Bloomberg: Mac mini update this year will target pro users, likely more expensive

Bloomberg: Mac mini update this year will target pro users, likely more expensive | 9to5Mac:

After years of neglecting its standalone desktop computer, Apple has been rumored to be updating the Mac mini later this year. Now Bloomberg has reported new details about what we should expect for the 2018 Mac mini as well as Apple’s new rumored 13-inch MacBook.

According to Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Apple will target professional users with the 2018 Mac mini refresh. Like with Apple’s other pro Macs, higher specs mean higher prices:

Apple is also planning the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years. It’s a Mac desktop that doesn’t include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box and costs $500. The computer has been favored because of its lower price, and it’s popular with app developers, those running home media centers, and server farm managers. For this year’s model, Apple is focusing primarily on these pro users, and new storage and processor options are likely to make it more expensive than previous versions, the people said.

Finally.

Dark Sky overhaul brings new design and simplified forecast view

Dark Sky overhaul brings new design and simplified forecast view | 9to5Mac:

I recently took a look at the various weather apps for iPhone (read the roundup here). Dark Sky was one of my absolute favorite apps, and today it gets even better. Despite already having the gold standard (in my opinion) of weather data, it now brings one of the best-looking apps to the table as well.

While I didn’t think the old app was bad, in hindsight, it was a little dated looking. The new version combines the current weather and forecast screen into one tab, which I love. These are the most used sections of the app for me, so it makes it even easier to use now.

The best weather app just got better.

24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation

24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation | 9to5Mac:

Prince’s Warner Brothers catalog hit Apple Music early last year, but that left many of his albums missing. That’s been corrected today, thanks to an agreement between the Prince’s Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings …

NordVPN Variety reports that 23 albums issued between 1995 and 2010 have been issued in the first round, with more to follow. There’s also a brand new compilation album.

The full list of newly available albums is:

The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
Chaos and Disorder (1996)
Emancipation (1996)
Crystal Ball (1998)
The Truth (1998)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)
One Nite Alone… (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
Xpectation (2003)
N.E.W.S. (2003)
C-Note (2004)
Musicology (2004)
The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
3121 (2006)
Planet Earth (2007)
Indigo Nights (2008)
LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
MPLSoUND (2009)
20Ten (2010)
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010

iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch

iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch | 9to5Mac:

This is a disappointing development: Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch next month. Group FaceTime expands video calling from one-on-one calls to up to 32 participants, but customers will have to wait a little longer to use it this fall.

FaceTime’s delay echoes AirPlay’s release with iOS 11 — originally announced as part of iOS 11, the released nearly a year later in iOS 11.4 — but hopefully Group FaceTime doesn’t come with such an extended delay.

Shame. Hopefully it won’t be delayed as long as iMessages in the Cloud was as well as AirPlay 2.

UK streaming service NOW TV testing new tvOS app for Apple TV

UK streaming service NOW TV testing new tvOS app for Apple TV | 9to5Mac:

UK video streaming service NOW TV has confirmed that it’s testing a new version of its tvOS app for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. The current version of NOW TV on tvOS is a ported app from the third-generation Apple TV days that doesn’t integrate with modern features like the TV app.

9to5Mac Happy Hour NOW TV hasn’t shared what changes are in store for its new tvOS app, but it is recruiting testers for a version created specifically for the latest Apple TV streaming boxes. The service recently started looking for early adopters to try the new tvOS app:

Fantastic! Since I cut the cord, I have been waiting for NOW TV to improve it’s Apple TV app to perhaps integrate with the tvOS app.

Instapaper returns to Europe after GDPR blackout, relaunches Premium plan

Instapaper returns to Europe after GDPR blackout, relaunches Premium plan | 9to5Mac:

A few weeks ago Instapaper announced that it was taking the service solo and leaving Pinterest. As part of its new independence, the read-it-later service is reintroducing its Instapaper Premium subscription service to keep the lights turned on. Instapaper is also returning to the European Union after months of being offline for EU users due to GDPR compliance issues.

iOS 12 beta 5 confirms HomePod will add support for making phone calls

Rambo writing for 9to5Mac:

On the same screen, it describes some of the personal requests you can make to HomePod: “…add reminders, create notes, make phone calls, and more”.

Since there’s no developer or public beta for HomePod, we can’t actually test the feature until the final release, but this is a very solid indication that this feature is definitely coming for HomePod with iOS 12.

The Great Apple MacBook Pro Cover Up

The Great Apple MacBook Pro Cover Up | iFixit:

We’re in the middle of tearing down the newest MacBook Pro, but we’re too excited to hold this particular bit of news back:

Apple has cocooned their butterfly switches in a thin, silicone barrier.

The 2018 MacBook Pro features a thin rubberized layer under its keycaps, covering the second-generation butterfly mechanism.

This flexible enclosure is quite obviously an ingress-proofing measure to cover up the mechanism from the daily onslaught of microscopic dust. Not—to our eyes—a silencing measure. In fact, Apple has a patent for this exact tech designed to “prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress.”

Confirmation that Apple have taken steps to improve the keyboard issues.

Adobe Acknowledges Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for the iPad

Adobe Acknowledges Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for the iPad – MacStories:

The addition of Photoshop and other Creative Suite apps to the iPad would be a significant step forward for the tablet’s push into the pro user market. Currently, only Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets is capable of running a fully-functional version of Adobe’s pro apps, making it the default choice for creative professionals who want to use Creative Suite on a tablet.

Soon to be worthy of a finally.