On Tuesday 27th of January, Apple released updates for iOS and Yosemite; bringing them to 8.1.3 and 10.10.2. The updates feature many bug fixes and improve stability.
The OS X 10.10.2 update notes:
“- Resolves an issue that may cause Wi-Fi to disconnect
– Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly
– Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail
– Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
– Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
– Improves VoiceOver speech performance
– Resolves an issue that causes VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
– Addresses an issue that may cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
– Improves stability and security in Safari”
iOS 8.1.3 fixes a number of bugs present in iOS, the largest bug fix Apple has now addressed is the free space needed to install updates over the air, which caused a massive uproar from customers. In previous iOS 8 updates, many customers with 16gb models faced deleting many apps and music off their device to be able to even install the update. Updating when connected to a PC/Mac running iTunes used the computers disc space for the update files, removing the need to delete data.
With fixing these bugs, Apple hopes to improve adoption rates for iOS 8 which has been slow due to many customers complaining about he hassle of updating. iOS 8.1.3 also fixes issues with spotlight search, Apple ID issues and multitasking hand gestures on an iPad.
OS X 10.10.2 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and iOS 8 can be downloaded though iTunes or over the air by tapping: Settings – General – Software Update.
As many people know, I’m not really and ‘early adopter’ of Apple hardware products, well… apart from the iPhone. I wait a year or so before I commit to a purchase so that the early bugs and possible glitches/manufacturing defects have been ironed out. The Magic Trackpad to me was more of a gimmick than a real tool. For visual artists that use Adobe Photoshop regularly, I can see how this large trackpad would benefit.
Originally released in 2010 I never thought of buying one due to me preferring my Roccat Kone XTD mouse. One of my friends had a spare so I thought ild give him an offer for it, which he kindly accepted. The moment I used the trackpad for the first time with my Mac Pro, I immediately saw how wrong I was. The trackpad is 80% larger than the trackpads you will find on Apples latest portable offerings, the functions are exactly the same. One function I missed from my MacBooks is that if you double tap with two fingers, you can zoom in on text. It is something i can’t seem to replicate on my Mac Pro, until now.
The trackpad is designed to sit perfectly next to the Apple wireless keyboard, I personally have the wired version due to the need of a numerical keypad, so it doesn’t sit as flush. None the less, it makes a great addition to my desk and my workspace. My productivity has increased in logic as I can now two finger swipe across the arrange and mix window. The back of the trackpad has the Apple logo and feet, just like the wired and wireless keyboard. With the RRP set at £59 ($69) I would recommend it to anyone with a desktop Mac. When paired with a wired/wireless mouse it makes everyday tasks just that bit more easy and enjoyable.
I know it has been a while since I promised you all that I would post about the ViewSonic VX2770 SMH-LED, I can gladly say that the the review is now coming! Life back home on the Isle Of Wight has taken up most of my free time, spending time with my friends and finally being able to go out on rides has taken its toll. Reviews and posting have really been at the back of my mind recently due to university results. In this time i have been able to manage to write up quite a few new reviews; these include the VX2770, Mackie HR624 Monitors, DigiDesign mBox 2 Pro and Apples own, new OS (Operating System) 10.10 Yosemite.
As many of you know, I was at University and staying in halls of residence, I have now moved back home to my parents house for the summer. This involved me having to pack everything down and move it all back in the car. The reviews i have promised had been put at the back of my mind for a while, only until i have the time.
Due to Apples WWDC I now have a lot to write about and I will try to get the reviews and overviews posted as soon as I can. My home studio has seen some new additions recently in the shape of the Mackie HR624 monitors and a Mackie Universal Control desk, i will also be posting about them.
Now I am home, I will be looking for a job so I can afford new products for reviewing. Apple has now also released information about their next OSX and iOS operating systems, in which I will be reviewing also.
The next post will be large so I may break it down, keep checking or subscribe for the latest posts!
I know I promised a few reviews recently but university has crept up on me once again. Back to a terrible sleeping pattern and more lack of sleep I managed to misread a project deadline date… so I have been busy at work trying to complete that in time. I finish all my projects and this year at university in the next couple of weeks; after that i will have a lot more time to work on reviews and post all the ones i have promised you all.
I apologise about my lack of posts and keeping promises recently, but studying at university has to be a priority. To say sorry to every one of you who reads my blog, I will be updating a lot more once this work has past and hopefully adding some things to give away for free!
See you all soon.
As of the 22nd of April, Apple is now offering Beta revisions of their latest OSX Operating System (Mavericks) to non-developers. This can be classed as a milestone in Apple history; as they have never allowed non-developers to access their pre-release software legally.
As with all Beta releases, a backup is a must. Running Beta software is very risky as a fatal flaw in the code may irriversibly corrupt any data and make the user start from scratch. Apple has made this an option for new developers to “test drive” new revisions to make their software more compatible and stable with each and every update.
To sign up for the program go to: https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/landing
Again, I have to say that this is very risky and is worth installing on a separate hard drive/partition to stop conflicts and loss of data. It is a great opportunity for new developers or anyone interested in the software to get a grasp before the official launch. I hope who ever feels like this could benefit them, does.
Remember to backup first, if you forget, the software can recognise if you have not and tells you.
A long awaited and brilliant idea is now becoming a reality to many people; as the technology giant Google has partnered with 3D Systems and PhoneBloks to create a fully customisable and personal phone.
Image courtesy of: http://www.projectara.com
The idea was originally imagined by a group called PhoneBloks (https://phonebloks.com/en/goals) and has quickly gained massive interest across the internet and word of mouth. This device is rumoured to cost about $50 for the base model with many options for upgrading separate parts of the device, rumoured release date January 2015.
I will add more information on this post soon as it is released, for a simple design concept… it has really taken flight!