Apple Releases 10.10.3 Supplemental Update

2:49 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Mac OS Yosemite 10.10.3 now has a supplemental. Like a Captain's Log does sometimes. So if you updated last week, you have an update waiting for you.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

So many thoughts...where to begin? I'll just make a list.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-16: Apple Stores as Showrooms and Changing Retail Strategies

1:42 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's latest products, Apple Watch and the new MacBook, aren't available in the company's retail stores, which has Kelly Guimont wondering if this is the beginning of big changes. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's online-only sales tactic, and offer up their thoughts on why the company is using its stores as a show room instead of a sale point for its latest products.

LA Schools to Apple: Give Us Back Our Money

10:49 AM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to refund the money it paid into a US$1.3 billion deal to put iPads into the hands of its students and teachers. The district broke the contract last year amid controversy over ties between the former superintendent, Apple, and Pearson Education.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

The LA School District signed a legally binding contract with Apple and Pearson, later broke that contract, and now wants its money back. This should get interesting.

Apple Posts New Apple Watch Tour Videos Showing Phone Calls, More

9:05 AM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple added four new videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to handle phone calls, use Siri, work with Maps, and play music from the company's smartwatch device.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Seven Apple Watch guided tour videos posted, and three more to go. No doubt Apple will post those some time between now and April 24 when the first pre-orders may start showing up in the mail.

When Did Apple Stores Become Apple Showrooms?

6:12 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

When Did Apple Stores Become Apple Showrooms?

Apple announced a new MacBook during the "Spring Forward" event in March. Think you're getting your skipping out of an Apple Store with one on April 24th? Not so fast, pal. Apple's telling everyone to try their luck online, including resellers and even their own retail customers.

Finally - Good Forecasts for Apple Watch Sales in 2015

3:35 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

A Reuters and Ipsos poll of 1,829 Americans showed that 4 percent of American women and 9 percent of American men plan to buy an Apple Watch. Using the results and U.S. Census data for demographics, the potential sales number is about 15 million Apple Watches.  This is not far from the average of a recent compilation of analyst estimates.

Apple CEO Tim Cook goes on the Auction Block Again for Human Rights

11:14 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating yet again in a charity auction to support the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights for the third year in a row. Bidding in the Charitybuzz auction starts at US$10,000, and includes lunch with Mr. Cook along with two VIP passes to a future Apple keynote event.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

It's no secret that Tim Cook is a big supporter of human rights. Looks like his auction to support the RFK Center is an annual thing now.

Apple Buys Mobile Device Camera Maker LinX Computational Imaging

9:56 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased LinX Computational Imaging, a company known for its cameras designed for smartphones and tablets. LinX's camera modules are said to offer SLR-quality while still fit inside mobile devices, which could be a sign we'll get even better photos from future iPhone and iPad models.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Even better image quality from iPhone photos across a wide range of lighting conditions? Yes, please.

Covers by Siri

9:50 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Oh my. This is wonderful. Covers by Siri. The name says it all. Well, maybe not all. Someone has covered three songs (so far) using Siri's voice  for the lyrics. It's well done, and I can't imagine the effort needed to get the samples necessary to piece together lyrics like this. There's no embed mechanism, so you'll need to click through to hear them. You can download them while you're there, however. The site doesn't credit the individual behind the effort, but does say a new song will come out every Friday.  [Via The Loop]

Andy Hertzfeld Weighs In on Battle Over Steve Jobs’s Legacy

9:05 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Andy Hertzfeld Weighs In on Battle Over Steve Jobs's Legacy

Andy Hertzfeld has penned an excellent post on Steve Jobs and the simmering fight over which biography is "definitive." Mr. Hertzfeld, a member of the original (and legendary) Mac team who worked with Steve Jobs for many years, calls Becoming Steve Jobs a worthwhile read, but questions why Apple's current management has made a full court press to support the book.

Quirky ‘Space Bar’ Monitor or iMac Stand: $69

5:19 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Quirky 'Space Bar' Monitor Stand: $69

Check out this cool monitor stand called Quirky. It's designed to hold displays or iMacs, and will support up to 30 pounds.  It's also a USB hub, with four USB 3.0 ports and two dedicated USB charging ports. That, plus space underneath for your keyboard will help you declutter your desk. Through our deal, you can get this stand for $69, more than 30 percent off retail. Check it out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-14: Watson Health Cloud, Hoping for Apple Watch Failure

4:55 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

IBM and Apple are teaming up to change how doctors and researchers deal with medical and health data. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at IBM's Watson Health Cloud and how it will impact medical research, plus they look at just what it takes to convince yourself the Apple Watch is a failure no matter how successful it may be.

Apple’s ‘Something New’ Campaign Faces Lawsuit Over Copycat Art

11:53 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is facing a lawsuit from pop artist Romero Britto over artwork used in the "Start Something New" campaign. The artist filed his lawsuit lawsuit last week claiming the art from Craig & Karl that Apple used directly copies his works.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

There certainly is a lot of similarity between the artistic style of Romero Britto and Craig & Karl. For Apple, a ruling in Mr. Britto's favor means they'll have to pull a single piece from their Start Something New campaign, but Craig & Karl will have to find a different style for all of their future artistic endeavors.