Monday Morning News

MacBook-Review-4We’re just weeks away from WWDC, where there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see the next versions of iOS and OS X. A lengthy report from 9to5Mac claims a quality focus for both of Apple’s operating systems, with Apple engineers pushing execs for a stability focus. Although that didn’t quite happen, the number of features contained in iOS 9 and OS X have reportedly dialled back. Of the upcoming changes, a focus on security features, iOS optimisation for older devices, and smaller app sizes are the notable ones so far.

We’re still in the dark about what Apple’s next big thing for the Apple TV will be. We know what it won’t be an actual TV set, or just new Apple TV hardware – a new rumour claims Apple also wants programming from local TV stations to be included as part of its subscription TV service, if that’s what will eventually be launching. However, Re/code is also saying that may delay the process, and I think it’s fair to say that will also introduce complications for an international launch.

Apple attended a number of meetings last week, along with heads of various intelligence agencies, security experts, and journalists. The topic at hand was data privacy, debating issues such as mass surveillance and the relationship between intelligence agencies and private companies. With tech companies being entrusted with more data, at some point they’re going to have to draw the line between privacy and security.

Apple Watch Edition models have started arriving for those who placed their online orders with everyone else. There’s not a lot of difference between the models, despite the obvious casing and material differences — the box doubles as an Apple Watch charging station, there’s a slightly different version of the pairing screen, but that’s about it. $14,000 well spent? You be the judge.

The latest revision of the 15-inch MacBook Pro didn’t even get so much as a speed bump, at least not in processor terms. Alongside the Force Touch trackpad, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro now has a faster SSD, using PCIe SSDs for speeds up to twice as fast as the previous generation. In real-world terms, that means you can hit 2GB/s reads and 1.2GB/s writes, which is pretty crazy.

Over at Macworld, Kirk McElhearn answers iTunes Match questions that involve songs not matching correctly, recovering lost playlists from the cloud, and using the fields to enable sorting of tracks by artist.

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your Apple Watch into a Casio calculator, there’s an Apple Watch app for that. Geek Watch is $1.29 on the Australian App Store.

MacStories checks out Revisions for Dropbox, a Mac tool that lets you easily access the file history for items within your Dropbox account. I’m not a huge user of file revisions in Dropbox, but it’s good to know it’s there when I need it.

Craig Hockenberry tells us about the “reverse crown“, otherwise known as the practice of wearing your watch with the Digital Crown facing towards you. It has other benefits besides better usability, but I wonder if it would work as well if you wear your watch on your right hand.

If you compare the two bands you get with your Apple Watch Sport, you might notice that the holes don’t exactly line up. Whether that’s because the medium/large band was designed for half-sizes as postulated by Daniel Jalkut, or whether that’s to compensate for the extra material that will be tucked under when worn is a question begging to be answered.

If you’ve made the jump to iCloud Photos, the initial upload is probably a little more confusing than it has a right to be. Eddie Smith explains how it all works and where the traps are.

Last but not least today, Tools and Toys has a review of the new MacBook. You can say as much as you want about the new keyboard, or the Retina display, or the somewhat-underpowered CPU, but whether you can get by with one USB port will determine if the new MacBook is the ideal machine for you. For a lot of people it won’t be, and that’s cool too.

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  1. What I’m really puzzled by with his whole thing is that he’s doing exactly the same “contortion” to press the crown on the left with his thumb, that I do leaving the crown on the right.

  2. tcn33 says:

    I tried using the S/M band (as the fit isn’t exactly right on the M/L band) and it’s tiny - I could only use the very last hole.

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