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/
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/
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
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.
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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.
Everything you love is now even better with 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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
Most notably, the company has brought Retina to the 21.5 inch iMac range, with 4K resolution displays. Apple has also dropped the non-Retina 27 inch iMacs, so they feature 5K displays across the board. The new iMac displays include faster processors, upgraded graphics, improved wider colour gamut and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The new iMacs have launchedalongside updates to the Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and keyboard.
Apple has announced the new Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard. The new keyboard and trackpad have an updated design to accommodate improved keys on the keyboard and Force Touch on the trackpad, while the mouse has been redesigned internally. All three devices work on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that juice up via a standard USB Lightning cable: http://www.apple.com/au/shop/mac/mac-accessories
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.
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: