In an effort to bring about a new wave of online any-machine working for those in the Apple universe, iWork for iCloud has been updated by the company with a list of new features this week. This update includes updates for the iCloud iterations of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, the whole lot of them still sitting pretty in the beta environment. While most updates work in each of the three apps, there are a few unique updates for Numbers and Keynote alone, as well.
Apple has high hopes for Bluetooth LE, planning to use it to oust NFC for mobile payments among other things, but meanwhile apps like Knock are using it for easy authentication when you get near your Mac. Released today for iPhone, Knock turns the iOS smartphone into a physical password for a Mac computer: when you get near to your desk, you tap on the phone twice - even if it's in your pocket - and it shuttles you past the login screen.
Earlier this year Amazon launched its Cloud Player for PC users. That application has proven to be popular for computer users and Amazon has now announced that the Cloud Player is available for Mac users. Cloud Player for Mac gives Mac computer users a new way to manage their entire music library whether music is stored directly on the computer or the cloud.
If you’ve used a previous iteration of GarageBand for OS X, the update to version 10 of the software for OS X Mavericks shouldn’t require too much convincing. It’s essentially a new iteration of the same high-powered set of features with additional features to boot. But what about those users who want to pay the cash to grab this app from the Mac App Store for the full price - those that haven’t purchased a piece of OS X hardware in the past couple of months (and from this point forward) that haven’t had the GarageBand experience? For those of you there, there’s this.
There's little negative to be said about this fourth quarter of 2013 for Apple, especially given the fact that they've released several iPhones and no iPads for the past several months. What we're seeing here is a revenue that's gone down from the quarter immediately before this one, and up from the quarter one year ago, while iPhone sales have only gone up.
A one-off Product (RED) Mac Pro specially created by Apple's Jony Ive and Marc Newson will go up for charity auction next month, with Sotheby's expecting the beautiful red anodized desktop to make as much as $60,000. A special edition - of one - benefiting the AIDS charity, the customized Mac Pro takes the standard black version we went hands-on with earlier this week, and gives the casing and chassis an eye-catching new color treatment.
Today we're having a look at the newest edition of Apple's basic video editing software, that being OS X Mavericks' own iMovie 10.0. With the release of OS X Mavericks comes the "free" generation of Apple-made software, and both iLife and iWork coming to the public without cost - with new machines, that is. Here we've also got a transformation, no of cost, but of usefulness for the iMovie console.
Apple's OS X Mavericks free upgrade on Tuesday saw 5.5-percent of Mac owners update within 24 hours, new research suggests, significantly outpacing the rate of Mountain Lion adoption in 2012. A sampling of North American Mac users by ad network Chitika indicated upgrades of this week's free OS release reached levels that the $19.99 Mountain Lion took around four days to hit, suggesting that Apple's decision to slash the price made a significant difference to how eagerly it was adopted.
Adobe has corralled Flash Player in OS X Mavericks, sandboxing the much-maligned plugin in Safari on Apple's latest Mac operating system so as to minimize its potential to allow through malware. The move - which follows Adobe sandboxing its plugins when used in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox - follows Apple's increasing moves to keep Flash at arm's length, including forcibly blocking Flash Player in Safari after security issues were spotted.