March General Meeting

Read the minutes of the March General Meeting. Many thanks to MacsWest Secretary Clyde Johnson for recording and preparing them.


This Week @ MacsWest
Teaching, Helping, Learning and Having Fun! 

 • Monday, March 27, 2017  
      1:00 PM – PAGES 101, taught by Marcine Fennel, Room C, until 3:00 PM. This is the second of two classes (first class was two weeks ago—Monday, March 13). You must have attended the first class

 • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
      10:00 AM – Mac Basics for Sierra, taught by Wally Bock, Room C @ Palm Ridge Rec Center,  until 12:00 PM. This is the third of four classes, which continue Friday, March 31. THIS IS NOT A WALK-IN CLASS! You must have attended the first two classes last week
      1:00 PM – Q&A Session, hosted by Sue Knippen, Palo Verde Room @ Palm Ridge Rec Center,  until 2:00 PM
      2:15 PM – iPad/iPhone Basics Session #2: Mail on the iPad, led by Bill and Bruce, Palo Verde Room @ Palm Ridge Rec Center, until about 3:00 PM. These are “drop-in” sessions. No registration is required. Just show up in the Palo Verde room @ Palm Ridge Rec Center by 2:14 PM, grab a seat, and enjoy the learning 

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
      10:00 AM – SENIOR GENIUS BAR: hosted by the usual suspects; Palm Ridge Room C, until 11:30 AM. These one-on-one help sessions offer assistance with Apple devices, apps and operating system. Be sure to bring a list of your IDs and passwords

 • Thursday, March 30, 2017 
      Nothing scheduled

 • Friday, March 31, 2017
     10:00 AM – Mac Basics for Sierra, taught by Wally Bock, Room C @ Palm Ridge Rec Center,  until 12:00 PM. This is the fourth and last of four classes. THIS IS NOT A WALK-IN CLASS! You must have attended the first three classes
     1:00 PM – Regular Meeting, followed by “Computer Terms,” presented by Sue Knippen, Palo Verde Room @ Palm Ridge Rec Center, until 2:00 PM
     2:15 PM – Mac Basics Session #2: The Finder, led by Yvonne Stone, Palo Verde Room @ Palm Ridge Rec Center, until about 3:00 PM. These are “drop-in” sessions. No registration is required. Just show up in the Palo Verde room (Palm Ridge Rec Center) by 2:14 PM, grab a seat, and enjoy the learning

How to use System Preferences in macOS Sierra


Here's every single new product Apple announced today


It’s been an exceedingly busy morning for Apple. As anticipated, the company earlier today released a range of new devices and accessories; and while the rumored 10.5-inch iPad didn’t make an appearance, there’s still a whole a lot to like about everything Apple introduced just a few short hours ago.

To help you make sense out of everything, we’ve put together a short but sweet list which highlights every new item that hit Apple’s online store earlier this morning. Whether you’re curious about the company’s new iPad models or the company’s new video editing app, we’ve got you covered.


New iPad

First up, Apple announced a brand new 9.7-inch iPad that will replace the venerable iPad Air 2. Priced affordably at just $329 — for the entry-level model — Apple’s new iPad comes equipped with a 64-bit A9 processor and is available in 32 and 128GB storage configurations. The Wi-Fi + Cellular equipped models start at $459 for the 32GB model and $559 for the 128GB model.

Second, Apple today introduced some welcome changes to its iPad Mini 4 by upping the available storage options and keeping the price point the same. For $399, consumers can now pick up an iPad Mini 4 with 128GB of storage, a nice bump from the previous 32GB model which retailed for the same price. If you want to add cellular connectivity into the mix, the price gets bumped up to $529.

As for availability, the revamped iPad Mini 4 is available today while the brand new 9.7-inch iPad will open up for pre-orders on March 24.

New iPhone 7

Image Source: Apple

It may not be earth shattering, but if you’re been looking for an iPhone 7 model that just pops a little bit more, Apple’s brand new iPhone 7 will likely fit the bill. Introduced under the (PRODUCT) RED line, both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available in a sleek new red color option. As noted on Apple’s website, every (PRODUCT) RED purchase “contributes to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation.”

The new iPhone 7 will be available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores worldwide on Friday, March 24.

New ‘Clips’ app for mobile video editing on the fly

In something of a surprise, Apple today also announced a new video editing app called Clips. The app promises to let users quickly create short videos with all sorts of fun effects, including photo filters, overlayed emoji and speech bubbles, animated captions and more. Even though Apple is coming to the game late here, it’s nice to see the company effectively admit that most users have no interest in creating fun videos by slogging through the iMovie editing process.

Indeed, Apple’s press release touts Clips’ lack of a traditional video editing environment as a perk.

“Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools,” Apple says. “Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and they automatically adjust to match the length of a video.”

iPhone SE storage bump

Apple’s compact iPhone SE also received a small but welcome update this morning, with Apple doubling the storage capacity for both of its SE models. With the 16GB model phased out, the iPhone SE is now available in 64GB and 128GB configurations. The pricing will remain the same, with the entry-level model retailing for $399. Both models will be available on March 24.

New Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch wearers will be glad to know that there are a number of new watch band designs available.

New nylon bands come in the following colors: Berry, Tahoe Blue, Orange, Red, Pollen and Midnight Blue. New Sport bands are available in the following colors: Pebble, Azure and Camellia. The Classic Buckle band, meanwhile, has a subtle new redesign and is available in Sapphire, Berry, and Taupe. Bands available under the Nike Sport Band banner now include Volt/Black, Pure Platinum/White and Anthracite/Black.

If you’re looking for something a bit more elegant, there are some new Hermes band options available as well, including Fauve Barenia Leather Double Tour and Bleu Zéphyr Epsom Leather Double Tour designs. Additional colors include Lime and Colvert.

You can check out all of Apple’s brand new band designs over here.

New iPhone cases

Alongside its new (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7, Apple today also rolled out a handful of new iPhone 7 cases, including three new silicone cases available in the following colors, “azure”, “camellia” and “pebble.” Additionally, Apple introduced a trio of new leather iPhone 7 cases available in the following colors: taupe, sapphire and berry. There’s also a new “Saddle Brown” leather case option for the iPhone SE. You can check out all of Apple’s new iPhone 7 cases over here. Or, if you want something a little more unique, we’ve got just what the doctor ordered.

This stunning Billboard magazine cover was shot with an iPhone 7 Plus

The recent issue of Billboard magazine may not seem unusual or out of the ordinary, but that only underscores how impressive photo quality on the iPhone has become over the years. According to Mashable, the Billboard cover photo featuring Camila Cabello was shot using Portrait Mode on Apple’s flagship iPhone 7 Plus.

 The photo was taken by Miller Mobley who typically uses professional camera equipment that can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. But with just an iPhone 7 Plus at his disposal, Mobley was able to deliver a professional-level cover photo without the need for a pricey DSLR.

“I had never shot [professionally] with an iPhone,” Mobley explained. “It was a cool idea. I’m all about embracing new technology and not being afraid of it, so I was totally up for the challenge.”

The final result was of course touched up with photo editing software after the fact, but that’s simply par for the course for all types of photo shoots, even those involving incredibly expensive camera equipment.

The final product can be seen below.


iPad Pro 2 New Features Look Thrilling and They could Come Real Soon

Apple is reportedly implementing new design and features to the iPad Pro 2 and this can give clues to what iPhone 8 will look like.

iPad Pro 2 with minimal bezels

It's been extensively reported that the upcoming iPad Pro tablet will have three variants. The 12.9-inch and the 10.5-inch devices will be marketed for high-end consumers as they will use Apple's latest and fastest processor A10X chip. The affordable variant will have a 9.7-inch display and use A9X processor.

Last year, the fans heard about iPad major refreshes coming in 2017. The tablets are said to have a much thinner bezel, almost edgeless display, and thinner dimension as well.

The piece of information is interesting yet meaningful especially when trying to speculate what iPhone 8 will look like. There are many sources that said Apple is going to equip iPhone 8 with bezel-less display. This report is apparently in line with the upcoming iPad Pro 2 rumored design.

Another updates on specs include a 12 MP iSight rear camera, a headphone jack and quad microphones - and TrueTone display exclusively for 12.9-inch model. In addition to the refresh, Apple will also be updating its Apple Pencil with wider apps support and smoother experience as the tablet's navigation system is enhanced.

January Marks the Tenth Anniversary of Steve Jobs Introducing the Revolutionary iPhone


Without a doubt, Steve Jobs' finest professional moment and finest keynote was delivered in 2007 when he introduced the revolutionary iPhone to the world. The iPhone eventually catapulted Apple to being the top tech company on the planet and by doing so, defeated his long-time rival Microsoft. What a day, what a time; an event that will never be forgotten by anyone who witnessed it on the morning of January 9, 2007.

Steve Jobs: "This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years. Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that … changes everything. And Apple has been … well first of all, one's very fortunate if you get to just work on one of these in your career. Apple's been very fortunate. It's been able to introduce a few of these into the world. In 1984 we introduced the Macintosh. It didn't just change Apple; it changed the whole computer industry.

In 2001 we introduced the first iPod. And, it just didn't change the way we all listen to music – it changed the entire music industry.

Well, today, we're introducing three revolutionary products of this class. The first one is a wide screen iPod with touch controls. The second: is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third: is a breakthrough internet communications device.

So three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod … a phone … and an internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device! And we are calling it: iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone. " And reinvent the phone they did.


On January 9, 2007, Apple caused a sensation when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. This fully touchscreen and connected mobile phone brought about the dawn of the smartphone age, as this new kind of device quickly became an everyday essential. The full keynote presentation is noted below.

Apple's first iPhone sent shockwaves through the tech world with its 3.5-inch touchscreen (320 × 480 pixels) with multitouch technology, its 2-Megapixel onboard camera and its 16GB built-in memory. As well as rocking Edge, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the device also came loaded with its own highly intuitive operating system, initially called "iPhone OS," and with access to a host of handy applications (the Safari web browser, an email app, weather, Google Maps, YouTube, etc.).

Later this year Apple will introduce a special anniversary iPhone with a new design form factor that supports an all-new OLED display and many other features that could once again set sales records worldwide. Many fans have put off buying the iPhone 7 so as to not miss out on this anniversary model.

It's so hard to believe that in the blink of an eye a decade has flown by and that we won't being seeing the late Steve Jobs introducing their new anniversary model later this year. I remember the day vividly when Steve introduced the iPhone and it was such a special moment in time. The energy in the auditorium that day was absolutely crackling. The buzz of seeing Apple's first smartphone being unveiled was electrifying. Were you one of the lucky ones to have witnessed that historic event? 

Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.2 With New Emoji, Fixes for Graphics Issue and SIP Bug


Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.2, the second update to the macOS Sierra operating system that launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.2 comes two months after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.1, and has been in testing since October 31. 

macOS Sierra 10.12.2 is a free update for all customers who are running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store

Apple AirPods available today for you to lose tomorrow


Update, 12:52 p.m. ET: After their online release this morning, the AirPods are now on backorder. That means it'll take four weeks for them to ship.

After months of delay, Apple's AirPods are available for you to order online for $159 (£159, AU$229), the company said Tuesday. The wireless headphones will be available in stores next week.

Apple introduced the AirPods at its iPhone 7 launch in September. The newest iPhones dropped the traditional headphone jack in favor of a Lightning connector or Bluetooth headphones like the AirPods. The AirPods were originally slated to be available in October, but Apple pushed the release back to an unspecified date.

"We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready," Apple told CNET in October, "and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers."

Apple's amazing strip show reinvents the laptop keyboard


Apple really did think different about its new laptops.

The sheer number of big-picture changes to the iconic laptop line made my head spin during an exclusive hands-on preview of Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops at the company's Cupertino, California headquarters earlier this week. While Apple kept the MacBook Pro name it's used since 2006, nearly everything about the new generation of the high end notebook has changed.

And that's a good thing. Apple's last major update to the MacBook Pro, its priciest and most powerful computers, was back in 2014. That's a long time in computer years. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, and Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, said the wait had to do with making sure this revamp wasn't just a "speed bump" with faster chips and memory. They were after a "big, big step forward."

What we've got now is two new 13-inch MacBook Pro models and one new 15-inch model. Schiller and Federighi walked me through the laptops' striking evolution.

The long-rumored "Magic Toolbar," an OLED-display strip for context-sensitive touch commands, is real. Apple calls it the Touch Bar, and it's worth all the hubbub. Just 60 pixels high (and 2,170 pixels wide), the Touch Bar could be a tool with the potential to be the Swiss Army knife of laptop input, changing itself on the fly to work across different apps, imitating a series of touch buttons, control sliders and even jog dials. This is Apple's answer to the touchscreens found on most Windows laptops.


"It provides all your system functions that you're used to up there," said Schiller, pointing to the Touch Bar. "But in a much more attractive, better, adaptable way."

So, for example, you can adjust the brightness or the volume just by touching the bar. "It provides all your system functions," he said. "That alone replaces everything that the function keys were ever being used for anymore, but it does so much more."

He's right. I did see it do much more than the old function key row ever did, instantly transforming itself to fit to the task at hand. But before we can talk about that, we need to talk about all the other changes to the MacBook Pro. And that includes the cost.

The new Apple TV app is: TV


Another new wrinkle for Apple TV, is the ability for Siri to tune into live video streaming apps, and control third-party apps. Live tune-in with Siri is available now, while single sign-on and the TV app will arrive through a software update in December.

Update: Now that the feature has been officially revealed, Netflix confirmed last night's rumor that it won't be included. According to a spokesperson that it is "evaluating the opportunity, so this could change in the future, but for now it looks like you won't find Stranger Things, Luke Cage or the new season of Black Mirror in Apple's refashioned TV guide.

Key Features Within the TV App Include:

• Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes® and apps. From Watch Now, viewers can then go to Up Next or Recommended to choose what to watch.

• Up Next: Users can enjoy the shows and movies they are currently watching, including recent iTunes rentals and purchases — all presented in the order they are most likely to watch first. For example, when viewers finish an episode, the next one will automatically appear at the start of the Up Next queue, as will any new episodes as they become available. At any time, users can simply ask Siri to continue watching a show and immediately pick up where they left off.

• Recommended: Viewers can explore a great selection of curated and trending shows and movies, including collections handpicked by Apple's curators, and dedicated categories and genres such as kids, sci-fi and comedy.

• Library: Viewers can access their entire collection of iTunes movies and TV shows that they have rented or purchased on iTunes.

• Store: If users are looking for something new, they can check out the Store to discover great new content across video services that they have not yet downloaded or are not yet subscribed to, along with the latest releases on iTunes.

How to Prepare for & Install macOS Sierra

How to Prepare for & Install macOS Sierra

Prepare for macOS Sierra

With MacOS Sierra now available, Mac users can now get Siri on their computers, have improved iCloud integration, unlock their Macs with an Apple Watch, use Apple Pay on the web, and much more. Before you go diving right into updating to macOS 10.12 though, you should take a few precautionary steps to prepare for the software update.

We’ll walk through some simple steps to prepare for updating to macOS Sierra so that you can install the new Mac OS system software with ease. 


