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Apple Announces iOS 8 and Mac OS X ‘Yosemite’

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

desktop_ios8_iconAt the keynote event for its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference today, Apple announced and previewed the next versions of the operating systems for its mobile devices and Macintosh computers. Both iOS 8 and Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite will be released to the public this fall and will be free of charge.

iOS 8 gets several major upgrades in basic functionality with changes to Siri, Spotlight search, and notifications. Siri can be invoked hands-free with the phrase “Hey, Siri” and will be able to offer song recognition and make purchases from the iTunes store. Spotlight will be able to search the App Store and provide information at a glance from sources like Wikipedia.

Notifications will be more interactive with actions possible without leaving the current app. For example, the notification for a new text message can be dragged downward and replied to immediately without needing to go the Messages app.

Apple is also offering developers more features that will allow them to share data between apps, show data on the lock screen within widgets, and and they will be able to use TouchID to protect apps (to unlock an app like Intuit’s Mint, for example).

Yosemite for Mac will feature a more streamlined interface, updates to Safari, Finder, and Mail, and even greater integration with iOS with Handoff, which lets users pick up editing a document easily when switching between an iOS device and a Mac. Sending files between Macs and iOS devices with AirDrop will also be possible with Yosemite.

iCloud Drive will store files in the cloud and synchronize automatically with users able to access files via Macs and iOS devices.

There are many more changes and new features and you can check out Apple’s press releases for iOS 8 and Yosemite if you want more details and marketing speak. I’m very excited for iOS 8 and the upgrades to Siri and notifications. What are you looking forward to most?

Fantastical 2 for iPad Now Available

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

fantastical-2-ipad-iconFlexibits has released a version of its gorgeous and highly functional calendar app for iPad. Fantastical 2 for iPad debuted in the App Store this morning and offers the same natural language event creation feature that debuted in the Mac version plus the ability to display a month, list, and “day ticker” view all at once on the tablet’s larger screen.

Compared to the iPad’s stock Calendar app, Fantastical lets you see so much more at once in portrait or landscape mode. It even offers Reminders integration so you can create and edit Reminders and and see Reminders with due dates in any of the available views.

Here’s a promo video showing Fantastical 2 for iPad in action:

As shown in the promo video, scrolling through any of the elements in the Dashboard advances the other views as well, so you can quickly get a snapshot of an entire week when you select a specific day or list item. To create events, you can simply type (or dictate, if you have a dictation-compatible iPad) something like “Lunch with mom on Saturday” and Fantastical will create an event titled “Lunch with mom” at noon on the upcoming Saturday.

The Mac version of Fantastical first debuted in 2011 and it quickly became my preferred way to create and view events on my Mac. The iPhone version was released in late 2012 and it prompted me to move the stock Calendar app to a folder buried on a seldom-visited home page on every iPhone I’ve owned since it became available. Since then, Fantastical for iPhone and Mac has only gotten better and I’m thrilled to have it on my iPad now. If you’re looking for a highly functional and easy-to-use app to manage your calendar and reminders on your iPad, I highly recommend Fantastical. It’s on sale now at a special introductory price of $9.99 and will go up to its regular price of $14.99 soon, so go get it now before the price goes up!

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Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPad Now Available

Friday, March 28th, 2014

microsoft-word-ipadMicrosoft released its staple office applications – Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – in Apple’s App Store yesterday. The apps are free to download and use to view existing documents though document creation and editing require an Office 365 subscription, which costs $99 per year and allows use of the apps on up to five iPads.

Microsoft created this promo video to highlight the features of the new apps:

If you’ve been waiting for Microsoft Office to come to the iPad, this should make you one happy camper. I’m personally disappointed that a subscription is needed to create and edit documents and would much rather pay a one-time fee to get full use of the apps. However, Microsoft did make full use of the Office Mobile app for iPhone free with the release of the iPad apps, so that’s a bit of a consolation. You can download Microsoft Office Mobile for free and while you still need a free Microsoft account to use it, you won’t be spending any of your hard-earned cash to create and edit documents with it.

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Clear for iPhone and iPad Goes Free for 24 Hours

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Clear for iOS 7 IconSince Apple doesn’t allow developers to charge additional money for app upgrades, their hands are tied when it comes to deciding how to handle significant changes to an app. Developers can either bite the bullet and just release an upgrade without earning any additional money from those who already purchased the app, or they can make it a completely new app such that even those who had purchased the old app now have to buy it again if they want it. Neither of these are great choices for developers who want to earn money for their time and effort and attempt to keep existing customers happy at the same time.


The original promo video for Clear

Realmac Software, one of the developers behind Clear, a gesture-driven list app released two years ago, ran up against this problem when updating Clear to add iPad support. At that time, Realmac released a new version, dubbed Clear+, so any existing users of the app had to buy it again to get iPad compatibility.

