The Dalrymple Report: MacBook Pro M1, Voice Plan, and AirPods

Apple held its special event this week releasing new MacBook Pros with much faster M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Dave and I talk about the new computers, as well as digging into the newly announced Apple Music Voice Plan. The way that Apple positioned the plan doesn’t make a lot of sense to either of us. Finally, we talk about the new AirPods, a really nice set of headphones that rivals and in some cases surpasses the AirPods Pro.

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How the mouse handles the notch on MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pros will begin arriving next week, but thankfully, we don’t have to wait that long to get an answer. Linda Dong, an Apple designer, has confirmed on Twitter that the macOS pointer travels behind the notch, allowing users to essentially hide the mouse pointer from view.

That’s an interesting way to do it. It was either that or the mouse would go around the notch. I’m sure there will be complaints either way.

All the sounds and hardware used in the ‘Start Up’ song

Apple began its “Unleashed” event with a music video featuring A.G. Cook, and a host of famous sounds from Apple’s history. Here’s what was used – and which shot in the video was reversed.

I thought this was a fun way to start the event.

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The Dalrymple Report: Apple event, Macs, and AirPods Max

Apple announced another event this week, which will happen virtually next Monday. Dave and I discuss what we think we be announced at the event, including a new Mac. We also talk about AirPods Max and what price point would make them more attractive to more people—or is price even the issue? We finish off talking about some of the shows we are watching on Apple TV.

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Apple announces special event

Apple on Tuesday announced a special event on Monday, October 18, 2021. The virtual event will be broadcast from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. at 10:00 am. […]

TextSniper: Copy the Uncopyable

Thanks you to TextSniper for sponsoring The Loop this week. TextSniper is the fastest way to copy uncopyable text, wherever it may be: in photos, screenshots, PDFs, videos, online presentations, apps, or websites that annoyingly block copying.

TextSniper works just like the built-in screenshot tools in macOS. Press Shift-Command-2, then select the area of the screen with the text you want to copy. That’s it! A friendly thumbs-up indicates that the text is in your Clipboard, ready for pasting.

TextSniper can also copy URLs and text embedded in QR codes, as well as barcode numbers. It even can read the recognized text to you. And because the app supports Continuity Camera in macOS, you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to capture text right to your Mac.

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The Dalrymple Report: Steve Jobs, iOS 15, and a song

This week Dave and I talk about Steve Jobs and what he meant to us, Apple and the world, on the anniversary of his death. We also talk about some iOS 15 tips and the introduction of Legacy Contacts in the operating system. Finally, we posted a song created by James Dempsey called “One More Thing,” written as a tribute to Jobs and played on by more than 30 musicians, including Dave and I.

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Apple at Work: Success Stories

Apple posted a slew of new stories on its web site on Wednesday highlighting how companies are using Apple technologies to help their businesses. […]

Apple unveils new resources for elementary school coding

Apple is unveiling new resources for elementary school students and educators, including a new activity guide, Everyone Can Code Early Learners, that extends its coding curriculum resources from kindergarten to college. Educators can also try Apple’s new one-hour Inclusive App Design activity to introduce students to the world of coding and app development. In addition, updates to the popular Schoolwork app include support for exit tickets and enable educators to use the app on their personal devices.

We are in a world where the fundamental understanding of coding is more important than ever. These new resources will help children have access and comprehend a talent that will help them as they continue to grow and mature.

Apple also added an important part:

During Europe Code Week, October 9-24, and through Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, Apple is encouraging educators and their students to participate in an introductory Inclusive App Design activity. This new lesson from Apple helps educators guide students through a one-hour session to turn their ideas into apps with inclusion and accessibility in mind. The app design process helps students identify problems they care about, and then plan, prototype, and code creative solutions. It helps students think critically about how to build apps that are inclusive for all and prepares them to be the innovators of tomorrow.

Leadership like this is exactly what we expect from Apple.

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TextSniper can also copy URLs and text embedded in QR codes, as well as barcode numbers. It even can read the recognized text to you. And because the app supports Continuity Camera in macOS, you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to capture text right to your Mac.

