Mac|Life - News en Morning Report: Apple Speaks Out on Spotlight Privacy, RapidWeaver 6 Released <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/rapidweaver_6_620px.png" alt="RapidWeaver 6" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Call it the calm after the storm: Now that OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and Retina iMacs have hit the streets, Apple is likely to get a little quieter leading up to the holiday season — but not before touting huge sales for the iPhone 6 during Monday's quarterly earnings announcement. Cupertino had a bit to say about Spotlight privacy yesterday as well, and our Tuesday Morning Report also looks at a couple of new software offerings for OS X as well.</p><h3>Apple Comments on Spotlight Privacy in OS X Yosemite, iOS 8</h3><p>One of the more convenient new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Spotlight Suggestions, which serves up a wealth of information with every search at the expense of just a bit of your privacy. But exactly how much? <a href="" target="_blank">iMore reported Monday</a> that Apple has done "an excellent job balancing as much convenience as possible" while maintaining a delicate balance between privacy and security.<br /><br />"We are absolutely committed to protecting our users' privacy and have built privacy right into our products," Apple said in a statement to iMore. "For Spotlight Suggestions we minimize the amount of information sent to Apple. Apple doesn't retain IP addresses from users' devices. Spotlight blurs the location on the device so it never sends an exact location to Apple. Spotlight doesn't use a persistent identifier, so a user's search history can't be created by Apple or anyone else. Apple devices only use a temporary anonymous session ID for a 15-minute period before the ID is discarded."<br /><br />The same protections apply to partner Microsoft, whose Bing service powers a lot of the search results returned by Spotlight Suggestions. For the extra paranoid, Apple also reminds users that they can choose to opt out of Spotlight Suggestions, Bing search, or even Location Services for Spotlight.</p><h3>Realmac Skips Mac App Store for RapidWeaver 6 (For Now)</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">After teasing the release in a blog post last week</a>, Realmac Software officially launched <a href="" target="_blank">RapidWeaver 6</a> on Tuesday, a major new update to the company's popular all-in-one solution for building websites without a lot of back-breaking code. Built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite with native 64-bit support for the first time ever, RapidWeaver 6 offers a complete user interface redesign with a new publishing engine that's up to 3x faster than the previous version.<br /><br />Unfortunately for Mac App Store customers, Realmac has decided to forego submitting RapidWeaver 6 to Apple's OS X storefront at launch — but promises the new version has been "built with App Store submission in mind" and plans to release the software to the MAS in the near future, after the first few updates have been pushed to the latest version.<br /><br />RapidWeaver 6 also includes five new responsive themes, an add-ons manager, presets for previewing what websites will look like on iOS devices, a new Markdown page type, and site-wide code support for HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Available today from the Realmac Software website, RapidWeaver 6 costs $89.99 for new users, with a free trial download as well as upgrades from any previous version also available.</p><h3>Paragon Introduces Boot Camp Backup Beta for OS X</h3><p>Moving to a new operating system or system is never fun, but Paragon Software Group is making the process a little bit easier for Mac OS X users with <a href=";year=2014" target="_blank">Boot Camp Backup</a>. Now available as a public beta release, this software promises "the first unified backup, restore, and Windows system migration software for Mac OS X." Boot Camp Backup solves a major pain point for dual-boot users since Time Machine doesn't back up a Boot Camp configuration, offering a sector-level backup of both OS X and Windows installations. The beta release can be downloaded free of charge until the commercial release scheduled for November, with testers being offered a 30 percent discount on the final version.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News backup boot camp iOS 8 Morning Report OS X Yosemite Paragon RapidWeaver 6 Realmac Software spotlight Spotlight Suggestions iPad iPhone iPod Mac Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:27:47 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20820 at Apple Reports $8.5B Profit for Q4 2014, Fueled by Strong iPhone and Mac Sales <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple this afternoon released its financial report for Q4 2014 ahead of a media event elaborating on the numbers, and the numbers themselves were as big as expected in the wake of evidence of impressive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. All total, the company reported $42.1 billion in revenue (with 60 percent of it coming from international markets), which amounts to an impressive $8.5 billion in profits. What's more, that's up considerably from the $37.5 billion Apple reported last year.