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macOS Sierra Drops Support for Several Mac Models

10:31 AM EDT, Jun. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra adds lots of new features, but drops support for several Mac models

Apple unveiled macOS Sierra during the keynote presentation at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, and for the past few years new versions haven't left any Macs behind. That changes with the operating system formerly known and OS X, so read on to see if your Mac is up to snuff.

Does Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch Support iOS 10?

10:05 AM EDT, Jun. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is dropping some devices for iOS 10 compatibility

Apple loaded up the feature list for iOS 10 during Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. Despite all the cool new stuff we'll be able to do with our iPhone and iPads, the list of compatible devices is still surprisingly long. If you aren't sure if your iOS gear can handle the new version, The Mac Observer has you covered with our definitive list of compatible devices.

MGG 609: Keynote Thoughts and Power Magic

9:01 PM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Fresh out of Apple's keynote and State of the Union talks, Dave and John digest their thoughts together, live for you (or, well, live to tape... not tape but digital... oh, you know what we mean!). Then it's time for some serious followups from the last two episodes. Photos, Watch layouts, Genius Bar tips and more. And maybe, just maybe, John and Dave might have to have a spirited disagreement to celebrate their 11th anniversary! 

iOS 10 Lets you Delete Bundled Apps You Don’t Want

6:45 PM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

When iOS 10 ships my exiled apps folder will be nearly empty

My iPhone has a folder called Rura Penthe where all the built in apps I never use are exiled. When iOS 10 ships that's going to be a very lonely place because we'll finally be able to delete those pre-installed apps we never use, like Stocks, News, and Tips.

Apple Posts Video of WWDC 2016 Keynote

5:30 PM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has posted the entire video of the June 13, 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. Most of the planned updates to Apple's OSes were discussed, watchOS 3, tvOS, the newly named macOS Sierra and iOS 10.  The final versions of these four operating systems will be available to cutomers in the fall. Even though directed towards developers, the video reveals a lot about Apple's near-term strategy and thinking and is fascinating viewing for any Apple fan. It's about 2 hours and 4 minutes long.

Apple Adds Smart, Interoperable Features to macOS Sierra

4:25 PM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

macOS Sierra

Once upon a time, Apple was adding features by leaps and bounds to OS X. Some generally got used and some seemed to fall flat. And some didn't work very well in the early releases. With macOS Sierra, Apple's Craig Federighi is focusing on the really important things users need instead of gadgety features.

watchOS 3 gets New Health, Fitness, Communication Features

1:20 PM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

watchOS 3's new fitness tracking interfaces

Apple started off its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event with watchOS 3, the next version of the Apple Watch operating system. The new version will include performance improvements, easier access to favorite apps, new clock faces, handwriting recognition, and SOS on Watch for contacting emergency services from your wrist.

Microsoft Goes Social with $26.2B LinkedIn Purchase

10:53 AM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

LinkedIn joins team Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Monday it plans to buy LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion. The deal is Satya Nadella's biggest since taking over as Microsoft CEO, and it's the biggest corporate buyout to date. For Microsoft, the deal makes sense because professional business tool are a big part of the company, and LinkedIn is all about bringing business professionals together.

TMO’s WWDC Keynote Live Coverage

9:29 AM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Get ready for today's WWDC keynote and TMO's live coverage

Apple's big keynote event to launch this year's annual Worldwide Developer Conference starts at 10AM pacific time, and The Mac Observer will be on location bringing you as it happens news from the event. Reports say we could see new MacBook Pro models, Siri support for third-party apps, an updated Thunderbolt display, and more.

Security Basics: If a Service Offers Two-Factor Authentication, Use It

9:53 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Apple Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter announced this week that it was aware some Twitter login credentials are circulating on the Dark Web, and Mark Zuckerberg infamously had some of his (mostly unused) social media accounts hacked. That makes for a perfect segue for some basic security advice: if a website, service, or app offers two-factor authentication, use it.

JimmyCase iPhone Wallet Case: $31.99

5:50 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals


We have an interesting take on an iPhone case for you today called JimmyCase. Firstly, it's a bumper case designed to help protect the sides of your iPhone. It has a mahogany layer on the back, which is also where you'll find an elastic strip that can hold your money, credit cards, or your headphones.  We have a deal on the JimmyCase for $31.99, some 18 percent off the retail price.

The Weakness of iPads in K-12 Education is Starting to Show Up

3:30 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

IPads in education

Apple believes that tablets are the future. And so, it's natural to push iPads for K-12 education. The idea is that these iPads are great educational devices because they're cheaper, more secure and easier to maintain than MacBooks. But what about the ability of teachers to invoke iPads for the kinds of skills training the curriculum calls for? And fit them into the budget? Signs are, it's not working.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-10: iMessage for Android, Logic Pro’s Mega Update

1:40 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is about to announce iMessage for Android. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on why Apple might want to make its end-to-end encrypted text message platform Android-compatible, plus they look at the stunningly long list of fixes and new features in Logic Pro's 10.2.3 update.