Granted, it's a niche kind of need
If you have a reason to record audio from your iPad or iPhone, could you let us know? It's not that we think you're wrong, it's more that it's so rarely useful for us that we're curious about use cases. Especially now that we know how to do it. So if you have to record something from an app, say, or a phone call (respecting local laws, of course), or maybe if you have an audio recording and are struggling to get it off the iPad, here's what you need to do.
Whether it's a brief hop or a long haul, you can travel in style
Every family has one member who's always on the road, either for business or personal travel. Whether it's your college-age kid backpacking around Europe, or your on-the-go brother who jet-sets to meetings around the globe. For the MacNN family, that guy is -- me. There's always a certain amount of tech we just have to bring along -- the trick is getting it all in there, yet keeping it light enough to not be a burden. In this Gift Guide, we'll take a look at some of my road-tested travel gear.
New products, led by iPhone 6s and iPad Pro, provide small boost
The annual refresh cycle that this year introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, along with the enterprise-oriented iPad Pro, has given Apple's gently-falling enterprise marketshare a boost ahead of the holiday buying season, with the iOS platform accounting for 66 percent of enterprise device activations in the quarter ending September 30 -- a rise of two percent from the quarter before, according to new statistics from BlackBerry's Good division (formerly Good Technology).
The iPad Pro is the future of mobile computing -- get used to it
It surprises me that a lot of people have been quick to highlight what they think are apparently major shortcomings with the iPad Pro, seemingly writing it off before most of them have even seen one in person. While it may or may not be another hit product from Apple, there are a couple of aspects about it that have been widely misunderstood. One centers around the question of whether or not it is a genuine notebook replacement, and the other centers around its "inability" to run full desktop versions of apps, like Adobe Photoshop, for example. Have people learnt nothing from Apple's recent history?
iPad and Paper, iPhone, iPhoto and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members discussed topics ranging from using the iPad with the Paper app to problems importing photos to an iPhone. This week the conversation continued in a thread titled "How to use Paper on iPad" which delves into the topic of using the iPad to create digital art.
Hand-crafted with rich Corinthian voices for extreme effect
Episode 42 is, first and foremost, a gorgeous-sounding episode. It features Mike and Charles, a good connection, and a fair amount to talk about even in a slow news week. As is the norm with these two, they wander around to various topics, but among the things that are for sure discussed in the repairability (or rather, the lack of it) in the Apple Pencil (and whether anyone should care), what's up with MacUpdate.com, and more.
The iPad Pro Smart Keyboard gets better the more you use it
It was inevitable that Apple would make the Smart Keyboard peripheral for an iPad as large as the iPad Pro with its 12.9-inch display. People often forget that Apple released a full-sized keyboard accessory for the original iPad, but it held back on releasing a first-party keyboard cover accessory like those from companies like Logitech because, in portrait mode, the typing experience can be too cramped. With a display that supports Split View, allowing you to work with documents side-by-side, the iPad Pro is the ideal candidate for a first-party keyboard accessory.
Some units become unresponsive after full charge, require restart to work
Following reports earlier this week that some iPad Pro units have a tendency to become unresponsive after charging -- requiring a hard restart to overcome -- Apple has issued a statement saying it is investigating the issue, and suggesting the force-restart procedure as a temporary workaround for the problem. Reports have indicated the issue happens on all models of iPad Pro running iOS 9.1, with the software now becoming the lead suspect as the root of the issue.
Apple device management software veterans JAMF extends support to iPad Prop
JAMF Software is making a push to make owners of Apple's iPad Pro aware of its Casper Suite software offerings, and the company is doing so by offering a free trial subscription for owners of Apple's larger iPad. JAMF's new offer includes a free six-month, cloud-based subscription to JAMF's Casper Suite, which has zero-day support for iOS 9, Apple's Volume Purchase Program, and the Device Enrollment Program.
Not all users affected by iPad Pro charging bug, root cause not yet determined
Some Uuers of Apple's new iPad Pro are taking to the Apple community support forum to report an anomaly with their devices. A small number of users, after charging their iPads to full, are returning to find an unresponsive device with a black screen. The fix, a hard reset, returns functionality to the iPads affected by the flaw.
Converged device would be ill-fitting compromise, suggests Apple CEO
Apple will not be combining together the Mac and iPad product lines anytime soon, CEO Tim Cook has advised. Commenting in an interview, Cook believes that, while the two different types of product category are getting closer together in terms of hardware, Apple has no intentions of creating a single device bridging both platforms, as customers are likely to be disappointed in a device that requires compromises in design.
