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Folkstone Design has provided support for Apple products since 1984. Originally created as a mass market software design house Folkstone Design created and published innovative software like "Anatomist A Human Anatomy". As a regular part of our business practice we provided instruction at a university, corporate and public level. As our practice naturally expanded beyond software design to include business development we began to design businesses like the internet provider "Sunshine Net" subsequently sold to technovision. Today with a broad base of multi-disiplinary experience we are well positioned to help where ever you find yourself.

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Dates & Times:
This Week: Lion
Thursday June 7th 9:00AM - 10:45AM Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks 101 90 minutes with 15 minute break
Saturday June 9nd 9:00AM - 10:45AM Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks 101 90 minutes with 15 minute break
Monday June 11th 7:00PM - 8:45PM Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks 101 90 minutes with 15 minute break

Next Week: iOS
Thursday June 14st 9:00AM - 10:45AM iOS 101 90 minutes with 15 minute break
Saturday June 16th 9:00AM - 10:45AM iOS 101 90 minutes with 15 minute break
Monday June 18th 7:00PM - 8:45PM iOS 101 90 minutes with 15 minute break

Cost: ( Cash or Cheque Please )
$36 including HST
$84 including HST for three 90 minute workshops
The three pack can be used in sequence or in combination if you want to bring a friend.
They are transferable and expire in three months.

Come explore before you buy a Mac or an iOS Device: ipad, iphone or ipod touch, or come and learn how to do more with what you have..

We now have a small multimedia classroom in our offices in Granthams Landing near Gibsons
We will be offering a wide range of gentle workshops for AppleTV, iOS devices, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and Macs
While we will focus on subjects that include pre-perchase considerations, and introduction to your Apple product we also intend to use our deep subject matter experience to explore topics themed with specific applications for instance Pages for writing and layout, Garage Band for creating your own music and many more. Our focus is on people.

One of the toughest things to do on the Sunshine Coast is to set a time, place and price that works for everybody, so we are going get started and tune as we go. I should note that we have years of experience delivering training at for Apple dealers, Designing and delivering training directly for Apple, in addition to years of designing and delivering courses at SFU, BCIT and UBC.

So these are small short workshops. Space is limited to eight people. You will learn more if you bring a friend. The technical name for two people working on a single device is Agile learning, so sharing is encouraged during our time together.
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Bring yourselves and your friends. If you have an iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as well as Mac OS X and they are portable you are welcome to bring them along, but please don't worry if you don't have them or choose not to bring them. We will explore together with whatever you bring. The most important part of this is yourself.

Initially the Workshop will run 90 minutes, please show up a little early so we can get paperwork out of the way and get started right on time. The cost of the workshop will be $32.14 ( $36 with HST ) or you can purchase a three pack of 90 minute workshops for $25 each or a Total of $75 ( $84 with HST ). The three pack expires in three months and can be used in sequence or in combination if you want to bring a friend. They are transferable.

We will be offering Workshop for both Mac OS X and iOS use specific applications to both learn the Application and focus on areas of interest like writing, publishing, photography, video, business and much more.


We are based on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada. Call us today at 886-4573
Corporate Voice Over Internet Support also available for other areas.
Living and working on the Sunshine Coast since 1988.


Scott Bleackley M.Sc.(Computing Science) has been helping people explore the world with their computers for more than 25 years. Scott has taught at SFU, UBC and BCIT as well as providing personal and corporate training. Scott explores emerging technologies with an eye to which ones work best for people and the communities in which they live, work and play. You can find Scott swimming from outriggers in the Paisley islands, walking the beach or cycling the roads, with a camera or two, drawing, writing, reading and deep in discussion with friends. Scott enjoys sharing his delight in the kid in us all.

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Apple and the Environment

Apple and the Environment Oct 16, 2014 iPhone update: first 30 days, largest pickup ever in 32 countries. About to release in China alighed with China's 4G rollout. Preorders have set new record. Biggest iPhone launch ever.

Apple Pay: built right into passbook for iPhone 6 and 6+. easy and secure and a private way to pay for things. All of the nations top banks supporting us. Signed another 500 new banks supporting ApplePay many of the the largest vendors supporting. Also works online. No coard number entry, no address entry. Lots of online stores accepting Apple Pay. Beginning on Monday

Apple Watch: great reception for tech, health and fitness, and fashion and style. This month the Apple watch on the cover of Vogue China. Working with selected third party developers with Apple watch. Watchkit is rolling out next month so all developers can build for Apple watch. Shipping early next year.

Each of these products have been designed to work seamlessly together.

iOS 8: Out for just under a month. Early review have been just great. 48% of iOS are running iOS 8 2014, 46% running iOS 7 2013 so mostly current. Android 54% still running 2012 release. Quicktype, family sharing... what really sets iOS 8 apart is the tools that iOS 8 provides to our developers. for instance swipe down from the top and get access to all third party widgets, edit photos, documents, third party keyboards ( klingon, yet ). Healthkit: developers has really embraced this. Lifesum, sharecare... also access to touch ID, Metal driect access to the performance of amazing GPS and fast graphics and great visual fidelity. Swift: and entirely new programming language. We have seen a flood of applications in swift already, IBM has embraced swift for its development of enterprise mobility. Major universities have incorporated swift. iOS 8.1 fixes bugs, icloud photo library: manages all changes across all devices, photos and videos, currently available in public beta uses iCloud storage.

Yosemite: Clean and consistent use of typography throughout the system, notification center, and enhanced spotlight. All the apps built into Yosemite, including new safari. Safari is better at sharing right within the app. Great new tab view that provides a birds eye view. Safari is 6 x faster than other browsers and uses much longer batter life. hours longer battery use. Mail: fill out forms with markup right within mail. Mail drop, can set upto 5 GB through iCloud. Messages, iTunes, iWork: Pages, Numbers and keynote all updated. iCloud Drive: store any file in the cloud. Access anything from anywhere, even a windows PC : ) just some of the wonderful new user features in Yosemite. What makes this great is how Yosemite and iOS work together. iCloud is the centre of this. Advanced wifi and bluetooth low energy devices, for instance air play to appleTV even without a wifi network. Continuity: at any moment work with the device that is most convient in that moment. Send and receive SMS text messages from any device and phone calls through the speaker of your mac. With continuity I can just pickup where I left off moving from iPhone to iPad and back to my Mac. Apple space ship is really a space ship example of Apple security with Steven Colbert. Granny Smith to Red Delicious. Quick overview of Yosemete release. Much more... Yosemete on MacApp store today. Available for free and iOS 8.1 available for download this monday. iWork update available today also for free

iPad: unique blend of simplicity and capibility, jam packed full of advanced technology. Incredibly thin and light package. As we packed more capibility, our customers have begun to use it in whys we could not imagine. Transforming the way we communicate. We sold more iPads in the first 4 years, 225 million than we have any other product in history. If you look at the top 4 by volume of top PC manufactures, iPad beats them all, for all of their products, not by a little but by a lot. Consistently rate number 1 in customer satisfaction. iPad mini retina has scored 100% in customer satisfaction. Why? Unique blend of simplicity and capibility. At the root of this 675K apps custome designed for iPad. A tablet is only as good as what you can do with it. The verge named the iPad air as the best tablet you can buy. Remember the original release, it was thinner than a pencil...make it better making iPad Air 2 even thinner.

New iPad Air 2, very thin, can you even see it. 6.1 mm thin. World thinest tablet. Can stack two of them and still be thinner than the original iPad. Display: LCD touch layer and glass, in each ipad there has been an air layer between these layers. Not now they are optically bonded with anti-reflective coating reducing reflections by 56%. Best display. A8X new generation chip, A8 for iPhone, A8X 3 billion transiters 40% faster CPU 2.5 faster graphics. 12 x faster than original iPad, graphics performances 180 times faster. Metal lets developers get direct performance without software overhead. Developers bringing there desktop plateforms, 10 hours battery, and motion control, new barometer, new isight camera. The ipad is the best viewfinder for your photos. Developers like these cameras for prizmo, coaching applications, home styler and hundreds of other applciations, 8 MP 1.12micro pixels 2.4 appature 1080p HD video and the image processing done in A8X chip. Auto HDR, accurate color, great depth of field, low noise, macros, can take large panoramas upto 43 Mpixels. Can take burst mode photos. Timelapse also. Slo-mo video 120 frames per second at 720p. Dual microphones for better audio. New face time cameral HDR videos and faster wi-fi 866Mbps, faster LTE with 20 bands upto 150Mbps. Touch ID reads your finger prints and works with iTunes store and iOS 8 developer apps also. With touchID you can use Apple pay within all the apps that support applepay. Comes with iOS 8.1. Pixelmator is a big hit on the Mac and now it works on the iPad. Full featured image editing app. Smooth editing of 4k image. Coming later this month in the app store. Improvements of speed up to 3 times in many areas of the app.

Replay: you can use your iPad to create amazingly rich video without knowing anything about editing. Select all of your clips and with one tap replay analysis all of the video, puts everything together to find the best action and color to match videos to the beat of the music. You can add captions, trime views and reorder things. Created a custom rendering engine with each generation it gets faster. Does volumentric lighting: lighting that interacts with the text or the images. replay for free on the app store today.

iPad: next gen retina display A8X chip, new cameras, ultrafast wireless, touch ID and very thin. $499 16GB $599 64GB $699 128G cellular verisons for 130 more. iPad Mini 3 silver space grey and gold $399 16 GB $499 64 GB $599 128GB will keep iPad air 399 and iPad Mini $249 iPad mini 2 $299 Pre-order tomorrow will start shipping next week Note this is US pricing

Mac: updated Macbook Air this summer. The wall street journal says it is the best laptop ever made. MacBook Pro: for all day battery and performance. iMac with Retina display. You have never seen a level of detail like you can see in this iMac. 5120 x 2880 pixel 14.7 million pixels. worlds highest resolution display, we call it the retina 5k display, 7 times the pixels than on your HDTV, 67% more than a 4k display. Fit into 5mm thin display. Lots of innovation and design to make this possible. Uses 30% less energy. Use apple photo alignment technology with a compensation film to make the images look crip and sharp. You can work with 4k video editing with room left over for bins and timelines. Fastest chips 3.5GHz i5 can upgrade to i7 can upgrade to radion 295x 3.5 Teraflops, thunderbolt 2, fusion drive, energy star 6.1. A 4K IPS TFT display currently costs $3000 or more. new iMac will cost $2499 Radion R9 chip.. Joins the rest of the iMac line $1099 - $2499 avalable tomorrow.

MacMini: iris graphics 500 802.11 ac 2 thunderbolt 2 ports starts at $499 shipping today
Soon you can wear the technology right on your wrist... line up products and the ecosystem that supports them is only something Apple can create because Apple creates both the hardware and the software, simple intuitive and magic experience for our customers. We are just getting started.

WWDC 2014
Youngest developer attending 13 years old. 9 million registared developer.
Huge release for developers: entire section of presentation devoted to this.
Over 50% of OS X install base working on Mavericks. Fastest adoption in history.

Windows 8 shipped a year before Mavericks and is currently at 14%
OSX 10.10 Yosemite ( new cleaner icons, typography, transulcency, and a dark mode )
Notification centre: New Today view that can be extended with widgets. Why more functionaliy.
Spotlight: new interface, inline preview. Search local and websearch.

Calandar has an all new look for day view which shows appointment details.
iCloud Drive: icons inside of finder, can store all files of any sort to sync across all macs and windows.
Mail: Focus on basics. Also deal with large attachments with Mail Drop via iCloud ( encripted ) upto 5GB
Markup: Write on top of photos and PDF's for sending in email
Safari: smart search shows favorates and spotlight suggetions. Sharing enhanced. tab view. privacy. WebGL, SPDY,IndexedDB, JavaScript, 2 hours longer life streaming netflix. Faster than firefox and Chrome.
Safari: smooth scroll of tabs, or visual overview. Share button, Markup button works within mail.
Markup is smart enough to magnify, and recognize arrows, cartoon bubbles, etc. very nice : )
Continuity: Use the right device for the moment. Want transitions between devices to be simple. Airdrop now works between iOS and the Mac.
HandOff: When working on your Mac devices around you are aware of what you are doing. So you can simmply continue working on your iPad or from iPad to Mac. Proximity awareness. Automatic hotspot generation from Mac to iPhone. SMS messages now show up on other devices using your phone as a intermediary, same thing with phone calls. So you can answer or dial a phone call directly from your Mac. Directly from numbers on web pages.
OS X 10.10 available for developers today. Available to everybody else in the fall for Free.
Public Beta program this summer.

