Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Deals: Get a Bluetooth Controller for Your iPad, Voice Control for Your Mac, and More in the Best Deals of the Week http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_get_bluetooth_controller_your_ipad_voice_control_your_mac_and_more_best_deals_week <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>There's only one thing we love more than adding new pieces of tech to our arsenal of awesome, and that is saving money while doing it. We love a good deal, which is why we bring you the best offers around every chance we get. 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We've got some recaps of what went down and what you need to know in case you missed it, so strap in to relive the moments of the week that was.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_hottest_apple_news_stories_september_12#comments Gallery News A8 processor apple iphone event Apple Pay Apple Watch battery crystal display iCloud iCloud storage ios games iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iphone event iPod ipod classic iWatch SwiftKey SwiftKey Keyboard Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:30:00 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20626 at http://www.maclife.com Gold Apple Watch Could Cost as Much as $1,200, Jeweler Says http://www.maclife.com/article/news/gold_apple_watch_could_cost_much_1200_jeweler_says <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple stated at its <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/features/apple-watch-iwatch-ultimate-guide" target="_self">Apple Watch</a> reveal earlier this week that the device would start out at $349, but unsurprisingly, it's going to cost you a lot more than that if you want the high-end 18-karat gold "Edition" version. <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/12/the-gold-apple-watch-could-cost-as-much-as-1200/?ncid=rss" target="_blank">TechCrunch </a>consulted Chad Rickicki, a Pittsburgh jeweler, and he produced an estimate on what you can expect to pay for the premium model, based on the watch's presumed size and weight.</p><p>Rickicki believes the device itself should cost Apple around $600, and he speculates that Apple may double that figure for retail. When it hits the shelves, then, the final product could end up costing around $1,200.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/09/applewatch.jpg" width="620" height="239" /></p><p>That's a big leap up from the somewhat agreeable pricing of the sport models, and the reasoning is simple — gold is expensive. Complicating the matter further, we still don't have any exact dimensions for the device; estimates like those of Rickicki's are based on Apple's publicity photos and footage of Kevin Lynch walking around with the device on Tuesday's stage. And if the device is merely gold-plated? It could end up costing much less.</p><p>Or it could be more, especially if the body's made from solid gold. Apple itself <a href="http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/" target="_blank">states </a>that the gold on the Apple Watch Edition is designed to be "twice as hard as standard gold." The device also sports the sapphire crystal display we heard so much about in the months leading up to the launch of both the Apple Watch and the iPhone 6, and even the fancy box for the premium watch <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_watch_battery_said_last_about_day_could_improve_2015" target="_blank">doubles as a charger</a>.</p><p>The Apple Watch is expected to launch sometime in early 2015.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/gold_apple_watch_could_cost_much_1200_jeweler_says#comments News Apple Watch Gold iOS 8 iWatch sapphire sapphire crystal wearable tech Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:22:04 +0000 Leif Johnson 20628 at http://www.maclife.com Opinion: Apple Watch Still Has Something to Prove http://www.maclife.com/article/features/opinion-apple-watch-iwatch <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following editorial will appear in the upcoming December 2014 issue of </em>Mac|Life<em> magazine. For more on Apple Watch and iPhone 6, look for special issues coming soon to the </em>Mac|Life<em> Newsstand app. Our <strong>Ultimate Guide to Apple Watch</strong> can be found <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/features/apple-watch-iwatch-ultimate-guide" target="_self">here</a>.</em></p><p><img src="/files/u324771/opinion_apple_watch-main.png" width="620" height="299" /></p><p>It was a long time coming, but Apple finally showed us the iWatch — I mean, Apple Watch. (Sorry, that’s going to take some getting used to.) The September 9th unveiling not only marked the company’s entry into a new market, but it was also the first time in the post-Jobs era that Apple stuck its neck out and took a risk. For Apple fans like us who get giddy over this stuff, the event — which also introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — had it all: slick promo videos, poetic corporate philosophy, live demos by the usual gang, and an introduction to the Apple Watch by the smooth-talking Jony Ive. Tim Cook even used Jobs’s classic “one more thing” line, which got the biggest cheer of the day from the assembled press. There’s no telling what Steve would have thought of the event or the products on display — I’m sure he would’ve had his own strong opinions, as he always did — but I believe the current crew at Apple honored his legacy.