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Apple

Apple Updates Logic Pro X with Focus on Musicians

Today Apple released Logic Pro X 10.5. According to Apple, this is the “biggest update to Logic since the launch of Logic Pro X”. The primary focus of this update is around a few new features including professional version of Live Loops, a completely redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools.

Live Loops

With Live Loops on the Mac, Logic users can now create music in new freeform and nonlinear ways. Loops, samples, and recordings can be organized into a new musical grid, where musicians can spontaneously perform and capture different arrangement ideas into the timeline. From there, tracks can be further refined using all of the professional production features in Logic.

Remix FX enhances Live Loops with an exciting collection of electronic effects like Bitcrusher, filter, gater, and repeater that can be performed in real time over individual tracks or the entire song mix. Both features become even more powerful when using the free Logic Remote app, allowing users to pair their iPhone or iPad with their Mac to provide Multi-Touch control over Live Loops and Remix FX.

Quick Sampler

Quick Sampler is a fast and simple way to turn any individual sound into a playable instrument. Musicians can pick a sound from within Logic, the Finder, Voice Memos, or even record directly into Quick Sampler. With just a few clicks, an imported sample can be trimmed, looped, and played across a keyboard controller, with access to creative sound-shaping controls.

Logic Remote

Along with Logic Pro X being updated, the free companion app Logic Remote has also been updated. Logic Remote for iOS that will allow you to trigger your sounds within Live Loops or even apply a Remix FX to your session.

Closing Thoughts

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new features. For a full listing, check out the press release.

I will be the first to say that I am not a musician in any way. Yes, I enjoy listening to music, but I doubt I could ever create a full song. However, if you have used Logic Pro X to create your own music, this update should make it a much better experience. That is not me saying that, but instead Finneas O’Connell, Grammy Award-winning producer of artist Billie Ellish states:

“Logic Pro X has always been my one and only DAW. The workflow is unmatched, and the built-in sound libraries have been essential to my music from the beginning. Now with the addition of Quick Sampler and Drum Machine Designer, I’m getting back hours I used to spend in the studio building sounds and kits. This lets me spend more time writing new verses and editing 70-take vocals.”

Logic Pro X is a free update for existing customers, or $199 to purchase. If you are not sure that Logic Pro X is right for you, there is a seven-day free trial at https://www.apple.com/logic-pro/.

Source: Apple

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Apple iPhone

iPhone SE Availability for May 11th, 2020 (Evening)

Here is the iPhone SE availability for the evening of May 11th, 2020. The availability times have been reduced, in terms of range. All models are now May 26th to May 28th.

Changes for Apple

  • ATT – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28

iPhone SE

ATT 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Sprint 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
T-Mobile 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Verizon 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Sim-Free 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28

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Apple iPhone

iPhone SE Availability for May 5th, 2020 (Evening)

Here is the iPhone SE Availability for the evening of May 5th, 2020. There has not been much change, all models are still 3 to 4 weeks out, as they were at the last update.

iPhone SE

ATT 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Black May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
(PRODUCT)Red May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Sprint 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Black May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
(PRODUCT)Red May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
T-Mobile 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Black May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
(PRODUCT)Red May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Verizon 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Black May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
(PRODUCT)Red May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Sim-Free 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
Black May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29
(PRODUCT)Red May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29 May 21 – May 29

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Apple WWDC

Apple Announces WWDC 2020: Ready. Set. Code. and Student Challenge

Back in March Apple announced that WWDC 2020 would be online. However, they did not provide many details at that time. Today, that changed.

Apple announced that WWDC 20: Ready. Set. Code. will begin on June 22nd for free for all developers. You will be able to watch the videos through the Apple Developer app or through the Apple Developer website.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller states: “WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms”

Typically, we do not know if Apple will be holding a keynote or the State of the Union presentation. However, we do know that these will be held, based upon this quote from the post:

“Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC20 program information — including keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session and lab schedules, and more — will be shared in June. Information will also be made available on the Apple Developer website and by email.”

Student Challenge

Apple is doing something a bit new this year. They have a “Student Challenge”. The challenge is “an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground”. There are some details that you need to be aware of before submitting your Swift Playground

  1. Must be eligible, which means Be 13 years of age or older, or the equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction (for example, 16 years of age in the European Union);
  2. Be registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or be a member of the Apple Developer Program; and
  3. Fulfill one of the following requirements:
    A. Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official homeschool equivalent;

    B. Be enrolled in a STEM organization’s educational curriculum;

    C. Be enrolled in an Apple Developer Academy; or

    D. Have graduated from high school or equivalent within the past 6 months and be awaiting acceptance or have received acceptance to an accredited academic institution.