</p><p>As expected, the iPhone stole the numbers show, as sales of Apple's handsets amounted to 39,3 million units for the quarter. But the Mac was still the surprise wonder here, as it moved an impressive 5.5 million units during the same period. Deep back-to-school discounts from August are thought to have much to do with the unusually strong Mac sales, which shattered the existing record from 2011 when Apple moved 4.9 million units.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/cook.jpg" width="620" height="350" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">AppAdvice</a></strong></p><p>The iPad, however, continued its stark sales decline. At this time last year, the tablet moved 14.1 million units, but only 12.3 million iPads made their ways into the hands of customers this year. That makes Q4 2014 the third quarter in a row with a slump in sales of the device.</p><p>Other sales were up, as Apple CEO Tim Cook reported during the call proper. iTunes revenue, for instance, was up 22 percent for a total revenue of $5.4 billion; and the company broke another record with sales at its retail stores, which brought in $5.1 billion for an increase of 15 percent from last year.</p><p>Cook believes that Apple Pay, officially launched today with iOS 8.1, will push sales even higher in the future.</p><p>"We think we will sell more devices, because we think it's a killer feature," Cook said. "We see Apple Pay as an incredible service that is the most customer-centric mobile payment system that there is. We’re very proud of it and we can’t wait to sign up more retailers and extend it around the world.”</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 2014 apple Apple Pay Business fiscal year fourth quarter iPad iphone Mac Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:34:54 +0000 Leif Johnson 20819 at Apple Launches iOS 8.1, Introducing Apple Pay and the Return of Camera Roll <!--paging_filter--><p>If all goes well, today could mark the beginning of a bright new future for Apple. The Cupertino company today rolled out its long-awaited iOS 8.1 patch, which at last unleashes Apple Pay out into the wild for use at companies like Walgreens and McDonald's. It's a big step for both Apple and its users, so if you're nervous about jumping in blindly, be sure to<a href="" target="_blank"> check out the handy guide</a> we've prepared. Keep in mind that you can only use Apple Pay in stores with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus as earlier iPhones don't support NFC payments.</p><p>Apple Pay might be the most notable of the patch's features, but there's a lot more on display here besides mere bug fixes, such as the one for the Bluetooth connectivity issue many users were experiencing. For one, by popular demand, the patch marks the return of the "Camera Roll" from earlier versions of iOS, which simply bunched the photos on the phone in the order in which they were taken. (iOS 8, by contrast, initially arranged them in "collections" based on date and location.)</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ios8_cameraroll_620.png" width="620" height="360" /></p><p><strong>Camera Roll is back!</strong></p><p>If you want to activate Camera Roll, just go to the Photo app, click "Albums" in the lower right side of the screen, and then click "Camera Roll." The unfortunate catch is that if you have the new iCloud Photo Library enabled that uploads all your photos to the cloud (you can check through Settings&gt;Photos and Camera), you'll still have to access a folder called "All Photos" to get the same effect.</p><p>The update also introduces SMS relay, which allows your iPads Macs running OS X Yosemite to pick up SMS messages sent to your iPhone. If you have an iPhone 5 or above, you can also try out the new Instant Hotspot feature, which allows your Mac devices to pick up your iPhone's Personal Hotspot settings remotely when it's closed enough to your iPhone.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News All Photos Apple Pay camera roll Continuity iOS iOS 8 iOS 8.1 iphone Mac SMS relay Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:59:36 +0000 Leif Johnson 20817 at Morning Report: Apple Pay Limitations, No RAM Upgrade Path for 2014 Mac mini <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_pay_620px.png" alt="Apple Pay" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>In just a few short hours, iPhone 6 owners will be able to download iOS 8.1 and start using Apple Pay at retail stores — but before you head out to the store, there are a few limitations you should be aware of, as outlined in our Monday Morning Report. We've also got some bummer news about upgrading RAM in the new Mac mini (spoiler: you can't), and a unique solution for making eye contact while chatting on an iPad.</p><h3>Eddy Cue Tempers Expectations Ahead of Apple Pay Launch</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reported Sunday</a> that Apple Pay may not be a home run right out of the gate — despite nabbing the support of the six largest credit card issuers who handle 83 percent of all transactions and 500 banks on the way, the system has a few limitations Apple executives haven't talked about until now.<br /><br />Among them are a lack of support for corporate credit cards, prepaid debit cards, and store-branded cards — even those from launch partners like Macy's and Bloomingdale's. (A Macy's spokesman says support is coming "eventually.") But the biggest issue of them all may be the absence of near-field-communications-enabled point-of-sale terminals at retailers.<br /><br />“We’re trying to do something that I think is a game changer and it requires a lot of people to play together,” Apple senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue said in an interview. “There’s a lot to do here and we have a lot of work to do, but it should be huge.”