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He designed the iPhone, have you heard of it?

Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie saying goodbye after 20 years


Apple has officially announced following a scoop by 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman this afternoon that Greg Christie, Apple’s Human Interface Vice President and also known as the man who designed most of the concepts behind the user experience that would become a staple of the iPhone, and thus the modern smartphone as a whole, would be leaving the company after 20 years.

Greg Christie was essentially the head of design for all of Apple’s major platforms, including OS X and iOS, for years now. His influence was limitless – without Christie, both the iPhone and Mac OS X would look very, very different today. Christie will be sticking around Apple for a greater part of the rest of 2014, and following his departure Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive, who famously took the lead in redesigning iOS 7 last year, will be taking on Christie’s responsibilities.

While Mark Gurman also reported that Greg Christie’s decision to leave was influenced by growing discord between him and Jony Ive, DaringFireball‘s John Gruber says that this was not at all the case, saying, “Christie and Ive may not see eye to eye on UI design style, but his departure isn’t nearly as contentious as Mark Gurman’s report at 9to5Mac implies. The basic gist I’ve heard is that Christie is a guy who’s been in a high-pressure, high-profile job for 18 years, most of it reporting to Steve Jobs. He’s made a lot of money and is ready to enjoy it.”

You know what Mr. Christie? I don’t blame you – I’d be ready to smell the roses after such a long time in Cupertino as well. Let’s hope Ive is up for the challenge.

Source: Recode / 9to5Mac / DaringFireball

Mash refresh now

Apple’s WWDC 2014 lottery winners have been notified

Good news, Apple developers! Apple has just notified their WWDC 2014 lottery winners if they have been selected to have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to WWDC 2014, Apple’s upcoming developer conference which is to be held of June 4th. The bad news? It appears as though all of the tickets have been sent out, so if you haven’t already received your ticket, you might well be pretty, well, out of luck.BkqIqWrIEAA1jzB.png-large

Apple decided to adopt a lottery system to give more developers a fairer chance to have the opportunity to attend WWDC – in previous years, Apple sold out of WWDC tickets ridiculously fast, with Apple selling out in just about 90 seconds last year. To compare, Microsoft sold out of tickets to their Build developer conference in the span of days, not seconds, last year.

Apple is widely expected to reveal their next generation mobile operating system, iOS 8, and their next generation desktop operating system, OS X 10.10, at WWDC this year. Apple may also be planning on updating their lineup of Retina MacBooks at the conference, however hardware is rarely the focus of WWDC.

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Free software for all!

Apple giving away OS X Mavericks Server to developers?


Well, this one is a bit unexpected – it appears as though Apple has begun contacting at least a couple of registered OS X Developers informing them that they are elgibile for and will be receiving a copy of OS X Mavericks Server, totally free of charge. The software add-on, which is available on the Mac App Store for $20 and was updated alongside the consumer version of OS X Mavericks, is one of the few remaining separate applications developed by Apple to cost money after Apple made iLife and iWork free for all owners of past versions and new Macs; now that they’re giving this away, what’s left to sell?

The news comes from several Mac developers, such as Ross Penman, 14, of Scotland who tweeted:

Just got an email from Apple to say they’re giving me a free copy of OS X server. @glenwayguy – @PenmanRoss

We’ll keep an eye out for more information and will let you know as soon as we learn more. Have you received an email entitling you to a free version of OS X Mavericks Server? Let us know in the comments!

Not too shabby

In 24 hours, OS X Mavericks adoption is at nearly 10%

OSXMavericksAdoption24hoursFree, as it turns out, is a big motivator. According to GoSquared’s OS X Mavericks live usage tracking tool, OS X Mavericks adoption is closing in at 10 percent (9.3 percent, to be exact) adoption in just barely over 24 hours. That’s a huge number – at this point following the release of OS X Mountain Lion, Mountain Lion had only hit just under 2 percent adoption. That’s over 4 times as many people using Apple’s latest and greatest in the same span of time.

Of course, there are some pretty big differences between the release and deploying of OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion – namely, Mountain Lion cost $29 while Mavericks is available to all eligible OS X users, free of charge. That’s every Mac user in the world with a Mac manufactured in around 2009 or later, including Apple’s line of iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro desktops as well as MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air users.

Source: GoSquared

New iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband

Apple updates iLife for both iOS and OS X

Apple has today updated their entire iLife suite for both iOS and OS X, bringing a whole new iOS 7 inspired design that natively fits in with iOS 7’s native user interface. iLife for iOS appears to be most significantly updated, bringing in features that were previously exclusive to the Mac versions of the applications in prior versions.

iMovie and Garageband for OS X have also been given a radical redesign once again, departing from the radical designs that each have retained over the past couple of years. iMovie has given prominence to slow motion video this time around, allowing iPhone 5s owners to better take advantage of their 120fps HD video cameras. Garageband meanwhile gets a new automated feature known as “Drummer”, which appears to dynamically create new rhythms that fits with tracks.

iLife is free with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device, and each version of these applications are available starting today.

A couple more months of waiting

Apple announces new Mac Pro desktop availability in December


Apple was expected to release their new Mac Pro desktops today, however looks like we have a couple of months longer left to wait – while discussing the new desktop, Apple confirmed that the new Mac Pro will begin shipping in December.

Phil Schiller confirmed again that the Mac Pro was designed and will be manufactured right here in the United States, bringing production of a mainstream Mac computer back to the United States for the first time in decades.

