When Scott Forstall was unceremoniously shown the door at Apple, Jony Ive’s design sensibilities began to seep more heavily into the look and feel of iOS and OS X. While much of Apple’s software during the Steve Jobs era was skeuomorphic in nature, Ive’s own taste tended to veer towards a flatter and more layered aesthetic.
Even before Apple unveiled the 12-inch MacBook Retina laptop and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I wondered whether at any time in the future I would end up finding it difficult to choose between these two devices as my next primary computer. And the truth is I haven’t been able to answer that question now that both gadgets are official. It all has to do with the software they’re shipping with, and Apple has just confirmed may never release the device of my dreams. More →
As promised, Apple today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Though it’s not the most compelling update as far as new features go, El Capitan does deliver a number of under-the-hood improvements which should help improve overall stability and system performance.
According to Apple, El Capitan can launch apps 1.4x faster than OS X Yosemite, can switch between apps twice as fast, and can open PDFs in Preview four times as fast. If you’re on an older machine and are looking to spruce up your system, you’ll certainly want to download the update.
Apple’s initial public release of iOS 8 last fall wasn’t exactly the most stable mobile software build the company has pushed out in recent years. It offered a fantastic user experience overall, but there were definitely some annoying bugs that put a damper on things.
Sometimes things don’t have to be very complex to have an impact. In fact, Apple’s entire design esthetic focuses on the “less is more” philosophy, and the associated principles clearly have an influence on many iOS and OS X developers. Case in point: One of the coolest Mac apps I’ve seen in a long time is also one of the simplest Mac apps I’ve seen in a long time. More →
A very serious security flaw in Apple’s iOS mobile platform and its OS X desktop operating system has been discovered by security researchers and seemingly acknowledged by Apple. Using the flaw, hackers can build an app that is capable of stealing any and all passwords saved in Apple’s Keychain. Additionally, the same flaw can reportedly be used to steal passwords directly from third-party apps as well as Apple’s own apps. More →
It’s time to batten down the hatches, Apple fans… WWDC 2015 is upon us. Apple’s huge developer conference kicks off each year with a big keynote presentation where Apple CEO Tim Cook and his colleagues take us through all of Apple’s new hardware and software that will be released in the coming months.
This year’s event is set to be an action-packed one indeed, and now things are finally underway. More →
Richard Stallman, known for his instrumental role in the creation of Linux, has written an opinion piece arguing that nearly any operating system you might use today can be considered malware, and that goes for popular mobile platforms as well as desktop operating systems. More →
A “Rootpipe” backdoor in various Mac OS X versions, or a security flaw that could give hackers full access to a Mac without authentication, was supposedly patched by Apple in an OS X 10.10.3 update earlier that month. But it looks like the patch doesn’t quite fix the security flaw, The Hacker News reports, as Yosemite computers are still vulnerable to Rootpipe-based attacks. Furthermore, Macs running OS X 10.9 or later have not been patched, and it’s likely they won’t be. More →
Apple recently updated its desktop operating system OS X to version 10.10, also known as Yosemite. The latest version of OS X packs tons of new features beneath a sleek redesign of the user interface, but most Mac computer users likely haven’t even mastered all of the features that were already available in OS X.
We recently told you how to access a nifty paint app that Apple hid on your Mac, and now we have a list to share that identifies 10 interesting OS X features that you might not have known about. More →
Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite software introduced so many new features that users will still be trying to learn them several months after installing the update. But OS X also has some old features that you might not know about. In fact, there’s a hidden paint program on your Mac computer that has been sitting right under your nose this whole time, and a recent pose will show you how easy it is to find. More →
Want to see how OS X has evolved over the years? If so then you should check out this complete guide posted over at Git-Tower that uses well done cartoons to illustrate all of the different giant cats that Apple has used to define its platforms over the years, from Cheetah to Leopard to Mountain Lion. More →