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Apple has issued a minor update to Logic Pro X, v10.0.7. For owners of 12-core Mac Pros, the software now supports 24 processing threads. Apple has also made some attempts at streamlining Logic's interface, for instance by allowing current volume, pan, and send values for selected tracks to be inserted at the playhead position, and for automation to be copied and pasted to any location via the Marquee tool. Another new option permits MIDI volume and pan data to adjust an instrument plugin instead of the channel strip.
Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0.2, a minor update of the company's digital audio workstation. The release is aimed mostly at fixing bugs, including undo commands not working properly after Flex Pitch editing, and MIDI recordings getting erased after using the Capture Last Take keyboard shortcut. The Vintage Electric Piano plugin should now work properly at any sample rate, and the Piano Roll Editor will no longer display an occasional blank window.
Apple has issued a minor update to Logic Pro X, its digital audio workstation software for the Mac. The v10.0.1 release copes mainly with bugfixes and performance problems. In the former category, track stacks should no longer be accidentally flattened after loading a patch. Users should also be able to access Tuner for stacks.
Apple has launched Logic Pro X, a long-delayed upgrade of the company's digital audio workstation software. X represents a major revision, adding several new features. Among these is Drummer, which can automatically supply a drumbeat for a song using different styles and techniques. Flex Pitch is a form of autotuning, letting users fix or manipulate not only vocals but also any note within a waveform.
Apple is "hard at work" on a new version of Logic Pro, according to the company's head of music product marketing, Xander Soren. Last week, a rumor originating from a Pro Tools enthusiast website suggested that Apple was firing most of its professional audio software group, which if true would likely mean the end for Logic. Although other reports have since dismissed the claim, a MacRumors reader says he emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook, who then passed his concerns on to Soren.
Apple on late Tuesday released a trio of software updates. Among these is Logic Express 9.1.6, a patch for the company's mid-range audio editor. The code brings Express up to par with Logic Pro, which recently migrated to the Mac App Store. Numerous compatibility, performance, control, and instrumentation problems have been fixed. The update measures 140.58MB, and requires OS X 10.6.8 or later.
(Updated with live Mac App Store links) Apple is notifying resellers that Logic Studio and Logic Express are no longer being offered in boxed copies, reports say. Instead, Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 will at some point migrate to the Mac App Store, though when and at what price is unmentioned. The fate of Soundtrack Pro 3 is also uncertain, but is not cited as joining its companion apps.
Apple is finishing up work on a "Logic Pro X," claims an anonymous source said to have taken part in a customer interview. The software will supposedly integrate tools like WaveBurner, while spinning off MainStage into a separate program. Apple is thought to be killing off Soundtrack Pro, which has already been dropped from the company's present-generation Final Cut lineup.
Apple has posted an update for MainStage, the live performance component of Logic Studio. Version 2.1.3 is a relatively minor update, improving "overall stability" as well as fixing a handful of specific errors. These include bad display of Audio Unit plugin presets, and MIDI input being forced to channel 1. Perhaps the most critical fix deals with a bug that caused MainStage to quit when using Undo after deleting a patch.
Sony's share value surged by as much as three percent in Japan on Tuesday after a rumor that Apple was considering it a buyout target. The rush was triggered by speculation by Barrons that the company's $51 billion in cash might be used to buy a major company, with Sony as just one of the targets. Original author Eric Savitz has since said it was "pure speculation" and was likely taken too seriously by Japanese investors.
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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