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Lots of updates from Apple

 

Mac OS X 10.12.4 improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. This update:

  • Adds Night Shift for automatically shifting the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark.
  • Adds Siri support for cricket scores 😄, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
  • Adds Dictation support for Shanghainese.
  • Improves right-to-left language support for the Touch Bar, toolbar, and visual tab picker in Safari.
  • Resolves several PDF rendering and annotation issues in Preview.
  • Improves the visibility of the subject line when using Conversation View in Mail.
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent content from appearing in Mail messages.
  • Adds support for more digital camera RAW formats.

Xcode 8.3 brings faster builds for large projects containing both Objective C and Swift. Siri support in iOS simulator. Xcode 8.3 no longer supports Swift 2.3 so you will need to update.

Also updates for Pages, Keynote and Numbers.


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Apple WWDC 2017

 

Apple have announced the date and venue for the 2017 World Wide Developers Conference. WWDC will take place June 5-9, 2017 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.

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Registration opens Monday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC17 will be offered by random selection. To register, you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program. Tickets sell out very quickly so put an alert in your calendar now.


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Green Tech according to Greenpeace

 

According to a report by Greenpeace a number of tech companies are making great efforts towards use of renewable energy, with Apple and several other companies aiming for 100% renewable energy.

Apple has “played a catalytic role within its IT supply chain, pushing other IT data center and cloud operators who help deliver pieces of Apple’s corner of the internet to follow their lead in powering their operations with renewable energy.”

It is interesting to compare the situation with the music streaming services, iTunes gets a final grade of A, whilst Pandora, SoundCloud, Spotify have grades of F or D. It is similar with the Video streaming companies, whilst YouTube gets an A, Netflix, Vevo, Vimeo and Hulu all languish with F or D.

Many of these companies are major drivers for energy use in the tech sector and this is only going to increase.

The energy footprint of the IT sector as a whole is currently estimated to consume 7 percent of global electricity, with an anticipated threefold increase in global internet traffic by 2020.




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Adaptors for the New MacBook Pro

 

The new Apple laptops come equipped with only Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, I suspect the whole industry will standardise on USB-C pretty soon but at the moment there is obviously the need to support legacy peripherals. Fortunately Apple have put together a page describing most of the adaptors that might be needed. This includes standard USB, HDMI, VGA and Lightening cables. Remember up to six devices can be daisy-chained to each Thunderbolt 3 port of the MacBook Pro; and the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter doesn't count as a device against that limit.

Also note.

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) delivers full Thunderbolt 3 performance on all four ports.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) supports Thunderbolt 3 at full performance using the two left-hand ports. The two right-hand ports deliver Thunderbolt 3 functionality, but have reduced PCI Express bandwidth.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) delivers full Thunderbolt 3 performance on both ports.


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Please let there be new MacBook Pros

 

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WWDC hardware rumour 3. MacPro

 

With the Apple WWDC just around the corner it is fun to look at the current hardware rumours. The latest MacPro was first disclosed at the WWDC in 2013 and so it perhaps is due for an update. That said I’m currently using a MacPro as the desktop workhorse for my work and I’m really impressed, to be honest I can’t see a compelling need for extra performance.

Intel's Xeon E3-1200 V4 (Broadwell) and the equivalent E3-1200 V5 (Skylake) Xeon processors have been launched, and so an upgrade to the CPU would seem to be an obvious step. GPU provides a more interesting discussion, the existing MacPro has either Dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each or dual AMD FirePro D700, each with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. However Nvidia introduced a new GPU the Tesla P100, based on its new Pascal architecture and targeted at high-performance computing.

Currently there are 4 USB ports and 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports on the Mac Pro, I’m finding the Thunderbolt 2 ports are unused so the rumours suggesting 10 USB 3.0 ports seem plausible, but Thunderbolt 3 must be included surely?

One thing I’d like to see is the RAM increased, currently the MacPro can accommodate a maximum of 64GB (four slots of 16GB), I’ve managed to max that out on numerous occasions.


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WWDC hardware rumour 2. MacBook Pro

 

With the Apple WWDC just around the corner it is fun to look at the current hardware rumours. The MacBook Pro currently looks well overdue for an update and so there are plenty of rumours about an imminent update.

One of the more intriguing suggestions is that an OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys, this would presumably allow developers to create and display custom application specific function keys. The other rumours suggest a thinner and lighter form factor resulting in elimination of all but USB-C ports. Connectivity could be enhanced by incorporation of 4G.

The current MacBook Pro processor is now rather out-dated, and a move to Intel Skylake processors seems certain, this might be expected to improve both performance and battery life.

Upgrades to both GPU and display have all been suggested in various rumours with some suggesting the introduction of a touchscreen. Personally I’d keep touchscreen with tablets, but with more scientific applications using the GPU to improve performance this could be an important upgrade.

There have also been rumours of introducing touchID into the laptops as an extra security measure.


