How to Opt out of the OS X El Capitan Beta Program

Apple has introduced a Beta program where it allows its users to try out the Beta build of its software, be in on OS X or iOS, a couple of years back. Likewise, a beta program was introduced, both for iOS 9 and El Capitan OS X 10.11 when they were announced at the WWDC. Since then, several enthusiasts have taken to the programs and given invaluable feedback to Apple allowing them to polish the software flaws before releasing the new iOS and OS X updates to public. iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16th (announced on Sept 9th) while OS X El Capitan was made public on September 30th. However, if you are a part of the Beta testing program, your devices will continue to prompt you to install the latest beta build made available.

App Store-17

It is a possibility after juggling with beta builds, you may want to stick to the official release for a while without being disturbed by the notification in App Store to update to another beta build. Doing this on iOS requires you to do a clean install of iOS 9 by entering the recovery mode, connecting your iPhone to iTunes and downloading the official iOS version. Things are a little bit simpler for the Mac though. So, if you are on a beta version of OS X El Capitan and want to opt out of the program, now that the stable release is here, first you need to get rid of the beta version of the OS X.

Make sure you install the latest stable build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan by visiting the App Store. You will need to search for ‘OS X El Capitan’ and download the 6 GB file on your Mac. This is obviously assuming, you have a Mac that is supported. Once you have downloaded the update, just go ahead and apply it like you normally would, and the stable update will override the beta version of OS X El Capitan. You will notice, once you have updated to the final release, you will still have a prompt for the latest beta update, which at the time of writing the post was for OS X 10.11.1 when you are in the App Store. To opt out simply follow the following steps:

Step 1)

preferences

Open the ‘System Preferences’ app on your Mac and find the icon for ‘App Store’ in the fourth pane of the settings panel.

Step 2)

app store settings

When you click on ‘App Store’, you will see several option open in front of you which basically helps you decide whether to download the apps and OS updates directly or not. Look carefully and you will see the message stating that your computer will receive beta software seeds. Click on the Change button that is right next to it and you will see a pop up window open.

Step 3)

opt out

In the pop up, you simply need to click on the second option of ‘Do Not Show Pre-Release Updates’. Once you do that and confirm, you can go back and check the App Store, you will have no prompt for updating to any Beta software build for OS X.

It is worth noting that once you opt out of the Beta program for OS X, you will not be able to go back to receiving these updates. In order to do that, you will need to re-enable yourself to be a part of the Beta program when it is launched, which is similar to what it is on iOS 9. This is obviously needless for those who are running the new Macs that will ship with El Capitan or iPhone 6s/ iPhone 6s Plus users who will get iOS 9 out of the box. So, be mindful of the same before you decide to opt out of it.

We hope this little tip would be helpful and allow you to run a more stable software on your Mac after a strenuous experimental phase.

Apple Makes Public Beta of iOS 9 and OSX El Capital Available

At WWDC, where Apple announced the latest updates to iOS and OSX in the form of iOS 9 and OSX El Capitan, it also introduced what was a very interesting Beta Program. We saw the Beta Program in part last year where Apple where few users who had registered for it were able to take part and download the beta version of the software. However, this number was limited and only open to the people who had registered. However, this year, Apple has taken things to a new level where the Beta Program is open to a larger set of public and as a result, users will be able to give better and more concrete feedback before the final version of the software is rolled out.

iOS 9

Last night, Apple made both the OSX as well as iOS available in Public Beta. For iOS, this is Beta 3 which was recently seeded to the developers. It is extremely easy to download the public beta on your device, all you need to do is head over to the public beta page of Apple and register in case you havent, here. Once you enroll, you will receive an E-Mail will instructions when the download is ready for your Apple ID and you can go to the corresponding link where instructions will be to download.

In case you are not happy with the update, you can connect your iPhone to your computer, put the device in DFU mode and restore in order to return to more stable iOS 8. In case you pursue iOS 9 or OSX El Capitan till the end, you will receive the update automatically OTA to take you to the final release.

Apple Planning to Move on From Helvetica Neue Font on iOS and OSX

Apple has been using the Helvetica Neue font both for its desktops and mobile devices. Both OSX 10.10 and iOS 8 come with Helvetica Neue pre-installed as default fonts though that could well be about to change. According to a report in 9to5Mac, Apple is all but set to move away from the long term relationship with Helvetica and replace the font with San Francisco in iOS 9 and OSX 10.11.

San Francisco

The San Francisco typeface has been used on the Apple Watch already and largely has been credited to have been cleaner and sleeker font on smaller displays as compared to Helvetica. It is due to this easy scalability of the font that the decision has been made as the font scales dynamically clearly and legibly for all purposes.

