What You Need to Know to Watch the August 21 Solar Eclipse

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

iPhone with solar eclipse

August 21, 2017, is the first time in almost 100 years a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast in the United States so The Mac Observer put together a guide with everything you need to know—including iPhone apps—to get the most out of the experience.

iOS 11 Contacts App Icon gets a Little Gender Flexibility

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iOS 11 Developer Beta 4, and now Public Beta 3, changed the Contacts icon from a notebook with the silhouette of a man to a man and a woman. That’s a subtle detail, but one that people are noticing. The tech world has a strong cis male bias—so much so that women, transgender, and anyone that doesn’t embrace the good-old-boys-club attitude are often ridiculed and harassed—that needs some serious shaking up, so sometimes those little things can be a big deal.

iOS 11 Contacts App Icon gets a Little Gender Flexibility

32-bit iPhone and iPad Apps Are on Death Row

· Jeff Gamet · News

ioS 10 32-bit app warning dialog

Apple’s look-forward philosophy means 64-bit iPhone and iPad apps are the future and 32-bit apps are fading into the past. That means the day is coming where 32-bit apps that haven’t been updated to 64-bit will stop working, and if you don’t have a replacement app ready to go you’ll be out of luck.

Iconfactory Gets iPad Sketch Apps Right with Linea

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Iconfactory is jumping into the iPad sketch app market with its brand new Linea app, and based on our tests, it’s pretty cool. Linea is going for drawing and sketching, not digital painting, and it has the right tool set for the job. It comes with four pen tips an dan eraser tool, support for five layers, blending and transparency modes, graph paper grids, and one of my favorite features: tap a swatch on the color palette to see several shades for that color. It also includes Apple Pencil support and offers pretty flexible image export options. Linea is priced at US$9.99, and it’s one of the few sketching apps that gets to stay on my iPad Pro.

Iconfactory Gets iPad Sketch Apps Right with Linea

Netflix DVD Subscribers Can Now Manage Their Queues With a New iOS App

· Jim Tanous · News

netflix dvd app ios

Streaming video may be all the rage, but Netflix is still shipping DVDs and Blu-rays to more than 4 million customers. Now those physical disc hold-outs can manage their queues and keep up-to-date with new releases on the go with an iOS app.

The Big TV App Rant - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-13

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Apple released tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 yesterday with the new TV app. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain why the app is too hobbled in its current state, and discuss what needs to change before it’s truly useful.

macOS Sierra: Launching Apps from Unidentified Developers

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra blocks apps it doesn't trust from launching

macOS Sierra wants to keep you safe from apps that might not have your best interests at heart, say like, ransomware that locks you out of your files until you pay out a couple bitcoin. But what about the apps Sierra won’t let you launch that you know are safe? There’s a fix for that once you know where to look.

CW Shows Come to Apple TV, No Cable Subscription Required

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

CW app on Apple TV doesn't require cable subscription

The CW made good on its promise to bring shows like Supergirl, The Flash, and iZombie to Apple TV for free. The network’s Apple TV app is available now, and doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription to watch, or need any sort of login.