</p><p>But back to the Apple Watch: I dig the design, I <em>really</em> like the look of the UI, and it was introduced in about the best way possible…but I’m still not entirely sold. I want to be, because I’ve been waiting for Apple to make smart watches more interesting while Samsung and everyone else has struggled. I can’t wait to wear one for a week to play with — to sift through the M&amp;M app icons on the Home screen, sketch silly messages, and share my heartbeat with somebody — but when tech lust isn’t taking me over, I don’t know if there’s a single defining function that justifies spending at least $400 after tax, or is worth wearing a watch again after I’ve ditched them for the last decade. There is no game-changing epiphany here like, say, the first iPod with its clear promise of “a thousand songs in your pocket.”</p><p>Well, that’s not entirely true: the health features do stand out a bit. The Activity and Workout apps look simple and fun to use, in ways that might make even a lazy sloth like me stick with a program. This appears to be the one area in which Apple Watch clearly surpasses the capabilities of iOS devices, and it provides a decent justification for dropping a lot of dough. I could probably talk myself into believing I’ll start living healthier if that’s what my conscience needs to splurge on one of these watches.</p><p>My guess is that Apple Watch will do great out of the gate thanks to diehard Apple fans and outside observers who want in on the next big craze. Beyond that, though? The device can never be more successful than the iPhone since every Apple Watch needs one to work. (The chances of it eclipsing Apple’s flagship product were slim anyway, but still.) I don’t think it will match the iPad, either. My somewhat pessimistic prediction is that Apple Watch will reach the level of Apple TV, a steady B-tier product with a loyal following.</p><p>Having said that, I very well may buy one. I’ll want an Apple Watch just to ensure that I know what the hell I’m talking about here at <em>Mac</em>|<em>Life</em>, but I’d likely get one anyway because it’s just too damn cool. That’s the real killer app of any Apple product: they are so well crafted that you can’t help but appreciate them.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/features/opinion-apple-watch-iwatch#comments Apple Watch iWatch Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:29:41 +0000 Chris Slate 20627 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Breaks Pre-Order Record with iPhone 6; iPhone 6 Plus Sells Out http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_breaks_preorder_record_iphone_6_iphone_6_plus_sells_out <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night was rough for Apple enthusiasts seeking to pre-order the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/iphone-6-iphone-6-plus-details-features-date-price" target="_self">iPhone 6</a>. As we recounted in our <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_iphone_6_preorders_lacie_d2_thunderbolt_2_onedrive_10gb" target="_blank">Morning Recap</a>, heavy traffic brought down the online Apple Store for almost two hours after pre-orders went live at 12:01 a.m. PST. But apparently plenty of people got through (and it didn't hurt that the sites for AT&amp;T and Verizon worked fine), as a new report says that last night set a record for iPhone pre-orders.</p><p>"Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight," an unidentified Apple representative said in a statement to <a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/12/larger-iphone-6-plus-sells-out-amid-strong-demand-for-apples-latest-crop/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>. The rep declined to say exactly how many orders were made.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/09/iphone6.jpg" width="620" height="222" /></p><p>AT&amp;T CEO Ralph de la Vega delivered a similar statement to <a href="http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/atts-de-la-vega-weve-already-taken-hundreds-thousands-iphone-6-6-plus-pre-o/2014-09-12" target="_blank">Fierce Wireless </a>in which he praised the orders but held back from providing any figures aside from a vague "hundreds of thousands" of pre-orders. He did, however, state that the iPhone 6 is already outpacing the demand for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from last year.</p><p>"It's amazing to see the volume," de la Vega said. The response was so amazing, in fact, that the larger iPhone 6 Plus is now listed as sold out for pre-orders for both Apple and all major carriers.</p><p>The most impressive numbers should appear after the two versions of the new iPhone go live on Friday, September 19. Last year Apple achieved a record of 9 million iPhones sold in one weekend with the combined 5s and 5c units, and it looks well on path to surpass those numbers a week from now.</p><p>The phones will launch next Friday in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan, and availability in other countries will follow in the weeks and months afterward.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_breaks_preorder_record_iphone_6_iphone_6_plus_sells_out#comments News AT&T iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus pre-order Record sales verizon iPhone Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:01:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 20625 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Watch: The Ultimate Guide http://www.maclife.com/article/features/apple-watch-iwatch-ultimate-guide <!