Oct 07

Apple has released the latest Operating System, El Capitan   http://www.apple.com/au/osx/

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More than ever, Mac is the computer people love to use. And one of the biggest reasons is OS X. It’s what makes a Mac a Mac. OS X El Capitan, named for the iconic landmark in Yosemite National Park, builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways that make a big difference. And it’s free to upgrade.                                                                                     

OS X El Capitan brings lots of useful enhancements to your Mac. New ways to manage multiple windows and spaces. An even more powerful Spotlight for searching your Mac and beyond. Refinements to essential apps like Photos, Safari, Mail and Maps. An all-new Notes app for gathering your thoughts, photos, maps, URLs and more. And faster performance across the board — from gaming to launching apps to accessing mail.

OS X is the operating system that makes it possible to do all the things you do on a Mac. It’s simple to do amazing things and delightful to do the everyday things. And it’s designed specifically to take advantage of everything your Mac is capable of. So if you use an iPhone, not only will you feel right at home on a Mac, but your Mac will work with your iPhone in ways no other computer can.

One of the best things about a Mac is that it comes loaded with beautifully designed apps you’ll love to use every day. In OS X El Capitan, those apps give you new and better ways to do the things you do most. Like surfing the web, managing your email, taking notes and editing your photos.

Sep 11

Everything Apple announced today: iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple TV, Apple Watch updates, & more

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Apple just wrapped up its press event today where it officially unveiled the much anticipated next-generation iPhone 6s lineup, a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, and an all-new, revamped Apple TV experience. It also gave us some updates on Apple Watch with new bands and partnerships with designers, as well as confirmation on release dates for iOS 9, OS X, and iCloud pricing updates.

Head below for handy links to everything Apple announced today:

Apple Watch:

97% customer satisfaction, 10,000 apps

Apple Watch Sport collection adds yellow and rose gold-anodized models, new Sport and Leather bands, more

iPad Pro & iPad mini 4:

Apple previews long-awaited, larger iPad Pro: 12.9-inch display, A9X chip, 10-hour battery

Apple debuts physical ‘Smart Keyboard’ case, ‘Apple Pencil’ stylus for iPad Pro

iPad Pro coming in November, price ranges $799 to $1079

Apple adds more powerful iPad mini 4 to lineup, lowers iPad mini 2 price

Apple TV:

Apple unveils its all-new Apple TV, here’s what you need to know

New Apple TV apps: Guitar Hero, Crossy Road and many more

Apple TV pricing: $149 32GB, $199 64GB, 3rd gen $69, available October


Apple debuts iPhone 6s + iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s + 6s Plus: $199-$499, preorders start Sept. 12, in stores Sept. 25

Apple announces new iPhone Upgrade Program, new iPhone every year for $32 / month

Apple announces new iPhone 6s accessories: leather and silicone cases, metal docks

iOS 9:

iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad + iPod touch coming Sept. 16, iCloud storage prices dropping

OS X: 

Apple reveals OS X El Capitan release date: update set to ship on September 30th

Jun 11


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Apple held the WWDC this week where many announcements were made about hardware, Mac OSX, Mac iOS software and Apple Watch.     http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/09/opinion-these-were-the-10-game-changing-wwdc-2015-announcements/

A new Operating System (El Capitan) 10.11 was previewed, to be released later in the year.  http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/08/apple-reveals-os-x-10-11-el-capitan-with-refinements-at-wwdc/   see also  http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/15/top-5-features-os-x-el-capitan-video/

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Apr 30

Apple has released the new MacBook 12″ with retina display 
following refreshed  MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros


“With the new MacBook, we set out to do the impossible: engineer a full-sized experience into the lightest and most compact Mac notebook ever. That meant re-imagining every element to make it not only lighter and thinner but also better. The result is more than just a new notebook. It’s the future of the notebook. ”

We believe that a comfortable, full-sized keyboard is essential for a great notebook experience. But to fit one into the elegantly thin new MacBook, we had to completely rethink how a keyboard is engineered and constructed. To create the new keyboard, we redesigned each key and its underlying mechanism — not only making the whole keyboard much thinner, but also allowing for more comfortable, precise and responsive typing that just feels right.