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The Dalrymple Report: iOS 15, iPhone, and shows we’re watching

Dave and I talk about some of the features we like in iOS 15 and how they fit in with the new iPads and iPhones that were just released. We also talk about some of the shows we’re watching on Apple TV and some of the other channels that you can find on the service.

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BBEdit 14 is still the power tool for text

Thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. New! BBEdit 14 is still the power tool for text and also offers a new Notes capability plus greatly expanded language support! I’ve been using BBEdit for over 20 years and it’s still one of my favorite apps on my computer.

The Dalrymple Report: iPad reviews, iPhone, Apple Watch

This week, Dave and I talk about the iPad and iPad mini reviews that I posted this week. We examine what I liked about both products, how they differ, and which one is best for you. We also talk about some of the iPhone 13 reviews that came out, as well as the Apple Watch.

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Review: iPad mini

When Apple held its event announcing the new products earlier this month, I knew that the iPad mini was the star of the show. It is incredibly versatile, mighty and will be a hit across many customer categories. […]

Review: iPad

Apple’s iPad could be the most underrated product in its lineup, but with the latest update, the company gives its entry-level users all the power and features they need to get the job done. […]

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Daylite: The only CRM made for your Mac

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week. The award-winning Daylite CRM and productivity app made for Mac-based small businesses has many features to improve and grow your business, including:

  • Made for Mac, iPhone and iPad
  • Daylite is the only CRM and productivity app that seamlessly integrate with Apple devices and built-in Apple apps
  • Direct Apple Mail integration so you and your team can capture all email communication in one place. And you can create opportunities, appointments and tasks in Daylite right from your Apple Mail.

Daylite empowers small business:

  • To Improve team efficiency and make collaboration easy by having everything organized & searchable in Daylite
  • To grow team strength through shareable, online/offline accessibility
  • To easily access information and segment data tailored to your specific client story
  • To accelerate efficiency with at-a-glance, single screen views
  • To enjoy familiar and intuitive interface, mac-like operations
  • To manage and share everyone’s schedules, project status and next steps
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iPhone 13, iPad, and Apple Watch

Apple held its California streaming event on Tuesday, introducing a number of new products including new iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, and Apple Fitness+. Here is a breakdown of each product.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple today introduced iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone. Redesigned inside and out, both models introduce an all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion featuring an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, making the touch experience faster and more responsive. The pro camera system gets its biggest advancement ever with new Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras that capture stunning photos and video, powered by the unmatched performance of A15 Bionic, more powerful than the leading competition. These technologies enable impressive new photo capabilities never before possible on iPhone, like macro photography on the new Ultra Wide camera and up to 2.2x improved low-light performance on the new Wide camera. New computational photography features like Photographic Styles personalize the look of images in the Camera app, and both models now include Night mode on all cameras. Video takes a huge leap forward with Cinematic mode for beautiful depth-of-field transitions, macro video, Time-lapse and Slo-mo, and even better low-light performance. Both models also offer end-to-end pro workflows in Dolby Vision, and for the first time, ProRes, only available on iPhone. iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also include 5G with more bands for better coverage, big improvements to battery life for the best battery life ever on iPhone with iPhone 13 Pro Max, new storage capacity of 1TB, and the Ceramic Shield front cover, tougher than any smartphone glass.

The iPhone Pro lineup is definitely the star of today’s event. iPhone has a long history of bringing professional level features to a device that fits in your pocket, and this year is no different. Cinematic mode is going to be something to watch as this iPhone model gets released.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Apple today introduced iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the next generation of the world’s best smartphone, featuring a beautiful design with sleek flat edges in five gorgeous new colors. Both models feature major innovations, including the most advanced dual-camera system ever on iPhone — with a new Wide camera with bigger pixels and sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) offering improvements in low-light photos and videos, a new way to personalize the camera with Photographic Styles, and Cinematic mode, which brings a new dimension to video storytelling. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini also boast super-fast performance and power efficiency with A15 Bionic, longer battery life, a brighter Super Retina XDR display that brings content to life, incredible durability with the Ceramic Shield front cover, double the entry-level storage at 128GB, an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance, and an advanced 5G experience.

