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6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac Pro

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MacBook Pro with 4K display

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.

Holy Crap! Darth Vader is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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As if we couldn’t be any more excited about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Entertainment Weekly just dropped a Death Star-size surprise in our laps: Darth Vader is in the movie. Since this movie chronicles the events leading up to the original 1977 Star Wars movie, it seemed pretty likely we’d see everyone’s favorite Sith Lord, but now it’s official. Hopefully Vader will make more than a cameo appearance because it would be frakking awesome to see him in ruthless bad-ass mode instead of the emo Vader we got in “Return of the Jedi”. Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, so clear your schedule now.

Holy Crap! Darth Vader is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Beijing iPhone Ban is About Money, not Politics

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Apple blocked in China

The Chinese company that won a ban on iPhone 6 sales in Beijing has been dead for about a year. But if you’re thinking this is a case where China’s government is using Shenzhen Baili’s name in a political game against Apple, think again; this is a case where a company couldn’t cut it making crappy products in a cut throat market.

BusyCal gets a Big Upgrade and an iOS App, too

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BusyCal is the go-to workhorse calendar app for the Mac, and now version 3 is out with new features like calculating travel time, an improved menubar view, and tasks tied to specific times. What’s even cooler is that BusyCal is finally available as an iPhone and iPad app, so you can use the same familiar views on all of your devices and get event and task alerts on your Apple Watch. We’ve been testing the Mac and iOS versions for a few weeks and are pretty impressed. BusyCal 3 requires OS X El Capitan and costs US$49.99, or $29.99 for upgrades. The iPhone and iPad version costs $4.99 and requires iOS 9.3 or later.

BusyCal gets a Big Upgrade and an iOS App, too

Judge Dismisses Error 53 iPhone Bricking Lawsuit

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Apple legal scales

A class action lawsuit against Apple over bricked iPhones and Error 53 has been dismissed because the Judge overseeing the case saying the plaintiffs failed to prove they had been harmed. This isn’t, however, the end of the line because they can amend their claims, plus there are at least two similar cases in the court system, too.

Apple Should just Confirm the iPhone 7 Headphone Jack is Gone

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iPhone in crystal ball

The only big design change we can expect to see in the iPhone 7 when it ships this fall will be the lack of a headphone jack. That’s what the latest report claims, and it also says it’ll be 2017 before a major redesign comes. Considering this report comes from the Wall Street Journal, Apple should just go ahead and officially confirm the headphone jack is gone.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-21: Forcing Phone-free Concerts, Russia’s Anti-encryption Bill

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Going to an Alicia Keys concert will get your iPhone locked away, but not by the police. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on concert goers being forced to drop their smartphones in locked bags as a condition to see the show. They also take a look at Russia’s bill calling for backdoors into encrypted chat apps.

Apple Summer Camp Teaches Movie Making, Writing, Robotics

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Apple Summer Camp 2016

It’s summer camp time again at Apple’s retail stores for kids who want to learn how to use their Macs and iPads to create cool movies and interactive books. The summer camps are free and run from July 11 through August 12 for kids ages 8 through 12. This year’s sessions include Stories in Motion with iMovie, Interactive Storytelling with iBooks, and Coding Games and Programming Robots. They typically fill up fast, so be sure to sign up early if your kids want to go.

Apple Puts Non-Retina MacBook Pro on Death Row

· · Product News

MacBook Pro and tombstone

Apple’s 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro looks to be close to end of life because the company is pulling it from retail displays, and it’s unavailable in some locations. Once the 13-incher is gone, the MacBook Air will be the only non-Retina laptop Apple sells, and none of its computers will ship with an internal optical drive.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-20: Apple Power Plans, what's Coming for Passcodes

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple’s plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.

Denver, Boulder get Transit Data in Apple's Maps

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Apple Maps transit directions

Colorado is finally getting in on the Maps transit directions game because Apple just added Denver and Boulder. That means you can get direction that include busses and light rail, and if either city ever adds subways, those would show up, too. Apple added transit direction to Maps in iOS 9 with a limited number of cities. That number is slowly increasing and includes locations such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. More cities are coming, so hopefully yours will show up soon.

Apple Maps transit directions

Apple Says No to GOP Convention Over Trump

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Donald Trump, man of orange skin

Apple won’t provide any funding or support to the Republican presidential convention because of Donald Trump’s negatively charged position on women, minorities, and immigrants. Other tech companies are staying out of this year’s event, too, and some are scaling back their support, showing how controversial the Republican presumptive president nominee is.