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SketchParty TV drawing game for iPhone and iPad now has a...

Today, 03:05 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...s-free-version'title="SketchParty TV drawing game for iPhone and iPad now has a free version"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/08/sketchparty-tv-free-ipad-hero.jpg?itok=9kRbxPy5' /></a></p> <p>Magnate Interactive has released a free version of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sketchparty-tv-free/id987616731?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">SketchParty TV</a>, its fun drawing game for the iPhone and iPad that uses <a href="http://www.imore.com/airplay">AirPlay</a> to let you play the game on your TV with friends. A bit like Pictionary, SketchParty TV asks you to draw your given words within a time limit while trying to out-draw the other team.</p> <!--break--> <p>For those that have never played before, SketchParty TV sees players divide into two teams, with up to eight players per team. You're given five words that must be drawn within two minutes under the standard settings, though these limits can be changed. Games must be played over AirPlay on a TV, so you'll need a second generation or later <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-tv">Apple TV</a>.</p> <p>SketchParty TV Free is available now on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad.</p> <ul><li>Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sketchparty-tv-free/id987616731?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul></div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234567847170/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49586b0f/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/49586b0f/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/1-dmfLx9YKU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitte...

Today, 03:00 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...photos-twitter'title="How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/08/iphone-twitter-images-instagram-2.jpg?itok=SXf9ZJi2' /></a></p> <p>I love sharing photos on Instagram, and 300 million other users feel the same, but I don't like the fact that my Twitter followers can't preview the images directly from my timeline. They need to click the Instagram link to view the photo. It used to work a couple of years ago, but Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. The good news is that there's a workaround. <!--break--></p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/how-automatically-post-instagram-photos-twitter' title="How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/08/iphone-twitter-images-instagram-1.jpg?itok=UXy1eM39' /></a></p> <p>While tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible, you can no longer view the photos on Twitter. The workaround is to use an IFTTT (<a href="http://ifttt.com/">ifttt.com</a>) recipe that automatically posts your Instagrams as Twitter photos.</p> <p>When you post on Instagram, the photos will show up in your Twitter feed as full images rather than just links.</p> <h3>How to set up IFTTT to post your Instagrams as Twitter photos.</h3> <p><strong>1.</strong> Sign in or sign up to IFTTT (<a href="http://ifttt.com/">ifttt.com</a>) and then go to this <a href="https://ifttt.com/recipes/103249-automatically-post-your-instagrams-as-twitter-photos">IFTTT recipe page</a></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Use the connect buttons to connect IFTTT with your Instagram and Twitter accounts.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/how-automatically-post-instagram-photos-twitter' title="How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/connect-twitter-instagram-scn.jpg?itok=9xgjQt7s' /></a></p> <p><strong>3.</strong> Tap or click the <strong>Add</strong> button.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/how-automatically-post-instagram-photos-twitter' title="How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/connect-twitter-instagram-add.jpg?itok=kZsftqkl' /></a></p> <p><strong>4.</strong> After the recipe has been added, tap your IFTTT username on the top right corner and go to <strong>Preferences</strong>. Alternatively, you can use <a href="https://ifttt.com/preferences/settings">this link</a>. Uncheck the option <strong>Auto shorten URLs.</strong> This makes sure that your tweets show instagram.com URLs instead of ift.tt.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/how-automatically-post-instagram-photos-twitter' title="How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/ifttt-shorten-url.png?itok=7a0PV-Qx' /></a></p> <p>That's it! Next time you post a photo on Instagram, make sure to uncheck the Twitter option in the app because IFTTT will already automatically tweet it for you. Now your Twitter followers can both see a link to your Instagram link and a preview of the actual photo within their timeline. You are done. High five!</p> <p>Will you be using this IFTTT recipe to show image previews or are you happy with just showing the Instagram URL in your tweets? 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These 6.6ft Lightning MFI Charging-Data Cables are only...

Today, 02:31 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...nly-1495-today'title="These 6.6ft Lightning MFI Charging-Data Cables are only $14.95 today"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/R21405.jpg?itok=pWP_lZ8J' /></a></p> <p>Tangle free and capable of a maximum 2.4A charging rate, these <a href="http://store.imore.com/kodiak-66ft-apple-lightning-mfi-charging-data-cable-with-aluminum-housing/5A18A21405A.htm&amp;utm_medium=blogroll&amp;utm_campaign=navigation&amp;utm_source=im?utm_campaign=community&amp;utm_source=d_im&amp;utm_medium=content">Lightning charging-data cables</a> are a great addition to your mobile arsenal. Measuring 6.6ft in length, they come in silver and gold color options, and are wrapped in a high tensile nylon that makes them sturdy and easy to use. Today they're 40% off!</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234567844302/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49585ee3/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/49585ee3/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/MwenTeJ3AzM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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iPhone 6s will reportedly include Apple Watch-inspired an...