That decision didn’t sit well with those who had purchased the original version of Clear and Realmac is trying to make it right. As described in this letter, Realmac is making Clear free for two 24-hour periods. Realmac is going to return to a single, universal version of Clear and making it free allows those who purchased Clear+ to migrate to the original version, which will be the only one updated going forward, without paying again.

This the first 24-hour period when Clear will be free. It will go back up to $4.99 in the morning tomorrow, February 28, so click that Buy Now button below ASAP to get it for free.

Realmac will be offering Clear for free for 24 hours one more time in the near future, and we’ll let you know when that happens (you can also sign up to get notified via email directly from Realmac at the bottom of this page.)

Clear is still one of my most-used apps to hold my shopping and to do lists and it occupies a precious spot on the first home page of my iPhone. If you haven’t already tried it, now is an excellent time to give it a whirl.

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Apple Announces Fifth-Generation iPad and Retina Display iPad mini

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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At today’s media event, Apple announced the next generation models of its iPad and iPad mini tablets. The full-sized iPad is now called the iPad Air to recognize its thinner and lighter design compared to its predecessors and the iPad mini gets the higher resolution Retina display.

The full-sized iPad retains its 9.7-inch Retina display but gets a thinner casing at just 7.5 mm thick and weighing in at 1 lb. It will have Apple’s new 64-bit A7 processor, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing Facetime camera, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p HD video.

The iPad Air will come in two color combinations: silver/white and space gray/black. The new iPad Air will be available to ship and in Apple stores on November 1 and will start at $499 for the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity and $629 for the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity.

The new iPad mini revealed today gets a higher resolution Retina display and Apple’s new A7 processor as well. Like the iPad Air, it will also come in the white/silver and space gray/black color combinations. The 16GB iPad mini models will start at $399 for the Wi-Fi version and $529 for the Wi-Fi and LTE versions. Also like the iPad Air, the iPad mini will be available in capacities up to 128 GB.

The new iPad mini will be available for purchase in late November. The first-generation iPad mini will still be sold alongside the new models at a reduced price of $299 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version and $429 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi and LTE version.

Apple also announced new information on the Mac Pro and changes to the MacBook Pro line and you can find more information at our sister site, MacRumors:

- Mac Pro Launching in December with Xeon Processors, Dual FirePro GPUs and PCIe Flash Storage

- Apple Updates Retina MacBook Pros With Updated Processors and Faster PCIe Flash Storage

If you’d like to see the video of the event yourself, it’s now available on Apples site here.

I’m excited to see a new iPad mini with a Retina display. I love my first-generation iPad mini and its only “fault” was its display compared to my iPad 3. However, that wasn’t enough to stop me from making it my go-to tablet for ebook reading and other tasks, leaving my iPad 3 to languish on a shelf for weeks at a time. Do you plan to get an iPad Air or new iPad mini?

Apple to Hold Media Event on October 22

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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As reported today by AllThingsD, Apple sent invitations to selected media outlets for an event to be held at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on October 22 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The invitation states “We still have a lot to cover” and it’s widely expected that Apple will unveil new iPad models at this event. Mavericks, the next version of the Macintosh operating system that Apple first revealed in June should also get an official release date at the event and more information about the new Mac Pro models might be provided as well.

For an overview of all of the relevant rumors and everything known to date, check out these round-ups over at our sister site, MacRumors:

Find Apps Updated for iPhone 5s, iOS 7, and Game Controllers Easily on AppShopper

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ios 7 iconWith the release of iOS 7 and the new iPhone 5s and 5c models last week, developers have been releasing updates to optimize their apps to take advantage of new features and technologies in each. If you upgraded to iOS 7 or got a shiny new iPhone, here are a few links you’ll find useful:

When iOS 7 was first revealed in June, Apple had announced that it would include support for game controllers made under the company’s MFi (Made for iPhone) program. These controllers are coming (Logitech will be releasing one and so will Clamcase) and some games have already been updated to work with Apple’s published specs for them. You can find them here.

All of these search links are live in that they reflect the most recent changes to apps as of the moment you click on them. They search the “what’s new” field in each app’s description so there is a margin of error there if a developer has mentioned any of these key words there but hasn’t actually updated their app accordingly, so heads up.

‘Clear’ Makes Its Way to iPad

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Clear for iOS 7 IconRealmac Software has released a universal version of Clear, its lists app that first debuted for iPhone in early 2012, followed by a Mac version six months later. The new universal version of Clear has been redesigned for i0S 7 and includes some unique features for the iPad’s larger screen.

