Tim Cook Says 'Great Desktops' are Coming

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook says new desktop computers are coming

The iMac hasn’t been updated in over a year and the Mac Pro is more than three years old without any changes, leaving many wondering if Apple is stepping back from the desktop computer market. Apple CEO Tim Cook says that’s not so, and that there are “great desktops in our roadmap.”

iFixit: AirPods Aren't Repairable, Case May Have Caused Delay

· Jeff Gamet · News

iFixit tears down Apple's AirPods and AirPods case

Apple’s AirPods have been available for only a day, and with very limited availability, but iFixit managed to get ahold of a pair and subject them to their usual new product dissection. What they found inside were components that can’t be repaired, and a charging case that may be behind the extended delay in getting to store shelves.

Constrained Inventory Leaves AirPods Buyers Empty Handed

· Jeff Gamet · News

Line outside University Park Village Apple Store in Fort Worth, Texas, for AirPods

Hopeful shoppers lined up early Monday morning in a mostly fruitless effort to buy Apple’s AirPods today instead of waiting until January for online orders to ship. AirPods are backordered six weeks, but the company said the wireless earpods would be available in its retail stores on Monday, December 19th.

What You Get for Super Mario Run's $10 In-app Purchase

· Jeff Gamet · News

Super Mario Run lets you play levels for 20 seconds after you complete the first thee

Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad is free to play, but that’s a little misleading. Without making the US$9.99 in-app purchase to unlock all of the game’s levels, there isn’t much you can do. Read on to see what your ten dollars gets you.

Apple Trying to Beef Up Battery Engineering Team

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Stylized car battery with Apple logo

In the wake of ongoing complaints about battery performance and reporting on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple is looking to beef up its battery-engineering team. 9to5Mac noted the company just added two positions related to batteries, Battery Algorithm Analysis Engineer and System Power and Control Architect.

AirPods Available in Apple's Retail Stores on Dec 19

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

AirPods in Apple Stores on December 19

If you missed out on ordering your AirPods for a pre-Christmas delivery, there’s still a chance you might get ahold of a pair because they’ll be available in Apple’s retail stores on Monday, December 19th. Don’t, however, get your hopes up because this will likely mirror the Apple Pencil launch where “available in store” really means “good luck with that.”

Super Mario Run Already the Top Grossing App Store Title

· Jeff Gamet · News

Super Mario Run is already the top grossing and top free game download at Apple's App Store

Nintendo released Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad Thursday afternoon, and by early Friday morning it was already the top grossing and top free title on Apple’s App Store. The game is a free download with a US$9.99 in-app purchase to unlock extra levels, and considering Mario’s top spot on the App Store plenty of players are happy to pay up.

iPhone 7, Pokémon GO Top 2016 Google Searches

· Jeff Gamet · News

Top Google searches in 2016 were Pokémon GO and iPhone 7

It looks like the things people wanted to know about the most in 2016 were Pokémon GO and the iPhone 7. The two topped Google’s this year’s searches, beating out Donald Trump and Prince.

Super Mario Run Available for iPhone and iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Super Mario Run on the iPhone

As promised, Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad launched on Apple’s App Store on Thursday. The game marks Mario’s first official appearance on Apple’s mobile devices and was first teased this fall, and if the hype is any indication productivity is going to take a serious hit for the rest of today.

1B User Accounts Compromised in Massive Yahoo! Data Breach

· Jeff Gamet · News

Over a billion Yahoo user accounts compromised in single largest data breach ever

If you have a Yahoo! login, it’s time to go change your password again. The company says personal information for more than a billion users was stolen, including names and passwords. The security breach happened in August 2013, and is likely the largest ever.

Apple Pay Expands with Causemo And GoDaddy

· Andrew Orr · News

On Wednesday, Apple added domain registrar GoDaddy and startup Causemo to Apple Pay. Apple has steadily expanded the list of retailers and other companies who accept Apple Pay online, increasing the service’s footprint.

Great Gifts for Groovy Geeks:Part II

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Blue's Raspberry offers great sound in a portable package for macOS and iOS.

It’s Part II of Dr. Mac’s annual gift guide, with four more reasonably-priced gadgets that make perfect gifts for the geeks you love.

4 Apps for Seeing Your Mac's Battery Time Remaining [Updated]

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple removed the battery time remaining estimate in macOS 10.12.2

Apple took away the time remaining estimate from its Battery menu bar widget in macOS 10.12.2 presumably because it was inaccurate and confusing. That’s a problem because a lot of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users rely on the time estimate to get an idea of how long they can go before they have to find a power outlet. Even though Apple deemed the time remaining estimate unnecessary, other developers get that it’s an important feature. Read on to see some of TMO’s favorite battery monitoring apps.

Netflix's 'The OA' Taps the Weird of 'Stranger Things' in Lost Memory Mystery

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Screenshot from The OA

Netflix blew up the Internet with a series of tweets saying, “Have you seen death?” “Have you seen darkness?” and “Have you seen the light?” It was followed by a clip of a woman jumping off the bridge, and not much else aside from everyone and their brother reacting.

Here Are the 104 New Emojis in iOS 10.2

· Andrew Orr · News

Some of the new emojis in iOS 10.2

Yesterday Apple released the long-awaited update to iPhone: iOS 10.2. With this version, iPhone users can make use of 104 new emojis. There’s nothing specifically telling you which ones are new, however, so we gathered them together for you.

Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Video Issue with macOS Sierra 10.12.2

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

macOS Sierra 10.12.2 fixes Touch Bar MacBook Pro video issue

Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.2 on Tuesday with a fix for the video artifacting issue many Touch Bar MacBook Pro users have been experiencing. The update also ensures System Integrity Protection is enabled on the new laptop model, and improves Auto Unlock reliability, too.

AirPods Already Backordered into January

· Jeff Gamet · News

AirPods showing four week delay after first hour of availability

Well, that didn’t take long. Apple’s AirPods went from a December 21st delivery to a four week delay in about an hour. Apple can say AirPods shipped before the Christmas holiday, but at the expense of loads of angry customers who have to wait until some time in 2017 to see theirs.

Apple AirPods Finally Available, Delivering Dec 21

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

AirPods shipping for December 21st delivery

Apple’s AirPods are finally available for order and will start delivering to customers on December 21st, just in time for the Christmas holiday. The wireless earbuds were originally scheduled for an October release, but were delayed until now.

Trump Tech Summit to Include Tim Cook, Larry Page, More

· Jeff Gamet · News

Donald Trump invites tech industry leaders to a summit meeting on December 14

President-elect Donald Trump is hosting an invitation-only technology summit on December 14th and Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with Alphabet CEO Larry Page, are reportedly attending. The event will be hosted at Trump Tower in Manhattan and will include several other tech industry leaders, although exactly what will be discussed is still unclear.