Tag - El Capitan
This is where we really start. Right now, in this article, we stop just talking about boosting that Mac Pro in the back of the closet to something you're happy to use again. This week, we break out the screwdrivers, the terminal, and get to work! Sure, we're starting slow, especially for Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) and 4,1 (2009) owners -- but you 1,1 (2006) owners? This week is where you reclaim your aluminum slab from the back of the closet. Onward!
Last Wednesday in this space, I documented five iOS tips that I had discovered mostly by accident -- seeing someone else use it, or finding it inadvertently, and in one case tracking it down like a stalker once I knew it could be done. In that spirit, this time I'm offering five tips for OS X (some are El Capitan-only, however) that I mostly discovered by chance, which is one of the best (or, sometimes, frightening) ways to find out about stuff that is largely undocumented.
On the heels of reports of sporadic installation and authentication issues with iOS 9.3 by owners of the 2011-era iPad 2, new reports are claiming that an unknown but possibly small percentage of Mac owners are seeing authentication errors when trying to use FaceTime and iMessage under the new OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan. The problem, which appears to be the result of a geographic node gone wrong rather than a widespread problem, does not affect other iCloud services, and did not appear during beta testing.
There's a reason we split this Pointers tutorial into two, and it's only partly because we like suspense. Previously, we showed you how to install a copy of the OS X installer onto a bootable USB stick and when you knew how, it was quite easy. Have a read of the instructions for that if this is all you need to do. We just reckon that the odds are that instead, you'll need to make one USB stick with multiple different versions of OS X ready to be installed. The principle is the same, and the benefits of having these installers with you are the same, but the process is much more involved.
We've spoken before in the Pointers column about the usefulness of Siri, and about the Reminders app (both of which are available nearly everywhere: on the Mac, on iOS devices, on the Apple Watch, and even on PCs and such using the iCloud.com website). Oddly enough, we've not written much about how massively useful Notes is, even after it got a major upgrade in usefulness with the arrival of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. In this Pointers, we'll address that, and get you to use both it and Reminders more with and without Siri, and even more so with and without an Apple Watch -- the latter of which turns out to be something of a "killer feature."
Late on Monday, Adobe announced that three of its web and image management programs had all received significant updates: Animate -- formerly known as Flash Professional, but now more of an HTML5 design program -- has been bumped up to Animate CC, a full member of the Creative Cloud family of apps, with many new changes. The company's Muse CC has also been updated to incorporate "responsive design" capabilities, and Bridge CC picks up photo downloader support under 10.11.x (El Capitan), automated cache management, and the ability to auto-stack panoramic and HDR images.
On Tuesday, Apple released a final version of 10.11.3, the third free update to OS X El Capitan. The focus of the update, which has no noticeable interface changes or new features, is said to be on the "stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac," according to Apple's release notes. The latest update was in beta since last month, and briefly shared beta status with the next update, 10.11.4, which is currently being tested by developers. The 10.11.3 update is available exclusively through the software update section of the Mac App Store.
Maybe it's just us, maybe you're already a die-hard fan of Apple Mail's new MailDrop feature but we hesitate every time we go to use it. It's for sending people large attachments, far larger than Mail used to allow, and that is in all ways great but we'd got so used to sending them Dropbox links instead that it's hard to break the habit. Plus, there is the issue off whether MailDrop works when it's an OS X El Capitan feature and your recipient might not have that. Short answer: it doesn't matter, use it anyway.
On Monday, Apple unleashed a slew of new first betas for forthcoming updates to OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and tvOS. Even as some of the programs have ongoing betas being tested, the company has granted registered developers access to OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 even as 10.11.3 is still in beta testing, and iOS 9.3 even as testers continue working with the upcoming iOS 9.2.1. In addition, the first beta of watchOS 2.2 is out, as well as a first beta of tvOS 9.2 (it is normal for tvOS betas to be one update behind the current iOS in numbering).
On Wednesday, Apple released a second beta of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan for developers and pre-registered public beta testers, two days after doing the same for the latest iOS beta, 9.2.1 and three weeks after the first OS X 10.11.3 beta. The new build, 15D13b, only a few increments higher than the previous build, 15D9c, reflecting a similar situation with the latest iOS 9 beta and serving as a reminder that new builds were sparse during the holiday period.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE