Apple sends out invites for its iPad and Mac event on October 16th

Apple has recently announced that it will be hosting a keynote address on Thursday, October 16th at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, CA. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time.

As the second Apple event this fall, the Cupertino-giant will likely use its smaller, home court stage to debut updates to its iPad and Mac lines…

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Apple finally releasing OS X Yosemite Public Preview later today for the free Beta members

Apple has announced that it will open the public beta version of OS X Yosemite tomorrow, July 24th, for users who want to preview the upcoming version of the Mac operating system ahead of its release targeted for this autumn. Interested users can sign up to be an OS X Beta Program member on Apple’s Beta Program site. The only requisite is that you have OS X Mavericks installed on your Mac.

Apple says the OS X Yosemite beta will be updated less frequently for the OS X Beta Program members than the version provided to the OS X Developer Program members, but users running the public beta of OS X Yosemite will be able to install the final release of OS X Yosemite over the Beta version once its ready for release this Autumn. The beta version available to OS X Beta Program members will also allow users to easily submit feedback for issues with the Mac operating system ahead of its official public debut.

Earlier this week, Apple released the fourth and latest developer preview of OS X Yosemite through its Developer Program alongside a redesigned iTunes 12.

Despite OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 sharing features that rely on each other heavily, it has been reported that the two operating systems are expected to launch separately as Apple readies the them both for public debut for everyone. While iOS 8 is on track to be released in September, the final version of OS X Yosemite is expected to be ready a month later in October.

Apple first announced about this OS X Beta Program which would allow non-developers to preview OS X 10.10 earlier this year at WWDC, although iOS 8 will not receive the same treatment for non-developers, since several features require the latest iPhone and iPad operating system.

 

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 3 with Dark Mode and other interface tweaks

Besides the third beta of iOS 8, Apple also released a new developer preview of OS X Yosemite. The update is available in the Mac App Store and under Software Update.

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The upcoming OS is still very much in the beta process, as Apple continues to make interface tweaks and add features.

Dark mode

Most notably, Dark Mode can now be enabled easily in System Preferences. The feature, demoed by Apple at WWDC last month, was previously hidden and required some tinkering with terminal to turn on.

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iCloud Preferences icons

iCloud Preferences icons have been tweaked.

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New App icons

Apple has given QuickTime and Fontbook’s icons the much awaited flattening treatment to bring it more in alignment with the rest of the OS.

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QuickTime’s new icon

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WiFi Hotspot using iPhone

According reports from users, the iPhone hotspot feature is now showing up in the WiFi menulet. As announced at WWDC last month, in Yosemite, you can turn on your iPhone’s cellular hotspot remotely when it’s connected via Bluetooth.
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Time Machine UI

The TIme Machine UI has been updated replacing the beloved Outer Space background with a blue one, below.

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UI Tweaks

Interface tweaks have been made in

–  Desktop Background System Preferences

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– Larger badges on App Icons for Notifications and improved font in Notification Center and in Safari Favorites Bar.

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– Redesigned icons in Mail.

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FaceTime

Now, in FaceTime, Audio and Video calls are shown separately.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview Update 1.0

Alongside the second beta of iOS 8, Apple has also provided developers with an update to the OS X Yosemite Developer Preview. Yosemite brings many new features to the Mac, including a new design, Continuity features, and enhanced applications. We’ll update this post with new discoveries in this new developers’  preview as they are found.

– PhotoBooth application has returned! — Many people reported that they miss the PhotoBooth application in the Yosemite DP1, and listening to them Apple has given them exactly what they asked for, a redesigned flatter PhotoBooth for all this missed candid moments to be captured.

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– The Photo Booth and Screen Share applications get new icons:

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– Screen sharing enhancements have been reported:

– New FileVault panel upon reboot.

Time Machine user-interface redesigned: Taking a step away from the Outer Space background of the OS Xs prior to Mavericks, OS X Yosemite introduces a new version of Time Machine UI which takes a step towards the iOS-like design language which can be seen throughout the operating system.

