This month I discuss moving back to a number of Apple’s apps, my favorite Mastodon client, a nifty music app, and more.
The folks at 9 to 5 Mac seem to have hit a gold mine today. And I hope this is an indication that Apple has more Watch faces coming soon. I’m a little tired of using Modular.
Guilherme Rambo, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:
Earlier today Apple officially announced when and where it will hold its next big event. Apple’s September 12th event is expected to include the introduction of three new iPhones, and _9to5Mac _can exclusively share the first look at both new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones: the iPhone XS.
We believe that the new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones will both be called iPhone XS. We also believe iPhone XS will come in a new gold color option not previously offered on the new design.
Word on the street is that these leaked from a test stream that Apple never expected anyone to be watching.
David Sparks has made the decision to go laptop-less and I wish I could do the same. But unfortunately, due to recent career opportunities, I don’t think I’ll be moving away from portable Macs anytime soon.
My hope was to purchase a 27-inch iMac to serve as our home server and occasional workstation for Mac-specific tasks and then use my iPad as my primary machine. But I’m going to need a Mac to run certain applications in the near future that just aren’t available on iOS.
It looks like I’ll stick it out with my current, aging MacBook Air until Apple refreshes their lineup in the next month or so. At that point I’ll have to decide which machine with a terrible keyboard I’m willing to use.
Phil Nickinson, writing for Cordcutters:
SiliconDust, the parent company of HDHomerun, on Aug. 18 announced HDHomerun Premium — 45 streaming channels for $34.99 a month. No contracts, and no cancellation fees, and it all works right inside the same HDHomerun application.
The service is be available on all HDHomerun Connect and HDHomerun Extend devices — specifically, models HDHR4-2US, HDHR5-2US, HDHR5-4US, and HDTC-2US. It’s available now (pending a firmware update to version 20180802 or newer) in the United States, and “coming soon” to Canada. Software-wise, the premium service works on Mac OS, Windows 10, Android and android TV, and iOS.
This is a neat new feature, especially since they were able to release it on existing hardware and get it working with third-party software as well. I use the Channels app on Apple TV and was able to preview all of the channels available with the premium subscription by turning them on in the app’s settings.
I doubt I’ll end up subscribing because my current setup gives me all the entertainment options I need, but I’ll keep it in mind if I’m ever in the market.
Yours truly, writing for The a Sweet Setup:
Have you ever returned home at night with your hands full, having to fumble around in the dark to turn on a light? This was a common occurrence in my house, where there’s no light switches near the entrance from our garage. My wife and I often shop for groceries later in the day and it’s always a pain to get the lights turned on when we’re each carrying five or six bags.
I’d like to show you how we solved that problem, utilizing the automation features in the Home app and an inexpensive HomeKit-compatible power outlet that we plugged our living room lamp into.
I had a lot of fun writing this piece and I couldn’t be happier to have my byline on a site that I’ve read and respected for years. A huge thanks to Josh Ginter, the site’s editor-and-chief, for giving me the opportunity. And I have a couple more articles in their pipeline that you can look forward to seeing soon.
Zac Hall, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple’s AirPort line may be discontinued, but AirPort Express got one heck of an update today. Firmware update 7.8 for the latest AirPort Express hardware (2012 2nd-gen model, no longer sold) adds support for AirPlay 2 and Apple’s Home app. The teaser for support has been present since iOS 11.4 beta, but support hasn’t been live before today’s version 7.8 firmware update.
I just updated my AirPort Express a few minutes ago and, as I said on Twitter: “Holy cow, they actually did it”. Although, I had to do a bit of fiddling to get it to show up in the Home app. After the firmware upgrade, the Home app wouldn’t see my AirPort Express until after I sent audio to it. Not entirely sure why, but its working now — I’m not going to complain too much.
Aside from iOS devices and Macs, I believe this is the first time Apple has released a software update for a discontinued product that introduced new features. Maybe they’ve done so for security reasons, but this is uncharted territory for them. And its pretty darn rad.
Brian Heater, Writing for TechCrunch:
Pepsi this morning announced its intentions to buy Tel Aviv-based beverage company SodaStream for $3.2 billion. The deal comes as more consumers are turning away from sugary beverages and toward more sustainable, in-home options.
I love our SodaStream, but the selection of syrups on the market leave a lot to be desired. I hope this purchase means that we’ll see some high-quality, Pepsi-branded syrups on sale soon. A few more natural, non-high fructose corn syrup options would be nice too.