Apple posted the MacBook Air introductory video to YouTube. This is the video narrated by Laura Metz, Senior Product Manager, shown during Apple’s “There’s More in the Making” media event on Tuesday. Jeff Gamet wrote up the details on the MacBook Air itself. MacBook Air starts at US$1,199, is available for preorder now, and ships on November 7th.
After only 1,475 days, Apple announced a new Mac mini on Tuesday at the company’s “There’s More in the Making” media event. [Updated with tech specs and other details.]
No surprise here: Apple’s online store was replaced with the “Be right back” message Tuesday morning ahead of the “There’s More in the Making” media event.
If you set your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac, but it stops working, there’s a fix for that so you don’t have to type your password like an animal.
It’s download time for developers because macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Developer Beta 5 is out.
The company is widely expected to announce new iPad models at the event, and some hope there will be new Macs, too.
Pixelmator Pro 1.2 for the Mac is out with macOS Mojave Dark Mode support, along with new Automator actions.
Apple updated its privacy website on Wednesday. The site now details security improvements in macOS Mojave and iOS 12, end-to-end encryption for Screen Time and Group FaceTime, improvements to no-tracking for websites, and more. It also includes links for managing your privacy with Apple devices and services, and Apple’s transparency in privacy report. It’s great to see the effort Apple is putting into protecting user privacy, especially since so many other companies are playing fast and loose with our data.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the frustration some developers are experiencing with Apple’s Mac App Store, plus Jeff and John share how they feel about Apple Watch Series 4 after three weeks.
Smile released PDFpen 10.2 on Tuesday with support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode. The update for the PDF viewing and editing app also adds 1600% zoom, smoother scrolling, and faster page thumbnail drawing. PDFpen and PDFpen Pro also support iCloud and Dropbox syncing with the iPhone and iPad versions of the apps. PDFpen is priced at US$74.95 and PDFpen Pro, which includes PDF form creation, batch OCR and more, costs $124.95. The 10.2 update is free for version 10 users.
Just because Apple’s installer won’t let you install macOS Mojave on your older Mac doesn’t mean you can’t. The dosdude1 website has a special tool that patches the installer so you can install Mojave on unsupported Macs, just in case that’s your thing. The site also has patcher tools install macOS Sierra and High Sierra on Macs that don’t support those operating system versions. It’s pretty cool, but remember that just because you can make the installer run you shouldn’t expect the best performance, or that every feature will work.
Luna Display was introduced as a Kickstarter a year ago, and now it’s available for everyone. The Luna Display is a dongle that connects to your Mac via USB-C or Mini DisplayPort and turns your iPad into a wireless second display. Since it’s a hardware linkup instead of software it uses your Mac’s own graphics acceleration for improved performance. I’ve been testing one with my MacBook Pro and iPad pro for a while it’s pretty impressive. Getting a dual display setup without having to carry any extra gear when I’m travelling is awesome. You can get Luna Display at the Luna website for US$79.99.
Starting November 1st you’ll need Skype 8 for all Skype chats on your desktop or laptop, and November 15th for iPhone and iPad.
Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has some more macOS Mojave features you might enjoy, including Finder Quick Actions.
You used to be able to view sleep and wake events via the Console, but that time has past. John F. Braun shows you how to do this with recent versions of macOS.
Yoink is a handy Mac tool for grouping together files you want to copy or move, and the just released version 3.5 update adds in new macOS Mojave support. The new update adds Handoff support between the Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions, adds Finder Quick Actions support, and is Dark Mode compliant, too. Yoink is priced at US$7.99, and the update is free for current users.
The Pictar Pro marries old school camera goodness to modern iPhone convenience, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet weigh the pros and cons. They also talk about Netflix’s plans to make new movies and TV series (both) out of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Lastly, they talk about what to expect if Apple does an October media event.
Having recently finished updating macOS Mojave For Dummies, Dr. Mac offers three of his favorite new Mojave features.
Along with iOS 12.1 developer beta 2, Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14.1 developer beta 2 on Tuesday.
Bit Lasso just released Swatch to make it easier to manage the color palettes on the Mac. The app lets you import colors from multiple sources, add colors with Apple’s Color Picker, and by entering color values. You can organize palettes, export colors and palettes, and more. Swatch lives in your menu bar for quick access. The app requires macOS High Sierra or Mojave and is available on Apple’s Mac App Store for US$9.99.