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Apple Unveils Thinner MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple used its “hello again” event to introduce new MacBook Pro models Thursday. Smaller, thinner, and featuring four Thunderbolt 3 ports, the signature feature is a “Touch Bar,” a Multi-Touch, Retina Display strip above the keyboard that offers users context-aware controls, keys, and other user-interface features.

Mac Observer Apple Keynote Live Coverage

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Join TMO‘s staff on a Google Hangouts on Air as we watch and cover Apple’s “hello again” Mac event. Not only will you hear live commentary from TMO staff, you’ll get to see a little behind-the-scenes action as the team publishes coverage of the announcements. You can also post questions and comments, but you’ll need to click through to the YouTube page for the stream to see and use that feature.

Rotating Car Phone Stand: $13.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Rotating Car Phone Stand

We have a deal for you today on the Rotating Car Phone Stand. It’s a mount for your iPhone (or Android device) with a suction cup for your windshield or dash. Like the name implies, it rotates, making it easy to get the orientation you need for the task at hand. It’s $13.99 through us.

Martian Notifier Smartwatch: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Martian Notifier Smartwatch

We have a different kind of deal for you today on the Martian Notifier Smartwatch. This device can receive and display notifications, and trigger your smartphone’s camera. You can customize vibration alerts, too. It’s available in black, red, or white, and it’s priced at just $29.99. There are videos on the deal listing, along with more information.

Apple Says It Will Return to Revenue Growth in December Quarter

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple with a big pile of money

Apple on Tuesday guided December quarter revenue higher than the year-ago quarter, the first time in four quarters that Apple would beat year-over-year sales. That guidance is a mixed bag of good news and meh news, and it’s complicated by a number of factors. Bryan Chaffin examines those factors.

Apple Beats Guidance with Q4 Earnings, Guides Q4 Above Consensus

· Bryan Chaffin · News

$AAPL Logo

Apple reported fiscal fourth quarter revenues of US$46.9 billion with earnings of $9 billion on Tuesday. Earnings per share were $1.67. Those results are down year over year from revenues of $51.5 billion, earnings of $11.1 billion, and EPS of $1.96. Gross margins were 38%, down year-over-year from 39.9%. Apple beat consensus estimates on EPS and guided Q4 revenues higher than consensus.

Last Chance for The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

This is your last chance to Pay What You Want for The Award-Winning Mac Bundle. It’s 13 Mac apps, including Drive Genius 4, The Hit List, DeltaWalker 2 Pro, Nisus Writer Pro, Aurora HDR, WinZip 5 Mac, VPN Forever: 3-Yr Subscription, Project Planning Pro, Letter Opener for macOS Mail, Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro, Screen Grabber Pro, eXtra Voice Recorder, and PhotoStitcher. That’s a quality list of apps (and services). Pay anything, even a penny, and you get three of them. Beat the average price—$13.03 as of this writing—and get all 13. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll earn an entry in an iPhone 7 giveaway. You can read all the details on the deal listing.

The 20 CDs Steve Jobs Gave Journalists with the First iPod

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Remember the first iPod? It was a thing. It held 5GB of music and was the size of a deck of playing cards. And there was no iTunes Store. The music industry was angry at Apple, worried that Steve Jobs wanted everyone to pirate CDs so he could sell us hardware. It was a whole big thing, but journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi reminded us of a tidbit I’d completely forgotten about. Apple sent out iPods to many journalists. Those iPods had music on them—20 albums worth chosen specifically and deliberately by Steve Jobs and the iPod team. And in an effort to show the music industry Apple was their ally, each of those iPods came with those 20 albums on CD. Mr. Hayashi recently found his bundle of CDs. He wrote an interesting post about it, including a list of all 20 albums. Spoiler, there’s a Dylan album, two Beatles albums, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Yo-Yo Ma, the Dave Brubek Quartet, a soundtrack, and more. It’s a fun snapshot look at an age that was radically different than the one we take for granted today.

The 20 CDs Steve Jobs Gave Journalists with the First iPod

Apple Releases watchOS 3.1 with Charging Fix, Message Effects Improvements, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

watchOS 3.1 Patch Notes

Apple released watchOS 3.1 Monday, an update with a mix of improvements and bug fixes. On the improve side if the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects in Messages. On the bug-fix side, a charging issue for Apple Watch Series 2 was fixed, and more.

Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with Improved Apple Watch Unlock, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

macOS Sierra Logo

Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Monday (in addition to iOS 10.1). The first new feature that jumped out at me was “Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch,” a feature I love but is inconsistent. It also includes auto smart album of photos that use the newly unlocked Portrait Camera feature on iPhone 7 Plus, and some bug fixes.

Shimo VPN Client for Mac: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Shimo VPN client running on MacBook

We have a deal for you today on Shimo, VPN management software for the Mac. You can manage and connect all of your VPN accounts through Shimo. It supports all the major VPN protocols, and you can establish multiple connections at the same time. It’s $19 through our deal.

How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren’t properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it.

Perpetrator of Friday's Internet Outage Comes Clean

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Twitter User birdsrightsactivist

OMG…gasp…can’t stop…gasp…omg…the laughter…

macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled It

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Some people have reported weird rebooting/logging out problems on their Macs after upgrading to macOS Sierra. Mac Geek Gab listener Ken was one of those folks, and he traced it to an auto-logout preference Sierra appears to have changed for him. Fortunately, resetting it is an easy fix. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Keith Burton was at last weekend’s Apple Regent Street opening. He took some great photos—including a shot of Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts—of the event and was kind enough to let us publish them.

HYFY Pro 1-Year Plan: $25

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HYFY Pro extension on Google Chrome on a MacBook

We have a deal for you today on HYFY Pro, a video screen capture extension for Google Chrome browser. It offers one-click recording that can also capture your microphone, and can then share out your capture Slack, JIRA, HipChat, or a shareable URL. We have a 1-year subscription for $25, 58% off retail. The deal listing has subscriptions for longer terms, too.

King of the Hill Intro in Pixel Art

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I’m kind of in love with this video by YouTuber Mauri Helme (via The Next Web). It’s the intro to King of the Hill, a brilliant Mike Judge cartoon that ran for 13 seasons. It was one of the smartest comedies on TV, in my opinion, but Mr. Helme recreated the intro using Pixel Art, including an 8-bit version of the theme song. Enjoy!

Eddy Cue Dampens Expectations for Original Apple TV Programming

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple & TV

Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, dampened expectations for original TV programming from his company. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, Mr. Cue said that Apple was focused on making it easy to access content from everyone.

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I think I’ve all but given up trying to read the Apple TV tea leaves.