Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Windows 10 Creators Update ‘scheduled for April’

Windows 10 at-a-glance

Windows 10 launched globally on 29 July 2015 and touted as “the last version of Windows”, marking the end of decades of occasional heavy duty OS updates in favour of a more incremental approach. Available as a free upgrade for a year after launch, Windows 10 became full price on 30 July 2016. Here’s our round-up of everything you need to know about Windows 10.

  • Windows 10 started rolling out on 29 July 2015 as a free upgrade
  • Windows 10 free upgrade ended 29 July 2016 and Anniversary Update launched on 2 August
  • Read our full review of Windows 10 here
  • Enterprise users can manage company-wide rollouts for Windows 10 updates
  • Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Windows 10’s default browser
  • Android and iOS apps will run on the new OS

 

[Source:- ITpro]

New fifth-gen Apple TV 2016 release date & features rumours: ‘Something bigger’ on the way for Apple TV, says Tim Cook | Apple TV 5 launch rumoured for late 2016

New Apple TV release date & new features rumours

When will Apple release the next Apple TV – the fifth-generation Apple TV – in the UK? And what new features, tech specs and design changes should we expect from the new 5G Apple TV for 2016 or 2017?

The fourth-gen Apple TV – the first Apple TV device to allow users to install apps – was unveiled by Apple at the iPhone 6s launch event on 9 September 2015, and went onsale weeks later. Nearly a year later, we’re looking ahead to the launch of the next, fifth-gen (5G) Apple TV. Indeed, there are already rumours that a next-generation Apple TV might arrive in late 2016, although Apple could also be waiting until next year to release a special 10th-anniversary model.

In this article we gather all the evidence related to the fifth-gen Apple TV’s launch date, as well as reporting on all the rumours and clues about the 2016 Apple TV’s new features, tech specs and design changes. However, if you’re (understandably) still interested in the Apple TV that’s available right now, we’ve got plenty of information about the 2015 Apple TV, including pricing and the best places to buy.

Updated, 27 July 2016, to discuss Tim Cook’s enigmatic comments about the future of the Apple TV at Apple’s Q3 financial results call.

New Apple TV 2016 release date rumours: When will Apple release the 5th-gen Apple TV?

Our money is on autumn 2016, although Apple may choose to hold it back until the start of 2017 and make more of the product’s 10th anniversary.

Here’s when the four generations of Apple TV launched:

  • 1st-gen Apple TV: January 2007
  • 2nd-gen Apple TV: September 2010
  • 3rd-gen Apple TV: March 2012
  • 4th-gen Apple TV: September 2015

Evidently, Apple updates its Apple TV less often than its iPhones, iPads and Macs: there was a three-and-a-half-year wait between the first and second models, and between the third and fourth. Based on that, it would be reasonable to expect the 5G Apple TV to appear in 2018 or even 2019, and we certainly don’t have firm evidence to dispute that.

But our instincts tell us that the Apple TV’s position and status in the company’s portfolio of products has changed. It used to be a sideline and a hobby, but with the growing importance of streaming media and smart-home applications, and with the arrival on the platform of games and its own App Store, Apple TV is moving to centre stage.

And we’re not the only ones to think Apple is likely to start updating the TV more frequently from now on.

A report (link for subscribers only) in DigiTimes last year predicted that the fifth-generation Apple TV would go into trial production as early as December 2015, with volume production starting in the first quarter of 2016. Changes were said to include a dramatically improved hardware performance and new functions “to help it no longer serve only as a set-top box”.

Q3 2016 earnings call comments: ‘Something bigger’ on the way

Tim Cook made some non-specific but intriguing comments about the future of the Apple TV at Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings conference call. He made it very clear that Apple has big plans for its TV division, and plans to build “something bigger” with the product and surrounding ecosystem.

Near the end of the hour-long call, a question was posed by Kulbinder Garcha, the managing director of Credit Suisse:

“I think about some of the comments you’ve made about the TV market and how it’s been stuck in the sixties and seventies, and the experience hasn’t changed,” Garcha said. “I understand that you’ve got the Apple TV box out, but in terms of driving actual video-on-demand services, is that something Apple wants to do themselves, do you want to partner, could you even build content? How do you think about that as an actual business opportunity, as opposed to, here’s an Apple box and we sell some units but it’s not that meaningful to the overall company in terms of size?”

Tim Cook’s reply was enigmatic.

“The introduction of Apple TV and tvOS in last October and the subsequent OS releases and what’s coming out this fall… think of that as building the foundation for what we believe can be a broader business over time,” he said.

“I don’t want to be more precise than that but you shouldn’t look at what’s there today and think we’ve done what we want to do. We’ve built a foundation that we can do something bigger off of.”

New Apple TV release date: WWDC 2016 and tvOS 10

Back in spring we argued that the 5G Apple TV was unlikely to be launched at WWDC 2016, since the event came round less than a year after Apple rolled out the fourth-gen model and none of the previous Apple TVs had launched in summer. Indeed, Apple launched no new hardware at the event whatsoever. But the new version of the Apple TV’s operating system, tvOS 10, got considerable stage time. As we often observe when discussing new iPhones and iPads, many of the most significant updates come not from new hardware but from free software updates.

Siri gets some big improvements in tvOS’s new update: it can now search the Apple TV’s movie and TV database with more complex queries. It can search YouTube, too, and any live streaming channels can be launched by saying “watch” and then the name of the channel. There’s a new dark mode for Apple TV, which makes the background black instead of the bright white we’re used to. And the Apple TV Remote app has been redesigned; it now offers all the Siri remote features and can be used for Siri queries using the built-in mic.

(Speaking of the Remote app, did you know that there’s a SiriMote app that’s been designed to let you control your Mac with an Apple TV Siri Remote? You’ll be able to use the app and Siri Remote together to control playback on your Mac, but accordingto Apple Insider the setup is difficult. The app is free and works with El Capitan. You can download it from Eternal Storms at eternalstorms.at.)

One last thing Apple didn’t mention, but has since come to light in Apple support documents, is that the requirement for Siri Remote compatibility for Apple TV games has been relaxed. That means they can focus on MFi game controllers, which are much more game-friendly than the Siri remote. See: Best Apple TV game controllers.

Read our Complete guide to tvOS’s new features for more information on the software update.

New Apple TV release date: 10th-anniversary Apple TV

Looking again at those launch dates above, we feel like the looming tenth anniversary of the Apple TV might be a tempting occasion for a big update. Apple tends to dislike historical wallowing – famously refusing to build a museum in its new headquarters because “we’re focused on the future, not the past” – but there is a precendent for an anniversary product in the form of the Twentieth Anniversary Mac (number 4 in our article The 5 weirdest Macs of all time).

 

[Source: Macworld]

New Apple Watch 2 release date, UK price and specs rumours: Front-facing camera | Built-in GPS | Cellular connectivity | September 2016 release | Thinner with better battery life

When will the Apple Watch 2 launch in the UK? What new features and specs should we expect from the new Apple Watch?

When Apple announced its much-anticipated Apple Watch back in September 2014, people got very excited about the concept of an Apple-designed smartwatch. Fast-forward 21 months: the Apple Watch has been on sale for well over a year and people are wondering about the next-generation Apple Watch 2. When will the Apple Watch 2 launch, and what new features can we expect?

The Apple Watch 2 didn’t get a mention at Apple’s 21 March press event(although the Apple Watch did get some love at that event, in the form of new straps – more on that below). Then in June, the Apple Watch 2 wasn’t announced at WWDC 2016, but there was lots of news about watchOS 3 and what that means for your Apple Watch.

In this article, we round up all the rumours we’ve heard regarding the so far unannounced Apple Watch 2: when it’s going to launch, the specs and new features to expect, and likely design decisions. And we list the features and tech specs we’re hoping Apple will include in the second Apple Watch – particularly anARM Cortex A32 processor – and why they’re essential to improving users’ experience.

When will the Apple Watch 2 launch in the UK? What new features and specs should we expect from the new Apple Watch?

When Apple announced its much-anticipated Apple Watch back in September 2014, people got very excited about the concept of an Apple-designed smartwatch. Fast-forward 21 months: the Apple Watch has been on sale for well over a year and people are wondering about the next-generation Apple Watch 2. When will the Apple Watch 2 launch, and what new features can we expect?

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Release date

Update 20 June 2016: Digitimes reckons a recent increase in supply of Apple Watch components is a sign that the launch of the next watch will be in September 2016, alongside the next iPhone. This is based on analysis of Apple’s famously complex hardware supply chain and can’t be taken as gospel – but we hope these rumours are true.