However, the decision to change the system font will not come so easy as all the pre-bundled applications will need to be updated with the new font and not just this, even the third party applications will have to be updated to avoid any sort of eye sore, and given how strict Apple has been about the quality of the applications it hosts, you can be sure that there will be more on this move if it actually does happen. The report also outlines that Apple has been setting the wheels in motion for this change since March and that is the result why the new MacBook Air keyboard has characters which are written in the San Francisco font.

Via

Apple Submitted the USB Type C Port to the Industry

The USB C-Type port has made several headlines in the past few days. First it was the Apple MacBook and then the new Google Chromebook Pixel which brought the USB C-Ctype port to prominence. The port is capable of data transferring, charging your appliances as well as playing the output from your system. Added the benefit that the port is reversible in nature and also backwards compatible, makes the Type C port highly desirable, leaving very little to doubt that the port will go on to become a universal entity.

USB Type C

While we all appreciate that finally we are moving towards, one single USB solution, the question of the origin of the USB Type C Port remains a mystery. No claims has been made on whose brainchild the port is, but according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, it was Apple who gave the industry this port, but due to certain circumstances have not been able to claim ownership. John said:

Only that from what I’ve been told, Apple ought to be getting (and taking) credit as the leading company behind USB-C’s innovations. Not that they “invented” it, but that they “basically invented” it. I completely stand by that. But there are a lot of politics involved. One reason Apple isn’t taking more public credit for their role: they truly want USB-C to see widespread adoption; a perception that it’s an Apple technology might slow that down.

You can follow the entire post on Gruber’s blog right here.

 

Catch the Complete “Spring Forward” Keynote by Apple

Apple held a keynote for the leading media in the world yesterday at San Francisco. The event was called “Spring Forward” after the invite that was sent out by the Cupertino-based company. The event was said to completely focus upon the Apple Watch, but in truth, it was the other announcements that caught everyone’s fancy more.

MacBook

Apple announced that the Apple TV was seeing a major price cut and will retail for $69, which perhaps is indicative of the fact that they are not selling in the quantum values that Apple would like. Apple also announced the MacBook, a new laptop which is in between the MacBook Air and Pro. The machine will come with an edge to edge keyboard with a new butterfly mechanism with LED for every key. There is a 12 inch display with a 1440 pixels across and 9 hours of battery. It is the thinnest and the lightest Mac at 2 pounds that has been made. It features the USB C type port for all connectivities and will be available in three colors: Silver, Gold and Space Gray and will retail starting at $1299 from April 10th.

Tim Cook also finally announced the Apple Watch’s retail availability, it would go on pre-order on April 10th with shipping starting on April 24th. The Apple Watch sports edition will start at $349 and will give you about 18 hours of battery life. The watch will be available in 32 different variants and will have all the features that we have seen during the launch. You will need iOS 8.2 to run Apple watch, which was also announced yesterday. You can check out the entire keynote in the video right below:

Apple’s Next MacBook Air to be Thinner and Taller and with a USB C Connector?

Apple’s MacBook Air has been the ultimate portable computer for those who like to get things done on the move. However, with the advancing time where 1080 P display resolution is seen as just about par and a bare minimum, the MacBook Air users are still fighting it out with the old 720 P display resolution which is now obsolete.

Macbook Air-2015-render

There have been several calls for Apple to revamp and bring out a new version of MacBook Air with refreshed specifications, but so far Apple has only upgraded specifications like RAM and SoC in the couple of years gone by. According to, 9to5Mac though, year 2015 will see the MacBook Air receive a major update with Apple moving away from the 11 inch size to a 12 inch size with a chassis that is narrower and much slimmer. The new computer will also have a narrower keyboard as well as a touchpad that is almost just as wide, but taller.

The new MacBook Air, will also do away with the standard ports such as the SD card reader, USB Ports as well as Apple’s MagSafe and Thunderbolt port for a USB C Type connector on the left, while the right side is said to just sport the 3.5 mm headset jack and a couple of mics for noise cancellation and audio input. The display is said to be of a higher resolution in the report and that the computer will have air vents just north of the keyboard which in itself has been inspired by PowerBook that was announced by Steve Jobs almost 12 years ago. It is also expected that the new MacBook Air will ship in an all new Space Grey color with the date said to be around mid of 2015.

Source

MacBook Airs get a Rs 2,000 Price Drop and Faster Processors

It emerged in the last couple of days that Apple was planning to update the MacBook Air line of its computers. The sleek and slim line of computers have received a minor upgrade including faster processor being embedded. While the US variants of the MacBook Air will now cost $899 from $999 for the base model, the price cut in India is only rs 2,000 or roughly of $33.3.