<br /><br />Apple anticipates the largest share of initial Apple Pay transactions will come from in-app purchases, as well as those from web stores. The latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models shipping this week can also take participate in such payments, but can't be used at retail stores, which is limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for now.</p><h3>There's No Way to Upgrade RAM in Latest 2014 Mac mini</h3><p>Aside from the $100 price cut, Apple's late 2014 Mac mini upgrade appears to have brought more bad news than good, with Cupertino axing the build-to-order quad-core processor option and capping dual-drive storage options at 1TB. <a href="" target="_blank">According to MacRumors</a>, the biggest limitation of all might be the inability for owners to upgrade RAM on their own.<br /><a href="" target="_blank"><br />In a blog post on Macminicolo</a>, Brian Stucki confirms that RAM on the new units are "not user accessible" because Apple has soldered the memory to the motherboard. Users can upgrade to 16GB of RAM, but that option can only be done at the time of purchase. Users apparently will be able to replace or upgrade the hard drive in their late 2014 Mac mini, but at the risk of voiding the machine's warranty.</p><h3>iTOi Video Producer Brings Direct Eye Contact to iPad</h3><p>Video chat is great, but one big limitation is the absence of direct eye contact between users. The <a href="" target="_blank">iTOi Video Booth</a> attempts to solve this problem with patented optical technology that makes it possible to look directly into the iPad camera while still being able to see who you're chatting with on the other end. Compatible with FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts, the Video Booth can become a mini production suite with the free companion <a href="" target="_blank">iTO Video Producer</a> app, which converts any iPad into a teleprompter. iTOi Video Booth is now available exclusively at Brookstone for $149.99.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News Apple Pay Brookstone installation iOS 8.1 iphone 6 iTOi Mac mini mobile payments Morning Report RAM Retail Stores Video Booth iPad iPhone Mac Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:34:05 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20816 at The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 17 <!--paging_filter--><p>The big deal of the week was of course Apple's unveiling of the new iPad Air models, but they also dropped a gorgeous big screen iMac down for us to drool over and then slipped us Yosemite Thursday. With iOS 8.1 set to drop Monday, Apple is pretty much dominating the weekend. Those stories and more of what else happened in Apple news this week.</p> Gallery News 27-inch iMac 5K 5k retina display Apple Event Apple Pay Apple SIM iLife iMac iMac with retina display iOS 8 iOS 8.1 iPad Air ipad air 2 iPad Mini iPad mini 2 iPad mini 3 iWork iWorld Macworld OS X OS X 10.10 OS X Yosemite Phil Schiller Tim Cook yosemite Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:13:00 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20803 at iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 Will Ship in 2 to 6 Days <!--paging_filter--><p>As Tim Cook and company promised at yesterday’s Apple event, the latest products in the company’s iPad line — iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — are now available for preorder via Apple’s website. If you’re planning to get in on the ground floor with Apple’s thinnest, most powerful tablets yet, there’s no reason to wait; you can head over and <a href="" target="_blank">place your order</a> right now.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ipadair2.png" width="620" height="392" /></p><p>As of this writing, the “available to ship” estimates range from 2 to 6 days, depending on what combination of color, storage capacity, and connectivity you want. Most configurations are said to be ready to ship in 2 to 4 days, but some — such as a space gray, 128GB, Wi-Fi + cellular iPad Air 2 — will take a bit longer, with the estimates placed at 4 to 6. Either way, that’s not a long time to wait for the new iPads.</p><p>In case you missed the news at Apple’s press event, iPad Air 2 boasts new features such as a new A8X chip that offers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance when compared to an original iPad Air, improved cameras, an enhanced Retina screen with a new anti-reflect coating, and faster Wi-Fi. Additionally, both the Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 feature Touch ID which not only provides extra security, but will also allow you to use Apple Pay from within certain apps. Pricing for the devices ranges from $399 to $829.</p> News hardware ipad air 2 iPad mini 3 preorder iPad Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:59:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20806 at iCloud Drive Syncing Issues Apparently Fixed with OS X Yosemite Launch <!--paging_filter--><p>Last month's official launch of <a href="" target="_blank">iCloud Drive </a>didn't go off too well, to put it lightly, largely because of the inability of devices running Mac OS X Mavericks to sync with the newly launched iOS 8. But that's all changed with yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, reportedly, so feel free to try it out this weekend. (The catch, of course, is that you have to download Yosemite.)