Week in Review: October 18, 2015

Another busy week in the Apple world. We saw the release of new iMacs, Trackpads and Mice. The iWork Suite also saw an update. Here are links of note for the week ending October 18, 2015:

  • Jason Snell in my opinion has some of the best coverage of the Apple releases this week. Writing for Macworld, Jason reviewed the iMac with 4k Retina Display. Jason has more to say about the new iMac on this week’s episode of Upgrade on Relay.fm and reviews the new Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard on his site, Six Colors.
  • Speaking of the new iMacs, Apple has added a cute new page on their site comparing the 1998 iMac to the iMac of today. They call it iMac: Then and Now. In 1998 I had a beige Power Mac at my home, which I know was more powerful than the iMac of the day, but I was so jealous of my friends who have the cool new iMac.
  • Stephen Hackett writing at 512pixels has written up a few Notes on Notes.app. There’s a lot of interest in the changes to the Notes.app, especially with some concern about the future of Evernote. I love Evernote, though I will admit, I’m keeping an eye on the situation over at Evernote and for the first time, I am considering exporting some of my data out of the service in favor of a files and folder based system. That being said, I’m still not sure Notes.app is the right system for me.
  • For a counter-point, Brett Kelly has written a piece Regarding Notes for iOS and El Capitan and why he’s sticking with Evernote.
  • After some anticipation, Apple has finally released updates for the iWork suite of application both on Mac and iOS. The updates include new features and El Capitan support. The three apps now also support Split View and multi tasking support. You can read about what’s new on Apple’s site.
  • Writing for The Sweet Setup, Bradley Chambers explains How to create a personal podcast feed using Dropbox and JustCast. This is an ideal solution if you have your own private audio files that you want to play in your podcast app. For public audio files or one-off podcasts, consider the Huffduffer service. But be aware, your Huffduffer feed is searchable.
  • Apple and IBM have been collaborating recently and IBM decided to support Macs in their own workspace by deploying over 30,000 Macs to IBM employees. You can read about the results of the initial deployment in this article by Daniel Webber writing for at jamfsoftware.com. One of the more interesting stats, only 5% of Mac users call the help desk, compared to 40% of PC users.
  • Backblaze has released their Hard Drive Reliability Stats for Q3 2015. Always an interesting read.
  • Helmut Hauser is a MPU Listener and a Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Bristols. He shares some of his tips on how to Save Time with Expert-Level Text Expander Snippets at Asian Efficiency.
  • For those concerned about Apple’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature gobbling up their data (I never was) Apple has released more details about how the feature works.
  • Earlier this week, Adam Lisagor was on Mac Power Users. We couldn’t share at that time, but Adam was preparing to launch The Computer Show, a series set in 1983 and discusses the future of computers. It’s hilarious. Here’s a look at the first episode: