Some iPhone and Mac users have been experiencing a new annoying issue recently: iCloud calendar spam. What happens is that event invitations start appearing in the Calendar app on iOS and macOS, containing links to fake websites. There are ways to fix the problem, although none of them come officially from Apple, and not all will completely deal with the matter. However, the Cupertino-based company is aware of the iCloud spam phenomenon, it’s sorry, and it’s working on it. More →
Every once in a while, Apple adds a few more devices to its list of vintage and obsolete products. According to MacRumors, that list is going to grow in 2016, as an internal memo obtained by the publication shows that four computers released between 2009 and 2011 are going to be obsoleted on December 31st.
Apple’s own Black Friday sale is more like a neat little gift card offer, with no real discounts to be found. You have to pay full price for your Macs, iPads, and Apple Watches in order to be eligible for $150, $100, and $25 gift cards, respectively, which is nice, but hardly fitting for the biggest discount day of the year.
If you want some actual sales, the rest of the commerce universe is happy to oblige. Here are the best deals on Apple gear that you can score today. More →
Black Friday sales are already in full swing, and you want the cheapest available prices on Apple gear — which definitely won’t be found anywhere near an Apple store. There are a lot of deals out there, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. Prepare to save hundreds of dollars on your must-have Macs, iPhones, iPads, and more: More →
Artist Christophe Guinet has a thing for turning random objects into homes for plants, having already converted some classic Nike kicks into awesome living decorations in the past. For his most recent project called Plant Your Mac! he set his sights on Apple’s most iconic computers, and the results are just plain awesome. More →
If you own a Mac, chances are you woke up this morning with an update notification from the App Store. You might have put aside this seemingly innocuous security update for later in the day, but take our advice: download and install it right now. Yes, I mean right this very second. Hit the update button.
Why? Because this is the same security update that hit iOS last week — the one that fixed vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to read your messages, trace your calls, collect your passwords and even track your location.
Even though Jerry Seinfeld appeared in a few forgettable Microsoft ads with Bill Gates, it’s never been any secret that the famed comedian is an Apple guy through and through. In fact, one piece of trivia that hardcore Seinfeld fans likely already know is that a Mac can be seen in nearly every episode of the show, more often than not in Jerry’s apartment on his desk.
With that in mind, some gentle genius decided to put together a virtual tour of Jerry’s Mac, which was typically a Mac SE/30 model. In later years, Jerry was prone to using a PowerBook Duo and Apple’s ill-fated 20th Anniversary Mac. All that said, if you hop on over to Extremelygoodshit and click on the “View Issue Two” link in the middle of the page, you’ll be magically transported to the screen of Jerry’s Mac, running System 7 and all.
It’s hardly a secret that Apple’s Mac lineup is in desperate need of a refresh. Mac sales have been slumping as of late and the problem may have nothing to do with a general disinterest in Apple’s Mac platform. On the contrary, interest in the Mac appears to be strong but consumers simply aren’t willing to fork over their hard-earned cash for machines that, in some cases, are four years old.
As we highlighted just a few weeks ago, Apple’s current Mac lineup – the Mac Pro, the Retina MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air – is anything but current when you take a look at when Apple last refreshed them. Apple’s non-Retina MacBook Pro is a particularly bad offender, with the last refresh occurring more than 1500 days ago.
I should start off with a disclaimer: we as consumers have gotten incredibly spoiled over the last 10 years. Thanks in large part to the iPhone’s annual refresh cycle, we’ve been unwittingly programmed to view any piece of hardware that’s more than a year old as old news, even ancient. We all want faster machines, improved display technologies, and battery life than can last for days on end. And whereas we used to patiently wait for exciting new hardware innovations and products, the tech world today vociferously demands it now.
Up until this year, Mac users never had to worry about malware infecting their computers, but it appears that hackers have finally caught up with the platform. Originally discovered by Bitdefender, Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is the name of a new piece of malware that creates a backdoor through which an attacker can gain access to the control-and-command center from the outside.
We’ve known for a while now that Apple might bring Siri to the Mac. It certainly feels like the next logical step, considering that Siri is already available on iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The update is rumored to arrive later this year, and will be one of the main features of the upcoming OS X 10.12 update.
Even though we’ll have to wait for WWDC to see the full details, the first user interface elements for Siri for Mac have leaked, including the dock and menu bar icons. More →
Apple last quarter experienced its first year-over-year drop in revenue since 2003. Not only that, but Apple saw a sales decline across all major product lines: iPhone sales were down 18%, iPad sales were down 19% and Mac sales were down 9%.
With most analysts preoccupied with iPhone and iPad sales, it appears that the Mac continues to be overlooked. Which is strange given that the Mac these days is actually more profitable than the iPad. During Apple’s most recent quarter, for example, the iPad generated $4.4 billion in revenue compared to the Mac which brought in $5.1 billion in revenue. More →
Any iPhone users out there when have been around long enough to have bought an early iPhone 4 unit will remember the unexpected cellular signal loss they may have experienced. The antenna was on the outside of the phone, and Apple’s engineers didn’t foresee this problem: holding the phone by its antennas might mess with cellular reception. But then late Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs famously explained that if you experienced signal issues while using the iPhone 4, you were probably holding it wrong.
Now, a different Apple executive is telling us we’ve been doing something else wrong when it comes to the iPhone. More →