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Received My Replacement iPhone 7 Plus From Apple;
Battery Life Is Now Greatly Improved

December 4, 2016 · 18:26

A month or so ago, I wrote a post in desperation. It was about my iPhone 7 Plus — something was wrong with it, but Apple diagnostics did not unearth and problems, hence Support did not want to provide me with a replacement unit. I tried everything, from spending multiple hours on the phone with Apple Support, to escalating the issue, to calling Apple Support in other countries — all to no avail. I finally wrote a very long email to Tim Cook and Phil Schiller…

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iPhone 6S Shutdown Problem Detailed by Apple →

December 3, 2016 · 14:02

Apple Support:

We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It’s important to note, this is not a safety issue.

The automatic shutdowns are a result of the iPhone protecting itself from low voltage.

Apple Turns (RED) With More Ways Than Ever to Join the Fight Against AIDS →

November 30, 2016 · 14:08

Apple:

This year, Apple customers can support the fight while playing the games they love, shopping for loved ones ahead of the holiday season or listening to an exclusive (RED) holiday album from The Killers.

For the next week, a range of the most popular games across the App Store® — spanning from racing and sports titles to strategy, puzzle and action games — are offering limited-edition, custom (RED) content, exclusively available on the App Store. All proceeds from the associated in-app purchases go to the Global Fund.

The 20 participating games include Angry Birds 2, Angry Birds POP!, Best Fiends, Best Fiends Forever, Boom Beach, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, CSR2, Episode, Farm Heroes Saga, FarmVille: Tropic Escape, FIFA Mobile, Hay Day, MARVEL Contest of Champions, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, SimCity BuildIt, War Dragons and YAHTZEE With Buddies.

In addition to the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup, which is available for customers to purchase year-round, Apple is also adding four new (RED) products including an iPhone® 7 Smart Battery Case, iPhone SE Case, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and the Pill+ Portable Speaker, which are all available today.

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday App Store Deals
[Updated 25/11/2016, 14:22]

November 25, 2016 · 14:21

I have precisely 105 145 154 deals for you, including one new special App Store debut with promotional pricing. Have fun, but don’t go too crazy!

PS. Please let me know if you find any bugs — I’ll try to fix them ASAP. I’ll also update this post with new deals when/if they show up.

25/11/2016, 14:21

BADLAND 2 – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
Battery Pro – iOS – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99

CloudMounter – Mac – Productivity – €29.99 > €9.99
Commander One PRO – Mac – Utilities – €29.99 > €9.99

Disk Drill Media Recovery – Mac – Utilities – €39.99 > €9.99

ExZeus – iPhone – Games – €2.99 > €0.99

Maze and Marbles – iOS – Games – €0.99 > €0.00

Polaroid Fx – iPhone – Photography – €1.99 > €0.99

Spelling – Sentences – iOS – Education – €1.99 > €0.99

25/11/2016, 11:15

Air Strike – Mac – Games – €6.99 > €0.00
Alto’s Adventure – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.99

BookScanner Pro – iOS – Books – €19.99 > €9.99

Column Division – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00

DaisyDisk – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €4.99
Decimal Rounding – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00
Deliveries – iOS – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99
Deliveries – Mac – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99

Equal Addition Subtraction – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00

Fantastical 2 – Mac – Productivity – €49.99 > €39.99
Fantastical 2 – iPad – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99
Fantastical 2 – iPhone – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
Fraction Math – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00

Gears – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00

iAudioGate – High Resolution Music – iPhone – Music – €14.99 > €7.99
iFinance 4 – iOS – Finance – €9.99 > €4.99
iFontMaker – iPad – Entertainment – €7.99 > €3.99
Invisible, Inc – iPhone – Games – €4.99 > €3.99

KORG cortosia – GOOD SOUND TUNER – iPhone – Music – €9.99 > €4.99
KORG Gadget – iOS – Music – €39.99 > €19.99
KORG iDS–10 – iOS – Music – €19.99 > €9.99
KORG iELECTRIBE – iPhone – Music – €19.99 > €9.99
KORG iKaossilator – iOS – Music – €19.99 > €9.99
KORG iM1 – iPad – Music – €29.99 > €14.99
KORG iMS–20 – iPad – Music – €29.99 > €14.99
KORG Module Standard for iPhone – iPhone – Music – €29.99 > €14.99
KORG Module – iOS – Music – €39.99 > €19.99

