Apple just announced a brand new MacBook, which features an all new 12-inch Retina display, at this morning's Spring Forward event. While the Retina display is impressive with a 2304 x 1440 resolution, there's much more to the MacBook that warrants discussion. The smallest Apple notebook was previously the 11-inch MacBook Air, and the new MacBook has stolen that crown, even while having a larger display. It's 24% thinner than the MacBook Air, and it the first Apple notebook that has an all metal enclosure. The keyboard is full-sized, but redesigned with a new butterfly mechanism that makes typing more precise. The new Force Touch trackpad supports a new gesture, called Force Click. This is similar to what Apple announced for the Apple Watch - the trackpad is pressure senitive and can tell the difference between a light tap and a strong tap, and can do different things based on the force of the tap input.
One way Apple was able to get the new MacBook so small and thin is by eliminating all of the ports, foregoing everything you're used to in exchange for USB Type-C. This port is able to drive USB accessories, video for external monitors, power for charging, and more. Apple has also removed all fans from the inside, making it quiet, and even thinner than it would be otherwise. It's the first fanless laptop from Apple.
As far as specs go, the new MacBook starts with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, Intel HD 5300 graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for $1299. If you want something faster, you can go with a 1.2GHz processor with a 512GB SSD for $1599. The new Apple MacBook will be available in one month, on April 10th.
Apple has released the second developer preview of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, and with it comes a more diverse group of emoji, featuring multiple skin tones. Rather than offering one hue, as has been standard practice for years, Apple will now offer a total of six different skin tones to choose from. You'll also find same sex couples, and families with and without children, all with skin tone modifier options. Other new emoji characters include new country flags being added to the mix.
Also found in the latest OS X developer preview is an update to the Mac version of the beta Photos app.
If you're a dev, you can download OS X 10.10.3 build 14D87h now from the Mac Dev Center, or by using the Software Update feature in the Mac App Store if you're already running beta software.
If you're looking to start running that fresh Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac, Parallels has you covered. The company has announced experimental support in Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac that will now allow you to install and run the early look at the Windows 10 operating system, alongside the Office Preview for Windows 10. Microsoft is doing some impressive things with Windows 10, and with Parallels you can get a look at things like Cortana, Windows Store beta, the reimagined Start menu, and more. You just need to be running Parallels 10.1.4 build 28883 or later and you're good to go!
As we mentioned, Apple has released its new Photos app for Mac as part of the OS X 10.10.3 beta release earlier today. For those wondering about features and functionality, here's the rundown straight from Apple:
All new for OS X, Photos automatically organizes your photo library and helps you perfect your photos with comprehensive editing tools. You can also store your photos and videos in the cloud using iCloud Photo Library, and access them on all your devices.
Photos lets you:
- Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views
- Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
- Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
- Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com with any web browser
- Perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
- Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmarking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
- Purchase prints in new square and panoramtic sizes
Apple has released the first OS X 10.10.3 (build 14D72i) of Yosemite to developers for testing today, and as part of this release Apple has included a beta version of the new Photos app that was originally revealed back at WWDC 2014. The Photos app will replace both iPhoto and Aperture and become Apple’s single photo library management app. Photos will also support the iCloud Photo Library feature, which allows users to store their entire library of photos and videos on iCloud, having them accessible from any Mac, as well as supported versions of the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and web browsers. You can download the new software through the Mac App Store if you're already running a dev version of OS X, or if not, you can find it in the Mac Dev Center.
Humble Bundles are nothing new; for several years now, they've let you pay whatever you want to get a handful of DRM-free PC games. The frequency with which these bundles are offered has made them less of a must-buy than they used to be, but the latest bundle is too intriguing to pass up.
The Humble Mozilla Bundle available now offers a selection of excellent PC games, five of which you can get at any price you wish. (Three others require you to beat the current average--$5.64--and one asks that you pay $8 or more.) But as the Mozilla in the name suggests, this bundle involves your browser. More specifically, each of the games has been designed to be playable without leaving your browser.
Provided you pay over $1, you'll get copies of these games on Steam, but it's the ability to play them in a browser that makes the bundle especially interesting. Despite this being a Mozilla bundle, I've found Chrome works just as well as Firefox. And while it's not the first time I've ever played a non-Flash game in a browser, I can't help but be impressed--as well as worried about having instant access to a game like FTL in a browser tab right alongside the work I'm supposed to be doing.
Apple has announced the new iMac with Retina display at its iPad event yesterday morning. It sports 14.7 million pixels, giving it a resolution of 5120 x 2880—that’s 5K for those keeping count. It has 7x more pixels than your 1080p HDTV, and even 67% more pixels than the new 4K displays out there.
The new Retina iMac starts with a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 4 USB 3.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a standard 1TB Fusion Drive. It also includes 8GB RAM, which is disappointingly low but easily upgraded, and AMD a Radeon R9 graphics chip.
The new iMac with Retina display ships today and starts at $2499 as configured above.
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While Microsoft was busy introducing Windows 10 to the world, Apple released the first OS X Yosemite golden master candidate. Developers and beta testers were seeded with the update today through the Mac App Store, and the golden master designation means that the company is confident that this could be the exact same version that it ships to the general public when Yosemite is released later this fall, barring any last-minute bugs (hence the word “candidate.”) OS X Yosemite was originally introduced back in June during the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, where it was shown to have a radical redesign from the current OS X Mavericks, along with much tighter optional integration with iOS 8.
It’s rumored that Apple will ship OS X 10.10 Yosemite next month, alongside an update to the Mac lineup that would include the first iMac with Retina display at 5K resolution.
According to reports from several outlets, Apple is set to finally bring its iMac desktop line into the future with the introduction of a Retina display with a 5K resolution. for the 27-inch model. The company is said to be in the late testing stage for the iMac with Retina display, which would put it on track to launch in the next couple of months. The smart money says that it’ll launch alongside OS X Yosemite, with other updates that include faster processors, improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Thunderbolt 2 ports. We expect that the Retina display would be a premium feature, with non-Retina models also being available with updated internals as well.
As far as OS X Yosemite goes, Apple has been testing a couple of Ultra High Definition resolutions, included 4096 x 2034 and 6400 x 3600 pixels. Additionally, the company is readying 4K-compatible versions of its video editing apps, Final Cut Pro and iMovie. If true, expect news on all of this to come directly from Apple next month.
Apple has released OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8, alongside OS X Yosemite Public Beta 3, the latest updates for the pre-release builds of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Developers and AppleSeed customers that are part of one or the other programs will find the 917MB update available now in the Mac App Store Updates section. The public release of Yosemite is expected to come sometime in October.