Although there is no solid release date for the second-generation Apple Watch 2, we now expect it to be announced in September 2016. We had hoped that we would get our first glimpse at the second-generation Apple Watch at the March 2016 event, but instead Apple used it to show off new watch straps as a ‘Spring’ collection, and surprised us with an Apple Watch price drop. (We also saw a new Phone SE and a9.7in iPad Pro.)

You can find out more about the new Apple Watch straps and pricing in our Apple Watch buying guide, or continue reading for all of the Apple Watch 2 rumours we’ve seen so far.

Another rumour regarding the release date of the Apple Watch 2 comes from China – more specifically, the chairman of Quanta, Barry Lam. Quanta manufactured the first-generation Apple Watch, and we expect it’ll also be the manufacturer of the second-generation device, so when the chairman announced a general release date window at an investors meeting, people paid attention.

According to reports, Lam claims that we’ll be seeing limited stock of the Apple Watch 2 near the end of Q2 2016, with more stock becoming available in Q3 2016. Based on this, it looks like the Apple Watch 2 will have a possible June 2016 release date, which falls in line with the analyst claims above.

Apple launches new Apple Watch straps at 21 March event

Although the Apple Watch 2 didn’t get a mention at Apple’s March 2016 event, but the smartwatch didn’t go entirely unnoticed. Apple announced that the Apple Watch was the number one selling smartwatch in the world, and that people loved the fact that changing the strap changed the look of the watch. With that being said, Apple announced a flurry of new Apple Watch bands including £39 nylon bands available in seven colours, some of which can be seen below.

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Design and build

We’ve got an idea of when to expect the Apple Watch 2, then. But what will it look like?

New design(s)

Update 1 August: Current rumours suggest that the Watch 2 will be thinner than its predecessor. This comes from TPK Holding informing Digitimes that Apple are moving away from a glass-on-glass panel to a ‘One Glass Solution’. This would allow for a small amount of space to be increased within the watch’s frame. Some are even suggesting that it can be up to 40% thinner. However, we’re doubtful its size will be drastically cut, as it will be used to accommodate a bigger battery.

Apple is said to be exploring more variations of the Apple Watch, beyond the Sports, Steel and Edition tiers available with the first-gen Apple Watch. It’s said that the company is planning to introduce new models that should sit between the most expensive steel Apple Watch (£949) and the cheapest Apple Watch Edition (£8,000).

The gap between the top of the middle price band and the bottom of the top price band has always looked rather wide, and Apple seems to be looking to attract customers willing to pay between £1,000 and £8,000 for an Apple Watch: which is potentially quite a lot of people.

However, it’s unclear how the new tiers will differ from current models. It’s been suggested that the new tier could feature more advanced bands or new materials including tungsten, palladium, titanium or even platinum.

Despite what’s been said about potential new models, according to reports in April 2016 from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Apple Watch 2 might not actually adopt a new design, with only the internals getting some love from Apple. We’ve come to expect incremental specs improvements to hardware from the company in iPhones and iPads of recent years, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility that this is the option Apple will go with.

Apple Watch 2 design rumours: Third-party battery straps

We’d all also had our eyes on a cool company called Reserve Strap. Its clever design made use of the Apple Watch’s accessory port in a strap with a battery that allowed the watch to, it’s claimed, hold a charge for up to a week. However, the companyannounced its disappointment recently that in a change to the Apple External Accessory Protocol in Apple’s watchOS 2.0.1 update, the accessory port will no longer support the Reserve Strap’s functionality.

For those who had pre-ordered the strap, the company advises that if you don’t upgrade your OS, you’ll be OK – but for all those who will no doubt want to it seems, for now, the battery boost idea will have to go back to the drawing board.

[Source: Macworld]

 

iOS 10 launch date, news and functions

iOS 10 release date news beta and rumors

update: The iOS 10 launch date for public beta testers is simply days away. We introduced new info on new Apple privateness protections and, most importantly, news approximately seventy two extra emojis. excellent glad face.

Apple’s iOS 10 replace for iPhone and iPad lives up to its milestone software program model quantity, with the primary legit details introduced at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco in advance this month.

it is filled with primary changes to your daily cellphone and pill recurring, however do not worry, all of the new iOS 10 capabilities are for the high-quality – and simply free to down load.
The Cupertino corporation laid out all of its mobile working device specs in an all-too-appropriate ten segments. We spoil it down even similarly. here‘s what we discovered approximately iOS 10.
iOS 10 launch date

Apple is over again planning a staggered iOS 10 release date among app developers, public beta testers and then anybody else who wants to wait for the very last version.

Technically, iOS 10 is out right now, launching the identical day as WWDC in beta shape to developers. it’s no longer ready for average iPhone and iPad customers who are not making apps simply yet.

do not worry, you won’t have to wait too long to test out iOS 10 for your personal. Apple is planning an iOS 10 public beta in July, and it will assist squash bugs two months before the respectable launch date.

it truly is good information. remaining year‘s public beta was a fulfillment for Apple judging from the smoother sailing of iOS 9, and it endured that streak with new iOS nine.three capabilities that also went through a three-month beta.

If making a decision to watch for the very last model of iOS 10, it’ll take a while longer because of additional computer virus testing. A stable model of iOS 10 need to release along the brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September.

For developers: a way to download iOS 10 beta right now

iOS 10 compatibility

iOS 10 is coming for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, unless of direction you’ve got an age-old cellphone or tablet that still makes use of the 30-pin dock connector or is an older iPod touch.
it truly is where Apple attracts the brand new line within the sand for 2016. Its drawing close cellular working gadget replace won’t help for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5th gen.

it’s now not a big marvel. further to their non-lightning connections, these gadgets consist of 512MB of RAM and stuck around for iOS 9 when we concept that they had be axed from that replace ultimate year.
iOS 10 enhance to wake

Apple redesigned the iPhone and iPad lockscreen, giving us the biggest revision for the reason that first iPhone 9 years ago. Slide to unencumber is long past and replaced with simple commands: “Press domestic to open.”

iOS 10

iOS 10

what’s been delivered is the capacity to raise your iPhone to wake it, fixing the all-too-commonplace difficulty of blowing beyond lockscreen notifications whilst you hit the fast TouchID domestic button.

this is a top notch answer that we’ve seen on a select range of Android telephones, like the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and it almost reminds me of flicking my wrist to mild up the Apple Watch.

this is the sleeper hit of iOS 10 this is going to trade your each day iPhone recurring.
wealthy lockscreen notifications

you will see that notifications are damaged up into bubbles now and use 3D touch to reveal hidden menu movementssimply tough press on a calendar invite alert and you’ll be capable of be given or decline it.

iOS 10

three-D touch-enabled iOS 10 notifications paintings even higher for Messages. you could straight away respond to messages as quickly as you choose up your smartphone, with out ever leaving the lockscreen. it’s all done inline.

No more digging round the house display screen and layers of app menus to check critical information. when you have a doorbell digicam notification, you can see who’s at the the front door, use the intercom or liberate the door.

iOS 10

This “peeking at apps” capability via the lockscreen isn’t always confined to Apple’s first-birthday celebration apps. Uber is just one 0.33birthday celebration app maker that allows you to tough press on notifications. you’ll get live updates on where your driving force is on a map – usually headed in the other direction.
clear all notifications button

What may be the great alternate to iOS 10 notifications is the ability to clear all of your old notifications with three-D touch. Swiping them away separately or brushing off them in organizations is a time-eating mess in iOS nine.

iOS 10

simply hard press that little “x” icon in the redesigned (and now devoted) notifications pulldown menu and tap the “clear all” box that pops up. tap it once to simply dismiss the organization of notifications.

it’s first-rate easy to clean away expired alerts with iOS 10 and it’ll please everybody inflicted with cellphone notification-clearing OCD.
control center is decluttered

The swipe-up-from-the-bottom manage center overlay menu has a modern day appearance that helps declutters the format in iOS 10, and it’s something Apple customers were asking for.

iOS 10 launch date

It once again functions four app shortcuts alongside the lowest (flashlight, stopwatch, calculator and digital camera app) and moves the fifth Beatle, night time Shift, to a new, bigger spot above the quartet.

