5 Reasons to Upgrade to High Sierra

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We don’t know what the product team was smoking, but apparently HIGH Sierra is another name for the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

According to Apple’s senior vice president of software Craig Federighi, ”We talked to the guys and they said ‘this might be misconstrued,’ but they assured us this name is fully baked.”

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iOS 11 is out!

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iOS 11 brings hundreds of new features to iPhone and iPad including an all new App Store, a more proactive and intelligent Siri, improvements to Camera and Photos, and augmented reality technologies to enable immersive experiences. iOS 11 is also the biggest release for iPad ever and adds powerful new multitasking features, a new Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Read More...
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Updates Now Available for macOS Sierra, iOS, watchOS

It’s update time again! macOS Sierra 10.12.1, iOS 10.1 and Apple watchOS 3.1 software updates are now available, which include general software and performance improvements and these features:
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macOS Sierra 10.12.1
The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of Mac and is recommended for all users. This update:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images take on iPhone 7 Plus
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard
  • Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with AppleWatch
  • Improves security and stability in Safari
For more information, see the following resources:



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iOS 10.1
This update includes Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus (beta), transit directions for Japan, stability improvements and bug fixes:

  • Provides new Messages option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for Apple Watch for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with third-party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
Products compatible with this software update:
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad mini 2 or later
  • iPod touch (6th generation) or later
For more information, see the following resources:



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This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text
  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from fully charging
  • Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps
For more information, see the following resources:
For information on the security content of these updates, please visit Apple security updates.
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WWDC 2016 Redux

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Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference took place last week in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, with kick-off keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Every summer, developers from around the globe convene at WWDC to hone their skills in programming for Apple's mobile and desktop platforms. This is also a time to take a peek at what new things will be coming out in the Apple universe, with expected releases in the early to mid fall. While usually a software event, new hardware can be a anticipated based on the exciting new software capabilities discussed in the keynote address. New hardware products to match up with new software discussed at the keynote, are typically announced in the September-October timeframe. Here are the highlights for this year's WWDC keynote:

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The name of the new operating system for Mac desktops and portables will be “Sierra,” but the notable change is the word in front of the mountain. A few years ago, Apple dropped the “Mac” from “Mac OS X” and the operating system was then “OS X.” Now, the “X” is dropped, bringing the nomenclature in-line with the other product names. Check out Macworld.com’s macOS Sierra FAQ.

iOS 10
Lots of improvements and new features, including enhanced messaging, photos, voicemail transcription, just to name a few. Checkout this slideshow from Macworld.com.

watchOS
Yes the Apple watch has it’s own operating system. The latest version includes more customization, an dthe ability to be “tetherless,” meaning it can connect to open Wi-Fi networks without needing to connect to your iPhone first. Check out Techradar’s Apple Watch OS 2: everything you need to know.

tvOS
That little AppleTV box is pretty smart, and about to get smarter, with Siri voice commands, just like your iPhone and iPad, single sign-in for all your video streaming accounts (similar to Keychains in macOS), and apps! Check out iMore.com’s tvOS first look: Taking AppleTV to the next level.

Of note…
Among the many other points on the WWDC agenda, the upgrades to Apple’s HomeKit API caught our eye, promising exciting things in home automation and security. Not only will AppleTV have control of HomeKit enabled devices, but also video camera support has been added. All HomeKit devices will be controlled thru a new Home app. Check out this story from CNET: New connected cameras will help Apple expand its reach in the smart home's door.

In case you missed it, here is the full video of Apple’s WWDC 2016:



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Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

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From the press release:

“CUPERTINO, California—October 16, 2014—Apple® today unveiled the 27-inch iMac® with Retina® 5K display, featuring the world’s highest resolution display with a breathtaking 14.7 million pixels. At this amazing resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos. With the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2, iMac with Retina 5K display is the most powerful iMac ever made—it’s the ultimate display combined with the ultimate all-in-one.”

Learn more at: iMac with 5K Retina display

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3 Things To Love About Lion

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I'm taking Lion thru it's paces to better support my clients. As I do this, I've come across a few things that I really like about Lion:
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