Lattice Multiplication – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00
Left–to–Right Subtraction – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00

Out There Chronicles – Ep. 1 – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Out There: Ω Edition – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Outside – Mac – Weather – €0.99 > €0.00

Partial Differences Subtraction – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €0.00
Patterns – The Regex App – Mac – Developer Tools – €2.99 > €0.99
PhotoPills – iOS – Photography – €9.99 > €4.99
Pixel Assistant – Mac – Utilities – €4.99 > €0.00

Ticket to Ride – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99

Visual Multiplication Table – iPad – Education – €4.99 > €0.00

World Factbook Visual Edition – iPad – Reference – €4.99 > €0.00

Yoink – Improved Drag & Drop File Mgmt – Mac – Utilities – €6.99 > €3.99

24/11/2015, 22:03

2Do – Mac – Productivity – €49.99 > €31.99

Affinity Designer – Mac – Graphics & Design – €49.99 > €39.99
Animoog – iPhone – Music – €5.99 > €2.99
Animoog – iPad – Music – €29.99 > €14.99
Artie’s Magic Pencil – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.00

Boom 2: Audio Enhancement App – Mac – Music – €14.99 > €10.99
Boxy: email client for “Inbox by Gmail” – Mac – Productivity – €5.99 > €3.99
BusyCal 3 (New App) – Mac – Productivity – €29.99
BusyCal – iOS – Productivity – €2.99 > €0.00
BusyContacts – Mac – Business – €49.99 > €29.99

Calendars 5 – Daily Planner & Task (…) – iOS – Productivity – €6.99 > €2.99
Carbo – Handwriting in the Digital Age – iOS – Productivity – €7.99 > €3.99
Comic Life 3 – Mac – Graphics & Design – €29.99 > €14.99
Comic Life 3 – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €1.99

DataMan Pro – iPhone – Finance – €5.99 > €2.99
Deus Ex: The Fall – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €4.99
DEVONagent Pro – Mac – Utilities – €49.99 > €36.99
DEVONnote – Mac – Productivity – €24.99 > €17.99
DEVONsphere Express – Mac – Productivity – €9.99 > €6.99
DEVONthink To Go – iOS – Productivity – €14.99 > €10.99
DEVONthink – Mac – Productivity – €49.99 > €36.99
Dispatch: Email meets GTD – iOS – Productivity – €6.99 > €2.99
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
Dropshare – secure file sharing – iOS – Utilities – €6.99 > €4.99
Due – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
Due – Mac – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99

Escape from the Pyramid – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00

Forbidden Desert – iPad – Games – €6.99 > €1.99
Forbidden Island – iPad – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
Fugue Machine | multi–playhead sequencer – iPad – Music – €9.99 > €4.99

Gamebook Adv. 1: An Assassin in Orlandes – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99
Glass Road – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99

Heads Up! – iOS – Games – €0.99 > €0.00
Health Data Importer – iPhone – Healthcare & Fitness – €4.99 > €2.99
Heroes of Loot 2 – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.99
Hitman: Sniper – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Hydra – Amazing Photography – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €2.99

Infinity Blade II – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €0.99
Infinity Blade III – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €0.99
Infinity Blade – iOS – Games – €5.99 > €0.99
Intensify – Mac – Photography – €9.99 > €7.99

Just Press Record – iOS – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99
Just Press Record – Mac – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99

Kingdom Rush Frontiers – iPhone – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD – iPad – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush HD – Mac – Games – €9.99 > €4.99
Kingdom Rush Origins – iPhone – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Origins HD – iPad – Games – €4.99 > €0.99

Lara Croft GO – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
LIMBO – Mac – Games – €2.99 > €1.99
LIMBO – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Linky – iOS – Social Networking – €3.99 > €1.99
LivePix – iPhone – Photography – €1.99 > €0.00
LongScreen – iOS – Utilities – €2.99 > €0.99

