MacMost: News & Notes

Recent news, rumors, and notes of interest about Apple, Macs, iPhones, iPads and technology in general.

11/9/18

Years ago, one of the places you could buy Macs was at Amazon.com. But since then all you may find was a handful of odd resellers with used and older models, a few select items from Apple resellers, and a small selection from Apple. But that will change soon as CNET is reporting an official deal between Apple and Amazon. (more...)

11/7/18

The new Pages 7.3 released today gives writers the ability to publish a book directly from Pages to Apple Books. The new option in the File menu hooks directly into your iTunes Connect account if you have set yourself up as an Apple Books creator. Previously Apple offered a separate app, iBooks Author for this, which is still the only way to produce books that use some advanced features. (more...)

11/5/18

Apple News on iOS and Mac will be covering the election results live with a special feature beginning tomorrow evening. According to TechCrunch the Apple News Midterm Elections section will switch to Election Night with news coverage hand-picked by editors from a variety of news source and up-to-the-minute results from the Associated Press. (more...)

11/2/18

Appleā€™s third-quarter financial results beat estimates and set records, but iPhone sales were below estimates. In after-hours trading the stock was down, and opened down on Friday. (more...)

10/31/18

Over the last few years Apple has been rolling out AppleCare+ to more devices and countries. AppleCare+ is more expensive than standard AppleCare but provides the opportunity to get your device repaired when you have an accident, for a much smaller price than normal. And Apple just added this service to Canada, Mexico and much of Europe. (more...)

10/25/18

Earlier this year people were talking about the GrayKey box, a device that allowed law enforcement, and possibly others, to crack the security on an iPhone and gain access to the contents. But now it seems that Apple has figured out the problem and a fix was a part of iOS 12. (more...)

10/23/18

A new rumor about new week’s Apple event suggests that Apple may also announce a new iPad mini. 9to5Mac is reporting that it fits in well with past fall announcements that have featured a low-end iPad perfect for holiday sales. (more...)

10/18/18

Apple has sent out invitations to a special event on October 30. This is most likely when Apple will announce new products, such as possibly a new iPad and new Macs. Among the many rumors being circulated are the a new iPad Pro and a new MacBook Air are on the way. Others speculate a new Mac mini as well. (more...)

10/17/18

In mMy, Apple set up a special site where users in the European Union could download all data associated with their Apple ID in order to comply with new EU laws. Now Apple has added more countries where this function is available. (more...)

10/16/18

The rumors are true. Adobe will be releasing a full-featured version of Photoshop for the iPad Pro. They announced this at their user conference and on their site. (more...)

10/10/18

A new article from CNBC may answer the question of what Apple is going to change for their new TV network content next year. It could simply be free, an added incentive to purchase an Apple TV, iPad or iPhone instead of the competition. (more...)

10/8/18

Apple released the first minor update to iOS 12 today, fixing two bugs. The new version is available as part of the software updates on iPhones and iPads with iOS 12. You can wait for the notification, or go to Settings, General, Software Update. (more...)

10/7/18

The companies that make up the Wi-Fi Alliance have revised the naming scheme that we all use to describe our Wi-Fi gadgets. The current top level, previously called 802.11ac will now simply be referred to as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11n is now Wi-Fi 4. Next year we will get a new standard with higher speeds called Wi-Fi 6, which was previously set to be called 802.11ax. (more...)

10/2/18

Three major universities today started allowing students to use their iPhone or Apple Watch as a student ID instead of a physical card. Students add the ID to their Apple wallet on their iPhone and can then access things like the dorms, library, lunch plans, and so on. (more...)

9/28/18

Apple has released new operating systems and new versions of major apps in the last few weeks, and today they also gave some love to users of their pro audio apps Logic Pro and MainStage. Logic gets Smart Tempo, multi-track stems and numerical editing for Alchemy parameter. MainStage gets text notes, new MIDI input functions and a better metronome. (more...)

9/24/18

The new version of Mac’s operating system began to show up in the Mac App Store today for all users with Macs that are compatible. Apple has a page that lists which machines can use it and some basics about upgrading. (more...)

9/19/18

Several different rumors over the last few days point to a new iPad Pro in the coming weeks. 9to5mac mentions that the beta of iOS 12.1 supports syncing Memoji across devices. That feature would make the most sense if one could own an iPhone and iPad capable of using Animoji, which would require a new iPad with the same front-facing cameras as the iPhone X series. MacRumors notes support for landscape FaceID, which would also likely be a feature of a new iPad Pro. In addition, there is support for 4K video output in the simulator used by iOS developers for the iPad. This could mean that the new iPad Pro uses USB-C as a connector instead of a Lightning port. It could make sense that an iPad Pro is the first device to jump to USB-C ahead of iPhones possibly moving there next year. (more...)

9/17/18

In addition to the release of iOS 12 today, Apple also updated their three office-like apps with a few new features. The update includes compatibility with new macOS Mojave and iOS 12 features, such as Continuity Camera and Dark Mode. (more...)

9/13/18

The big news items yesterday were the three new iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4. But in addition to those, we also learned released dates for iOS 12 (September 17) and macOS Mojave (September 24). The absence of any mention of new Mac and iPad models seems to make it almost certain that Apple will have another event in coming weeks to announce more fall products. (more...)

9/10/18

As Wednesday’s Apple event approaches, the analysts are all guessing what Apple may unveil. As usual, a lot of predictions are vague and confusing, such as suggesting USB-C support for iPhones, which could just mean USB-C cables, and not the demise of the lightning port. (more...)