Apple opens REP for Mac Pro

Joe Rossignol at MacRumors:

Apple has determined that graphics cards in some late 2013 Mac Pros, manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015, may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair eligible Mac Pro models affected by the video issues free of charge. Customers can book an appointment with the Genius Bar at an Apple Store or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to determine if their Mac Pro is eligible for coverage.

Filed under: "it's about time."

Happiness is a podcasting family

Myke Hurley, writing at iMore:

The fact that we have computers in our pockets now — on our person at all times — means that we are all just a tap away from each other. And since we have hosts who live all over the world, there's someone online at practically any time of the day or night. That's powerful, and that's why I love my Apple devices. They not only help me do my work in a practical sense; they also help me stay connected to the people that are most important in my life.

Having my co-founder six time zones and 4,300 miles away isn't as hard as it may seem. With things like iMessage, FaceTime, Skype and Slack, Myke and I can communicate with each other and our hosts no matter where we are. Relay FM wouldn't be possible without the technology we use everyday. We do deeply enjoy the handful of times we see each other a year but it hasn't stopped us from running a growing business from different continent.

The best part is that you'd never know it looking at what we've been able to accomplish. Our company could only exist in the 21s century, and I think that's pretty cool.

Remember the Milk gets giant overhaul

Remember the Milk was the first task manager I ever used. Like Gabe, I used Remember the Milk for years. I upgraded to their Pro service way back on July 24, 2008 and have close to 6,000 completed tasks logged there.

The service fell behind, though, and I moved on, but now, it's back with a huge update. With an all-new look and new apps, the service offers features found in other systems, including start dates, task sharing, subtasks and more. Remember the Milk had things like plain-English parsing and amazing search operators well before anyone else, and these have been updated as well.

Even with these updates, I'm not sure Remember the Milk is powerful enough to handle my task needs, but I'd be lying to say I'm not tempted to give it a run.

Apple launches broken iPhone upgrade program

Mark Gurman at 9to5 Mac:

The Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program currently allows a customer to bring in an older iPhone model and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone model. The main exception since the launch of the program is that this does not apply toward older iPhones with cracked displays, or broken cameras and buttons. That’s about to change …

Starting this week, the updated program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple believes that this new program will encourage new iPhone upgrades versus a standard iPhone screen repair.

We've all seen people out in the world, using phones smashed to smithereens. Maybe there's some clear tape involved to hold the glass together.

In fact, here's an iPhone 6 I broke about a year ago:

(It fell down a flight of stairs in a parking garage. Whoops!)

I'm sure money is the main reason people will live with a shattered phone. Repairing a broken iPhone can be expensive, and I think people with broken older phones will just live with until they can upgrade again.

This new program from Apple takes aim at that with the goal for people to upgrade to a newer phone. Before this, a broken iPhone was basically worthless in terms of trade-in, and this will change that. More people may be able to upgrade via this system than before, which will those sales numbers from sliding. Seems like a win-win at this point.

'This darkest of narratives'

Jason Snell:

I’d like to say that the iPad will settle in at an average rate of 12 million units per quarter, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I suspect iPad sales will be down for at least one more quarter, and then may stabilize as people upgrade to the iPad Air 3.

But I have to admit, that’s my optimism talking. I’ve come to love the iPad and I don’t think Apple will abandon it. In fact, the company now seems committed to improving it at a pitch that was lacking during its first few years of existence. Perhaps this couple of years in the doldrums will end up being the thing that turns the iPad around.

Or perhaps I’m kidding myself, and in the end the iPad will be small niche product, an outsized iPhone accessory. As someone who loves his iPad, the idea that I might be part of a tiny enthusiastic minority in a largely uncaring world is heartbreaking. But looking at the numbers, it’s entirely possible that this darkest of narratives is, in fact, the right one.

Until the iPad settles out, it'll be hard to tell, but I think it's going to be more of a sibling to the Mac, not its replacement, at least on a macro level.

Day One 2 released

Day One 2 is now out as a new, paid upgrade to the excellent Mac and iOS journaling app. The new version supports multiple photos per journal entry, multiple journals and a more powerful filter system.

I've been using the betas for a while, and have been impressed. Day One has been a constant on my iPhone's homescreen for years, and I'm happy to pay again for an app that means so much to me.

Here's a bit from Jake Underwood's review at MacStories:

Day One 2 has all the possibilities of bringing home as many awards as its successful predecessor. It's a carefully crafted app that took what made the first iteration so loved while transitioning it to a new piece of software with useful and exciting changes. On any and all platforms, Day One 2 shines at being an example of what premium software feels like.

I couldn't agree more.

The Mac app is currently $19.99 and the universal iOS app is $4.99. This is half-off for a week, so go download them and get to journaling those important moments.

The 20th Anniversary Mac

The 20th Anniversary Mac is one of the most unique and unusual computers Apple has ever released.

When it went for sale in 1997 with a $7,500 price tag, it didn't do amazingly well in the market. While only 11,600 were sold, each one was built to be special. The TAM doesn't share the same startup chime or paint color as other Macs of its age, and the one-off ADB keyboard featured a leather palm rest and removable trackpad. The mouse was too common for users of this machine. Apple could even send someone to set up the entire system for you. Rumor has it that they would do so in a tuxedo.

The external unit was both a subwoofer and the power supply and attached to the head unit by a thick umbilical cable. The sub was part of the Bose-designed sound system. The cloth-covered speakers completed the system, which could be controlled via the buttons on either side of the vertically-oriented CD drive.

The 20th Anniversary Mac shipped with the ability play television and FM radio, and came with an infrared remote. Apple really pitched this as more than just a computer; it could be a complete entertainment system.

The 20th Anniversary Mac brought with it a vision for the future. Its built-in LCD was ground-breaking for desktop users used to CRTs. It was a computer that made a statement. Apple was saying that it valued design and could build something ready for the 21st century.

The TAM ended up having a short life. After a couple of steep price cuts, it was discontinued in March 1998. Even though it wasn't a big hit, it was an important computer, and set to define many of the things we've come to expect from Apple desktops in the years since.