MacID – iOS – Utilities – €3.99 > €0.99
MathX – Scientific Graphing Calculator – iOS – Education – €1.99 > €0.99
Metamorphabet: Imaginative ABC’s – iOS – Education – €3.99 > €1.99
Model 15 – iPhone – Music – €29.99 > €14.99
Money Pro – Mac – Finance – €29.99 > €2.99
MoneyWiz 2 – iOS – Finance – €4.99 > €0.99
MoneyWiz 2 – Mac – Finance – €24.99 > €14.99
Monster Pinball HD – iOS – Games – €0.99 > €0.00

Noiseless – Mac – Photography – €17.99 > €7.99
Numerics – Dashboards to visualize no. – iOS – Business – €9.99 > €4.99

Pandemic: The Board Game – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99
Paprika Recipe Manager – iPhone – Food & Drink – €4.99 > €2.99
Paprika Recipe Manager – iPad – Food & Drink – €4.99 > €2.99
Paprika Recipe Manager – Mac – Lifestyle – €19.99 > €9.99
PDF Converter – iOS – Business – €3.99 > €2.99
PDF Expert – iOS – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99
Phlo – Quick web search browser – iOS – Reference – €3.99 > €1.99
Pixave – Mac – Graphics & Design – €14.99 > €8.99
Pixelmator – Mac – Graphics & Design – €29.99 > €14.99
Pixelmator – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €1.99
Printer Pro – iOS – Productivity – €6.99 > €2.99
Prizmo 3 – Scanning, OCR & Speech – Mac – Business – €49.99 > €29.99
Prizmo – Scanning, OCR, and Speech – iOS – Productivity – €9.99 > €5.99
ProtoSketch – iOS – Productivity – €8.99 > €3.99

Qwiki – Find & Read Wikipedia Articles – Mac – Reference – €3.99 > €1.99

Rayman Classic – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.00
Relight – Better Photos – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €2.99
Riptide GP: Renegade – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Riptide GP – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99

Scanner Pro – iOS – Business – €3.99 > €2.99
Screens VNC – Mac – Business – €29.99 > €14.99
Screens VNC – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €9.99
Scrivener – Mac – Productivity – €44.99 > €33.99
Scrivener – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €14.99
Shifty – Work Shift Planner – iPhone – Productivity – €1.99 > €0.99
Snapheal – Fix your photos – Mac – Photography – €9.99 > €4.99
Space Grunts – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.99
Squash (New App) – Web Image Compression – Mac – Graphics & Design – €7.99
Star Walk 2 – Night Sky Guide – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.99
SteamWorld Heist – Mac – Games – €19.99 > €11.99

TextGrabber – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €0.99
TextTool – iOS – Productivity – €1.99 > €0.99
The Orchestra – iPad – Music – €13.99 > €2.99
Thomas Was Alone – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
Timers – Interval timers for workout and making fussy coffee – iOS – Healthcare & Fitness – €4.99 > €1.99
Tonality – Mac – Photography – €24.99 > €9.99

Unclutter – Mac – Utilities – €5.99 > €2.99

Where To? ~ Find the best places – iPhone – Navigation – €2.99 > €0.99
Working Copy Enterprise – iOS – Productivity – €14.99 > €10.99

Expired SSL Certificate

November 25, 2016 · 08:26

My apologies. It should have been renewed by my ISP. I have them a small nudge, so hopefully it will be in the next few hours.

Apple Abandons Development of Wireless Routers →

November 21, 2016 · 15:51

Mark Gurman:

Apple Inc. has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, another move to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said the people, who asked not to be named because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced.

This is bad. Perhaps even the-beginning-of-the-end-of-focusing-on-the-Mac bad. I am also starting to doubt we’ll ever see another Mac Pro or Mini.

What to See in Paris, France →

November 19, 2016 · 11:11

Psu:

A long time ago my friend Eric asked me what to do in Paris. Since I live to serve I wrote a web page for him that contained some humble suggestions. Over the years whenever anyone asks me what to do in Paris I trot out that page, because we always do the same things.

Recently this happened again, when my friend Lesley asked for a list of things to do. So I went and looked at the old list, but found that it’s not quite what I would write now. Paris is not (quite) hermetically sealed in a glass bottle, so things come and go and stuff changes. Therefore, the old list now has some mistakes on it, so it’s time to do it over again.