The iPad Pro has power to burn for pro users in a wide variety of contexts
Let us start by saying the availability of a first-party iPad Pro keyboard accessory does not mean that the Apple iPad Pro is a Microsoft Surface rip-off. Secondly, the availability of a stylus accessory for the iPad Pro, called the Apple Pencil, does not mean that the late Steve Jobs was wrong about styluses. There: now that I've gotten that off my chest, let's take a first look at what the iPad Pro really is all about ahead of our full review.
Cook's European tour a busy mix of meetings, appearances
On a European tour ostensibly to promote the new iPad Pro, Apple CEO Tim Cook has had a variety of meetings -- ranging from his usual unannounced appearances at Apple Stores to meeting with the finance chief of the UK to a speech to students at an Italian university. With the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Cook wanted the government to help speed up adoption of mobile payments; in various UK newspaper interviews, he hinted at further health products, and in Italy, he waxed reminiscent on his own schooldays.
Large quantities of adhesive counts against iPad Pro repairability score
The iPad Pro is a difficult-to-repair tablet, according to a teardown of the device by repair outfit iFixit. The ritual dismantling of Apple's latest tablet has also revealed a few notable items about its construction, with the biggest discoveries being a change in the way the large 12.9-inch display is mounted to the rest of the casing compared to other iPads, and Apple's extensive use of foam to help boost the self-balancing speaker drivers.
Stream video directly from your iPhone and iPad to your computer
Have you ever wondered how so many people have figured out how to record their iPad and iPhone screen? Have you ever wanted to walk a group of people through a new app? Are you a developer looking to make a quick tutorial on how to use their app? Never fear, we've found a super quick, super easy way to do all these things, by utilizing an app called AirServer.
First third-party peripheral with Smart Connector support hits stores
As previously reported, Apple has gone live with orders for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, though the company is also showing the device as available in its retail stores starting today. Pre-orders will begin shipping on Friday, November 13 when one-day shipment is selected, however the Apple Pencil drawing stylus and Smart Keyboard peripherals are not yet available either online or in stores, but will be shipping beginning next week. A third-party keyboard case co-designed with Apple, the Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro, is currently advertised both on Apple's site and is said to already be available in Apple stores.
New tablet could push revenue share back up, analyst predicts
On Monday, Apple debuted its first iPad TV ad since the initial blitz announcing the iPad Air 2, this time for the forthcoming iPad Pro. The ad, dubbed "A Great Big Universe," shows off a third-party app specially optimized for the new 12.9-inch tablet, Sky Guide. Separately, Adobe has released a video that shows artists using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with iOS apps Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, and Illustrator Draw.
Larger format tablet has no pre-order period, will ship this week
Apple today announced that the new iPad Pro will be available to order online on Wednesday, November 11, from the Apple website. The larger format tablet will arrive at Apple's retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. Accessories for the tablet, the Apple Pencil and Apple's new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order on Wednesday.
Now accepting pre-orders for Wi-Fi only versions of forthcoming tablet
A email sent to Sam's Club members has announced the opening of pre-orders for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, listing its release date as Friday, November 13. While the date is thus far unconfirmed by Apple, the warehouse retailer said it would be offering only only the 32GB and 128GB Wi-Fi only versions of the forthcoming tablet, rather than the Wi-Fi+Cellular versions. A different report from China had said that retailers there would get the units on November 11, but it is unclear if they simply meant taking delivery of inventory ahead of the debut or that the debut would happen that day.
Beta version for new Apple TV requires USB-C to USB-A adapter
On Tuesday, Apple released new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2 and iOS 9.2 (both the second betas to be released), as well as a first beta of tvOS, which is presumably numbered v9.1. The new iOS beta comes two weeks after the initial public release of iOS 9.1, and one week after the first beta. The OS X beta, build 15C31f does not mark any changes but continues to ask developers to focus on several key areas. The tvOS beta will require developers to have a new Apple TV as well as USB-C to USB-A adapter in order to install it from a Mac -- the Apple TV itself has no downloading capability for beta releases.
