The big news this week is iTunes 11, slipping in under the wire of Apple’s second promised ship date and bringing with it a completely new interface and a few new features. Agen Schmitz runs down all the new features, Jeff Carlson looks at how you’ll manage your iOS devices differently in the new version, and Adam Engst examines the new interface elements in iTunes with an eye toward how they might appear in future versions of OS X. Also this week, our new Take Control Live video series debuts with Joe Kissell talking about working with your iPad, Josh Centers shares the fix to an Apple TV update problem, and Adam gets into the holiday spirit with the tale of how we can brighten some children’s Christmases by giving away old electronics on Freecycle. Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.0.15, CloudPull 2.1.7, Snapz Pro X 2.5.1, TweetDeck 2.1, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.6, and Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1.
We’re trying something new! Building on what we’ve learned with TidBITS Presents and bringing in all our experience in crafting content for books, we’re launching “Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad.” Instead of a quickly obsolete ebook, it’s a series of live online video presentations that encompass exactly the same sort of information that Joe Kissell would normally put in one of his books. Join us!
The latest Apple TV update may fail if your Apple TV connects to the Internet via Ethernet, rather than via Wi-Fi. We have the fix.
Apple’s smorgasbord of media management gets a spare, iOS-like visual overhaul while enabling you to stream previous music and video purchases from iCloud. It also adds the Up Next song queuing feature and a unified search across all media types.
In the interest of simplicity, iTunes 11 changes how you access your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Jeff Carlson explains what has changed, and how to go back to the sidebar control of previous versions of iTunes.
iTunes 11 brings with it an attractive new interface, which Adam Engst suspects may inform the interfaces of future versions of OS X and its bundled applications. But while some of these changes (the return of color and larger fonts, in particular) are generally welcome, other changes in iTunes 11 are more troubling.
An offhand thought — giving away old electronics on Freecycle with the proviso they be used for gifts for deserving children — has made Adam feel like a virtual Santa Claus. Won’t you join him in giving away some of your unused devices like old iPods, ancient digital cameras, and obsolete game consoles?
Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.0.15, CloudPull 2.1.7, Snapz Pro X 2.5.1, TweetDeck 2.1, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.6, and Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1.
You may already know about the Mac app Fantastical, which replaces the Calendar app under OS X. Fantastical is also now an app for the iPhone, which Matthew Panzarino reviews at The Next Web. Also this week, we learn that Barnes & Noble can wipe out one’s library of purchased ebooks if a credit card expires, and News Corp. shutters The Daily iPad app.