That fixes an trouble in which people said having 5 app shortcuts in that backside row, a brief-lived concept that occurred when night time Shift debuted in iOS 9.3, made the buttons a tad too small.

iOS 10

bigger AirPlay and AirDrop buttons seem above night Shift, too, even as toggles for aircraft mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do now not Disturb and Orientation lock are unchanged (except for his or her new blue hue whilst on).

however what occurred to the music controls? Slide right at the control middle, and there is a dedicated pane for the volume, playback and device output controls, or even tune album cover artwork.
Lockscreen digicam and ‘widgets’

it is less complicated than ever to turn on the camera with iOS 10 due to the fact sliding the lockscreen right (when manage center is not open) robotically transitions to the digital camera app.

iOS 10

this is a digital camera app shortcut we have visible on numerous Android telephones and it beats achieving for the bottom proper corner, wherein the digital camera shortcut remains in iOS nine. you use the camera app everyday, why not make it simpler to access?

What occurs whilst you swipe to the left on the lockscreen? happy you requested a second query. It well-knownshows a new spot for Apple’s today menu “widgets.” it’s not as customizable as Android widgets, but it’s new location a large development.
Graphical 3-D touch shortcuts

in the home display screen, 3-d Touching app tiles like pastime gives you a greater graphical account of your fitness goals. you may know quicker than ever that you have to close the ones day by day activity earrings.

iOS 10

ESPN had even richer shortcut statistics inside its three-D touch menu. It runs ratings and there is a button to without problems upload a widget. it’s even extra graphical, throwing up a drawn out play-by way of-play interface and video of in-development games you are following.

All of this peeking at apps can be completed with out leaving the house screen, and it way that 3-d contact is turning into a touch extra relevant in iOS 10.
talk to Siri typically

two billion requests per week undergo Siri, and it is now going to do “so much extra,” in line with Apple. With that, they announced that iOS 10 will open up Siri to 1/3birthday party developers.

iOS 10

Now you may be able to ask Siri such things as, “send a WeChat to Nancy announcing i’ll be five mins past due.'” it is able to be said kind of ways and still understood by means of the now-smarter Siri.

In (very literal) other words, Siri also works simply exceptional if you say it like “tell Nancy i’ll be 5 mins late with WeChat,” and even “Siri, are you able to shoot a message on WeChat and say i will be 5 minutes overdue?”

Siri for iOS 10, all of a unexpected, goes to be a whole lot less “Sorry…” for miscues. that is way to what Apple calls an “severe API,” which even functions in this new manner in its more than one languages.
Siri 0.33party apps

besides WeChat, Siri is ready for other chat apps, like WhatsApps and Slack, and journey hailing offerings like Uber, Lyft and Didi in China (which Apple invested in recently).

iOS 10

looking pictures thru apps like Shutterfly and Pinterest can be finished with your voice way to Siri, and you may start, pause and prevent fitness exercises with MapMyRun, Runtastic and RunKeeper.

Siri also can assist you ship cash to pals with Number26, rectangular and Alipay, or begin a VoIP name to inform your buddy why you are not paying them on time through Cisco Spark, Vonage and Skype.

iOS 10

This makes Siri a great deal extra beneficial now that Apple’s private assistant has damaged freed from pre-loaded apps, and makes riding a tiny bit safer way to messaging and VoIP integration for Apple CarPlay.
Siri-influenced QuickType keyboard

Apple’s on-screen QuickType keyboard can intelligently tell the distinction among what you are pronouncing and what computer systems usually suppose you’re pronouncing (however now not) thanks to greater superior Siri intelligence.

iOS 10

using deep learning kept locally, or what Apple calls “differential privateness,” iOS 10 is familiar with the broader context of what you’re typing, influencing the words within the idea bar above the keyboard.

It has higher context by means of taking into account the entire sentence, now not simply spitting out the subsequent guess based totally at the preceding word.

this may be absolutely choose-in, masked and stored on the tool, in keeping with Apple. it is different from Google’s facts-harvesting using its online servers.

QuickType is likewise adding a available button for your modern place every time someone asks “where are you?” or requests a person else’s contact information. That Contacts app will move similarly unused.

iOS 10

locally, Siri uses deep studying to research a verbal exchange and is able to pick up on you and a pal talking approximately food, a proposed time and resturant address, after which pre-fill in Calendar occasion when you go to add it to the Calendar app. “examine that, it is already midway stuffed in,” you will say.

Rounding out the QuickType iOS 10 capabilities is the capability to paste a current cope with you appeared up without having to copy it to the clipboard, do the equal for films and restaurants you’ve got searched and regulate in your multilingual typing.

it is Apple new “smooth button” for iOS 10, and it’s all about shortcuts to everyday sports.

iOS 10

pictures with superior pc imaginative and prescient

iOS 10

iOS 10 is going to utilize deep getting to know in order that it will likely be simpler to arrange photographs with what it calls “superior pc imaginative and prescient.” this is how Apple plans to rival Google snap shots.

again, stressing that it’s achieved locally, Apple touts the pix app’s capacity to create albums primarily based on face popularity, and might do the identical for item and scene reputation way to eleven billion computations. It also serves up a manner to peer photos overlaid on a map based totally on wherein they had been taken.

Apple plans to take pictures to the subsequent stage with recollections, which might be speculated to remind you of occasions in existence via clustering together pix into trips, humans and topics. It appears to have a pleasing magfashion interface i’m able to get at the back of.

iOS 10 can even permit you to bring together your captured photos and motion pictures of a particular reminiscence with a unique film it truly is cut mechanically. it is customizable, with some of temper choices and three length options, just if you do not want to fine music it your self.

no matter the AI-infused deep search and facial popularity competencies, Apple promises privateness safety.
Apple Maps is manner higher

iOS 10 fixes my biggest criticism about Apple Maps – its lack of ability to scroll in advance on a path. proper now, Maps annoyingly springs you returned for your modern vicinity each time you try and look anywhere else.

you may be loose to pan and zoom across the map with the new Apple Maps replace and the navigation software is likewise dynamically zooming in and out of long stretches and complex interchanges.

iOS 10

Maps for iOS 10 is including visitors on course to better compete with Google Maps and increasing its nearby capability with more factors of hobby that you could find alongside your path.

cars that supports Apple CarPlay not only get suggested exchange routes based on traffic situations, Maps’ turnby means offlip directions can pop up at the tool (if they have a display subsequent to the odometer).

Apple is weaving iOS 10 information from different apps into Maps, like if it knows you go to work at a certain time, it’s going to make a suggestion for the course, or make one primarily based on a calendar event deal with.

it is just the start. it’s also beginning up Maps to 0.33party developers, so Uber riders can name, comply with and pay for their experience without ever leaving Apple’s app. it’s getting there.
Apple music

Apple tune with iOS 10 is being redesigned for its 15 million paid subscribers, and it “allows the music to be the hero,” in keeping with Apple. It lets the cover art stand out.

iOS 10

It seems to be a far cleaner layout, highlighting cowl art nicely and suggesting tune that you may like in a extra logical fashion. however it is not going to excite you for iOS 10 if you‘re not a paid subscriber.

The Apple track refresh does upload a few extra depth by way of manner of lyrics (although it doesn’t appear to follow along with the phrases like other apps do, like SoundHound do).

The For You tab is does a higher job at curating your private playlists and it absorbs the connect tab that we formerly heard turned into getting a dwindled function. Likewise, the ‘New’ tab has turn out to be ‘Browse.’

iOS 10

iOS 10
Apple news

Apple news is reaching 60 million humans every month with 2,000 courses and it is in for a redesign, too. The For You tab now breaks news into personalized topics and hand-picked stories with the aid of editors.

news for iOS 10 can even introduce subscriptions so you can see each difficulty of country wide Geographic or examine the Wall avenue magazine, periodicals typically at the back of a paywall.

Breaking news notifications have been delivered to this pre-loaded app so that big stories appear proper at the iOS 10 lockscreen.
home app

Apple’s developer-targeted HomeKit is coming to endcustomers with iOS 10 (and additionally Apple Watch), and the brand new app appears proper at the homescreen unsurprisingly calleddomestic.”

iOS 10

it will tie all of your propertyprimarily based IoT devices together right into a easy interface and include Scenes to trade the temper of rooms in a pinch, no matter who makes your own home‘s previously fragmented clever tech.

