Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor With Bug Fixes, Minor Feature Enhancements

finalcutproxApple today updated Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion, its software designed for professional video editors. Today’s updates, the first since September, add a couple of new features and introduce a long list of bug fixes.

Final Cut Pro X now includes a Customizable Default Effect that allows users to choose a video and an audio effect to assign to a keyboard shortcut, a 4K export preset for creating video files for Apple devices, and the option to share video to multiple YouTube accounts. It also includes the following bug fixes and feature enhancements:

– Customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that is assigned to a keyboard shortcut

– 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices

– Improves speed when opening libraries on a SAN

– Resolves an issue that could affect the timecode display in the Dashboard on OS X El Capitan

– Import Canon XF-AVC including video files from the Canon C300 Mark II

– Ability to share video to multiple YouTube accounts

– Resolves an issue in which a disabled video effect could appear as Missing Effect when opening the project or when sharing to Compressor

– Addresses an issue in which black frames could appear in imported iPhone video clips that were trimmed on iPhone

– Fixes an issue that could cause the playhead to jump ahead when editing short titles

– Fixes an issue that could cause the timeline to stop playback when switching views in the Browser

– Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth

– Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates render with soft edges

– Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list in the Share window

Compressor includes the same 4K export preset for creating video files for Apple devices and several bug fixes:

– 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices

– Fixes an issue in which Closed Caption files could be incorrectly labeled as SDH subtitles when creating an iTunes Store Package

– Fixes an issue in which the Navigation window fails to display the source clip when the Preview Window is zoomed

– Launch screen displays correctly on OS X El Capitan

– Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list

Motion received a long list of bug fixes and stability improvements:

– Improves stability when adding Photoshop files to a project

– Improves stability when searching in iTunes and photo libraries

– Improves stability when using the Undo command after ungrouping a parent group

– Correctly saves percentage-based parameters in the Checkerboard generator after closing and reopening a project

– Correctly saves the preview movie for Motion templates created in German, Japanese, and Chinese

– Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth

– Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates render with soft edges

– Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list in the Share window

Today’s minor update comes nearly a year after Apple introduced the last major update to its video editing software in April of 2015, adding new features for motion graphics and enhancements to speed up video editing, packaging, and delivery.

Apple has also updated its Final Cut Pro X microsite to include information on FCP Exchange and Videomaker, both of which offer workshops and tutorials on using the editing software.

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Final Cut Pro X can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link]

Compressor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

Motion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]
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finalcutproxApple today updated Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion, its software designed for professional video editors. Today’s updates, the first since September, add a couple of new features and introduce a long list of bug fixes.

Final Cut Pro X now includes a Customizable Default Effect that allows users to choose a video and an audio effect to assign to a keyboard shortcut, a 4K export preset for creating video files for Apple devices, and the option to share video to multiple YouTube accounts. It also includes the following bug fixes and feature enhancements:

– Customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that is assigned to a keyboard shortcut

– 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices

– Improves speed when opening libraries on a SAN

– Resolves an issue that could affect the timecode display in the Dashboard on OS X El Capitan

– Import Canon XF-AVC including video files from the Canon C300 Mark II

– Ability to share video to multiple YouTube accounts

– Resolves an issue in which a disabled video effect could appear as Missing Effect when opening the project or when sharing to Compressor

– Addresses an issue in which black frames could appear in imported iPhone video clips that were trimmed on iPhone

– Fixes an issue that could cause the playhead to jump ahead when editing short titles

– Fixes an issue that could cause the timeline to stop playback when switching views in the Browser

– Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth

– Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates render with soft edges

– Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list in the Share window

Compressor includes the same 4K export preset for creating video files for Apple devices and several bug fixes:

– 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices

– Fixes an issue in which Closed Caption files could be incorrectly labeled as SDH subtitles when creating an iTunes Store Package

– Fixes an issue in which the Navigation window fails to display the source clip when the Preview Window is zoomed

– Launch screen displays correctly on OS X El Capitan

– Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list

Motion received a long list of bug fixes and stability improvements:

– Improves stability when adding Photoshop files to a project

– Improves stability when searching in iTunes and photo libraries

– Improves stability when using the Undo command after ungrouping a parent group

– Correctly saves percentage-based parameters in the Checkerboard generator after closing and reopening a project

– Correctly saves the preview movie for Motion templates created in German, Japanese, and Chinese

– Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth

– Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates render with soft edges

– Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list in the Share window

Today’s minor update comes nearly a year after Apple introduced the last major update to its video editing software in April of 2015, adding new features for motion graphics and enhancements to speed up video editing, packaging, and delivery.

