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Coming just one week after the release of Beta 4, Apple has seeded to their developer community the 5th OS X 10.9.2 Beta. The new beta is build 13C59 and is available for developers to download from the Apple Developer site or if they are on a previous beta, update through the Mac App Store on their Macs.
With this latest OS X 10.9.2 beta coming so shortly after the previous, it could be an indicator of a couple of things. One, Apple & their developers found a serious bug which needed addressing immediately. Given that developers are under NDA, you likely wouldn’t see much about this in the public forum but there are always leaks. Frankly there hasn’t been a peep about any issues with Beta 4 so this is likely not the case.
The second indicator could be that Apple is putting the final bits of polish on prior to a release. Apple has long been rumoured to aiming for the first quarter of 2014 to release OS X 10.9.2. We are essentially in the middle of the quarter now so if they are indeed going to release by the end of March, final prep work begins now.
Apple continues to show the power and precision of the camera built into iPhone 5s. They have just launched a new iPhone 5s video of the Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.
The video not only shows the actual Burberry runway show but also shows a bit of the behind-the-scenes of the models preparing as well as the cinematographers who are preparing a wide range of iPhone 5s’ for the shoot. You will se many tripod mounted iPhone 5s in video but you will also see a fly-over array with three of the flagship smartphones mounted on it.
Take a look and see what you think:
This video is just the latest in a series of iPhone 5s videos which Apple has created highlighting the power of the iPhone 5s with several of them – including the very popular family Christmas one back in December – focusing on the ease of use and sharing of video created on the device.
I think you can expect to see many more of these types of videos over the coming months as Apple continues to focus on the user experience and usability of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
Apple’s continued growth in the personal computer market continued in Q4 of last year according to research group Canalys. Apple sales lead the market over Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Dell by accounting for 19.5% of all PC sales during Q4 2013. If you really dive into this report there a lot of interesting facts about Apple and their competition to be found.
On the whole, PC sales grew by 17.9% year over year which is great but a little misleading. Table sales, which are lumped into PC sales, were up 65.2% year over year and represented 48.3% of the total PC market. Why is that important? If you take out the tablet sales, the PC market actually shrank by 6.9% year over year.
From an Apple sales perspective, things look pretty rosy. Overall the company shipped just over 30 million units in Q4 of which 84.3% were iPads. The company increased their tablet marketshare from 27.3% to 34.1% in Q4.
In case you missed it, Apple has provided a bit of an Easter Egg of sorts in celebration of the Mac’s 30th Anniversary. You can download a font of 30 years of Macs as a TTF file. Pretty cool eh?
I’ve put the TTF into my Dropbox and shared it so you can download it and install it yourself. Since it is TTF, you can install it on a PC or a Mac.
Apple has just posted a great video celebrating the 30th birthday of the Mac. It highlights the creative power that the machine has generated for 3 decades and points to a promising future.
The nearly 3 minute video features several faces you might recognise including Moby, Nick Knight and Theodore Grey to name a few.
Apple has seeded the 3rd beta for the next version of Mavericks to their developer community. OS X 10.9.2 Build 13C44 is now available to those with developer accounts along with a new Safari beta (7.0.2).
Like before, the release notes on this latest OS X 10.9.2 beta are a bit thin with Apple encouraging developers to test the same areas as they did in the last beta:
- Graphics Drivers
The release notes to do not discuss anything specific related to these items nor does it suggest what has changed from the previous beta release.
As for the new Safari 7.0.2 build, developers are given a little more detail and are asked to focus on General Website Compatibility, Accessibility, AutoFill features, Printing and Emailing from Reader, Dragging Tabs Between Monitors, and Extension Compatibility.
There is no word yet on when we can expect to see OS X 10.9.2 on a Mac near you. Our secret developer has indicated that so far this build has been very stable but that does not mean it is ready for immediate release.
If you want to find out more about the Apple Developer program, visit the site at http://developer.apple.com. It is $100 per year to join the OS X developer group and an additional $100 to join the iOS group.
Apple has released a significant update to all of their iWork apps across all of their platforms – Mac OS X, iOS and iCloud. The updates impact all three of the apps that comprise iWork and each of the apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – have all seen some significant enhancements and changes. It is not uncommon for Apple to release updates for the iWork apps for Mac and iOS in tandem given the much tighter integration that we see between the platform now in these apps. However this is the first time that iCloud has been included in the updates.
Each of the updates regardless of platform provide an initial splash page that highlight all of the changes in the apps which is a nice way of seeing what has changed but also is a reminder of sorts that an update has happened if you have auto-update enabled on your Mac and iOS devices.
Keynote for Mac has been updated to version 6.1 and includes the following updates:
- New transitions including Droplet and Grid
- Enhanced presenter display options
- Share password-protected presentations via iCloud link
- Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
- Create charts with date, time, and duration values
- Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations
- Bug fixes and stability improvements
Keynote for iOS is now up to version 2.1 and includes all of the same features as the Mac update but also adds the
ability to remotely control a Keynote presentation on another device. This means that the standalone Keynote Remote app has been retired as the functionality is now baked into Keynote for iOS directly. It isn’t a surprising change given that the Keynote Remote app was essentially the last app that Apple had not updated with the transition to iOS 7. It all makes sense now.
Interestingly with the old Keynote Remote app you essentially could use your iPhone to control a Keynote from your Mac. In the new update you can control not only your Mac Keynote presentation but also a presentation from your iPad or iPod Touch. It is truly a universal remote for Keynote and speaks volumes to Apple’s continued drive to make iOS not only a consumption device but a creative and productive device (but we already knew that, right?)
Apple asks a simple question in their latest iPad Air ad titled “Light Verse”. What will your verse be?
It is another ad highlight the versatility of the iPad Air in a wide range of environments and uses.
Two weeks after the release of Beta 3, Apple has released iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to their developer community as they continue to tweak and massage the next update for the mobile OS. The beta is Build 11D5134c and while Beta 3 focused on some major changes to the UI, Beta 4 seems more focused on refining those changes and appearances.
The only major change from a UI perspective that is in iOS 7.1 Beta 4 is the Unlock/Power Off animation. YouTube user Elias Borochstein has posted a short video of the new animation.
Other changes that have been noted in the beta include a new way to add contacts in the phone app, message scrolling improvements and for those of us in the United Kingdom, we get a new Siri voice for iPad.
As always, there is no indication when iOS 7.1 will actually ship nor is it clear how many more beta cycles there will be in this version. The rumour mill can’t seem to sort it out with some saying it will be later this month while others suggest it will be March. Given the significant number of UI changes that have happened in iOS 7.1, we at AlliOSNews tend to think it will be closer to March than today for a release.
iOS 7.1 Beta 4 is available now on the Apple Developer site for registered developers.
Apple has released another new video-meets-advertisement for the iPad Air. The Your Verse Anthem video is available now on the Apple site as well as YouTube. Apple states in the trailer for the video:
We’re humbled and inspired by what people do with iPad. So we set out to capture some of their stories. What will your verse be?
The Your Verse Anthem video highlights just some of the ways that people use their iPad Air today – from coaching hockey to DJs to engineers creating next generation wind power solutions. In typical Apple fashion, the video is well shot with an outstanding music track and pretty inspiring if I’m honest.