Leaked iPhone 7 Plus Pics Show Mute Switch is Gone

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 Plus without mute switch

Yesterday we saw a leaked photo of what looks to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, and today brings us the iPhone 7 Plus. The new photos look pretty much like what we’re expecting, but with a glaring omission: the physical mute switch is gone.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-12: Goodbye iPhone Mute Switch, Hello Pokémon GO

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

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The latest round of leaked iPhone 7 pics show a smartphone without the familiar mute switch. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about why this has them concerned, and why it may not be such a big a deal. Jeff also explains why he’s enjoying Pokémon GO even though he’s not big into gaming.

Pokémon GO isn't Stealing all Your Data

· Jeff Gamet · News

Pokémon Go Google account permissions

Pokémon GO is the game to play, and it’s so popular that Nintendo’s servers can’t keep up with demand. That led to loads of people signing up with their Google ID, promptly followed by loads of people freaking out thinking the game is accessing all of their email, contacts, and documents. The game isn’t really stealing all your data, and the developers said they’re fixing the error that granted Pokémon GO full access to your Google account.

Apple Innovation Timeline - Revolutions Keep on Turning

· John Kheit · Editorial

The Apple Lightbulb

Apple continues to turn out product and service revolutions, even after the loss of Steve Jobs. This Apple innovation timeline shows the company is pumping out those revolutions at the same pace it did with Steve.

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Want to build and program your own robot? UBTECH has you covered with their JIMU MeeBot Robot. You can create your own robot design with the included building block-style elements and motors, them program it to do your bidding. JIMU is designed to be an educational tool, but that doesn’t mean only kids can get in on the action. You won’t be able to make a robot army programmed for world domination, but you can build some fun designs and learn more about coding, too. the JIMU MeeBot kit will be available at Apple Stores starting July 12 for US$129.99, and an add-on kit with more parts and design ideas will be available for $69.99.

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

Thunder Drive Portable SSD with Thunderbolt, USB-C, USB

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a new Kickstarter project called Thunder Drive. It’s a tiny portable SSD that works with Thunderbolt or USB (including USB-C). That makes it small, fast, portable, and daisy-chainable. According to the company, two drives can deliver up to 2,000GB at 1,100MB/s on Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C. Thunder Drive is available in capacities from 64GB to 1,000GB (just shy of a terabyte), with funding options for a 64GB device starting at $99. There’s also a super early bird special for $3 (!!) on a smaller 8GB model called Thunder Thumb. There’s lots of information on the Kickstarter listing.

Apple Needs Supercomputer Expertise to Compete

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

NASA supercomputer

just over a decade ago, Apple was very much into supercomputers. Organizations were building large supercomputers and small clusters with Apple’s Xserves. But Apple got out of that business and then discontinued the Xserve. One can only wonder what the impact would have been if Apple had decided to maintain its in-house expertise with supercomputers. Today, companies with the best supercomputer power will have a competitive edge. Page 2 of Particle Debris discusses.

BLOCKS Smartwatch: $220 [Updated]

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

BLOCKS Smartwatch and modules

We have an interesting deal for you today, a pre-order for the BLOCKS smartwatch. This device allows you to add functionality to your smartwatch by adding physical modules in the strap. Sensors, batteries, flashlight, and many more modules are possible. The device itself runs Android, but it syncs with either an Android or iOS app. You can get it through our deal for $220 [price corrected!].

TMO Background Mode: Interview with TLA Systems Founder James Thomson

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

James Thomson

James Thomson is the founder of TLA Systems, famous for the apps Drag Thing and PCalc. He tells the story of growing up in the 1980s in Scotland when the personal computer was on the rise. The 1982 movie Tron captured his imagination and inspired him to buy a Commodore 64. At age 12, his school got its first PC, but no one knew what to do with it! James and just three other students became the “Guardians of the Computer.” Later, his first Mac was at the university in 1990, and he spent a year learning it inside out. The original PCalc, written in Pascal, launched his career as a Mac programmer. Later James worked for Apple in Cork, Ireland. James chats about his development as an indie Apple developer with a host of charming stories.

Photo Shows iPhone 7 with Bigger Camera Lens

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 leaked camera photo

A new photo of what appears to be the next iPhone hit the internet on Monday showing what we’ve already heard from rumors, like a new camera and redesigned antenna lines. In fact, the biggest surprise in this shot is how clear the photo is.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-11: The (Potential) Demise of the Mac Pro and Mac mini

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

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With the Mac Pro and Mac mini languishing as years-old machines without refreshes, the future of Apple’s desktop lineup is in question. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Apple may‚or may not—have in store for its desktop computers.

Apple Settles Coverflow Patent Fight for $25M

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple with a big pile of money

A patent infringement fight against Apple over Coverflow technology that started in 2008 has finally come to an end with a US$25 million settlement. Apple agreed to pay the sum to Network-1 Technologies, far less than the $625 million originally awarded.

MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Dave’s traveling, so when he and John pre-recorded this one they decided to take a bit of a different direction and do a bit of a deep dive into one of their favorite topics: Synology DiskStations. But don’t worry, they also answered a few of your questions and shared a couple tips. It’s still your two favorite geeks, after all!

The Curse of Apple Supporting Older Hardware

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Old Telephone Equipment

A group of consumers are complaining Apple is using planned obsolescence to hobble their older devices with new operating systems. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple should instead get credit for supporting older devices better than any other company.

The Macintosh Product Line Will Soon Change Before Our Eyes

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Concept of Macintosh, MacBook Pro with OLED strip

There are certain Macintosh products that are carry overs from the past and there are top selling Macs that suggest the future of Apple. While some suggest that the transformation of the product line means the end of the Mac, John Martellaro suspects there could also be a glorious new beginning.

iOS Online Courses for Developers - Lifetime All Access Pass: $69

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

iOS Online Courses

We have a deal on a Lifetime All Access Pass for iOS Online Courses, a company that makes developer courses With this Pass, you have access to training on  iOS, Apple TV OS, Apple Watch, GameKit apps, Swift, Objective-C, and more, and that includes future releases such as iOS 10. Check out the details on the deal listing. The price through our deal is $69.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-08: Apple Sabotage, Installing Apple's Public Betas

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

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Apple is being accused of intentionally ruining performance on older devices to push sales. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about a petition calling out Apple for planned obsolescence, plus they talk about how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

Apple Sued for Using Carousel Effect on Website

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hit with lawsuit for website carousel effect

Apple has yet another patent infringement lawsuit to deal with, this time for the sliding carousel effect on the Apple.com home page. The case was filed by Samuel Lit who holds a 2008 patent describing the carousel effect—an effect that’s easy to find on scores of websites.

How to Install Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iOS 10 beta

Apple opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this week, which means non-developers can start kicking the tires on the company’s upcoming operating system releases. It isn’t difficult to start using the public betas, but there are a few steps before you’ll be up and running. Read on to learn how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can’t wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.