1: Check Hardware for Support 

Is your Mac supported by macOS Sierra? If it’s relatively new and built in the middle of 2010 onward, the answer is probably yes, but you’ll want to be sure by viewing the macOS Sierra compatibility list first.

Most apps that are compatible with El Capitan are compatible with Sierra as well, just be sure you update your apps after you install macOS Sierra. If you have any mission critical apps, you may want to reach out to the developer to investigate if a particular application has any issues or not.

2: Backup, Backup, Backup

No matter what system software you update, you always should backup first. Don’t skip making a complete and thorough backup of your Mac before installing MacOS Sierra.

Setting up Time Machine on a Mac is easy and allows for simple backups and restoring in the odd event something goes haywire. 

Don’t skip a backup, it’s important. 

3: Installing macOS Sierra

Did you backup? Did you insure your Mac is compatible? And you backed up the Mac completely so that all of your data is secure? Don’t skip the backup. Then you’re ready to update and install macOS Sierra. The simplest way to update is by letting the installer run after downloading, this will bring the current version of Mac OS X up to date to the Sierra, it’s a pretty easy process:

  1. Go ahead and download macOS Sierra now from the Mac App Store
  2. When the Installer launches, go through the simple steps and select your Mac hard drive to update to macOS Sierra
  3. macOS Sierra will download and install, rebooting the Mac when completed

MacOS Sierra installer

Typically a macOS Sierra installation takes a bit over an hour, but it can vary depending on computer speed, what version is being updated, and how much stuff is on the Mac.

When it’s finished installing, the Mac will reboot itself into macOS 10.12 Sierra, ready to go and enjoy.

Additional macOS Sierra Installation Notes

  • If you were in the macOS Sierra beta testing program, you might want to opt out of Mac OS X beta software updates after you get to the final version, otherwise you’ll keep getting minor beta releases offered as updates
  • If you need to re-download macOS Sierra, delete any existing beta installers on the Mac, reboot, and you should be able to get the latest macOS Sierra installer
  • Want to make a bootable installer drive? You can create a macOS Sierra boot drive easily with these instructions, you’ll need an 8GB or larger USB drive and the original installer handy, that’s about it
  • Users can perform a clean install of MacOS Sierra if desired as well, we’ll cover that in the future
  • If you’re skittish about updating, waiting until the first minor point release version (in this case, macOS Sierra 10.12.1) is a relatively common conservative strategy to try and avoid any potential bugs that may linger in the final release
  • As long as you made a backup beforehand, you can downgrade from Sierra if need be after the fact
  • If you want to use the iOS-to-Mac and vice versa clipboard feature, you’ll need to be sure the iPhone or iPad is updated to iOS 10 or later

Are you prepared for Sierra? Did you jump right into the update? Do you have any thoughts on installing macOS Sierra? Let us know in the comments!

MacOS Sierra gets a release date


Apple kept the focus on its mobile products during its September 2016 product event today, introducing the iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 2Mac computers went unmentioned during the event, but the MacO Sierra page on Apple's site was updated to include a release date for the operating system: September 20.

As with past OS X releases, MacOS Sierra will be a free upgrade made available via the Mac's App Store, but you will need a Mac from late-2009 or later to make the jump. Here is the list of supported Macs for MacOS Sierra:

Apple's New iPhone 7: No Headphone Jack, But Awesome Camera


Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Wednesday morning at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with an explanation of how this will work. With the iPhone 7, users get EarPods that connect into the Lightning Port and an adapter to connect analog headphones, but Apple is also launching some new wireless earbuds it’s calling AirPods. 

Apple has created its first wireless chip, dubbed the W1 chipApple didn’t specify many details on what the wireless technology is, but said it would enable a consistent and reliable connection with the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch. Users can access Siri by double tapping the AirPods earbuds. The earbuds have beam-forming microphones to reduce external noise and pick up the user’s voice. Apple claims the AirPods will be able to play music for up to five hours and comes with a charging case with enough juice for 24 hours of listening time. The new wireless headphones will sell for $159 beginning in late October.

Apple has created its first wireless chip, dubbed the W1 chipApple didn’t specify many details on what the wireless technology is, but said it would enable a consistent and reliable connection with the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch. Users can access Siri by double tapping the AirPods earbuds. The earbuds have beam-forming microphones to reduce external noise and pick up the user’s voice. Apple claims the AirPods will be able to play music for up to five hours and comes with a charging case with enough juice for 24 hours of listening time. The new wireless headphones will sell for $159 beginning in late October.

The new phones comes with two speakers now — one on the top and the other on the bottom — to offer stereo sound.

The other big feature announced on Wednesday is that the iPhone 7 Plus will come with two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera is a wide-angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens for zooming. The phone can now zoom up to 10x. Using the image signal processor, Apple said it could scan the environment in real time and separate out the background from in foreground. It blurs the background and puts the forefront into crisp focus.


The iPhone 7 houses Apple’s new processor chip, the A10 Fusion. It has four computing cores — two high performance processors and two high efficiency cores. Apple said the new chip is 40 percent faster than the last-gen A9 chip. Apple also has a new six-core graphics processing unit in the phone, which is 50 percent faster than the GPU in the A9 chip.