Apple’s entry level iPhones bring more power than most users will ever need in mobile device. With the A15 Bionic and new camera system, the iPhone 13 can keep up to most user’s wants and needs.

iPad mini

Apple today introduced the powerful new iPad mini — with a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display — in four gorgeous finishes. Featuring the brand new A15 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini delivers up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous generation, making it the most capable iPad mini ever. A new USB-C port allows faster connectivity, and cellular models with 5G bring more flexible mobile workflows. New advanced cameras, Center Stage, and support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation) enable new ways for users to capture photos and videos, communicate with loved ones, and jot down their ideas when creativity strikes.

I’ve long been a fan of the iPad mini, especially for travel. It’s so compact, yet very powerful for almost everything you would want an iPad to do. That 80 percent performance increase only solidifies what the iPad mini can do for you.

iPad

Apple today introduced the new iPad (9th generation), featuring the powerful A13 Bionic chip that packs even more performance and capability into the most popular iPad, all while retaining its all-day battery life.1 Starting at just $329, the new iPad features a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard, the intuitive iPadOS 15, and twice the storage of the previous generation.

With a $329 price tag, it’s hard to go wrong choosing the iPad. The A13 Bionic chip is powerful enough to do all of the tasks that entry-level users will need. Actually, it can handle the tasks of most mid-level users too.

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple today announced Apple Watch Series 7, featuring a reengineered Always-On Retina display with significantly more screen area and thinner borders, making it the largest and most advanced display ever. The narrower borders allow the display to maximize screen area, while minimally changing the dimensions of the watch itself. The design of Apple Watch Series 7 is refined with softer, more rounded corners, and the display has a unique refractive edge that makes full-screen watch faces and apps appear to seamlessly connect with the curvature of the case. Apple Watch Series 7 also features a user interface optimized for the larger display, offering greater readability and ease of use, plus two unique watch faces — Contour and Modular Duo — designed specifically for the new device. With the improvements to the display, users benefit from the same all-day 18-hour battery life,1 now complemented by 33 percent faster charging.

The only time my Apple Watch leaves my arm is to charge it for an hour once a day. I rely on my watch to track my sleep, fitness, and I also love the fall detection, heart monitoring and other safety features this device brings to my life. I can’t see a reason why I wouldn’t always wear my Apple Watch.

Apple Fitness+

Apple today announced that Apple Fitness+, the first fitness service built entirely around Apple Watch, will introduce guided Meditation, a simple way to practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime, and Pilates, a new low-impact, body-conditioning workout type, on September 27. Fitness+ is also introducing a new program — Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season — featuring and designed with two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion skier Ted Ligety, along with Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia. Inspired by winter sports, the program will help build strength, balance, and endurance so users can have more fun on the slopes, all the way to the last run.

I haven’t tried Apple Fitness+ much, yet. Every time I see something about Apple Fitness+, I tell myself that I need to start using it for my exercising. This is my time.

Daylite: The only CRM made for your Mac [Sponsor]

The award-winning Daylite CRM and productivity app made for Mac-based small businesses has many features to improve and grow your business, including:

  • Made for Mac, iPhone and iPad
  • Daylite is the only CRM and productivity app that seamlessly integrate with Apple devices and built-in Apple apps
  • Direct Apple Mail integration so you and your team can capture all email communication in one place. And you can create opportunities, appointments and tasks in Daylite right from your Apple Mail.

Daylite empowers small business:

  • To Improve team efficiency and make collaboration easy by having everything organized & searchable in Daylite
  • To grow team strength through shareable, online/offline accessibility
  • To easily access information and segment data tailored to your specific client story
  • To accelerate efficiency with at-a-glance, single screen views
  • To enjoy familiar and intuitive interface, mac-like operations
  • To manage and share everyone’s schedules, project status and next steps
  • To build trust by ensuring ‘on time, every time’ delivery to clients

Apple vs. Epic

By now you’ve all heard that a verdict was reached in the Epic vs. Apple, one that is declaring victory. There are a lot of documents in the case, but here are the basics.

