With macOS Sierra out the big question is whether or not you should upgrade now. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at who should install Sierra now and who should wait, how to check for compatibility issues, their data backup routines, and more.
Now that macOS Sierra is out, you can use the tabbed window goodness you’re familiar with in Safari and the Finder in pretty much any app. Tabbed app windows are a system-level thing, so there’s a good chance the apps you use every day already support the feature. Read on to see how it works.
If you’re on the hunt for an iPhone 7, iStockNow makes that task easier by showing exactly which stores have some in stock. The site mashes up Google Maps and Apple’s own back-end inventory system to drop pins on ever Apple Store. Green pins mean a store has some iPhone 7 inventory, and red means they’re out of stock. You can also set filters to see if the size, color, and carrier you want are available, and you check specific cities, too. We were able to tell right away that Colorado and California are good states for getting a new iPhone right now; Washington and Florida, not so much.
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We’re running an informal poll for our readers and listeners on Twitter. Which home button haptic click level did you choose on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus?￼ We published a tip yesterday if you’re wanting to revisit the setting you chose during setup. As for the poll, you can see the results after choosing, but so far, only a few miscreants like our own Dave Hamilton have chosen level 1. I’d love to see a lot of data on this, so help spread the poll.
iPhone 7 users, which home button haptic click level did you choose?￼
— The Mac Observer (@MacObserver) September 20, 2016
iOS 10 beefed up 3D Touch support for the iPhone and one place you can see that in action is in the Control Center. Check out The Mac Observer’s video tip showing how you can use 3D Touch to control the flashlight and more.
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.
One of the cool new features Apple added with iOS 10 is support for capturing photos as Raw files—a favorite for photographers who want total control over their images. Snapping Raw photos isn’t as simple as flipping a switch on your iPhone, but it doesn’t have to be complicated, either. Read on to get up to speed on iOS 10’s Raw image support.
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.
Heads up, everyone! It’s macOS Sierra release day. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about the new Mac operating system, issues with incompatible software, and some best practices ahead of installing the upgrade. They also note a just released update for ProDOS on the Apple II and IIGS. Seriously.
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.
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Apple’s Lightning connector EarPods and Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter for the iPhone 7 have a bug that can temporarily leave you without remote controls. Luckily, Apple says a fix is on the way.
I love this: John Brooks announced the release of ProDOS 2.4 for all Apple II computers. It’s an update 30 years in the making, and it was released for the anniversary of Apple’s legendary Apple IIGS. On that specific machine, the new version of ProDOS includes new launching utilities, boot options, a GS/OS dormant state, and ProDOS 2.4 is smaller than ProDOS 2.0.3. Other Apple II models get new features, as well, making it a must-have for every Apple II enthusiast. You can check out the full list of improvements and features at the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with a buttonless Home Button. It features haptic feedback courtesy of Apple’s Taptic Engine. When you set up a new iPhone 7/Plus, you’re asked to choose between three levels of haptic feedback. You can change this whenever you want. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.
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.]
MacTech Conference 2016 is reaching for the stars—or at least Marshall Smith, the keynote speaker, is. Mr. Smith is NASA’s Director of Cross-Program Systems Integration and Chief Engineer for Exploration Systems Development, as part of Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate. That’s all government-speak for saying he’s the guy who coordinates engineering United States manned space flight efforts across the agency’s many employees, contractors, and locations. He’ll be talking about his insights on cross-culture and cross-organization collaboration from his perspective as one of NASA’s top men. MacTech Conference 2016 runs from November 16th through November 18th in Los Angeles and is one of the go-to events from Apple consultants, IT pros, and enterprise pros. Early bird registration is still open, so you can save US$400 off the event—plus an extra $200 using TMO’s special discount—if you sign up now.
Apple’s macOS Sierra launches on September 20th. Last year. John wrote a detailed article on how to do a clean install of OS X El Capitan. That is, if one were highly motivated to do an awful lot of work. The article applies equally to a clean install of macOS Sierra this year. If John couldn’t talk you out of it and a clean install is what you really want to do with Sierra, here’s a link to his 2015 tutorial so you can make a decision.