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– Handoff now works well:

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– Finder is no longer required to be open to receive AirDrops from other devices:

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WWDC Keynote Roundup Part 1: Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”

We are rounding up WWDC on a platform wise basis, telling you which of our predictions (and rumours) came out to be true. So, this will be a three-part series: Mac OS X, iOS, Developers’ stuff.


Note: Hey guys, sorry I could not post as I had to be somewhere yesterday but here goes.


The day before yesterday morning (or night if you are on this side of the globe) Apple kicked off its WWDC 2014 event with its keynote.

Apple CEO Tim Cook started it off, proudly showing off the rapid adoption rate of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 51%, which was released last year in October and compared it to Microsoft’s Desktop OS’s latest iteration, Windows 8 which had reached a measly 14%, even though it was released over a year ago in October 2012.

OS X Mavericks vs. Windows 8 Adoption

 

One of the key reasons behind Mavericks success was its non-existent price tag of FREE. Another reason being the highly touted performance upgrades on the software side.

After this little announcement, majority of keynote was presented by Apple SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi…

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Apple updates the Apple TV with new “Events” Channel

(Credit: Matthew Frost)
(Credit: Matthew Frost)

For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to get golden tickets or did not get them on purpose, and will be giddily watching WWDC from the comfort of our own homes, Apple has added its promised WWDC channel to Apple TV for viewing the live stream of the conference’s keynote tonight.

The keynote can also be streamed from Apple’s website via Safari on OS X or iOS, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.

 

The keynote will kick off at 10am PDT today when Tim Cook and other top Apple execs will take the stage at Moscone West Center to reveal the next version of iOS and OS X to the 5,000 developers present.

This year’s keynote is expected to include a peek at iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, in addition to Apple’s new home automation platform. New hardware is also expected to appear at the event — possibly in the form of new iMacs, a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, or even the long rumoured and eagerly anticipated iWatch.

Given that Eddy Cue recently claimed at the CodeCon that Apple currently has its most exciting product pipeline in 25 years, this could be an event to remember.

Mac OS X 10.10 purportedly leaked hours before official unveiling

Just like the title says, barely a few hours are left in Apple’s WWDC keynote address and there’s been a leak regarding OS X 10.10 showing blurry images of the same.

OS X 10.10 has been expected to be more “flat” just like its mobile counterpart did last year.

Late yesterday, a thread appeared on the Reddit Mac community claiming to share a set of four blurry photos of OS X 10.10. The images, now deleted, were posted using a burner account-but MacRumors notes that “the evidence [it has] seen privately is enough… to consider it a distinct possibility” that these images are real.

The images are blurry but do show revisions of the Notification Center, the Dock, Spotlight and a new iOS-like Notification Center. The strangest and most hard-to-digest part (for me) seems to be the replacement of the  current “shelf”-like Dock with a translucent strip.

These images have a time stamp of 24th March and that’s a lot of time for things to change but we’ll know for sure in a few hours!

Check out the pictures below:

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Apple WWDC 2014 Predictions – What To Expect

Apple’s WWDC event is less than 6 hours away. There has been many a rumour flying around everywhere about all kinds of devices and softwares.

Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook teasing that Apple would introduce new products “across 2014,” so far this year the company has simply released a cheaper version of the iPhone 5c in select markets, marginally faster MacBook Airs, and the 2012 fourth-generation iPad at a lower price.

Here’s what we expect Apple to unveil at this  year’s WWDC:

 

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iOS 8 “Okemo”

Apple is expected to release its mobile OS, iOS 8, internally codenamed “Okemo,” which is expected to contain a slew of new features though an iOS 7-like drastic design change is definitely out of the window. Apple will be heavily concentrating on refining the performance of some major features, and announce an iOS 8 beta.

 

Maps

Maps is also expected to feature transit information, thanks to various acquisitions made by the Cupertino company. This transit feature will be integrated as both a new view (in addition to Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite), and as a new option alongside walking and driving for directions.

