logo, rotating between different colors. It has used the flag to commemorate other events before, including a Pride flag to show support for the LGBT community.

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Mar 30

Apple has released a new smaller 4 inch iPhone SE and 9.7 inch iPad Pro  

Welcome to iPhone SE, http://www.apple.com/au/iphone-se/

The most powerful 4 inch phone ever. To create it, we started with a beloved design, then re-invented it from the inside out. The A9 is the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. The 12 megapixel camera captures incredible photos and 4K videos. And Live Photos bring your images to life. The result is an iPhone that looks small. But lives large.

iPhone SE takes an incredibly popular design and refines it even further. Crafted from bead-blasted aluminium for a satin-like finish, this light and compact phone is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. A brilliant 4 inch1 Retina display makes everything look vibrant and sharp. And matte-chamfered edges and a colour-matched stainless steel logo finish the look.

At the core of iPhone SE is the A9, the same advanced chip that’s in iPhone 6s. With 64 bit desktop-class architecture, the A9 chip brings you spectacular speed and responsiveness. And with console-class graphics performance, your favourite games and apps are incredibly rich and immersive. Making it a mighty chip for maximum performance.

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iPad Pro is more than the next generation of iPad —http://www.apple.com/au/ipad-pro/http://www.apple.com/au/ipad-pro/

It’s an uncompromising vision of personal computing for the modern world. It puts incredible power that leaps past most portable PCs at your fingertips. It makes even complex work as natural as touching, swiping or writing with a pencil. And whether you choose the 12.9-inch model or the new 9.7-inch model, iPad Pro is more capable, versatile and portable than anything that’s come before.  

In a word, super.The key to the iPad experience is the display. It’s how you interact using Multi-Touch, and how you view content in spectacular detail. So we created our most vivid Retina display ever. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the highest resolution of any iOS device. And the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen — our most advanced display — is the brightest and least reflective in the world.The 9.7-inch iPad Pro display uses the same colour space as the digital cinema industry. This wider colour gamut gives iPad Pro up to 25 per cent greater colour saturation than previous iPad models. So colours are more vivid, true to life and engaging. People love using iPad everywhere. That’s why the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro has a True Tone display. It uses advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the colour and intensity of the display to match the light in your environment. Which means reading is more natural and comfortable — almost like looking at a sheet of paper.Screen Shot 1