The general ground rules still apply though. I am not much of a tourist. My idea of a good time on a trip is to eat a lot, walk around and stare at the natives, and take pictures of buildings when the light gets good. This list reflects this bias. Most of the major monuments are not here. Hopefully there are a few out of the way places that you might not have found on your own.

A more than decent guide, including where to stop to eat.

Craig Federighi’s Replies to Email Asking About macOS Automation →

November 19, 2016 · 00:05

Benjamin Mayo:

The 9to5Mac reader sent an email asking the Apple SVP not to kill AppleScript and Automator after hearing the news about the dissolution of the automation manager. Here’s what Craig said to our reader in an email response, essentially denying the possibility that they were going away as many had speculated.

Hi [name],

We have every intent to continue our support for the great automation technologies in macOS!

Thanks for being an Apple customer!

— craig

9to5Mac has verified the message headers for their authenticity. This should allay the community concern in part that Sal Soghoian’s ousting is a sign of bad news for the automation features in macOS. Perhaps, Apple is simply re-organizing the Mac software team and a named leader of automation technologies wasn’t necessary.

Sal Soghoian — A Rebel Fighting the Good Fight →

November 17, 2016 · 08:16

John Gruber:

I have the impression that Soghoian was a bit of a rebel within Apple, fighting the good fight to keep advancing the Mac’s automation tools. If they had simply fired him, that’d be one thing, but the fact that they’ve eliminated his position is another. This is shitty news. I find this to be a profoundly worrisome turn of events for the future of the Mac. I hope I’m wrong.

Sal Soghoian No Longer Working for Apple →

November 17, 2016 · 08:16

Sal Soghoian:

Q. I hear you no longer work for Apple; is that true?
A. Correct. I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that “the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it.” That credo remains my truth to this day. Recently, I was informed that my position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies was eliminated for business reasons. Consequently, I am no longer employed by Apple Inc. But, I still believe my credo to be as true today as ever.

Sad news. Never met the guy, but still hope to one day.

Budget Android Phones Are Secretly Sending Users’ Text Messages to China →

November 16, 2016 · 09:17

Colin Lecher:

Software installed on some Android phones secretly monitored users, and even sent keyword-searchable, full text message archives to a Chinese server every 72 hours, according to research from security firm Kryptowire (…)

Adups claims to have software running on more than 700 million, mostly low-end devices, and says it has partnered with some major manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE, but the scope of the installed software is also unclear. (Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) At least one US manufacturer, BLU Products, was affected, with 120,000 phones reportedly running the tracking software.

How the hell did any manufacturer agree to this?!?

iPhone 8 Plus With Two Different Screen Technologies →

November 16, 2016 · 09:07

Zac Hall:

According to the report, Apple is expected to introduce three new iPhone models in 2017. One model will feature the OLED display, while two models will continue to use the TFT-LCD technology. The dual camera introduced on the iPhone 7 Plus will continue to only be offered on the 5.5-inch models, not the 4.7-inch model.

This seems unrealistic. Screen technology is not a differentiator. I also doubt people would want to pay more just for an OLED screen.

Sir Jony Ive Reflects on the Nature of Objects, the Fragility of Ideas, and 20 Years of Apple Design →

November 16, 2016 · 09:05

Tony Chambers:

This is a comprehensive and objective portrait of Apple products produced over the past 20 years. ‘It is a book with very few words,’ writes Sir Jony Ive in the foreword. ‘It is about our products, their physical nature and how they were made.’ The pages that follow trace two stratospheric decades of product design with the effortlessness that’s become synonymous with the company.

It is a quiet and elegant work, a high-quality piece of book design, typography and production. It is far from a show-off vanity project. Great care, time – and money – has been spent on making it a paean to good, useful design and manufacturing. It is also of course a paean to Steve Jobs. In the five years since his death, Apple has forged on without him. Designed by Apple in California is a tribute both to him, and to the products that have shaped our future.

The tome is Apple at its purest: the products. We caught up with Ive to find out more…

This project, according to Jony Ive’s words from the interview, has been eight years in the making.

The book itself is supposedly just pictures. I expected meaningful thoughts and written content inside.