</p><p>Apple seems pretty confident in the compatibility between the two, particularly since yesterday's presentation saw Craig Federighi showing how apps can use the service to create their own folders in the shared iCloud.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/icloud.jpg" width="620" height="369" /></p><p>If you've ever used any service like Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive, iCloud Drive works along much the same principles. The main difference lies in the lack of a shared storage location in iOS 8, which relies on individual apps to maintain their own documents in the Cloud. (Some third party apps apparently make up for this deficiency.) On the Mac, simply drag your documents into a folder within iCloud Drive and you'll be able to pick it up across all your Apple devices with the appropriate apps.</p><p>Keep in mind that you may have to <a href="" target="_blank">fork out a bit of cash</a> if you want the most out of the service. You get 5 GB free, but that often doesn't amount to much these days, particularly since many users also use iCloud to back up their iPhones and iPads. (Yes, the storage is shared.) On the bright side, you can pick up an agreeable 20 GB plan for just $0.99 a month. If you're looking for something heftier for photos and the like, however, you can expect to pay up to $20 a month for 1TB of storage. Still, that's a <em>lot</em> of storage.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apps iOS 8 iPad iphone Max OS X Yosemite OS X yosemite Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:20:45 +0000 Leif Johnson 20805 at A Month Later, Lines for iPhone 6 Still Reach Around Block in NYC <!--paging_filter--><p>Normally stories about lines outside Apple stores precede the launch of a new iPhone, but over in New York, the lines have showed no sign of abating since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus a few weeks ago. Analyst <a href="" target="_blank">Walter Piecyk</a> captured a shot of the line snaking around the company's famed cubed retail outlet on Fifth Avenue this morning (via <a href="" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>), and it could easily be mistaken for a photo from September.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/iphonenyc.jpg" width="620" height="486" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Walter Piecyk</a></strong></p><p>Asian resellers are usually thought to be the force behind such lines so long after Apple's product launches, but that's seemingly not a factor this late in the year, particularly since the iPhone officially launched in much of Asia this morning. Such imagery seems to prove that bigger phones were what the market wanted, after all.</p><p>Of course, we don't actually know how many iPhone 6 units Apple has sold this far, but that'll likely change once the Cupertino company holds its quarterly earnings call on Monday. The numbers could be huge. Apple initially launched the iPhone 6 to 32 countries within the first couple of weeks after its announcement, and it extended that number to an impressive 36 more countries earlier this month.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Fifth Avenue iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus New York City NYC Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:43:35 +0000 Leif Johnson 20804 at Morning Report: Apple SIM, iWork & iLife Yosemite Updates, Aperture Importer <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_sim_select_carrier_620px.png" alt="Apple SIM select carrier" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Apple treated Mac users to a same-day announcement for the release of OS X Yosemite, and will follow with iOS 8.1 (and Apple Pay) on Monday. But there were a few details Cupertino left out, including the unique Apple SIM preinstalled with new cellular iPad models, as well as iWork and iLife updates for Mac. We've got the scoop on those in today's Morning Report to close out the week, so click on and read along.</p><h3>New iPads Include Apple SIM for Switching Between Carriers</h3><p>Apple SVP Phil Schiller spent plenty of time gushing over the new iPad Air 2 on Thursday, but one unique feature was completely overlooked until Cupertino posted complete product information on the company's website. <a href="" target="_blank">As noted midway down the iPad Air 2's wireless page</a>, the new Wi-Fi + Cellular models ship with a so-called "Apple SIM," which allows users to "choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the US and UK right on your iPad." The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini 3 offers the same feature.<br /><br />At launch, only AT&amp;T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are supported in the US (no word on why Verizon Wireless has chosen to sit on the sidelines), as well as EE in the UK. Apple SIM apparently requires carrier support to implement, suggesting that we'll see even more providers added down the road. In any event, new iPad buyers should have a much easier time hopping onto a cellular network — and if their provider of choice gets too expensive, they can simply hop over to a cheaper option.</p><h3>Apple Updates iMovie, GarageBand for Mac, Photo Apps</h3><p>As promised during yesterday's somewhat subdued media event, Apple updated the iWork apps for OS X Yosemite, bringing a fresh new look, iCloud Drive support, and the ability to use Handoff to share documents between iOS and Mac. <a href="" target="_blank">Pages</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Numbers</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Keynote</a> also received updated file formats that make sending documents through services like Gmail or Dropbox easier, as well as a host of smaller tweaks across the board.