Apple has also updated its Final Cut Pro X microsite to include information on FCP Exchange and Videomaker, both of which offer workshops and tutorials on using the editing software.

fcpexchangevideomaker

Final Cut Pro X can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link]

Compressor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

Motion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]
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Nearly One-Third of iPhone Users Still Have 4-Inch Screens

The latest data from Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called “iPhone 5se” that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

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Apple’s newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company’s latest earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that 60 percent of older-generation iPhone users have yet to upgrade to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus.

Right now, customers that want a 4-inch iPhone have to settle for the over two-year-old iPhone 5s’s outdated tech specs, and the smartphone also lacks many new features such as Apple Pay, 3D Touch, and Live Photos.

For that reason, the “iPhone 5se” with a rumored 4-inch screen, Apple’s newest A9 chip, Live Photos, and purported price of around $500 may prove to be a more popular option among prospective iPhone buyers.
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The latest data from Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called “iPhone 5se” that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

iPhone-4-inch

Apple’s newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company’s latest earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that 60 percent of older-generation iPhone users have yet to upgrade to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus.

Right now, customers that want a 4-inch iPhone have to settle for the over two-year-old iPhone 5s’s outdated tech specs, and the smartphone also lacks many new features such as Apple Pay, 3D Touch, and Live Photos.

For that reason, the “iPhone 5se” with a rumored 4-inch screen, Apple’s newest A9 chip, Live Photos, and purported price of around $500 may prove to be a more popular option among prospective iPhone buyers.
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Firefox gives you push notifications from websites

If you’ve wanted websites to push notifications whenever there’s a big update, you’ve typically had to use a browser like Chrome or Safari. As of today, though, there’s a third option: Mozilla has released Firefox 44, which brings push notifications…

If you've wanted websites to push notifications whenever there's a big update, you've typically had to use a browser like Chrome or Safari. As of today, though, there's a third option: Mozilla has released Firefox 44, which brings push notifications…

What’s New in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, New Quick Actions, Improvements to Apple News, Notes, CarPlay and Health

Apple’s iOS 9.2.1 update is still in testing, but that didn’t stop the company from surprising us with an iOS 9.3 beta this morning. The iOS 9.3 beta is one of the biggest updates to iOS 9 yet, introducing a new Night Shift feature and improving several existing apps, including Notes, Apple News, Health, CarPlay, and more.

We’ve gathered up a full list of the changes and new features in iOS 9.3, to give MacRumors readers a clear picture of what they can expect to see when iOS 9.3 is released to the public.

Night Shift – Night Shift is a new feature that’s designed to automatically cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS user is exposed to at night by shifting to more yellow tones for the iPhone or iPad’s display. Studies have suggested blue light exposure at night can disrupt the circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

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Night Shift settings are available in the “Display & Brightness” section of the Settings app. In this section, there’s a new option to toggle on “Blue Light Reduction” and set the display to be Cooler or Warmer. A Schedule option lets users set a custom schedule or choose to turn on Night Shift from sunset to sunrise.

Quick Actions – On the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, there are new 3D Touch Quick Actions for several of the stock apps, including Weather, Settings, Compass, and Health. Weather’s Quick Actions allow you to see the weather at your current location or for saved locations in the app. Settings includes useful shortcuts for accessing Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Battery, and Wallpaper options. Health’s Quick Actions provide access to the Medical ID or a user’s dashboard, while Compass now features options to open directly to the compass or the level.

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There are also new Quick Action options for the App Store and iTunes Store apps. For the App Store app, Quick Actions now include “Update All” to update all apps at once from the Home screen, and “Purchased” for opening up to a list of all purchased apps. For the iTunes Store, new options include “View Downloads” and “Purchased.”

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Notes – There’s a new option to use Touch ID or a password to protect notes within the Notes app. With this enabled, Notes will ask for either the user’s password or a fingerprint when opening Notes that have been protected with a password. Password Protection for Notes can be set on a note-by-note basis within the Notes app. There are also new options in Settings to organize notes by Date Edited, Date Created, or Title.


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News – Apple has improved the news app in iOS 9.3 to make it more tailored to each person’s interests. The For You section is also incorporating trending topics and specific picks from Apple editors to help users better discover content. Other new features include a new landscape view for News on the iPhone, in-line video playback for videos in news stories, and faster content updating when opening the news app.

