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What to Expect from Apple: WWDC Predictions for 2017

What will Apple unveil at WWDC 2017? Here are our WWDC predictions for 2017, including updates to iOS and macOS, refreshed MacBook Pros, a new size for the iPad Pro and more.

What is WWDC?

WWDC stands for World Wide Developer Conference, and it’s Apple’s major software release event for the year. At the week-long Bay Area event, Apple unveils changes to the major developer platforms, like iOS, tvOS and macOS. There’s a keynote on the first day of the event when the new releases are announced to the public. That will be held on Monday, June 5th at 10 AM Pacific this year. Following the keynote, there will press events, developer-specific workshops and demos for new features through June 9th.

This years WWDC will be held at a different venue that previously, moving to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple had previously held the event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and the change has folks wondering how San Jose will be different from SFO.

iOS 11

Apple always releases a preview of the newest version of iOS to coincide with WWDC, and this should be no different. Among our WWDC predictions, we expect UI updates and expanded functionality for Apple extensions. Other sources have suggested that iOS 11 will include major updates for the iPad. This could include expanded functionality for the well-designed but criminally-underused Pencil, which pairs with the iPad Pro to allow drawing input.

Apple design head Jimmy Iovine has said that Apple Music will be getting a refresh in iOS 11 as well. Back in January, he told the Hollywood Reporter the following: “At Apple Music, what we’re trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video.” This expansion comes at a time when Apple is generating original video content like “Planet of the Apps,” and the redesigned Apple Music could be better optimized to support that particular content.

macOS 10.13

One of these years, we’ll get macOS 11. This year will not be that year. Like iOS, Apple typically previews the new macOS point update at WWDC. Our WWDC predictions include hints that the common name of the OS will start with an M. We’ve heard some good guesses: Malibu, Mojave and Monterey Bay are all good options.

Actual rumors are thin on the ground, but Mac users have a long wishlist of potential updates. The badly-bloated iTunes needs plenty of attention, and a Siri and Spotlight merger has long seemed in the works. Conference-calling in FaceTime has also been frequently requested by users. Apple could also release long-missing iOS apps for macOS: if they released a clock app, maybe macOS could finally get native timers and alarms. And if I could set my iPhone to auto-unlock when it’s near my Mac, that would make me so happy.

Kaby Lake Hardware

wwdc predictions 2017 macobok pro updates

Our biggest WWDC prediction is updates to the MacBook Pro line, indicating an out-of-cycle spec bump. Since last year, we’ve heard that the MacBook Pro line would be getting updated to Intel’s newest Kaby Lake processors in 2017. Now, it looks like that’s finally set to happen.

Currently, the MacBook Pros are limited to 16 GBs of RAM, a ceiling that some have found offensive. The Kaby Lake update may allow for a greater allotment of low-power RAM favored by Apple. However, the processor specs for the suspected chips don’t seem to include greater support for LPDDR3 RAM, so technical details are murky. We should also expect to see improved batter life with the newer processors, though it’s not clear how much of a change there will be.

The 12-inch MacBook could also see similar upgrades, with an internal spec bump to support Kaby Lake. Some rumors have suggested a MacBook Air update, but that seems unlikely, considering the platform has been essentially superseded by the MacBook.

If you’re interested in the technical details, we have seen some leaked processor specs for the MacBook Pro.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar (13,1) should get the Intel Core i5-7260U (2.2GHz) and i7-7660U (2.5GHz). The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13,2) should get the Intel Core i5-7267U (3.1 GHz), i5-7287U (3.3 GHz) and i7-7567U (3.5 GHz). And the flagship 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13,3) should see the Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 GHz), i7-7820HQ (2.9 GHz) and i7-7920HQ (3.1 GHz).

iPad Pro

wwdc predictions ipad pro

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has WWDC predictions of his own. He’s predicted a greater than 70-percent change that Apple will release the long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro at this year’s WWDC. It’s rumored keep the same physical size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro while receiving a larger display thanks to smaller bezels.

tvOS 11 and watchOS 4

tvOS and watchOS are also expected to see updates. tvOS, which powers the Apple TV, is especially ready for some major changes. The platform has languished in relative obscurity, with infrequent updates since 2015. watchOS is also due for an update to version 4. There isn’t many WWDC predictions for either software platform. Hopefully we’ll see greater API accessibility for tvOS and new featured for watchOS.

