iPad Air “Approaching Laptop Performance Levels’

ipad-airWhen Apple introduced the iPad Air, they claimed it has ‘desktop class’ architecture, offering ‘up to two times faster CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor’.

But does it really deliver the bang for musicians?

Yes, according to iOS developer Don Fletcher (Symphonix Evolution – an orchestral notation app).

“We’ve now had a chance to play with the new iPad Air and were very impressed with the new form factor and processing power,” notes Fletcher. “The iPad is now approaching laptop performance levels.” Continue reading

User Poll: Is It Safe For Musicians To Upgrade To OS X Mavericks?

mac-os-x-mavericksApple surprised many with its announcement on Tuesday that, not only would OS X Mavericks be made available for a lot of older Macs that previously did not have upgrade paths, but that it would be a free upgrade.

As a result, the latest Mac OS is being adopted much faster than previous versions.

Online Ad Network Chitika reports that 5.5% of Mac users upgraded within the first 24 hours, vs 1.6% who upgraded within the first 24 hours with the last release:

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Free is good and so is supporting older hardware. But does it make sense for musicians to upgrade now or to wait? Continue reading

GarageBand 2 For iOS Adds Support For Up To 32 Tracks

garageband-2Apple has released GarageBand 2 for iOS, adding support for up to 32 tracks, Inter-App Audio, 64-bit support and more.

Here’s what’s new in GarageBand 2 for iOS:

  • New streamlined design
  • Create a song with up to 32 tracks* using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
  • Record compatible Third-Party music apps using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7
  • Drag and drop audio recordings to create Sampler instruments
  • Support for AirDrop in iOS 7
  • 64-bit support

Note: 32 tracks require devices with the A7 chip.16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).

If you’re used the new GarageBand for iOS, let us know what you think of it!

Apple Introduces ‘A New Era Of Personal Computing Where OS Upgrades Are Free’

os-x-mavericks-free-upgradeApple today released OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release their operating system.

Mavericks offers over 200 new features and brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac. It also includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance.

New features of interest to musicians are enhanced multi-display support and system-level memory compression.

“We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free.” Continue reading