Last year was iOS's time to shine with a sparkly new interface. In 2014 it's OS X that gets the facelift. Apple has released OS X Yosemite, or OS X v10.10, to be more precise, and with it comes a large number of visual improvements and usability improvements that make OS X better than ever.
Each year millions of Mac users walk into Apple Stores around the world to buy their first Mac — about half the people who buy a Mac are new to the platform, according to Apple. But many of those people have already been informed about the Apple user experience through their use of iOS devices — iPads, iPhones and iPod touches.
So it makes a lot of sense for Apple to align the visual interface of OS X more consistently with iOS 7 and iOS 8 than it has in the past. It's a less abrupt transition for those millions of new Mac users, and it's a more uniform user experience throughout.
Regardless, OS X has its own identity — after all, the Mac preceded the iPhone by almost two and a half decades, and OS X itself was nearly a decade old when the iPhone came on the scene. So retaining what makes a Mac a Mac was very important to Apple, and they've done well with Yosemite.
One of the key features of both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 is what Apple calls Handoff. It provides a seamless transition between using your iOS device and using your Mac. One of the coolest features of Handoff is the ability to see and respond to text messages sent to your phone, using your Mac, even with your green bubble friends! Here's how the feature works and why it's important.
OpenTable, the popular restauant reservation service, has updated its iPhone app that adds Apple Pay support, but the new feature is only available in three cities in the US: New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC.
Apple's erasing the line between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite wherever it makes sense. One of those places is in making and taking phone calls on your Mac, a feature of Continuity. All you've got to do is enable it and you're good to go!
iOS 8.1 was released a short time ago. Among the hallmark features are the addition of Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with new features and functionality like MMS/SMS Handoff support on supported Macs. There's a lot of other stuff besides. Here's the complete list, according to Apple's release notes:
iOS 8.1 will run on iPhone 4s and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPod touch 5. If you have enough available storage space on your device, you can install it using Software Update. If you're already running iOS 8, storage shouldn't be a problem. If you're still on iOS 7, you'll have to pay closer attention and may need to update using iTunes instead.
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iCloud.com seems to have been added to a group of websites and services, including Yahoo and Gmail, under attack in China. A new report indicates that users attempting to log in to iCloud.com from an insecure browser that trusts China's Certification Authority are having their credentials captured. Users visiting through more secure browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox will be presented with a warning when they navigate to the site.
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When the iPad 2 launched in 2011 with both FaceTime and iSight cameras, it challenged a lot of prejudices and preconceptions, including my own. The image of something the size of an ancient dry plate camera with an accordion up front and a blanket draped over the back leapt to mind, as did tourists in Tommy Bahamas clicking away on iPads as they saw the sights. Part of the problem was the cameras themselves — they were dismal at first and never seemed to catch up to the great cameras shipping with the iPhones. But the rest was pure snobbery.