Mac OS X http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x/news en-GB MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business as usual for Apple – that is, the business of tinkering with an awesome laptop and then reducing the price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCF1281.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The laptop market is in a bit of a weird place at the moment. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromebooks</a> are currently popping up all over the place, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s Surface Pro 3</a> is the first laptop-tablet hybrid that actually functions rather well as both.</p> <p>Apple refuses to budge from its traditional laptop guns, though, relying on tiny tweaks and price cuts to keep its high-end MacBook Pros in the game. So is that enough?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1400 as tested </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly upgraded performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly more affordable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still jaw-droopingly lovely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dedicated graphics are a pricey option </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Typical Apple build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want something really slim and light, you want a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>, but that&#39;s not to say the MacBook Pro is back-breaking. What it is is reassuringly weighty, solid and really nicely made. There&#39;s no advance on the millimetre trim it got last year, though.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s trackpad and keyboard are often imitated, but never bettered, and even typing in a humble web address has the satisfying feel of seriously important typing going on. Sort of like writing a shopping list with a typewriter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 2014 model is visually identical to last year&#039;s" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_1.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook&#039;s still have the best keyboards" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1304.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retinal scan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is still one of the most gorgeous you&#39;ll see on a laptop, and we adore Apple&rsquo;s approach to ultra-HD. There&rsquo;s also a lot more 4K content out there now than there was when we were first wowed by Retina screens back in 2012. YouTube&#39;s gradually filling its servers with ridiculously large video files, which mostly seem to be of tigers. It&#39;s good news if you&#39;re a big cat fan.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1339" height="900" title="The Retina display is as brilliant as ever" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MBPRD13_Aperture_PRINT.jpg?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun Size Boost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We specifically asked for the price equivalent of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">the model we looked at last year</a>, which gives us a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor over last year&#39;s 2.6GHz, but the same amount of memory (8GB) and the same size PCIe-based flash storage (512GB).</p> <p>As expected the tiny processor boost gives a wee spurt in benchmarks, and it whizzes through CPU intensive tasks such as video editing and large Photoshop files.</p> <p>Intel&#39;s latest processors are well-optimised for battery life, too, and we got the same seven-ish hours as we did last year. It&#39;s great for the more intensive bits of day-to-day computing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a small boost to performance over last year&#039;s model" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_0.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll get about seven hours from a fully charged battery" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/macbook-pro" target="_blank">MacBook Pro configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">OS X Mavericks</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3-inch LCD with 2560 &times; 1600 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated Intel Iris 5100 Graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage</p> <p><strong>Optical Drive</strong> - none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> -&nbsp;802.11ac, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt 2 (x2),&nbsp;SDXC,&nbsp;HDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 31.4 x 21.9 x 1.8cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.57kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To Infinity (but only just) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel&rsquo;s inbuilt Iris graphics take care of gaming, but you still need to lower the quality and resolution to get modern games - such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank"><em>Bioshock Infinite</em></a> - to run at playable framerates. It&rsquo;s a shame given how jaw-dropping games can look on ultra-HD displays, and how substantial the MacBook Pro&rsquo;s speakers are, but the fact that such games are playable at all is a very good thing.</p> <p>For proper graphical skills you&rsquo;ll have to splash out on the 15-inch 2.5GHz version of the MacBook Pro, which comes with Nvidia Geforce 750M graphics - but also costs &pound;1,999. We&#39;d love to see dedicated graphics on the lower models.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 Best Games of All Time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll have to pare the graphics back a bit to get the latest big games running" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_2.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The price is right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has reshuffled things in terms of price, and for the first time you&rsquo;re able to own a MacBook Pro with Retina for less than a grand: pick up the 2.6Ghz model and you&#39;ll be left with exactly one pound to put towards a hideously overpriced but totally lovely &ldquo;flat white&rdquo; accessory.</p> <p>The rest of the range has similar processor boosts and price cuts, making every model just a little bit more reasonable. A better computer for less money is never a bad thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Every model in the range is a little more powerful and a little cheaper than before" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1309.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2014) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new MacBook Pro with Retina is the tiniest product refresh yet, and while there&rsquo;s nothing here to get hugely excited about, now is the best time to pick up one of these wonderfully-made, adequately powerful and beautifully thought-through laptops. It still stands head-and-shoulders above the competition, too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1307.