Duet is a Mac and PC app that allows iOS users to utilize their iPad or iPhone as a second display using a Lightning or 30-pin cable. Today, the Mac app has been updated with a new feature that adds a Touch Bar to any supported iPad model. All you need is a Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and an iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. This includes older iPad models, such as the iPad 2 and original iPad Air.
Apple today has released its new, faster MacBook Pro with 15-inch display and Force Touch trackpad. The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display comes equipped with faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics. The flash storage is 2.5 times faster than its predecessor, and its discrete graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster performance when using "using new AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics" and playing high quality games, according to the press release. The MacBook also offers up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and movie playback.
Apple Pay isn't all about waving your iPhone to pay for food at McDonalds. The service can also be used for making in-app and online purchases on devices that have Touch ID but no NFC technology, like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. This is why a recent rumor claiming that both Touch ID and Apple Pay will eventually make their way to other Apple products, like the MacBook Air, is not all that crazy.
The rumor was posted on the Taiwanese blog Apple.club.tw on Tuesday. The report says sources have confirmed that future versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will ship with built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensors. If true, this would allow Mac users to make online payments, log-in to their accounts and authenticate other actions with a simple touch of their finger. This also doesn't seem like much a stretch since Apple has been trying to add continuity between devices with the launch of Handoff and other features found in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
Apple on Friday posted a message on its website welcoming Beat Electronics and Beats Music to its family.
"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next."
Apple purchased Beats Electronics and its music streaming service Beats Music from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre for $3 billion in May. Both Iovine and Dre have accepted positions with Apple, and Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers was assigned as the head of iTunes Radio to help it compete with other music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.
Apple today refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup with three new 13-inch models and two new 15-inch models. All the new models have received updated processors and more memory. The 13-inch models now ship with a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 chip and 8GB of memory. The new 15-inch models are now powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and come with 16GB of memory. All models are equipped with Apple's Retina display and feature up to 9 hours of battery life.
As for prices, the 13-inch lineup still starts at $1,299 and the 15-inch models start at $1,999. The pricier 15-inch model is the only unit that has received a price change and it is now only $2,499.
Apple is one of the few retailers holding an actual Black Friday sale on Black Friday. I think Walmart's sale started the day Halloween ended, or maybe that's when they started playing Christmas music in the stores... I can't remember.
9to5Mac published an early look at Apple's Black Friday sales circular. There are plenty of discounts on MacBooks, various Apple accessories and the iPad. The image is kind of blurry, but it looks like you can save $40 to $60 on an iPad depending on the capacity. (16GB, 32GB, 64GB).
So far the next generation iPad rumors have suggested Apple is working on a variety of smaller and thinner iPads, but a "reliable source" told iLounge a different story. The iLounge tipster said the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro will all be receiving redesigns in 2012.
The third-generation iPad will be thicker (0.7 mm) to accommodate the rumored dual OLED backlights, and it will be revealed in January followed by a March release. This is much a different story from the "iPad mini" and thinner iPad 2S rumors we've been hearing from other sources.