800 million iOS devices sold, iPad 200 million, iPhone 500 million units.
130 million bought their first Apple device in the last 12 months. Many switching from Android.
Half of customers in China in the last 6 months switch from Android to iPhone.
97% customer satisfaction for iOS 7
iOS 7 89% adaption. Android is 9% ( over a third running 4 year old software )
99% of mobile malware is on Android.
iOS 8 announced. Giant release. Great end user and developer features.
interactive notifications, even from the lock screen.
Quick access to people as well as apps with double tap on home button.
Keyboard: QuickType supports perdictive typing suggestions, for the next words, context sensitve.
learns how you type to different people in different apps. All learning private to device.
Group Messaging and thread management.
Tap to talk in Messages
New details button in Messages, locations, context, do not disturb ( including mute notifications )
All attachments from conversation available in details.
Can also do audio or video responses in messages.
Raise to ear to listen and respond to audio messages
iCloud Drive
Enterprise auto configure. VIP Treads, suppport for third party document providers.
Managed Books and PDF

Comes with Health App. Works with third party apps that integrate with healthkit.
Working with Mayo clinic, for automated communication to provide more timely care.
Revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people.
Epic system integration for HMO provisioning

Family Sharing
Refigerator the original, now we can share other stuff.
Sharing media, songs, movies, books and apps. You can get at the purchases of all the members of your family. Up to 6 family members who all share the same credit card. Get prompted to ask you permission to purchase.

Bringing together photos with iCloud so every photo you take are available on all of your devices.
Device has access to more photos in the cloud than it can store locally.
Better search mechanisms for all of your photos, location, time, albums
Smart editing controls for light and colour.
Edits all mirrored to iCloud library when favorated.
For mac new Photos App solution shipping early next year Photos
first 5GB free 20GB for .99 cent per month

shazam song recognition
streaming voice recognition
22 new dictation languges
vecor based maps
turn by turn navigation
improved weather data

Developer Part of iOS 8
Make Apps you could not create before.
1.2 million Apps in app store. 300 million people visit app store each week
downloaded 75 billion apps.

App Store
Adding and explore tab
Adding top trending searches
related searches and editors choice logo
App Bundles from developers: can buy multiple apps at a discounted price
App previews: short videos of app features
New Beta test service: developers can invite testers to Test Flight
Everything available in the fall.