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“Designed by Apple in California” —
Apple’s New Book Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design →

November 15, 2016 · 13:26

Apple:

Apple today announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

It’s available in two sizes, for $199 and $299 respectively.

Introducing Visual Studio for Mac [fixed link] →

November 14, 2016 · 12:40

Mikayla Hutchinson:

At Connect(); in November, Microsoft is launching a preview of Visual Studio for Mac. This is an exciting development, evolving the mobile-centric Xamarin Studio IDE into a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#, and bringing the Visual Studio development experience to the Mac.

At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it’s complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don’t need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.

Update

Fixed link; leads to cached version of page.

iPhone 6S — Battery Issues? Read Me! →

November 14, 2016 · 11:48

Michael Firth:

Because I had already tried a factory reset and the DFU restore, their ultimate recommendation was to DFU reset the phone again and not restore it from backup, effectively setting it up as a new iPhone.

This is an unnacceptable solution to a problem — it leads to data loss for most people, including messages, health data, and more. I have had this suggested to me as well, and explained that I can do this for testing purposes, but that it is not a viable solution.

I then questioned the agent about the likelihood of a reset without a restore actually fixing the issue and received a fantastically honest response;

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To say this kind of response was refreshing is an understatement, I think a full reset would’ve been fruitless (pun intended again), as the issue is likely the 10.1.x software rather than something within the user data.

Quite frankly, this is a not acceptable. I know people who have had the same problem for over half a year. Why should they wait for an iOS update? They paid a large amount of money for a working device, which they expect will function as it should.

On another note, I have had issues syncing my text replacement shortcuts since iOS 8. Apple’s suggestion two years ago was to wait for iOS 9 — I did so, quietly. After my problems continued, they suggested I wait for iOS 10. Again, I waited. Today, they said they will not look into the issue and swept it under the rug. Over two years without a solution.

Fun fact — I always receive a survey after Apple’s Support solves a problem. I never receive one if their solution is not satisfactory. My recent experiences would have definitely put a dent in their customer satisfaction ratings.

One Professional’s Look at the New MacBook Pro →

November 11, 2016 · 20:12

Thomas Grove Carter:

I’ve been using the new 15” MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) for the last week or so for actual work, so here’s my “Professional” opinion.

I’m an editor at Trim Editing in London, where we cut high end commercials, music videos and films. We’re a small company and choose individually what we want to edit with. I happen to use Final Cut Pro X (If you’d like to debate with me endlessly about the Pro’ness of FCP X, you can do that here) So I’m in a good position to try out the new devices and see what they are/aren’t capable of.

First off, It’s really fast. I’ve been using the MacBook Pro with the new version of FCP X and cutting 5k ProRes material all week, it’s buttery smooth. No matter what you think the specs say, the fact is the software and hardware are so well integrated it tears strips off “superior spec’d” Windows counterparts in the real world. This has always been true of Macs. If you’re running software with old code which doesn’t utilise the hardware well, you’re not going to get great performance (as pointed out here). I understand people need to use programs from other developers, but at some point they need to play catch up. Otherwise it’s akin to asking for a more powerful engine because you like to buy tire-less wheels for your car. For all the kinds of work I do it’s been excellent.

It actually surprised me that editing 5K footage is “buttery smooth”. Now I’m curious as to how the 13″ model will do…

I just wish it had quad-core CPUs too.

To clarify: Thomas is using the 15″ model with a 2.7 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 455.

I Expected More From the Surface Book’s Battery Life →

November 11, 2016 · 09:54

Dan Seifert:

Also missed on me is the increased battery life. In our rundown test, the Surface Book lasted 10 hours and 21 minutes, which is quite good. But in my real-world usage, browsing the web, jumping between a half-dozen apps, writing email, monitoring social feeds, etc., it struggled to last a full work day before calling it quits. Most days, the Surface Book would last between six and eight hours, which is about average for a laptop of this size. (Using the Book as a tablet worked for about two hours before it died, which is unchanged from last year.) That’s a far cry from Microsoft’s claimed 16 hours and less than my colleague Vlad Savov could get with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Fortunately, this Surface Book has no issues going to sleep when it’s closed and in my bag, which is a problem I’ve encountered with numerous Windows 10 laptops over the past year.

