Stephen Hackett's blog about things that light up and make noise. 512 Pixels is about Apple, technology, journalism and design.

Mac mini rumored for fall update

Eric Slivka:

MacRumors has now received word that Apple is planning a Mac mini update possibly launching next month alongside new iPad models and presumably OS X Yosemite. While we have been unable to obtain corroborating information of an imminent update, the mere possibility of an update as soon as next month is likely to be welcome news to Mac mini fans. The single source has provided no additional details on what to expect in terms of a next-generation Mac mini, but has provided accurate information in the past.

Will my year-old Mac mini dream finally come true? Probably not, but a nerd can dream.

Pebble, on the Apple Watch

Pebble, maker of what most would argue is the first usable smartwatch, is on the defensive:

I would be too, I suppose, but their current messaging sure comes across as ... immature.

The best Markdown writing app for the Mac

Matt Reich, for The Sweet Setup:

There’s no shortage of Markdown editors to choose from, and many of them are fantastic. We think Byword is the best of the bunch because it hits the sweet spot between simplicity and functionality. Byword offers a calm writing environment, yet has just enough features under the hood enough to make you a happy and more productive writer.

Closing out September

Instead of running RSS sponsorships this month, I'm raising funds to support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Click here to learn more and donate.

A month ago, I set out with a goal to raise $1,000 for St. Jude, but, thanks to you, as of this writing, we've raised over $12,000. I'm amazed and humbled by your generosity and support for a facility that is truly unparalleled in mission and scope. Thank you.

A look at Apple's iLife and iWork software boxes

While my kids may never believe it, software used to come in boxes. While the iLife and iWork brands are all but gone today, the retail boxes Apple used to package their CDs and DVDs are even more distant of a memory for most.



iPhone 6 review follow-up

I wanted to follow up on some open items that have come up since I published my iPhone 6 review.

  • I finally got some photos of my space gray iPhone 6 up over on Flickr.
  • I ordered the black leather Apple case for my iPhone. It arrived today, and my first impressions are positive. I haven't put a case on an iPhone since my original phone in 2007, but the 6 is just too thin and slippery for me to be comfortable. The case is lightweight and thin, but time will tell if I stick with it.
  • Today, David Sparks let me show off what's on the home screen of my iPhone. Filling a new row of apps was harder than I thought; but as always, I've left an empty row above the Dock for a little breathing room.

Orson Welles of the Genre

The most recent episode of Electric Shadow over on the ESN podcast network is a great one about Apple's events on the whole:

Apple has been using cinematic techniques in their events and ads since 1984. Horace Dediu, Jason Snell, and John Gruber discuss the story Apple has told on screens for 30 years: one of engineering thriving on dynamic creativity.

My favorite Pixar film, Wall-E, gets a shoutout as well. Go check it out.