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July 10 2015


Hands-on with iCloud Drive, a brand-new app in the iOS 9 public beta

If you’re a regular user of iCloud Drive, Apple’s Dropbox-like storage solution for managing file syncing between your Mac and iOS devices, then your life is about to get a teensy bit easier. Apple built a standalone iCloud Drive app and bundled it within iOS 9, placing all of your iCloud Drive files in one easy to access spot. 

But, surprisingly, the iCloud Drive app doesn’t automatically appear—it’s instead tucked away within Settings, and you have to tell your iOS device that you want to see it. Besides that, it’s a pretty straightforward app. I spent some time with it while checking out the iOS 9 public beta, and here are some quick tips on getting started. 

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Cha-cha-cha-changes in iTunes 12.2

The big iTunes news this week is the introduction of Apple Music, and the many changes it brings to iTunes. In this week’s column, I answer a number of questions related to Apple Music, and to other changes in iTunes 12.2.

Where’s my match?

Q: Where did iTunes Match go?

This is the question I’ve received the most in the past week. iTunes Match users are surprised to find that there’s no mention of that service in the latest version of iTunes. You may see that files are marked as Matched or Uploaded, if you examine your library in Songs view and have the iCloud Status column enabled, but there are no options to update or deactivate iTunes Match, as there were in the past.

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The dwindling arms race of 'specs'

It will, I’m certain, shock and surprise you to know that I’m the person anyone in my family comes to when they’re thinking about buying a new piece of technology. But earlier this week, when my cousin came to me looking for advice about buying a new laptop, I realized something: The specs race is over.

I don’t mean to suggest that computer specs aren’t important—believe me, were I in the market for a new Mac, I’d be poring over Apple’s product pages to figure out what I need. But where I used to be able to rattle off all the specs of my Mac like a car enthusiast discussing what’s under their hood, these days, I honestly couldn’t tell you what processor is in the MacBook Air I’m typing on at this very moment. (A 1.7GHz Intel Core i7, as it turns out, thanks to About This Mac.) 

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Sour notes: Our biggest complaints about Apple Music

Team Macworld has been using Apple Music and digging it (for the most part) for more than a week, but that doesn’t mean Apple’s streaming service is flawless. There are some glaring glitches, irritating features, and bizarre design choices that have us collectively shaking our heads, even as we jam out to the curated playlists and enlist Siri to be our personal DJ.

We need to vent about it, so we compiled a list of our biggest complaints. Have something to add to the list? Share your frustration below.

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Jason Snell’s Hands On with Photos for Mac 1.1

Good overview by Jason Snell on the new features coming with Photos 1.1 in El Capitan. Improvements to geotagging caught my attention, primarily because batch-editing of hundreds of files works best on a Mac:

Yes, in Photos 1.1 you can add a location to an image or batch of images that weren’t geotagged, as well as edit the location of data of already-geotagged images. To do this, you open the Inspector window. A not-yet-geotagged image will offer a section of the window labeled Assign a Location. Clicking in this area will let you enter a street address or a name of a point of interest, and Photos will search Apple’s Maps database. If that location isn’t good enough for you, you can always click on the pin and drag it around the map, placing it wherever you like.

See also: Jason's first look at the El Capitan public beta for Macworld.

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Jonathan Poritsky: “Apple Music Connect Is Too Good to Waste on Artists”

Jonathan Poritsky has a thought on Connect in Apple Music:

Artists postings thus far have been less than stellar. I think Apple has made a massive mistake billing Connect as a place to follow musicians. Connect is actually a wonderful service being squandered by Apple. The things that Apple is expecting artists to post just aren’t that interesting. Links to their own music and original photos or videos are relatively weak sauce, and the posts have been few and far between for most artists.

However, Connect is great for sharing exactly what I came to the Music app for: music. The trouble is most artists aren’t posting music; they’re promoting themselves in a fairly bland manner. I’ve found the best people to follow are DJs and performers with shows on Beats 1, as well as Apple’s in-house “curators.”

What he envisions is dangerously close to what Ping used to be, but the difference of following curators for updates on playlists could be key. I've also noticed that most artists on Connect tend to simply post links to their YouTube videos (often shortened to track clicks), so this is an interesting idea.

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Apple Launches New iPhone Ad Campaign With “Loved”, “Hardware & Software” Commercials

Apple has launched a new iPhone 6 ad campaign today, highlighting the integration of hardware and software, as well as the fact that people who own an iPhone are satisfied with their purchase.

Ending with a new "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" slogan, both commercials are 30-second long and they focus on the experience of using an iPhone rather than specific aspects of its design or hardware specs.

In the first spot, called "Hardware & Software", Apple explains that by designing the hardware and software parts of an iPhone in unison, the end result is greater than the sum of its parts. In the video, Apple showcases some third-party apps and games but, notably, it highlights system features such as Apple Pay and Health – both software frameworks that are deeply integrated with the iPhone's hardware and that wouldn't be possible without control of both ends of the experience.

The second ad, called "Love", simply states that "99% of people who have an iPhone...love their iPhone". Pointing out "customer satisfaction" results from industry studies has been a recurring theme during Apple's press events, and this commercial shares the same underlying theme but adds some catchy music and iPhone animations on top of it.

The interplay of hardware and software has been one of the iPhone's key differentiators, and Apple's new campaign seems to be aimed at a competition that's struggling to position high-end smartphones without full control of every part of the user experience. You can watch the ads below.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: A solar panel? Check out EnerPlex’s innovative charger

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This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you minimalistic cases from Cygnett, Incase, and SwitchEasy, a wallet case from Griffin, and kid-friendly protection from SwiftBox.

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The UrbanShield Pro (iPhone 6; $40) completely surrounds your iPhone 6 in a perforated aluminum shell that sports a round opening in the back for its Apple logo.

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The vanishing: What happened to Google Street View's missing streets

With the arrival of El Capitan on Google Street View last month, you can now haul yourself virtually up one of the most famous rock faces in the world. Navigating certain streets in urban areas, however, can still be a challenge.

As Google expands Street View into ever more exotic places, it appears to have a problem in many of the towns and cities where the service has been available for years. Look closely at any major city, especially the residential areas, and Street View is littered with hundreds, even thousands, of little gaps. And although it’s hard to be sure, the problem may be getting worse.

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