Today, 02:28 PM

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The upcoming iPhone 6s will reportedly borrow more from the Apple Watch than Force Touch. Apple is reportedly looking at adding a new set of animated wallpapers to its next iPhone, along the lines of the "Motion" faces on the watch. Those faces include blooming flower and jellyfish.
The new wallpapers on the iPhone 6s are said to include animated fish and multi-colored smoke, according to 9to5Mac:

For the new iPhone, we are told the types of motion wallpapers range from sets of animated fish from a koi pond to colorful arrays of smoke. In recent iOS 9 betas, Apple added new colorful wallpapers including colored smoke against a solid black background, and the same effect is likely to be fully animated on the iPhone 6S.


While this feature could ultimately be cut from the launch of the new phones, it should be noted that animated wallpapers have been included in iOS since the release of iOS 7. It makes sense that Apple would eventually want to expand what it offers in that section.
As noted around the time of the Apple Watch's release, Apple takes many thousands of photographs to create the Motion faces for the watch, rather than relying on CGI. It's likely that they'd use similar techniques to create backgrounds for the new phones.
Source: 9to5Mac


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Square launches Appointments, its business-focused calend...

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Square is taking another step towards becoming the center of your business' world with the launch of Square Appointments. A business-focused calendar app, Appointments lets you create new events with your clients, including adding specific services that you will provide, and how much those services will cost. You can create a list of services that you provide, and add them to your appointments with just a couple of taps.
Here are the primary features you can expect in Square Appointments:

  • Appointment notifications: Accept and decline appointments directly from your notifications.
  • Calendar: See monthly and daily views including your listed agenda and business hours.
  • Scheduling: Create and edit appointments and personal events and add notes in your calendar from anywhere.
  • Clients: Manage your client information, notes, and appointment history on-the-go. Import your iPhone contacts directly.
  • Register: complete payments using Square Register version 4.18 or later.

Square Appointments is a paid service from Square, though there is a 30-day free trail when you start using the app. Individuals will need to pay $30 a month after that, with teams of two to five people will pay $50, and an unlimited subscription costs $99 per month.
You can download Square Appointments from the App Store now.

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Best battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus

Today, 01:00 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-iphone-6-plus'title="Best battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/mophie-iphone6.jpg?itok=0dbpzI6e' /></a></p> <p>You work your <a href="http://www.imore.com/iphone-6-plus">iPhone 6 Plus</a> hard and you want to make sure it gets through the day. Not everyone has the luxury of hanging out near a wall outlet, and a backup battery can be cumbersome to use while on the move. Battery cases are convenient all-in-one solutions that power your iPhone directly with the added bonus of impact protection.</p> <p>More often than not, you'll still be able to plug your iPhone into your Mac to sync data or charge thanks to USB passthrough on Made for iPhone-certified cases. If you absolutely have to make it to bedtime on a single charge, take a gander at these excellent battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus.</p> <!--break--> <h2 data-title="Best battery cases for iPhone 6 Plus"></h2> <h2>Mophie juice pack</h2> <div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OoU_6bzZ-N8?rel=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;controls=2&amp;autohide=1&amp;showinfo=0" width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-oou6bzzn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <div class="buy-widget"> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/mophie-juice-pack-iPhone-Plus/dp/B00TE8MZJS/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://admin.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/field/image/2015/08/mophiejuicepack-iphone6.jpg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/mophie-juice-pack-iPhone-Plus/dp/B00TE8MZJS/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">$100 <em>Buy</em></a></p> </div> <p>Mophie's 2,600 mAh battery case is a well-known standby. The juice pack brings a extra hit of juice to your iPhone 6 Plus without adding an obscene amount of bulk to the overall package. Mophie has a range of additional accessories that accomodate the case, including cradles, holsters, and car docks. Black, white, and gold colors are all available to match your iPhone 6 Plus.</p> <h2>Zero Lemon ZeroShock case</h2> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/best-battery-cases-iphone-6-plus' title="Best battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/zerolemon-iphone6-3.jpg?itok=rY-tIaqH' /></a></p> <div class="buy-widget"> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RDLV1KC?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/field/image/2015/08/zerolemon-iphone6-2.jpg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RDLV1KC?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">$100 <em>Buy</em></a></p> </div> <p>Zero Lemon has great bang for buck with its beefy 6,100 mAh battery case. The ZeroShock case is incredibly rugged with two thick layers of impact protection plus a built-in screen protector. A dedicated hardware button the back allows you to start and stop charging. As a cherry on top, the case includes a belt clip that can double as a stand for your iPhone 6 Plus.</p> <h2>Tylt energi sliding power case</h2> <div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GoosFGMh8FM?rel=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;controls=2&amp;autohide=1&amp;showinfo=0" width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-goosfgmh8fm" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <div class="buy-widget"> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Tylt-Energi-Sliding-Power-iPhone/dp/B00S8KDO7A/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/field/image/2015/08/tyltcase-iphone6.jpg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Tylt-Energi-Sliding-Power-iPhone/dp/B00S8KDO7A/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">$100 <em>Buy</em></a></p> </div> <p>Tylt's classy 3,500 mAh battery case easily slides on and off a secondary slim case as needed. You can easily leave the energi sliding power case attached all the time, but if you need to keep your iPhone portable or want to charge the case separately, you can easily slide it off. The MFi-certified Lightning connector allows for charge and sync passthrough when connected.</p> <h2>PhoneSuit Elite Pro</h2> <div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/128296282" width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-vimeo vf-128296282" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <div class="buy-widget"> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Phonesuit-4200mAh-Extended-Ultra-Thin-Battery/dp/B00TRNECUA/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/field/image/2015/08/phonesuit-iphone6.jpg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Phonesuit-4200mAh-Extended-Ultra-Thin-Battery/dp/B00TRNECUA/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">$110 <em>Buy</em></a></p> </div> <p>The PhoneSuite Elite Pro case has a 4,200 mAh and a slick capacitive touch area on the back to toggle charging. MicroUSB passthrough allows you to charge and sync your iPhone 6 Plus without having to take it out of the case. When activated, the PhoneSuite will detect if the iPhone is topped up and automatically shut off.</p> <h2>Alpatronix BX150plus</h2> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/best-battery-cases-iphone-6-plus' title="Best battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/alpatronix-iphone6-2.jpg?itok=6d7VKuTN' /></a></p> <div class="buy-widget"> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Plus-Battery-Case-Rechargeable/dp/B00TE82Z2K/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/field/image/2015/08/alpatronix-iphone6.jpg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Plus-Battery-Case-Rechargeable/dp/B00TE82Z2K/?tag=imoreb-20&amp;m1k=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">$80 <em>Buy</em></a></p> </div> <p>If you want a tough case with a built-in battery that isn't quite as tank-sized as the Zero Lemon option, Alpatronix makes a great case with good bump protection. A 4,000 mAh MFi-certified battery is enclosed in a carbon fiber weave, while a microUSB plug allows for charging and data transfer. A headphone jack adapter is included if you need to plug in, though you can always go with a Bluetooth headset to avoid the hassle. Two slits in the case allow the iPhone 6 Plus speakers to emit clearly.</p> <h2>Your favorite battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus?</h2> <p>This is but a sampling of the wide world of battery cases available for the iPhone 6 Plus. If you've used something like this in the past, leave a link in the comments and let us know how it worked out for you.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234567940998/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49576966/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/49576966/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/plX0W2yMJK0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Lara Croft GO opens up a gorgeous diorama world to explore

Today, 08:06 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

Lara Croft GO is a brand new turn-based puzzle title by the same company that brought the world Hitman GO. Taking the same experience and art direction of the previous GO title and mashing it together with Tomb Raider has resulted in a beautiful take on Lara Croft. Prepare to be immersed on the diorama board with plastic figures as you work alongside Croft to uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.

Should you not be a fan of turn-based games, you may wish to look away as this is exactly what has become of the fearless tomb raider. If you're a fan of the genre, you'll be tasked with navigating through gorgeous-looking boards, fighting off enemies who happen to cross your path, and overcome the usual deathly obstacles and traps Croft has dealt with many a times in the past.

There's a lot to see and do with more than 75 levels available, split into five chapters. Collecting ancient relics on your journey will enable you to unlock some new threads of Croft, providing a refreshed look for the adventurer. It's an interesting take on the Tomb Raider franchise and one we expect many will enjoy. Like Hitman GO, the latest title from Square Enix Montreal will set you back $4.99.



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The rise and fall of Apple's all-in-one machines

Yesterday, 02:32 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

As long as the Macintosh has been around, there have been all-in-one models.

All-in-ones (or AIOs) are desktop computers where all the major components—logic board, storage, display and more—are in the same case. These designs are much neater and cleaner than your traditional PC setup, which requires a separate computer, screen, and lots of cables running everywhere.

For the last 17 years, Apple's AIO offering has been the iMac. While the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is a far cry from the 9-inch black-and-white CRT Macintosh Steve Jobs unveiled way back in 1984, they share DNA and a common design philosophy: Simplicity is king.

In the beginning

The original Macintosh 128k wasn't a huge success, in part to the computer industry's response to the machine. While the simplicity and elegance is still obvious today, some looked at the computer as a toy—ill-equipped for real work.