Siri acts as a shortcut to interact with your property accessories, and manage center does too. swipes to the proper within the manipulate middle menu brings up a grid of home accent toggles.

iOS 10

also from the lockscreen, you can peek at domestic notifications, say, if you get a doorbell alert. Peek into the notification by way of tough pressing on the bubble and a video doorbell like Ring will come up with a live digicam view.
smartphone

Hate being attentive to voicemails? never virtually test them? Me too. that is why i am excited that the rumored voicemail transcription concept made it into iOS 10.

iOS 10

it will let you recognise what a voicemail message says via greater convenient text proper within the visible voicemail. Apple is likewise partnering with Tencent in China to alert iPhone owners there that an incoming name is probably spam.

iOS 10

VoIP is no longer going to take a backseat, as a WhatsApp name, for example, can be answered right from the lockscreen, much like a everyday incoming call. they may additionally be part of your latest and favorites lists.
Messages

Messages is introducing rich links within a communique and a stay digicam view as soon as you press the camera button. Like emoji’s? you are going to love iOS 10.

iOS 10

Apple is making bigger emojis which can be now 3 times as large as earlier than, and the keyboard can now perceive phrases you can easily replace with emojis through a unmarried tap on each word.

there may be also a danger that the very last model of iOS 10 launches, in all likelihood in September, Apple will include the 72 new emojis evolved via the Unicode Consortium. they’re already within the agency‘s emoji fashion and Android N is about to debut them too. Hop (kangaroo) to it, Apple (apple fruit).

Expressions do not stop there. there will be bubble results so that you can “say it loud” with a bursting bunch of textual content, or say some thinggently” with gradual-to-exist texts.

iOS 10

you may additionally use “Invisible Ink” that requires the message receiver to slip their finger over a text or image. it’s going to both be a pleasant wonder, or horrific surprise to your pals.

Apple showed off an Invisible Ink demo wherein a blurry picture turned out to be a bride-to-be’s hand with a marriage ring on it. i am quite sure there are going to be plenty of appendages despatched the use of Invisible Ink.

iOS 10

you could react to man or woman messages with expression-pushed Tapbacks (strikes a chord in my memory of facebook reactions) and write out significant messages with handwritten “virtual ink.”

iOS 10

With club disco lighting, large emoji and fullscreen fireworks for iOS 10, Messages is one loopy app. but it will get even greater insane in the future because Apple is opening up Messages to developers with an SDK.

iOS 10

thus far, Apple has shown off integration for licensed Disney stickers, food ordering offerings and bitmoji-like expressions supplied by means of JibJab.

iOS 10

more to return from iOS 10

Rounding up iOS 10, Apple quickly noted Notes with multiple users modifying a report, the ability to edit stay photos without annoyingly relegating them to stills and a brand new verbal exchange view for Mail.

at the iPad, break up View help for two Safari home windows has been delivered, ultimately letting you open up twin Safari windows without delay in your pill, you multitasker, you.

Apple said that in spite of the deep getting to know capabilities of iOS 10, it will hold that to the silicon to your device and now not invade your personal facts way to “differential privateness.”

we’ll have greater on iOS 10, because the developer beta prepares us for the iOS 10 public beta. while that launches in a few days in July, we’ll definitely find out extra capabilities to speak about.

MacOS Sierra release date, information and features

macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra

replace: if you‘re enrolled in Apple’s developer software, you could try out the corporation‘s new filesystem generation now, albeit in a restrained capability. examine directly to find out extra!

here‘s what macOS will do to persuade you to go all-in on Apple

With Microsoft’s windows 10 heating up the pc marketplace, Apple is bringing a free improve of its very own with the launch of a new edition of OS X for Mac packed with new features and enhancements.

OS X 10.12 became officially found out and renamed macOS Sierra at the worldwide builders convention (WWDC). As anticipated, Sierra does lots extra than simply imparting malicious program fixes and performance updates, as we saw with the pass from 10.10 Yosemite to 10.eleven El Capitan.

So what’s in shop for Mac customers? observe alongside and we’re going to let you know exactly what you can assume from the next model of OS X – we mean macOS.
cut to the chase

what is it? the following version of Apple’s computing device running gadget
while is it out? Fall 2016
what is going to it price? like the previous numerous versions, it’ll be a free update

macOS Sierra
macOS Sierra release date

Apple has gotten cycle in relation to releasing new operating device, commonly they’re demoed and debuted for the duration of WWDC in June, a beta preview over the summer season and having the final OS in our fingers by means of November.

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macOS Sierra appears to observe that identical components. Following its display in mid-June, Apple plans to launch a developer preview in July and the final OS inside the following fall.
Siri eventually makes an appearance

the biggest new characteristic slated for macOS Sierra is the inclusion of the Siri virtual private assistant. Siri turned into launched on iOS again in 2011, and Macs are exceptionally the closing platform Apple determined to deliver it to.

simply as with the usage of the digital assistant on iPhones, users might be capable of absolutely command Siri and ask it questions with their voice. but, being at the Mac opens up a extra swath of alternatives which include looking for documents.

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At WWDC, SVP of software program engineering Craig Federighi verified how Siri can assist with sophisticated queries for documents like, “display the files I worked on closing week about the off-web site.” And from there customers can slender down their seek based on tags.

Siri additionally has complete access to other parts of macOS’ consisting of packages consisting of iTunes, making her your private DJ. as a substitute, Siri integrates with Safari to behave on web searches.

via including Siri to the Mac platform, Apple hopes to offer the equal offerings for iPhone and iPad proprietors with a Mac.

what’s greater, Apple opened has issued an SDK for developers to make their very own packages paintings with Siri.
an extended past due record machine improve

because 1985, Apple has remained complacent with its Hierarchal report gadget, or HFS. With macOS, but, that each one adjustments thanks to the new APFS, or in reality Apple document system. starting with the employer‘s 2017 MacBook lineup, all of Apple’s computers will guide the brand new filesystem on its bootup drive. And, although we’re going to be able to attempt it out for ourselves whilst the macOS Sierra public beta lands, developers in the preview right now are pronouncing the new filesystem is limited to shifting documents backward and forward on a non-startup power.

once Apple’s hardware begins to assist the brand new fashionable, it won’t be long before we start to gain the blessings. those include stepped forward flash memory optimization, quicker Time device backups and improved area allocation letting two APFS-formatted disks act as one combined garage pressure. regrettably, for legacy Mac users this indicates HFS guide will be ousted within the subsequent 25 years, although it’d be a miracle if your pc could nevertheless boot up with the aid of then.
Continuity gets even better

Continuity between Mac and iOS is a massive deal for those engulfed in Apple’s hardy atmosphere. Ever since its creation, users were capable of pick out up calls and textual content conversations from their phones and effectively pull them up on their Mac computer systems.

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With macOS Sierra, not only will you be able to get entry to your laptop from different machines such as your iPhone, however in case you need to duplicate some thing from one device to any other, you could acquire that the use of the accepted Clipboard function. by way of copying some thing from one tool, you can seamlessly paste it over to any other. in case you notion AirDrop made your life simpler, this enhances the Apple atmosphere even further with but every other approach of shuffling round files.

And, whilst TouchID isn’t always coming to Mac every time quickly, vehicleliberate is. as the name implies, this new characteristic will will let you unlock your Mac through simply being in near proximity to an Apple Watch or iOS tool.

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what is more, Apple Pay has accelerated past the restraints of a 4.7-inch display and onto computers via manner of macOS. Making an attempt to compete with ecommerce offerings like PayPal, a “Pay with Apple Pay” button will quickly be incorporated in your browser with TouchID on a nearby iPhone or iPad serving as a way of quick authentication.
higher photograph and video functionality

finally we’ve the pictures app getting an overhaul in iOS 10, and because of the manner Continuity works, the incoming capabilities additionally apply to Mac. these consist of a brand newrecollections” tab for a more magazine-like viewing mode in addition to an AI that robotically types photos both by people or subjects.

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Likewise, if you‘re a skilled multi-tasker interested in looking movies at the same time as you work, you will be overjoyed to realize that macOS Sierra’s image-in-photograph mode lets in users to take their video windows with them at the same time as they rotate among desktop screens.

Floor pro 3 launch date, charge and specs united kingdom: receives a fee reduce with arrival of floor pro 4

Microsoft has released the surface seasoned 3 home windows 8 tablet so here‘s what you want to realize approximately the floor pro 3 release date, price and specifications inside the uk. updated on nine/10/15. See also: Microsoft surface seasoned 3 release video because it took place, New surface seasoned 3 new features and floor seasoned 3 assessment.
floor seasoned 3: release date uk

The surface pro three went on sale on 20 June 2014 in Canada and the us while it began delivery inside the united kingdom on 27 August. we’ve updated this newsletter due to the fact the floor seasoned four has been announced however the seasoned 3 remains on sale so that you can now get it at a decrease price – see underneath.