The design of the phone looks roughly similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Apple has typically updated the design every two years, but is foregoing that redesign this update cycle. Most noticeably, the iPhone 7 has concealed the antenna bands on the back. The iPhone 7 now comes in a glossy jet black finish, along with a softer black, gold, silver and rose gold.

Other features of note include:

  • The new phones boasts so-called IP67 protection for water and dust resistance.
  • A new solid-state (no moving parts) home button that’s sensitive to how hard the user is pressing.
  • Phones will support Japan’s FeliCa payment system.
  • Battery life is expected to be two hours more than iPhone 6s and one hour more than iPhone 6s Plus.

The phones will come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, starting at $649 for the iPhone 7 and $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus. You’ll be able to order on September 9th and they will be available in more than 25 countries on September 16th.

It’s uncertain whether these new features will be enough to kickstart demand for a new iPhone. For the past two quarters, Apple has endured year-over-year revenue declines. Many expect the 10th anniversary addition, due out next year, will offer a more substantial overhaul.

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Apple Watch 2


Apple has taken the lid off its next-generation wearable, the Apple Watch 2.

Unveiled at the company's highly-anticipated keynote event in San Francisco today, the Apple Watch Series 2 looks very similar to the company's first edition Watch, with a square face.

However, while the first Apple Watch was "splash" proof, the second edition Series 2 is "swim" proof - completely water resistant to a depth of 50 meters, in both swimming pools and open water.

In order to waterproof it, Apple said it had to close up the ports. This meant the firm had to redesign the speaker so that it has a mechanism that pushes out water.

On the inside, the Watch Series two is powered by the new the S2 chip with a dual-core processor that's up to 50% faster, with a new GPU that offers up to twice the graphics performance, meaning more graphically intensive games, such as NightSky, can run on the Watch, with five times to level of detail.

The Watch Series 2 also features a second-generation display that's two times brighter at 1000 nits, which Apple said will make all the difference when wearers are outside in the sun.

To ensure workouts are more accurate and the Watch Series 2 has built-in GPS, which connects to satellites instantly, and even means that a route map will show your varying speeds.

"With built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 records precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone," said Apple.

"Users can begin an outdoor workout immediately as Apple WatchSeries 2 uses Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to quickly identify their location.

"On completion of an outdoor workout, view a route map that shows variations in speed in the Activity app on iPhone. Whether running, going for a swim or walking between meetings, the Activity app on Apple Watch Series 2 counts all daily activity."

Apple Watch Series 2 will come in aluminum, stainless steel, and white ceramic.

It will cost $369 and will go on sale alongside a new and improved original Apple Watch,which will feature the same S2 processor as it's newer sibling and be renamed Apple Watch Series 1, costing a much lower $269.

You will be able to pre-order both these devices on 9 Septmeber, with them going on sale the following week.

Apple will run on Apple's WatchOS 2 operating system, which will feature the new Pokemon GO app, made specially for the wearable.

John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs said on stage. "It's certainly been a hectic summer for us!

"Pokemon GO has been download 500m times since July around the world with users walking 4.6Billion KM while playing the game. Combine Pokemon gameplay while you're on the go, such as doing a run."

When you approach a Pokemon, the watch will notify you. It also notifies you when Pokegyms are near by, so you never miss a Pokestop.

As part of the Watch Series 2 announcement, Apple also unveiled a new partnership with Nike.

"We've worked with Nike for over a decade, and we couldn't be more excited today to announce Apple Watch Nike+," Apple said.

"The Apple Watch Nike+ "isn't just a watch, it's your perfect running partner. We think it delivers the best running experience out there."

The Nike+ will be available to pre-order from 13 September, going on sale the following week.

Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 to fix a major iPhone and iPad security flaw


With less than two weeks to go until the iPhone 7 unveiling, Apple has released another update for iOS 9, and this is one you’re going to want to download as soon as you possibly can. According to The New York Times, Apple discovered that NSO Group, an intelligence gathering firm out of Israel, was taking advantage of multiple vulnerabilities that allowed them to read texts and emails, track calls, record audio, collect passwords and even track a user’s location.

If you want to keep your private information secure, it’s probably best to update immediately. In order to download and install iOS 9.3.5, either head to Settings> General > Software Update on your iOS device, or plug the device into your computer, at which point iTunes will alert you that an update is available.

The 5 best Apple TV controllers


What are the best Apple TV controllers for gaming? Five of the best wireless Bluetooth controllers for your Apple TV revealed.

Your Apple TV comes with a Siri Remote, which you can use to control pretty much all of the device's functions. It doesn't look much like a games controller, but Apple insists that all games must be able to be played using the Siri Remote.

For lots of games, like Asphalt or Crossy Road, the Siri Remote will be just fine, but there are MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers available to connect to the Apple TV, and if you're a serious gamer we'd strongly recommend you buy one. These MFi controllers look more like video game control pads, with sticks, triggers and multiple buttons.

An MFi remote will make complex games (especially shooters like Modern Combat) easier and more fun to play. Read on to find out which Apple TV controllers we'd recommend. 


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Learn how to pair Bluetooth headphones, keyboards, controllers, and more with your Apple TV (4th generation).

Learn how to pair Bluetooth headphones, keyboards, controllers, and more with your Apple TV (4th generation).