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Healthbook

The Cupertino company is also likely to include a “Healthbook” application, an application that aggregates health and fitness data from various applications and hardware accessories.

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The application is akin to Passbook in terms of user-interface design, and users will be able to customize their Healthbook to give visual priority to health statistics that are most important to them. Healthbook is capable of tracking data for various bloodwork details, heart rate, blood pressure, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, weight, and activity.

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Image Credit: Smart home image via /Shutterstock
Image Credit: Smart home image via /Shutterstock

‘Smart Home’ automation feature for iPhone is also said to be part of this major update. The program seems to be an extension of Apple’s MFi Accessory program. Customers will be able to tell which devices can be controlled by iOS devices based on specific Apple-provided branding.

Shazam in Siri

According to a previous report by Bloomberg, Apple is also working with Shazam to get a Song ID feature in Siri.

VoLTE Support

Another significant addition being considered for iOS 8 and the next-generation iPhone is voice-over-LTE support (VoLTE), according to carrier sources. Though carrier support also matters. VoLTE is supported in only a few states in the US and a larger rollout might come by the year’s end.

iTunes Radio

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Following Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics, Apple is expected to break the iTunes Radio into its own iOS app giving users quicker access to the app’s contents. The interface for the standalone iTunes Radio application is said to be nearly identical to the one found inside of the iOS Music app and its Home screen icon is a terrestrial radio graphic atop a red background (above: via 9to5mac).

Goodbye Game Center!

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Apple is expected to remove the Game Center application from both iOS and OS X. Instead the functionality of the app shall be found within the games which have integrated the service.

iCloud Apps

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Apple is developing versions of the Mac operating system’s Preview and TextEdit applications that are optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch. The applications are said to not be designed to actually edit PDFs, images, or text documents. Instead, the apps have been built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud via OS X. Apple added iCloud synchronization for Preview and TextEdit documents with OS X Mountain Lion, but has not yet released iOS counterparts to actually view the synchronised content.

iPad MultiTasking

According to sources, Apple has planned for iOS 8 to include a new iPad multitasking feature, but the debut of the functionality could be delayed. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, every iPad application either developed by Apple or or third parties, via the App Store, is only usable individually in a full-screen view. NYT‘s Brian X. Chen claims on Twitter that the feature won’t be unveiled at WWDC as it is not yet ready, though.


 


 

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OS X 10.10 “Syrah”

Design Overhaul

While leaks related to iOS 8 have been a plentiful, Mavericks’ successor OS X 10.10, internally codenamed “Syrah.” While Mountain Lion brought OS X more inline with iOS 6’s Scott Forstall-era design with linen and OS X Mavericks brought new power-user enhancements and performance boosts OS X 10.10′s changes, however, will most likely revolve around user-interface design. Internally codenamed Syrah, the official marketing name of the OS seems to be either “Yosemite” or “El Cap” deduced from the banners put up at the Moscone West Center ahead of WWDC 2014 (above).

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Apple will, reportedly, change the design language of the OS X akin to that done to iOS last year. The new look will, reportedly, have similar toggle designs to iOS 7, sharper window corners, more defined icons across the system, and more white space than the current version. However, OS X characteristics like the Finder, multi-window multitasking, and Mission Control will not disappear in favor of a more iOS-like experience. The above image is a mockup of the new OS X based off of last year’s Calendar app. Some sources describe the new system as “extremely flat,” but just like with iOS 7, customers will become used to the new look.

New Features

While majority of the focus is given to the redesign of OS X, there will also, obviously, be a bevy of new features and enhancements introduced by Apple for its Desktop OS. It is likely that Apple will port over some of the new features found in iOS 7 but not in OS X Mavericks. For instance, it would make sense for Apple to include a new Control Center-like panel for quickly accessing options across OS X. Other possibilities include Apple finally releasing Siri for the Mac and a version of AirDrop that is compatible with iOS’s AirDrop functionality.