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WWDC hardware rumour 1. New Display

 

With the Apple WWDC just around the corner it is fun to look at the current hardware rumours. Just reported on Slashdot

MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: If you head over to Apple's website, the Cupertino outfit will happily sell you a 27-inch Thunderbolt display for $999, at least until its inventory runs out. Word on the web is that it's nearly out of stock and Apple doesn't plan to replenish them. Instead, Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor, one that's been upgraded to a 5K resolution and has a discrete GPU stuffed inside. It's an interesting product actually, if you think about it. Depending on the task, it can take some serious graphics muscle to drive a 5K resolution display. It amounts to over 14.7 million pixels (5120x2880), compared to Apple's current generation Thunderbolt display which runs at 2560x1440, or less than 3.7 million pixels. Apple's thinking is likely that if it integrates a GPU capable of driving a 5K resolution into the display itself, it won't have to worry about trying to balance graphics performance with thin and light designs for its future Mac systems.


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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

 

Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco.

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem (developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/). Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.


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MacPro in the Applestore

 

When I logged in the morning the first message I noticed announced the eagerly awaited MacPro was now available for order at the AppleStore with delivery on December 30th, within an hour or so that delivery time had changed to January, when I check now the delivery has moved to February. Well at least it is free delivery.

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It will be interesting to see how long it takes Apple to sort out supply and demand.

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MacPro

I was just looking at a few of the images of the internals of the new MacPro, I wonder how long it will be before someone produces a replacement transparent cover and subtle lighting for illumination. Could look pretty cool.

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MacPro Updated

Whilst it was not mentioned in the WWDC 2012 keynote it seems the MacPro has also been upgraded, a browse of the AppleStore shows a pretty modest upgrade. Whilst the addition of a 12-Core machine is great, there is no USB3 or Thunderbolt. Not surprising it was not highlighted in the Keynote.

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HPC Mac OS X

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Teraflop-desktop Apple system

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Creating Lion boot disc

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Lion compatibility

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Market Share

Net Applications released the June market share analytics yesterday. The gradual erosion of the Windows operating system continues with a 0.4% loss, the chief beneficiaries were Mac OSX up 0.05%, and iOS up 0.25% to now stand at 2.63%.
Looking at the Windows share XP continues to occupy >50% of the share.

It is a similar story on the browser front with IE declining with Chrome and Safari increasing.
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MobileMe and iCloud

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Apple Financial Update

Apple posted quarterly financial results today, showing earnings per share of $6.40, with record second quarter revenue of $24.67 billion and record second quarter net profit of $5.99 billion. Read More...
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Latest Market Share from Net Applications

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Apple WWDC 2011

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Mac OSX Update

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End of year internet market share

The end of year global internet market share data from Net Applications is now available. Read More...
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The continued rise of iOS

With iOS now at 1.36% this exceeds JavaME (0.89%), Adroid (0.31%), Symbian (0.26%) and Blackberry (0.11%). Read More...
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The new Mac Pro 12 Core

Views of the new Mac Pros and education discounts. Read More...
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What next for Apple?

A quick poll, What is the next thing Apple will reveal?

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Mac Mini Server

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Mac Mini Server

The new Mac Mini Server slips under the radar. Read More...
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Apple Refurb Store

Plenty of refurbished machines in the Apple Store. Read More...
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WWDC09

Apple’s five day Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 takes place on June 8-12 at Moscone West San Francisco, get your ticket by April 24th and save money. Given the huge increase in MacOSX and iPhone development it might be worth booking your slot now, tickets are available from the Apple Online Store.

Remember the WWDC 2009 Student Scholarship provides ADC Student Members and student Team Members in the iPhone Developer University Program the opportunity to get a free pass to attend WWDC.
If you want to submit your application for the 12th Annual Design Awards note the closing date is April 27th.
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New Mac Pros

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MacBook

White MacBook upgraded. Read More...
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December 2009 Mac OS X Share

The December data from Net Applications is in and the Mac OS X share continues to rise and is now up to 9.6% (MacIntel 7.19%; MacPPC 2.43%). This compares with 7.2% in December 2007 and 5.7% in December 2006, at this rate we may see 10% early in 2009 Read More...
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November Market Share

The November data from Net Applications is in, and for the first time I can remember the Windows share is below 90%. Read More...
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AppleStore promotion

Applestore back to school promotion. Read More...
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MacBook Air

MacBook Air prices cut. Read More...
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Mac Market Share

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Apple Store Printer promotion

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The continuing rise in the Mac OS marketshare

The Operating System market share results from Jan 2008 at Net Applications are now available and the Mac OS share is now 7.6%. Read More...
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iWork Update

Apple delivers update to iWork. Read More...
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Computing performance of Apple Hardware

A few tidbits on the performance on recent Apple hardware. Read More...
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Apple hardware in science

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Multicore processing

Is the trend towards multi-core processing leading towards major problems ahead? Read More...
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Apple Store Offer to students

Students can get an iPod with free with a laptop purchase.

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Apple September Special Event

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Apple Advanced Computation Group

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