Smartphone Photo and Video Certification Bundle: $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Smartphone Photo & Video Certification Bundle

We have a training bundle for you today designed to teach you how to use mobile devices to take better photographs, and modern video gear (including your mobile device) to make better videos. Both courses last one month, with 8 lessons and 12 hours of content each. You can get this package through our deal for $29.

New Retina MacBook Pro Models Expected in October

· Jeff Gamet · News

New Retina MacBook Pro models in late October 2016

That new MacBook Pro you’ve been holding out for may finally be only a few weeks away. A new report claims Apple plans to release updated models in the second half of October.

8Bitdo Goes Retro with Apple-themed Game Controller for iPhone, iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iPhone and iPad game controllers aren’t exactly news, unless they’re awesomely retro—like the AP40 from 8Bitdo. Their game controller has a classic NES look with a dash of Apple II thrown in, sports Apple’s iconic rainbow stripes, and the “AP40” name is a hat tip to Apple’s 40th anniversary. It’s a Bluetooth game controller you can use with iOS and Android devices, as well as the Mac, and it comes with a green Apple leaf plug for the USB charger port. As if that isn’t enough, it comes bundled with Apple II-shaped stand to hold the charger, your iPhone, or iPad. The AP40 is a Kickstarter project that’s already nearing its minimum funding level. Funding at the US$49 level gets you the AP40, and at $69 you get the controller and retro stand, too.

8Bitdo Goes Retro with Apple-themed Game Controller for iPhone, iPad

ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

We’ve had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of “Hey Siri” support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 7 Offers Superb Protection

· John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

NuGuard KX-wide.

The NewerTechnology NuGuard KX case for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus features a hard outer shell integrated with a soft, energy absorbing inner shell. Despite that, it’s easy to get on and off and the volume and sleep/wake buttons are relatively easy to press through. It comes in three colors, and a plastic screen protector is included. This is a superb iPhone case.

MyMac Spotlight Interview on Bryan Chaffin

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The good folks at MyMac were kind enough to put my through one of their Spotlight interviews. They asked me 7 questions and I gave them mostly meandering, far-flung answers that explored life, the universe, and everything. There’s some what-makes-Bryan-tick stuff in it. If you’re into that sort of thing. I don’t advise it. Thanks to Tim Robertson and MyMac for putting me in the Spotlight!

MyMac Spotlight Interview on Bryan Chaffin

iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle: $45

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle

We have a tutorial bundle for developers today, called the iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle. It includes five video tutorials designed to teach you Apple’s Swift 3 programming language and iOS 10 development. That’s more than 82 hours of video content and hundreds of lectures, and you can get it through our deal for $45.

Dr. Mac's First Impression: iPhone 7 Plus

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

iPhone 7 Product Line

Dr. Mac got a new iPhone 7 Plus and shares his first impressions in this week’s thrilling episode (#194 for those keeping track) of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

Skype Adds Lock Screen and Siri Integration on iOS 10

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

With version 6.25, Skype for iOS brings two iOS 10 features forward: lock screen and Siri integration. Now when you get a Skype call, your iPhone rings just like it would for a normal phone call — and you can answer the same way you normally would. Additionally, you can say things like, “Hey Siri, call Jeff Gamet on Skype,” and then Jeff’s iPhone will ring the same way … assuming Jeff is in your Skype contacts list! Speaking of contacts, this version of Skype also adds integration there, bringing your Skype contacts into your iOS Contacts list. Download for free from the App Store.

Skype Adds Lock Screen and Siri Integration on iOS 10

iOS 10: Managing Siri's Third Party App Voice Control

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Siri App Control

iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you—or Siri says it can’t—it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.

watchOS 3: Configure Your New Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Got an Apple Watch? Then you’ll need to know how to access and edit the new watchOS 3 Dock feature, which’ll put your favorite apps just a button click away. We’ve got your answers in today’s Quick Tip!

iOS 10: Save a File as PDF to iBooks

· John Martellaro · Tips

In iOS 10, you can now Print to PDF, just as we’ve been doing with OS X/macOS. But there’s also another nice trick in the Sharing option. “Save PDF to iBooks.” It’s simple and fast. John likes this feature a lot.

Apple Needs to Step Up its HealthKit Game Before Making it a Diagnosis Tool

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

HealthKit isn't ready to be a health diagnosis tool

Apple wants HealthKit to grow from a basic health and fitness tracker to a platform for monitoring even more about us, and to use that information to help diagnose medical issues. Considering Apple’s commitment to improving our health, there’s no reason why the company can’t reach that goal—but not before a big issue get resolved.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-27: HealthKit for Diagnosis, Roku vs Apple TV

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Apple wants HealthKit to track your overall health and become a diagnosis tool. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss whether or not Apple is ready to expand HealthKit, and they also look at the state of Apple TV compared to Roku’s latest home entertainment appliance offerings.Bonus: Bryan lost his Apple Watch battery life bet with John.

Pay What You Want for The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

We have a new Pay What You Want deal called The Award-Winning Mac Bundle. It’s 13 Mac apps, including Drive Genius 4, The Hit List, DeltaWalker 2 Pro, Nisus Writer Pro, Aurora HDR, WinZip 5 Mac, VPN Forever: 3-Yr Subscription, Project Planning Pro, Letter Opener for macOS Mail, Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro, Screen Grabber Pro, eXtra Voice Recorder, and PhotoStitcher. That’s a quality list of apps (and services). Pay anything, even a penny, and you get three of them. Beat the average price—$11.12 and rising as of this writing—and get all 13. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll earn an entry in an iPhone 7 giveaway. You can read all the details on the deal listing.

iOS 10: Print to PDF With and Without 3D Touch

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

iOS Screenshot showing save to PDF

One of the new features in iOS is the ability to natively print to PDF, similar to what you can do with macOS. It’s relatively simple, but not necessarily obvious. It involves getting the print preview up on the screen, and then switching to share mode in order to generate a PDF. We’ll show you the steps!

How to Set Up Universal Clipboard for Your Mac and iOS Devices

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Universal Clipboard sharing text from iOS 10 to macOS Sierra

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra support a new feature called Universal Clipboard that lets you copy text or graphics on one device and paste them into documents on another. It really is as simple as copy-and-paste—assuming everything is configured correctly. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re set up to use Universal Clipboard.