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London aerial photographer says new MacBook Pro lets him finish the edit before the helicopter lands

London-based aerial photographer Jason Hawkes was given early access to a maxed-out 2018 MacBook Pro, and was impressed …<p>Hawkes, who spends his time leaning out of helicopters shooting both stills and video footage, tweeted how much he liked using the new machine.<p>Having an amazing time today …

MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar updated with max 32 GB RAM, ‘improved’ third-generation keyboard, True Tone, and new Intel chips

Apple has today updated the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with a spec bump refresh. The laptops feature Intel’s latest eighth-generation processors, with a six-core option on the 15-inch model. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro can also be specced with up to 32 GB RAM, with a DDR4 configuration. The …

MacBook Pro

Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta

<i>TechCrunch</i> has published a new piece detailing Apple’s massive effort to rebuild Apple Maps from the ground up — specifically the mapping data — with a combination of iPhones and those Apple Maps vans we’ve seen on the road for years.<p>The results of this effort will show up first in the next iOS 12 …

Smart TV

GarageBand lessons are now free for aspiring musicians

GarageBand has long been a useful tool to record music, podcasts and more. Even better, the app is free to download and use on your Mac or iOS devices, making it easy to try. Recent updates have brought enhancements like a portal for free sound packs and a better drum sequencer (on mobile), along …

Drums

My biggest WWDC disappointment: iCloud free tier is still 5GB

The WWDC keynote has come and gone. Apple announced a lot of exciting changes to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. I can’t wait to see what developers can do with all of the new APIs, and how these products are refined ahead of their fall releases. Be sure to stay on 9to5mac.com this summer to follow …

The 7 best features coming to your Mac computer later this year

MacOS Mojave will release as a free update to Mac users later this year, and it's a big upgrade. Not only will it help Mac users stay organized and get work done more efficiently, it also features several aesthetic choices to make using a Mac more visually pleasing.<p><b>Take a look at the 7 best</b> …

iOS 12 definitely speeds up your iPhone

Apple took to the WWDC stage to promise that iOS 12 would offer better performance than the iPhone’s current operating system. And tests on the first beta seem to bear this out, even on older devices.<p>Side-by-side comparisons between iOS 12 beta 1 and version 11.4 show clear speed improvements. …

How to install iOS 12 beta on your iPhone or iPad right now

At its WWDC event yesterday, Apple revealed the major new features coming to iOS 12. If the presentation got you all hot and bothered, you’ll be happy to know that you can now get your grubby paws on the beta preview.<p>The official route requires you to be signed up for the Apple Developer Program so …

Hands-on: 100 iOS 12 changes and features [Video]

iOS 12 has now been out in the wild for a little over 24 hours, and we’ve been digging through the highly-anticipated beta to find new features. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we showcase 100 new iOS 12 features and changes.<p>Changes covered in this video:<p>GeekBench 4 Compute Comparison<br>• New iOS 12 …

Sonos announces AirPlay 2 support, Siri control coming in July

After first discussing AirPlay 2 last fall, Sonos has officially confirmed this morning that support for Apple’s streaming audio protocol will arrive via a free software update in July.<p>Earlier this year, we learned that AirPlay 2 support would be limited to the Sonos One, Play:5, and Playbase …

Developer dives into porting iOS apps to Mac, finds resizing issues, simulates Mac-like sidebars, more

While Apple won’t officially release tools to port UIKit apps to macOS until next year, some are already digging into Mojave to see what they can discover. This morning, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has shared new details on how porting iOS to Mac will work.<p>Yesterday, Craig Federighi spoke a …

Zero Sign On a first step towards Apple TVs replacing crappy cable boxes

At the WWDC keynote Monday, Apple announced its first-ever deal with a U.S. cable provider to make Apple TV function as a cable box replacement. But, …

macOS Mojave and iOS 12 Versions of Safari to Support Favicons

- Jun 6, 2018<p>Apple on Monday debuted iOS 12 and macOS Mojave during its WWDC 18 keynote. Both operating systems offer the Safari web browser. The …

Leaked macOS 10.14 screenshots show off new dark mode, Apple News app for Mac, and Xcode 10 [update: video]

Developer Steve Troughton Smith today tweeted photos of macOS 10.14 with some very juicy details about Apple’s upcoming operating system. The OS is very clearly sporting a fresh new dark theme, presumably a toggle-able setting, with the dark UI affecting all application chrome. You can also see an …

Apple's Phil Schiller Explains Why Valve's Steam Link App Was Rejected

Apple recently made the decision to reject Valve's Steam Link app after initially approving it, leading to many unhappy Steam customers who had been looking forward to the feature.<p>Apple has been silent on the issue despite several requests for comment, but today, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller …

Apple reduces USB-C to Lightning Cable price amid rumors 2018 iPhones dropping USB-A

Apple’s 1m USB-C to Lightning Cable, which allows faster charging for compatible iPhones and iPads, has been reduced in price. When the cable debuted, the original price was $25 for the 1m version, and $35 for the 2m version.<p>It appears that last month, Apple quietly dropped the price of the 1m …

Hands-on: Nano brings the full Reddit experience to Apple Watch [Giveaway]

While many developers are now ditching Apple Watch support for its user base, some smaller developers are looking to get on board and adopt the platform. For Apple Watch, one notable omission has been Reddit Apple Watch clients.<p>The Apple Watch app market as it stands is similar to the early days of …

How to Add AirDrop to Your Mac’s Dock for Quicker Access

- May 10, 2018<p>AirDrop is a great way to send and receive files between Macs or between your Mac and iOS devices. Here’s a quick way to shave a few …

Operating Systems

Google makes it easier to delete the search, browsing and viewing history it keeps on you

Google is making it easier to see the search, browsing and YouTube viewing history it keeps on you, to delete any items you don’t want included, and to stop the company from logging your activity in future …<p>It’s doing this to comply with new European privacy regulations, known as the General Data …

As it rolls out another redesign, survey shows just how far Snapchat’s reputation has fallen

Over the past few months, Snapchat has been facing the consequences of a controversial redesign. Today, a new survey shows just how much that redesign has affected the public’s perception of Snapchat, but the company is also starting to rollout some changes to its app’s design…<p>A new survey from …

Apple key in effort to commercialize aluminum production without greenhouse gas emissions

Aluminum is Apple’s go-to material for making many of its products sleek and durable, and now the company is taking serious steps to ensure using its favorite metal is also good for the planet.<p>Two major aluminum producers are announcing a “joint venture to commercialize patented technology that …

Walmart’s Jet.com Now an Official Apple Authorized Reseller

- May 9, 2018<p>Walmart-owned Jet.com is now an Apple Authorized Reseller, which allows the online reseller to sell new Apple products, including …

Jony Ive opens up about Apple Watch origin and the watch he ‘admires most’ in Hodinkee interview

Apple’s top designer Jony Ive is featured in watch magazine Hodinkee this month to talk about the origins of the Apple Watch, his long-time friend and design partner Marc Newson, the future of Apple, and more.<p>The rather in-depth interview starts with Ive talking about the origin of the Apple Watch …

Melania Trump Designs Her Own Logo. It’s Just As Bad As You Think

First Lady Melania Trump has tried her hand at logo design. Let that sink in for a moment.<p><i>New York Times</i> reporter Julie Davis reports that the FLOTUS designed the wordmark for her new initiative “Be Best” herself, and that she wanted something that would appeal to children. That’s certainly …

Graphic Design

Cross-platform iOS and macOS apps may not arrive until 2019

Apple is supposedly working on a way to let developers create apps which work on iPhones, iPads, and Macs — but don’t expect to see it any time soon.<p>When news of the plan was first leaked in December, it was suggested that the feature may be announced at this year’s WWDC event. However, according …

How Many Megapixels Do You Need?

When I got my first camera, it shot four megapixel images. When I started getting serious about photography, I was using an eight megapixel camera. …

Landscape Photography

Apple is reportedly making a standalone VR and AR headset with two 8K displays

The headset will reportedly be available as soon as 2020<p>Apple is making a VR and AR headset that would combine both technologies and use the company’s proprietary chips, according to a report from <i>CNET</i>, citing a person familiar with the plans. The headset will reportedly arrive in 2020.<p>There’s very …

Apple outlines key features to look for when upgrading from AirPort devices

Now that Apple’s AirPort line is dead, Apple has now published a new support document detailing what customers should be looking for when upgrading from their existing AirPort devices.<p>While Apple’s AirPort devices never support mesh networking, Apple recommends using such a setup if you have a …

Photos claim to show redesigned iPhone SE 2 with glass back for wireless charging, headphone jack remains

The iPhone SE 2 rumor train has been a wild one. There are many conflicting reports about the device, ranging from rumors of a major chassis change to only a minor hardware revision.<p>These new photos purport to show a fully built iPhone SE 2, with resemblances to some leaked shells first seen in …

Battle between Apple and Microsoft is over

Microsoft’s head of marketing says his company is no longer interested in battling with Apple. This is surely a shocking statement to anyone who remembers the days when these two brawled relentlessly. But those days are over.<p>The change was brought about by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who accepted …