The moment you open the new MacBook, its gorgeous 12-inch Retina display with edge-to-edge glass brings everything into focus. Every photo leaps off the screen in rich, vibrant detail. Over 3 million pixels render each letter with crystal clarity. And it all comes to light on the thinnest, most energy-efficient Retina display ever on a Mac, meticulously honed to deliver a bold visual experience within an impossibly minimal design.     

This is the first MacBook to feature a single USB C port and does not have the illuminated Apple Logo on the lid. Adapters will  needed to connect to USB3, Firewire, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, HDMI and VGA                          

See the incredible design and manufacture of the 12″ MacBook here


Watch the Keynote and videos on each product here   http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

Review New MacBook Here:   macworld.com.au/reviews/review-the-new-12-inch-macbook-137253/#.VUCcAhfWqQk

Oct 23
Apple held a Special Event overnight when new iPads, a new Mac Mini and Retina 5 K iMac with an amazing screen resolution, perfect for graphic design and photography and the new Operating System, Mac OS 10.10, Yosemite.
Sep 12

iPhone-6-and-6-Plus-thumb-macworld-aus-258x213          New iPhone 6 introduced    http://www.macworld.com.au/news/apple-introduces-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus-130322/#.VBIwqlsZGgs                                                                         At its big spring event at in Cupertino on Wednesday, Apple unveiled two new iPhones: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As expected, both new models sport much larger screens than previous versions. The standard iPhone 6 now sports a 4.7in display, while the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a massive 5.5in screen, putting it squarely in ‘phablet’ territory.

Apple has also bumped the storage up to 128GB on both models, and dropped the 32GB option altogether. The iPhone 6 will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models for $869, $999 and $1129, respectively, while the iPhone 6 Plus will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models for $999, $1129 and $1249. Both models will be available on 19 September, and preorders should open up later this week.


Jun 20

Apple has today released a new model of iMac. These machines are a little cheaper than their predecessors, priced at $1099. Previously, the cheapest iMac  was priced at $1299 (which is now the mid-range model).

The cheaper iMac features a 1.4 GHz dual-core i5 CPU, which represents a significant worsening in performance over the previous base model of iMac, which featured a processor clocked at 2.7 GHz.  The CPU does Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz however, which does make up some of the difference.

Aside from the CPU, the hard drive has also been cut to 500 GB. The new model also features a lower-end integrated graphics chip. All other iMac models continue to use either Iris Pro integrated graphics or dedicated Nvidia cards. Otherwise, the internals of the new machine are unchanged.



Jun 14

Apple gave a preview of the new OS to be released later in the year, OS X 10.10 named Yosemite. It also gave a preview of iOS8 for iDevices.  





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May 02

HBMUG celebrated it’s 6th birthday ate the RSL meeting on the 1st May

HBMUG celebrated it’s 6th year at the RSL in May 2014. The club started in May 2008 with three members. We now have about 85.




Jan 24
Apple is celebrating 30 years since the Apple Macintosh was introduced.  http://www.apple.com/                         http://9to5mac.com/2014/01/24/apple-takes-over-its-homepage-to-celebrate-30-years-of-mac-with-accompanying-video-timeline-and-poll/

Watch the video     http://www.apple.com/30-years/

In addition to interviews with the press, Apple is celebrating 30 years of Mac with a full-bleed graphic on its homepage, which links to a minisite that plots how the Mac evolved over the years. The message says that Apple made the Macintosh with a promise to get “the power of technology .. in the hand of everyone”. “This promise has been kept.”, it reads. The dedicated minisite depicts a (scrollable) timeline of the major models of Mac since 1984, spanning the PowerBook, the iMac and ending with the Retina MacBook Pro and the brand new Mac Pro.