When Apple showed the new MacBook Pros, I actually looked around at the competition, and the Surface Book was one of two laptops that piqued my interest, mainly due to 16 hours of battery life. I had foolishly assumed that I could indeed use it for that long without a charge.

One other thing that completely put me off is its weight.

Tim Cook’s Email to Apple Employees After Donald Trump’s Election →

November 10, 2016 · 11:01

John Paczkowski, quoting Tim Cook’s email:

Team,
I’ve heard from many of you today about the presidential election. In a political contest where the candidates were so different and each received a similar number of popular votes, it’s inevitable that the aftermath leaves many of you with strong feelings.

We have a very diverse team of employees, including supporters of each of the candidates. Regardless of which candidate each of us supported as individuals, the only way to move forward is to move forward together. I recall something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said 50 years ago: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” This advice is timeless, and a reminder that we only do great work and improve the world by moving forward.

While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed. Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.

I’ve always looked at Apple as one big family and I encourage you to reach out to your co-workers if they are feeling anxious.

Let’s move forward — together!

Best,

Tim

MacBook Pro Models With Touch Bar Look Set for November 17 Availability From Third-Party Stores →

November 9, 2016 · 21:19

Ben Lovejoy:

If you’re one of the many people waiting impatiently to get your hands on one of the new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar, it looks like they will start shipping from third-party stores on November 17 …

A check on stock and availability at a range of third-party stores shows that most stores are expecting to have a handful of units ready for shipping on this date. Note that most custom configurations are limited to Apple’s direct channels however.

I ordered the base Touch Bar model with a US keyboard layout (instead of the typical English International that we normally get by default) from Apple and it should arrive between December 9-14. That’s another month. They say patience is a virtue.

Jeff Carlson: ‘Why I Ordered a 2016 MacBook Pro’ →

November 6, 2016 · 15:27

Jeff Carlson:

And I still bought one. As I was deliberating, I wrote up the following list of reasons this MacBook Pro, at this time, is the new computer for me. Let me reinforce that this is my situation; I’m not trying to be universal or tell you what to buy. But I thought that posting my thought process might help other people who are also weighing many of the same questions.

If I’d gone through these mental exercises in the hours after the machines were announced, I’d be getting one two weeks earlier. Ah well. Now I’m looking at the first week of December.

Having your own reasons is cardinal. We all use our computers in different ways, and while choosing the right tool for the job is important, knowing why you’re choosing them is paramount.

Apple Cuts Prices on USB-C Adapters and Accessories →

November 5, 2016 · 08:31

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple on Friday cut the price on its USB-C adapters in the online store. The company also said that third-party USB-C peripherals in the store would be reduced in price.

“We are extremely excited about the new MacBook Pro, which is the best pro notebook we’ve ever made,” Apple said in a statement provided to The Loop. “It has the fastest CPU, graphics, memory, storage and I/O, best display, the innovative Touch Bar and more. MacBook Pro uses the most advanced industry-standard connector, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, to provide maximum performance, expandability and compatibility.

“We recognize that many users, especially pros, rely on legacy connectors to get work done today and they face a transition. We want to help them move to the latest technology and peripherals, as well as accelerate the growth of this new ecosystem. Through the end of the year, we are reducing prices on all USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals we sell, as well as the prices on Apple’s USB-C adapters and cables.” (…)

Adapters included in the price reduction include:
• USB-C to USB Adapter (from $19 to $9);
• Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (from $49 to $29);
• USB-C to Lightning Cable (1m) (from $25 to $19);
• USB-C to Lightning Cable (2m) (from $35 to $29);
• USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (from $69 to $49);
• USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (from $69 to $49).

The cost of the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Card USB-C Reader will be reduced from $49 to $29, and all other third party USB-C peripherals will also be discounted.

Good call, Apple.

