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How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

1 hour 50 min ago

When Apple announced iOS 8 back at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive not only iMessages from their Macs but also regular Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages we send to our Android-using friends). When iOS 8 was released and the feature wasn't there, we all waited for Yosemite. When Yosemite came out we realized we needed to wait for iOS 8.1. Now that you have those two installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow, but they're pretty simple.


Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

2 hours 57 min ago

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.


Apple Q4 Earnings Sliced And Diced

Mon, 2014-10-20 19:52

Apple reported Q3 earnings information Monday. Kelly plays a little Fun With Math and shows some interesting stats about how Apple did over the last three months.


Apple Q4 MacBook Sales Hit Record Breaking Numbers, Jump 25 Percent

Mon, 2014-10-20 18:21

Mac sales hit 5.5 million units during Apple's fourth fiscal quarter for 2014, jumping a full 25 percent in a single quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Mac marketshare is the largest it's been since 1995.


Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

Mon, 2014-10-20 17:45

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.


How Apple’s Tim Cook Explained Away Poor iPad Sales

Mon, 2014-10-20 17:33

During Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Steve Milunovich with UBS about his views on the iPad sales of 12.31 million, the second (non-holiday) quarter of declining sales. Here's how Mr. Cook responded.


Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Pay Support

Mon, 2014-10-20 16:31

Along with the release of iOS 8.1, Apple released Apple Store 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Monday. The update for the Apple retail store assistant app added support for Apple Pay, which was enabled in iOS 8.1.


China Holds Huge Potential for Apple with First Time iPhone Buyers

Mon, 2014-10-20 15:59

China isn't just a big market for Apple's iPhone, it has huge potential for new customers. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, half of iPhone 5S buyers in the country were new to the platform, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus look to be in a position to drive that percentage up.


Apple Teases Future Plans for Beats

Mon, 2014-10-20 15:16

Apple has plans in store for Beats now that it owns the company, and an announcement is coming about what's in store, but for now CEO Tim Cook isn't saying what we can expect. Mr. Cook shared his little tidbit during the company's fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Monday afternoon.


Apple Posts a Record September Quarter - $42.1 Billion Revenue, $8.5 Billion Earnings

Mon, 2014-10-20 15:02

Apple posted another record quarter Monday, when the company announced results for the September quarter, Apple's 4th fiscal quarter. Apple had record revenue of US$42.1 billion, with record 4th quarter earnings of $8.5 billion (earnings per share of $1.42). The company said that strong iPhone, Mac and App Store sales drove both revenue and earnings.


How-to Set Up and Add Credit Cards to Apple Pay

Mon, 2014-10-20 14:45

Apple launched Apple Pay Monday, a service that allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to conduct credit card transactions through NFC at participating retailers. Apple Pay was included in iOS 8.1, which was released to consumers earlier on Monday, and it's pretty easy to set up-if you know that it's in Passbook, that is. Here's how to get it going.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-20

Mon, 2014-10-20 11:32

Spotify announces its upcoming family plans and iOS 8.1 is due out pretty much the moment this podcast stops recording. Two special hosts (and one missing host!) make for this very unique TDO.


Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, Camera Roll, More

Mon, 2014-10-20 11:19

Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday afternoon. The update includes the launch of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S., the return of the Camera Roll in Photos, the launch of iCloud Photo Library "as a beta service," the ability for Messages users to send SMS and MMS text messages from their Macs and iPads, and several bug fixes.


Spotify Announces Family Plans

Mon, 2014-10-20 09:49

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.


Apple To Release iOS 8.1 Update Today, Here’s How To Get Ready

Mon, 2014-10-20 07:59

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.

The Mac Observer Spin: I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.


Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

Mon, 2014-10-20 07:02

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.


MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

Sun, 2014-10-19 09:54

John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!


3 More Tips for Making Better Slide Show Presentations in Apple’s Keynote

Sat, 2014-10-18 08:30

Keynote is a cool app and understanding some of the built-in elements can make for an exceptional presentation. Nancy Carroll Gravley has three more tips for you to help make better looking slideshows using Keynote.


Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

Fri, 2014-10-17 15:50

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis: How did he ever use such a small iPhone?


Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

Fri, 2014-10-17 15:15

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th. The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.