Apple Invites Media to ‘Hello Again’ October 27th Mac-Centric Event

The October event is expected to focus on the introduction of new Macs, headlined by a much-rumored and highly anticipated revamped MacBook Pro. According to rumors, the new MacBook Pro will feature the first redesign to the machine since 2012.

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A thinner, lighter body is expected, with a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with the same butterfly key mechanism. The MacBook Pro will be available in the same 13 and 15-inch size options, and will feature USB-C with USB 3.1 support for faster transfer speeds, Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID.

Touch ID is expected to be built into a new OLED touch panel built into the top of the MacBook Pro, where it will replace the physical function key row. The OLED touch panel is said to feature contextual buttons that will change based on each app that’s in use. A leaked chassis suggests it will feature four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, but no HDMI port, no USB-A ports, no MagSafe connector, and no SD card slot.

A refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air with USB-C ports has also been rumored, but it is not clear if other internal changes will be made to Apple’s low-cost machine. It’s possible the 13-inch MacBook Air will be a standalone product going forward, based on rumors suggesting the 11-inch model will be discontinued.

Apple is also said to be working on updated iMacs with AMD graphics chips, which could be introduced at the event, and we might possibly see the debut of a rumored 5K Retina display with an integrated GPU. Apple discontinued the original Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, but an updated product has been in the works and it makes sense to release it alongside refreshed Macs if it’s ready to launch.

Apple’s Mac Pro and Mac mini are in dire need of refreshes, having been updated last in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but it is not clear if these machines will also see updates at the event.

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OS X: Pasting Text into Emails, Much Faster

So if you’ve gotta copy some text on your Mac and paste it into a new email, how do you typically do that? I’d say that most people select the text, press the keyboard shortcut for Copy (Command-C), go to Mail, open a new message, move their cursor to the body, and then press the shortcut for Paste (Command-V). There’s a way that’s just so much faster that I love it to bits, and I think you’ll like it too.

What you’ll do is select the text you’d like to email (or send through Messages, or tweet about, or add to Notes, etc.) and then right- or Control-click on it. When you do so, a contextual menu will appear, and one of the available options is “Share.” If you hover over that, you’ll see your choices.

Pick “Mail,” and the text you selected will be inserted right into the body of an email, ready for you to pass it along. That sure does make things faster! And if you select “Messages” or a few of the other options, you’ll instead get a little box overlay for you to compose and edit as you see fit.

This works in quite a few places around the operating system, including Safari and Mail, so if you need to forward only a bit of a message to someone else, for example, you can do so. That’s awesome. I just love step-skipping!

File Cabinet Pro Offers Powerful File Management Features Directly from the OS X Menu Bar

Users needing easy to use, yet powerful file and cloud management features might want to take a look at Writes for All Inc.’s File Cabinet Pro, its powerful file manager for the OS X menubar. The app allows users to open, move, rename, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from a popover window that appears from the menubar. File Cabinet Pro also allows users to copy files to their iCloud Drive without needing to open a window in Finder.

File Cabinet Pro Offers Powerful File Management Features Directly from the OS X Menu Bar

In addition to file management capabilities, the app also offers a built-in text editor, image viewer, PDF viewer, and media player. Document types supported include: txt, rtf, rtfd, png, bmp, mov, mp4 and many more.

Features:

  • Create subdirectories in File Cabinet Pro
  • Click into subdirectories and open documents
  • Store files locally and in iCloud
  • Drag and drop files to and from iCloud
  • Tag files – Select files in File Cabinet Pro, right click, and then simply add or remove file tags from the control in the context menu
  • Show in Finder
  • Rename files
  • Copy and paste files
  • Trash files
  • View items as icons or in columns
  • Launch the application at login – You can have File Cabinet Pro automatically launch when you login to your Mac (optional feature, disabled by default)
  • Built in lightweight text editor – Create and edit .txt, .rtf, and .rtfd files
  • Built in lightweight image viewer/editor. Rotate images, crop images, and apply filters to images
  • Built in media player – Watch video and play audio files
  • PDF viewer
  • Editable files support document versions

File Cabinet Pro for Mac OS X is $29.99, and is available from the App Tyrant website. [GET IT HERE]

Classic Mac gets saved from dumpster only to become a trash bin

Excuse me, where's the trash?

We’ve seen old busted Macs get transformed into everything from aquariums to planters, but have you ever seen a Mac go from the dumpster to a trash can you can toss all your rubbish in?

One Redditor has created a trash can fit for Steve Jobs by taking a Macintosh that had been sitting in his attic for 15 years and giving it a second life as a receptacle for all his garbage, complete with a swinging door that looks just like a Mac display.

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To make the swinging screen, Redditor HaHaBird says he used a 1/8-inch piece of thick black acrylic and attached it with some spring hinges. An opening was cut into the bottom of the Macintosh Plus so trash could fall down into the bin, which was built from 1/2-inch plywood that was painted to match the computer.

The entire project cost about $42 ($15 for paint, $15 for the screen and $12 for the plywood) and only took about eight hours to complete.