Apple TV (4th generation)

Choose a device or accessory to pair with your Apple TV

There are many devices and accessories that you can pair with your Apple TV, like Bluetooth headphones, speakers, keyboards, and game controllers.

While there are apps that let you use your iOS device as a controller with your Apple TV, you can't pair your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch to your Apple TV.

Pair your Bluetooth accessory

Use these steps to pair a Bluetooth accessory to your Apple TV (4th generation):

  1. Put your Bluetooth accessory in pairing mode using the instructions that came with it.
  2. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth. Your Apple TV will search for nearby Bluetooth accessories.
  3. Choose your Bluetooth accessory. 
  4. If asked, enter a passkey or PIN. On your Apple TV, your accessory should now appear in My Devices. 

Unpair your Bluetooth accessory

On your Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth. Select your accessory, then select Forget Device.

Use more than one Bluetooth accessory

Your Apple TV (4th generation) can support several Bluetooth controllers simultaneously, up to this many:

  • One Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote*
  • Two MFi (Made for iOS) Bluetooth controllers, or one MFi Bluetooth controller and one Bluetooth audio accessory (like headphones or speakers).

You might be able to pair more accessories, but at some point you might need to unpair others to allow for new ones.  Some apps might let you use an iOS device as an additional controller, which doesn't require Bluetooth. For help using an iOS device as a controller in an app, contact the app developer.

Get help

If a Bluetooth accessory won’t connect to your Apple TV (4th generation) or loses connectivity during use, follow these steps. After each step, see if you still need help:

  1. Make sure that you're in range of your Apple TV and there isn't interference in the area.
  2. Check that your accessory is fully charged and powered on.
  3. Make sure that the software on your Bluetooth accessory and your Apple TV is up to date. For example, if you have Beats wireless headphones, check for firmware updates.
  4. Move your Apple TV to a different location near your television.
  5. Look for your accessory in Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth. If you see it but you can’t connect to it, use the steps above to unpair your accessory. Then try to pair it again.
  6. If you need more help connecting or using a Bluetooth accessory with your Apple TV, contact the manufacturer of the accessory.

* Apple TV (4th generation) ships with the same remote everywhere. In countries and regions that support Siri, the remote is called Siri Remote. Elsewhere, it’s called Apple TV Remote. Siri works on either remote as long as your Apple TV (4th generation) is set up with a language and country that supports Siri.

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Everything You Need to Know About Apple's MacOS Sierra

There are plenty of new features to look forward to when Apple releases macOS Sierra this fall. | Source:

When Apple announced macOS Sierra at its 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, one of the headlining features was the integration of Siri, the company’s digital assistant, across the operating system. Plenty of people are excited that Siri is finally making her debut on Mac, and many Mac users are also excited about features in macOS (renamed from OS X) that will make it easier to manage photos, shop online, and multitask. Curious about how things will change when you upgrade to macOS Sierra? Ahead, here’s everything we know about macOS Sierra.

macOS Sierra overview

Apple announced macOS Sierra on June 13 during the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. As had been rumored before the event, Apple opted to rename OS X to macOS, aligning the branding with its other software platforms (iOS, watchOS, and tvOS). As MacRumors reports, the biggest new feature in macOS Sierra is Siri integration, which brings the digital assistant that users have grown to love (or just to tolerate) on the iPhone and iPad to the Mac for the first time.

Even though Apple changed the name of its Mac operating system from OS X to macOS, it’s continued the tradition of naming major Mac releases after California landmarks. The “Sierra” in the name of this year’s release refers to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the vast majority of which is in California but also spans part of Nevada.

macOS Sierra is already available to developers, and will go through a public beta release in July. (You can sign up for that beta release on Apple’s website.) Finally, the release will be launched to the public in the fall. The operating system will run on a wide variety of Macs. That includes the iMac and MacBook from 2009 or later, plus the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro from 2010 or later.

macOS Sierra features

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra


Siri: Apple’s choice to integrate Siri into macOS means that many of the capabilities Siri has on iOS will also be available on Mac. (You’ll be able to ask Siri some simple questions, get her to do a web search for you, send messages, and open apps.) Additionally, there are macOS-specific features, like the ability to ask Siri to search for specific files. You can even use follow-up questions to refine the results. You can also ask Siri to find you images to add to a document, or create a map to add to an event invitation, which makes it easier to multitask.

Additionally, Mac users will be able to pin search results that Siri surfaces to the Today section of the Notification Center, and Siri will be able to search Photos, set reminders, and place FaceTime calls. In macOS Sierra, you’ll be able to access Siri through an icon on the menu bar, a dock app, or via a keyboard command that you specify.

Messages: As with iOS 10, macOS Sierra adds some new features to Messages. The app gains rich links for previewing web content and watching videos directly in a conversation. The macOS Sierra version also supports the features coming to the iOS 10 version, including bigger emoji and a Tapback feature for quick replies.

Photos: macOS brings a number of improvements for the Photos app. New computer vision and deep learning algorithms enable the app to recognize the people, objects, and scenes in your photos. The app will be able to group photos into collections, and users will be able to take advantage of powerful search functionality to find the exact photos they want.

