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.

Apple Releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus, Replay iMessage Effects, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 10 Logo

Apple released iOS 10.1 to consumers on Monday. The update includes beta support for Portrait Camera on iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the ability to replay iMessage bubble and full-screen effects. There are also new features for Apple Watch, transit-related features in Maps, and other improvements to camera functionality and the Photos app.

MacBook Pro Refresh May Still Happen in October

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

New Retina MacBook Pro models in late October 2016

If you’re counting on an major refresh for the MacBook Pro in October, don’t give up hope yet. A new report says updated models are still on the way and they’ll launch before the end of the month.

Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone

· Bob LeVitus · Product News

Kenu Stance Tripod

Stance, by Kenu, is a $24.95 compact tripod for iPhones that attaches via Lightning connector. Find out why it earned a spot on Dr. Mac’s keychain.

Apple Fixes Cellular Connectivity Problem with iOS 10.0.3

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Patch Note Screenshot for iOS 10.0.3

Apple released iOS 10.0.3 Monday. The company’s patch notes specify that it addresses “an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity.”

Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 Available Oct 28

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 coming October 28

If you’ve been holding out for the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2, you can finally put a date on your calendar. Apple will start selling the sports and fitness-focused version of its smartwatch on October 28.

Fujitsu Begins ScanSnap Fixes for macOS Sierra

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

A bug

Fujitsu announced a schedule for ScanSnap updates to correct issues in macOS Sierra. The company has been dealing with compatibility problems that threatened PDF content for Apple’s newest Mac operating system. Futjitsu pushed updates to some users on Thursday and unveiled a schedule for other devices later in October.

PDFpen Adds macOS Sierra Tabbed Window Support, More

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

PDFpen Pro 8 for the Mac

Smile’s PDFpen and PDFpen Pro just got updates to version 8.2 that add support for macOS Sierra’s tabbed window feature. The update also adds iCloud file sync support for users for all users—a feature that previously was available only if you purchased PDFpen through Apple’s Mac App Store.

Siri Turns 5 Years Old, Feel Free to Sing to Her

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Siri's birthday in macOS Sierra

Siri turned five years old Tuesday, having been launched on October 4th, 2011. She’s changed a lot in that time, grown up a bit. But she’s not too old to appreciate us singing to her.

macOS Sierra Now Auto-downloading, but not Auto-installing

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

macOS Sierra running on Apple MacBook

If you haven’t upgraded to macOS Sierra yet, get ready for Apple to push it to your Mac automatically. That doesn’t, however, mean Apple is forcing you to upgrade because the automatically downloaded update isn’t auto-installing.

CW Shows Come to Apple TV, No Cable Subscription Required

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

CW app on Apple TV doesn't require cable subscription

The CW made good on its promise to bring shows like Supergirl, The Flash, and iZombie to Apple TV for free. The network’s Apple TV app is available now, and doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription to watch, or need any sort of login.

iOS 10.0.2 Fixes Headphone Audio Controls, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 10.0.2 Screenshot

Apple released iOS 10.0.2 Friday. The headline feature is a fix for an issue that kept some headphone audio controls from working. A Photos bug was also fixed, as well as a problem with app extensions.

TASCAM Users: Don't Upgrade to macOS Sierra Yet

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

As has become unfortunately typical from TASCAM, macOS Sierra-compatible drivers for much of their audio hardware are not yet available. Previous years have seen a three-to-six month wait after the release of each new build of OS X for TASCAM to finally put out even preliminary public beta drivers.

TL;DR: if you use TASCAM audio hardware, don’t upgrade to macOS Sierra yet. Check back around Christmas. Maybe.

Apple Releases Safari 10 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Safari 11

Apple released Safari 10 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite on Tuesday. The release was timed with the release of macOS Sierra, and it includes several new features, as well as 21 security fixes. Bryan Chaffin explains what’s what.

Apple Ships macOS Sierra

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

macOS Sierra running on Apple MacBook

Apple released macOS Sierra on Tuesday. The successor to OS X El Capitan, Sierra brings Universal Clipboard, iCloud Desktop and Documents, Auto Unlock and Apple Pay to the Mac. It also features Siri integration, as well as other improvements. The update is free.

PSA: ScanSnap Users Should Not Upgrade to macOS Sierra [Updated with Fujitsu Statement]

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

ScanSnap Bug

Fujitsu issues a major warning about ScanSnap compatibility in macOS Sierra. The take away is that if you use ScanSnap to create PDFs, don’t upgrade to Sierra. As of this writing, Fujitsu PDFs generated by ScanSnap could become blank if opened in Sierra. [Update: this article was updated with a statement from Samsung.]

Apple Patches 2 Critical Security Flaws in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

The KRACK hack is being patched

Apple released separate security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan on Thursday. Both updates patch the same two critical security flaws. One flaw potentially exposed kernel memory, and the other allowed a maliciously crafted app to take over your system.