Macbook Air- New

Apart from upgrading the processor, the upgrade brings nothing new with all the specs including the screen resolution exactly the same as that of the previous gen 11 inch and 13 inch devices. While the new lines of MacBook Airs are already on sale in the US, it may be a couple of weeks till this is visible in India. As a result of this price drop, the 11 inch MacBook Air in India with 128 GB HDD will sell for almost Rs 66,000 while the 256 Gb 11 inch model will cost you Rs 79,990.

The 13 inch model on the other hand will sell for Rs 72,900 while the 256 GB variant of the same screen size will cost almost Rs 87,000. The other noteworthy change is the processor upgrade which sees the new computers ship with a 1.4 GHz Dual Core i5 Processor. The minor upgrade comes at a time when we are barely a month and half away from WWDC, fueling the rumors that we may well not see a MacBook Air refresh at least until later this year.

How to Show up your name on the Menubar of OSX?

It is often seen from screenshots shared of macintosh owners, that the user name or some form of the user name is displayed on the menubar, right on the top right side of the screen. This is rather fancy as it adds a bit of personal flavor to the computer and also lets you quickly switch the users right from the menubar without having to log out of the system. It is also a rather convenient position for the control to sit is always present irrespective of the programme you run unless it is in a full screen app.

mac user1

So, how exactly could you also get your name to show up in the menubar permanently on your macbook running OSX? Here is exactly what you need to do,  just follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go into System Preferences.

Step 2: From there, click on Users and Groups.

Step 3: Select Login Options from the window that pops up.

mac user

Step 4: Unlock the changes if they are locked, and then Select, ‘Show fast user switching menu as’ option and go ahead to pick what you want to show there. You can pick from either your name, just the first name or the username.

That is it, once you do this much, you will have your name written in the menubar on your Mac and you can switch the accounts directly by clicking on it.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro Scores Awfully low on iFixit’s Repairability Test

They may well be the most beautifully designed computers out in the market today, but Apple’s Macbook Pro with Retina display is a very difficult machine to repair in case something goes wrong or if you are feeling a little adventurous and would like to play with a screw driver or two. The only good point is that one, you do not really need too play or fix things with Macs and the other being that Apple is usually on the top shelf when it comes to providing good customer service.

ifixit-macbook-pro-teardown

iFixt does a teardown test and always reports a score which kind of tells how easy or tough it is to repair a gadget. We had seen recently the HTC One had scored rather poorly due to it’s unibody construction, but despite not having any unibody construction the MacBook Pro has scored a meager 1 out of 10 making it virtually impossible to be repaired by by a noob. iFixit said that the new pentalobe screws make opening the machine a project in itself as well as the new design sees battery being glued to the outer case which is a concern. You need to get through the battery to get to the touch pad, so in case things go awry, you really have little option but to take it to the Apple service center.

You can check out the entire teardown of the new Apple Macbook Pro here.

Via: Technobuffalo and iFixit

WWDC Recap: All the Major Announcements at Apple’s Annual Developer’s Conference

Like Apple or hate them, one thing you sure cannot is ignore them. And WWDC event at San Francisco was no different. Arguably, this was the most important WWDC held in years because Apple had to answer the questions posed by both Android and Windows in the phone and desktop market respectively. So, what happened at the conference and what were the major announcements, did we see the new Mac laptops, or a new iOS 7 or even new music streaming service? Let’s recap WWDC 2013.

WWDC

Numbers, Numbers and few more Numbers

ioS 7_TC

Every time someone from Apple takes the stage you can be guaranteed a huge set of numbers. And this was no different. After a brilliant opening montage, Tim Cook took no time in announcing that WWDC this year has been bigger than ever with people from over 60 countries in the audience. He also alluded to the fact that WWDC was the longest of the running developer conferences as the 24th edition of WWDC rolled on. There were details about the new Apple Store in Germany and updates on the App Store numbers. It was a matter of great pride for Apple that over 50 Billion apps have been downloaded and over 900,000 apps are available on the App STore. Over 10 Billion US Dollars have been paid to developers, which showed how committed Apple remains to the dev community.

Refreshed Mac Lines

newmacpro

Apple introduced brand new Macbook Airs 11 and 13 inches. These devices although have no design changes from the current line, but promise a much longer battery life. The battery life on the 11 inch Air is around 9 hours while the 13 inch one will last you a good 12 hours. It would be interesting to put these claims to test. The new Macbook Airs are powered by the Haswell CPU’s and would be available starting today.

There was also sneak peak into a refreshed Mac Pro which pretty much stole the show, yes, even ahead of the iOS 7. The new Mac Pro has an incredible design and looks right a thing from outer space. It would be available starting this fall and is powered by 12 Core Intel Xeon E5 CPU.