Biggest release since the launch of the App Store
4000 new developer APIs
Extensibility: can extend the system and offer services to other apps.
Extensions live inside an apps sandbox, but other apps can interact
for instance bing could offer translation inside of safari
third party apps can define widgets for notification centre
for instance Waterlogue can plug into photos for instant effects
Ability to install system wide third party keyboards Touch ID Third party apps can take advantage of touchID as well. Identifies successful matches but does not expose fingerprint ID Camera's and photo kit API HeathKit API HomeKit API, lights, door locks, thermostates. Works with a common network protocal. Siri integration. CloudKit: takes over the cloud part, provides you with a client side programming model. Effectively free. with some limits Metal: 3D Graphics ( high end gaming and rendering ) Metal reduces OpenGL overhead. Up to 10x faster draw call rates. Also access to compute power of GPU> Gaming engines: frost bite console engine to mobile. Epic Games: Live demo Tim Sweeny. Zen garden order of magnitude increase in detail. Wow! A7 processor. Zen garden will be available in app store for free when iOS 8 is available. Sprite Kit for casual gaming ligh, field forces per-pixel physics Scene kit Xcode New programming language Swift: fast modern, safe, interactive objective C without the C faster than Objective-C A modern language large classses of common programing errors are not possible. Swift code can sit right along side C and objective C code in an applicaiton. enables a level of dynanism that we have not seen before. Swift Playground: runs my code as I type it. Uses type inference Designed from the ground up for Coco and cocotouch Allows interactive and dynamic programming expreience Full power over time forwards and backwards through execution . With Scenekit it is easy to make a 3D version of app Swift comes with complete Xcode support Swift lanugage guide availabe in iBooks now. Day one of release swift apps can be submitted to App store. iOS 8 available in beta to developers today, everyone else in the fall. OS 10.10, iOS 8, how OS devices and serves work together in harmony an integrated and continous experience. how developers can create powerful apps. Apple engineers a seamless experience for our users. no hardware announcements.
AppleEvent Oct 22,201
Review iPhone sales, iOS 7 rapid uptake, iTunes Radio, App Store 60 billion sales ( 13 billion dollars to developers )
Mac: Computers people Just Love to use. Still believe deeply in this category. New products this morning.
OS X Mavericks 10.9: Upgrade your hardware, more out your hardware. Techniques like compressed memory, integrated graphics, OpenCL takes compute oriented tasks and uses the GPU for computation. Shared links from twitter within safari, finder tags, big improvments for handling multiple displays. New Apps: Maps, iBooks ( library and text books ).
Email recognition updates calendar which also displays may and weather and provides time to get from previous appointment.
Mavericks Extends your battery life, gets more out of your system and some great new apps.
Re-engineered development process and revolutionized pricing
Mavericks is Free! Snow leopard or later single step update to Mavericks. Available today!
MacBook Pro: 13" and a 15" macbook pro major updates today
MacBook Pro: 13"Thinner and lighter 3.46lbs .71 thin intel Haswell 4th generation dual core Iris graphics 90% faster than previous generation upto 9 hours of batter life, 9 hours of movie play back for instence, PCIe based flash 60% faster, thunderbold 2, 13" MacBook Pro starting at $1299 2.4 GHz i5 4 GB RAM 128 GB Storage shipping today.
MacBook Pro: 13" Crystal well chip, Iris Pro Graphics & Geforce GT 750M, upto 8 hours of battery life, PCIe flash, 802.11ac wifi $1999 2GH i7 8 GB RAM 256 Flash
Mac Pro: fast 7 Teraflops of compute power, PCIe 10 times faster than hard drive. Up to three 4k video displays nice feature motion sensor lights up your plugs if you move it : ) Video editing, new verion of final cut pro that takes advantage of MacPro, enables real time 4k editing, Photo editing, Music ( Mac Pro is really quiet 12dBA, great for the recording studio ) $2999 available December. As quite as a Mac Mini at idle. Assembled in the USA
Apps: New verions of iLife for Mavericks. Photobooks for iPhoto in iPad for instance. iMove for iOS 7 cleaner simpler on the Mac a new design. iMovie theater iCloud to AppleTV also. Garage band upto 32 tracks for iOS on 64 bit iPhone, 16 tracks on others, new for Mac also. See drummer for instance, a drummer track that automatically plays along with you and takes your guidence. Every new Mac comes with garage band and you can expand it with a single in-app purchase. One of the many new features in Garage Band. All free with the purchase any new Mac or iOS device updates available today.
Completely new versions of iWork for iOS and Mac. Pages, Numbers, KeyNote. Adding collaboration to iWork for iCloud. Can both be editing the same document at exactly the same time, even between Mac and Windows. All iLife and iWork apps are free with new purchase of iOS available today. More than 20 Apple Apps in total updated today
iPad: We called iPad our most advanced technology and a magical device. One of the most successful products in Apple history. earlier this month sold 170 millionth iPad. Now everybody is making a tablet. iPad is used more than any of the rest, four times more that all of the others put together. People use it, people love it. Rated #1 in customer satisfaction. Great plateform for 3rd party developers, 475,000 iPad apps. Not about quantity but about quality. Combineation of hardware, software services. What is most rewarding for Apple is all the amazing ways that their customers are using them.
Next Generation of iPad: iPad Air 9.7" retina dispaly much smaller bezel 43% thinner than previous version, thinner 7.5mm thinner 20% thinner. ligher previous 1.4 lb iPad Air just 1 lb now the lightest full size tablet in the world. Apple A7 chip as in iPhone 5s. 64 bit destop class architecture also includes M7 processor. 8x faster than original iPad, graphics 72 times faster than original iPad have the change with new iPad Air. MiMO wifi technology twice the data transfer rate of previous generation, expanded LTE coverage, 5MP iSight camera, dual microphones, 10 hours of battery live. Silver/white SpaceGrey/Black $499 start 16GB wifi config with wifi $629 iPad 2 at $399 Shipping Nov 1st.
iPad Mini: one most requested feature a retina display. 7.9" Same number of pixels as iPad Air. Also A7 chip 64 bit 4x faster CPU tasks 8x faster graphics tasks 2x faster wifi with MIMI and better LTE support, silver/white spacegrey/black $399 16 GB wifi, available later in november current iPad mini now $299 will remain. New iPad covers and Case ( case covers the back too )
new iPad Air Pencil Ad
Apple Special Event September 13 2013
Wtach The Event for yourself. Also available on the Events Channel of AppleTV.
Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie included for free on all new iOS purchases.
iOS 7, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5S replace iPhone 5
iPhone 5C is a plastic steel reinforced phone with an optional soft silicon cover. Most economical in five colours.
iPhone 5S is a machined aluminum phone with an optional leather cover 64 bit fast processor and new fingerprint security in three finishes.
iPhone 5S Sept 10 2013
three colors - gold, white, and black
made of high-grade aluminum and chamfered edges
new A7 SoC 64-bit desktop-class architecture
A7 is up to twice as fast at CPU & Graphics tasks
OpenGL ES 3.0 is supported this will enable breakthroughs in GPU performance
new part called the M7 "motion co-processor" that works alongside the A7 measures data coming from sensors without waking the A7 up
a whole new level of health and fitness solutions never before seen in a phone
battery life equal or greater than iPhone 5. 10 hours 3G talk, 10 hours wifi browsing, 40 hours of music, 250 hours of standby
new camera system, five element lens, f2.2 aperture, bigger pixels rather than more 1.5u pixels
bigger pixels let in more light, better color, less noise
DSLR-level autofocus
iPhoto will go with that new camera
the 5S takes multiple photos at once and picks the best one for you
dual-LED flash,camera examines the scene in real time and chooses from between 1000 different colors to match the room
auto-image stabilization is another new feature, sharper action shots
hold the shutter button down, it will take photos continuously at a rate of 10fps
120fps slo-mo video, 720p video at 120fps
normal video is 1080p at 30fps
Touch ID: a finterprint sensor, touch capacitive sensor, 500ppi resolution 170 microns thin, scans sub-epidermal skin layers
new sensor is embedded in the home button, stainless stell deteciton ring around it , sapphire crystal on top to proctect it.
just touch the button to unlock your phone
also use it to make itunes purchases
fingerprint data is encrypted and stored in the A7
sensor maps individual details in your fingerprint ridges to make sure only you get into your phone
it's only on the A7, and only decryptable via the TouchID software
never goes out to iCloud, never touches apple's servers
$719 16 GB, $819 32 GB, $919 64 without plan
Available for order Sept 20th 2013

