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OS X 10.11 El Capitan e-book is now available

As is the case in the previous years, I have written an e-book about OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

It is available now on Apple’s iBooks Store in both iBooks format as well as ePub format. You can also purchase it from Amazon if you prefer using the Kindle app or e-reader. The cost for the e-book is $3.99.

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan for Users, Administrators and Developers covers many of the new features within the operating system. For users, we cover the new Split View, the changes to the cursor, the new San Francisco Font, changes to Spotlight, upgraded Notes, improvements to Apple Maps, and the new features of Safari.

For administrators we cover the big changes to application assignment and other changes to Profile Manager, the overall look, some file sharing changes, the improved softwareupdate command, the implications of security changes, and built-in application versions.

For developers we look at the new Apple Developer account, Xcode 7, the new frameworks like Metal, GameplayKit, and Network Extension. We also look at the changes developers need to make for security, Swift 2, changes to Objective-C and CloudKitJS.

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Apple Books

Reminder: OS X 10.11 El Capitan e-book available for Pre-Order

OS X 10.11 for Users, Administrators, and Developers is available for pre-order on Apple’s iBooks Store in both iBooks format as well as ePub format. The book is also available on Amazon in ePub format. The cost for the e-book is $3.99. The book will be released on September 30th, 2015.

OS.X.10.11.El.Capitain.Cover

OS X 10.11 El Capitan for Users, Administrators and Developers covers many of the new features within the operating system. For users, we cover the new Split View, the changes to the cursor, the new San Francisco Font, changes to Spotlight, upgraded Notes, improvements to Apple Maps, and the new features of Safari.

For administrators we cover the big changes to application assignment and other changes to Profile Manager, the overall look, some file sharing changes, the improved softwareupdate command, the implications of security changes, and built-in application versions.

For developers we look at the new Apple Developer account, Xcode 7, the new frameworks like Metal, GameplayKit, and Network Extension. We also look at the changes developers need to make for security, Swift 2, changes to Objective-C and CloudKitJS.

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Books

Pre-order for OS X 10.11 El Capitan e-book is now available

As is the case in the previous years, I have written an e-book about OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

It is available now for pre-order on Apple’s iBooks Store in both iBooks format as well as ePub format. The cost for the e-book is $3.99. The book will be released on September 30th, 2015.

OS.X.10.11.El.Capitain.Cover

OS X 10.11 El Capitan for Users, Administrators and Developers covers many of the new features within the operating system. For users, we cover the new Split View, the changes to the cursor, the new San Francisco Font, changes to Spotlight, upgraded Notes, improvements to Apple Maps, and the new features of Safari.

For administrators we cover the big changes to application assignment and other changes to Profile Manager, the overall look, some file sharing changes, the improved softwareupdate command, the implications of security changes, and built-in application versions.

For developers we look at the new Apple Developer account, Xcode 7, the new frameworks like Metal, GameplayKit, and Network Extension. We also look at the changes developers need to make for security, Swift 2, changes to Objective-C and CloudKitJS.

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Apple

Feature Request for a new Airport Extreme

The 4th generation Apple TV was announced earlier this week and one of the aspects to its new tvOS is that applications can only be at most 200 megabytes. This has irked many developers and it has been speculated that this limitation may hinder adoption of the platform by developers. The 200 megabyte limitation means that saved games will need to be stored in iCloud Drive, and any content for the applications will need to be stored and downloaded from iCloud or from another server.

With iOS 9, this is not a problem, because tvOS is based upon iOS 9, and iOS 9 has a new feature called “On Demand Resources”. On Demand Resources will allow information to be downloaded prior to being needed, then used, and once no longer needed, possibly deleted from an iOS device if space needs to be cleared up.

While looking deeper into OS X 10.11 El Capitan and its Caching Service, this got me to thinking. What if Apple were to implement caching server on its next version of the Airport Extreme?

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A bit of information about Caching Server. OS X 10.11 El Capitan’s Caching Server is capable of caching some content. This content could be one of the following:

  • Mac App Store Apps.
  • iOS Software Updates.
  • iOS App Store Apps.
  • iBooks Content.
  • iCloud Drive documents.
  • CloudKit data.
  • iCloud Photo Library photos.
  • On-demand app resources.

With the caching server, all of the information that comes from iCloud is encrypted with keys that are only available on the device. The ability to cache some content locally could make the limitations of tvOS relatively moot points for some of the critics. Yes, a small segment of the population would likely buy such a product, but if it were an option on the next Airport Extreme, or Time Capsule, it could be a boon for users and developers alike.

If Apple really wanted to, they could create the Airport Extreme Pro, that would provide these features, or even just a dedicated Airport Caching device. Alternatively, Apple could allow, through a firmware update, anybody who has a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme with a hard drive attached, to dedicate some space to that. I know I would absolutely put some space aside to cache iCloud Content. It is just a thought that I had while doing some research.