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Apple's recent dispute with the FBI combined with the older architecture of OS X/macOS compared to iOS means that Apple is likely to place new emphasis on Macintosh security. It's been an evolving process, but it's likely to accelerate from now on.
A very important and geeky technology that Apple has been working on surfaced after the WWDC keynote, namely that Apple has been working on a new file system for the Mac and other devices called APFS. It was probably too geeky to make the cut for a keynote broadcast live, but it's still incredibly important. John fills us in with background and what we know.
Christina Warren is Mashable's Senior Tech Correspondent. Her specialty is the intersection between new media and technology. In 2007, she got her start writing for USA Today about TV entertainment and music. It went so well, she started blogging about other entertainment and technology topics. Eventually, she joined Mashable in 2009, moving from staff writer to her current position. In April, during the Apple vs. FBI dispute, Christina wrote an amazing, tour de force article explaining how Apple approaches security, and she told me how it got written. Later in the show, we chatted about the state of Apple's iTunes, what might be in store for users, plus Apple's thinking behind the design of the current Apple TV. You won't want to miss Christina's extraordinary insights and perspectives about Apple.
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.
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.
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.
The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is a large piece of iPad hardware, larger than we've been accustomed to. A good case for it has to meet many expectations. It has to protect, yet be light and slender. It has to accomodate all the iPad Pro technology, including the Apple Pencil. It has to be versatile and look great. The OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid for iPad Pro 12.9-inch does all that and more. Read on to find out why John loves his iPad Pro 12.9 even more now.
There was a time when Mac users had ripped a few hundred favorite songs from their CD collection. A laborious process. There was also a time when Time Machine could easily back up a 100 GB hard disk. But time and a failure to scale available technology has left many Apple customers with a huge, purchased iTunes collection that's hard to back up reliably. Apple has been too successful and not successful enough.
It's just about certain. We have all the information we need. There is precedent. There is pressing need. There will be 3,000 MacBook Pro users in the WWDC keynote audience next week. It's the right time and the right place for Apple to announce new MacBook Pros. John Martellaro counts the reasons.
The combination of the Dock in OS X and Spaces is a powerful one. If you set things up according to this Quick Tip, you can just click on a running app in the Dock, and OS X will whisk you to the Space that contains that app. John Martellaro uses this feature daily and explains how to invoke it.