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Health – In the Health app, when viewing the Weight, Workouts, and Sleep categories, Health now links to apps you can download that will allow you to collect this data. Health also mirrors the Apple Watch move, exercise, and stand data in a new “Activity” interface, and it displays your goals. The new Health features in iOS 9.3 may not be functional yet, as the new interface and the app suggestions were not available on our iOS devices running iOS 9.3.

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CarPlay – Several CarPlay apps have been updated to bring them in line with iOS apps on iOS 9. The Apple Music CarPlay app now includes New and For You sections for better music discovery, and a Nearby feature in Maps offers better access to information about what’s close by, providing suggestions for local gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

Alongside iOS 9.3, Apple’s also provided a comprehensive list of all the cars in the United States and other countries that offer CarPlay support. Apple’s list includes more than 100 2016 and 2017 models from 22 auto manufacturers like Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Škoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Education – iOS 9.3 includes multiple Education-oriented features including shared iPads for students, a new Classroom app, an Apple School Manager, and improved Apple ID management features.

Apple Watch – With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and the iPhone running iOS 9.3. WatchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers alongside iOS 9.3.

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Live Photos – On the iPhone 6s, there’s a new option to save a full resolution photo from a Live Photo. When using the Share Sheet, choosing “Duplicate” now gives an option to create a Still Photo duplicate of a Live Photo.

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Wallet/Apple Pay – In Wallet and when using Apple Pay, there’s now an option to open an app that’s linked to a pass or credit card. For example, on a Southwest boarding pass, there’s a new icon that will open the Southwest app when tapped.

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Siri – Siri has been updated in iOS 9.3 to include the following languages: Malay (Malaysia), Finnish (Finland), and Hebrew (Israel).

App Switcher – iOS 9.3 includes haptic feedback when using the Force Touch app switcher on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. “Peek” feedback is provided when first opening the app switcher, and a full “Pop” feedback is given when pressing further to open it fully.
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Apple’s iOS 9.2.1 update is still in testing, but that didn’t stop the company from surprising us with an iOS 9.3 beta this morning. The iOS 9.3 beta is one of the biggest updates to iOS 9 yet, introducing a new Night Shift feature and improving several existing apps, including Notes, Apple News, Health, CarPlay, and more.

We’ve gathered up a full list of the changes and new features in iOS 9.3, to give MacRumors readers a clear picture of what they can expect to see when iOS 9.3 is released to the public.

Night Shift – Night Shift is a new feature that’s designed to automatically cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS user is exposed to at night by shifting to more yellow tones for the iPhone or iPad’s display. Studies have suggested blue light exposure at night can disrupt the circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

nightshiftmodeios93

Night Shift settings are available in the “Display & Brightness” section of the Settings app. In this section, there’s a new option to toggle on “Blue Light Reduction” and set the display to be Cooler or Warmer. A Schedule option lets users set a custom schedule or choose to turn on Night Shift from sunset to sunrise.

Quick Actions – On the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, there are new 3D Touch Quick Actions for several of the stock apps, including Weather, Settings, Compass, and Health. Weather’s Quick Actions allow you to see the weather at your current location or for saved locations in the app. Settings includes useful shortcuts for accessing Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Battery, and Wallpaper options. Health’s Quick Actions provide access to the Medical ID or a user’s dashboard, while Compass now features options to open directly to the compass or the level.

weathersettingsquickactions

There are also new Quick Action options for the App Store and iTunes Store apps. For the App Store app, Quick Actions now include “Update All” to update all apps at once from the Home screen, and “Purchased” for opening up to a list of all purchased apps. For the iTunes Store, new options include “View Downloads” and “Purchased.”

appstoreitunesquickactions

Notes – There’s a new option to use Touch ID or a password to protect notes within the Notes app. With this enabled, Notes will ask for either the user’s password or a fingerprint when opening Notes that have been protected with a password. Password Protection for Notes can be set on a note-by-note basis within the Notes app. There are also new options in Settings to organize notes by Date Edited, Date Created, or Title.

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Apple, Other Silicon Valley Companies to Meet With White House Over Online Terrorism Recruitment

Apple LogoRepresentatives from Apple and other Silicon Valley companies will meet with White House officials and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials tomorrow to discuss how to counter the use of social media to recruit new members by terrorist groups like ISIS, reports Reuters.

Invited participants include White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, presidential counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, one of the sources said.

The meeting will focus on how the White House and law enforcement can make it harder for terrorists to use the Internet to recruit and mobilize followers, create and amplify alternative content to undercut ISIS, and how to use technology to disrupt paths to radicalization and make it more difficult for terrorists to use social media, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Guardian. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Dropbox and Microsoft are some of the other companies that will attend the meeting.