Apple also confirmed some new specifications on the Mac Pro, and confirmed that it’s both faster, quieter, and more energy efficient than today’s Mac Pro lineup. In fact, the new Mac Pro is about as quiet sitting at peak operations as the Mac mini – a significantly less powerful, smaller computer.


Apple releases OS X Mavericks, totally free


Apple has today released their next generation version of OS X, dubbed OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”, on the Mac App Store. Breaking from convention a little bit, Apple has officially announced that OS X Mavericks is an absolutely free update to OS X, whether your Mac runs OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, or OS X 10.8 Snow Leopard – a  harsh reality check for Microsoft, who still charges up to hundreds of dollars to get the latest version of their Windows operating systems.

Though OS X Mavericks has yet to make an appearance on the Mac App Store, it’ll likely be available in just a couple of hours, tops. OS X Mavericks brings several new key features and security enhancements, including improved multi-monitor support, tagged files, Finder tabs, Safari 7.0, Notification improvements, and more.

It's alive!

Apple seeds OS X 10.9 Mavericks Golden Master build


Though Apple’s next generation desktop/notebook operating system, OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”, isn’t expected to hit virtual store shelves until late October at the earliest, Apple has hit the “launch” button a little bit early and has actually seeded registered paying OS X developers with the Golden Master build of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, expected to be the same exact build that Apple will release to the general public later this month.

The build, which identifies itself as 13A598, is said to be significantly improved over earlier pre-release versions of the operating system. OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” brings several big improvements to the OS X platform, including Tabbed Finder, better power management, FaceTime and iMessage improvements, UI redesigns, and more.

A surprise update

Apple releases new iMacs with Haswell processors, 802.11ac, faster storage

2012_imacs_left_right-500x451In a surprise move, Apple hs today updated their popular line of iMac computers. The new iMac retains the familiar iMac design of the previous generation, which was launched late last year alongside the iPad 4 and the iPad mini, but inside features entirely new components.

Most notably, the new iMac benefits from Intel’s newest Haswell processors (the same architecture used in yesterday’s new Surface Pro lineup), which offers considerably improved performance with lower power consumption. The new iMacs also include faster, next-generation 802.11ac wi-fi, faster PCIe based flash storage, 8GB of RAM standard, 1TB traditional HDD standard.

Apple announced the new iMacs with a statement from Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

The new iMac comes in both 21-inch and 27-inch display sizes, each in multiple configurations. the new iMac is available today at, available to ship immediately. On top of the standard configurations, Apple offers several online exclusive built to order options with faster hard drives, more storage, more RAM, a faster processor, and more, though shipping times for these models is considerably slower than that of the standard configurations.

Source: Apple

Have at it

Apple seeds OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview 8


Apple has today released OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview 8 to paying registered OS X Developers just nearly two weeks following the release of Developer Preview 7. The new operating system is, of course, Apple’s next generation OS X operating system for their Macintosh line of computers.

Apple is, as per usual, short on what exactly has been changed or improved in this iteration of Mavericks, saying only that “this update is recommended for all users running OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 7”. We’ll let you know as to any changes or improvements to the operating system as soon as we know more, if there are any big changes to note.

One thing worth mentioning is that though this is the eighth developer preview of OS X Mavericks, Apple is not expected to release the operating system to the general consumer base until late October at the earliest. As such, we could be in for at least another two developer previews prior to seeing the appearance of the Golden Master build.

For the world to enjoy

Apple targeting late October for OS X 10.9 Mavericks launch


Though OS X 10.9 Mavericks has been available to paying registered developers for quite some time now, it’s been relatively quiet regarding a potential official Mac App Store release date. While an original rumor claimed that Apple could be preparing to launch their next generation OS X operating system, which is used on their popular Mac line of computers, at their September 10th iPhone event next week, that rumor was quickly shot down by some credible sources.

Now we know the truth (or at least what we’re inclined to take as the truth): according to numerous reliable sources, including AllThingsD – who famously pegged September 10th as the iPhone 5S / 5C launch event date a month in advance – Apple is currently targeting a OS X 10.9 Mavericks release for late October, after all the iPhone event hype has already died down.

AllThingsD suggests that this is perhaps slightly later then Apple had originally intended to release the operating systems. Apple was reportedly forced to delay the launch after moving engineering resources away from the OS X team to work on iOS 7, which had more pressing development concerns at that point in time. As iOS 7 development is wrapping up / has potentially ended however, Apple is likely once again working hard on completing development for OS X Mavericks.

Source: AllThingsD

Bug fixes and improvements

Apple releases OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6


There’s been a lot of focus on Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 7, some of us tend to forget about that other major operating system Apple develops and sells – OS X, the system behind their line of Mac computers. Announced at WWDC alongside iOS 7, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is the next generation version of OS X and the followup to the very successful OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It’s also the first version of OS X to ship sans a big cat name.

Well today Apple has released their next developer version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Developer Preview 6. Apple is, as per usual, short on exact details regarding what’s new, simply saying that there are some bug fixes and improvements abound. OS X Mavericks isn’t expected to launch alongside iOS 7 at Apple’s major September 10th even, which is expected to focus solely on the iPhone, however Mavericks should ship not long after to Mac users via the Mac App Store.

We’ll let you know about any major improvements or changes as soon as we know more – but until then, paying developers should head to the Developer Portal (or the Mac App Store for users of a previous Mavericks Developer Preview) and get downloading.