See also: surface pro four arms-on overview.
floor pro 3: uk charge

in the united kingdom, the surface seasoned 3 in the beginning began at £639 for base model with a complete of 5 different fashions accomplishing £1,549. Now the floor pro 4 has been announced and could move on sale quickly, Microsoft has given the seasoned 3 a price reduce so it now starts at £549 – understand that the new pro four kind cover is like minded.

right here are complete pricing info correct as of October 2015:

middle i3, 64GB, 4GB RAM – £549 (become £639)
middle i5, 128GB, 4GB RAM – £729 (become £849)
center i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM – £929 (turned into £1,109)
center i7, 256GB, 8GB RAM – £1,059 (turned into £1,339)
middle i7, 512GB, 8GB RAM – £1,329 (was £1,549)

Get the surface seasoned 3 at the new lower price from the Microsoft store.

2015 iMac release date, specs, price & features: Apple launches 21.5in Retina iMac, updates 27in iMacs with Skylake

As predicted, Apple has updated its entire range of iMacs to bring the Retina screen to the smaller models for the first time and give the bigger models new Skylake chips. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the new 2015 iMac line-up, including their release dates, price and specs as unveiled by Apple on 13 October.

It’s been over two years since Apple last updated its four original non-Retina versions of the iMac (if you don’t include the cheaper iMac which Apple introduced in June 2014 – now more than a year old). The big surprise was that Apple left the 21.5in iMacs (which previously lacked a Retina display option) completely untouched despite recently adding a new, cheaper 27in Retina model to its line-up.

We had originally expected new iMacs to be shown off during WWDC 2015 back in June, and then during Apple’s 9 September event, but the company has instead chosen 13 October to quietly launch the updates.

“From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered – deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs,” said Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller in Apple’s press release. “These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made. With our gorgeous new displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

As ever, Phil’s words are a bit on the dramatic side there, but there have been some significant improvements and changes to the iMac line-up so read on to find out more.

To discover what we think about the original Retina 5K iMac, take a look at our Retina iMac review. If you are in the market for a new Mac, read our iMac or Mac mini – Mac desktops compared and Best Mac to buy: Mac Buying Guide.

2015 iMac release date: When are the new iMacs coming out?

Apple’s new 27in iMac with Retina 5K comes in three models, each available to buy today from Apple’s website, retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers, as are the two new models of non-Retina 21.5in iMac and the all-new 21.5in iMac with Retina 4K display.

Each new iMac will ship with Apple’s new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 (which we’ll talk about later in this article) and there’s the option to order the new Magic Trackpad 2 at checkout.

2015 iMac price UK: How much do the new iMacs cost?

The 2015 models of the 21.5in iMac are priced as follows:

1.6GHz processor, 1TB Storage: £899
2.8GHz processor, 1TB Storage: £1,049
Retina 4K display, 3.1GHz processor, 1TB Storage: £1,199.

The 2015 models of the 27in iMac (all of which come with Retina 5K display) are priced as follows:

3.2GHz pricessor, 1TB storage: £1,449
3.2GHz processor, 1TB storage (Fusion Drive): £1,599
3.3GHz processor, 2TB storage (Fusion Drive): £1,849

The great news is that prices haven’t changed. Even the new 4K 21in iMac costs the same as the equivalent model did previously.

2015 iMac specs: What new features and tech do the new iMacs have?

Apple’s 21.5 iMac is now available with a Retina 4K display for the first time, offering a resolution of 4096 x 2304, which equates to a total of 9.4 million pixels on the top of the range model. That’s more than four times the number of pixels in the standard 21.5in iMac models, of which two remain.

All three of Apple’s new 27in iMac models now have a Retina 5K display, which boasts 14.7 million pixels. Previously only two of the 27in iMacs offered a Retina display. Plus, Apple says that it’s improved the colour gamut in its Retina displays too, for 25 percent larger colour space. Apparently, these displays are capable of displaying 99 percent of the P3 colour space.

Aside from the new Retina displays, all of the new iMac models look the same as their predecessors, with the now-familiar design that’s impressively thin at the edges.

Beneath those Retina displays, the new 27in iMacs have Intel’s sixth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as Skylake. That’s paired with AMD Radeon R9 graphics with 2GB video memory.

Apple has opted to update its 21.5in iMac models from fourth-generation Haswell processors to fifth-generation Broadwell rather than sixth-generation Skylake, but Apple says this is because Intel hasn’t yet made Skylake available with integrated graphics processors. The Broadwell processors in the new 21.5in iMacs sit alongside enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics.

The base configuration for the new 21.5in iMacs is a 1TB 5,400 hard drive, which seems a shame because you’ll find it’s much slower than the Fusion Drive option available if you cough up some extra cash (something we’d strongly recommend doing in this case).

One final thing, it had been so long since the 21in iMacs had been updated that they still used Thunderbolt 1 ports. Now they have been updated to Thunderbolt 2.

Read more about the specs of the new iMacs in our review of the new 21.5in 4K iMac.

2015 iMac specs: How to get 64GB RAM for the new 27in iMac

According to Apple’s build to order page for purchasing the new 27in iMac it is possible to upgrade the new models to take 32GB RAM, in four 8GB slots. 32GB of RAM costs £480 as a build to order option from Apple.

However, it has emerged that it will be possible to update the new 27in iMacs to take 64GB RAM, in four 16GB slots, just as soon as the compatible memory becomes available, according to 9to5Mac.

The good news is that where the RAM in the 21in iMacs is soldered on, the RAM in the 27in iMacs is user upgradable plug-in RAM, so, after purchase users will be able to purchase the upgrade kits from the likes of OWC, and, we expect, Crucial. OWC has announced that it will be selling a 64GB RAM kit for $1195 and a 48GB RAM kit for $729. German reseller Memphis has been in touch to confirm that they will be selling 64GB RAM for the new iMac on Amazon UK – you can buy the 64GB RAM-Kit here for £575.

New Magic accessories: Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

In addition to the launch of new iMacs, Apple has also introduced new wireless accessories including the all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. Apple says they’ve each been developed to feel more comfortable than every, and they also feature rechargeable batteries for the first time. Plus, the Magic Trackpad 2 boasts Force Touch technology like that found in the trackpads of some of Apple’s new MacBooks.

The new Magic Mouse 2 is lighter and sturdier accodring to Apple, ans should have a smoother glide than the original, while the Magic Keyboard is 13 percent smaller than its predecessor with an even lower profile. It uses a new scissor mechanism for the keys too.

More to follow (we’re updating this article right this moment).

On page two is everything we wrote before today’s iMac announcement. Read on to find out how much of the speculation was accurate.

 
[Source:- Macworld]

New Mac Pro 2016 release date rumours: Issues surface regarding Late 2013 Mac Pro GPU, Apple offering free fix

The current Mac Pro was first unveiled just over two and a half years ago at WWDC in June 2013. It took another six months before Apple was able to start selling it (and a few more months for some customers to start to receive their units). Two years on, for a ‘top of the range Mac’ the Mac Pro is looking rather long in the tooth.

In this article we will be looking at rumours surrounding the new Mac Pro  release date, and features and specs we hope to see in the 2016 version of the Mac Pro.

The good news, for those hoping to upgrade to a new Mac Pro soon, is that code in El Capitan is hinting that a new Mac Pro with 10 USB 3 ports could arrive soon; new Intel Xeon Skylake chips have arrived.

On-the-other-hand, perhaps the Mac Pro should just be discontinued. A Mac Observer story suggests that it’s been a flop. It might just be time for Apple to go back to the drawing board if it is to save what appears to be an unpopular Mac.

Last updated to include information regarding faulty graphics cards in the current Mac Pro

New Mac Pro 2016 rumours: When is the new Mac Pro coming out?

Apple hasn’t announced a launch date for the next generation of Mac Pro systems, so we have to do a little detective work.

First up, code in OS X El Capitan is hinting that a new Mac Pro may be on its way soon. There is a reference to a new Mac that is code named “AAPLJ951” within El Capitan, according to Pike’s Universum.

The current Mac Pro is codenamed AAPLJ90 so there is some logic to this new reference being a new version of the professional-level workstation.

Another clue that this is the Mac Pro is the fact that the code hints that there are 10 USB 3.0 ports. Currently there are 4 USB ports and 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports on the Mac Pro. We think that adopting Thunderbolt 3 on the Mac Pro may make more sense as it brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at 40Gbps, for the best of both worlds, more on that below…

There are rumours that Apple wil hold an event in March 2016 at which it will unveil the new Apple Watch 2, an iPhone 6c, and possibly an updated MacBook Air. Although it is possible that Apple would also show off a new Mac Pro at that event, it seems unlikely, given the fact that the Mac Pro is a professional Mac and that event sounds very consumer focused.