--paging_filter--><p>After three years of top-secret development, Tim Cook finally revealed the Apple Watch (not “iWatch” as had been rumored) on September 9, 2014. The announcement contained a deluge of details; it seems the device was designed to do pretty much anything anyone at Apple could think of. So to help you keep track of it all — and to point you toward the more important features — we’ve put together this comprehensive quick-look guide. Check back often since we’ll update it as new information comes to light.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_watch_ultimate_guide-main.png" width="620" height="303" /></p><h3>Price and Availability</h3><p>Apple Watch will launch sometime in <strong>early 2015</strong>. Pricing will start at <strong>$349</strong> and ramp up for the more expensive models and bands.</p><h3>iPhone Compatible</h3><p>For many functions — including several of the most significant features — <strong>Apple Watch needs an iPhone to work</strong> (iPhone 5 or newer; non-Apple phones are a no-go). The watch doesn’t come with its own data plan, so when Wi-Fi isn’t an option, it piggybacks on an iPhone’s Internet connection.</p><h3>Customizable</h3><p>Apple Watch is <strong>highly customizable</strong>, coming in various colors and materials with a wide variety of bands. All of these options are sorted into three collections: <strong>Apple Watch</strong>, <strong>Apple Watch Sport</strong>, and <strong>Apple Edition</strong> (more on those below). The watch comes in <strong>two sizes</strong>, 38mm height and 42mm height, and can be set to work properly on either your left or right wrist.</p><h3>Basic Usage</h3><p>You can interact with Apple Watch in several ways. The watch face itself is a <strong>touch screen</strong>, but to avoid having to cover up such a small area with your finger, you can turn a side button called the <strong>Digital Crown</strong> to scroll through lists, zoom into maps, and more. The Digital Crown can also be pressed in, acting like a Home button of sorts. Just below it is the watch’s only other button, which brings up a <strong>Friends menu</strong> from which you can quickly send a message, make a call, or communicate in unique new ways (see below).&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_watch_guide-digital_crown.png" width="620" height="252" /></p><p><strong>The Digital Crown can be used to scroll or zoom. (Isn't that a pretty Home screen?)</strong></p><h3>New Touch Technology</h3><p>Apple Watch incorporates two cool new types of technology that don’t appear in any other Apple product. The first is a <strong>force-sensitive Retina display</strong> that lets the watch face distinguish between a tap and a press depending on how hard you push. In many apps, tapping and pressing do different things. Then there’s a linear actuator called the <strong>Taptic Engine</strong>, which sounds cool and <em>is</em> cool. It allows you to experience feedback you <em>feel</em>, like taps on your wrist. The tech can produce different tactile sensations for different functions, and works in concert with subtle audio cues to alert you to notifications, incoming calls, messages, etc. These new technologies have spawned a few new cleaver, silly ways to communicate, such as <strong>Tap</strong> (send a tap to a fellow Apple Watch wearer’s wrist), <strong>Sketch</strong> (share a quick doodle), <strong>Walkie Talkie</strong> (trade sound bites), and <strong>Heartbeat</strong> (since the watch reads your pulse, you can send it to someone else and they’ll feel it on their wrist). That last one can be romantic or creepy depending on who you share with. In addition to all the other cool things Apple Watch can do, it also features <strong>Apple Pay</strong> and can be used at participating retail and online stores to buy stuff quickly and securely.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_watch_guide-touch.png" width="620" height="239" /></p><p><strong>Force-sensitive Retina display on the top, Taptic sensors on the bottom.</strong></p><h3><strong></strong>New Ways to Communicate</h3><p>Apple Watch will turn you into a social superstar with wrist-tapping <strong>real-time notifications</strong> for any messages, mail, or calls that come into your iPhone. These functions have custom interfaces designed to fit the small size of the watch face, to make using them fun and not frustrating — you can even use your finger to stretch and shape your own custom emoji. Apple Watch also features <strong>Siri</strong>, which can be used to dictate messages, view upcoming events, and search for places.</p><h3>Battery Life</h3><p>Apple hasn’t yet commented on <strong>battery life</strong>, but it will likely require frequent charging. That’s probably why the device comes with an <strong>inductive charging cable</strong> that quickly comes off and on using magnets, so you can slap it on without much of a hassle. (Unlike all of Apple’s other mobile devices, Apple Watch won’t use a Lightning cable.) The watch is smart about saving power, though — its screen stays off until you raise your arm to look at it.</p><h3>And Hey, It Tells time!</h3><p>Apple Watch is accurate to within 50 milliseconds of the global time standard, and will <strong>auto-adjust to local time</strong> when you travel, or when daylight savings time kicks in. It comes with <strong>multiple faces</strong> to choose from (developers will undoubtedly provide even more) that offer various different looks and features. Each one is customizable, allowing you to <strong>change colors and add extra features</strong> such as stopwatches, stock quotes, and weather updates. You can also access this kind of information by swiping up, a feature that Apple calls <strong>Glances</strong>. So far, our favorite faces are an animated butterfly that looks like it’s landed on your wrist, a face that shows the phases of the moon and current placement of planets in the solar system, and the classic Mickey Mouse watch. You can also make a face out of any photo.