With its upgrades and expansion to the iPhone X product line Wednesday, Apple has again led the public – and the press – on a confusing path when deciding how to represent these new iPhone models in plain text.
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Wireless speaker pioneers Sonos today announced the upcoming availability of their first-ever set of public APIs available to all Sonos speakers, as well as the Sonos Amp, a new piece of hardware aimed at allowing folks to use their own speakers within a Sonos system.
Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Added new Plume SuperPods and Deco M9 Plus hardware to the list, and started tracking Plume overall (and I’m impressed!). Updated a note in the buying advice section comparing the robustness of eero, Plume, Velop, and Orbi. – Dave]
It’s my pleasure to welcome MacX DVD Ripper Pro as this week’s sponsor. Let’s face it, ripping DVDs is not a fun task, but it is one that we all need to do as we migrate our video libraries to more portable formats. This means you want a DVD ripper that gets the job done quickly, compresses your files to the smallest format without losing any noticeable quality, and rips every DVD you throw at it. Enter MacX DVD Ripper Pro.
It’s our pleasure to welcome macXvideo as our sponsor here at TMO this week. macXvideo is a free app to prepare 4K videos for social sharing on YouTube, Facebook, and more. In addition, macXvideo provides some of the fastest video processing and conversion available, all wrapped in a graphic-rich user interface. Best of all, it’s available as a free download.
My thanks to eero for coming on board to sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage here at TMO this year. It’s not just WWDC coverage that eero values, it’s Wi-Fi coverage. Imagine having your whole home blanketed in fast, reliable Wi-Fi that just works. Now imagine that you don’t have to imagine that anymore. eero’s mesh Wi-Fi not only gives you Wi-Fi coverage for your whole home – yes, including those pesky dead spots you’ve fought with for years – eero does it in a super-simple way.
My sincere thanks to Smile for coming on board to help sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage here at TMO this week. Smile’s commitment isn’t anything new, and on Tuesday, June 12th, Smile will celebrate 15 years of making fantastic productivity software since 2003. PDFpen 1.0 debuted six months later in January at Macworld San Francisco 2004. They’re now up to PDFpen version 10, which includes watermarking, headers and footers, a precision edit tool, and more.
Sonos announced on Wednesday that AirPlay 2 will be coming to all compatible Sonos speakers in July. As previously noted, AirPlay 2 will work on the current generation Play:5, Playbase, Sonos One, and the newly-announced Sonos Beam.
At WWDC on Monday Apple announced and subsequently released macOS Mojave 10.14 developer beta. Unlike High Sierra, though, this update does not run on all the same Macs that the previous/current version does, with most 2011-and-earlier Macs being left behind.
Visit our liveblog.macobserver.com page for up-to-the minute updates and commentary from the TMO team. Big thanks to our WWDC2018 Coverage Sponsors: Jamf Now, Smile, iMazing, eero, and Carbon Copy Cloner!
This week’s sponsored app is 5KPlayer. With 5KPlayer you can play your videos with ease. Just drag a video into the 5KPlayer window and it works and plays with full-quality video and sound. No warnings about missing codecs, no issues. Just play and enjoy.
While many have argued that Apple has lost its footing without Steve Jobs at the helm, and some will say Apple hasn’t released any revolutionary new products, Apple’s success since Steve left-then-passed is undeniable. Many of us remember times where any non-Steve Jobs CEO at Apple was complete and utter failure. That’s most certainly not been the case with Tim Cook.
We all know that backing up your iPhone is not an option, it’s mandatory. We also know that having just one backup of your data isn’t enough. This week’s sponsor, DearMob, helps to solve that problem, and uses US Military-Standard Encryption in the process.
We first met Evgeny Cherpak when Mac Geek Gab listener, Jason, sent in Remote Control for Mac as a “Cool Stuff Found” submission. Since then, of course, we’ve all learned about Evgeny’s great suite of apps focused on using your iOS devices to make your Mac-using life easier. Today we’ve got a wrap up of these great apps for you.
Anyone following along will already know that Evgeny Cherpak creates apps that make your Mac life easier by utilizing your iOS devices as additional input and control surfaces. He’s got a vision on these things that routinely makes me think, “I didn’t realize I needed this until I had it… and now I can’t imagine not having it.” With that I’d like to offer Evgeny double thanks. Thanks for creating the apps, and thanks (again!) for sponsoring TMO here this week.