Apple have announced a special event. The event named “There’s more in the making” will take place in Brooklyn at 10.00 a.m. EDT (2.00 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday 30th October. Expectation are that we will see new iPads and new Macs including a new Mac Mini.
Adobe are to release a full featured version of Photoshop for the iPad. Photoshop CC for iPad will use the same code as the desktop software and will have all its functionality. It will launch sometime in 2019.
Only weeks after their $1m donation to the Kerala flood relief fund in India and $1m donation to the Hurricane Florence Relief fund, Apple have donated $1m to the relief effort in Indonesia due to the Earthquake & Tsunami. Tim Cook said on Twitter “Our hearts go out to the people of Sulawesi and all of Indonesia after this weekend’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Apple is donating $1 million to aid relief efforts as this beautiful country starts to rebuild.”.
Many are unaware the shortly after Apple removed the App Store from iTunes it released a special version of iTunes that retained the App Store, primarily for “certain business partners”. However, if you are currently making use of this special version of iTunes you may want to hold off upgrading to Mojave as it is currently incompatible with the most recent macOS release. There is no information, at present, as to if or when this version of iTunes will be made compatible.
Earlier this month I posted that David Sparks (Mac Power Users) had launched a video learning website (https://learn.macsparky.com) which has loads of content to raise your game on macOS and iOS. Well he has already added a new Field Guide, the OmniFocus Field Guide will help you master one of the top task management applications around and covers the new OmniFocus releases. Get it for a limited introductory price of $24.00.
The new fall detection feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 is off by default unless the user has set their date of birth in the Health app and is over 65. After hearing from a disabled user yesterday who will be using this feature while transferring to their wheelchair I thought awareness that this feature needs to be enabled for under 65s is essential.
Following their recent $1M donation to the Kerala flood relief fund in India Apple have now donated $1M to the Hurricane Florence Relief fund. Hurricane Florence recently made landfall in North Caroline and has caused catastrophic damage. Tim Cook said on Twitter “The Carolinas are in our hearts. To our employees there, first responders and everyone in Hurricane Florence’s path, please stay safe.”.
One of the big frustrations with Apple Music has been searching for an artist and finding all of their albums lumped together (Studio Albums Live, EPs, etc.) this issue has now been addressed. The artist page now categorises their albums into Albums (Studio Albums), Music Videos, Singles & EPs, Live Albums, Compilations and more. So much easier to get to the music you want.
Do you want to improve how you use your Mac, iPhone or iPad? Well, head over to MacSparky Field Guides where David Sparks will help you achieve it. It’s free to sign up and there are even some free courses, such as the Workflow Field Guide, the Drafts Field Guide and the Bonus Content from the Automators podcast. There is also paid content like both volumes of 60 Mac Tips, the Siri Shortcuts Field Guide and much more.
During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018) it was announced that iOS 12 will be released on 17th September 2018.
During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018) it was announced that macOS Mojave will be released on 24th September 2018.
During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018), a display of Apple’s new iPhone line-up failed to show the iPhone SE, we can only assume from this the smallest and least expensive iPhone has been discontinued.
Logitech's Crayon, the slightly cheaper rival to the Apple Pencil, which has up until now only been available to educational establishments will soon be on general sale. As from 12th September 2018, the stylus will be available in Apple stores and should be on the Apple and Logitech websites sometime this month. The cost will be $69.99, only $20.00 less expensive than the Apple Pencil despite offering a reduced feature set.
Apple-owned Beats have partnered with the NBA to become the official headphone, wireless speaker and other audio technology suppliers for the Basketball Association. As well as the NBA the partnership covers WNBA, NBA G League, and the US national team. Beats has promised team-branded headphones, can I be first in line for a pair of Charlotte Hornets headphones?
A new book by Ken Kocienda titled Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs was released on today (6th September 2018). The book gives an inside view of Apple's creative process from someone who was there. Ken worked on the team that created some of Apple's user interfaces and top software. Amazon Link - Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
Apple have been given the go ahead by the European Union to acquire the music discovery company Shazam. The purchase was announced in December 2017 but has been held up until now by an European Union antitrust investigation due to the popularity of Shazam and the amount of data they hold. European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that "acquisition by Apple would not reduce competition in the digital music streaming market".
Apple have announced a very small number of iPhone 8's contain logic boards with a manufacturing defect. They state that affected devices may experience unexpected restarts, a frozen screen, or won't turn on. Affected devices were sold between September 2017 and March 2018 in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and the U.S. Apple will repair eligible devices, free of charge. (Apple's iPhone 8 Logic Board Replacement Program Support Page)
Apple have published on their developer website that as of 3rd September 2018 85% of compatible devices are running iOS 11, which is currently the most up-to-date version of their mobile operating system. It is widely expected that iOS 12 will be release later this month. (Apple's Developer Website)
Apple has announced their expected event for 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 12th September. The event is called Gather Round and will be hosted at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. What are the odds on a new iPhone?