If you meet those qualifications then you can work on your Swift Playground, which is “an interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Be creative. If you need inspiration, use the templates in Swift Playgrounds or Xcode for a head start on more advanced creations. Make them your own by adding graphics, audio, and more.”

Group work will not be considered, it must be an individual’s work. The last bit of information to know about is:

  • All content should be in English.
  • Your .zip file size should not be more than 25 MB.
  • Submissions will be judged offline. Your Swift playground should not rely on a network connection and any resources used in your Swift playground should be included locally in your .zip file.

Once you have done that, you can then submit all of the information. You will need to provide some information. This includes:

  1. Tell us about yourself.
    Sign in to the application form with the Apple ID associated with your developer account. If you’re under 18 years old, you will also be asked to enter contact information for your parent or legal guardian.You’ll have the option to add details about your background and development experience. This will not influence the selection process. Tell us about any apps you have on the App Store created entirely by you as an individual, in 500 words or less. If you’re 18 years of age or older and wish to share your résumé or CV with other groups at Apple, upload a PDF.
  2. Provide school information.
    Upload your most recent class schedule or other most recent proof of enrollment (PDF, PNG, or JPG) and the contact information for your educational supervisor. Documentation is accepted in all languages.
  3. Upload and describe your Swift playground.
    Upload your Swift playground from your Mac. Tell us about the features and technologies that you used in your Swift playground, in 500 words or less.
  4. Provide optional information.
    If you’ve shared or considered sharing your coding knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science with others, let us know in 500 words or less.

The big question is how long do you have? The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. If you have submitted your information you can begin viewing your status starting Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

The most important question is what do you get if you do win? According to Apple Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set. This challenge is open to students around the world.

Closing Thoughts

I think it will be interesting to see how well this year’s WWDC goes. Most developers do not attend WWDC in person, but instead view all of the sessions online. This will be a change for everyone, but we all need to make sure we are safe.

The addition of the Student Challenge is a great way to get student developers involved. I wish I could enter to get the free jacket.

Source: Apple

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Apple blog MacBook Pro

Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro

Today Apple released a refreshed 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Amongst the changes are a new keyboard, increased base storage, and new processors. Let us look at these in detail.

Across the Board Changes

There are four different configurations that Apple presents on their page. There are the two lower-end models and two higher-end models. A majority of the changes only apply to the higher-end models. However, there are changes that have occurred across the board.

The first change is that the keyboard mechanism has gone from the butterfly mechanism back to a scissor switch mechanism. As you might expect, Apple has decided to name these keyboards “Magic Keyboards”. The Magic Keyboard is the same type introduced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro. This means that it has 1mm of travel, an inverted-T arrow configuration and a physical escape key.

With the 13-inch MacBook Pro getting a new keyboard, there are no current products that have the Butterfly keyboard mechanism in them. The 13-inch MacBook Pro was the last model to still have the butterfly keyboard.

The second change that is across the line is the base storage. The lower-end models have gone from 128GB and 256GB respectively, to 256GB and 512GB respectively. The higher end model similarly gone from 256GB and 512GB to 512GB and 1TB respectively.

Those are all of the changes that have occurred across the board. The higher-end models have seen some additional changes. Let us look at those now.

Higher-end Model Changes

In addition to the base storage and keyboard changes, the higher-end 13.3-inch MacBook Pros have seen additional changes, including memory speed and processor changes.

The processors available for the higher-end MacBook Pros are the 10th generation Intel processors. Both models come with a 2.0GHz quad-core processor that can go up to 3.8GHz with turbo boost. These can be configured with a 2.3GHz 10th generation Core i7 that can go up to 4.1GHz with Turbo Boost.

With the processor update, the speed, and type, of memory has changed. These higher-end models now have LPDDR4X memory that runs at 3733Mhz.

The faster memory in conjunction with the processor upgrades will allow, according to Apple, “ up to 80 percent faster performance over the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro for 4K video editing, faster rendering, and smoother gameplay.

The last big change with the graphics is that you can connect it to a Pro Display XDR for full 6k resolution, which will be good for those who have a Pro Display XDR monitor and would like to connect a MacBook Pro to it for displaying something.

Closing Thoughts

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro are available to order today and start at $1299 for the base model with 256GB of storage and the 1.4GHz Quad-Core 8th-generation processors. If you are a student, you can get a discount and the price starts at $1199 for the base model. They will begin shipping this week.

If you were holding off on purchasing a new MacBook Pro until Apple refreshed them, then now is the time to buy.

Source: Apple.com