Astonishingly, Apple creates unnecessary problems for itself. Locked in the old era, modern Apple executive thinking continues to focus on drama while excising important elements of its vision. That leads to pain, criticism, and disaffection with Apple. It wouldn’t be hard to avoid all that these days. John explains.
Pyle announced Friday the Portable Instant Photo Printer, a wireless photo printer that works with both iOS and Android. The tiny printer (6.2” x 3.2” x 1”) prints tiny photographs (2.1” x 3.4”), but I’m one of those people who loves tinier photobooth photos. There’s a free companion app for iOS and Android that lets you edit photos and make custom borders, and it will print up to 25 prints on a single battery charge. The ink and paper are both included in a self-contained module. In other words, you’re making some compromises, and this isn’t a product for people looking to make serious prints, but it sure seems fun to me. This device is $99.99.
Check this out: Apple has apparently added some intelligent storage management to the iOS update process. Mac Geek Gab listener Paul sent in this screenshot of his 16GB iPhone upgrading from iOS 10.1 to iOS 10.1.1. It’s a message telling him that he doesn’t have enough room to run the update. Once upon a time, he’d have been on his own to do something about that. But, iOS is offering to delete Excel from his iPhone, run the iOS update, and then reinstall Excel for him. All automatically. That is seriously cool. [Update: David Nelson pointed me to an article at MacRumors showing this feature was introduced in iOS 9. I missed it back then, and I’m guessing others did, too. One way or another, I like it.]
This week we’re diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today TMO’s own Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his experiences writing fiction, the evolution of his novel, and finding a publishing agent.
Our friends at Audioengine have new speakers out called HD3. These powered, wireless speakers include the working bits of Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth receiver and D1 24-bit DAC. They have 2.75″ Kevlar woofers and 3/4” silk dome tweeters. They also have multiple ways to input, including 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, stereo RCA, USB, and Bluetooth. Similarly, they have RCA variable line-out and 3.5mm mini-jack headphone outputs. That quality comes at a price, though: $399 to be exact. They’re available in Walnut, Satin Black, and Cherry. Audioengine is offering its 30 day “audition” that lets customers try them out.
We have a bundle of Mac apps for you called The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0. It features 9 apps, including: PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac, Call Recorder for FaceTi, MainMenu Pro 3, TripMode, AfterShot 3, ParticleShop, Total Video Converter Pro for Mac, RapidWeaver 7, CrossOver 15 for Mac. All those for $19.99. There’s a description of each app on the deal listing. Grab it while you can.
Apple still sells music on the iTunes Store. Who knew, right? On Tursday, the company launched a promotional push for classic rock albums at US$7.99 each. There are 93 albums included in the sale.
Until October 14, 1947, no human had piloted an aircraft faster than the speed of sound in level flight. At the time, some believed that it was a true barrier, hence the name, making it technically impossible. Others thought it might be possible, but aerodynamic forces would quickly break up the aircraft. And then, Chuck Yeager proved them wrong in the rocket propelled Bell X-1 on that glorious October day. (Jet engines were not yet powerful enough.) We learned a lot about supersonic flight in the coming years: the “area rule” concept, the advantages of a swept wing, and the all-flying tail. Here’s a very cool story of how it all happened by Popular Mechanics, a reprint from a 40th anniversary article. (Image credit: NASA)
Our deal on KlickR is coming to an end in a few days. This device serves as a go-between between for your iPhone and any device with an infrared receiver. Put it onto or next to the receiver and you’ll be able to control it from the companion app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also use voice controls, designate rooms and multiple devices (if you have multiple KlikRs), and more. It’s the kind of device that helps bridge legacy electronics with the Internet of Things, and we have a deal on KlikR for $19.99.
The folks who brought us the Lume Cube have launched a Kickstarter for Life Lite, a smaller LED light you control from your iPhone. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and it can be mounted on some drones. Multiple Life Lites can be controlled at once, making it possible to use several of them to get the exact lighting you want. Half the size of the original Lume Cube, it puts out 1,000 lumens, or 70% as much light. It’s also less expensive, with funding options that get you a Life Lite starting at $39. This campaign exploded out of the gate, and Lume Cube has raised more than US$130,000 of a $30,000 goal with 21 days still to go. The company said it hopes to ship by March of 2017.
This week we’re diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today author and journalist Amy Gahran joins Jeff Gamet to talk about how her books took her deep into research, self publishing, and more.
Fine. I know. I’ve written about this game a lot in the last couple of months, but it’s here! Yay! ROME: Total War for iPad has hit the App Store and is available now. This strategy game was originally a PC and Mac favorite, and Feral Interactive brought it to the iPad. That was no mean feat, as it included figuring out how to make mouse and keyboard controls work on a touch interface. It’s $9.99, and Feral released a new trailer for the release, below. Have fun! Oh, and if you don’t see me for a few weeks, it’s because I’m either playing this or Civilization VI on the Mac. I’m in gaming heaven at the moment.
Wait times for Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus remain at 3-4 weeks or 3-5 weeks, with none showing less than 3 weeks as of this writing. Almost 7 weeks after the initial ship date, that’s an unusual delay for Apple, and the question is why.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide email to employees Wednesday evening encouraging them to “move forward.” While he didn’t name President Elect Donald Trump or his defeated rival, Hillary Clinton, by name, the theme of the email was that the election shouldn’t divide employees.
John Kheit guests with Bryan Chaffin to talk about demand for iPhone 7 Plus, for which wait times are still 3-4 weeks. Apple Watch Series 2 has 2-3 week wait times, and MacBook Pros seem to be flying off the shelves. Join them while they explore these topics.
Dr. Mac doesn’t care much for Apple’s EarPods, so, he’s always testing alternatives—both earphones (in-the-ear) and headphones (on-the-ear and over-the-ear)—looking for standouts. After testing more than a dozen different brands and models this year, he’s found several that stand above the rest at prices you can afford.
The X-Doria Evervue is a mostly transparent case for the iPhone 7. It affords really good protection and is not overly expensive compared to most cases these days. However, John noted multiple minor drawbacks that you should be aware of.
The recent botnet attacks have called into question the security of all our various internet of Things (ioT) devices, and rightfully so. One of the regular chimes I hear in our Apple-centric universe is, “HomeKit is secure, it must be the answer.” Unfortunately, HomeKit is only built to secure HomeKit, not everything. More must be done.
This week we’re diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today science fiction author John L Forrest joins Jeff Gamet to talk about writing novels and short stories, his process for bringing his ideas to life, self publishing, and more.
We have a deal for you today on a 3-pack of 6.5-foot MFi-certified Lightning cables. You can get them through us for $21.99.