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may be a microscopically tiny change to the MacBook Pro&#39;s formula, but when combined with the price cut it&#39;s a winner</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s mid-range laptop gets more power and a price cut for 2014 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OS X MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:27:31 +0000 Tom Parsons 1445771 at http://www.stuff.tv Parallels update is 50 percent faster and integrated with OS X Yosemite http://www.stuff.tv/mac-os-x/parallels-update-50-percent-faster-and-integrated-os-x-yosemite/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The run-Windows-apps-on-your-Mac software gets its tenth edition – and it’s available today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s Windows 8 running in Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="Here&#039;s Windows 8 running in Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/parallels.jpg?1408586323" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to run Windows applications on your Mac? The go-to method for escaping &ndash; or at least side-stepping &ndash; Apple&rsquo;s walled garden over the past few years has been to install Parallels &ndash; and it&rsquo;s just been updated to its tenth edition.</p> <p>Parallels Desktop 10 features full support for Apple&rsquo;s upcoming Yosemite edition of OS X and like its predecessors doesn&rsquo;t require any fiddly dual-booting: it basically puts a virtual Windows machine inside your Mac.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only that, it also brings many Yosemite features to Windows and Windows apps, including iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing. It&rsquo;s also quicker and more efficient, according to its creators, with battery life on notebooks being extended by up to 30 percent, Windows documents opening up to 48 percent faster and around 10 percent less memory being used by its virtual machines. There are also a host of new Wizards to guide new users through the best way to set up their virtual machines and optimise their experience.</p> <p>Parallels Desktop 10 is available today for Mac users who already own Parallels 8 or 9 for &pound;34.99 (you can download it <a href="http://www.parallels.com/uk/upgradepd10" target="_blank">here</a>), and will be released to everybody else on 26th August priced at &pound;64.99 (&pound;32.95 for students).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature">Get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wy2-2VOhYFc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mac-os-x/parallels-update-50-percent-faster-and-integrated-os-x-yosemite/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mac OS X OS X Yosemite Windows Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:27:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445405 at http://www.stuff.tv Siri for Mac plans outed by Apple patent application http://www.stuff.tv/apple/siri-mac-outed-apple-patent-application/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iOS voice assistant appears headed to Mac with enhanced functionality in tow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Siri for Mac patent application" alt="Siri for Mac patent application" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-siri-mac.jpg?1407556064" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Siri, the iOS digital assistant, has become one of the platform&rsquo;s defining features in recent years, and has influenced similar offerings on rival devices. Now, Apple seems intent on bringing it to Mac.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/siri-mac-outed-apple-patent-application/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/siri-mac-outed-apple-patent-application/news#comments Apple iOS Mac OS X Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:48:21 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444350 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s all-in-one computer has a new, lower entry-point – but does the cheapest version of the iMac still have that Apple magic? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iMac 2014 review" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iMac-2014-press-5.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&rsquo;s reputation might generally be for making beautiful silver things for bankrupting yuppies and hipsters, but recently its raison d&#39;etre appears to be cutting prices across the board. Its 11-inch MacBook Air is the cheapest laptop we&#39;ve seen from Cupertino, and now its iconic iMac all-in-one&#39;s RRP has plummeted to a very tasty &pound;900.</p> <p>Inevitably that lower price has been achieved by a trim in components &ndash; but has Apple gone a bit too far this time?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £900.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazing looks </div> <div class="field-item even"> Reasonable price </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Nice operating system and extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wimpy processor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slow hard drive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Apple package </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you receive an Apple product you&#39;re not just getting a piece of technology but an entire experience. Multiple layers of cardboard and foam packaging pull apart as if they contain a piece of science-fiction weaponry and the whole thing&#39;s wrapped in enough sticky-backed plastic to commission another millennia worth of Blue Peter episodes. Only Apple makes unboxing this exciting.</p> <p>And out of the box the iMac is still the nicest-looking computer out there. Externally it hasn&#39;t changed a jot from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-imac-215in-2012/review" target="_blank">the 2012 version</a> so there&#39;s no DVD drive and all the ports (USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, card reader) are lined up on the back rather than the wafer-thin sides. There&#39;s a certain Kubrickian minimalism to the all-in-one design and it&#39;s impossible not to be drawn to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Unpacking an Mac is nerd nirvana" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-keyboard.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="All inputs and outputs are on the rear of the slim chassis" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-connections.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Silver screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently plans are afoot for a 4K or Retina iMac, but right now the 2014 iMac&rsquo;s screen is more than enough.</p> <p>At 1920 by 1080 pixels it&#39;s &lsquo;only&rsquo; a Full HD affair but it&#39;s astonishing in terms of viewing angles and brightness, and the contrast levels sumptuous and defined. It&rsquo;s as good for movies as it is for reading text and image editing.</p> <p>The speakers are just right, too, delivering balanced and punchy sounds. No other all-in-one computer will make your 1080p movies look or sound this good.