The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

How to Tell if Your Mac is 32-bit or 64-bit

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

macOS About window showing processor model

Apple is making it clear that 32-bit apps on the Mac are going away and the future will be 64-bit only. So how to you tell if your Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor? Read on to learn how.

Here's What You Need to Know About the macOS 32-bit App Warning

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

32-bit app warning in macOS High Sierra

If you’re running macOS 10.13.4 and launch 32-bit apps you’ll see a new warning as of April 12th telling you they need to be updated. Here’s what that means, plus how you can check to see which apps you use are still 32-bit.

Mac Keyboards, Trusting Facebook, and Being Profitable and Green - ACM 457

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

In this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss Mac keyboards, and what they like about clicky, long-throw keyboards, including the Azio Classic Retro BT keyboard Bryan just reviewed. They also go through a thought experiment on whether Facebook could ever earn our trust on privacy by radically reshaping their policies. They cap the show with a look at how Apple manages to be profitable and green, both.

PDFpen 10 Adds Watermark, Batch OCR Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

PDFpen 10 and PDFpen Pro 10 for the Mac

PDFpen 10 and PDFpen Pro 10 for the Mac are out with support for watermarks, headers and footers, and improved selection features. The Pro version also adds batch OCR support.

Apple's Latest Mac Pro News - TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-06

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

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John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple’s latest news about the upcoming Mac Pro, what they’re hoping for in the new machine, and what they think of its 2019 time table.

How to Change DNS Entries on the Mac

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iMac with macOS Network Settings

If you aren’t happy using the default DNS servers your ISP or local coffee shop provides with your Mac, you can change them. It’s pretty easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Add Cool Text Styles to Your Tweets with Textlicious for the iPhone and iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

I love cool type tools, so I have to assume Will Shipley created Textlicious specifically for me. Textlicious is an iOS extension that lets you use styled text in iPhone and iPad apps that typically don’t easily support anything other than plain text. Apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Messages, for example. It includes several styles such as italics, bold, script, and more. Textlicious is US$1.99 on Apple’s App Store, and there’s a Mac version available, too.

Add Cool Text Styles to Your Tweets with Textlicious for the iPhone and iPad

Here's How to Force Your Mac to Run Only in 64-bit Mode

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

macOS 64-bit mode

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 gets us a step closer to ditching 32-bit mode for apps. In fact, you can force your Mac to run only in 64-bit mode if you aren’t afraid to pay a visit to the command line. Read on to learn how.

Music Videos Section Comes to Apple Music Ahead of iOS 11.3 Release

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Music Videos section in Apple Music

iOS 11.3’s promised music videos section in Apple Music has shown up early. The new feature groups together music videos into categories like “Today’s Video Hits,” and “New Music Videos,” and “Music Video Playlists.”