Episode 194 – There Is No Step Three

This week we follow up on iTunes on Windows, UIViewPropertyAnimator, iPhone 7 microphone issues, Countdown To WWDC, and the first pedestrian death by Uber’s self-driving car. We discuss the 20th Anniversary of the iMac, the call for Apple Heart Study, Lobe’s use of Core ML, and Apple cracking down on location sharing. We also cover the Microsoft Build 2018 and Google I/O 2018 keynotes. Picks: Vapor 3, Dealing With Dates, Frinkiac.com

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Episode 11 – Apple tries to rise while we race to the bottom – Oct 16, 2014

This week we discuss the Apple’s Oct 16, 2014 press conference, “It’s Been Way Too Long”. We discuss Apple Pay, WatchKit, iOS 8.1, Yosemite, the new iPad Air 2, the iPad lineup and the new iMac 27 with Retina Display. We also discuss BBEdit’s decision to leave the app store, apps Clips and iDraw.

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Introducing the new iMac. The ultimate all-in-one goes all out.

The new iMac features next-generation quad-core processors and the fastest graphics ever in an all-in-one computer. It also brings Thunderbolt I/O technology to the desktop for lightning-fast data transfer. And a new FaceTime HD camera lets you make full-screen HD video calls.* All from a beautiful widescreen LED-backlit display that takes up just a sliver of your desk. It’s everything you want in a desktop. Now more powerful, more advanced, and even more incredible than before.

*FaceTime requires a FaceTime-enabled iOS device with a Wi-Fi connection or a FaceTime-enabled Mac with an Internet connection and FaceTime for Mac software (may require separate purchase). Not available in all areas.

Key Features

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 processors across the line
  • All-new, next-generation AMD Radeon HD graphics processors
  • Thunderbolt port on every model (two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch model)
  • FaceTime HD camera

Why Mac

  • A Mac is better at the things you do every day, like surfing the web, checking email, and working with Microsoft Office files.
  • With a Mac you can do amazing things with photos, movies, and music—right out of the box.
  • Advanced technologies such as the latest processors, next-generation graphics, and high-resolution LED-backlit displays.
  • The operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, is tailor-made to help you get the most from your Mac.
  • The Mac App Store makes it easy to discover, download, and install new apps on your Mac, just as you can with the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

iMac – The ultimate all-in-one. Turbocharged.

The new iMac is the ultimate all-in-one computer. Its Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors feature an advanced architecture and set new benchmarks for iMac performance. And fast discrete graphics processors now come standard in every iMac. The 21.5-inch and 27-inch widescreen displays are perfect for HD video, and the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse keep your desktop tidy.

Key Features

  • 21.5-inch display with 1920-by-1080 resolution; 27-inch display with 2560-by-1440 resolution
  • Dual-core Intel Core i3 and i5 processors up to 3.6GHz
  • Available quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.93GHz (27-inch model only)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670, ATI Radeon HD 5670, or ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics
  • Wireless Magic Mouse and Apple Wireless Keyboard (also available with Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad)
  • Built-in iSight camera, stereo speakers, and microphone
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Why Mac

  • A Mac is better at the things you do every day, like surfing the web, checking email, and working with Microsoft Office files.
  • With a Mac you can do amazing things with photos, movies, and music—right out of the box.
  • Advanced technologies such as the latest processors and next-generation graphics come standard.
  • The operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, is tailor-made to help you get the most from your Mac.

Pricing

  • 21.5-inch: 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 $1,299
  • 21.5-inch: 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 $1,599
  • 27-inch: 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 $1,799
  • 27-inch: Quad Core 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 $2,099

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New iMacs HD
iMac – The ultimate all-in-one. Now with the ultimate display.

The new iMac features a brilliant 21.5-inch or 27-inch LED-backlit display with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio—perfect for watching HD video. The 21.5-inch display offers 1920-by-1080 HD resolution, and the 27-inch display goes beyond HD with 2560-by-1440 resolution. Dual-core Intel processors now start at 3.06GHz, available quad-core Intel processors boost performance up to 2x and advanced graphics make the most of every pixel. iMac declutters your desktop with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the new wireless Magic Mouse: the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1799. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299
Standard Configurations are as follows :

21.5″ 21.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1920×1080 Resolution
4GB Memory
500GB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1920×1080 Resolution
4GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics with 256MB
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2560×1440 Resolution
4GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics with 256MB
2.66GHz Intel Core i5 (Quad Core)
1920×1080 Resolution
4GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics with 512MB
All new iMacs include Snow Leopard and iLife ’09. iMacs can be further upgraded, with up to 3.33GHz Dual Core Processor, 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Memory up to 16GB and Hard Drives up to 2TB

