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.

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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.

Ping is an Interesting Tool To Buzz your Team Members in Office

Remember the days of Yahoo Messenger or even BBM where you had the ability to buzz or nudge your friends, which sent out a little notification to them saying that you are either missing them or need to speak to them or something along those lines? It was a rather uncomplicated way of communicating with the people without actually sending any message in particular. This is exactly what Ping, a tool for Mac does for you.

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Basically you install Ping on your Macbook and are able to send across notifications to anyone who has Ping installed and is on the same Local Area Network as you. You can obviously not chat using the application, but it does send across a notification on the screen of your team member or friend so that he will come back to you as and when he is available or free without you needing time to scream or shout it out loud disturbing people. The application in itself is extremely simple and allows you a keyboard shortcut as well, so that you do not have to continuously turn the app on or off.

We would have loved the application for Windows counterparts too as that would have facilitated a good medium of conversation between Mac and Windows users too, but as of now there is no news on the Windows variant.

You can download Ping from the Apple Store here.

WWDC 2015 is Scheduled for June 8th

It is usually the curtain raiser for the new products and plans that Apple may have in its pipeline, going forward, but WWDC in its real glory is the platform where the developers come under one roof with each other and executives of Apple to know what is going to be the big leap going forward. We have had several important announcements at WWDC, including showcasing the iOS 7, introducing Swift language last year as well as unveiling of devices such as the likes of Mac Pro in the past, and this year we could maybe, look forward to a similar surprise.

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The event has been confirmed to be taking place on June 8th, which is generally the time frame of the WWDC. Would we see a new product altogether or just some software news including perhaps a new OS for Mac, remains to be seen. Phil Schiller, the Senior Vice President of Marketing said of WWDC 15:

The App Store ignited an app ecosystem that is simply amazing, forever changing the lives of customers and creating millions of jobs worldwide. We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create.

From the quote it does sound like it would be a software skewed event. The event will be obviously streamed for everyone to enjoy and check out as long as you have an Apple device with you.

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.

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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.

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Apple Announces OSX 10.10 Yosemite for Macs; To be Available as a Free Upgrade this Fall

Apple kicked off its annual World Wide Developer Conference which will go on from today to June 6th 2014 in San Francisco. The opening keynote usually sets up the tempo and gives us a peek into what is set to be coming up in the days ahead and the 2014 edition was no different. Taking the stage, Tim Cook, unveiled the latest Mac OSX update as the first major announcement at developer conference. Keeping up with the tradition started last year, the new Mac OSX update is named after a location in California and will be called, Yosemite.

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Yosemite will be available for free come this fall and the beta testing programme will be live starting today. You can enroll for the programme right here and Apple will let you know when the download is ready to go. OSX 10.10 is perhaps the most advanced update till date for Mac OSX and aims to bring iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 on the same design platform.

It has similar translucent windows as compared to solid ones that we have seen on the previous Mac versions, these transparent windows render the text and content below them remarkably well, at least as per the demo. Apple added a dark theme too, where all the apps and the overall feel of the OSX will be darkened to give a more comfortable experience at night time. Safari too has been improved with a cleaner look and an address bar that contains favorites as well as a new bird’s eye view, where you will be presented with your tabs open in form of neat squares.

Apple added support for widgets in the notifications center where you can also expand to the second pane for added information. Spotlight search has been made a little more comprehensive and will bring results from the web, wikipedia as well as local drives, and the search bar will be expanded right to the center of the desktop instead of one corner. OS 10.10 will also mirror your text messages as well as calls on the Mac so you can respond to texts or take calls directly from your Mac thanks to a feature called Continuity.

Apple also showed how continuity can be used to carry over a task which includes mail composition or editing a doc from an iOS device to OSX device as the Mac is wirelessly able to detect the iPhone in the proximity and give you a prompt to carry on the task on the bigger screen. AirDrop also works seamlessly between OSX and iOS devices. Not just this, app also improved the mail client for better sync with accounts and you can also send up to attachments as big as 5 GB via iCloud directly from your OSX Mail.

As stated, you will be able to download OSX 10.10 starting this fall for absolutely free.

This is how iPad was conceived to be in 2004

Every once in a few years comes a product that dares to define an entire product category. The original Macintosh I did for personal computers, iPod did that for portable music players, the examples are a plenty. However, one company that has been synonymous with coming up with category defining products has been Apple and they certainly did so with the iPad, a product or a category of super portable touchscreen devices that many thought had absolutely no place nor the demand in the market.

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Fast forward a few years, you have tablets just about everywhere today and people are talking about them potentially replacing desktop PC. While obviously there is time for that, it is interesting to see that long before the iPad became a reality, someone had produced the accurate render of the device with the exact name.

The image produced by Pauliwoll may not well be the  most accurate render of the iPad, but it is certainly interesting that even in 2004 when iPad was very much in conceptualising and designing phase the fan was able to accurately predict the name of the device. We certainly wonder if he had some internal knowledge about the device or maybe Apple once again proved that, “Good artists copy, while great ones steal”!

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New Mac Pro Finally Releases Tomorrow: To go on Sale for $2999

When Apple announced the iOS 7, it also gave us a sneak peak into something they were working on. Something beautiful, strikingly resembling a cylinder, the device packed power like no other. It was so beautifully designed that it took us a second or two to realise it indeed was a computer. We were staring at the future Mac Pro, the all powerful Macintosh that had received it’s big design upgrade.

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The Mac Pro was showed off once again at the event recently that saw the announcement of the new iPads. The details were a bit more clearer and also Apple gave us the release date, that the powerful system would be available in the markets this December. Finally the date has come, and Mac Pro will go on Sale in the US for $2,999. There is no release date in India yet, but seeing the scene, we do feel it wont be before January next year that we will see it here.

The specs of the Mac Pro go well with it’s cutting edge design. The computer packs a healthy 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive. Not just this, there is a six-core Intel Xeon E5 option with dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs, a 256GB hard drive and 16GB of RAM. The Mac Pro is easily upgradable and the users can add up to about 64 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD.

Are you excited about the Mac Pro? Do you by any chance plan to pick one? Let us know.

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How to Find Hidden Wallpapers in OSX Mavericks

Whenever new OS is launched, there is a lot of dissecting f it done in the hope of uncovering mysteries and finding hidden pieces of things in the OS. And looks like we all might have uncovered one such thing in the latest OSX update called Mavericks for the Mac lovers. Apple is always well known for keeping some things hidden under the hood and this time hidden away are 43 new wallpapers neatly tucked away for enthusiasts to uncover. And the process of doing the same is really simple, just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Go to the desktop and press Cmd+Shift+G. This will trigger the Go window in the finder.

Hidden Wallpapers in Mavericks

Step 2: In the Go window, type the following destinations: /Library/Screen Savers/Default Collections/ and press enter.

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Step 3: A new folder will open with name Default Collection which will have four folders with these amazing wallpapers. Pick the one you like, right click and in services, select Set as Desktop Background and there is is, you have a brand new wallpaper.

Now, we know that you love pictures of your favorite series, movies, sportstar or even loved ones, but some of the wallpapers that Apple have included are indeed amazing and make great wallpapers, especially if you like celestial bodies and stuff like that.

Images via: Redmondpie

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.

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Numbers, Numbers and few more Numbers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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