Apple’s new Touch Bar MacBook Pro carries the “pro” moniker, but it isn’t clear exactly who the new laptops are targeting. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on who will want the new MacBook Pro, what could be coming in future models, and what pro users are saying about Apple’s latest laptop offerings.
We know a lot of people were waiting for Apple to launch new MacBook Pros before buying one. What we’d like to know, though, is if that includes you, which machine did you actually buy? Tell us in the Twitter survey we’re running.
If you were waiting until after Apple’s announcement to buy a new Mac laptop, which did you buy?
— The Mac Observer (@MacObserver) November 3, 2016
If the iOS 10.2 beta is any indication, Apple thinks every iPhone pic we take should be a Live Photo. Live Photo is on by default and reactivates itself every time you launch the Camera app, but there is a way to force it to stay off. Read on to learn how.
This is the last chance to get our deal on Keyboard Maestro, one of our own Dr. Mac’s favorite Mac utilities. With Keyboard Maestro, you can create macros and trigger them with keyboard shortcuts to help automate regular activities. You can get it through us for $19.99, but there’s just one more day on the deal.
There’s a new Steve Jobs book called To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. What sets this book apart from other Steve Jobs works is that it was written by someone who worked for Mr. Jobs, and not by an outside party looking in. Lawrence Levy was Pixar’s chief financial officer, and the book is his perspective about Steve Jobs’s time at Pixar, including his decision to go back to Apple. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. There have been some excellent books about Steve Jobs, but this sort of personal story should be quite valuable to those who wish to better understand Mr. Jobs. it’s been well-reviewed so far. If you’ve read it, drop your thoughts in the comments, please.
We’ve reviewed a lot of iPhone cases over the years. Some are amazing, but most have at least one flaw. This Silk Innovation Pureview transparent, slim case for the iPhone 7/Plus has no flaws and is a great way to show off the phone’s colors yet provide very good protection. John explains why it’s now his case of choice.
iTunes Song Ratings are back in iOS 10.2 beta, and Bryan and Jeff are stoked, even if it’s not perfect. They also talk about the pushback gets when Apple pushes the envelope with its products. They cap the show with a look at MacBooK Pro’s Touch Bar being a double down against making a ToasterFridge.
The current beta for iOS 10.2 includes an option to turn Star Ratings back on in the Music app! Even more interesting, it’s being returned as an option, allowing users who don’t care about Star Ratings to leave them be. Bryan Chaffin walks you through what we’re seeing so far.
Vigilantes may be cool in the movies, but no so much in the App Store. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on Apple pulling an app that alerted iPhone users to crimes in progress, plus they have some thoughts on the death of the startup chime in the new MacBook Pro models.
Remember Samsung’s watchband camera tumor on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch? The idea was interesting but the execution fell flat—a mistake Glide doesn’t plan on making with its CMRA watchband camera for the Apple Watch. The CRMA goes a step further, too, by including a second FaceTime-style camera.
Dr. Mac looks at three newish products that may suit your needs—an app-controlled alarm clock; tiny wireless earbuds; and a canless canned air system—but have one or more fatal flaws for him.
If you were planning on picking up Apple’s AirPods wireless earpods this holiday season, ger ready to be disappointed because it looks like they won’t be shipping until January 2017 at the earliest. Apple originally promised AirPods would ship in late October, but has since changed their status to “Currently unavailable” with no projected ship date.
I love deals like this one for the ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod. It’s a tripod. The legs are flexible. It holds your iPhone or Android device up to a maximum width of 3.5-inches. It comes with a remote for triggering your camera app. Boom! You’re good to go. It’s $19.99. Christmas is coming. Just saying.
Apple Watch Activity Reminders are great, but sometimes you just need to mute them—or to unmute them. That setting is hidden in the Watch app in iOS 10, and Bryan Chaffin shows you how to use it.
It doesn’t take long after a new Apple product launch for iFixit to strip it down to its frame, and that’s exactly what happened with the late 2016 Retina MacBook Pro with function keys. Inside they found a smaller battery, removable custom SSD, and more.
Apple released iTunes 12.5.3 late on Monday. It’s unclear what the update actually changes because the accompanying patch notes are the same as patch notes that came with iTunes 12.5.2, and that’s true both in the Mac App Store and on Apple’s Support site.
According to Digg, “Jelle Bakker devotes his life to creating awesome marble runs and races to satisfy our craving for… marbles. His latest offering — 100,000 dang marbles rolling down a course at the same time — is as satisfying as ever.” For those who like to think about the physics of entropy, this is a must see. Anyone want to write the equations of motion?
Belkin showed me the the Valet Charger last week, and I’ve been itching for Tuesday’s launch so I could tell you about it. This portable battery charger has a USB port for charging your iPhone, but it also has a charging puck for your Apple Watch—and it’s MFi-certified. Belkin told me that making a device that could charge both wasn’t easy, which is probably why I haven’t seen any. The battery itself has a 6,700mAh capacity, more than enough to charge your iPhone and Apple Watch a couple of times. You recharge the Belkin Valet Charger via a microUSB port, meaning you can charge it, your iPhone, and Apple Watch all at the same time. I’ll be reviewing it, but I already got some hands-on time with it and I came away impressed. It’s priced at US$99.99, and it’s shipping later this fall.
The new 15-inch and 13-inch Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro, along with their 13-inch function key sibling, do away with the Mac startup chime. Turns out the chime isn’t gone, but is only disabled—and it’s easy to re-enable with a quick trip to the Terminal. Read on to learn how.
After the Dyn DDOS attack, The Mac Observer started looking into claims that HomeKit smarthome devices were protected from participating. Today Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what they found. Hint: Internet security is a complicated thing in spite of HomeKit’s strengths.