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-japan-jumps-gun-and-reveals-vital-iphone-6-information/news" target="_blank">Amazon Japan jumps the gun and reveals vital iPhone 6 information</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iMac&#039;s a cracking movie machine" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-press-2.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t touch this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows 8 is doggedly pushing touchscreen computing, and in our experience it can work very well with desktops. Apple hasn&rsquo;t gone for it, though, instead plumping for its Magic Mouse, the small white rodent supplied free with all iMacs.</p> <p>It functions like a track pad, so you can slide your finger up and down the middle to scroll up and down, or use a two-finger left or right swipe to go backwards and forwards on web pages. It&rsquo;s surprisingly easy to get used to, and importantly it keeps greasy fingertips away from that impossibly shiny screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Magic Mouse is a good alternative to touchscreen" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-accessories.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There are few prettier profiles than this" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac21_wMouse_Mavericks_PRINT.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power loss </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has inevitably made some hardware sacrifices to achieve this price point, though, and they&rsquo;re mostly concerning the processor. It&#39;s powered by an Intel Core i5 chip operating at just 1.4GHz, the same chip that powers the latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Air</a>, and our synthetic benchmarks provided identical results.</p> <p>In real-world terms this means that the iMac isn&rsquo;t really about gaming, and the scant number of Mac-compatible games on Steam is testament to the fact that for now, at least, the Mac isn&rsquo;t really sold as a gaming platform. We did, however, manage to get first-person-pant-filler <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239200/" target="_blank"><em>Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs</em></a> up and running at a decent resolution and framerate, which isn&rsquo;t bad until you realise that 90 per cent of the game is made of black.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You won&#039;t be playing AAA games on the cheaper iMac, but older and indie titles should be just fine" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-steam.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iMac 21.5in tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/imac" target="_blank">check out the iMac configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>: OS X MavericksScreen: 21.5in LCD with 1920 x 1080 resolution</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>Graphics</strong>: Intel HD Graphics 5000</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 500GB HDD</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong>: none</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 720p</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (x4), Thunderbolt (x2), SDXC, headphone/digital audio output</p> <p><strong>Accessories</strong>: Apple Magic Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboard</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 450 x 528 x 175mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 5.68kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hard truths </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest problem here isn&#39;t the low-power processor, though - it&#39;s the decision to use a 500GB spinning hard drive rather than an SSD.</p> <p>Everything takes a little while to load, and while it&rsquo;s nice to have that 500GB of capacity we&rsquo;d rather have a small but speedy SSD and then keep the rest of our data on the cloud or an external USB drive. It is possible to specify a 256GB SSD when you buy your iMac, but doing so adds a cool &pound;200 to the price.</p> <p>Overall it&#39;s a disappointment in terms of performance, and while it&#39;ll plough through day-to-day tasks and general internetting it falls down when it comes to HD video editing or grand-scale image editing, which are the creative lifeblood of Apple&#39;s computing range.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple is really trying to take on Google Docs and Microsoft Office with its new iLife and iWork suites, which are actually pretty good</p> <p>iLife consists of fun crafty things such as GarageBand and iMovie, both of which run pretty well, with iMovie especially capable of rendering and editing 1080p video quickly. iWork is more prosaic, but its Pages (docs) and Numbers (spreadsheets) apps do the job. We&rsquo;ll stick with Google Docs for document editing, but it&rsquo;s nice to know they&rsquo;re there, especially if that apocalyptic day comes when the internet is cut off but you still need to write a novel and keep a track of your spending.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">Full OS X Mavericks 10.9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iLife suite of apps is generally very impressive, especially Garageband" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-garageband.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of design this is a winner, with every curve and surface oozing a technofetishistic salaciousness. The screen and speakers are magnificent for media, and we love the accessories.</p> <p>Some of the components are a let-down, though, with the processor and hard drive combining to deliver a rather mediocre computing experience.</p> <p>If all you want is a gorgeous home computer for your web browsing and word processing, this most affordable iMac will suit you fine, but for most people we&#39;d suggest&nbsp;stretching the budget to the &pound;1050 2.7GHz version. Even then you&rsquo;ll probably want to add another &pound;160 to add an SSD. &pound;1210 - the price of a truly brilliant iMac.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desktops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Home Computers in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) review verdict" alt="iMac 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac-2014-press-4.jpg?1406108853" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quietness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iMac is still the best-looking computer money can buy, but this new, more-affordable option cuts a few too many corners</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s £900 iMac reviewed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the cheapest version of the iMac still have that Apple magic? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review#comments Apple Desktops iMac 21.5in 2014 Mac OS X Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:04:51 +0000 Tom Parsons 1442258 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple ending development of Aperture with Photos for OS X on the horizon http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/apple-ending-development-aperture-photos-os-x-horizon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Professional imaging software no longer in Apple’s plans, but Adobe seems poised to pounce </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Photos for OS X Yosemite" alt="Photos for OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/osx-yosemite-photos.jpg?1403938737" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At WWDC this year, Apple revealed that the Photos app on iOS will makes its way to OS X Yosemite in early 2015 with photo editing and cross-platform syncing features in tow. What we didn&rsquo;t know then is that Apple intends to axe Aperture as a result.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/apple-ending-development-aperture-photos-os-x-horizon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/apple-ending-development-aperture-photos-os-x-horizon/news#comments Adobe Apple Mac OS X OS X Yosemite Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:02:13 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440339 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple WWDC 2014 keynote live blog http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/apple-wwdc-2014-keynote-live-blog/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to watch Apple&#039;s live stream from the Worldwide Developer Conference, plus Stuff&#039;s live blog from 6pm UK time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple WWDC 2014 keynote live blog" alt="Apple WWDC 2014 keynote live blog" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/liveblog-01.jpg?1401726798" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off today, with a keynote at 6pm UK time.</p> <p>We&#39;ve sifted through the rumours and picked out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc/feature" target="_blank">everything you can expect to see from WWDC</a> &ndash; from a Healthbook-equipped iOS 8 to Mac OS X 10.10.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple WWDC live blog – from 6pm UK time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/apple-wwdc-2014-caro_0.jpg?1401726798" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/apple-wwdc-2014-keynote-live-blog/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/apple-wwdc-2014-keynote-live-blog/news#comments Apple iOS 8 Mac OS X WWDC 2014 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:32:48 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438351 at http://www.stuff.tv Mac OS X leaked screenshots suggest a move towards iOS http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-mac-os-x-leaked-screenshots-suggest-move-towards-ios/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reddit user posts blurry images that hint at a growing similarity between Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" alt="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/os-x-leak-3.jpg?1401707401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Later today at WWDC, Apple seems certain to unveil the latest version of its Mac desktop operating system, OS X 10.10. But one Reddit user may have stolen Tim Cook et al&rsquo;s thunder by sneaking out some screenshots of the OS.</p> <p>The user posted four blurry images (now taken down) that he or she claimed were taken at Apple&rsquo;s Cupertino HQ. Assuming they are the real deal, they suggest that Apple is engineering its desktop OS to more closely resemble its mobile counterpart iOS &ndash; a move widely predicted by many industry pundits.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So how are the two platforms becoming more similar, according to these images? Well, they show a Control Center app that very closely resembles that of iOS 7: it&rsquo;s a translucent pane that slides out from the left side of the screen, offering easy and quick access to a handful of features including &ldquo;About This Mac&rdquo;, System Preferences, Do Not Disturb and what appears to be an airplane mode. There are also controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen brightness, sound, AirPlay and AirDrop.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" alt="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-leak-1.jpg?1401707401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another shot shows a Notification Center pane, which slides in from the right. It looks similar to the &ldquo;Today&rdquo; view in iOS 7&rsquo;s Notification Center, with a date at the top, a calendar view, and weather and stocks information.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1020" height="1025" title="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" alt="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-leak-2.jpg?1401707401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The other two images both show Apple&rsquo;s Safari web browser, which looks far more iOS-like than before: buttons are flatter than on the current Mavericks version of OS X.</p> <p>All pictures show a reworked Dock, which is now a translucent strip (as on iOS) rather than the shelf seen on previous OS X editions.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll find out later if these images are genuine. Make sure you come back to follow all Apple&rsquo;s WWDC reveals (OS X and iOS 8 are expected to both make a showing) in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/apple-wwdc-2014-keynote-live-blog/news">our live blog</a>, which will kick off at 6pm UK time.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/02/alleged-os-x-10-10-photos/">MacRumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-bringing-hi-res-audio-ios-8/news">Apple&#39;s iOS 8 will play Hi-Res Audio files, say reports - does that mean iPhone 6 will, too?</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1600" title="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" alt="Alleged leaked image of OS X 10.10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-leak-4.jpg?1401707401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-mac-os-x-leaked-screenshots-suggest-move-towards-ios/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Mac OS X Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:21:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438356 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky http://www.stuff.tv/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a sequel in the offing, it’s high time you revisited this 20-year-old point-and-click classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beneath-a-steel-sky-5.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you heard? Adventure games are back in fashion. In recent years, thoughtfully paced narrative-driven titles like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review" target="_blank"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> and <em>Heavy Rain</em> have revived interest in a genre that seemed to have all but died off in favour of twitchy shooters and action-focussed RPGs.