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Free iOS Apps Today: Download Paid Apps for Free, May 22, 2017

Here is your weekly dose of free iOS apps you can download.

Note: These apps are free as of this writing; they will go back to their regular price anytime.)

Paid apps gone free

Eggggg – The Platform Puker

paid apps gone free

Eggggg is a ridiculous two-touch platform game about vomit. It’s an action packed and crazy experience, and tailored for mobile devices. Gilbert has an extreme allergy to eggs. Eating them will literally make him vomit like a fountain. He escapes from his mean aunt Doris in order to get to a birthday party, and needs to use his vomiting superpower to survive a world of angry cyborg chickens… of course.

In this game you will find
* A fun and playful game for young and old
* 21 crazy levels of vomiting action
* Smooth game controls – tailored for touch devices
* Included sticker pack for iMessage on iOS 10
* Eggg, Egggg, Eggggg and Egggggg
* Awesome and unique visual style by the Spanish illustrators Brosmind

The game is developed by the Norwegian studio Hyper Games, and is based one the movie “Gilbert’s Cruel Revenge” by Maipo Film.

DOWNLOAD

Tank of Tanks

paid apps gone free

Tank of Tanks is an easy-to-learn one-button arcade tank game for up to four players on a single iPad.

Controls:
Push the button to move and shoot. Release to turn.

Features:
• Massively local four player action!
• Simple one-button controls
• Frantic 60-second deathmatches
• Fun levels like Arena, Revolver and Box Pit
• Game Center leaderboard and achievements
• Customize your play, enable bouncy bullets and icy surface for even crazier combat

DOWNLOAD

Force Corp.

free ios apps

***REQUIRES iPHONE 6 OR HIGHER***
An unwelcome guest from a cold and dark corner of the universe…

Alien substance is approaching our cities. It can’t be destroyed and it consumes everything on its way, producing more and more of itself. Grey goo nightmare from cold and distant corner of the universe. Only force shields developed by your company can now protect our cities.

*** “An indie blockbuster produced for all sci-fi lovers”.

– Special bonus treatment for 3dTouch device owners (iPhone 6s and up).
– No ads.
– No Internet or data requirements (playable without wifi or 3G).
– Indie title. Built with love by indie game developer.

DOWNLOAD

JIFFMOJI Stickers

free ios apps

The cutest Messages ever using JIFFMOJI Stickers by JIFFPOM. Tons of stickers to sparkle up your Messages!!! You can even add Stickers & text to your own photos to send to your friends and post on social media. Plus create custom speech bubble & heart stickers!!!!

JIFFPOM is a social media and Hollywood super star with over 5 Million Instagram and 10 Million Musical.ly followers. He is represented by United Talent Agency in Hollywood California.

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5K Trainer – 0 to 5K Runner. Couch Potato to 5K!

free ios apps

Start your journey to training for a 5K today!

In only 8 weeks with our new 5K Trainer 0 to 5K program! This app has a ton of success stories of people that got in shape, started living healthier lives, lost weight, and now YOU can join them! Only 30 mins at a time, a couple times a week, for 8 weeks and you will be more than prepared for a 5K!

Features

  • Carefully timed alternating walk / run intervals for all skill levels
  • Run segments progressively increase over 8 weeks at a pace anybody can keep up with
  • A REAL Human voice coaches YOU through your headphones, tells you when to walk / run.
  • Listen to your Music, TV, Movies, Audiobooks (Anything!) and the coach will blend right in!
  • Control Music, TV, Movies, Audiobooks through the app or headphones!
  • Compatible with Nike+ and all other GPS apps
  • Compatible with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Many More! (Don’t see your favorite app? Feel free to ask us first to be sure!)

GPS & Apple Health

  • Built in Extremely Accurate GPS & Distance Tracking! Full support while App is in Background too!
  • Integrated with Apple Health Automatically! No Double Data!

DOWNLOAD

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How to Get Touch Bar Functionality on Your Old MacBook

A little while ago, Apple released MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar, a new method of interacting with the computer. The Touch Bar lives above your keyboard, replacing the function keys with contextually-aware software buttons that can trigger specific actions. There’s been some hemming and hawing about whether this constitutes a good features, but unless you have a new MacBook Pro, it’s impossible to try out natively.