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Part of this was due to the case and physical design of the machine. It was small and approachable, but because Apple kept users from being able to open the case and tinker—a standard at the time—many wrote it off before ever learning about its industry-changing software.

But Apple pressed on, rapidly innovating on the original design. The majority of early Macs were of the same "compact" design as the original—an all-in-one case built around a 9-inch black and white CRT—but the company iterated by adding internal hard drives, better disk drives and more RAM. The chassis was finally retired when the Color Classic II (also named the Performa 275) was pulled from shelves with little fanfare in May of 1994.

Losing the all-in-one way

By 1994, Apple was a mess. The company had multiple competing Macintosh product lines, few of which were successful.

One such line was the Perfoma: The computers were made up largely of recycled Mac internals from other lines, hidden within a case sporting a built-in 14-inch color CRT. They were often found in schools and homes, while the Quadras and Power Mac lines were sold to the higher end of the market.

These mid-90s all-in-one Macs are mostly all forgettable: Many of them were re-badged and named over the years, contributing to some of the most confusing product names I've ever come across.

There is one exceptional machine in the bunch: the Mac TV, which shipped with a black case and built-in TV tuner card. Past that, the all-in-one scene in the 1990s was a sea of endless, mind-numbing beige.

The turning point

When I was in high school, I worked at the student newspaper, laying out pages on a 1998 Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One.

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I'm of the mindset that this machine—dubbed the "Molar Mac" for its tooth-like appearance—is historically important, as it helped reintroduce the Mac community to AIOs that mattered. It's also the closest in design to Apple's perhaps most significant AIO of the 1990s: The original iMac, with its translucent plastic and swooping curves. The Molar Mac has largely been forgotten, set out to pasture with a bunch of other old Macs that no one really remembers. But it paved the way for something great.

The peak

In early 1998, Steve Jobs took the stage to introduce the original iMac. Clad in "bondi blue" translucent plastic, the design was a true return to the all-in-one design.

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Gone were the expansion cards found in the Molar Mac. This iMac—with the exception of a small door allowing the user to add more RAM—was a sealed system. And, like the Macintosh 128k, it was approachable and friendly. It brought magic back to the Macintosh, and set the stage for Apple's return to profitability.

The 2000s are chock-full of some great iMacs. The original G3 line grew and expanded at an astonishing rate, only to be followed by the iMac "Sunflower" G4, the iMac G5 and, of course, an entire line of Intel-powered machines that range from the original 17-inch Core Duo machine in 2006 to today's Retina-infused 27-inch monster.

Looking toward the future

As great as the current iMacs are, I can't help but think the best days of the all-in-one design are behind it. I think there will always be room for the iMac in Apple's lineup, but it's clearly not where the company is making most of its money. That hasn't been true for a long time: Apple now sells way more notebooks than desktops, and that trend isn't going to reverse anytime soon. While the Retina iMac is a huge step forward, notebooks and iOS devices are where Apple is currently doing its strongest hardware work. (Of course, given that both are closed AIO systems, you could say that Apple's taken a bit of its history forward even as the iMac line starts to fade.)

No matter what comes in the years ahead for computers, iOS devices, or cars, the iMac will always have a special place in the company's—and many users's—hearts. I know it does in mine.



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OmniFocus 2 for Mac scores performance improvements in la...

Yesterday, 11:38 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

Popular task management app OmniFocus has received an update on the Mac App Store, bringing along some minor tweaks and bug fixes. Here's the breakdown of what's new in OmniFocus version 2.2.4:

  • Crash — Made some changes to help track down a crash common in pre-release versions of OS X related to fonts.
  • Performance — Improved performance when scrolling and switching perspectives.

Overall, this one is pretty minor, but improved performance is never anything to scoff at, and neither is the increased effort to track down crashes ahead of the release of OS X El Capitan. OmniFocus' last big update came in February when the app got a new look to bring its aesthetic up to snuff with OS X Yosemite, along with new sharing options and extensions.



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Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to speak at Vanity Fair's N...

Yesterday, 11:26 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

Vanity Fair has announced its speakers for its 2015 New Establishment Summit, revealing that Apple design guru Jony Ive will once again be taking part. Also set to speak at the summit is Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine, who now calls Apple home.

This isn't Ive's first appearance at Vanity Fair's annual summit; The design chief also spoke at last year's event, and touched upon a wide range of topics over the course of the 25-minute interview. In his previous appearance, Ive spoke about product design in general, along with that of the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Jimmy Iovine will also be on tap, and will likely discuss his role behind the launch of Apple Music, along with the wide array of Beats products produced under his leadership.

The Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit will run from October 5 to October 7, and will also feature speakers from other big names in tech, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Snapchat's Evan Spiegel.

Source: Vanity Fair



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