Next Version Of OS X: El Capitan, Coming This Fall To Mac

osx-el-capitanAvailable to developers via a preview today, and to consumers in the Fall, OS X “El Capitan” is the next iteration of Apple’s desktop operating system and changes are coming. An overhaul to the Safari browser for one: you can pin tabs, set tabs to startup, and mute audio from specific tabs as well. Spotlight search has been improved to support natural language, so as asking it to find “documents I worked on in June” will net you the intended documents, including the weather, stocks, and games scores.

New Notes app as well as an improved Mission Control interface for better window management, including a Split View, which splits the screen into two halves: one for each app.

System-wide the font has been changed to Apple’s San Francisco, which will also be extended towards iOS 9 and unify the font used across Apple systems. A 40% increase in rendering is also being integrated into El Capitan, allowing for games (usually an afterthought on the OS) to run better than ever before.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)

Apple Music: The $10 Monthly Streaming, Radio, And Social Service

apple-musicToday at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, a new app made its long-awaited (?) debut: Apple Music. Besides a regular music streaming service for 30 million iTunes songs, there’s radio curated by actual humans. Unsigned artists can also share music through Apple’s Music app, so they’re not left out of the fray.

Pricing is as follows: starting June 30th, you can trail Apple Music for free for three months, with $10 a month following. There’s also a family plan that allows up to six people access for $15 a month, through iCloud Family Sharing

Also, the app isn’t iOS exclusive: it’s headed to the Apple TV and Android, this fall.

Via: Apple

Apple Renews 15″ Macbook Pro With New GPU And Force Touch, Debuts Cheaper 5K iMac

macbook pro-2015-15For up to an additional hour of battery life, plus faster storage, Force Touch trackpad, and an AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics chip in the highest-end model, the 2015 15″ Macbook Pro is worth its weight and is at its peak, priced at $1,999 and $2,499 (with new AMD GPU).

Meanwhile, the 5K Retina display on the iMac just became more affordable, starting at $1,899 but instead of using an Apple Fusion drive seen on the $2,299 model, uses a traditional 1TB hard drive.

Essentially, Cupertino is tidying up shop today; not much else to see here.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)

The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference Kicks Off On June 8th

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.03.46 PMSpring has just arrived, but Summer is coming around, and with it, the Worldwide Developer Conference — Apple’s very own yearly playground in San Francisco for developers, and often the site of its own new announcements. The 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference, starts on June 8th, with applications for tickets starting now; those that can’t make it out West can stream the event live.

This is going to be interesting.

ViaApple Developer, Apple

The New 12-Inch Apple Macbook: Thinnest And Lightest With Retina Display

new-macbookIt measures 13.1mm at its thickest point, and comes in space grey, silver, and in gold, starting at $1,299.

But the coolest parts of the new 12-inch Retina Macbook run deeper: a completely redesigned and individually-backlit keyboard, the new Force Touch trackpad (all around haptic feedback and customized sensitivity) and a single (that’s right, just one) USB-C port for USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, power, and VGA tethered connectivity. The only other port? A 3.5mm headset jack.

Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac make for wireless capabilities. Meanwhile, the fanless design is made possible by Intel’s Core M series, so speed, quiet and energy efficiency can all exist, happily.

Via: Apple

Apple Will Hold A March 9th Media Event

apple-spring-forwardThe release of the Apple Watch being pinned in April by enthusiasts, journalists and analysts alike, it really does make sense for Cupertino to hold a media event on the 9th of March. Apple usually spaces some time between a new product launch and the media event, after all.

Oh, and Apple’s message for this invite? “Spring forward”. Interesting, indeed.

Stay tuned.

Apple’s Q1 2015 Record Results: $74.6B Revenue, $18B In Net Profit

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Apple released its fiscal Q1 2015 results, and they’re as profitable as ever. $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in net profit representing $3.06 per share — it’s astounding, and everyone will be talking about it. Being the largest quarterly profit in recent memory, Apple’s Q1 results for 2015 are basically setting the pace for upcoming quarters.

In terms of devices, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs in the quarter. Compared to Q1 2014, iPhone sales grew by 46 percent while iPad sales declined by 17.7 percent — testament that the iPad is losing its steam.

Apple as a whole, however? Not going away any time soon.

Via: Apple PR

Apple Updates iOS To Version 8.1.3 And OS X Yosemite To 10.2.2

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 1.34.36 PMThe second non-beta update to the Mac operating system, Yosemite is now at version 10.2.2. The update is aimed at fixing WiFi disconnect issues, an error in the Safari browser, and addressing security concerns. It is now available through the Mac App Store.

As for iOS, version 8.1.3 attacks the amount of free space needed to download an update over-the-air (OTA), rather than connecting through iTunes. Also corrected are errors with Apple ID logins, some multitasking gestures on the iPad, and bugs in Spotlight search. Per usual, the update is available through the Settings app.

And that settles that.