A decision was reached today in the high-profile Epic Games v. Apple trial, with U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruling that Apple’s anti-steering conduct is anti-competitive, and ruling in favor of Apple on all other counts.

In a 185-page ruling, Judge Rogers said “the Court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws,” but she said the trial “did show that Apple is engaging in anticompetitive conduct under California’s competition laws.” Rogers concluded that “Apple’s anti-steering provisions hide critical information from consumers and illegally stifle consumer choice”.

Apple also released a statement on the ruling:

Today the Court has affirmed what we’ve known all along: the App Store is not in violation of antitrust law. As the Court recognized ‘success is not illegal.’ Apple faces rigorous competition in every segment in which we do business, and we believe customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world. We remain committed to ensuring the App Store is a safe and trusted marketplace that supports a thriving developer community and more than 2.1 million U.S. jobs, and where rules apply equally to everyone.

The Dalrymple Report: Heisenberg, music rating, and California streaming

This week, Dave and I talk about what to expect at Apple’s California streaming event being held next Tuesday. We also talk about the music star rating system in iTunes and seemingly bad people on TV shows that we love, like Heisenberg and Tony Saprano.

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Apple announces event for September 14

Apple on Tuesday sent out notifications for the company’s next big event being held September 14 at 10:00 am. Dubbed “California streaming,” the event will be broadcast from the company’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, CA. You can watch the event on Apple.com.

There are no real clues as to be what will be announced, but September is the time for new iPhones, so it’s reasonable to assume we’ll be seeing the iPhone 13. There could be some other surprises too, but the iPhone is always the main attraction at this event.

Toontrack releases singer-songwriter expansion pack

The Singer-Songwriter EZX was recorded in a choice room, relatively small and transparent to ensure minimum ambient coloration. In total, it includes five full kits recorded with sticks as well as one configuration and several additional instruments sampled with brushes. To paint the broadest picture possible, each kit was handpicked for its contrasting qualities, character and tonal complexity. Seeking to deliver the most homogeneously composed kits, the selective process was scrutinized in extreme detail – from the matching of heads with tuning and cymbal sizes with drum timbres down to the delicacy of the drummer’s stroke.

This expansion pack is for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3, and is tailored for acoustic pop, Americana, folk and similar genres. I have quite a few of the expansion packs from them and they are worth it.

The Dalrymple Report: Digital ID and Classical music

This week, Dave and I talk about Apple’s plans to allow people to put digital IDs into the Apple Wallet and what that means for users. We also talk about Apple’s acquisition of Primephonic, a Classical music streaming service, that will make Apple Music much better. Finally, we look at how Google is using quick phrases to invoke its digital assistant and if it could work for Siri.

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Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic

Apple today announced it has acquired Primephonic, the renowned classical music streaming service that offers an outstanding listening experience with search and browse functionality optimized for classical, premium-quality audio, handpicked expert recommendations, and extensive contextual details on repertoire and recordings.

Users of Apple Music classical will absolutely love this acquisition.What’s really interesting is that Apple plans to release separate classical music app based on Primephonic, but with added features, sometime next year. Apple Music will also get some upgrades from the purchase like better browsing and search capabilities by composer and by repertoire, detailed displays of classical music metadata, plus new features and benefits. There is no word where Thomas Steffens, Primephonic’s co-founder and CEO, fits into Apple Music.

Definitely a great move for Apple Music.

The Dalrymple Report: Google’s payment to Apple, and Samsung

Google paid Apple around $10 billion in 2020 to have it as the default search engine on Apple devices. That is expected to go up to $15 billion in 2021, and even higher in years to come. Samsung had an interesting week with its ability to block stolen TVs and having a flight evacuated after one of its phones ignites. Dave and I also sprinkle in some follow-up items from last week’s show.

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