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.

View Your Calendar in Fantastical 2 for iOS While Adding an Event

· Jeff Butts · Tips

Viewing your calendar while you add to it is easy on paper, but it's also easy in Fantastical 2 for iOS

Don’t you wish you could view your calendar while you add an event in Fantastical 2 for iOS? Jeff Butts did, and found a way to make it so. Read along through this quick tip, and you’ll be one step closer to becoming a Fantastical 2 guru.

Bob LeVitus's 'Working Smarter for Mac Users' Available Now [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Working Smarter for Mac Users cover

Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus released a new book Tuesday, Working Smarter for Mac Users. It’s a productivity book specifically written for Mac users, and it combines Bob’s own techniques for overcoming procrastination with his decades of learning how to get the absolute most out of his Mac. [Update: Working Smarter for Mac Users is now live on iBooks. – Bryan]

Asypr Bringing InnerSpace Game of Exploration to Mac

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Aspyr announced Thursday that it will be bringing InnerSpace to the Mac. InnerSpace is an exploration game where players, “soar through the skies and dive through the oceans, and the secrets of Inverse will reveal themselves.” Players can also uncover artifacts throughout the game world that upgrade your vehicle and reveal clues about past civilizations. I’m writing about it today because I think it’s gorgeous. Initially crowdfunded through KickStarter, Aspyr is partnering with the developers to bring it to both PlayStation 4 and Steam (for Mac and Linux). Pricing hasn’t been announced, and the game is expected later this year.

New Mobile Battery Tech, Upgrading Old Macs - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-06

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

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Rechargeable battery technology may be getting a much needed boostfrom the same man who invented the tech in our iPhone batteries. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to tak about what may be in store for future mobile device batteries, plus they share some tips on extending the life of our old Macs.

Apple Has its Eye on the Ball, but It's a Different Ball

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple Park, Apple's new San Jose headquarters, opens in April 2017

Like the rest of the tech industry, Apple is a company that is in constant change. Sometimes the change is celebrated, and sometimes the change is uncomfortable. In other words, Apple always has its eye on the ball. It just may not be the same ball we’re accustomed to watching.

iPhone 8, Lightning, and Hey Siri on the Mac - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-03

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

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We’re learning more about what to expect when Apple ships the iPhone 8 this fall, and it’s looking like we won’t have to give up our Lightning ports after all. John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at Lightning and USB-C, plus Touch ID and finger print sensors embedded in the display. Jeff Butts also shares a tip on using “Hey, Siri” on your Mac.

Get Your New Mac up and Running with These Tips

· Jeff Butts · Tips

Set Up Your New Mac

When you bring home a new Mac, there are a few important steps you should take to get it running as smoothly and securely as possible. These will secure your Mac as well as make it easier to use, especially if you are new to the Mac world. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he walks you through setting up your new Mac.

Avoiding Microsoft Office in 2017 and Apple's View of the Mac - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-02

· Bryan Chaffin · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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John Martellaro joins guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about whether having or not having Microsoft Office on your Mac is a relevant question in 2017. They also try and consider the state of the Mac product line from Apple’s viewpoint, and how the company might look at the importance of new hardware.

Apple Rumors and Manufacturing, Tim Cook's Pipeline, and $AAPL - ACM 400

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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In this 400th episode of Apple Context Machine, John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss rumors of iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple manufacturing, Tim Cook’s claim that Apple cares about pro users and creative pros in particular, the company’s supposed pipeline, and $AAPL’s record high valuation. Oh…and Nickleback.

Check This Out - You Can Replace Your Computer With Your iPhone

· Jeff Butts · Editorial

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Our iPhones have a lot of potential for computer power, but we might not think of them as desktop or laptop replacements. Writing this entire article on an iPhone instead of a computer, Jeff Butts explores this possibility and lets you know what you can do with that supercomputer in your pocket.

New Mac Ransomware Leaves Your Files Permanently Encrypted

· Jeff Gamet · News

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Mac users hoping to score Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for free through BitTorrent sites are in for an ugly surprise thanks to a new ransomware making the rounds. The ransomware, called OSX/Filecoder.E, encrypts the contents of victim’s hard drives and demands payment in Bitcoin, but there isn’t any way to actually decrypt and recover files.

The Pros and Cons of Legacy Apple Products Going Extinct

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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It seems that there is just as much fuss about Apple products that seem to be on the verge of extinction as there is about exciting new products. John looks at the economics and psychology of Apple dropping beloved products like certain Macs, Airport base stations, displays and other devices that we’ve come to depend on. Are we on the verge of a new age of Apple?

Be More Productive by Typing Faster

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

Train for free at www.typingtest.com!

“If you’re not typing at least 40 words per minute, you’re wasting time. Possibly the easiest way to get more done in less time is to become a better typist.” Dr. Mac’s been saying it for nearly 30 years. Here’s why…

Getting Two-Factor Verification Codes for Your Apple ID

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re using two-factor authentication for your Apple ID (and you should be!), then you’re likely familiar with how you’ll approve access from your trusted devices with a six-digit code. But what if that code never comes through or you accidentally dismiss the prompt? Well, in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to show you an easy way to generate a new one from your Mac or iOS device!

Setapp: Like Netflix for Mac Apps

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

Setapp currently offers unrestricted use of 64 apps for $9.99/month.

Dr. Mac’s been testing Setapp, a new subscription service from MacPaw with access to more than 60 Mac apps for $9.99 a month. It’s an ambitious undertaking by MacPaw, but the good doctor thinks they’ve done a masterful job…

Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music - ACM 398

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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With state-sponsored hackers from Russia developing malware for the Mac, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet fear Mac users can expect more malware in the future. They also discuss the negativity that greeted Planet of the Apps, and argue that TV shows are good for Apple Music. Plus, they visit listener comments on Net Neutrality.

4 Possible Roadmaps For macOS and iOS Evolution

· John Martellaro · Analysis

MacBook-iPad side by side

From time to time, we’ve seen scenarios related to how the Mac/macOS and the iPad/iOS might evolve as personal computing platforms. We know about the declining sales of the iPad and Apple’s seeming inattention to the Mac line as whole in 2016. In turn, that has created some discussion about their respective future developments. John catalogs the likely and not-so-likely roadmaps for these products.