Apple announces new generation of iPhone(s) and the Apple Watch

The iPhone 5S and 5C paved the way, splitting the new generation of iPhones in two. However, this time the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus are different more in dimensions than performance. The two new iPhones sport thinner, sharper edges, and bigger screens.

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To give you an idea, the original iPhone, until the 4S, had 3,5″ diagonal. The iPhone 5 reached 4″, but it still was just taller, not wider. The iPhone 6 is 4,7″, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 5,5″. Galaxy Note 4 on the other hand, is 5,7″. The iPad mini is 7,9″, and the iPad Air is 10,1″.

Anyway, to make up for the bigger screen, the iPhone 6 raises the resolution to 1334×750, in order to keep the 326 ppi of pixel density. However, the iPhone 6 Plus has 1920×1080, the resolution of a HD TV, and a higher density of 401 ppi. Thanks to bigger displays, the iPhone 6 Plus features a brand new landscape view. Read More…

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How my Mac performed in a week of everyday use on OS X Yosemite

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Take the following with a grain of salt. It’s just a beta of Yosemite, far from perfect of course, and doesn’t reflect at all the final version of Yosemite. However, I’d recommend you to resist a bit and keep running Mavericks.

Straight to the point, it wasn’t a great experience. I was too impatient to wait until this fall. There’s a reason if it’s called beta, and as a consumer I should wait for the “1.0.”. Read More…

Apple relaunches Back to School; $100 and 50$ Gift Cards on Mac, iPad & iPhone

Apple back to school promo 2014

Like every year, Apple has made available for students the Back to school promotion, as advertised on their website. From now until the early days of September, students who purchase a Mac for school/college purposes, will receive a free App Store gift card of 100$ to spend on kitting it out with all you need for comeback. Plus on the Apple Online Store there’s a new section dedicated to accessories for your newly purchased products, including online exclusives.

Instead, if you’re looking to buy an iPhone or an iPad for the same purposes, you’ll get a 50$ Gift Card.

Additionally to these bonuses, students can enjoy a dedicated discount with education pricing; up to 200$ on Mac, and up to 30$ on an iPad (nothing is applied regarding iPhones though).

Those who qualify for educational pricing and free gift card are college students, students accepted to college, parents buying on behalf of college students, faculty, homeschool teachers and staff at all grade levels.

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In Italiano

Come ogni anno, Apple ha proposto nuovamente la campagna Back to school. Da ora fino ai primi giorni di Settembre, gli studenti che acquisteranno un Mac per la scuola riceveranno gratuitamente una carta regalo App Store del valore di €70, perfetta per attrezzarsi per il nuovo anno scolastico. In più, sull’Apple Online Store è presente una nuova guida all’acquisto comprendente tutti gli accessori per il vostro nuovo prodotto, incluse alcune esclusive.

In alternativa, gli interessati all’acquisto di un iPhone o iPad per gli stessi motivi, riceveranno una carta da €35.

In aggiunta a questi, gli studenti possono usufruire di uno sconto speciale education; fino a 209€ sui Mac e fino a 38€ su iPad (tuttavia, nulla è applicato sull’acquisto di iPhone).

Coloro che si qualificano per sia lo sconto education, sia la carta regalo sono studenti regolarmente iscritti o frequentanti un’università, un genitore che acquista per uno studente universitario, docente o membro del personale di scuole e università.

 

Apple’s discontinuing its professional photos editing software, Aperture

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After nine years of activity, Apple’s ceasing development of Aperture with a press release to The Loop, its professional photo editing software that, since some time, has been falling back to the competition, first and foremost Adobe Lightroom.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” – “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

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Apple WWDC 2014: the complete recap of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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OS X Yosemite is probably the biggest visual update the Mac had in the past years. A close imitation of what iOS 7 has been. With yesterday’s keynote, it’s flatter than ever, based on translucent and opaque color schemes.

OS X Yosemite

The dock is in two dimensions, apps and folder icons have been redesigned from the ground up to be in style with the minimal design. Windows adapt to the background wallpaper, and the same translucent material used across the system adds a sense of infinite scrolling that brings you closer to the files within. This general color scheme applies system-wide to all included apps, ranging from Safari (now sporting a streamlined toolbar), Reminders, Mail, Messages. Spotlight isn’t restrained anymore in the top right corner of the screen, but has a fully-fledged search bar that includes results within the computer, the web and iCloud. Read More…

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