Will Apple discontinue the Mac Pro?

Maybe the Mac Pro will never be updated. As The Mac Observer writes: “The ‘New’ Mac Pro is a Failure”. That site compares it to the ill fated Cube which was available for less than a year in 2000/2001.

Many professional Mac users are still using old Mac Pros from pre 2012 mainly because they are easily upgradable, with options for larger capacity drives (2TB or 4TB or more). You can even get a 12-core 3.46GHz processor in the older model that could give the newer, 2.7GHz 12-core processor in the 2013 Mac Pro a run for its money. As for video card options, the old Mac Pro has many more.

Those who did upgrade to the ‘new’ trashcan-like Mac Pro are also finding that the need for multiple expansion cards and external drives are cluttering up their desks, where previously these extras could be neatly concealed inside the Mac Pro chassis.

For all Apple’s claims about it being a powerful machine, it appears that the Mac Pro is just not considered a professional workstation by the intended market.

Incidentally, Apple has been granted a patent for the Mac Pro, specifically for the structure and organization of internal components and external interfaces for a compact computing system, according to a report on Patently Apple.

Possible delays with the new Mac Pro

If the new Mac Pro is delayed, it wouldn’t be the first time. Apple first unveiled the Intel Xeon (Ivy Bridge-E)-based Mac Pro at it’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June 2013, although the unit didn’t actually start shipping until December that year – in fact for most shoppers the supply of Mac Pro was so constrained that they didn’t receive their new Mac until 2014 – in come cases not until February or March.

One reason for the delays back in 2013 was thought to be the fact that Apple was building the new-look Mac Pro in the USA. It may well be that updates to the current model are also being plagued by the same issues that slowed the production lines back in 2013.

We had hoped to hear news about a new Mac Pro in the summer of 2015, so we’re growing impatient and are hoping for an update soon.

That said, the reason for the delays in updating this Mac could be lack of interest in this workstation-style Mac. Apple may be focusing attention on other projects such as the Retina iMac, which was updated in October. It’s possible that Apple doesn’t intend to update the Mac Pro at all. It has launched several other new Macs since the launch of the Mac Pro, including impressively powerful iMacs that can sometimes perform better than the current entry-level Mac Pro can. Video editor Max Yuryevtested Final Cut and Premiere Pro rendering on both the 5K Retina iMac and 6 Core Mac Pro and found that the iMac performed better in some cases, although did suffer from heating issues that the Mac Pro avoids thanks to its design.

But we don’t think Apple is trying to phase out the Mac Pro in favour of a more powerful iMac line-up. It’s more likely that it’s just spending a long time getting the new Mac Pro just right before it launches after the issues it experiences with the previous launch. There is still a market for the more powerful Mac Pro, which is upgradable and if you’ve got the budget for a high-end model can be incredibly powerful, fast and reliable.

 

New Mac Pro 2016: ports

The current Mac Pro sports six Thunderbolt 2 ports, which means this Mac can be connected to up to three 4K displays.

There’s also 4 USB 3 ports; Dual Gigabit Ethernet; and an HDMI 1.4 UltraHD, as well as a combined optical digital audio output/analog line out mini-jack; headphone mini-jack with headset support; HDMI port supports multi-channel audio output and a built-in speaker.

Code in the El Capitan beta actually suggests that the next generation Mac Pro will offer 10 USB 3.0 ports. Currently there are 4 USB 3 ports and 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports on the Mac Pro.

We think that it would make more sense if Apple adopts Thunderbolt 3 on the Mac Pro – this standard of Thunderbolt supports USB Type-C and offers 40Gbps transfer speeds, so Mac PRo users would get the best of both worlds. Thunderbolt 3 offers double the speed of USB 3.1, which is only 10Gbps.

Another thing Apple could add is a Lightning port as seen on the iPhone. Yes really. There are rumours that the lightning port will be used on Macs for plugging in headphones which could allow for high-res audio.

However, many traditional Mac PRo users are still calling out for PCI slots whcih would allow users to add faster SSDs and better video cards. Some even ask for internal drive bays, with Mac Observer noting that a 3.5in hard drive bay would allow for archival space to be added.

New Mac Pro 2016: new Xeon E5 v3 ‘Grantley’ processor

The 2013 Mac Pro features Intel’s Xeon E5 V2 processors (code-named Romley) offering up to 12 cores (as a build-to-order option). Back in September 2014 new Xeon E5 V3 chips (code-named Grantley) started shipping – bringing the Haswell architecture to pro workstations. At the time we thought the processor would soon make their way to the Mac Pro, but no upgrade emerged.

Those Intel Xeon E5 V3 chips were being used in Dell’s new Xeon Precision Tower (5810, 7810 and 7910) – find out more on Dell’s website. These Dell workstations use the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor series featuring either 14 or 18 cores per processor.

The processors in the current Mac Pros are configurable up to 3.5GHz for a six-core option, 3.0GHz for an 8-core option, and 2.7GHz for a 12-core option. We may see a slight boost in these numbers, but we could equally see the same clock speeds, with the processors themselves being faster.

It is possible that the new Mac Pro will, like the Dell above, offer an option of 14 or 18 cores.

New Mac Pro 2016: new Xeon E5 v4 processor

It is likely that Apple has been waiting for the next generation of E5 chips. Intel’s Xeon E3-1200 V4 (Broadwell) launched this summer and these may be destined for the Mac Pro. Alternatively the equivalent E3-1200 V5 (Skylake) Xeon processors launched at the end of October and may be Apple’s processors of choice for the new model.

According to WCCFTECH, these future Xeons will offer a greatly improved micro architecture, better graphics, better DDR4 support and capactity for more RAM.

The Xeon E3-1200v4 launched at Computex 2015 at the beginning of June 2015, but Anandtech stated that: “It looks like the current Xeon E3-1200 v4 is somewhat a niche product”, emphasising that along with being a chip for workstations with moderate graphics power, it should be ideal for video transcoding.”

New Mac Pro 2016 specs

Currently there are two standard Mac Pro models available along with various build to order options:

Quad-Core and Dual GPU: 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor; 12GB1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory; Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each; and 256GB PCIe-based flash storage.

6-Core and Dual GPU: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor; 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory; Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each; 256GB PCIe-based flash storage.

It seems likely that Apple will update the Mac Pro with the next generation Intel Xeon E5 processor described above, we may also see more RAM in the entry-level version, now that the 15-inch MacBook Pro range ship with 16GB as standard. We’ll go into more detail below.

New Mac Pro 2016: graphics

The 2013 Mac Pro features dual workstation-class GPUs. The Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each in the Quad-Core version, and Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each in the 6-Core model. There’s also a build-to-order option of the Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each (an extra £480).

AMD showcased new its new FirePro W-series at Siggraph in August 2014. The FirePro W7100, W5100 may find their way into the new Mac Pro.

Alternatively there are significantly faster graphics based on AMD’s Fury platform that may be destined for the new Mac Pro.

Update (08/03/2016): After a thread on the Apple Support Communities website amassed a huge response when complaining about faulty graphics cards in the Late 2013 Mac Pro, Apple admitted that a number of Mac Pro’s have faulty cards and that affected customers could have the issue fixed free of charge. To be legible for a free repair, you must have encountered “distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shutdowns” or system startup failure.

It’s not all Mac Pro’s though, only those manufactured between February 8 and April 11 2015, and the issue can be fixed by taking your damaged Mac Pro to an Apple Store. Interestingly, MacRumours notes that the issues are known to exist with the AMD FirePro D500 and D700 GPUs, with the AMD FirePro D300 being completely unaffected.

Will these issues force Apple into choosing another graphic card manufacturer for the next Mac Pro? While there are no rumours online that suggest so, we think a change could be on the cards for the Mac Pro GPU.

Currently you will find 256GB PCIe-based flash storage as standard in both standard Mac Pro models, with an option to add 512GB SSD for £240 or 1TB SSD for £640.

We’d like to see more storage as standard on the Mac Pro as the target audience do tend to be working with very large files. We’d like to see an option for 2TB flash storage.

New Mac Pro 2016: RAM

The new Xeon E5 V3 Grantley chips are said to have DDR4 memory controllers, so you can expect even faster memory in this year’s new Mac Pro.

The current models offer 12GB RAM in the Quad-Core model, and 16GB in the 6-Code model as standard. You can add 32GB Ram at point of purchase for £320, or a massive 64GB RAM for £960. As we mention above, the 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with 16GB RAM as standard, so we would hope that the updated entry-level Mac Pro would match that.