Clear features an icon, fonts, and interface aligned with iOS 7′s flatter style while still keeping the gestural navigation goodness it’s had from day one. On the iPad, the larger screen allows list names and their contents to be shown at the same time and you can drag and drop items from one list to another or even peek at the contents of another list by pulling down on the list name with two fingers.

Clear remains one of my favorite apps for shopping and to do lists and holds prime, front page real estate on my iPhone (and now on my iPad). If you’re looking for a full-on tasks lists with reminders, the ability to tag list items, sort them automatically, or other fancy stuff, you should look elsewhere. Clear is all about simplicity and straightforwardness in letting you create and edit lists quickly through a gorgeous interface.


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The iPhone-only version of Clear is still in the App Store and costs $.99 so if you don’t have an iPad and don’t see one in your immediate future, it should do you just fine. If you have an iPad, I recommend you pony up the $2.99 for the new version since Clear handily uses iCloud to synchronize everything between all of your devices and it’s so nice to access your lists no matter what device you’re using at the moment. If you purchased Clear for iPhone previously, you may be feeling a little betrayed by the appearance of this separate app that you have to buy again but Realmac put a lot of work into it and it’s worth it (and probably less than your morning coffee, to boot).

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Apple Releases iOS 7 With Redesigned Interface, iTunes Radio, Air Drop, and More

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

ios 7 iconAs announced at a press event earlier this month, Apple has released iOS 7 today as promised. The newest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which was initially unveiled in June, rocks a “flat” design complete with a new color palette and typography as well as several new features.

The most notable new features include Control Center, a panel full of shortcuts to frequently-used controls like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth toggles, a revamped multi-tasking interface, and an improved Notification Center. Air Drop, a Wi-Fi sharing feature that allows you to send pictures and files to other iOS devices quickly, also debuts in iOS 7. iTunes Radio comes to the Music app to let you stream music on demand from the iTunes Store (and if you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, you don’t get subjected to any commercials).

All of the apps that come on every iOS device out-of-the-box also got the overhaul treatment. Camera gets live filters and cropping and format options while Safari gets the ability to show unlimited tabs (yay!). Photos now groups captured pictures into collections, leveraging date and location information to organize your photos for easier access.

iOS 7 reviews started popping up all over the web yesterday evening and here are a few of the most comprehensive and informative ones I’ve seen so far:

The embargo on the new iPhone 5s also dropped and there are many reviews available now to help you make up your mind if you’re considering buying one. The most comprehensive one I’ve seen, which dives deep into processor technology and performance, is over at AnandTech. Of course, many of the major technology publications and journalists have weighed in, including Walt Mossberg for All Things D, Ed Baig for USA Today, and Engadget. For links to reviews of the lower-cost sibling to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c, see this post over at MacRumors.

If you’re looking to update to iOS 7 today, know that Apple’s servers will probably be under heavy load with everyone and their mother trying to do the same thing  so you may want to wait a little while before diving in. Whenever you decide to upgrade, this handy guide over at Macworld will walk you through everything you should know and do before upgrading.

If you plan to upgrade your iOS device using your computer, note that you’ll need iTunes 11.1 first, so go download it from Apple’s site now (or use the Check for Updates menu option in iTunes).

Apple Announces iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As expected, Apple announced new iPhone models at its media event, revealing the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5s is the successor to the current iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c is a new, lower-cost model with a plastic housing and feature set similar to the existing iPhone 5.

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The iPhone 5s looks almost identical to the current iPhone 5 but has a new, faster 64-bit A7 processor and a motion coprocessor, dubbed the M7, that can track motion continuously while requiring less power than main A7 processor. The most significant new feature in the iPhone 5s is Touch ID, which includes a capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the home button that can be used to unlock an iPhone or authorize iTunes purchases. The iPhone 5s also has an improved camera with a larger sensor, a new burst mode, and the ability to capture HD (720p) slow-motion video.

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The lower-cost iPhone 5c will have a 4-inch Retina display and come in blue, green, white, blue, red, and yellow with a hard-coated polycarbonate back and a reinforced steel frame inside. It will have an A6 processor and features an 8-megapixel camera sensor on the rear and a new FaceTime HD camera on the front.

The iPhone 5c can be pre-ordered starting on September 13 and will cost $99 for the 16 GB models and $199 for the 32 GB models with a 2-year contract. The iPhone 5s will be available in silver, gold, or space gray and will cost $199, $299, and $399 with a 2-year contract for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, respectively. Oddly, the iPhone 5S cannot be pre-ordered and will be available in stores and available for order online starting on September 20.

Do you plan to get a new iPhone 5s or 5c? Right now I’m planning on getting a 64 GB space gray iPhone 5s and it’s looking like I’ll have to get up very early on September 20 to go stand in line to get one.