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An improved Maps app to bring feature parity with iOS, the removal or revamp of Game Center, and improvements to the App Store app are also equally likely. Apple might also debut “flatter” 10.10 versions of its own App Store Apps like iWork and iLife. Another area of interest is the handling of non-redesigned third party apps by the new OS X.



New Hardware

Mac

Apple is expected to release Mac hardware of sorts at WWDC, but what hardware remains to be the question.

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Apple seemingly has several new pieces of Mac hardware in development as well as several products in need of a refresh. Here’s the list of Macs which have been rumoured or are in the works, according to sources:

  • A new, smaller MacBook Air/Pro with an enhanced trackpad, no fan, slimmer design, and a 12-inch Retina display
  • A cheaper line of iMacs with less-expensive display components
  • A new generation of iMacs, perhaps with a Retina display
  • A new Mac mini with faster processors
  • A new Thunderbolt Display, perhaps with a Retina/4K panel
  • Retina MacBook Pros with faster processors

Of course, it is completely uncertain of what exactly Apple is planning to debut at WWDC. Apple has said that major hardware introductions are in store for the end of the year.

iOS

On the iOS front, it seems highly unlikely that Apple will update any of the iPhone or iPad lineups though there have been a few rumours which have been listed below:

  • iWatch or a fitness band (would blend well with the Healthbook introduction)
  • A larger iPad, perhaps with a Surface-like connected keyboard
  • A new Apple TV (though sources say that the shipping date for the new Apple TV is either this fall or early next year)
  • An ARM-powered Mac running a form of iOS

All of the above iOS devices other than the Apple TV are very unlikely to be unveiled.

Coverage

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Apple’s keynote address begins at 10:30 PM IST/ 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern tonight/ this morning, and Apple has said that the keynote will run approximately two hours. We will live blog all the details of the event  at our Facebook and Twitter so be sure to follow up. Apple will also be providing a live stream via Safari, Quicktime, Apple TV, and iOS of the keynote presentation.

Apple giving out $25 Apple Store gift card, jacket to WWDC 2014 attendees

As the title says Apple is giving a $25 Apple Store gift card to all attendees of its much awaited WWDC event tomorrow. Along with the gift card, Apple is also giving  a WWDC’14 jacket. These gifts can be collected all the attendees while collecting their badges.

The news was given out by a couple of twitter users

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Apple is expected to release a lot of amazing things tomorrow which will be covered by us LIVE.

Do check out our Facebook and Twitter tomorrow night at 10:30 to follow on the news!

OS X 10.9.3 silently increases the VRAM on newer MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs

It’s known that the latest version of OS X Mavericks, version 10.9.3, has provided increased compatibility between certain Macs and 4K displays. It appears as if that could, in part, be due to a change in how OS X allocates certain resources, specifically VRAM, on newer machines. As Mac4ever and MacGeneration point out, certain hardware including the MacBook Pro with Retina display from Late 2013 and the MacBook Air from 2013 and 2014 have all seen an increase in the maximum level of VRAM available from 1024MB to 1536MB!

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The changes on the relevant models can be noted in the System Information application on OS X although Apple has not yet documented this increase in available VRAM in these machines in either the OS X 10.9.3 documentation or the 4K display support documentation. The change in specifications is also not yet noted on Apple’s documentation covering video and memory on each machine; the current description reflects the specifications prior to the OS X 10.9.3 software update. Specifically, the increase is from 1024MB to 1536MB, roughly half a gigabyte.

9to5Mac also compared their 2013 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display machines against Apple’s documentation on graphics memory, for example, and have reported the increase in VRAM in OS X 10.9.3 versus what Apple currently reports as the maximum amount. The change appears to be limited to the models released in and after 2013. The increase in video resources does seem to point to the increased compatibility between the MacBook Pros with Retina display and 4K displays, 4K support does not extend to all affected machines at this point, specifically in the case of the MacBook Air, so the change could just be a result of software and hardware optimization in the latest update to the operating system.

Check out these comparisons made by MacGeneration below:

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