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.

Instapaper for Mac is Now Available in the Mac App Store

· Andrew Orr · Link

instapaper mac app

Instapaper announced on Wednesday that Instapaper for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store, thanks to Apple’s Catalyst technology.

We customized the interfaces and features to make the app feel interactive and at home on Mac. This includes a side-by-side view of folders and article list, and hover states to highlight content on mouseover.

We also included new features for managing articles like hover actions, which allows you to easily like, move, archive, and delete directly from the list. With drag & drop, you can quickly organize articles directly into folders.

Mac Search App ‘Alfred’ is Ready for the M1 Chip

· Andrew Orr · Link

M1 chip breakdown

Popular Mac app Alfred is ready for the new Apple silicon M1 chip after using the Apple DTK running macOS Big Sur.

Alfred has an exceedingly clean code base, so we were hoping for it to be reasonably easy to create our first Universal build. To our pleasant surprise, it was as straightforward as loading up Alfred’s code into Xcode 12 Beta, selecting the Universal architecture, and compiling. That was it, no other changes were needed, and we were immediately able to take full advantage of the new architecture.

New Macs. Same Old 720p Camera.

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

2020 MacBook Air MacBook Pro Mac mini

Apple announced three new computers at its latest event but there is one element of the Mac it has not upgraded for too long – the camera.

macOS Big Sur Will Arrive on November 12

· Andrew Orr · Product News

2020 MacBook Air MacBook Pro Mac mini

At the Mac event on Tuesday, Apple announced that macOS Big Sur will arrive on November 12 with a complete redesign of the operating system.

‘Yoink’ macOS Big Sur Support Added With Version 3.5.11

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Yoink macOS Big Sur support has been added to version 3.5.11. Yoink is a productivity app that acts as a “shelf” to hold files from Finder or app/website content. When you drag something on your Mac, Yoink appears at the edge of your screen, allowing you to temporarily place it there. Navigate to the destination of your files and drag them out of Yoink. Aside from adopting the new look and feel of macOS Big Sur and running natively on Apple Silicon, version 3.5.11 brings numerous quality-of-life improvements and fixes, like better support for not-yet-loaded files in iCloud Drive, or screenshots dragged from macOS’ floating screenshots window. Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for US$7.99, in Setapp, and on the developer’s website.

‘Yoink’ macOS Big Sur Support Added With Version 3.5.11

AirPods Menu Bar Tool ‘ToothFairy’ Updated to Version 2.7

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

ToothFairy is a Mac app that lives in the menu bar to connect your AirPods with a single click or key press. It works with other Bluetooth accessories too, like mice, keyboards, and gaming controllers. Version 2.7 readies the app for macOS Big Sur and brings changes: Added AppleScript support for listing devices, getting their properties, and toggling connections; Updated the sample scripts in the “Run shell script after connecting/disconnecting” section of the manual; Added new icons for AirPods Pro, Beats Studio 3, controller, headphones, Playstation, Powerbeats 2020, Siri Remote, and Xbox; The “Improve sound quality by disabling audio input from device” option now works better when a Bluetooth device auto-connects rather than being connected via ToothFairy. It’s also more reliable in cases where macOS reports that it has set the audio input device but actually hasn’t. ToothFairy is available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.

AirPods Menu Bar Tool ‘ToothFairy’ Updated to Version 2.7

Apple Sets Huge Mac Sales Record

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

16 MacBook Pro (2)

Apple set a Mac sales record in Q4 2020. By a considerable margin. John explains why.

Get Bioshock 2 Remastered for Mac on the Feral Store

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive announced on Thursday that Bioshock 2 Remastered is now available for Mac gamers. Return to the fallen city as a fearsome Big Daddy, intent on rescuing Little Sister Eleanor from the clutches of the sinister inhabitants of Rapture. The gleaming art-deco architecture of the underwater metropolis – revamped with high-resolution textures and new models – has never looked more alluring…or more menacing. The game requires macOS 10.15 and is supported on certain Macs like all MacBook Airs released since early 2020, or all 13” MacBook Pros released since late 2016. The full support list can be found on the game page where you can buy it for US$19.99.

macOS Troubleshooting Checklist Part I

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

After more than three decades as a Mac user, trainer, and troubleshooter, Dr. Mac has seen and resolved more Mac snafus than most. Here are some things he recommends you try when a good Mac goes bad…

macOS: Getting Rid of the Windows EFI Boot Entry

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Windows on a Mac and the EFI Boot Entry

When you delete a Windows partition, but don’t use Boot Camp Assistant to remove the installation, something pesky gets left behind. In this Quick Tip, Jeff Butts shows how to delete the leftover EFI Boot entry from when you dual-booted between macOS and Windows.