Apple Posts iPad Air 2 Reveal Video

5:56 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-16

3:31 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's October media event gave us OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and new a new iMac. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's announcements, share their thoughts on the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina Display, and offer their take on whether or not we've really entered into the post-PC era.

Apple Introduces iMac with 5K Retina Display

2:31 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple unveiled a new iMac model on Thursday with a 27-inch 5K Retina Display. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing, said the new iMac's display is unlike any other for desktop computers, and even called it the "world's highest resolution display."

OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free Downloads

1:40 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.

WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

1:18 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that WatchKit, a developer environment for coding Apple Watch apps, will roll out in November. WatchKit will let developers create custom apps for Apple's smartwatch device, scheduled to ship in early 2015.

CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

10:48 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

CBS is following HBO's lead and will be launching its own streaming service so viewers can watch its programming without a cable subscription. CBS All Access will give subscribers on demand access to current TV shows and content from CBS's library, and some markets will offer live viewing, too.

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First HBO's announcement, and now CBS. Hopefully this is the beginning of a bigger trend in TV viewing options.

Panera Bread Set to Launch Apple Pay Oct 20

9:52 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The restaurant chain Panera Bread will reportedly start supporting Apple Pay mobile payments from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Monday, October 20. When iOS 8 was released last month, Apple said its new mobile payment system would go live some time in October, and it's looking more and more like we'll get an official launch date during today's special media event.

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Interest in the iPhone 6's Apple Pay feature seems pretty high. Maybe Apple will be the catalyst that gets mobile payments off the ground in the United States.

TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

9:20 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Link

Apple's "It's been way too long" media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today, and The Mac Observer will be here bringing you our live blow-by-blow coverage and analysis. Rumors are pointing to new iPads, Apple Pay announcements, and more, so be sure to follow along with our live feed, or check out our Twitter feed for the latest from the event.

Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

8:45 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's online store was replaced with the usual "We'll be back" message ahead of Thursday morning's media event. The company is expected to introduce updated iPad models, announce the launch date for Apple Pay, and possibly unveil updated MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV.

iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

8:42 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Even though iOS 8's new features for sending quick audio or video messages are pretty cool, those of us with smaller capacity devices may not want to save every bit of every conversation we have. For today's Quick Tip, we'll discuss adjusting your settings so that you control how often your text, audio, and video messages get deleted.

Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

1:58 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Scrivener

The binary code love of my life—Scrivener—was updated to version 2.6 Thursday morning. The update includes support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which Apple is expected to either release later on Thursday during a media event, or announce a release date.

Apple Reportedly Plans to Pull Fitbit from Apple Stores

7:31 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Fitbit

Apple is reportedly planning to pull Fitbit's fitness trackers from its fleet of retail stores. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code reported that could begin pulling the devices soon.

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Fitbit is the leader in the fitness space, and the company has a commanding market share in devices. It's pretty clear that Apple's HealthKit is going to reset the bar for success in this space, and Fitbit will lose its hard-won share if it doesn't jump on Apple's late-to-the-party bandwagon.

8 Elite Mac Apps and 25 Comprehensive OS X & Web Development Courses: $29.99

5:19 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

8 Elite Mac Apps and 25 Comprehensive OS X & Web Development Courses: $29.99

We have a dandy deal for you today called the Mac to the Future Bundle. It features eight excellent Mac apps plus the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle. The apps include Capo 3 For Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors Choice Award), Ember, Anonymizer Universal (1yr), and skEdit. That's $460 worth of software, and the developer course is another $500, but through our bundle deal, it's all yours for $961. There are complete descriptions on the deal page, so check it out.