Apple

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Confirmed the New MacBook Pro with Magic Toolbar →

OCTOBER 26, 2016

Following the news leak and the path where the images of the redesigned MacBook Pro are hiding, here’s one of the photos downloaded from my Mac’s file system running 10.12.1:

 

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So it’s confirmed. We should see this on tomorrow’s Mac event.

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iPod’s 15th Birthday →

OCTOBER 26, 2016

ipod_first_gen-0Three days ago, the iPod turned 15. Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge looked back at some highlights in the history of the iconic MP3 player:

Fifteen years ago today, on October 23rd, 2001, Steve Jobs stood up on stage and announced the original iPod. Since that day, the iPod has changed the way people buy and listen to music, sold millions of devices, and laid the foundation for the powerhouses that Apple has had with the iPhone and iPad.

And while the classic iPod design was finally retired two years ago, and the remaining members of the iPod line are less important to Apple’s strategy today than they were years ago, it’s still an integral part of history, both for the company and the larger tech industry.

Mine is a black iPod nano 5th generation. Although it’s now kept inside my cabinet, I have to admit, I’m still thrilled whenever I touch and play music with it. And yes, I still check and use it once in a while. With care.

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Apple’s Teaser for October 27 Event: ‘Hello again’

OCTOBER 20, 2016

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Apple yesterday announced its October 27 event with a tagline ‘Hello again’. If you’re not familiar with this, the famous 1984 Macintosh computer has showcased this tagline when it was first introduced into the world, and the same is true with the iMac (G3). 512 Pixels published an enchanting post with the exact photos in it. Check them here. That said, the speculation for the event that new Macs are coming is very likely.

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Why Does Siri Seem So Dumb? →

OCTOBER 13, 2016

Walt Mossberg:

Yes, Siri can usually place a call or send a text. It can tell you sports standings, Yelp restaurant reviews and movie times — features Apple added years ago. And it must be said that all of its competitors have their own limitations and also make mistakes.

But in its current incarnation, Siri is too limited and unreliable to be an effective weapon for Apple in the coming AI wars. It seems stagnant. Apple didn’t become great by just following the data on what customers are doing today. It became great by delighting customers with feats they didn’t expect. The AI revolution will demand that.

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Steve Jobs’s Best D: All Things Digital Conference Interviews →

OCTOBER 5, 2016

Dan Frommer for Recode:

On the fifth anniversary of Jobs’s death, we’ve compiled some of his D Conference highlights into the video above. (I also used the opportunity to ask Swisher and Mossberg about what it was like to host Jobs at their conference. As you might guess, he was a unique participant.)

Salute to a genius.

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On Tesla and Apple

OCTOBER 4, 2016

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Last Friday, I was about to post a linked article about Tesla’s Autopilot version 8.0 best new features, but while reading some related stories on the web, I stumbled upon Jack Stewart’s Wired article.

What caught my attention about Stewart’s piece is my relevant view on Tesla as a company. I don’t own a Tesla by the way, but what interests me about the car company is its Apple-like quality on details and approach. From the hardware and software, elegant design, the user experience, the marketing, and the over the air updates of its software.

Here are some of Jack’s comments that stood out for me:

You may not have bought an iPhone 7 on launch day, but if you’re an Apple user, chances are you upgraded to iOS10 and got a bunch of new features that make your old phone feel newer. The auto industry is slowly moving toward the same model, with Tesla leading the pack. Because Elon Musk’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV are always connected, they can actually get better with age.

Maybe the most remarkable thing about the update is that it simply shows up on the car, like an over-the-air update to your smartphone. No visit to the dealer, no wishing you’d waited to buy your car until the latest version hit the market. This means your car gets better over time, and recalls get way easier.

The ability to remotely improve the software that increasingly governs cars is a tantalizing new revenue stream for automakers, and affords customers the ease of use they’ve come to expect from their smartphones.”

That’s still a few years in the future. But if you’ve got a Tesla in your driveway, the future’s here now. Just give it an hour to install.

Earlier rumours suggest that Tesla was in talk for a possible acquisition, partnership or merger with Apple. During a phone interview with Bloomberg’s Betty Liu last February, Tesla Co-Founder and CEO Elon Musk discussed his meeting with the Tech giant’s acquisition chief but dismissed the rumour and said that a sale is very unlikely.

Whether these rumours are true or not, I think Tesla on its own is doing excellent work. It may be true that the company is struggling with its ambitious production targets for its Model 3 mass market car, my simple and quick assessment on this though is probably because Tesla is confident in foreseeing more customer demands in the future.

Final Thoughts

Being a new player in the automotive industry, no one expected that Tesla would change the game and by far lead the innovation on creating the car of the future. Even the Germans who are known for their expertise on building cars, overlooked and underestimated the California start-up’s capability. The recent headlines that are popping up on the web like this one and other similar articles prove that the company’s dominance is evident.

And if Apple joins the race,1  Tesla is going to be a tough competition.

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Inside iPhone 7: Why Apple Killed The Headphone Jack →

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski:

For Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, the iPhone’s 3.5-millimeter audio jack has felt something like the last months of an ill-fated if amicable relationship: familiar and comfortable, but ultimately an impediment to a better life ahead. “We’ve got this 50-year-old connector — just a hole filled with air — and it’s just sitting there taking up space, really valuable space,” he says.

“It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone,” Riccio says. “It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”

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Apple September 7 Event Announcements in Four Short Videos

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Today, Apple announces the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with the new set of wireless headphones called AirPods and the new Apple Watch Series 2.

And as always, Apple’s introduction of new products aren’t complete without their videos, and for the first time, they made a recap video of the event, titled “Don’t blink.”

Here they are:

 
 
 

You can watch the replay of the keynote here.

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How to Hide Books in iBooks

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

Figuring out how to remove books in iBooks?

Unfortunately, in iBooks, the “delete” feature doesn’t work the way “delete” works normally, i.e. eliminates file. It only unloads the contents of the book from your device. The cover of the book stays, and an iCloud download sticker (sort of) is marked in the upper right part to indicate that the book has either been deleted or hasn’t been downloaded yet. One tap on the cover and it will redownload the entire contents of the book right away. It’s as if you haven’t deleted nothing.

But there’s a good news, just like with your apps and music, you can “hide” a book permanently. Meaning, the contents and the cover of the book will disappear, just like how “delete” works the usual way.

Hiding books in iBooks is super easy. Here’s how:

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Apple Adds 2TB iCloud Storage Option for $19.00 per Month →

AUGUST 31, 2016

Wow. I’m still on my free 5GB option.

You can check Apple’s updated iCloud storage plans and pricing here.

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