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the government has argued that technology companies should be doing more to aid in the fight against terrorist groups, noting that many members use social media and messaging apps to recruit new members and mobilize them. Apple CEO Tim Cook has long maintained that allowing a back-door in any encryption for law enforcement also opens the door for “bad guys” too.

While Reuters says that most Silicon Valley companies will send high-ranking executives rather than their CEOs, BuzzFeed News reports that Tim Cook will be in attendance at the meeting. Last February, Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. In 2013, he and other tech executives met with President Obama over NSA surveillance and the government health care website.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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Apple LogoRepresentatives from Apple and other Silicon Valley companies will meet with White House officials and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials tomorrow to discuss how to counter the use of social media to recruit new members by terrorist groups like ISIS, reports Reuters.

Invited participants include White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, presidential counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, one of the sources said.

The meeting will focus on how the White House and law enforcement can make it harder for terrorists to use the Internet to recruit and mobilize followers, create and amplify alternative content to undercut ISIS, and how to use technology to disrupt paths to radicalization and make it more difficult for terrorists to use social media, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Guardian. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Dropbox and Microsoft are some of the other companies that will attend the meeting.

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the government has argued that technology companies should be doing more to aid in the fight against terrorist groups, noting that many members use social media and messaging apps to recruit new members and mobilize them. Apple CEO Tim Cook has long maintained that allowing a back-door in any encryption for law enforcement also opens the door for “bad guys” too.

While Reuters says that most Silicon Valley companies will send high-ranking executives rather than their CEOs, BuzzFeed News reports that Tim Cook will be in attendance at the meeting. Last February, Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. In 2013, he and other tech executives met with President Obama over NSA surveillance and the government health care website.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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Apple Acquires Facial Expression Analysis Startup Emotient

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Emotient, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to its website, Emotient uses artificial intelligence to read emotion through the analysis of facial expressions.

Emotient’s technology was prev…

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Emotient, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to its website, Emotient uses artificial intelligence to read emotion through the analysis of facial expressions.

Emotient’s technology was previously used by advertisers to determine emotional reactions to advertisements. It let advertisers know whether an ad was getting noticed, how people responded, and whether a reaction was positive or negative. The technology used cameras to capture video that was then analyzed to “learn about the customer’s state of mind.”


Emotient is the leader in emotion detection and sentiment analysis, part of a neuromarketing wave that is driving a quantum leap in customer understanding. Our services quantify emotional response, leading to insights and actions that improves your products and how you market them.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the acquisition to The Wall Street Journal with its standard acquisition statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”



It isn’t known what Apple will do with Emotient’s technology, but the company has made two other semi-related acquisitions in recent months. In October, Apple purchased Perceptio, a startup focused on deep learning and image-recognition systems, and in September, Apple acquired real-time motion capture firm Faceshift, a company that worked on technology to capture facial expressions using 3D sensors.
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Twitter for Mac Gets Major Update With Revamped Design, New Features

Twitter for Mac today received its most significant upgrade since 2013, introducing a range of new features to bring the Mac app in line with the iOS and web experiences. Twitter for Mac 4.0 includes an updated design with improvements to icons, button…

Twitter for Mac today received its most significant upgrade since 2013, introducing a range of new features to bring the Mac app in line with the iOS and web experiences. Twitter for Mac 4.0 includes an updated design with improvements to icons, buttons, and interactions, and it brings a new dark theme to change the background from white to black.

Along with a new look, Twitter for Mac is gaining several new features like inline video playback, GIF support, Group Direct Messages, a mute option, and the ability to quote tweets. All of these features have previously been available within the Twitter iOS app and on the web. Today’s update also includes a new Today Center Widget for viewing Twitter highlights in the Apple Notification Center on the Mac.

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Don’t call it a comeback!

Twitter for Mac is getting the update you’ve been asking for. Now it looks and feels more like the Twitter you carry with you everyday. We’ve built in some of the most-requested features so your Twitter for Mac experience combines what you love about Twitter with the elegance you expect on a Mac. Here’s what we’ve added:

– Inline video playback – You’ll see videos play directly in your feed.

– GIFs support – See animations without leaving your timeline.

– Group Direct Messages – Create and receive private notes with up to 50 people.

– Mute – Silence specific accounts so you no longer see them in your feed.

– Today Center Widget – Get your Twitter Highlights right on your desktop.

– Dark Theme – Now you can see the world in black or white.

– Updated design – Get the latest improvements to icons, buttons, and interactions.

– Quote Tweet – Add your two cents to any Retweet.