64GB RAM might sound like a lot to you, but some of these Dell workstations can accommodate up to 1TB of DDR4 RAM. We hope that the next generation of Mac Pros will be configurable to more than 64GB (four slots of 16GB). Yosemite is apparently able to make good use of the extra RAM.

Availability of the Mac Pro – delays

When Apple launches the new updated Mac Pro there may well be delays in availability as there were in 2013-2014, as the company attempted to ramp up production in its new, US based, facility.

When the new look Mac Pro launched it was plagued by delays, with availability slipping initially to January, then February, March and eventually April in some cases, before Apple was able to meet demand.

Having previewed the Mac Pro at WWDC in June 2013, the company promised availability before the end of 2013, but it wasn’t until 19 December that the Mac Pro became available. Then, following the launch, stocks were so limited that only a lucky few, US based, customers were able to purchase the new professional Mac workstation before the end of 2013.

Customers in the UK who ordered their new Mac on 19 December 2014 found that they would have to wait until January 2015 for the new Mac Pro. Some lucky UK customers finally received their Mac Pro around 12 January. This was almost a year after the old version of the Mac Pro was banned over in Europe because it didn’t comply with EU electrical safety laws.

Luckily the wait for the current Mac Pro isn’t quite so long now, with shipping for the standard versions “within 24 hours” according to Apple’s website. If you want a build-to-order version the wait will be about 5-7 business days.

The fact that Apple is no longer struggling to meet demand would suggest that when it launches there will not be the significant delays in getting units out to customers that there were with the Mac Pro at the beginning of 2013. Apple had a new design which was being produced at an entirely new factory in the US, so the delays were understandable, although maybe not excusable.

Where can I buy a Mac Pro?

Other than directly from Apple, you will be able to buy the new Mac Pro from Apple Premium Resellers such as Stormfront, Square Group, Solutions Inc, iStore, Western Computer, MR Systems, KRCS, HardSoft, and PC World. You can find an Apple Premium Reseller near you by searching on Apple’s site.

UK pricing for the Mac Pro

Currently the Mac Pro starts at £2,499 (£2,082.50 ex VAT) in the UK for a quad-core 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor with 10 MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz, 12GB RAM, Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB of VRAM and 256GB of flash storage.

There is also a 6-core model with 3.5GHz Xeon E5, 16GB RAM, two AMD FirePro D500 cards with 3GB of VRAM, and 256GB flash storage for £3,299.

We expect that prices won’t change significantly when Apple updates the range for 2014, although we could see a price drop as Apple has been dropping UK pricesacross its range of Macs in recent months.

Current pricing for the Mac Pro build to order options

The build-to-order options that will push the price higher. The following specifications are available for the 2013 Mac Pro:

Build-to-order options on the 3.7GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro 2013:

3.5GHz 6-core option (add £400), 3.0GHz 8-core processor (add £1,600), or 2.7GHz 12-core processor (add £2,800); 16GB (add £80), 32GB (add £400) or 64GB- (add £1,040) RAM memory; dual AMD FirePro D500 (add £320), or or dual AMD FirePro D700 (add £800); 512GB (add £240) or 1TB flash storage (add £640)

Build-to-order options on the 3.5GHz 6-Core Mac Pro 2013:

3.0GHz 8-core processor (add £1,200), 2.7GHz 12-core processor (add £2,400); 32GB (add £320) or 64GB (£add £960) RAM memory; dual AMD FirePro D700 (add £480); 512GB (add £240) or 1TB flash storage (add £640).

A Mac Pro with the maximum 12-core 2.7GHz processors, with 30MB L3 cache, 64GB RAM, 1TB PCIe-based flash storage, Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each currently costs £7,779 including VAT (£6,482.50 ex VAT).

[Source:- Macworld]

New Mac mini 2016 release date, specs & feature rumours: Mac mini update due soon

Apple has given nothing away about the new Mac mini yet, but based on past experience and the existing specs of other Macs, it is easy to surmise what to expect from the new Mac mini. We are also pretty sure that the Mac mini will be updated soon as it wasn’t touched at all in 2015. We’ve got all of the new Mac mini rumours and speculation for you right here, so read on for possible specs, features and release date.

If you’re still not certain which Mac is right for you, visit our Mac Buying Guide.

Mac mini 2016 release date: When is the new Mac mini coming out?

Apple last updated the Mac mini on 16 October 2014 after a two year wait, but Mac mini fans are now waiting for the next iteration of the smallest and cheapest Mac, hopefully coming this year. We had expected Apple to announce a new Mac mini in the autumn of 2015, possibly alongside the new iMac with 4K Retina display, or at the same time as the El Capitan launch, but those opportunities have been and gone.

We’re getting impatient, not least because Apple has added new processors to its laptops and desktops, and new Skylake processors have launched since then so even those updated Macs are outdated.

You might also like: Apple rumours and predictions for 2016

We had hoped that Apple’s 21 March event would see the launch of the new Mac mini, but Apple chose not to launch new Macs at all then. Instead, we saw the unveiling of the iPhone SE, the iPad Pro with 9.7in screen and new Apple Watch straps.

The next expected Apple event isn’t until June at WWDC 2016, but Apple could choose to sneak out an unexpected Mac mini before then without hosting a special event to do so. We’ll keep you updated with all of the Mac mini release date rumours right here.

Also read: Mac mini vs MacBook Air

Mac mini 2016 price: How much will the new Mac mini cost?

There are currently three models of the Mac mini available, depending on your budget and your specification needs. The cheapest model currently costs £399, the middle model is £569, and the priciest model is £799.

These prices ware significant because they marked a reduction of £100 compared to its price before the Mac mini came out, previously the cheapest Mac mini was £499, for example. Of course, you’ll need to factor in the price of a monitor, keyboard and mouse with the Mac mini, though.

However, we don’t anticipate Apple reducing the price further with the new model when it launches, so you can expect similar pricing, but hopefully better specs.

What is the Mac mini?

It’s understandable that you might not be aware the the Mac mini even exists – sometimes it looks like even Apple isn’t aware of its presence (if the long gap before the 2014 model was launched is anything to go by).

The Mac mini is Apple’s smallest desktop Mac and also its cheapest Mac, at £399. It’s a full-blown OS X desktop that fits into a self-contained chassis no bigger than a set-top box. An inexpensive living room Mac that lacks the power of even some MacBooks and comes with no keyboard, mouse or display, but one that works perfectly as the centre of your digital home – not least because it comes with HDMI sockets making plugging it into a modern TV a doddle.

There used to be a Mac mini with OS X server available for £849 but Apple removed that option from the line up in October 2014.

 
Don’t forget: when you buy a Mac mini you also need a screen, mouse, and keyboard…

New Mac mini 2016 specs and features: Processor & RAM

It seems likely that Apple had been waiting for Intel to ship the new Skylake chips before launching the new Mac mini, although it is still possible that Apple will opt for the Broadwell chips instead, which would still represent a power boost over the current Haswell processors.

Right now, the entry-level Mac mini features just 4GB RAM as standard, which we think should be ramped up to 8GB in the new entry-level model.

The other big change we hope to see in the new Mac mini is more flash drive options. Currently the 2.8GHz model comes with a Fusion Drive, or you can add 256GB flash storage to that model, or the 2.8GHz model.

While the 500GB hard drive in the current entry level model (and the 1TB hard drive as standard in the £569 model) might appear attractive to some flash, memory is so much faster that we believe it is well worth the compromise of storing additional files on an external hard drive.

However, it seems unlikely that Apple would do away with the hard drive storage option all together as many workgroups choose the Mac mini as a server and will need the extra capacity and lower prices that HD storage makes possible.

New Mac mini 2016 rumours: Design

It’s possible that the Mac mini will get a new design. We’re not expecting a major visual or build redesign, but it is certainly possible that it could get thinner and smaller, especially since it no longer has to accommodate a CD drive.

Right now the dimensions are 3.6cm high, 19.7cm wide, and it weighs 1.22kg. How about a Mac mini that has similar dimensions to an Apple TV (9.8cm wide, 2.3cm high, 0.27kg).

There was some speculation that the reason for the long delay prior to the Mac mini update in 2014 was that Apple was looking at redesiging the Mac mini along the lines of the Mac Pro.

This was probably intended as an April Fool’s Day prank, but we like this render of a flat Mac mini, as seen on Apple User.