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App Store Deals — 4/11/2016

November 4, 2016 · 14:50

2Do – iOS – Productivity – €14.99 > €0.00
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
AmpliTube – iPad – Music – €19.99 > €15.99
AmpliTube – iPhone – Music – €19.99 > €15.99
Appointment With F.E.A.R. – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
DRAGON QUEST III – iOS – Games – €11.99 > €9.99
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy – iPad – Games – €7.99 > €6.99
Enhance: A photo editing app – iPhone – Photography – €0.99 > €0.00
FINAL FANTASY III – iPad – Games – €16.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPhone – Games – €14.99 > €6.99
GIF Brewery 3 – Mac – Video – €4.99 > €0.00
God of Blades – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
hocus – iOS – Games – €0.99 > €0.00
Later – Quick Reminders w/ Presets – iPhone – Productivity – €0.99 > €0.00
Light Apprentice – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Lost in Harmony – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.00
Mercenaries Saga2 – Universal – Games – €4.99 > €2.99
Momento – Share Memories as GIFs – iOS – Photography – €1.99 > €0.00
OCRKit – Mac – Productivity – €41.99 > €30.99
Screenshot Creator – Mac – Graphics & Design – €4.99 > €0.00
Shopster – iPhone – Productivity – €0.99 > €0.00
Sonic CD – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Svep – phaser, flanger, chorus – iPad – Music – €2.99 > €0.00
Text Pomodoro Timer – Mac – Productivity – €7.99 > €0.00
Ultimate Chess 2017 – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00

The Steve Jobs Email That Outlined Apple’s Strategy a Year Before His Death →

November 4, 2016 · 14:47

Zachary M. Seward:

In 2010, a year before his death, Steve Jobs outlined Apple’s strategy in an email to the company’s 100 most senior employees. He heralded the “Post PC era,” vowed “Holy War with Google,” promised to “further lock customers into our ecosystem,” and warned that Apple was “in danger of hanging on to old paradigm too long.”

The email was an agenda for Apple’s annual “top 100” meeting later that year. It was released this week as part of Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung over smartphone patents. Here is the entire email…

Apple’s Philip Schiller Talks Computers, Touchscreens and Voice on the New MacBook Pro →

November 2, 2016 · 22:21

David Phelan:

We first talked in an Apple-white private room at Infinite Loop, the company’s Californian headquarters, minutes after the new laptops had been unveiled and followed up a few days later…

This rarely happens. I assume it’s because the internet almost burned down from the heat of the discussions after the new MacBook Pro event.

Phil Schiller answers David’s questions:

The new MacBook Pro is a product that celebrates that it is a notebook, this shape that has been with us for the last 25 years is probably going to be with us for another 25 years because there’s something eternal about the basic notebook form factor.

Now this will be an interesting quote to return to in 25 years. I will actually put this down in my calendar.

If you made the Mac a touchscreen you’d have to figure out how to make it a good experience with your finger on a touchscreen. Trust me, we’ve looked at that — it’s a bad experience. It’s not as good or as intuitive as with a mouse and trackpad.

People assume Apple has never tried to make a touchscreen device. I was more than certain that they entertained the thought more than once, without Phil’s confirmation.

Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD (…) So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful.

Quite frankly, the camera companies, such as Nikon and Canon, are terrible at implementing features, which should have been standard years ago, wireless transfers being right there at the top.

And we are proud to tell you that so far our online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before. So there certainly are a lot of people as excited as we are about it.

This is a tough one to judge — people have waited for so long for a new MacBook Pro, that it could just be then finally putting their orders down.

To be fair it has been a bit of a surprise to me. But then, it shouldn’t be. I have never seen a great new Apple product that didn’t have its share of early criticism and debate — and that’s cool. We took a bold risk, and of course with every step forward there is also some change to deal with. Our customers are so passionate, which is amazing.

We care about what they love and what they are worried about. And it’s our job to help people through these changes.

That’s the thing. I curse, swear, and shout, because I love, not because I hate. I want and expect the new MacBook Pros to be the best — my iPhone too, for that matter — but apart from the usual suspects, I do have two complaints:

  • there is no screen cloth included in the box; I still use the one from my 17″ MacBook Pro and have two more stashed away, for when this one finally gives out; I use it every single day to wipe down my screen and I expect a new one for every Mac; perhaps this is strange of me, but this is an expensive machine — I want to feel that Apple sweated the details;
  • the charger extender is missing and now a $19 optional accessory, which I consider bad taste; I’m sure most people never used it, but that’s besides the point.

Anyway, I have one on order too… with the Touch Bar.