The Mac Twitter app received a minor update in August of 2015, but beyond that, the app has gone untouched since 2014. The last major version update ahead of today’s refresh was introduced in December of 2013.

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Twitter for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Apple of Crippling iPhone 4s With iOS 9 Update

Apple was today hit with a class action lawsuit (via AppleInsider) seeking over $5 million in damages for deceptive trade practices and false advertising. Plaintiff Chaim Lerman says that he and other iPhone 4s owners became unable to use their devices after upgrading to iOS 9 as the update “significantly slowed down” their iPhones and “interfered with the normal usage of the device.”

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were forced to either live with a “slow and buggy” device that “disrupts every day life” or shell out hundreds of dollars for a new iPhone.

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When iPhone 4s owners are faced with the dilemma of continuing to use a slow, buggy phone or spend hundreds to buy a new phone, Apple often benefits because consumers will often buy a new iPhone to keep their investment in the App ecosystem. […]

Furthermore, iPhone owners will buy a newer iPhone when faced with the choice because it is familiar and they can easily transfer their information, media, contacts, and apps without a major disruption in usage. There is no learning curve and no delays and trouble that accompany new information input. Thus Apple stands to benefit financially when older iPhones are slowed down and owners are forced to purchase a new phone.

The plaintiffs argue that Apple failed to properly warn iPhone 4s users that the update would “significantly interfere” with the performance of their phones. When Lerman and other plaintiffs upgraded their devices, they noticed a significant drop in performance in both third-party apps and basic functions like using the Phone app. Because Apple does not allow iPhone users to easily downgrade their device to a previous iOS version, the plaintiffs feel like they’re forced into either using a slower phone or purchasing a new one.

Apple’s advertising, the plaintiffs allege, does not mention the potential of slowed performance for iPhone 4s users, instead focusing on performance improvements. The lawsuit points towards Apple’s iOS 9 website, which says the update brings “faster performance, improved security, convenient updates, and longer battery life.” The plaintiffs argue that Apple must have known about the iPhone 4s’ slower performance from internal testing or other means and did not warn users about potential headaches in their advertising.

This isn’t the first time Apple has been accused of planned obsolescence, as the company was hit with a lawsuit in 2011 regarding the iPhone 3G and iOS 4. That case was thrown out by the judge who ruled the iOS 4 update was not a “good or service” and dismissed claims of false advertising and deceptive business practices.
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Apple was today hit with a class action lawsuit (via AppleInsider) seeking over $5 million in damages for deceptive trade practices and false advertising. Plaintiff Chaim Lerman says that he and other iPhone 4s owners became unable to use their devices after upgrading to iOS 9 as the update “significantly slowed down” their iPhones and “interfered with the normal usage of the device.”

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were forced to either live with a “slow and buggy” device that “disrupts every day life” or shell out hundreds of dollars for a new iPhone.

iphone4s

When iPhone 4s owners are faced with the dilemma of continuing to use a slow, buggy phone or spend hundreds to buy a new phone, Apple often benefits because consumers will often buy a new iPhone to keep their investment in the App ecosystem. […]

Furthermore, iPhone owners will buy a newer iPhone when faced with the choice because it is familiar and they can easily transfer their information, media, contacts, and apps without a major disruption in usage. There is no learning curve and no delays and trouble that accompany new information input. Thus Apple stands to benefit financially when older iPhones are slowed down and owners are forced to purchase a new phone.

The plaintiffs argue that Apple failed to properly warn iPhone 4s users that the update would “significantly interfere” with the performance of their phones. When Lerman and other plaintiffs upgraded their devices, they noticed a significant drop in performance in both third-party apps and basic functions like using the Phone app. Because Apple does not allow iPhone users to easily downgrade their device to a previous iOS version, the plaintiffs feel like they’re forced into either using a slower phone or purchasing a new one.

Apple’s advertising, the plaintiffs allege, does not mention the potential of slowed performance for iPhone 4s users, instead focusing on performance improvements. The lawsuit points towards Apple’s iOS 9 website, which says the update brings “faster performance, improved security, convenient updates, and longer battery life.” The plaintiffs argue that Apple must have known about the iPhone 4s’ slower performance from internal testing or other means and did not warn users about potential headaches in their advertising.

This isn’t the first time Apple has been accused of planned obsolescence, as the company was hit with a lawsuit in 2011 regarding the iPhone 3G and iOS 4. That case was thrown out by the judge who ruled the iOS 4 update was not a “good or service” and dismissed claims of false advertising and deceptive business practices.
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