ACM 382: How Pro Are the New MacBook Pros?

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple just announced new MacBook Pro models, and Bryan and Jeff talk about their pros and cons. In particular the “pros” part, because while these devices are powerful, they question whether they are really that pro at all. They also talk about the new TV app for Apple TV.

Apple Adds Support for 3 Video Codecs in Sierra and El Cap

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Final Cut Pro X Icon

Apple released Pro Video Formats v2.0.5, an update to the video codecs supported in OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra. The update comes out at the same time as Final Cut Pro X 10.3, which was announced during Apple’s “hello again” media event.

Apple Unveils Thinner MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple used its “hello again” event to introduce new MacBook Pro models Thursday. Smaller, thinner, and featuring four Thunderbolt 3 ports, the signature feature is a “Touch Bar,” a Multi-Touch, Retina Display strip above the keyboard that offers users context-aware controls, keys, and other user-interface features.

Apple's 'Hello Again' Event Wasn't About the Mac After All

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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During Apple’s “Hello Again” event, Apple spent an hour and 25 minutes talking about several cool things. The new MacBook Pros are very nice—but they were the only major Mac announcement.  In contrast, the event tagline suggested that Apple would say something important about the “Mac” as a product. Instead, the vacuum persisted and Apple elected to take a stand, instead. on how it sees the MacBook Pro catering to the pro market with the Touch Bar.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-27: Apple's 'hello again' Wrap Up with new MacBook Pro Models

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

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Apple used its “hello again” media event to introduce new MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV app for consolidating the shows we watch in a single interface. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s announcements, what was exciting from the event, and more.

Mac Observer Apple Keynote Live Coverage

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Join TMO‘s staff on a Google Hangouts on Air as we watch and cover Apple’s “hello again” Mac event. Not only will you hear live commentary from TMO staff, you’ll get to see a little behind-the-scenes action as the team publishes coverage of the announcements. You can also post questions and comments, but you’ll need to click through to the YouTube page for the stream to see and use that feature.

Apple Retail Stores Set Stanchions Overnight, Hints at New Product Availability Today

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple retail stores are preparing for long lines ahead of today's

Some Apple retail stores began setting up the stanchions they use for long product launch lines overnight. With Apple’s “hello again” media event kicking off in a few hours, the stanchions may be a hint that whatever is announced today may be available right away—and that the company expects loads of people will want it.

Apple Store Offline Ahead of 'hello again' Media Event

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Store offline

Apple’s online store went offline Thursday morning ahead of the company’s “hello again” media event. That’s not much of a surprise considering the company is expected to introduce new MacBook Pro models today.

Rotating Car Phone Stand: $13.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Rotating Car Phone Stand

We have a deal for you today on the Rotating Car Phone Stand. It’s a mount for your iPhone (or Android device) with a suction cup for your windshield or dash. Like the name implies, it rotates, making it easy to get the orientation you need for the task at hand. It’s $13.99 through us.

Duet Display Update Turns Your iPad Pro into a Real Mac Graphics Tablet

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Duet Display was already a great app for using your iPad Pro as a second display for your Mac, and now its latest update makes it a proper graphics tablet, too. The new version supports Apple Pencil angle and pressure sensitivity, so you can draw in apps like Adobe Photoshop without having to invest in Wacom’s Cintiq tablet. You can use Duet with other iPad models, too, but you won’t get Apple Pencil drawing support. Duet Display cost US$19.99 a year, but is temporarily available for $9.99, so grab your copy now.

Duet Display Update Turns Your iPad Pro into a Real Mac Graphics Tablet

Apple Delays AirPods, Won't Ship in October

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple AirPods delayed past October

If you’ve been holding out for Apple’s promised “late October” AirPods release, it looks like you’ll be waiting a little longer. Apple isn’t shipping its wireless earpods this month because they’re still not ready to go.

Microsoft Just Announced the iPad I Always Wanted - Surface Studio

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Microsoft Surface Studio PC

Microsoft has just announced the Surface Studio, a 28-inch All-in-One computer with a Skylake Processor and a touch sensitive display that tilts. The design, operation and concept of this computer, is basically a giant iPad, the iPad John always dreamed of. His first reaction follows.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-26: AAPl Q4 Earnings, Microsoft's Surface Studio

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

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Apple’s fourth quarter earnings report numbers came out yesterday, and some say they look good while other say they look bad. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their perspectives on how Apple is performing, plus they offer up their reactions to Microsoft’s just announced Surface Studio ahead of tomorrow’s new Mac launch event.

Who Wants to Be a Mac Dictator?

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

Old Fashioned Microphone

Did you know that macOS Sierra (and Mac OS X El Capitan) have pretty good dictation built-in at no extra cost? Dictation can be faster than typing and a nice change of pace; discover how to enable and use it in this week’s thrilling episode of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves, only here at The Mac Observer!

How to Add a Physical Escape Key to the New MacBook Pro

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Keyboard settings for remapping modifier keys

The Escape key has been on our keyboards practically since the beginning of time—even the Apple II had one. That’s changing with tomorrow’s MacBook Pro refresh and its Magic Toolbar. The physical Escape key is going virtual, but Apple is including a way to let other keys handle its task.

iOS 10.1: Turning Off Duplicate Portrait Mode Images

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip is about the spankin’-new Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus, which’ll let you take shots with a special depth effect applied. However, if you don’t want your iPhone to keep an additional version of each of your Portrait Mode images, come read this article and find out how to turn that off!

Martian Notifier Smartwatch: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Martian Notifier Smartwatch

We have a different kind of deal for you today on the Martian Notifier Smartwatch. This device can receive and display notifications, and trigger your smartphone’s camera. You can customize vibration alerts, too. It’s available in black, red, or white, and it’s priced at just $29.99. There are videos on the deal listing, along with more information.