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_watch_guide-faces.png" width="620" height="192" /></p><p><strong>From quirky to classic, Apple provides fabulous watch faces to suit everyone's personal tastes.</strong></p><h3>Apple Watch Apps</h3><p>Here are the apps Apple has so far announced; we’re sure this is just the tip of the iceberg, especially now that third-party developers are starting work on their own offerings.</p><ul><li><strong>Alarm</strong></li><li><strong>Apple TV and iTunes:</strong> Control Apple TV or your iTunes library on a Mac or PC; listen to iTunes radio</li><li><strong>Calendar:</strong> Meeting reminders, calendar invitations</li><li><strong>Maps:</strong> Turn-by-turn navigation that is accompanied by varying wrist taps that hint at which way to go when walking</li><li><strong>Music:</strong> Can control music playback on an iPhone, or you can even leave your phone at home and listen to music while jogging</li><li><strong>Passbook:</strong> Works with Apple Pay</li><li><strong>Photos:</strong> Meant for a more personal collection of photos that you’ve checked as favorites</li><li><strong>Remote Camera:</strong> Works as a remote for your iPhone’s iSight camera. You can set your phone down, stand in front of it, and use the watch display to frame the perfect photo.</li><li><strong>Siri:</strong> Dictate a message, find nearby locations, view your events, and more.</li><li><strong>Stocks</strong></li><li><strong>Stopwatch:</strong> Digital, analog, or hybrid view; can show an average of your lap times on a graph.</li><li><strong>Timer</strong></li><li><strong>Weather</strong></li><li><strong>World Clock</strong></li></ul><h3>Health and Fitness</h3><p>Apple Watch is packed with fun, cool-looking diversions, but most of them are neat-but-not-neccessary duplications of iPhone features. Its health and fitness functions, however, go beyond what other devices can do. With its enhanced ability to read your body’s movements and heart rate, the watch is better equipped than iPhone to track health-related data. These features shine in the <strong>Activity</strong> and <strong>Workout</strong> apps. The former uses colorful circles to measure three categories: Move (how many calories you’ve burned), Exercise (minutes of activity — a brisk walk counts), and Stand (how much you stand instead of sit). You’re encouraged to fill as many circles as you can each day to stay active. The Workout app is for dedicated cardio exercise, tracking stats such as time, pace, distance, and calories. The app will learn your routines and suggest fitness goals, and will help you set reminders. Working out unlocks achievements, which are badges to commemorate your accomplishments. Using the companion iPhone app, you can follow your progress in detail over time.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_watch_guide-health.png" width="620" height="283" /></p><p><strong>The functionality of the Activity and Workout apps may be the defining features of the Apple Watch.</strong></p><h3>Apple Watch Collections</h3><p>There are three different types of Apple Watch, each of which comes in different materials and has its own set of optional bands in unique colors. Every set of watch and compatible bands is referred to as a collection. <strong>Apple Watch</strong> is the standard collection, which will likely be the biggest seller. It comes in 316L stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases, and its display is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This line is compatible with the widest variety of bands. <strong>Apple Watch Sport</strong> comes in silver or space gray anodized aluminum that is 30% lighter than the stainless steel models. Its display is protected by strengthened Ion-X glass, and this watch only works with the Sport band. <strong>Apple Watch Edition</strong> appears to be for high rollers, coming in yellow gold or rose gold — both are 18-karat, and are said to be twice as hard as standard gold. Its display features the same sapphire crystal protection as the standard Apple Watch.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_watch_guide-collections.png" width="620" height="358" /></p><p><strong>From left to right: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition.</strong></p><h3>Band Types</h3><ul><li><strong>Link Bracelet </strong>(Apple Watch): A classy look; would go well with a suit and tie.</li><li><strong>Sport Band </strong>(Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition, Apple Watch Sport): Made from high-performance fluoroelastomer; durable, but soft and light; more flexible than most rubber watch bands; pin-and-tuck closure.</li><li><strong>Leather Loop</strong> (Apple Watch): Leather; one end of the band loops through the other and back again, locking in place upon itself with magnets concealed within the quilted leather.</li><li><strong>Milanese Loop</strong> (Apple Watch): Loops back around and holds against itself with a magnet</li><li><strong>Modern Buckle</strong> (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition): Leather</li><li><strong>Classic Buckle</strong> (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition): Leather; exactly what you’d expect from a traditional watch band. Classy.