Another week come and gone and you were too busy to read Mac|Life? For shame, for shame, after all the crafting and hunting and reviewing of the news we do for you? Well, we love you so much, Dear Reader, that we've even gone and picked out some highlights for you in case you're in a hurry.
We love showing off all the great refurbed Macs out there because we think maybe people don't realize the incredible bargains on machines that are in tip-top form. A big knock in consumer circles is that Apple products are expensive, but they're killer products and here we've got some of them at killer prices. So if brand-new looks like it's several months more of ramen dinners away, look on the discount side of things. You won't be disappointed.
What will Apple reveal? Will it be a widescreen iPhone 5 with all the bells and whistles that rumor blogs have been speculating about? Will iOS 6 be everything we've hoped it to be? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed Wednesday, September 12, at 10:00 A.M. PST/1:00 P.M. EST. We'll be live blogging the iPhone 5 event from the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in downtown San Francisco. Executive Editor Susie Ochs will be there to provide us with photos and a minute-by-minute account of all the action. You can also set yourself up with a reminder to join us for the liveblog after the cut.
And the leaks just keep on coming! By now it should be clear that Apple is having a sixth-generation iPhone assembled in Asia, and you can now add a logic board to your pile of leaked photos from the handset.
Apple’s iLife is an amazing suite of applications designed to bring out the creative in you. You can make a movie with iMovie, perform a song with GarageBand and keep track of your photos with iPhoto. But while making music and home videos is time consuming, practically everyone who owns a Mac takes photos.
There are many apps available for iPad photo enhancement, but few of them come with the pedigree of Tiffen, a company practically synonymous with optical filters for cameras. Can the company’s digital equivalent live up to the same storied reputation?
It's probably a safe bet at this point to say that the next iPhone (which probably won't be called iPhone 5) is going to look a lot like the leaked renders and parts we've seen in recent weeks. Still don't believe? How about these shots of a fully-assembled "new iPhone"?
With its privacy gaffe earlier this year squarely behind them, the folks at Path are forging ahead with new features to make sharing with loved ones better than ever. Bigger photos, movie and book sharing and more are all on deck in Path 2.5.
While it might not be as powerful as its name suggests, Layout brings a fresh style of design to the iPad, with a clean interface, brilliant menu approach, and robust color palette that rivals the most powerful desktop publishing software. With Layout, you can create neat, modular collages with up to 16 pictures and captions, customized borders, and in-app photo enhancing.
It's a shame that more app developers don't code with the iPad's big screen in mind, especially when the app in question revolves around photographs. Instagram has been around for nearly two years now and there's still no native iPad or universal form of the app. With all that screen real estate, it's a shame to have to run the iPhone version embiggened, trapped in portrait mode, just to see pictures of our friends' adorable offspring or recent meals.
Luckily, a bevy of third-party apps are available that offer a bit of a twist on the old iPhone photo sharing app. Here's a look at several such apps that are all grown up for the big screen.