</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quirky humour and death round every corner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Beneath a Steel Sky</em> was created by British developer Charles Cecil&rsquo;s Revolution Software. Cecil had already developed one successful point-and-click adventure (1992&rsquo;s <em>Lure of the Temptress</em>) and for his second he forged a creative partnership with legendary comic artist Dave Gibbons (best known for <em>Watchmen</em>). The result was a comic-book style cyberpunk adventure that manages to be sinister and humorous &ndash; and unmistakably British in that humour.</p> <p>Set in a dystopian, post-nuclear war Australia, the game sees protagonist Robert Foster (named after the lager) abducted from his outback tribe and stranded in Union City, a giant pollution-choked megalopolis controlled by an all-powerful and malignant computer called LINC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Much of the dialogue is voiced by actors" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-1.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The humour is distinctly British" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-6.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Play it before the sequel arrives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Robert and his robot companion Joey progress through the game, you&rsquo;ll solve a series of puzzles (classic point-and-click stuff, but well-balanced so as not to be overly tricky), explore the vast city, meet a cast of intriguing and colourful characters and solve the mystery behind Robert&rsquo;s childhood as well as his relationship with LINC.</p> <p>Even 20 years on, <em>Beneath a Steel Sky</em> is compelling, diverting stuff, and with a sequel in the offing (Charles Cecil has spoken of developing that once his current adventure game, <em>Broken Sword: The Serpent&rsquo;s Curse</em>, is finished), there&rsquo;s never been a better time to reacquaint yourself with it &ndash; or to play it for the first time.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gog.com/game/beneath_a_steel_sky#" target="_blank">Download Beneath a Steel Sky for free here</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You might be seeing this death screen quite a lot" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-3.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The puzzles are tricky, but logical" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-4.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Free Game of the Week Gaming Mac OS X Windows Sun, 11 May 2014 08:40:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436820 at http://www.stuff.tv OS X Mavericks 10.9 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever new functionality and under-the-bonnet tweaks make the tenth OS X our favourite desktop OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="711" height="533" title="OS X Mavericks 10.9" alt="OS X Mavericks 10.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/os-x-mavericks-main.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is it, folks - the latest update to the desktop cousin to the world&rsquo;s most famous mobile operating system.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least, that&rsquo;s what the arrival of Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 feels like, such has been the deafening noise accompanying the build-up to the launch of Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1426771" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>. A humble Mac desktop point release? It never stood a chance.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE: LEANER, SMARTER, SMOOTHER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mavericks comes with a ton of highly geeky tweaks to Mac OS X under the hood, most of which aim to make your battery last longer, and improve the responsiveness of the interface.</p> <p>Compressed Memory, for example, automatically reduces the memory allocated to inactive apps as your machine begins to run out of headroom. In theory, performance of the active application should benefit. In fact, Apple claims that Mavericks is 1.4x more responsive under load than Mountain Lion, and will wake 1.5x faster from standby.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Timer Coalescing, which sprinkles some magic to give your CPU more downtime. The result? Lower drain on your battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s at this point that we hit the problem with appraising Mavericks&rsquo; improvements. Our test 2012 Macbook Air 13in, with its 256GB SSD hard drive, was already stupidly damn quick when running Mountain Lion. We&rsquo;d swear during our week with Mavericks that the 13in Air ran slightly cooler, and the laptop&rsquo;s fan seemed to cut in less often, but we didn&rsquo;t notice a significant improvement in responsiveness and performance - mostly because it was already fast enough.</p> <p>That said, we did notice an apparent improvement in battery life: unplugged at 100% charge, the menu bar&#39;s battery indicator would regularly show five and a half hours remaining, compared to the more normal five hours we&rsquo;d grown accustomed to with Mountain Lion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="927" height="697" title="OS X Mavericks 10.9 activity monitor" alt="OS X Mavericks 10.9 activity monitor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Activity-Monitor-CPU.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="484" height="344" title="Mavericks claims to be 1.4 faster under load" alt="Mavericks claims to be 1.4 faster under load" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Responsiveness%20Mavericks.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NEW iBOOKS AND APPLE MAPS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Launch into Mavericks after the upgrade and look at the Dock. See those two new icons? For years, iOS users have been using iBooks and Apple Maps (in the case of the latter, through gritted teeth). Now, desktop users get to join the club - Mavericks introduces Apple Maps and iBooks as stand-alone applications.</p> <p>Quite why is slightly beyond us - particularly in the case of iBooks. Many of us at Stuff towers own an iPad or an iPhone. Both make reading in iBooks is a natural experience - you tap and swipe, with the book&rsquo;s pages filling a portrait screen so you can concentrate on the words.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now open iBooks on your Mac, and you&rsquo;ll realise that there&rsquo;s something wrong about reading in landscape on a laptop. Still, maybe we&rsquo;re in a minority, and the Rest Of The World is punching the air at Mac iBook&rsquo;s arrival.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;d expect, iBooks desktop syncs happily with your literary purchases through the iTunes Book Store, and across your iDevices through iCloud.</p> <p>By comparison, the Maps app is a more sensible addition - immediately switch it to fullscreen mode on your laptop, and have it running permanently on one of your desktops, ready to access with a two-fingered sweep of the trackpad.</p> <p>Maps will tap into your Apple Contacts book to make finding someone really fast. And if you&rsquo;re checking out directions on your sofa in the evening, you can send them through to your iPad or iPhone for the trip in the morning. It&#39;s so natural that it makes you wonder why it wasn&rsquo;t there before.