Through fire and flames, we delivered the podcast anyhow
After an attack of the Halloween gremlins in staffers' hardware, Episode 39 is ready for your listening pleasure! Mike bowed out, as his hardware ate itself, but join an especially acoustically-challenged and gallivanting Charles, with amazingly stable and problem-free cohort Malcolm, as they chat for a bit over an hour about Apple's fight against extracting data from a suspect's phone, the new Apple TV, and Amazon's purge of the Chromecast and Apple TV from its shelves.
Upgrades make iPad mini 4 the best compact tablet on the market
Apple's iPad remains one of the most accessible personal computing devices ever made. Young, or old, there has never been a more intuitive way for people to engage with technology. When it was first revealed, the naysayers dismissed it as just a "big iPhone," which it is in some ways. However, what they failed to appreciate was that the larger screen real estate, combined with Apple's chip making and software prowess, gave it much more desktop-like capabilities. Even in its more-condensed mini form factor, the iPad remains a great example of powerful technology made simple, and accessible. The iPad mini 4, is no exception as we discover in our our full review .
Apple launches limited discount on Apple Watch in CA, MA stores
For a limited time, new iPhone buyers can receive a $50 discount on the Apple Watch Sport or regular models at select stores. The company is trying to incentivize buyers into picking up both devices at the same time with the small price break, though the fact that the promotional offer is only available for a limited time and only in a handful of stores in the Bay Area in California and in Boston, Massachusetts suggests that the program is a pilot for a possible national sale in time for the holidays.
Move prevents downgrading, blocks further jailbreak exploits
As per usual, Apple has now stopped signing code for the most recent previous release of iOS 9, version 9.0.2, as a security measure. The move also effectively blocks users from downgrading to the previous version, which may be needed for jailbreaking. In addition to bug fixes and security updates, iOS 9.1 also introduced several new features, such as support for Unicode 8 and subsequent new emojis, along with the Live Photos feature for owners of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
Jump on Demand for iPad mini 4 starts from $22 per month, no upfront cost
T-Mobile is expanding its Jump On Demand installment program, by starting to offer the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 to customers. Under the program, customers can get hold of a cellular-equipped version of the two tablets through the program, starting from $22 per month with no upfront costs, with subscribers also being given the option of upgrading their tablet to a new device up to three times per year.
Macs hit all-time sales record of 5.7 million, Apple Watch growing
In today's quarterly results call for the company's fiscal fourth quarter, Apple revealed it had sold 48 million iPhones, a record for Q4. Strong sales in China and other developing regions helped boost the numbers, along with a short period of availability of the company's newest iPhones, the 6s and 6s Plus. Macs also set an all-time sales record of 5.7million units sold. The Mac figure was all the more remarkable given that the PC industry in general has seen an 11 percent decline.
Consensus aiming to top upper end of Apple's guidance
A new forecast from analysts and a late prediction from investment firm Cowen and Company have combined to move the needle slightly upwards in terms of the optimism of guesses on Apple's earnings for its fiscal Q4 quarter, which will be reported later today (MacNN will, of course, have live coverage). Compared to a recent polling of analysts by Fortune magazine, the new consensus rises just over the top of Apple's guidance, now at $51 billion in revenue.
Six month battery life per charge on lightweight keyboard case
Mobile accessory maker Belkin announced on Monday the availability of its newest device to accompany Apple's iPad Air 2, the Ultimate Lite Keyboard Case. The new case is the lightest premium case Belkin offers, weighing in at 306 grams, and carries a six-month battery life per full charge for the keyboard.
Poll shows Fitbit outpolling Apple Watch, likely due to expense
A new US study by retailer Best Buy asking customers what electronic products and other gadget they either asked for or planned to buy as gifts over the upcoming holiday season, Apple's iPad was listed as the top choice, though the survey didn't break out the product by its two different sizes. Two other Apple product lines also made the list, the MacBook (again without distinction of Retina or Air or Pro) in third place, and the Apple Watch in 12th.
Predictions of nearly 49 million units ahead of Christmas buying season
Apple will announce its fiscal Q4 results for the quarter that ended on September 30 this coming Tuesday, October 27, and ahead of that Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt has again rounded up some Wall Street and independent analysts and collected their respective guesses on how many iPhones Apple sold -- for most analysts, nearly the only Apple sales number that matters. The result is that the pundits believe Apple will have yet another record quarter, with sales up 24 percent year-over-year.
When you can, and when you can't, teach an old Mac new tricks
Today's Pointers is sort of a two-fer on the broad topic of using new gear with older Macs (and by "older," we mean four years or older). We'll talk specifically about the inspiration for this column, the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 -- but we'll also talk about other types of things you may want to connect to an older Mac, such as new iPhones or iPads, printers, scanners, and other gadgets. Broadly, our advice is "approach with caution," but it can often be done -- with a little bit of important prep work.
No change in model numbers suggests hidden capability now activated
While the addition of the latest Bluetooth specification, v4.2, was no surprise with the latest just-announced iPhones and iPads, Apple has taken the rare step of retroactively adding Bluetooth 4.2 capability to the iPad Air 2, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models -- which previously boasted only Bluetooth 4.0 specifications. It is unclear whether a change in the Bluetooth stack in iOS 9 "activated" this capability in these models' existing BT chips, or if these models now being sold have had a part change-out internally.
Testers impressed, not that screen has a textured feel to assist drawing
Artists and animators at Walt Disney's Feature Animation Studio have taken the iPad Pro for a spin, with one of them posting an account on Twitter and others broadcasting the event on Periscope. From the reports, the animators appeared to be very impressed with the iPad Pro as a drawing tool, noting that the surface has "tooth," or a bit of roughness on the surface, to aid in the tactile feedback of a traditional drawing tablet -- and that the Apple Pencil and palm rejection technology worked exceptionally well.
Twelve South updates BookArc for new MacBook lines
Twelve South has announced a redesigned version of its very first product, the BookArc for MacBook. Tailored specifically for the newest generation of MacBooks, the BookArc holds the MacBook vertically, freeing up workspace. BookArc for MacBook is compatible with the entire MacBook line, including the new 12-inch MacBook, MacBook pro 13- and 15-inch, and MacBook Air 11- and 13-inch models. Like the original in 2009, BookArc is still $50.
Likeable origami cover, but keyboard version doesn't quite hit the mark
Up-front disclaimer: I'm very fond of products by Moshi. As someone who gets to use a lot of brands of accessories, I have used and enjoyed the company's keyboard protectors, iPhone cases, iPad cases, adapters, and car chargers. The company's products are unfailingly lovely, practical, sturdy, and beautifully packaged. They are among a handful (but growing number, happily) of top-quality Mac accessory makers. With the Versacover, they have created another high-quality iPad cover, but with the Versakeyboard, I feel like they missed their mark somewhat. Let's take a closer look.
New iOS 9.1 beta released to both developers and public simultaneously
Cutting out the usual one-day wait between developer and public-tester releases, Apple on Tuesday issued a fourth beta of iOS 9.1 for both groups. While changes and updates are not yet known, there have been a series of small tweaks and polishes in recent betas, including new wallpaper options, the ability to disable contact photos in Messages, and other minor revisions alongside the usual bug fixes. In addition, the company released a new third betas of tvOS and Xcode 7.1 to developers.
Sturdy stand combines with ultra-secure handgrip for multi-faceted tablet protection
There's no denying iPads are great, but out of the box they can be a little limiting in some pretty common scenarios. Carrying one around is somewhat cumbersome due to their size, and leaving one out in the open isn't exactly the smartest idea either. Luckily for us, the Grip and Dock by Maclocks is designed to keep your iPad secure, whether you're toting it around town, or have it hanging out on your desk.
iOS update fixes minor issues, Safari 9 for Mac offers new features
[Updated with news of new iOS 9.1 beta] Ahead of the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has released its latest major Safari for Mac update, boosting the browser to version 9.0, for both Yosemite (OS X 10.10) and El Capitan (10.11) users. Safari's earlier supported versions for Mavericks and Mountain Lion are also likely to see minor updates released later for compatibility reasons. In addition, Apple on Wednesday released another minor update for iOS 9, bringing it to v9.0.2, and unveiled a third developer and public beta of iOS 9.1.
MacNN's managing editor is going to get the 16GB model, and here's why
I don't own this place, but I run it. It is literally my job to stay on top of things Apple, and give you the biggest news and trends driving our favorite fruit-themed computer company. I am supposed to know the ins and outs of all of the current and past Apple lineups from high-end to bottom-of-the-barrel, with in-depth assessment of the benefits and compromises of same. Despite all the sturm und drang about Apple profiteering on the backs of its users by only deigning to install a paltry 16GB in the most inexpensive models, I'm getting the lowest capacity iPhone 6s. Read on to find out why.
