Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X functionality such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy tricks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any special knowledge of coding — all you need to do is follow the instructions!
QuickTime Player received a new feature in OS X Yosemite that makes it extremely easy to view and record your iOS device screen by connecting it to your Mac. This is great when you want to show off something on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when giving a presentation, or if you need to record something on your device to show off later or upload somewhere online.
Apple design chief Jony Ive might be best known for designing the iPhone, but according to the man himself, it was the Apple Watch which posed the greatest design challenge of his creative career so far. Speaking to a crowd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night as he accepted the accepted the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award for lifetime achievement, Ive called the Apple Watch a "difficult and humbling program."
It looks as though FBI Director James Comey, long a critic of the iPhone's security measures, may at last have something to cheer about. Today a circuit court judge in Virginia ruled that the fingerprints used to access an iPhone through Touch ID aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, thus allowing law enforcement officials to access the devices of suspects.
As we mentioned this morning, Apple attracted some unwanted attention yesterday when it informed James Thompson, the developer behind calculator PCalc, that he'd have to remove the app's iOS 8 widget if he expected the popular app to remain on the app store. Supporters of the app rallied in favor of Thompson not long after, and in the face of such an overwhelming response, the Cupertino company called Thompson personally to announce that it had reversed its decision.
Could it be Apple's refresh of the Mac mini that has these beloved little boxes back in refurb-land, ready for you to snatch up at deal prices? Hmm, could be. All we know for sure is that we're not complaining and you shouldn't either, just hop on board these awesome deals.
The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.
The outlook isn't looking so hot for CurrentC, the rival mobile payment system that major retailers like Walmart, Rite-Aid, and CVS have rallied around instead of Apple Pay. Earlier today (and only a few hours after playing up CurrentC's security features in a blog post), CurrentC owner Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) informed its early users via e-mail that some of their e-mail addresses had been obtained by "unauthorized third parties."
It's been a good year for Apple, and even worries about bendy iPhones and major retailers dumping Apple Pay have done little to halt its unrelenting progress. Investors are showing their appreciation. Today the Cupertino company's stock closed at $106.74, which marks the highest points the stock's ever reached when adjusted for the 7:1 share split from earlier this year.
Fast food restaurants may never be the same again. Earlier today Taco Bell launched its revamped "Live Mas Taco Bell" app, which allows its fans to place and pay for their orders ahead of pickup. Even our own J.R. Bookwalter had a chance to try it out this morning, and he seems happy enough with the service, to put it lightly. As he said on Twitter, "Just ordered @tacobell lunch from my iPhone, picked it up at the drive-thru and… It. Was. Magical! Where has this been all my life?"
The user interface for the iPhone has worked so well for Apple over the past few years that it's changed comparatively little (all things considered), but Apple's reveal of the bubbly UI for the Apple Watch points to the possibility of a different aesthetic. Taking his cue from a 9to5Mac article that toyed with the idea of a Apple Watch-styled interface for the iPhone, YouTuber Lucas Menge went out and created one and shared the results in a video.