&nbsp;</p> <p>But although Maps is a tidy addition to the OS, it&rsquo;s unlikely to make us ditch Google Maps as our main way of finding stuff - especially after Google&#39;s recent upgrade took it from good to glorious.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1109" height="832" title="Apple Maps is a stand-alone application in Mavericks 10.9" alt="Apple Maps is a stand-alone application in Mavericks 10.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-maps-os-x.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="317" height="314" title="iBooks is now a stand-alone app in Mavericks 10.9" alt="iBooks is now a stand-alone app in Mavericks 10.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iBooks%20icon.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FINDER TABS: AT LAST... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mac fanboys of the world unite: Apple has heard your howls of agony. The OS X Finder finally has tabs. Yes, tabs. They even mimic the interface style of those in Safari. Good times, people (although not such good times for Cocoatech, the independent developers of Path Finder, which has offered OS X tabs for years)..&nbsp;</p> <p>Now, we&rsquo;ve never understood why this is such a massive deal for so many people (after all, you can put as many folders as you like in the Sidebar with a simple drag&rsquo;n&rsquo;drop). But then, we can understand the benefit when copying files between folders. In Mountain Lion, you&rsquo;d either open two Finder windows, or turn to the spring loading of folders as you worked your way up and down folder hierarchies.</p> <p>In Mavericks, you can drag a folder or file up to a tab, and it pretty much instantly switches to the new location.</p> <p>One thing, though (and this is the most Edge of Edge Cases): if you open tons of tabs, two chevrons appear to the right of the tab bar to show the overflow. This is fine, but when you hit the chevrons to reveal a drop-down menu showing the other tabs, there&rsquo;s no option in the menu to close them there and then. Surely, Apple, that would have taken moments to sort?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="804" height="488" title="Finder Tabs make their (official) debut with OS X 10.9" alt="Finder Tabs make their (official) debut with OS X 10.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/finder.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Haven&#039;t we seen Finder tabs before? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You have to feel for Cocoatech, the developers behind <a href="http://www.cocoatech.com/pathfinder/" target="_blank">Path Finder</a>.</p> <p>For years, they&#39;ve offered a third party Finder you can install on your Mac that has it all - batch renaming, file copy queues, dual pane view and... tabs. Then Apple comes along and spoils the party, by building tabs right into Mavericks 10.9. Well, almost. Tabs was certainly one of Path Finder&#39;s most popular features, but there&#39;s every chance that Cocoatech will keep an audience.</p> <p>Dual pane view is still a killer feature, and there&#39;s also Drop Stack - a kind of temporary holding pen for files waiting to be copied into another folder. Nerdy, yes, but we still can&#39;t believe that Apple didn&#39;t, er, pay tribute to it in 10.9.</p> <p>Tags are now integrated into the Finder Sidebar, Toolbar and contextual menus. Combined with the new Finder tabs, we reckon the Apple team are trying to steer you to a new way of organising your desktop - have your main folders open in tabs, and filter the files with using the Tags in the Sidebar.</p> <p>We also reckon that someone in the OS X design team runs their entire world using Tags for their projects. They must do, because you can assign more than one Tag to a file. So if your intricate, carefully laid plans for world domination are scattered all over your hard drive, you can instantly bring them together into a single view by clicking the &lsquo;I Run Everything, Me&rsquo; Tag. Us? We think it&rsquo;s OCD insanity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TAGS: ORGANISE YOURSELF TO OBLIVION </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mac OS X has always offered a ton of ways of finding your folders and files, from Spotlight universal search to Labels. With Mavericks, it&#39;s the latter that has seen a facelift, and a new name. Out goes Labels, and in comes Tags.</p> <p>Tags are now integrated into the Finder Sidebar, Toolbar and contextual menus, although the core functionality remains the same as that in Mountain Lion - highlight a file or folder, and allocate one or more coloured tags to it. Combined with the new Finder tabs, we reckon the Apple team are trying to steer you to a new way of organising your desktop - have your main folders open in tabs, and filter the files with using the Tags in the Sidebar.</p> <p>We also reckon that someone in the OS X design team runs their entire world using Tags for their projects. They must do, because you&#39;ll be able to assign more than one Tag to a file, and you&#39;re almost forced to add Tags when you Save As. So if your intricate plans for world domination are scattered all over your hard drive, you can instantly bring them together into a single view by clicking the &lsquo;I Run Everything, Me&rsquo; Tag. Us? We think it&rsquo;s OCD taken to extremes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="778" height="488" title="Use Tags in 10.9 to file and find everything" alt="Use Tags in 10.9 to file and find everything" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Finder%20Tags.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="666" height="462" title="Add quick Tags during Save As in Mavericks" alt="Add quick Tags during Save As in Mavericks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Window_and_Responsiveness_Mavericks.jpg_and_Windows_8_-_Parallels_Desktop.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN: NOT iOS7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now for the big one. Or what should have been the big one.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s design language has been completely rewritten for mobile devices. Textures, stitching and gradients have gone, chased out of town by an interface that&rsquo;s flat, colourful, bright and clean. So what about the OS X desktop?</p> <p>Well, there are some major changes to the apps that were the flag bearers for Steve Jobs&#39; love of skeuomorphism. Apple Calendar, previously a sea of needlework and textures, is now as flat as its iOS7 equivalent.</p> <p>Notes has been subject to a similar ruthless spring clean: bar a slight background texture to the actual note area, the application is so minimal that it barely exists. Even the choice of dodgy fonts for your Notes has gone.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s also reductionist redrawing of many of the icons in System Preferences, but it&rsquo;s inconsistent. Look at the new iCloud icon, then flick your eyes up to Language &amp; Region - now ask yourself if the latter would have any place in iOS7. Not a chance.