Apple Updates MacBook with Latest Processors, Longer Battery Life & New Rose Gold Finish

Apple PR:

The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, and faster 1866 MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files. And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes® movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

Apple also added a Rose Gold colour option, natch.

Sounds like a solid update for the MacBook. Curious to see what reviewers have to say about whether the faster processor and SSD make a huge real-world difference. I know from second-hand experience that the original 12-inch MacBook was barely powerful enough to use for podcasting and was prone to issues in that regard.

Per my friend Dan Bader, the updated MacBook starts at a hefty $1,549 CAD.

Can’t see myself ever owning this computer personally, but I know it’s a lot of people’s dream work and travel machine. Hopefully Apple pushing this out ahead of WWDC hints at a big keynote again this year.

Rumour: 2017 iPhone will feature “all-glass” design and AMOLED display

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

In a new report by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst claims that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen.

It’s looking more and more like this year’s iPhone (despite being the tenth) will be a minor update to the iPhone 6S, with the next major redesign to debut in 2017.

Kuo is a very accurate Apple analyst these days, but I can’t imagine how Apple could make an all-glass iPhone. Perhaps iPhone 6-like curved glass on the front and the back with something sandwiched in between? Aluminum, polycarbonate, stainless steel, liquid metal… something. Otherwise this will end up as the most breakable iPhone yet, and we already know shattering is a huge issue and complaint for many iPhone owners.

Since I’m a blogger who doesn’t mind speculating: I bet glass on the front and back would be easier to waterproof than aluminum, too.

Apple may charge developers to increase their App Store search ranking

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has constructed a secret team to explore changes to the App Store, including a new strategy for charging developers to have their apps more prominently displayed, according to people familiar with the plans.

Great news: Apple now has a team dedicated to improving the App Store. There’s so much low-hanging fruit to tackle, like search and discoverability improvements, removing old outdated apps, or adding some kind of trial or demo functionality.

Horrible news: they’re considering charging developers to increase their ranking in search results. What a sleazy, Google move. The best apps are made by independent developers that can’t or don’t want to pay to increase their ranking. What’s more, they shouldn’t have to. Good apps should surface naturally, not because their developer paid to place them there. That’s only going to help shifty developers get their shifty apps more visibility. Gross. Let’s hope Apple realizes that.

‘Doctor Strange’ Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie premiered last night on Jimmy Kimmel. Clearly intended to introduce the world to Stephen Strange and his origin, since we don’t yet get to see him in action as the Sorcerer Supreme. Soon enough I’m sure.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies, you should be very, very excited for November.

Marvel confirms ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ movie title


Marvel:

The Webhead’s first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now officially has its title, as Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” prepares to swing into theaters July 7, 2017!

Not crazy about that logo; unsure where they’ve drawn inspiration from here since it doesn’t seem to match any of the classic comic book Spider-Man logos. But I’m so happy to see Marvel in control of Spidey again! Can’t wait to see Tom Holland’s version of the character in Civil War next month, and in Homecoming next year!

Twitter Moments is now live in Canada

Ian Hardy, MobileSyrup:

Similar to Snapchat’s popular Discover platform, Twitter Moments is accessible to all Canadians through a separate tab within the mobile app and desktop version of the service. It creates a narrative around a single theme, such as “Entertainment” and “Sports” and displays them with a title and description of the event.

I’ll have to move Tweetbot aside for a few days to give Twitter Moments a try. I see quite a few people tweeting links to Moments these days, and I’m glad Canadians can finally partake. Curious to see if I’ll enjoy using Moments as a means to catch up on news, especially on busy days when I can’t follow my own timeline with my usual obsessiveness.

Logitech to acquire Jaybird for $50M

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Computer peripheral company Logitech has today announced that it is acquiring popular audio company Jaybird. Jaybird, for those unfamiliar, has released a variety of headphone products over recent years, most of which have been wireless.

I absolutely love my Jaybird wireless earbuds, and I’m planning to upgrade to their new model soon. Once you get used to the tangle-free life of Bluetooth headphones, you just can’t go back. Logitech says they’ll leave Jaybird alone to let them design and launch their own products, and I hope they stick to that promise.

