Answering a frequently asked listener question, on this episode of Mac Power Users David and I recap the technology gear we regularly use at home and work, including a review of our Macs and iOS devices and what's on our desks.
This month’s issue of ScreenCasts Online Monthly Magazine is now available in ScreenCasts Online Magazine App. In the February issue you’ll find an article from me about ten of my favorite Mac and iOS accessories designed to be used on the go.
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Apple’s quarterly results are out which has generated a lot of buzz. Here’s a few links of note for the week ending January 31, 2016:
- Apple released their Q1 2016 results. although the company posted record quarterly revenue and net income, iPad unit sales have continued to decline year-over-year despite the release of the iPad Pro. Apple is also expecting iPhone unit sales to decline during the march quarter, which if true would mark the first decline in the iPhone history. All good things… Jason snell and Serenity Caldwell have transcribed the call for iMore while Jason has a slew of charts on Six Colors.
- Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer reports that Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV which includes a Podcast application along with bug fixes and security enhancements.
- Some Mac and iPhone users are reporting a bug where Safari crashes when creating searches in the search bar. According to Rich Edmonds at iMore, some users are reporting a temporary fix by disabling search suggestions under Settings > Safari.
- Apple has issued a voluntary recall for certain AC Wall Plug adapters and World Travel Adapter Kits designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. According to Apple in rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac® and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. More information can be found on Apple’s site.
- Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has dropped another major rumor saying Apple is likely to debut an iPad Air 3 at a March Event along with new Apple Watch models. The new iPhone 5se may also be released at this event. The proposed date for this event is the week of March 14th.
- Apple is supposedly working with banks including Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo to bring Apple Pay to ATMs. According to Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer this would allow customers allow customers to use their iPhone or Apple Watch rather than their ATM card.
- There was a major update to one of my favorite applications, Deliveries was upgraded to version 7.0 this week. Federico Viticci at MacStories has the details. Among other improvements this update has brought full iOS 9 support, better iCloud sync, and a share extension. Deliveries 2.0 was also released on the Mac App Store.
- Ken Case of The Omni Group has released his annual post, Looking Back, Looking Ahead discussing the state of The OmniGroup. Among the company’s accomplishments for 2015 including bringing all their iPad apps to the iPhone and updating all their Mac Apps to match the latest interface updates and technologies in Yosemite and El Capitan. Ken also outlines their plans for 2016 including support for encryption and better support for the iPad Pro.
This week on Mac Power Users, Liana Lehua returns to the show to discuss physical fitness for geeks with David and me. Topics include choosing and achieving fitness goals and apps and gadgets that can assist on the road to better health and fitness.
Thomas Pritchard released Chapters.app on the Mac App Store today. It's a way to add chapter markers to MP3 files.
We receive a few requests each year for chapter markers or to create "enhanced" podcast for Mac Power Users. There have been technical and workflow reasons that we haven't implemented this to date. Previously chapter support required creating an "enhanced AAC" which caused feed compatibility issues, and until recently there was no good way to add chapter support to MP3s. That seems to be changing with the introduction of Chapters.app and more, but not all, pod-catchers supporting MP3 chapter markers.
I'm not sure a show like MPU lends itself to a number of chapters. And I am concerned about the additional time investment required in producing and editing the show with chapters given the small number of people who have requested this feature from us in the past. However, I have picked up a copy of Chapters.app will experiment with it in the coming weeks.
You may see some *limited* chapter markers on MPU in the future and we'll see how things go. But no promises...
My pal David Sparks recently released two new OmniFocus training courses over on Lynda.com. As you probably know I'm a big fan of OmniFocus and it's the App that helps me keep on top of everything I have to do and manage my life. OmniFocus is an incredibly powerful tool, both on the Mac and iOS.
One of the comments I hear most frequently from people is they just don't know how or where to start with OmniFocus. The App can sometimes be too powerful that it seems overwhelming. If you're looking to get started with OmniFocus or if you want to up you game, then these are the courses for you. Each course runs about 2 hours long.
If you're not a Lynda.com member they offer a 10-day free trial. Plans thereafter start a $25 for a month and you can access not only David's great tutorials but a catalog of thousands of amazing video tutorials. Students - check with your school - many educational institutions offer a Lynda.com membership as part of your tuition benefit.
Here are the links I found of interest for the week ending January 24, 2016:
- Apple released iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 this week. Both contain security updates and bug fixes.
- Apple also released an update to GarageBand on iOs, an update to Lawgic Remote iOS App and an entirely new App called Music Memos. Music Memos is designed for musicians and it gives them a place to quickly record bits of music. The App will analyze the recording and the provides built-in accompaniment. Jim Dalrymple at The Loop has an in-depth review.
- Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac who is known for his a recent history of spot-on leaks says Apple is working on a new 4-inch iPhone that will be called the iPhone 5se. It will feature a design similar to the 2013 iPhone 5 but with upgraded internals. Mark speculates we’ll see the iPhone 5SE in March or April and it will feature curved edges & Live Photos.
- While there aren’t many public details, Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observe reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook met briefly Friday with Pope Francis.
- As noted by Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, California Assembly Member Jim Cooper introduced Assembly Bill 1681 This bill would require a smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California, to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider. As Bryan notes a similar bill was introduced by New York Sate Assemblyman Matthew Titone. These Bills, if passed would have huge ramifications for all end-users, regardless of where they live as manufactures would have to build their phones and operating systems to comply with these laws.
- If you’re interested in Apple’s stance on Encryption, Rich Mogull writing for TidBITS has a nice piece on Why Apple Defends Encryption
- If you were curious about Amazon’s Drone Delivery program and if it was for real, David Pogue has an exclusive interview with Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy where they discussed details about its crazy drone delivery program.
- One of my favorite TV series, the X-Files is coming back for a limited 6-episode miniseries. The miniseries kicks off tonight. Here’s a teaser:
What an adventure it has been! Mac Power Users released its 300th episode this week. On this very special episode Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett take over the show turn the tables on David and me to celebrate the 300th episode of the show featuring questions from MPU listeners.
Thanks to all our listeners and sponsors for helping us make it this far. I look forward to the next 300 shows.
By default, Apple Mail sends certain e-mail attachments such as images and PDFs inline, or in the body of the message. While this may look visually appealing for some messages with images, it can be frustrating and confusing. I personally don’t like Inline attachments, so here are two ways to get rid of them:
If Mail is open, quit it. Open the Terminal (Applications → Utilities) Enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes
Once you restart Mail.app any email messages that you send or receive will display attachments as icons, not inline. If you later you decide you want to change your preference back to viewing attachments inline simply repeat the above command but change the “yes” at the end to “false” (without the quotes). Note that this method is universal. Meaning all attachments, including those that are simply graphics (such as in email signatures) will be sent as attachments - so your messages may no longer have the desired appearance.
Clive Galeni’s Anti Attachments Plugin
The terminal command is free and either turn inline attachments on or off. Simple enough. But my favorite way to handle attachments is by using Clive Galeni’s Anti Inline Plugin. This third party add-on gives you additional control over attachments handing including the ability to leave signatures inlined thus preserving the appearance of mail images. The cost is $14.90 but I don’t mind paying for a utility I use every day.
I previously recommended another plug-in called Attachment Tamer but unfortunately that developer hasn’t been able to keep up with OS X development so I can no longer recommend it.
My apologies for being a day late with my week in review post. I was out of town yesterday on important bridesmaid business and didn’t get home in time to post it. Nevertheless, here are the links of note for the week ending January 17, 2016:
- The big news in the Apple world is that we we got a preview of the upcoming features in iOS 9.3. This includes major new features including Night Shift as well as new features for education and improvements for Health and News. Federico Viticci of MacStories has a nice roundup. You can also find the official information on Apple’s site. There’s also a nice recap on last week’s Connected podcast on Relay.fm with special guest Fraser Speirs joining to explain what this release means for education.
- tvOS 9.2 was also released in beta. Zac Hall of 9to5Mac has released a video showing some of the new features including Apple’s new Podcasts, support for folders, bluetooth keyboard and more.
- Apple wasn’t the only company with big software release this week AgileBits released 1Password 6.2 for iOS and 1Password 6 for Mac. 1Password 6 is a major new released that includes a new vaults view, improved password generator, iCloud sync compatibility for non-Mac App Store purchases and access to Team Vaults. best of all, its a free upgrade for owners of iPassword for Mac version 4 of 5. Catlin McGarry of Macworld has a review. (Disclosure: 1Password is a sponsor of Mac Power Users)
- Another new App release is from Rogue Amoeba which released Loopback, an audio utility that will allow Mac users to group and re-route their Mac’s audio from specific Apps and inputs into others. While this may not be a general purpose utility, for people who regularly work with audio, including Podcasters, it will be invaluable. For example, in order to record MPU Live each week with two hosts, a guest, various saved audio comments and a live stream it requires a very complicated setup involving a second Mac mini and prone to lots of error and failure. Loopback eliminates all that with a single Apple. Jason Snell of Six Colors has a review.
- Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline released an App for members of his service for the Apple TV. Members who subscribe to ScreenCastsOnline can now view his weekly tutorials directly on the Apple TV. Congratulations, Don!
- Although the Steve Jobs movie may have been a bust in the box office, it has had some success at the awards shows. As noted by Zac Hall at 9to5 Mac, It won two of four Golden Globes Awards for which it was nominated. Aaron Sorkin won for Best Screenplay while Kate Winslet won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Michael Fassbneder has been nominated for an Oscar for his title role and Kate Winslet has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Joanna Hoffman.