</p> <p>Oh, and you may just notice that one of the defining elements of the OS X interface, the dock, hasn&#39;t escaped the lick of paint: in place of the near-see-through approach to dock background in Mountain Lion, Mavericks introduces a whiter, semi-tranluscent finish (we reckon it was meant to mirror the transcucency of iOS7&#39;s Control centre - but somehow it doesn&#39;t work as well).</p> <p>But although Mavericks sees some serious steps toward iOS7&rsquo;s cleanliness, it&rsquo;s a mile or two away from brave. A heavy user of Mountain Lion will spot the changes quickly enough, sure, but the less enthralled Mac operator could be using Mavericks for weeks before noticing anything.</p> <p>Maybe this is a good thing. Fact is, OS X under Mountain Lion was as damn near perfect as you could want from an operating system. Fast, stable, intuitive, handsome and clever. We could understand a development team challenged with evolving the OS asking one simple question: how, exactly?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="626" height="469" title="Calendar in Mavericks 10.9 gets a massive, iOS7-like spring-clean" alt="Calendar in Mavericks 10.9 gets a massive, iOS7-like spring-clean" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-calendar.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1146" height="794" title="Notes in Mavericks 10.9: almost invisible" alt="Notes in Mavericks 10.9: almost invisible" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20Notes.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SAFARI: MORE SOCIAL, MORE FLEXIBLE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Changes beneath the bonnet make Safari snappier at rendering web pages, but its the functional changes that will steal the headlines.</p> <p>For example, links from your friends Twitter and LinkedIn posts appear in the new tab sidebar. It&rsquo;s hardly shattering new ground, but it is genuinely useful (it&rsquo;s amazing how many times were turned to it during our week with Mavericks). And the Top Sites tab has been given a light refresh - you can now rearrange sites via drag and drag, and add them from your bookmarks. Again, not earth-cracking, but useful.&nbsp;</p> <p>Problem is, none of these updates are enough to make Safari our primary browser - Chrome still holds pride of place, even if it is a resource hog on a Mac. What would make us switch? Try pinned tabs, Apple - they won&rsquo;t kill you, honest. And give us a library of extensions that comes within 500 yards of those in the Chrome Store.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1385" height="878" title="Top Sites in Safari gets drag and drop" alt="Top Sites in Safari gets drag and drop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Safari%20Top%20Sites.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iCLOUD KEYCHAIN: NEVER FORGET A LOGIN AGAIN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Mavericks, your passwords can be synced across your Apple devices using iCloud Keychain. You have to give your permission, of course, before they&rsquo;re stored away, but once done they&rsquo;re protected using AES 256-bit encryption.</p> <p>iCloud Keychain will also generate passwords (always a good thing, standing between you and that fatal error of using the same password on multiple sites). If your world is all Apple, iCloud Keychain makes a ton of sense. If not, give LastPass a try.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="673" height="477" title="iCloud Keychain: syncs across all of your Apple devices" alt="iCloud Keychain: syncs across all of your Apple devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iCloud%20Keychain.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MULTIPLE MONITORS: GO FULLSCREEN CRAZY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mavericks drags Mountain Lion&rsquo;s approach to dual screens into something resembling the modern era. If you still have Mountain Lion installed, try switching that app to full screen. See? The second screen is now rendered all but useless.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not so with Mavericks. You&rsquo;re dual screen set-up now has a menu for each screen, and you can shift the dock around as you wish. Go to full screen, and the other screen remains useable. In fact, why not go crazy - run full screen apps on both screens. Scary, huh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="901" height="675" title="Mavericks 10.9: multiple monitors done properly" alt="Mavericks 10.9: multiple monitors done properly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/multiple-monitors.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NOTIFICATIONS: NOW WITH ACTIONS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No, nothing new in having notifications. But with Mavericks, they&#39;ll come alive - you&#39;ll be able to interact with them, in a way that users of Android 4.2 and above will recognise.</p> <p>Got an email? Delete it without switching back to the main Mail app. And as if that wasn&rsquo;t enough to make you slightly light-headed, you can subscribe to site updates within Notifications, even when the Safari app is closed down.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1197" height="900" title="Mavericks 10.9 brings notifications you can use" alt="Mavericks 10.9 brings notifications you can use" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notifications_0.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mavericks 10.9 is a solid update to arguably the world&rsquo;s best desktop operating system. Disappointed by &rsquo;solid&#39;? So were we, a little bit. Maybe it&rsquo;s our hangover from iOS7&rsquo;s release: we reckon that Apple had an opportunity to do something truly surprising. Instead, 10.9 plays it safe.</p> <p>But let&rsquo;s go back to the first sentence of this verdict: &rsquo;the world&rsquo;s best desktop operating system&rsquo;. Fact is, even the impending major update to Windows 8 doesn&rsquo;t threaten OSX&rsquo;s place on the throne, which in itself is quite something. Mavericks 10.9 simply straightens the crown.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="648" height="486" title="OS X Mavericks 10.9" alt="OS X Mavericks 10.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mavericks-verdict.jpg?1406116667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mavericks 10.9 straightens the crown of the world&#39;s best operating system</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review#comments Apple Mac OS X Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:41:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427915 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s new wallpaper suggests Retina display iMacs coming soon http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple%E2%80%99s-new-wallpaper-suggests-retina-display-imacs-coming-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS X Mavericks’ blue and green wave image is exactly four times the resolution of the current 27in iMac screen – why? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/os-x-mavericks-wallpaper.jpg?1371045354" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you followed yesterday’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apple-news/news-nugget/mac-os-x-mavericks-launched-at-wwdc">OS X Mavericks announcement</a>, you’ll no doubt have noticed that Apple showed off a brand new default wallpaper: a blue and green ocean wave, clearly inspired by Mavericks’ surfer bay naming roots.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apple-news/news-nugget/apple%E2%80%99s-new-wallpaper-suggests-retina-display-imacs-coming-soon </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple%E2%80%99s-new-wallpaper-suggests-retina-display-imacs-coming-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple%E2%80%99s-new-wallpaper-suggests-retina-display-imacs-coming-soon/news#comments Apple Desktops iMac Mac OS X Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:07:32 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1423971 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple WWDC 2013 liveblog – iOS 7 revealed http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wwdc-2013-liveblog-%E2%80%93-ios-7-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple is ready to bestow the fruit of its labours upon us at WWDC 2013. Find out what&#039;s in the harvest right here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-wwdc-liveblog-01_0.jpg?1370965297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple's gearing up for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference – with the keynote set to start at 6pm UK time. We're <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apple-news/rumour-mill/apple-wwdc-2013-ios-7-retina-macbook-air-%E2%80%A6and-definitely-no-iwatch">expecting</a> great things from Apple – a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apple-news/rumour-mill/ios-7-new-look-sharing-features-and-iradio-music-streaming-all-due-tonig">iOS 7, iRadio music streaming service, and refreshed laptops running the new OS X</a> are all on the cards for this evening. Read on for live coverage.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apple-news/news-nugget/apple-wwdc-2013-liveblog </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wwdc-2013-liveblog-%E2%80%93-ios-7-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wwdc-2013-liveblog-%E2%80%93-ios-7-revealed/news#comments Apple iOS 7 Mac OS X Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:01:34 +0000 Will Findlater 1423940 at http://www.stuff.tv Mac OS X Mavericks launched at WWDC http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2013/mac-os-x-mavericks-launched-wwdc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple reveals feature-packed Mac operating system update – and it’s coming this autumn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OS X Mavericks" alt="OS X Mavericks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/OS-X-Mavericks.jpg?1371219860" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple kicked off today’s WWDC keynote with the launch of Mac OS X Mavericks, the latest edition of the Mac operating system.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> new apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are new apps too, primarily an updated Calendar (gone is the horrible fake stitched leather, to be replaced with a cleaner, non-skeumorphic look) and for the first time on Mac, iBooks and Maps. The latter integrates with iOS devices so that you can plan a journey on your computer and have the directions sent seamlessly to your iPhone.</p> <p>Notifications, meanwhile, have gone interactive, allowing you to reply to emails and messages direct from the notification window on the desktop. And then there’s iCloud Keychain, which stores all your website login info, credit card info, Wi-Fi passwords in the cloud and pushes them to all your Apple devices so that there’s no need for you to remember them all.</p> <p>OS X Maverick will be available to developers in a preview form almost immediately, and will go on sale to the general public this autumn.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/maverick-calendar.jpg?1371219860" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apple-news/news-nugget/mac-os-x-mavericks-launched-at-wwdc </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2013/mac-os-x-mavericks-launched-wwdc/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2013/mac-os-x-mavericks-launched-wwdc/news#comments Apple Mac OS X Mavericks WWDC 2013 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:28:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1423938 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple bringing Siri to Macs? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-bringing-siri-macs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cupertino’s job posting suggests the chatty personal assistant may be headed for pastures new </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/siri_0_0.jpg?1364407231" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/siri.jpg?1364407231" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5733.jpg?1364407231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is Apple bringing Siri to Macs? A new Apple job posting suggests that could be the case: it’s for a “Siri UI Engineer” and requires that applicants have a “familiarity with Unix, especially Mac OS X” as well as a “passion for the Macintosh platform”.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apple-news/rumour-mill/apple-bringing-siri-to-macs </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-bringing-siri-macs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-bringing-siri-macs/news#comments Apple Mac OS X Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:08:46 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 424137 at http://www.stuff.tv By Numbers – Mac OS X http://www.stuff.tv/apple/numbers-%E2%80%93-mac-os-x/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s desktop OS turns 10 today. We get out our calculators and do the maths </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="573" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mac-os-x-snow-leopard_0.jpg?1364402104" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3819.jpg?1364402104" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>18</strong> – languages in which Mac OS X is available</p> <p><strong>2001</strong> – year in which Mac OS X Cheetah released (on 24th March)</p> <p><strong>0</strong> – the the number of other PC manufacturers that can offer OS X (legally)</p> <p><strong>5.39</strong> – Mac OS X market share five years ago, as a percentage</p> <p><strong>7.07</strong> – current Mac OS X market share, as a percentage</p> <p><strong>1998</strong> – first mention of Mac OS X (by Steve Jobs at WWDC)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/by-numbers/by-numbers-%E2%80%93-mac-os-x </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/numbers-%E2%80%93-mac-os-x/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/numbers-%E2%80%93-mac-os-x/news#comments Apple Mac OS X Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:53:10 +0000 Paddy Smith 416021 at http://www.stuff.tv