Superman And The Damage Done

Devin Faraci, Birth.Movies.Death:

Whether you think Superman Returns is any good or whether you think the animated Superman show or Justice League Unlimited is the best ever, they all contain depictions of the character a someone a young person can look at as a model for action. What would Superman do? Be a good guy, be polite, be kind. Every time.

Every time until 2016.

I couldn’t agree more with this.

I’ve admitted that Batman v. Superman wasn’t as disastrous as I had expected; it was visually interesting at the very least. But I still have a huge problem with the way these “heroes” are being depicted by Zack Snyder. That’s the reason why the current DC movies feel so different than the Marvel movies, and why I’m still left with an overall icky feeling about the DC movie universe.

9.7-inch iPad Pro review

For me, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was an appetizer.

I ordered it on a whim. I chose the base level (though not at all inexpensive) 32GB WiFi model. I never mentally committed to keeping it. I didn’t buy the expensive Smart Keyboard Cover, though I did buy an Apple Pencil. And while I’ve really enjoyed my week with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, this morning I packed it up to be shipped back to Apple as originally planned, though, admittedly, debated over the last week.

Although I’m not keeping the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, I think it’s a fantastic product. Like nearly everyone else who has reviewed it, I believe the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a great addition to Apple’s tablet family that will appeal to tons of iPad buyers this year. It’s got a gorgeous screen and True Tone is definitely not a gimmick. It keeps everything on the display looking perfect in different lighting conditions, and the size is much better for reading comic books and Pocket articles than my 7.9-inch iPad mini. The four speakers on each corner of the iPad Pro produce incredible sound for a tablet and I’ve absolutely loved using it to watch Netflix in bed or play Apple Music while doing dishes. I think I’ll miss the speakers most of all. The Apple Pencil is equally amazing; it feels unlike any touch-screen stylus you may have tried before. I had so much fun colouring in Pigment and doodling in Notes. The screen somehow feels “soft” under the tip of the Pencil, even though you’re literally tapping plastic on glass. Aside from being the perfect tool for artists, I firmly believe the Apple Pencil will be a game changer for pro tasks like photo retouching, video editing, and audio editing on the iPad. It’s the precision pointing device that iOS has been missing.

I’ve been coveting the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro for months now, but as I thought more about what I use my iPad mini for – reading comics, checking Twitter, playing games, and occasionally watching videos – I started to wonder if the convenience of a smaller, more portable 9.7-inch iPad might be worth the trade-off in screen real estate. The answer is no. As Apple touted during their media event, the 9.7-inch screen is the most popular iPad screen size (no shocker there since it was the only iPad screen size for most of the product’s lifetime.) Coupled with the Air’s smaller bezels, I think the 9.7-inch iPad remains the best choice for most iPad users thanks to its light weight and portability. For me, though it might be optimal for reading and travel as I had imagined, it doesn’t satisfy the desire I have to do more with an iPad. I expected this would be the case, and should have trusted that instinct before pressing “Buy”.

The small screen feels immediately cramped when using two apps in Split View, which is perhaps the most important new iOS feature for those looking to be productive on an iPad. My dream of building a website with Coda and Transmit side-by-side, writing an article while researching in Safari, or even just checking Twitter and answering iMessages at the same time, simply requires more screen space to feel comfortable. As I’ve learned with my iPhone 6s Plus, sometimes it’s worth putting up with and adapting to life with a larger device to enjoy the benefits of a larger display.

Personally, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro this fall, with TouchID 2, True Tone, and better quality cameras. I think that could be the iPad to replace my MacBook Pro. If you already use and love a “regular sized” iPad everyday, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is definitely worth a look. There’s so much to love about it, especially if you’re still holding on to your trusty-but-aging iPad 2 or original iPad Air.

I think the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s greatest achievement is what it represents: Apple’s dedication to making the iPad the future of computing. After years of stagnation, the iPad is moving again and in a very exciting direction. I can’t wait to see where the iPad and iOS go from here.