Additionally, a new “Memories” tab displays curated collections of photos to resurface those memories, and a Places album shows photos on a map. The Memories feature generates video montages of the photos that you took on a specific trip or in a given location, and the app will automatically add music, titles, and transitions. Once the montage is generated, you can customize it to fit the right mood, or change out the titles and photos included in the video.

Apple Pay on the web in macOS Sierra


Apple Pay: In Apple’s next-generation operating system, Apple Pay is supported in the browser, enabling users to pay for purchases they make on the web with Apple Pay. Each payment is authenticated via the Touch ID sensor on a connected iPhone or via an unlocked Apple Watch.

Apple Music: As on iOS 10, the Apple Music app for macOS Sierra features a brand-new design, with a bolder aesthetic, a new focus on album art, and a pared-down interface to make it easier for users to discover new music. (Which should solve some of the frustrations around using Apple Music on the Mac.) The tabs included in the interface now include “Library,” “For You,” “Browse,” and “Radio,” plus a new “Search” tab that makes it quicker to search for specific songs or albums. Additionally, the app gains a new feature to view the lyrics to a song while listening.

Tabs: In macOS Sierra, all Mac apps are able to use multiple tabs. That means that in apps like Pages, you’ll be able to work in multiple tabs instead of dealing with multiple windows when you have more than one document open. A related feature is new Picture-in-Picture multitasking for Mac users, which will make it easier to watch a video or participate in a FaceTime call while completing other tasks.

Continuity: Apple is adding new Continuity features in macOS Sierra, including new Auto Unlock capability for Apple Watch owners. When you sit down at your Mac wearing an authenticated and unlocked Apple Watch, your Mac will automatically unlock without requiring you to enter your password. Another new Continuity feature is the Universal Clipboard, which will span macOS and iOS devices and enable you to copy something on one device and paste it on another. As Brandon Widder reports for Digital Trends, Handoff and Cellular Calls are Continuity’s two biggest features, but the Universal Clipboard may change that.

iCloud Drive in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra


iCloud integration: Another feature that owners of multiple Apple devices will be able to take advantage of is deeper iCloud integration. All of the files that you store on your desktop or within the documents folder of your Mac will be available on all of your devices, including another Mac, your iPhone, or your iPad. You’ll be able to access them through the iCloud Drive app or on the web via

New Apple File System (APFS): With macOS Sierra, Apple is introducing a new file system built around SSDs, with native encryption as its headlining feature. On a related note, Apple is also introducing an Optimized Storage feature to automatically free up storage space when your storage is getting tight. The feature stores infrequently-used files (like read ebooks, old screenshots, iTunes U courses, full-resolution photos, unused Mac App Store apps, old presentations and text files, unused fonts, and old Mail attachments) in iCloud and removes them from your Mac’s local storage, and it reminds you to delete used app installers and clear out duplicate downloads and caches.

Safari Extensions and Plug-Ins: In the past, Safari extensions needed to be downloaded from the web. In macOS Sierra, they’ll be accessible via the Mac App Store. Additionally, Safari 10 in macOS Sierra disables common plugins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in order to focus on HTML5 content and improve the browsing experience. To access content on websites where these plug-ins are required, you’ll have to authorize playback with a click.

Apple introduces the iPhone SE


If you’ve been hankering for a new iPhone that has all the power of the latest generations but fits in your hand like the old models, today is a good day for you. 

Apple has just unveiled the long-awaited iPhone SE.


The phone has a 4-inch display and the same general dimensions as the iPhone 5s.In fact, the iPhone SE looks almost identical in design to the iPhone 5s, including the chamfered, sharper edges of the device. The only difference is those edges will be finished in matte, unlike the iPhone 5s. 

The phone will come in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold. 

That said, the iPhone SE has very different innards than the iPhone 5s.

Tech Specs

The new, smaller model will include an NFC chip for Apple Pay, alongside the much-faster A9 processor and M9 motion co-processor. This means that the phone will see speeds similar to the iPhone 6s, and will also be equipped with always-on “Hey Siri” functionality.

Apple also said that it has been able to reach LTE speeds that are 50 percent faster than previous generations. 


The camera will also see upgrades, with a 12-megapixel sensor and the ability to capture 4K video. This is the same camera you’ve seen on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. 

With that camera comes the ability to capture and view Live Photos, Apple’s GIF-style feature that captures a couple seconds of video before and after the picture is taken to result in a moving, video-like final product.

Rumors suggested that the new iPhone wouldn’t have the front-facing flash capability we’ve seen on the iPhone 6s. That, however, is incorrect. Apple has included that same LED functionality into the SE, meaning you can take selfies in the right lighting conditions with the smaller model. 

No 3D Touch

Sources told 9to5Mac that the reason behind this is that the front-facing flash requires the new display tech we’ve seen on the iPhone 6s, which brings us to 3D touch.

The flagship feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which offers deeper interaction with various applications on the iPhone through hard taps and long taps, will not be present on the iPhone SE.


iOS 9.2 comes out today, and will ship with the little iPhone SE. It includes Night Mode, which changes the coloring and brightness of the display to better suit your eyes in the evening/night and early in the morning. It will also include password-protected (TouchID) Notes, app suggestions in Health, and more customized News. 