 

This Macintosh replica will have you lusting for wood

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Love Hultén has created a beautiful replica of the original 128k Macintosh made almost entirely out of American walnut. Known for his craftsmanship in building replicas and concepts of gaming consoles among other gadgets, Hultén has taken that love and applied it to one of Apple’s most beloved products to date. He calls it the Golden Apple.

What’s even more impressive is that the replica works, though not the way you might expect. Hultén actually built the wooden housing around a functional Mac mini. The additional optical disc drive is in perfect alignment with where the floppy disk drive was on the original Macintosh. Judging by the UI on the display, the Mac appears to be running either OS X Leopard or OS X Snow Leopard.

The keyboard is also made out of walnut and “uses blue cherry MX tactile switches which are covered by gold plated key caps made from zink.” It’s designed to resemble the original Macintosh keyboard as well.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy this stunning creation, since Hultén really just makes these creations to show off but ultimately keep for himself. You can certainly browse through the gallery of photos and check out his very charming demo video on YouTube. Yes, I know, it’s not the same, but a drool-worthy tribute such as this deserves to be cherished even if just through the Internet.

Forecast Bar is the next best thing to having Dark Sky on your Mac.

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Forecast Bar brings all the features you love about Dark Sky to a Mac app. Not only does it look similar to Dark Sky, but it’s powered by the same Forecast API which means you’re getting the same accurate weather predictions. Forecast Bar also works the way you want it to. Keep it in the menu bar or let it sit in your dock. Enable certain notifications and display a 3-day, 5-day or 7-day forecast — up to you. With its detailed weather and range of customization options, it should very quickly take your Mac by storm.

Whether you keep Forecast Bar in your menu bar or in the dock, it’s clear the app was meant to be in your menu bar. It works just fine as a dock app, but the window is still tall and slender as if it’s supposed to be dangling from the top of your screen. Don’t let the small footprint fool you though, Forecast Bar is packed with important weather data.

At the top, your standard information about the current conditions is prominent as it is in most weather apps. At a glance you can see the current temperature, high and low for the day and a description of the current weather. This is also where you add or switch locations, view a radar map or get details for severe weather alerts. The accuracy of the Forecast API seems to vary based on your location, but when you’re in one of its better locations, it’s hard to find something more reliable.

Underneath that is where the similarities to Dark Sky really become apparent. By default, a chart will show your 8-hour forecast. However, if rain is on the way within the next hour, this chart will switch to a detailed view of precipitation in the next hour. Below that is the extended forecast, which you can customize the length of in the app’s preferences.

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Additionally, you can click any part of the app — whether it’s current conditions, the hourly chart or the extended forecast — to get more advanced details. These include wind, humidity and UV index that are cleverly organized in pop-up charts alongside the anticipated precipitation amounts. At the very bottom is Time Machine, which lets you pick any date over the past 70 years and see the weather on that day.

The Mac App Store has been pretty void of any decent weather apps for several years and it’s nice to see a solid entry make it through Apple’s gates. Carrot Weather debuted on the Mac recently as well, which is also powered by the Forecast API. It remains one of my absolute favorite picks.

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Meanwhile, Dark Sky has garnered a pretty loyal fanbase on iOS. It features comprehensive forecasts, a pretty decent design and its famous down-to-the-minute weather predictions. Its developers haven’t gotten around to releasing a dedicated Mac app, but they do serve up the Forecast.io website and Forecast API for other developers to take advantage of instead.

Forecast Bar is $5.99 in the Mac App Store, which is less expensive than Carrot Weather, but it does come with some very odd in-app purchases. The app will refresh data every hour, but if you want more up-to-date reports, you’ll have to get them with a purchase. 10-minute updates cost you a one-time fee of — wait for it — $29.99. I can’t see why anyone would pay for that, but the good news is you don’t have to.

Overall, Forecast Bar is a reputable new weather app for the Mac. For six bucks, it’s one you should consider adding to your menu bar.

Here’s the Apple Watch emulating a vintage 20 year old Mac.

You won't believe what the Apple Watch can do now.

The Apple Watch might not seem like it has the most powerful processor on the block, but it’s still an A5-caliber CPU, similar to the one shipped with the iPad 2, the original iPad mini, and the iPhone 4S.

That means the Apple Watch’s processor is still more powerful than pretty much every other CPU of the last forty years. And it’s certainly up to the task of emulating a vintage Mac, as this video abundantly proves.

Software developer Nick Lee has figured out a way to emulate a 20 year old Macintosh, all on his wrist.

By hacking an Apple Watch running watchOS 2.0 beta, Lee was able to get Mac OS System 7.5.5, first released in 1996, running on his wrist, all courtesy of the MiniVMac emulator.

As you can see, it’s not super functional, a necessary casualty of the Apple Watch’s limited input capabilities and postage-stamp-sized display. But Lee’s video does do a good job of showing the possibilities ahead: the Apple Watch has plenty of processing chutzpah to run far, far more than notification apps, and watchOS 2 is what’s going to unlock them.