iPhone 5C Sept 10 2013
This year we're replcing the iphone 5 with two new designs.
iPhone 5C: with everything from the iPhone 5, and more
the 5C has a black front with blue, green, red, yellow, and white backs)
the back and sides are made from a single part
iOS 7 and the color of your phone will match out of the box
custom cases just for the 5C made out of silicone rubber.
made of hard-coated polycarbonate, steel-reinforced, also amplifies the antenna, 4" retinal dsiplay with in-cell touch.
A6 on the inside
slightly larger battery than in the iphone 5
8MP isight camera, same as in the 5
supports all the new camera features in iOS 7
new facetime HD camera on the front side
even better than the old one, better in low-light conditions
supports more LTE bands than any other iphone or any smartphone in the world
$599 for 16 GB and $719 for 32 GB without a plan
pre-order Sept 13th purchase Sept 20th

iWork: Sept 10 2013
all five apps - keynote, pages, numbers, iphoto, and imovie, are now free with any new iOS 7 device.
Can be downloaded in with one click to existing devices

iOS 7 Sept 10 2013
next month Apple will ship our 700th million iOS device
Multi-tasking User Interface and improved Siri, it can now draw on wikipedia
great new high-quality male and female voices
Sound and sound effects improved and classic sounds remastered.
new square aspect ratio camera
camera roll is replaced by groups (called "moments) based on time or location
itunes Radio
over 200 features in iOS 7
new designs for iOS 7 in third party apps
no split release for iphones/ipads
coming sept 18th
as always, iOS 7 will be available for free
iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or fifth-generation iPod touch

Watch Apple Announcements Live on Apple TV events channel: Oct 22 2012

Apple's One Day Sale Event ( the only one of the year ) Black Friday: Nov 23 2012
See Also Black Friday sales: Nov 23 2012

New 13" iMac with retina display: Oct 22 2012
Aasemetirc lithum icon battery tech, intel dual core i5 or i7 8 GB of RAM seven hours of battery life
Solid state drive, 128 GB Flash drive 1699 starts and starts shipping today.
  • New iTunes and App Store
  • New iTunes is "dramatically simpler"
  • The new iTunes will be available in late October.

