We wrap up this year’s WWDC keynote coverage with a look at new Mac hardware, including the upcoming iMac Pro. Thinking about buying one of Apple’s new iMacs? Wait! Adam Engst tells you how to get the most bang for your buck when ordering — some configurations that may seem identical aren’t, and you could lose graphics performance if you’re not careful. Adam also recaps this year’s ACEs Conference, which made him yearn for his consulting days. Rounding out the issue, Josh Centers explains how to control your payment cards from your iPhone, and William Porter looks at what’s new in FileMaker 16. Notable software releases this week include Boom 3D 1.0, GarageBand 10.2, and Swift Publisher 5.0.
As part of the announcement-heavy WWDC keynote, Apple has revved the iMac line with Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPUs, higher performance graphics, brighter screens, and faster SSDs. The MacBook and MacBook Pro also get new CPUs, the MacBook becomes more expandable, and the MacBook Air receives a small speed bump. The most exciting news, however, was the announcement of the iMac Pro, due in December 2017.
An alert TidBITS reader tipped us off to some quirks in Apple’s online store when configuring the just-updated iMacs. Depending on which model you start with, you might end up with a worse configuration for the same price, or you might pay more for the same configuration.
Adam Engst has returned from the ACEs Conference in Phoenix, which provided two packed days of business-oriented sessions for Apple consultants. If you’re in the business but couldn’t make it, read on to see what you missed.
Ally Bank’s new Card Control app lets you control how your debit card is used, and other financial institutions offer similar solutions as well.
With FileMaker 16, FileMaker Inc. has released a significant update to one of the world’s most popular database platforms. William Porter looks at some highlights of FileMaker 16 and explains why they matter to users and developers — and potentially to the rest of the Internet.
Notable software releases this week include Boom 3D 1.0, GarageBand 10.2, and Swift Publisher 5.0.
In ExtraBITS this week, scam apps seem to be making big money in the App Store, iOS review prompts are becoming less annoying, Apple is positioning the iPad for a comeback, and the company has announced the 2017 Apple Design Award winners.