Apple has been quietly adding engineers with experience in wireless charging, according to some LinkedIn sleuthing by The Verge. Over the course of the last two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen people in this field, including two from wireless charging startup uBeam in just the last four months. There's no telling what they're working on, but Apple already offers inductive wireless charging on Apple Watch, and Bloomberg reported in January that Apple wanted to do some kind of wireless charging solution for iPhone in 2017. Check out the full report at The Verge for additional information—the takeaway is that Apple is working on something in the field of wireless charging, and that's exciting, and it will probably be less dramatic, yet far cooler, than Nikola Tesla's wireless electricity transmission experiments more than a century ago.
Apple continued beefing up its offerings for the Chinese market this week with an update to GarageBand dedicated to Chinese content. The company added several Chinese instruments, including the pipa, the erhu and unspecified "Chinese percussion." Apple also added "300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops," the first new loops we've seen in some time.
Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for iTunes. The user interface, which was stellar when it first launched, has become complex, confusing and opaque. Plus, many small problems have plagued its robustness over the years as it tried to do too much. iTunes 12.4 takes two steps forward after many backwards steps, and restores some interface sanity. This is in itself notable.
Check out TarDisk, a cleverly named flash memory storage device for your MacBook. It fits in the SD slot on your MacBook, and is seen as a hard drive. If you use the included Pear 2.0 utility, that 64GB will virtually integrate with your internal hard drive so that your MacBook sees them both as one drive. Pretty cool! You can get this device through us for $99.99, some 32 percent off retail.
The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about social media services tonight, May 17, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be talking about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more, plus he'll have some tips for staying safe online.
iTunes 12.4 is out with some new interface changes. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their first impressions with the iTunes update, plus they offer up some thoughts on the System and Security Info app getting bumped from the App Store.
I use iTunes every day, and when searching in the iTunes Store for new music it just seems odd to me that there's no link or option to show the same content in Apple Music. In today's video, an example of that and perhaps a better option for iTunes...12.5?
Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is ramping up earlier than usual for the next wave of iPhone production, and it looks like device assembly is going to be even more complicated. Workers reportedly need more training to put the smartphone's components together, so hiring started early to meet Apple's expected September launch window.
iTunes just got updated, and version 12.4 looks a bit different. For one thing, we can use the sidebar again (whoo!), and for another, we can edit that sidebar to show only what we want it to (double whoo!). We've got the how-to right here in today's Quick Tip.
Apple squashed scores of security flaws in updates to OS X (10.11.5), iOS (9.3.2), and watchOS (2.2.1) on Monday, and TMO recommends that you run those updates ASAP—unless you're on an iPad Pro (9.7-inch). Bryan Chaffin explains.
It is with no small amount of glee and even more schadenfreude that I pass along the news that CurrentC's nationwide launch has been "postponed." Why the quote marks? Because that's almost certainly code for "shelved." And why the schadenfreude? Because from the moment it was announced, CurrentC offended Bryan Chaffin.
We have a deal for you today on a 3-in-1 lens kit for your iPhone from Acesori. It includes a Fish Eye Lens, Wide-Angle Lens, and a Macro Lens. It also comes with lanyards and covers for each lens, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a carrying pouch. They're held in place with magnetic rings that are also included—rings designed to stick to the metal around a smartphone's lens. The price on our deal is $9.99.
System and Security Info from Stefan Esser launched on the iPhone only a few days ago and has already been booted off the App Store. The app checked which processes were running on users' iPhones, then reported back with details about which apps were running, and whether or not any could be unwanted or malware. The internet quickly jumped to the conclusion that Apple was blocking apps that could detect device-level spying, but the reality is far less insidious: System and Security info violated Apple's developer guidelines and was rejected.
Chuck Joiner is an insurance company executive. But you probably know him as the producer and host of his video podcasts. It all started with MacVoices, individual interviews. Then came MacNotables with a distinguished cast of Apple subject experts. From 2008 to 2013 Chuck also produced MacJury panel discussions. Now, it's all under the umbrella of MacVoices. Chuck talks about how his experience in the insurance claims industry taught him how to genuinely listen. We hear about his early interest in the Apple II, then Macs, which led to involvement with a local user group, then MUG leadership, then an Apple Advisory Board. All that led to learning video production, and ever since Chuck has gone on to become one of the premiere video podcasters (and listeners) in the industry. This is his personal story.
Apple's car plans may not be exactly what we're expecting. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about shared cars and Didi, plus they debate whether or not iPhone users are tired of annual upgrades.
Apple surprised us with the 4G Apple TV's lack of 4K support. Now, however, with healthy momentum emerging in the 4K UHD industry, we can almost certainly expect the 5G Apple TV to support 4K UHD. But that's not all we're looking for. A new and important feature for any 4K TV is called high dynamic range (HDR). HDR makes a 4K TV more desirable—independent of the resolution. Here, on page 2 of Particle Debris, are the detailed specs to look for in the next Apple TV when it finally ships.
When the iPhone 6 came out I had a choice to make: go to a bigger iPhone or an even bigger iPhone? The 6 was to be larger than my 5s and, being a power user that always wants to have the latest and greatest speed and technology, those were my choices. The recent introduction of the iPhone SE, however, meant I could revert the size choice I made 18 months ago if I wanted. I immediately set to testing exactly how size mattered to me.
The internet went nuts a few days ago after a blogger said Apple Music deleted his entire music library, and that Apple's own support people told him that's exactly how it's supposed to work. That's flat-out wrong, although Apple has confirmed there's an esoteric iTunes bug where music is deleted, and a fix is coming in the next couple days. That's good news, but won't be enough to stop growing dissatisfaction with the app.
iPhones and keyfobs, batteries and USB-C, external Thunderbolt GPUs, the internet of things vs. SSIDs... there's a lot to weigh in on here, folks, and John and Dave give you their thoughts along with those of your fellow listeners. Download and enjoy!
We know Apple is working on a car—but what if it turns out the company isn't planning on letting you drive or own that car? What if instead of designing a consumer car for end-users, Apple is instead designing a vehicle or vehicles it will use to deploy its own fleet of autonomous ride-sharing cars?
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