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      MacBook Air gets hosed, other models hold steady in macOS 15 as Intel support fades

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 12:50

    MacBook Air gets hosed, other models hold steady in macOS 15 as Intel support fades

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    As the Intel Mac era has wound down over the last couple of years, we've been painstakingly tracking the amount of software support that each outgoing model is getting. We did this to establish, with over 20 years' worth of hard data, whether Intel Mac owners were getting short shrift as Apple shifted its focus to Apple Silicon hardware and to software that leveraged Apple Silicon-exclusive capabilities.

    So far, we've found that owners of Intel Macs made in the mid-to-late 2010s are definitely getting fewer major macOS updates and fewer years' worth of security updates than owners of Intel Macs made in the late 2000s and early 2010s but that these systems are still getting more generous support than old PowerPC Macs did after Apple switched to Intel's processors.

    The good news with the macOS 15 Sequoia release is that Apple is dropping very few Intel Mac models this year, a much-needed pause that slows the steady acceleration of support-dropping we've seen over the last few macOS releases.

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      Report: Apple isn’t paying OpenAI for ChatGPT integration into OSes

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 13 June - 17:20 · 1 minute

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    On Monday, Apple announced it would be integrating OpenAI's ChatGPT AI assistant into upcoming versions of its iPhone, iPad, and Mac operating systems. It paves the way for future third-party AI model integrations, but given Google's multi-billion-dollar deal with Apple for preferential web search, the OpenAI announcement inspired speculation about who is paying whom. According to a Bloomberg report published Wednesday, Apple considers ChatGPT's placement on its devices as compensation enough.

    "Apple isn’t paying OpenAI as part of the partnership," writes Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, citing people familiar with the matter who wish to remain anonymous. "Instead, Apple believes pushing OpenAI’s brand and technology to hundreds of millions of its devices is of equal or greater value than monetary payments."

    The Bloomberg report states that neither company expects the agreement to generate meaningful revenue in the short term, and in fact, the partnership could burn extra money for OpenAI, because it pays Microsoft to host ChatGPT's capabilities on its Azure cloud. However, OpenAI could benefit by converting free users to paid subscriptions, and Apple potentially benefits by providing easy, built-in access to ChatGPT during a time when its own in-house LLMs are still catching up.

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      My favorite macOS Sequoia feature so far might be the old-timey Mac wallpaper

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 12 June - 18:51 · 1 minute

    The classic Mac OS wallpaper in macOS 15 Sequoia mimics the monochrome user interfaces used in System 1 through 6.

    Enlarge / The classic Mac OS wallpaper in macOS 15 Sequoia mimics the monochrome user interfaces used in System 1 through 6. (credit: Apple)

    I'm still in the very early stages of poking at macOS 15 Sequoia ahead of our customary review later this fall, and there are quite a few things that aren't working in this first developer beta. Some of those, like the AI features, aren't working on purpose; I am sure some of the iCloud sync issues I'm having are broken by accident.

    I've already encountered a few functional upgrades I like, like iCloud support inside of virtual machines , automated window snapping (at long last), and a redesigned AirDrop interface in the Finder. But so far the change that I like the most is actually a new combo wallpaper and screen saver that's done in the style of Apple's Mac operating system circa the original monochrome Mac from 1984. It's probably the best retro Mac Easter egg since Clarus the Dogcow showed up in a print preview menu a couple of years ago.

    The Macintosh wallpaper and screen saver—it uses the animated/dynamic wallpaper feature that Apple introduced in Sonoma last year—cycles through enlarged, pixelated versions of classic Mac apps, icons, and menus, a faithful replica of the first version of the Mac interface. Though they're always monochrome, the default settings will cycle through multiple background colors that match the ones that Apple uses for accent colors.

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      Apple quietly improves Mac virtualization in macOS 15 Sequoia

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 11 June - 18:26 · 1 minute

    Macs running a preview build of macOS 15 Sequoia.

    Enlarge / Macs running a preview build of macOS 15 Sequoia. (credit: Apple)

    We’ve written before about Apple’s handy virtualization framework in recent versions of macOS, which allows users of Apple Silicon Macs with sufficient RAM to easily set up macOS and Linux virtual machines using a number of lightweight third-party apps. This is useful for anyone who needs to test software in multiple macOS versions but doesn’t own a fleet of Mac hardware or multiple boot partitions. (Intel Macs support the virtualization framework, too, but only for Linux VMs, making it less useful.)

    But up until now, you haven’t been able to sign into iCloud using macOS on a VM. This made the feature less useful for developers or users hoping to test iCloud features in macOS, or whose apps rely on some kind of syncing with iCloud, or people who just wanted easy access to their iCloud data from within a VM.

    This limitation is going away in macOS 15 Sequoia, according to developer documentation that Apple released yesterday. As long as your host operating system is macOS 15 or newer and your guest operating system is macOS 15 or newer, VMs will now be able to sign into and use iCloud and other Apple ID-related services just as they would when running directly on the hardware.

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      Cette nouveauté dans macOS Sequoia révolutionne l’usage de votre iPhone

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Monday, 10 June - 18:20

    Avec la mise à jour macOS Sequoia, il devient possible de contrôler son iPhone directement sur Mac. Apple en a fait l'annonce lors de la conférence WWDC 2024, qui démarre le 10 juin.

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      Découvrez les 3 nouveautés les plus importantes de macOS 15 Sequoia

      news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 10 June - 18:16

    Macos 15 Sequoia

    Apple vient de présenter macOS 15 à l'occasion de sa conférence d'ouverture de la WWDC. Il sera disponible en bêta cet été.
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      Apple announces macOS 15 Sequoia with window tiling, iPhone mirroring, and more

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 10 June - 17:54

    Apple announces macOS 15 Sequoia with window tiling, iPhone mirroring, and more

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    Apple has formally announced macOS 15 at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Codenamed Sequoia, the new release brings a combination of iOS 18 features and a few Mac-specific things to the devices it supports.

    Users who split their time between Windows and macOS will be the most excited to see that Apple has finally implemented a form of automated window tiling in macOS, making it easier to automatically arrange windows on your screen without manually dragging and resizing each one individually or switching into full screen mode.

    Another feature called iPhone Mirroring sends your iPhone's screen to your Mac, so you can use apps directly on your phone while manipulating them using your Mac's keyboard and trackpad. The iPhone audio is also streamed to your Mac. For privacy's sake, your phone's screen stays locked while apps are streaming to your Mac.

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      EN DIRECT – Apple dévoile iOS 18 et Apple Intelligence pendant sa WWDC

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Monday, 10 June - 16:36

    Numerama est à Cupertino pour la WWDC 24 d'Apple, la grande conférence développeur où la marque dévoile tous les ans ses mises à jour d'iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS et visionOS. Cette année, tous les regards se tournent vers Apple Intelligence et iOS 18, qui devraient introduire l'intelligence artificielle générative dans l'écosystème Apple.

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      What to expect at WWDC 24: Big iOS changes, more Vision Pro, and so much AI

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 6 June - 18:07

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    Enlarge / The logo for WWDC24. (credit: Apple)

    Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, kicks off in Cupertino, California, next week. As always, it will start with a livestream keynote on Monday morning at 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. We'll be in attendance reporting on the event, so let's take a moment to take stock of what we expect to see next week.

    But first, let's note something we don't think we'll see: Due to some peculiarities about Apple's upgrade cycles, as well as a push toward the M4, we're not actually expecting any major hardware announcements at WWDC this year.

    That's OK, though, because it looks like it's going to be a big one for software news. iOS has seen relatively modest updates in the past couple of years, but that's about to change.

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