<br /><br />Two Mac applications that were updated Thursday which Apple neglected to even mention were <a href="" target="_blank">iMovie</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">GarageBand</a>, both of which received updated looks for OS X Yosemite. iMovie also now allows developers to easily create app previews for the App Store, as well as export files in custom H.264, ProRes, or audio-only modes, while GarageBand allows users to access audio effect plug-ins, use Bass Amp Designer to build your own rig, and includes new voice templates for faster, easier voice recordings.<br /><br />With the arrival of OS X Yosemite yesterday, Apple also quietly updated <a href="" target="_blank">iPhoto</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Aperture</a> to address compatibility and stability issues. Given that Apple has already previewed the future with a new Photos for Mac application expected next year, this could very well be one of the last updates (if not the last) to both of these formerly beloved image-editing solutions.</p><h3>Adobe Releases Free Aperture Importer Add-On</h3><p>Speaking of Aperture, <a href="" target="_blank">Adobe announced Thursday</a> the release of an Aperture Importer add-on for Lightroom 5.6 (or later) on the Mac. The plug-in allows users to easily migrate existing Aperture or iPhoto libraries into Lightroom, complete with flags, star ratings, keywords, GPS data, rejects, and hidden files; color labels, stacks, and face tags will also be imported, but converted to Lightroom keywords. It's important to note that any photos which had adjustments applied in Aperture or iPhoto will be imported as both original images as well as a copy with those adjustments applied, since the Lightroom add-on cannot translate such information. Aperture Importer is available as <a href="" target="_blank">a free download from the Adobe Add-Ons website</a>. (Update: Adobe has also posted <a href="" target="_blank">step-by-step directions in a blog post</a>.)<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News aperture Apple SIM iLife ipad air 2 iPhoto iWork keynote Morning Report Numbers OS X Yosemite Pages Software Updates iPad Mac Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:10:05 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20800 at Apple Event: iMac with 5K Retina Display Announced; Available for $2499 <!--paging_filter--><p>Following the updates for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage again to introduce the updates for the iPad. "The technology is jam packed in this incredibly thin and light package," he said, noting that the device is "everywhere" and that 225 million have been sold to date. "It's transforming the way we communicate," he added.</p><p>Phil Schiller remained on stage to discuss the changes to the Mac, noting that the Mac business has grown by 18 percent in year-over-year growth while the desktop industry as a whole has experience -1 percent growth. Before he jumped into the specifics, he quoted Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal as saying that "The MacBook Air is the best laptop ever made."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/mac.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Cnet</a></strong></p><p>As expected, the big announcement is the unveiling of the iMac with Retina display, which comes with a 27-inch screen and supports 5210 x 2880 pixels, all resulting in 14.7 million pixels. "There has never been a desktop display like this," Schiller said. Specifically, he said, it's called the Retina 5K display, and it supports seven times the number of pixels you'll find on an HD TV. It's thin, too, clocking in at only 5mm along the edge.</p><p>Schiller also outlined some of the additional tech behind the unit, such as a "timing controller," a low-power backlight, and Oxide TF. All that new tech allows the iMac with Retina display to use 30 percent less energy despite all those fancy, powerful specs. The new screen will allegedly allow you to edit videos "pixels for pixel" and still allow room for interface elements to edit the files.</p><p>After spending so much time focusing on the display, Schiller jumped into the specifics of the tech involved. It starts out with a 3.5GHz Intel i5 chip, although you can upgrade it to a 4GHz i7 chip. It runs with Radeon R9 graphics, and supports 8GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 2, and a 1TB fusion drive.</p><p>And for the price? Schiller noted that the device is available for only $2,499 even though some HD TVs with 4K displays tend to run over $3,000. Impressive, eh? The unit starts to ship today.</p><p>Schiller concluded his presentation with a few seconds devoted to the Mac mini, which is now available with faster processing speeds, Intel Iris graphics, and Thunderbolt 2. It's available for $499, and it, too, ships today.</p><p>Following Schiller's announcements, Cook took the stage again.</p><p>"This is our vision of personal technology, and we are just getting started," he said.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 5K Apple Event iMac Mac Mac mini Phil Schiller retina display Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:28:39 +0000 Leif Johnson 20797 at