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    macOS Sierra and iOS 10: Leaving the Past Behind

    June 15th, 2016

    The preliminary word is out. Unlike the former OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, some older gear will not be supported with the forthcoming macOS Sierra and iOS 10 releases. While it’s still a pretty wide-range of equipment, some models have been dropped.

    So for macOS Sierra, all Macs from 2010 on will be supported, along with the 2009 iMac and MacBook. That means from six to seven years, which is actually quite good. Some of those older Macs are long in the tooth, and I suspect the El Capitan user experience was not very snappy, so it’s about time for Apple to set them behind. The list of supported hardware, which includes all of my Macs, is actually quite good.

    Sure, I’m writing out of self-interest, but still. I’m glad to be able to run the macOS Sierra betas without having to come up with the cash for new gear.

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    The Apple WWDC Report: About Meeting Expectations

    June 14th, 2016

    The crystal ball readers and rumor sites had a big day Monday when Apple CEO Tim Cook and crew delivered the WWDC keynote. Of of the things they predicted will come to pass, and there were a some added goodies that are welcome if not earth-shattering..

    One prediction that failed was the hope for new hardware. Refreshed MacBook Pros were expected by now. Last year a revised MacBook Air was released in March, with MacBook Pros arrived starting in May. Some suggest that Apple is losing sales and ground against Windows hardware, although it’s not as if people are rushing to upgrade PCs either.

    In keeping with predictions that Apple would rebrand the Mac operating system to conform to the company’s other platforms, macOS Sierra was announced. As expected, Siri will be include; also developer APIs for macOS and iOS will allow third party apps to link to Siri as well.

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    Newsletter Issue #863: Apple and Forgetting the Little Things

    June 13th, 2016

    I have been using Macs since the 1980s, first at the office, and a few years later, at home. By the early 1990s, I really got sucked in, by providing support for Mac users on AOL as a forum leader. It didn’t take long before I became a writer focusing on Apple gear.

    My background is not being mentioned to pat myself on the back, but merely to show that I’ve lived in this environment for quite a long time and have encountered all sorts of problems to solve. I’ve seen Apple on the upswing and Apple on the ropes, and I’ve even had a fair amount of exposure to Windows.

    So I think I have a bit of perspective as to how things work, or ought to work, and what might be needed to allow things to work better. Here’s where I think Apple, despite touting simplicity, sometimes makes things more complicated than they need to be. This is the argument often made about Windows, that Microsoft hasn’t a clue about how best to structure an operating system so that it gets out of your way and lets you get some real work done.

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    The Apple “Hints” Machine

    June 10th, 2016

    The speculation about Apple rebranding OS X as “macOS” intensified this week when some developer documentation mentioned a new revenue split for subscriptions via in-app purchases. So for the second year and beyond, it would be reduced from 30% to 15%. If that holds true, developers are getting a much better deal.

    That should have been the story, until someone with an eye for details noticed that, instead of using OS X to refer to the Mac operating system, they used macOS. Aha! So therein lies yet another clue that Apple will rebrand the OS come the WWDC. It’s right there, clear as anything, and it’s consistent with their current approach with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

    Well, until Apple changed it back, clearly after this curious move — or mistake — got lots of publicity.

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