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iOS 12 is out now, might actually make your iPhone faster

At last week’s iPhone launch, Apple gave the stage to Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. Her message included some impressive changes in manufacturing designed to help the environment; as an example, by simply moving the iPhone’s logic board to 100 per cent recycled tin, Apple will prevent the mining of over 10,000 tons of ore next year. (read more)

Apple Watch announcements proved more exciting than new iPhones, again

During Apple’s event last September, despite the iPhone’s dramatic redesign, the standout announcement for me were the changes to the Apple Watch. Bringing a 4G antenna to the Watch was the first step in letting this tiny computer one day stand alone, and not simply be a satellite to the phone. (read more)

Blackmagic transforms MacBooks into mobile movie-makers

When I got on the phone with Grant Petty, CEO of Melbourne’s Blackmagic Design, I expected the standard product interview; PR polished and full of buzzwords and hype. Instead, Petty described the Blackmagic Design eGPU (external graphics processing unit) in refreshingly simple language, before talking at length about software subscription models, and why he hates the trend. (read more)

MacBook Pro (2018) review: a true pro-level device, with a few flaws

Apple’s 2018 revision of the MacBook Pro lineup brings incredible power to its portable machines, adding 8th generation Core i9 Intel processors, raising the RAM ceiling to 32GB, onboard storage to a whopping 4TB SSD, as well as nice-to-have features like the True Tone Display that adapts the screen to the ambient light of the room you’re in. But many of the complaints around the original Touch Bar MacBook Pro, released back in 2016, linger on today. (read more)

Make a fresh start with Apple’s Messages in iCloud update

If you’re running the latest version of iOS, 11.4, you finally have access to Messages in iCloud. This feature was first introduced at 2017’s Apple Developer Conference and spent an entire year in beta before releasing to the public. Apple clearly understands how important some people take their message history, and wanted to make sure nothing went wrong before rolling it out to the general public. (read more)

Missing the SD card reader in your MacBook? Don’t buy a dock

I’ve tested every damn dock with an SD Card reader and they all suck, and they get super hot in use. Get this instead, one cable that can go from your camera to your computer, no crappy adaptors or docks in between.

I’ve been using one for over a year, and it’s much better solution. And gosh, some cameras even have USB-C now.

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Modular Mac Pro is a 2019 Product

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community, so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.”

In addition to transparency for pro customers, there’s also a larger fiscal reason behind it.“

We know that there’s a lot of customers today that are making purchase decisions on the iMac Pro and whether or not they should wait for the Mac Pro,” says Boger.This is why Apple wants to be as explicit as possible now, so that if institutional buyers or other large customers are waiting to spend budget on, say iMac Pros or other machines, they should pull the trigger without worry that a Mac Pro might appear late in the purchasing year.

Source: Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows | TechCrunch

Steve Jobs on privacy – 8 Years ago

I love Kara Swisher’s little “you here, Mark?” joke at the start of this question…

I really hope Apple can do something about Facebook at the iOS level, but of course, if they piss off Facebook too much, the company can tell it’s 1 Billion users to switch to Android for the best experience.

Apple Is Planning Its First Education-Related Event Since 2012 – Bloomberg

Its last education-related event took place in New York City in 2012. The company said in an invitation Friday that it will share “creative new ideas for teachers and students” at the affair, which will take place at Lane Tech College Prep High School.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-16/apple-to-make-education-related-announcement-on-march-27

This is pretty exciting – we saw some great new classroom features come to the iPad in iOS 11 – I’m hoping to see more of that, and as a Mac Sys admin working at a University right now, a few more tools for the Mac would be welcomed, too. The most intriguing rumours are around Apple’s laptop line – with talk of a possible rev to the education workhorse, the MacBook Air.