Use your iPhone’s hidden sleep timer to fall asleep to music.

Sometimes it’s difficult to fall asleep, even after a long day. While listening to music can help some, they wake only to find their device’s battery dead from playing all night. In this episode of Cult of Mac’s how-to, find out how to use your iPhone’s hidden sleep timer, thanks to our quick and easy steps.

Take a look at the video to see what to do.

iPhone 6 Shown in Another High-Quality Physical Mockup.

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Few new details can be determined from the photo, but the relocated power button on the side of the device can be seen, and it is clearly a high-quality mockup given differing materials and colors used for various features such as the rear camera and flash. The size of the device is not given, but just based on the look in the hand it appears to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rather than the even larger 5.5-5.7 inch version depicted in the less refined physical mockup from earlier today. 

The latest mockup is reportedly the work of a case manufacturer,  understands that mockups have been refined over a period of months. According to the source, the version shown in the photo is considered to be “final” for the purposes of ensuring case and accessory compatibility with the expected design of the iPhone 6.

In practice, this model would be made molds of the latest cases and tested the prototypes of the enclosures to verify their compatibility with the real iPhone 6. It is not uncommon that during the process of engineering accessories manufacturers are forced to progressively refine their plans, as they come, of course, under the table, information on the specifications of the phones. In practical terms, it was explained, in recent months there have been various “versions” experienced by manufacturers of accessories (and these were modeled and rendered drawings of the iPhone 6), but there is now confidence that this one located final.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is reportedly scheduled to launch around the usual September timeframe, while the larger 5.5-inch is rumored to be arriving several months later.

Apple updates MacBook Air models with processor bump, $100 price drop.

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Apple today refreshed its MacBook Air line, adding slightly faster processors and improved battery life to the portable computers. Apple also dropped the price on each model by US$100, with the base 11-inch MacBook Air starting at $899.

All base models of the MacBook Air now ship with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor instead of the 1.3GHz of the 2013 model. These standard models still include 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and either 128GB oo 256GB of flash-based storage.

Pricing on the 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $899, while the 13-inch entry-level model costs $999. All updated models are available today online and in retail stores.

Microsoft Updates Office for iPad – AirPrint Support, Excel Autofit, More.

 

Microsoft today has released the first update to its Office for iPad apps, adding AirPrint printing support to all three apps, while also adding SmartGuides in PowerPoint, AutoFit in Excel, and the ever popular bug fixes and stability improvements.

Your top request is here! You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrint printer. In Word for iPad, you can choose to print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print a selected range, a single worksheet or an entire spreadsheet. Of course, you can select the pages or slides you want to print.

SmartGuides in PowerPoint help you align pictures, shapes, and textboxes as you move them around on a slide.

AutoFit in Excel allows you to adjust the width of multiple rows or the height of multiple columns at the same time.

All of the Microsoft Office for iPad apps are available FREE for the iPad in the App Store. [DIRECT LINK]

Skype makes group video calling free.

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Good afternoon, everyone. This week we’ve got Skype going all “Google+” with the video chats and Apple Maps expands its flyover feature a bit.

Skype has made group video calling free for all users. This used to be a premium feature for users on Windows, OS X and XBox One. The service is now free on those devices, and the company says it will add additional platforms soon.

Stonehenge has been added to Apple Maps flyover feature. Now you can explore the mysterious structure from home. Just don’t crush it.

Grovemade’s beautiful bendy wood-and-wool cases.

Grovemade’s beautiful bendy wood-and-wool cases

These new flexible wooden sleeves from Grovemade are amazing. Look at them. Just look.

They’re made from veneers of maple or walnut, lined with felted wool and have leather and brass straps to pull out the MacBook or iPad within in one easy yank.

The best part is that the case is made from wood, yet flexes as if it were plastic. This is thanks to the laser-etched sections, cut geometrically to allow it to bend at these joints.
Grovemade’s beautiful bendy wood-and-wool cases
Inside, protecting the iPad or MacBook as well as giving something for the wood to stick to, is a layer of felted wool. And that leather strap actually runs inside the case so that you can pull it to eject the device inside.

Here’s the price list: $79 for the iPad Mini, $89 for the iPad Air, and $99 for the 13” MacBook Air.

Not bad, considering the quality materials and the rather fancy design. I’d totally put my MacBook in one of these. As for the iPad, I find the wake/sleep of the Smart Cover too convenient to use a sleeve case, but that’s just me.

Available now.

iOS 8 is poetry in motion in this stunning new video | Cult of Mac

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When Tim Cook takes the stage at WWDC in a couple months, everyone is expecting him to unveil the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8… the first major update to the OS since Jony Ive drastically overhauled it.

Most of us at this point have come around to iOS 7 being an improvement on iOS 6, but even so, there’s lots of room for improvement. And if iOS 8 ends up looking anything nearly as good as this concept video from TechRadar, I think we’ll all be very pleased indeed.

 

While most concept videos of upcoming Apple software releases are fanboy fantasies, Techradar’s video limits itself to envisioning new features in iOS 8 that are either heavily rumored or solidly reported.

For example, the video shows Siri recognizing a song utilizing its new Song ID integration, courtesy of Shazam. It shows the new Healthbook app syncing with the iWatch. It also shows the operating system providing full support for CarPlay, and a completely redesigned Notification Center.

Source: Cult of Mac.