Latest Apple News & Mac News

AppleCare Prepping New 24/7 Chat Support and Revamped AppleCare Site to Launch in Coming Weeks

Posted on 08/08/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Apple’s self-referential warranty program may soon be in for a pretty major overhaul, at least judging by a new report from Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac. According to the report, Apple is preparing to launch a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week online support chat service which holders of their AppleCare warranty can take advantage of any time of the day or night.

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Instagram Updated: Version 4.1 Includes Video Import, Automatic Straightening Tool

Posted on 07/08/2013 by Chris Hauk

Instagram has announced an update to their popular iOS app. The new version 4.1 of the app now allows users to import video from their device’s camera roll. Previously, users were restricted to using video they captured from within the app. The update also includes a new automatic straightening tool, which automatically straightens photos taken within the app.

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Apple Releases First Developer Preview of iBooks for Mac

Posted on 07/08/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

After years of waiting, Apple has finally released the first developer preview of a crucial new Mac app that many users have been anticipating for as long as Apple’s iBooks platform has existed: iBooks for Mac!

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Online Poll: Users Prefer the Look of iOS 7 Over iOS 6

Posted on 07/08/2013 by Chris Hauk

An totally unscientific online poll conducted by Polar offers comparisons of key user interface elements of both iOS 6 and iOS 7, asking poll participants to select which set of components they prefer. Respondents seem to prefer the iOS 7 elements by a LARGE margin.

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Apple Seeds 8th OS X 10.8.5 Beta (Build 12F33) to Developers

Posted on 07/08/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Just one week after the previous OS X 10.8.5 beta was unleashed on developers, Apple has now begun seeding their 8th OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 beta. The update bears a build number of 12F33 – just three builds newer than the previous build. The minimal change in build numbers, and the decrease in time between updates suggests that Apple is likely nearly ready to release the update to the public.

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Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5 to Developers

Posted on 07/08/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Alongside the release of the fifth iOS 7 developer beta yesterday, Apple has also released their fifth developer preview of OS X Mavericks. As with its predecessors, the 5th developer build comes around two weeks following its predecessor, and continues to address various bugs and add performance enhancements ahead of the public release of OS X Mavericks.

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Review: Grove Bamboo Back – An Artistic Skin for iPad (Video)

Posted on 07/08/2013 by Ian Fuchs

The Grove Bamboo Backs are a simple sheet of real bamboo, hand smoothed and cut by a top notch team in Oregon. Available for iPad, iPad mini, and MacBook Pro/Air, the bamboo back adds a classic, real wood touch to your Apple device.

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Apple Reportedly Returning to Reliance on Samsung for iPad Displays

Posted on 07/08/2013 by Chris Hauk

While Apple continues to look for ways to wean itself away from using Samsung as a supplier for device components, a new report says Samsung may turn out to be the major supplier for displays for the as yet unannounced second-generation iPad mini.

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App Store and iTunes Store Hit With Significant Widespread Outage

Posted on 07/08/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Apple is currently facing a significant outage of their iTunes Store and App Store, leaving many users unable to make new purchases or update their apps. Interestingly, the App Store itself still remains online on both iOS and OS X, but the ability to purchase or update apps greets users with an error stating that the device cannot connect to the iTunes Store.

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Review: Parallels Desktop 8 – The Easiest Way Yet to Run Windows on Your Mac

Posted on 07/08/2013 by Chris Hauk

As you may know, Parallels Desktop is a favorite around the MacTrast homestead. It allows you to run Windows on your Mac quickly and easily, allowing copy and paste, and drag and drop functionality between the two operating systems. With Parallels Desktop 8, the ease and convenience has been taken up a notch.

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