Apple Introduces New Entry Level 21.5-inch iMac, Sacrifices Performance For Price

apple-imac-21Apple today introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac, priced starting at $1,099. But. while it may be an elegant and relatively affordable all-in-one computer, the entry-level model sacrifices performance for pricing.

The new 21.5-inch iMac features a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 8GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. Continue reading

Apple Intros iOS 8

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Apple today introduced iOS 8, at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), being held June 2-6 in San Francisco, CA.

While iOS 7 was a dramatic makeover, IOS 8 focuses on refining and polishing the mobile OS.

Key Features:

  • Faster and more intuitive user experience;
  • iCloud Photo Library lets you use your photos and videos more easily across your devices;
  • New Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe;
  • New Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all
  • Predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard;
  • Extended Spotlight capabilities that integrates results from the Web, including articles from Wikipedia, findings from the news and results from places nearby;
  • Family Sharing, which lets you share music, purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and
  • iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.

Key features that may be of interest to musicians: Continue reading

Apple Intros Updated OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’

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Apple today introduced the latest version of OS X, Yosemite, at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), being held June 2-6 in San Francisco, CA.

Key new features include:

  • The UI has been streamlined, making it more iOS-like, but not a shocking change;
  • iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and lets you store any type of file and share it across devices;
  • Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other; and
  • Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

In addition to an updated UI, Yosemite features several key features that may have special interest to musicians: Continue reading

Logic Pro X 10.0.7 Now Supports Up To 24 Threads On 12-Core Mac Pros

apple-logic-pro-x-uiApple has updated Logic Pro X to version 10.0.7, 

Here are the key changes in Logic Pro X 10.0.7:

  • Now supports 24 processing threads on 12-core Mac Pro models
  • The current volume, pan, and send values for all selected tracks can now be inserted at the playhead position
  • Enabling Low Latency Mode no longer creates sync issues for Drummer, Ultrabeat, Native Instruments Machine and other plug-ins with integrated step sequencers
  • Automation can now be copied and pasted to any location using the Marquee tool
  • Adds an option for MIDI volume and pan data to control the instrument plug-in instead of the channel strip
  • Resolves several snap and alignment guide issues
  • Various fixes that improve XML import and export with Final Cut Pro X
  • Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility

Details on the update below.  Continue reading