Even better, how about a Mac mini that was also an Apple TV! Adding Apple TV functionality to a Mac mini would be a great way of getting the Mac mini into people’s living rooms as a home entertainment device.

 

[Source:- Macworld]

New MacBook Air release date, specs and rumours UK: 13in and 15in MacBook Air with thinner design rumoured for WWDC

When is the new MacBook Air for 2016 coming out? What new features will the new MacBook Air have?

Apple last updated its MacBook Air in March of 2015 with a spec boost, we had been convinced that Apple was about to give the laptop a Retina display. Instead, it launched a brand-new MacBook line that’s super-thin, super-light and does offer that high-resolution display, but does that mean Apple won’t enhance the MacBook Air with a Retina display in the future? In this article we investigate the hints and clues pointing to an imminent MacBook Air update: including release date, specs & rumoured new features.

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: MacBook Air UK release date

Apple hosted a special event on 21 March 2016, so ahead of the event we had naturally expected new MacBook Air and MacBook models. After all, the Spring event represented one year since both were last updated (or one year since it was first launched in the MacBook’s case) and before that new Air models arrived in April of 2014. But instead, Apple used the event to show off the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro with 9.7in screen.

Despite the lack of MacBooks at Apple’s 21 March event, the MacBook rumours haven’t slowed down. If anything, they’re hotting up as anyone looking to buy a new MacBook soon is feeling frustrated by the lack of any new models with the latest processors. But according to a DigiTimes report published just a day after the March event, new 13 and 15in MacBooks are coming.

The confusing thing about it is that these new MacBooks are said to have a similar design to the current 12in MacBook, but will have 13 and 15in displays. And they’ll apparently be thinner than the 11in and 13in MacBook Air models that we have now, too. That makes it tricky to know what MacBook line this rumour is actually referring to, or whether we’re going to get a complete shakeup of the MacBook lineup.

Our current thinking is that the 11in MacBook Air is about to be retired, and in its place we’ll see a 13in and 15in MacBook Air with redesigned internals and a thinner design.

Of course, the rumour could be completely false. DigiTimes is sometimes accurate, but also sometimes less reliable so it’s tricky to know. But if it is true, we’d expect the new MacBooks to emerge at WWDC in June.

We originally expected the MacBook Air to be updated with a Retina display on 9 March 2015 at Apple’s Spring Forward event. And were quite surprised when we got something else: a Retina MacBook, yes, but one with a 12in display and a USB-C port (and very few other ports), a new strand of products for Apple’s MacBook laptop line-up.

Less glamorously, Apple’s MacBook Air did get an update at the same time, with new, faster processors, faster flash storage and better graphics, but the screen and overall design remained the same. Still no Retina display for the Air line.

That left us wondering what Apple’s plans are for the future of its MacBook line-up. We think the company intends to replace the MacBook Air with the new MacBook eventually, but the MacBook Air could remain part of the line-up for some time yet, and could still get an upgrade to the Retina display when it’s refreshed in 2016.

But when is it going to be refreshed? Now that the March event has been and gone we expect Apple to wait for WWDC 2016 in June, or possibly sneak in an update before then without going to the trouble of hosting an event.

In late November 2015, a report from the Economic Daily News suggests that the MacBook Air will see a significant update in 2016. The report suggests that the update to the MacBook Air may not arrive until WWDC in June, which will be more than a year after Apple last updated the MacBook Air. According to the report, the new MacBook Air models are expected to come out in the third quarter of next year, which suggests that there may be a wait after the June unveiling.

The Economic Daily News report notes that it’s been eight years since the MacBook Air launched and it’s not been redesigned in that time, suggesting that time is ripe for a makeover, or perhaps it’ll be discontinued completely in favour of the new MacBook.

We’ll update this article as soon as we know more.

New MacBook Air 2016 release date rumours

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Price

The last time that there was a Mac laptop that had more advanced specs than a more expensive model was the old MacBooks (aluminium, then white and black, and then eventually aluminum again). These older MacBook models were eventually discontinued and the price of the MacBook Air was reduced to make it the new entry level (when the MacBook Air initially launched it was quite overpriced for the specs, just like the current Retina MacBook).

It seems likely that the same will happen with the new MacBook models eventually replacing the MacBook Airs, at a lower price, but for now that seems a long way off.

The Economic Daily News report suggests the new MacBook Air will cost more than it does currently when it does launch. The 11in MacBook Air starts at £749, while the entry level 13in model costs £849.

If the 11in MacBook Air is removed from the line up perhaps the cost of entry of the 13in model will reduce to the level that the 11in model is currently, with a rumoured 15in model coming in at a higher price.

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Dimensions

If Apple does update the MacBook Air range, what dimensions should we expect?

New MacBook Air 2016 release date rumours

As mentioned above, rumours suggest that the 11in MacBook Air will be discontinued, after all, the 11in MacBook Air is both smaller than the MacBook and the new iPad Pro.

However, 9to5Mac points out that the new 13in and 15in MacBook Air models could be additional sizes to the MacBook range. That site predicts that some time in 2016 or 2017 we will have just two ranges of Mac laptops: the MacBook at the ultraportable level, and the more advanced MacBook Pro. Maybe the 17in MacBook Pro will make a comeback too, with a 4K display.

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Specs & new features

These new MacBook Air models are said to be thinner and lighter, with internal spec enhancements. Apparently, the new MacBook Air will feature new batteries, cooling modules, and chassis, according to the Economic Daily News.

We also expect to see USB Type-C across the range, especially now that Intel has integrated Thunderbolt 3 into USB-C.

The next-generation MacBook Air is also likely to feature Intel Skylake processors, as well as graphics and RAM upgrades.

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Retina display

The suggestion that the MacBook Air will feature a Retina display has been long running but those rumours were prior to the launch of the 12in Retina MacBook and the iPad Pro – suggesting the signtings of the Retina display some thought was destined for the MacBook Air was instead for these models.

Does this mean that there will be no Retina display on the new MacBook Air when (or if) it launches. If Apple wants to keep the price down maybe not. Or perhaps the newly rumoured 15in Macbook Air will feature a Retina display, while the 13in model will lack the high res display, but come in at a lower price, one similar to the current price of the 11in MacBook Air.

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Touch ID and Force Touch

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Force Touch

There are also reports to suggest that it’ll boast Touch ID within its Trackpad, which may also get the Force Touch upgrade that was given to the 13in MacBook Pro on 9 March, and comes with the new MacBook.

Touch ID is the fingerprint sensor that’s built-in to the Home button of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It’s also used to make Apple Pay more secure.

According to an Independent report, Touch ID for the Mac line would require a dedicated chip to be built in to the device.

The rumour started with Taiwanese blog AppleCorner, which cited sources in the supply chain. Apparently the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may get a biometric update too, enabling users to make Apple Pay payments on the web, but both those accessories were updated alongside the launch of a new 4K iMac so that seems unlikely to happen any time soon.

New MacBook Air 2016 rumours: Will the MacBook Air be discontinued?

With the advent of the 12in MacBook and the new 12.9in iPad Pro, it’s no surprise that rumourmongers are starting to predict that the 11in MacBook Air, with a smaller screen than either of those devices, will be discontinued. The iPad Pro may indeed be viewed by Apple as a replacement for the 11in MacBook Air if Apple CEO Tim Cook’scomments to the Telegraph are taken into account (published on 1 December 2015).

Following the launch of the iPad Pro, Cook told the Telegraph: “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC any more? No really, why would you buy one?

“Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”

However, should Apple discontinue the 11in MacBook Air, it does remove the lower price of entry from the line-up.

It may not just be the 11in MacBook Air that is discontinued. When the new MacBook launched on 9 March 2015, analysts began to suspect that the MacBook Air might not be around for much longer.

“This wasn’t the MacBook Air, but instead leaped past the Air,” said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research. “They kept the MacBook Air around just as they do with older iPhones, but the MacBook is now in the same position as the newest iPhone. That makes me wonder if the Air will go away over time.”

Carolina Milanesi, chief of research and head of US business for Kantar WorldPanel Comtech, also predicted a contraction of Apple’s line-up. “All [notebooks] need to be more mobile, so something like the Air doesn’t need to be branched out anymore,” she said of the differenciation Apple made for the line since its introduction more than eight years ago. “And it’s to Apple’s benefit not to have so many ‘families’ of Macs.”

Over time, it seems likely that the MacBook Air range could be discontinued and eventually replaced by a Retina MacBook range at a lower price.

We’ll be updating this article as more information about the rumoured Retina MacBook Air emerges so check back from time to time for the latest news.

 

[Source:- Macworld]