However, you can add Touch Bar functionality to your old MacBook with some software solutions. With Touché you can add an on-screen Touch Bar to any MacBook running macOS Sierra. And if you want something you can actually tap, you can use a minor hack to get a version running on your iPhone or iPad.

Using Touché

1. Download Touché from the developer’s website.

2. Install by dragging into your Applications folder.

3. At this point you might discover that you’re running the wrong version of macOS Sierra.

You’ll need to have macOS 10.12.1 installed, but you’ll also need the correct subversion, called a “build.” The correct build for this version is 16B2657, which can be downloaded from Apple.

4. If you need to, install the updated version of macOS by mounting the DMG you just downloaded and running the contained install. Once your computer has finished restarting, continue.

5. Open Touché. You’ll see the Touché window, which contains the Touch Bar pop up at the bottom of the screen.

6. By default, the Touch Bar won’t look like much. But as you access different applications, you’ll see the Touch Bar change in response to your context. Go explore!

Using Touch Bar Demo App

You can also use the accurately-named Touch Bar Demo App to run a software version of the Touch Bar on your iPad. While this is a hacked-together solution that you’ll need to build onto a properly-provisioned iPad or iPhone with Xcode, if you know what you’re doing, it’s a little closer to the real thing.

Installing Touch Bar Demo

1. Make sure you’re updated to build 16B2657 of macOS Sierra 10.12.1. If you’re not, the application will not run. To check your build number, open “About This Mac” under the Apple menu and click on the macOS version number.

If you have a different build number, get the updated version from Apple.

2. Download the most recent release of Touch Bar Demo App from GitHub. You’ll need to download both TouchBarServer.zip which runs on your Mac and the source code which you’ll install on your iPad.

3. Unzip TouchBarServer.zip and drag the resulting TouchBarServer.app into your Applications directory.

4. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via a USB to Lightning cable. In testing, this did not work with a 30-pin cable or a device requiring one.

5. Unzip the source code, then navigate inside of the TouchBarDemoApp-1.5 folder to open TouchBar.xcodeproj.

If you don’t have Xcode installed, you’ll need to download it from Apple with an active developer account.

6. Click on the name of the project in the left pane.

7. Click the Team drop-down in the middle of the screen under the Signing section.

8. If you’ve already logged into Xcode with a developer account, select that one. If you haven’t done that, click “Add Account…”

8a. Log in to your developer account in the popup window.

8b. Select your new Team from the drop-down menu.

9. Change the part of the Bundle Identifier that says “bikkelbroeders” (between com. and .TouchBarClient) to something unique. It doesn’t matter what, so your first and last name is a good option as any.

10. Click the device display next to “TouchBarClient” and choose the device connected to your computer. It will be at the top of the drop down menu, and will be named something like “Steve’s iPhone” in most cases.

11. Once you’ve selected your device as the target, click the “play” button in the menu bar to build the app to your device.

12. You might get a warning saying your device doesn’t trust your developer account. Follow the on-screen prompts to fix this.

Launching Touch Bar Demo

13. Launch the Touch Bar Client app on your iPhone or iPad, and launch Touch Bar Server app on your Mac. Make sure to keep your device connected to your Mac via the USB cable you connected earlier.

14. On your device, you’ll see a top-down view of a MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.

The Touch Bar, though small, will change in response to your actions on your Mac. This works best on a larger iPad, as you might guess. You can interact with the Touch Bar by tappings its icons, if you can manage to reach them.

Conclusion

If you want to see what the Touch Bar is like, an app like Touché is going to be your best bet. But if you want to get an idea of what it’s like to actually use, loading the Touch Bar Demo App on to your iPad is going to provide a slightly more realistic experience. But in the end nothing will be quite the same as an actual MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar installed.

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Use macOS Sierra’s Purgeable Space to Optimize Storage

Bigger might be better, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at Mac hard drives. Thanks to expensive SSDs, the base storage  for a new Mac is now only 128 GB, and expanded internal storage can be ludicrously expensive. To help you deal with this reality, macOS Sierra includes features to help save disk space. As part of this mission, macOS analyzes your files and dumps them into two buckets into two buckets: purgeable space and everything else.