Settlement for $6.4 million over Pearson material quality split with Lenovo
The troubled Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) iPad program seems to be finally coming to a close. In a tentative settlement, the district will receive $6.4 million in compensation, with Apple on the hook for $4.2 million in cash. Additionally, computer manufacturer Lenovo will waive payment on $2.2 million of computers already in the district's hands. The reclaimed funds will be used to procure more technology for the district in a competitive bid process that Apple has participated in previously.
Early recipients of Apple's latest iPhones now get yesterday's 9.0.1 update
On Thursday, Apple made yesterday's iOS 9.0.1 update available to the lucky few who already have their iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus units, and also updated public beta testers with a second public beta of the forthcoming iOS 9.1 beta, again based on a developer release from yesterday. The 9.0.1 version notably resolves the "stuck at swipe to unlock" issue some users encountered in trying to update to iOS 9.
This is the charging stand you want
No more calls: we have a winner. True, there are other excellent Apple Watch stands, and we've enthused about one, gushed about another, but the Enblue Premium One W3 (US store, Europe and rest of the world is all that and more. We've wanted to say "all that and more" for ages, and this is the first time it's both literally and figuratively true. For this is an Apple Watch stand, yes, but it's also an iPhone one -- and an iPad stand too.
Apple's source for adoption numbers straight from App Store
Apple is trumpeting the launch of iOS 9 as an amazing success. In a release this morning announcing the availability of the iPhone at retail on Friday starting at 8AM, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said that "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple's history."
Apple gives the iPad mini 4 the update it deserves, with A8, new Retina display
It only got about one minute of air time during Apple's action-packed "Hey Siri" event, but the new iPad mini 4 remains an important part of Apple's iPad line up. Its last iteration, the iPad mini 3 did not get much love from Apple, only picking up Touch ID and a new gold color option at the time, as the company chose to focus on its larger iPad 2 redesign. For iPad mini fans, the iPad mini 4 brings a smorgasbord of new features which will increase its appeal considerably. Read on for our first impressions.
From 'so what?' to 'oh wow' in 20 minutes
Should you wait a day or two before you upgrade to iOS 9? We advise it, but only because that's sensible whenever something big rolls out to so many people at once. Sometimes, it's hard to wait for the greatest from Cupertino, and that's partly why your first reaction to iOS 9 is going to be quizzical. You'll go through what is hopefully a quick upgrade process and, picking up the iPhone or iPad, may even turn it around looking for any signs of something different.
New iPad mini 4 uses speed-bumped A8 to make light gains on previous model
Although the iPad mini 4 was (briefly) introduced during the recent "Hey Siri" Apple event in San Francisco as a scaled down version of the iPad Air 2, specifications and testing reveal that the new device has more in common with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPad mini 4 uses the dual-core A8 chip found in Apple's current smartphones, rather than the tri-core A8X used in the iPad Air 2, but has speed-bumped the processor to provide a 20 percent improvement over its predecessor.
So many minor predictions so right, but a few big ones totally missed
This week on the MacNN podcast we have nearly a full complement of regulars, and its nice -- Charles brought the energy, Malcolm brought the energy drinks, Mike brought the funk, and William is making us all hors d'oeuvres thanks to his App of the Week selection. We do -- unlike most other sites -- talk about what we got wrong (and what we got right) on our Apple Event predictions, but also discuss Apple TV gaming, the best installment plans for iPhones, our latest new column, and much more.
Developer discovers higher RAM specifications in Xcode device simulator
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have double the amount of RAM of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched last year, according to research by a developer. A custom utility running in the iOS simulator in Xcode 7.1 beta allegedly confirms rumors that this year's smartphone releases have 2GB of RAM each, with another test seems to suggest the new iPad Pro will have double the RAM compared to other available iPads.
10.11 beta impressions, iPad Pro and more
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, members who have installed the Mac OS 10.11 beta have started discussing what they think of this version which is likely to be the one used in the final release. The long awaited, much anticipated iPad Pro was unveiled this week, and the forums are abuzz with members voicing their opinions on the latest addition to the Apple family.
Bluetooth pairing eschews Apple's Smart Connector on iPad Pro
Mobile accessory manufacturer Zagg today announced its keyboard lineup for the Apple iPad Pro and Apple iPad Mini 4. In time for launch, Zagg will ship the Slim Book and Folio for the Apple iPad Mini 4, and the Slim Book Pro and Messenger Universal for the Apple iPad Pro.