</li></ul> http://www.maclife.com/article/features/apple-watch-iwatch-ultimate-guide#comments Gallery Apple Watch iWatch Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:31:58 +0000 Chris Slate 20620 at http://www.maclife.com Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, September 12 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/price_drop_weekends_best_app_deals_september_12 <!--paging_filter--><p>It's been a big week for Apple fans and it's about to get just a little bit bigger with this weekend's round of low-priced apps. If you want to get your life into some semblance of order, want to be on time, or want to see your to-do list get blown to bits, this is your week. 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This is probably the fifth computer I have done this with, over many, many years, and many of my old apps have been rendered useless by switching to new operating systems. Is there a good method or a reliable app that will find and identify all of the useless files on my machine so I can remove them?&nbsp;</strong></p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Uninstalling apps on the Mac is fairly straightforward compared to other operating systems, but there are some caveats that you should know before starting the process. Applications created for the Mac have a “.app” extension to denote that they are an application. This “.app” is what’s known as an application bundle; it’s essentially a folder that contains all of the files related to the application that it needs to run. To remove these application bundles using the Finder:</p><p><strong>1.</strong> Stop the application from running, and if it has options to run at Login, &nbsp;disable these features.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2.</strong> Remove the application and any helpers from the Dock and Menu bar by quitting them and dragging them off the Dock.</p><p><strong>3.</strong> Locate the .app bundle in the Applications folder, or wherever you’ve been storing the app.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4.</strong> Drag the .app bundle to the Trash, and empty the Trash.</p><p>This is all well and good, but there could still be files lying around your system relating to the application that you just removed. It is a common Mac app practice that user preferences, and other files relating to the application, will be stored in various system folders across your Mac for safekeeping. Follow these steps to find and remove additional files:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1.</strong> In Finder, search for the application you just deleted. (Ideally it will be &nbsp;something unique like “Firefox” or “Skype” rather than “Notes.”)&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2.</strong> You can narrow the search to specific folders, if you know where it might be, or to the entire computer.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3.</strong> Search using “File Name” instead of “Contents” to get better results (because we’re looking for files relating to the app, which usually have the name of the app in the filename).&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4.</strong> Click the + button to add a new search criterion, then select Other &gt; System Files; click “Don’t Include” and select “Include” instead.</p><p><strong>5.</strong> Sort by name, kind, date, and so on to identify components of the app; these might be folders, “.plist” files, cache files or other types.</p><p><strong>6.</strong> Delete all of the files and folders relating to the app, but be careful to not delete files that could be used by other apps that you still wish to use.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7.</strong> Once you’ve determined that everything is still working properly, then you can remove the files in the Trash. You may need to reboot your Mac before emptying the Trash, and/or use Secure Empty Trash from the Finder menu.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/ask-uselessfiles.png" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Search for files relating to a specific application to help with removing them.</strong></span></p><p>Again, we stress that you should be careful when removing these items. If you accidentally delete the wrong item relating to another application, the other app may not work properly. If you are not comfortable with this process, then you can use an automated uninstaller application such as AppTrap (<a href="http://www.onnati.net/apptrap" target="_blank">www.onnati.net/apptrap</a>), AppCleaner (<a href="http://www.freemacsoft.net/appcleaner" target="_blank">www.freemacsoft.net/appcleaner</a>), and AppZapper (<a href="http://www.appzapper.com" target="_blank">www.appzapper.com</a>). Don’t expect these tools to remove all files associated with all applications, but they can do a pretty good job.</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-remove-unwanted-apps#comments Apps Ask delete Mavericks Tips uninstall unwanted Mac How-Tos Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:46:04 +0000 Cory Bohon 20623 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Protect Your New iPhone 6 with this Griffin Identity Case and Screen Protector http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_protect_your_new_iphone_6_griffin_identity_case_and_screen_protector <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/griffinid.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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