Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
How many times have you accidentally hit Caps Lock or another modifier key while typing and wish that the key in question simply didn't exist? Well, you can have you dream come true with a little-known feature of OS X that lets you remap the modifier keys on your keyboard to make then function differently, or perhaps not function at all, if you wish. Continue reading and we'll show you how you can change this setting to your heart's desire.
Apple's announcement last week that it would discontinue its beloved Aperture photo editing software came as a shock to many; it seemed as though the company was partially turning its back on the creative crowd that's been faithful to it for so long. But an updated article at Ars Technica today suggests we may not need to worry; the bulk of Aperture's editing tools may be making their way into the enhanced Photos app that was announced at this year's WWDC.
Quick Look is an under-appreciated OS X gem. Before its arrival, you had to laboriously open a document to see what it contained, often after first launching the app it was created in. Imagine! But in the last few versions of OS X, you merely select the file in Finder and tap the space bar to get a preview. This much you’re probably familiar with, but Quick Look has a slew of hidden tips that can power up previews on your Mac.
One of the big announcements at WWDC this year was the introduction of Continuity for both iOS 8 and Yosemite, which allows Apple users to continue what they were doing on one device on another. Although Apple made no mention of extended compatibility in the keynote, it now looks as though the Cupertino company is extending that same functionality to Apple TV.
It's a very special WWDC 2014 version of this week's wrap-up of all the news that was hot in Apple land. Two great new operating systems that work great together were unveiled and there were a host of announced and unannounced features to share. So without further ado let's dive right in.
If you've been holding out for an iMac with Retina display, you might not have to wait much longer. Only a week ago we learned that code hidden in a recent beta for OS X Mavericks suggested that new models were on the way, and now Macbidouille has found code in the Yosemite developer preview suggesting that the new units will support Retina resolutions.
iOS 8 may have gotten most of the attention at Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the fun stuff isn’t limited to iPhones and iPads. Yosemite will bring the biggest update to OS X in years, combining desktop-level power with the elegance of iOS to create a stunning environment that will make even old Macs feel new again. Here are the features we’re looking forward to the most.
Following the presentation covering Mac OS X Yosemite, Craig Federighi jumped into his discussion of iCloud Drive and Mail.app. Federighi described iCloud Drive as a "hard drive in the cloud." It works similarly to Google Drive or Dropbox, based on his description, but now "with iCloud Drive all of those docs are accessible from within the Finder" and the files sync across all your Macs (and, as Federighi quipped, "What the heck, we're throwing in Windows too").
The final banners are going up at San Francisco's Moscone West for WWDC 2014, and they might give us a hint of what we can expect during the keynote address on Monday. One in particular spied by The Verge features El Capitan, the famed granite monolith in California's Yosemite Valley, leading to speculation that the next version of Mac OS X could be called "Yosemite."