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Apple confirms support for 5K displays on 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 09:48
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News


Hook the new 15-inch MacBook Pro up to an impressive 4K TV and it will rock.

Apple officially confirmed that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro can support a 4K display at a full resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz and is also the first to support 5K displays.

The support for higher resolutions appears to be related to the switch to AMD graphics in the new machine. Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2015) comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X that is reportedly up to 80 percent faster than previous generations. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released earlier in the year come with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.


Apple swaps out discoveryd network protocol in latest OS X 10.10.4 beta, looks to overcome DNS-related errors

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Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, 07:29
Category: Developer, News, Software, Yosemite


When in doubt, go back to the networking protocol that works best.

And, hey, it should hopefully fix some of the Wi-Fi bugs in Yosemite.

Apple, in an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in its Yosemite operating system, will be replacing its buggy discoveryd service with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

The change was found in the newest OS X 10.10.4 beta, released on Tuesday, wherein Apple reinstated mDNSResponder to handle DNS processes previously assigned to discoveryd since the debut of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.


Fontstand lets Mac OS X users rent fonts for hours, days, months or buy them outright

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Date: Monday, May 25th, 2015, 06:43
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized


This could be useful, especially if you only need as specific font for a short period of time.

A new application called Fontstand allows Mac OS X users to rent or try fonts for free. Once a font is previewed, it can be activated for one hour or rented at 10 percent of its retail price per month. Users can own the font after renting it for 12 months and a font can be shared with a team for a fraction of its rental price.


Rumor: Apple working on “Find My Watch” feature for Apple Watch, new tools and features for Apple Watch, Apple TV

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software


Apple is implementing a lot of new features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

One of them is said to be the ability to find your Apple Watch if it goes missing.

A new report claims Apple is working on a “Find My Watch” implementation that could be paired with a “Smart Leashing” feature that would remind Apple Watch users if they appear to have accidentally left their iPhones behind.


Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to include public transit data within Apple Maps

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”


Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update

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Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 04:18
Category: News, Software, Yosemite


It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Late Thursday, Apple released its OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update. The update, which can be located, downloaded and installed via OS X’s App Store feature, fixes a video driver issue that might prevent your Mac from booting when running certain apps that capture video.


Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 08:36
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, Software, Yosemite


It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.

Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.

The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result AHCI can’t take full advantage of SSDs and since the future is in non-volatile storage (like NAND and MRAM), the industry had to develop a software interface that abolishes the limits of AHCI.

The result is NVMe, short for Non-Volatile Memory Express.


Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 update

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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 11:01
Category: iOS, News, Software


Hot on the heels of muchos other updates, Apple has released iTunes 12.1.2.

The new version, a 120 megabyte download, improves syncing to your iOS devices from the newly-released Photos for OS X. The update also adds several improvements to the Get Info window and improves overall application stability.


Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 Update

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 10:52
Category: News, Software, Yosemite


This may be the update you’ve been hankering for.

On Wednesday, Apple released its OS X 10.10.3 update. The update, which can be downloaded via the App Store, introduces Photos for OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:

– Adds over 300 new Emoji characters.

– Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up.

– Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing.

– Improves stability and security in Safari.

– Improves Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios.


Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user interface choppiness, lag under OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite


This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM, while temporary workarounds listed include increasing contrast and reducing transparency under the Accessibility menu in System Preferences.