What Does Purgeable Space Mean?

For macOS, “purgeable space” means “expendable files.” Specifically, it describes files that macOS has decided could be deleted, if necessary, to free up disk space. Purgeable data still exists as ones and zeros on your hard drive, but macOS has marked the files as available for deletion.

As of now, it’s not possible to see which files, exactly, the OS has marked as purgeable space. You also can’t clear the purgeable space yourself unless you resort to some Terminal hacking. But we do have a general idea of what can get marked as purgeable space, and we can make some tweaks with the storage optimization options.

What Sort of Files Does Sierra Consider Purgeable?

That sounds crazy—my computer will just delete some of my files? Well, it shouldn’t delete anything you want, and it definitely won’t delete the only copy of something.

Two main factors affect whether a file is purgeable: when the file was last accessed and if the file is backed up in iCloud. If the file can be downloaded from iTunes, Photos, or iCloud on demand, and it hasn’t been opened in a while, there’s a good chance it will get marked as purgeable. The idea is to keep redundant data from clogging up your hard drive when perfectly good copies are available in the cloud.

If you want to go full-bore into macOS-optimized storage, turning on iCloud Desktop and Documents vastly expands the potential pool of files that can be marked as purgeable. These folders probably contain most of your files, and once they’re backed up on iCloud, any of these files could be a candidate for purgeable space. User files that are not backed up to iCloud should never be marked as purgeable space.

Other candidate files include special cases like TV shows and movies in your iTunes library that you’ve already watched, foreign language dictionaries and infrequently used fonts.

Exploring Optimized Storage

It doesn’t end at purgeable space. Sierra also offers a few features to help you better manage your storage space.

By design, Sierra’s storage optimization operations are hidden from the user’s view. You shouldn’t need to take any direct action to benefit from the basics, but you can take a look under the hood to get some more control.

If you open up “About This Mac” under the Apple menu and click on the Storage tab, you’ll see a breakdown of your disk storage. Click the button labeled “Manage” to open up a System Information window.

purgeable space manage

There’s a couple things going on in the resulting window, which will allow you to tweak your storage settings.

purgeable space recommendations

On the left, you have a few categories of files, including Applications, Documents and Mail, along with the disk space each category takes up.

purgeable space menu

Clicking on the Documents tab, for example, will show you most of your files, sorted by size. Based on our tests, it seems like “Documents” includes the Documents, Downloads, and Desktop folders.

purgeable space documents

This is probably the most useful feature of the bunch. It helped me locate some long-lost, disk-hogging audio files, which was great. But not all of these menu options are as useful. Clicking on GarageBand, for example, tells you exactly nothing.

purgeable space garage band

Optimized Storage Recommendations and Options

Under the “Recommendations” tab (which is the default view) you have a few other options.

Store in iCloud

The first is called “Store in iCloud.”

purgeable space store in iCloud

While the description reads “store all files in iCloud,” “all” is a bit of an overstatement. This switch enables iCloud Desktop and Documents. That backs up the content of your Desktop and Documents folders to iCloud. Once a file is safely stored iCloud, and it hasn’t been accessed in a while, it gets the purgeable space flag. This means it can be removed from your hard drive, but a copy will remain safe in iCloud, ready to be downloaded as soon as you need it.

The same goes for your Photos library. Any full-res photos that also exist in iCloud can be flagged as purgeable space as well, but optimized JPGs will stay on the system. This is almost identical to what happens when you click the “Optimize Photos” toggle on your iPhone.

purgeable space store in icloud

Optimize Storage

The second is somewhat inaccurately labelled “Optimize Storage.” It removes any iTunes movies and TV shows that you’ve already watched.

purgeable space optimize storage

These videos can be re-downloaded and are still marked as purchased, but the local version is removed from your hard drive.

You might be sensing a trend here: all the “optimize” options are about removing files from your local hard drive that exist somewhere else.

Empty Trash Automatically

The third, “Empty Trash Automatically,” will automatically delete files that have been in the Trash for more than thirty days.

purgeable space empty trash

Reduce Clutter

Finally, clicking “Review Files” under “Reduce Clutter” opens up the Documents tab that we saw before.

purgeable space reduce clutter

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