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Some four years after adding TRIM support for first-party solid state drives to OS X, Apple incorporated the command for aftermarket drives as part of Tuesday's OS X 10.10.4 update. Spotted by AppleInsider readers, the new capability allows users to enable TRIM functionality on third-party SSDs without resorting to unsanctioned workarounds or software. Prior to the change, Apple only supported TRIM on original Mac SSDs. Enabling TRIM for non-OEM drives requires the...
Mapzen, a pioneering open source mapping project now backed by Samsung Research America, has hired a number of former Apple employees previously attached to Apple Maps, AppleInsider has learned. A tipster pointed to former Apple cartographer Nathaniel Kelso, who left his position in May after two years on the job and took up with Mapzen in June as the firm's chief cartographer. Prior to working at Apple, Kelso was a design technologist at Stamen Design. Another former...
A report on Tuesday claims Apple's secret automotive initiative is creating tension within the company's ranks as resource allotments are now gobbling up personnel from other divisions. According to a source familiar with the matter, Apple is reassigning workers to its car project at such a high rate that department heads are beginning to bemoan the loss of talent, reports The Register. The exact nature of Apple's car initiative, dubbed Project Titan, remains shrouded...
Following the release of iOS 8.4 earlier on Tuesday, Apple pushed out the latest version of iTunes with support for the company's Apple Music streaming service, bringing including Beats 1 radio, Apple Music Connect, Apple Music Radio and more to Mac. The iTunes update comes just hours after Apple Music launched on iOS to much fanfare, mostly centered around the debut of Beats 1 radio. Unlike other streaming services, Apple Music is bringing back a live 24/7 radio...
Like Spotify and some other streaming music services, an important feature of Apple Music is the ability to temporarily save songs for when an Internet connection is unreliable -- or simply to avoid data caps imposed by cellular carriers. Before beginning, the most important thing is to turn on iCloud Music Library via the Music section of the iOS Settings app. This is required to add online songs and playlists to the My Music section of the iOS 8.4 Music app. Be...
A set of supposedly leaked photos suggest Apple's next-generation iPhone will include new or redesigned internal components, while retaining an external design identical to current models. Update: Additional photos suggest that Apple might switch to Qualcomm's MDM9635M LTE modem, which could bring download speeds twice as fast as the iPhone 6 and increase battery life thanks to more efficient power management. If the image above, obtained by 9to5Mac, is legitimate,...
Apple on Tuesday released GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, adding a number of features including Force Touch support and the ability to publish directly to Apple Music Connect. Accompanying it was a minor iOS app update. [Updated] Other Mac additions include large amounts of new content, including an extra 1,000 Apple loops spread across diverse genres. More than 100 dance and hip-hop synthesizer patches have been added, which take advantage of a Transform Pad Smart...
The launch of Apple Music on Tuesday brought with it a nearly all-new Music app, with a host of new functionality that blends the best of Beats Music with Apple's long-standing iTunes platform. After configuring Apple Music --?choosing artists and genres that you like from a Beats-like bubble menu -- you're presented with For You, a new addition that mimics similar functionality from Beats. For You contains a selection of playlists and albums tailored to your tastes,...
Though heavily hyped, Apple Music subscriptions may not be for everyone. Those who want to remove the streaming service from their iOS 8.4 Music app, and gain back easy access to custom playlists in the process, can easily do so --?here's how. After updating to iOS 8.4, users can simply open the native Settings app and scroll down to Music. Within that menu a new section for Apple Music includes a switch labeled Show Apple Music. If this switch is on, the layout of...
iPad toting travelers can now use their Apple SIM card in many more places internationally thanks to GigSky, which announced on Tuesday that it has struck a deal with Apple to provide high-speed wireless connectivity in more than 90 countries and territories across the world. Using the Apple SIM built in to the latest cellular-capable iPad models, customers can view and select a data plan right on the device while traveling. Previously, multi-carrier Apple SIM support...
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