After yesterday’s September Event, which introduced us to the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the amazing iPhone X (aka “10”), Apple released iTunes 12.7 for Mac and Windows PCs.
In the release notes for this update, Apple reaffirms iTunes focus on “music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.” That’s great news for me, because I use iTunes on my 5K iMac every day to listen to music while I’m working and to watch TV shows and movies that I have purchased from the iTunes Store.
However, Apple is dropping support for some iOS device content management features.
“If you previously used iTunes to sync apps, books, or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store, iBooks, or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your computer.”
This change should not be unexpected. iOS devices, including the iPod touch, the only surviving iPod at this point, has had the same “I can get it from the Store myself” that iPhones and iPads enjoy. Yesterday’s slimming down of iTunes is a welcomed change that gets rid of some of the cruft that has built up in iTunes over the last few years.
For more details, visit the Apple Support website.
Apple is getting ready to launch their newly redesigned Danbury Fair Mall location with the new design language that has already debuted in other retail locations, such as the Union Square store in San Francisco.
As I arrived this morning, the prep teams were still putting the finishing touches on the store: setting up chairs at the newly designed tables, arranging the milk crate seats in front of the video wall in The Forum, and obsessively, and I do mean obsessively, wiping away every smudge and fingerprint on the massive sliding glass panels that make up the enterance to the store.
The new retail store format is the work of Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s SVP of Retail and Online Store, and Jonathan Ivy, Apple Chief Design Officer.
The store looks absolutely great! It is instantly recognizable as an iconic Apple store, and still offers a clean modern look that makes you want to just come in and hang out. The Forum video wall looks really nice! Coming to the store for the new Apple Today sessions is going to be really great fun.
All of the Apple managers and staff that I have talked to this morning, like me, are really excited for the new store and the format. This store, just like the products that are sold here, is just incredible!
With less than an hour to go before the Danbury store relaunched, the employees are marking the last checks on everything.
As the 10:00am launch our draws near, the crew gets in a group photo.
After the doors opened, the group of enthusiastic customers that had gathered in the mall flooded in!
[Updated with new photos.]
Yesterday, Apple released the Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta. The 10.10.3 public beta also includes the new Apple Photos app for OS X.
If you are currently enrolled in the public beta seed, you will see the new update appear in your Updates tab.
One word of warning: Photos, just like OS X 10.10.3, is pre-release beta software. That means that there are going to be bugs and you should not install either of these updates on your main, production, Mac that you use daily. To be a beta tester, you must be prepared to delete everything, applications and data (including family photos).
My recommendation is that you make multiple backups before you install OS X 10.10.3 and Photos on your Mac. Time Machine, BackBlaze or event a Finder data copy to an external USB hard disk drive or flash drive is a good idea.
The complete list of updates to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 updates are as follows:
Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta seed can be installed on any Mac that is currently running OS X Yosemite.