The Magic Mouse

The same Multi-Touch technology introduced on the iPhone and Mac notebook trackpads now comes to the mouse. It’s called Magic Mouse, and it’s the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. You can use it just like a normal point-and-click mouse and click anywhere on the surface. And you can use it for basic Multi-Touch gestures. Scroll in any direction, and swipe through images on its smooth, seamless top case. Magic Mouse works wirelessly using Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about cables or adapters cluttering your workspace. The laser-tracking engine delivers responsive performance on many surfaces. And built-in software lets you configure Magic Mouse any way you want.
Magic Mouse is included with every new iMac. Or add it to your existing Mac for just $69. Magic Mouse is powered by two AA batteries (included).

Wireless Keyboard

wireless keyboard

The perfect companion piece.
There is nothing peripheral about it.

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a match for every new Mac. It features a slim and sleek aluminum enclosure, with low-profile keys that provide a crisp, responsive feel, and a compact design that leaves plenty of room for a mouse. Function keys enable one-touch access to a variety of Mac features. And thanks to its Bluetooth wireless capabilities, you can move it anywhere within range and type away. The keyboard has been redesigned for better battery efficiency—it uses just two AA batteries instead of three. Not only does the Apple Wireless Keyboard come standard with the new iMac, it’s perfect for any Bluetooth-enabled Mac. Now available for just $69.

A Redesigned MacBook

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Introducing the completely redesigned, better-than-ever MacBook. It now features a durable unibody enclosure that slips easily into your bag or backpack. And its 13-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display makes your photos, videos, games, and websites come alive with vivid colour. The built-in battery lasts up to 7 hours on a single charge. The new glass Multi-Touch trackpad supports two-finger scroll, right-click, and Multi-Touch gestures that let you interact with your Mac in a whole new way. With a fast 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, and advanced NVIDIA graphics, MacBook provides plenty of horsepower for most everything you do on a computer, from browsing the Internet to editing video to playing the latest 3D games. All for just $1099.

The new, mightier mini.

More memory. A faster processor. And still the world’s most energy-efficient desktop computer.

Introducing the new Mac mini. Just connect this tiny 6.5-inch-square Mac to your own display, keyboard, and mouse and you’ve got an instant desktop computer loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. The new Mac mini features a faster processor—up to 2.53GHz—and twice as much memory as before. It also comes with up to 320GB of storage space and high-performance NVIDIA graphics. All that, and it uses less than 14 watts of power when idle. Starting at $649.

Standard Configurations are as follows:

Mac mini Mac mini
2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB Memory
160GB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
Mac OSX Snow Leopard
2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
320GB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
Mac OSX Snow Leopard

A Special Mac mini : Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server

Specifically designed for small business, retail shops, medical and law offices, the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is in a class all its own. Instead of a SuperDrive, this Mac mini features dual 500GB Hard Drives. It’s easy to set up. Easy to run. And even easy to afford. Just $1099

Sleepy iMac – reset SMC

Q. My iMac wouldn’t turn on this morning. I checked all the connections, and they were good. I then unplugged it from the back and plugged it back in. After that it started up. Is this a normal thing? Is it a potential problem?

A. I wouldn’t call that situation “normal” but I have seen it before. By unplugging your iMac’s power cord, you have reset the SMC chip which controls power settings. All Macs these days have an System Management Controller (SMC) which manages all of the power functions of your computer. These include power and thermal monitoring, sleeping and the battery. It also controls the fans, the Sudden Motion Sensor in laptops and the power switch.

We’ve also heard from MacBook users who have trouble waking their Macs from sleep. (Closing the lid, waiting until the LED pulses and then re-opening the lid often works.) The method for resetting the SMC on laptops vary – you can check out how to reset your Mac model at http://www.apple.com/support/. The fact that Apple put in an SMC chip means that it is “normal” and that it could lead to potential issues.

Whether it’s a potential problem is also good question… power is always a potential problem especially in older homes. The best advice I can give is that all of your desktop computers should be on a “smart” UPS – which is an uninterruptible power supply with a line conditioner. It is basically like a car battery with a line conditioner to absorb spikes in voltage/amps. They range in price from $100 to $2000 depending on the protection you need.

An inexpensive model for the iMac (BackUPS 350VA) would be around $70. One that could cover three Macs (BackUPS 1200VA) would be around $200. I have the latter in my office for my Mac and Internet modem, router and Time Capsule. That would give you between 10 to 15 minutes of runtime if the power went out and generally provide “clean” power to the equipment. Models for larger Macs and servers which would give about an hour of running time would cost about $1500 and up.