CarPlay has also gotten integration from many more carmakers. 

Pricing and Availability

The iPhone SE will come in two models, 16GB and 64GB, priced at $399 and $499 respectively. If you’re using the iPhone Upgrade program, pricing starts at $17/month. 

You can pick up the new iPhone starting March 31, and it will hit 100 countries by May.

Apple Pay: A 5-step beginner's guide

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called 2015 “the year of Apple Pay," referring to the company’s highly successful mobile payments system, which was developed across several years.

Step 1: Set up Apple Pay on iPhone

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and an Apple Watch that’s paired with an iPhone 5 or later series device.

Launch the Passbook app (soon to be called Wallet).

Tap Set up Apple Pay

There are a couple of ways to set up Apple Pay for your card.

Add the credit or debit card you already use for iTunes to Passbook by entering the card security code


Use your iSight camera to scan your card in order to enter your card information.


Do it manually. Choose Enter a new Credit or Debit Card

Enter the Name, Card Number, Expiration Date and Security Code from your card. Tap Next.

In some cases, your card will be verified with your bank, which may require you make or receive a call and/or enter a code sent to you via SMS.

Your verified card will appear at the top of Passbook & Apple Pay section of settings.

Step 2: Set up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and select Passbook & Apple Pay. Tap ‘Add a Credit or Debit Card."

To add the card you already use with iTunes just enter the security code.

You can also add a card using the iSight camera on your iPhone or type details manually (as above).

Step 3: Using Apple Pay

In theory, Apple Pay works in any store that accepts NFC payments, usually shown by the ‘Contactless’ (tap and pay) symbol on the payment machine. You can already use it internationally if you have an account with a supporting bank.

You can also use Apple Pay to pay with a single touch within apps – just look for the Buy with Apple Pay icon.

To pay with a phone: Just hold your iPhone near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID

To pay with Apple Watch: Double-click the side button and hold the face of your Apple Watch up to the contactless reader. A gentle tap and a beep confirm that your payment information has been sent.

If you have multiple cards, you can browse through all available payment cards in Passbook on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Step 4: Update and remove

If you want to remove a card from Apple Pay to go to Settings>Passbook & Apple pay, tap the card that you want to remove and then select Remove Card.

You can change the address email, or phone number you use for paying within apps Settings > Passbook & Apple Pay to update your information.

Step 5: Is it safe?

Apple likes to say its system is safer than existing chip-and-pin system, and may have a point. Whenever you use a card to pay, your card number and identity are visible. Apple Pay uses a a unique Device Account Number to replace your actual credit and debit card numbers, so your real identity and card number details are not shared. And if you lose your iOS device, you can use Find My iPhone to suspend Apple Pay or wipe your device.

You can also remove your cards from Apple Pay on Just sign in, click Settings, choose your device, and remove your cards in the Apple Pay section.


Apple moves to six-digit passcode in iOS 9

Apple plans to require six-digit passcodes to unlock its latest mobile devices that use iOS 9, its forthcoming mobile operating system.

Users already have the option in iOS 8 of setting a much longer passcode than four digits, which is the current minimum requirement. Symbols and letters can also be used.

Increasing the minimum number of digits to six means that there will be 1 million possible combinations rather than 10,000, which "will be a lot tougher to crack," Apple wrote on its website.

The move to longer passcodes is not likely to please U.S. authorities, who have expressed fears that stronger security measures, including encryption, may make it more difficult to obtain information for time-sensitive investigations, such as terrorism.

Apple beefed up the encryption in iOS 8, protecting more sensitive data and employing more protections within hardware to make it harder to access.

Security experts have said that the use of a four-digit passcodes in iOS 8 is likely insufficient to protect data despite the protections Apple put in place. Users are better served by longer, unique passwords, but rarely opt for more complicated ones.

The passcode change will apply to devices that have Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint scanner that is built into the latest versions of its hardware.

Touch ID eliminates the sometimes fiddly process of unlocking a phone using the four-digit code, but Apple does require it to be entered after a device is restarted.

iOS devices have other passcode protection features. For example, if a wrong passcode is entered, an iPhone can lock someone out for a minute and for subsequently longer times if wrong passcodes are repeatedly entered.

A device can also be configured to erase itself after 10 wrong attempts.

The move to six digits could make it a lot harder for law enforcement to randomly guess passcodes on an iOS 9 device if it hasn't been configured to wipe its data.

The best cable modem (for most folks)



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After researching 57 different cable modems, the $90 ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 remains the cable modem we recommend for most people. If instead of renting from your ISP, you buy your own cable modem, you can get a better device and recoup the cost in as little as a year—and then start saving anywhere from $6-$10 each month, depending on your ISP's rental fees.  Yes, you can probably find a slightly cheaper cable modem that only works with your ISP. We prefer our pick because its flexibility makes it a better long-term investment if you change service during the lifetime of the device. Unlike the competition, the SurfBoard is compatible with almost all of the fastest Internet plans from seven of the eight biggest cable Internet providers, including Charter, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. You can move almost wherever you want and be assured that this buy-once, use-for-awhile device will still work. And you get the flexibility to switch providers if there's a better deal in your area.


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