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New Apple updates

New Apple updates

This week, Apple released updates for a lot of their products, including the Mac, iPhone & iPad, the Apple watch, and Apple TV. These are mainly bug fixes and security improvements, with no real new features. But any security improvements are pretty important these days, and I would highly recommend that you do the iOS 10.3.3  update in particular, as it resolves an important Wi-Fi security issue. Overall, if you own any of these products, you should update since you’re only going to get stability improvements with no downsides.

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iPhone 10 year anniversary

iPhone 10 year anniversary

Today marks 10 years since the first iPhone was officially released. And while Apple was already doing very well before the release of the iPhone, in many ways that new device became quite a game changer for the company, and mostly for consumers in general. To be honest, the first iPhone was fairly clunky in many ways, and not all that desirable for most people. But when the 3G iPhone came out in July of 2008 is when things got really interesting. The iPhone was much improved, but it also marked the introduction to the App store, with 500 apps initially available. In my opinion, the introduction of the App Store is a large part of the success of the iPhone, and a big reason why the iPhone and its ecosystem have done so well. It allowed thousands of developers world-wide to start creating all kinds of apps for a public hungry for mobile games, social media, news, and all sorts of new brand new ideas. Along the way, some apps have completely revolutionized some industries, such as Uber, Tinder, and Pokémon Go, just to name a few. Of course, I would argue that it’s also had some fairly negative effects as well, with constant notifications making us more distracted, and some people spending far too much time on their phone. And as such, it will be fascinating to see what the next ten years brings about.

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Apple’s new Public betas

Apple’s new Public betas

This week, Apple is releasing the public betas for some of their upcoming software updates. Yesterday, the iOS 11 public beta was made available for download, and adds some nice features, especially for iPad users. While I don’t really recommend trying the public betas so soon after they come out, the iOS 11 public beta does seem pretty stable already.

But the one I really want to talk about is the upcoming macOS High Sierra public beta. I usually try out these public betas as soon as they come out just to get a feel for the new features before they are released to the public at large. That is part of my job after all.
But I will not be doing that with the macOS High Sierra public beta. This update introduces a brand new file system to the Mac called APFS. This new file system has already been introduced on iOS and has been working great so far. But things might get a little trickier on the Mac, and that’s why I would highly recommend holding off on installing macOS 10.13 on your Mac until all the kinks have been worked out by Apple. So realistically, you should probably wait until the end of July at least.

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Microsoft Outlook updates

Microsoft Outlook updates

Microsoft has consistently been adding new features to their Microsoft Office 365 suite of apps recently, by listening to users, and implementing the most requested features. This week, Outlook has added new features such as email scheduling, read and delivery receipts, and email templates. Overall, it’s just very encouraging to see Microsoft improving their Mac apps on a regular basis as they have been doing of late, and bodes well for the future of Microsoft apps on macOS and iOS.

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Apple’s new ProMotion technology

Apple’s new ProMotion technology

Apple’s newest display technology, which was introduced recently in the new iPad Pro, is going to vastly improve the way you interact with your Apple devices in the future. It manages to really cut down of the latency you feel when doing things such as drawing on your iPad with the Apple pencil, or just scrolling around through web pages, and yet it does not affect battery life. To find out more about ProMotion and why it’s going to be big for Apple, check out this article on iMore.

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The iWork apps have been updated

The iWork apps have been updated

Today, Apple released updates for Keynote, Numbers and Pages. The biggest new feature they’ve added is a greatly expanded shape library by adding over 500 new shapes and symbols. And these look great ! They are very high quality and you can also do some very cool things with these shapes, such as Unite, Intersect, Subtract and Exclude in order to create some brand new shapes of your own. You can also add styles to these shapes such as borders, fills, shadows and more. So, it opens up a whole lot of possibilities for creating and saving new artwork and symbols in your documents.
There is also some improvements to Auto-correction, Threaded comments, and Print Preview. The updates are available from the Mac App store and when you open up one of the apps after updating, it will show you a list of the new available features and improvements.

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Apple’s new file system

Apple’s new file system

When Apple introduces macOS High Sierra in the fall, it will introduce a new file system to the Mac. The new operating system will phase out the HFS+ file system which the Mac has been using since Mac OS 8 (which was introduced in 1997) and will replace it with the new Apple File System (APFS) which is already being used in iOS 10.3.
This new operating system introduces an advanced 64-bit architecture and a responsive design to cut down on the time it takes to do common tasks. It also brings some heavy-duty security, including built‑in encryption, crash‑safe protections, and simplified data backup on the go. Copying files and backing up your data are two areas which will be dramatically faster. Overall, it should make your Mac noticeably snappier, and make it even more secure.
Under the hood, this is a big change, and while Apple is trying to make the switch as problem-free as possible, you will still want to take every precaution possible during the upgrade process when High Sierra becomes available in the fall.

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Today, Apple made a slew of announcements during their annual keynote event at WWDC 2017. If was full of major announcements including : New iMacs and an upgrade to the entire MacBook line, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, new iPad Pros, and new watchOS and tvOs updates. And in December of this year, they will also release a very powerful new iMac Pro and a new device called HomePod speaker which is expected to compete with the Amazon Echo and Sonos devices.

There is a whole bunch of under the hood technology improvements which will be incorporated into these new products which should greatly enhance the usability and performance of these Apple devices. Overall, this was a fairly impressive Keynote, packed with tons of new interesting products, which bodes well for the future of Apple moving forward.
If you’re interested in finding out more, the Verge has done a nice little 20 minute recap of the Keynote, which can be found here :
Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote in 19 minutes

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