New OSX

OS X

Apple also introduced an all new OS for their Macs in the form of OSX Mavericks  Mavericks brings with it a redesigned Finder app with tabs, ability to add tags to any document as well as true Multiple Display support where you can independently control the external display. The new OSX also promises better battery management and hence a better battery life for your Mac. There was also a newly redesigned Calendar app for Mac as well as Maps. The notification center gets an update so you can now reply to a notification right from the popup. These notifications will be visible right from the lockscreen and the app updates will take place in background without you having to initiate. Another feature that really caught our eyes was the iCloud Keychains which basically is a very well done password keeper for your Mac. Safari also was updated with ability to read articles continuously in your reading list without having to click the links and a cleaner start page. Overall, plenty of new awesome features to what was already pretty much the best OS for PC’s. Mavericks will be available for users starting this fall.

iCloud Can Do So Much More

numbers_hero

iCloud is the most popular Cloud storage service out there and it got a whole lot better. Now iCloud is integrated with Pages, Keynotes and Numbers. this allows you to edit your presentations or documents right from the browser of the PC instead of having to open the application physically. iClou allows the user to now run iWorks even on a Windows PC within the browser.

iOS 7 is Finally Here

iOS 7

The star of the show without any doubt though, was the latest iOS as Apple announced the iOS 7. Time Cook announced the iOS 7 to be the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone and he was not wrong. The iOS 7 looked stunning to the eye and pretty much bough the best of the mobile world to the table. The OS is designed from the ground up and has the fingerprints of Design Guru Jonathan Ive all over it. So what all is new in iOS 7, let’s quickly list them down.

  • iOS 7 has an all new set of icons. These icons are flatter in nature and mimic real looks, but some of the icons such as the Safari icon or even the Mail icon for that matter look s little cartoonish. It is worth remembering though that iOS 7 is still in Beta though so maybe things would be a lot different when the final release is ready.
  • iOS 7 brings with it Control Center which basically allows the users to quickly toggle settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or slide Brightness quickly. A swipe up gesture brings the Control Center from any screen you are in. Control Center also has other useful things such as a flash light and space to add your favorite apps.
  • Folders now support unlimited applications in iOS 7 and you can add more than the limit of 16 apps. These apps are added to new pages within the folder as more and more apps are added.
  • The messaging and mailing applications have been updated too and you now can peek your entire inbox by a simple swipe to right gesture. The conversation screen too has a new colour scheme and a neater look.
  • The keyboard looks a little different too and has a more translucent background to it, allowing users to see the underlying documents.
  • Apple announced Air Drop for iOS 7 which allows the users to transfer files and documents via Wi-Fi using P2P to a fellow iOS device. This pretty much makes sharing of images very easy across iOS devices.
  • There is also a brand new weather application on iOS 7 which has a very neat UI. The app also mimics real life like conditions such as thunder or showers on screen and gives information such as weather forecast etc.
  • The lock screen is also redesigned on iOS 7 and the fonts look a lot bigger and the slide to unlock border has gone giving it a cleaner look.
  • All the apps have an edge to edge display making sure every single pixel on the device is being used and you do not see those annoying black bars at the edge of the screen.
  • iOS 7 also brings a redesigned Safari app which takes cues from the desktop Safari App. It now allows you a full screen mode, and the reading list can be scrolled through without having to click to the next article. Tab browsing has also been changed and the tabs look a lot neater and dare we say pretty.
  • Multitasking on iOS 7 is truer than ever before and also has a brand new interface. The card like UI of multitasking is very similar to the ones seen on WebOS or more recently on Windows Phone.
  • The Camera and Photos application have been redesigned for iOS 7 as well. Now you have filters in built into the camera app so you can easily apply effects on your images. You can also share these images straight away thanks to Air Drop. The photos app also categorizes your pictures based on periods such as years. Not just this, but you can also create shared photo streams allowing your friends to add images to your photo stream.
  • The Music App received a massive update too with a new Now Playing Screen. You can also tilt your device in landscape mode to see all the albums on your device and select one to play. Apple also announced iTune Radio which is the music streaming service everyone was talking about. It allows you to play stations and discover music, you can also purchase music straight from within the application. It also keeps a track of all the music you have heard making sure it knows your taste just right.
  • Not just this, other services such as Call over Facetime, Notification Sync, Activation Lock and Blocking person on iMessage and Mail were also announced by Apple for iOS 7.

iOS 7 will be available starting this fall on iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and later and iPod Touch 5th generation and above. Although, iOS 7 does look a treat to the eyes, you have to wait and watch how things pan out in reality when the update hits the device. Just like any tech enthusiasts, we cannot wait to try it out.

If you have any queries or comments regarding iOS 7 or any other major announcement made at WWDC, feel free to fill the section below or Tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @arp1tV.

(Image Credites: Techcrunch, Cult of Mac)