New MacMini: Oct 22 2012
dual or quad i5 or i7, Intel HD Graphics 400 4 GB RAM 500 GB HDD $599 Server with 2 1T HD $999

New iMac: Oct 22 2012
New iMac edge to edge glass, very thin edge 5mm thin, 80% thinner than previous generations
Engineering used Friction stire welding to do the build. New display which if 5mm thiner, removed the 2mm air gap by laminating the display directly to the glass. So whole display is 45% thinner, removed the optical drive 21.5 1920 x 1480 and 27 inch 2560 x 1440 Full lamination design improves the optical quality and uses Plasma deposition process for nanometer anti-reflective coating 75% less reflection than previous generation. Each are individually calabrarted. 720P face time camera with dual microphons. Intel 2.7 GHzquad core i5 or i7 765GB of flash or 3T hard drive sd card reader two thunderbolt and GB ethernet with iMac and MacMini choise of Apple Fusion Drive 128GB of flash storage + either 1 or 3 T hard drive, fused into a single volume. if you choose the fusion drive all apple sofware including system software goes to flash drive, then it figures out what you use the most and what would benifit most to go into flash. When you imort photos for instance you get neear the performance of flash with fusion drive. Yes, you can get an external optical drive Starts at $1299 Start shipping in November 27" a month later in December

4th generation iPad: Oct 22 2012
100 million iPads sold to date, more than 90% of all web traffic from iPads
Almost every company in the fortune 500 is testing and deploying iPads. Apple A6X new chip doubles the performance for CPU and graphics tasks. new generation of apple signal process for face recognition same 10 hours of battery life. 720p face time camera includes LTE with greatly expanded carrier coverage, including Koodo 2x faster Wi-Fi uses lightning reversable connector lighting to USB and SD card reader and out to HDMI and VGA Black and While 16 GB Wifi for $499 twice the performance new features at the same price cellular $699

New iPad Mini: Oct 22 2012
Can hold it in one hand, entirely new design not just a shruken down iPad
Very thin and light. 7.2 mm thin, as thin as a pencel, .68 lb as light as a pad of paper. comes in black( slate back ) and white (silver back ) not so small that it is not useable. ipad 2 9.7 inch mini 7.9 resolution same as iPad 1024x767 so all software created for ipad just works for iPad Mini Competition Pitch competion 7" diagional iPad Mini 7.9 diagional 35% larger display area. Functionally iPad mini is 49% larger display area and thinner and lighter. Portrait mode 67% larger than the competition. Inside Better inside than iPad 2 Apple dual core A5 chip, face time camera HD front side camera, 5MP iSight 1080P HD video Ultrafast LTE wireless, faster abgn wifi, lighting connector 10 hour battery life just like 4G iPad. New simpler iPad cover without the metal hinge blue green pink light gray and dark gray start 16GB wifi $329 32 GB $429 64GB 599 Pre-order Oct 26 ship Nov 2 then cellar versions two weeks later. New iPad Mini TV ad Chopsticks

New iBook Author: Oct 22 2012
Available today free download on the MacApp Store
This update includes embed custom fonts, inserting mathematical equations and adds multitouch widgets.
iBooks Author: Publishing and distribution FAQ :

iPhone 5 its taller Sept 12 2012
$199 for 16GB, $299/32GB, $399/64GB (with two year contract).
iPhone 4S is $99, iPhone 4 is free with contract.
Preorders start on Friday, shipping one week later.
Launching on the 21st in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Launching on the 28th in 22 other countries.
  • 6.7mm thin, 18% thinner. The world's thinnest smartphone
  • Weighs 112 grams, 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.
  • 4-inch display, 1136x640.
  • Screen is nearly 16:9, with 44% better color saturation.>
  • Cellular Data: LTE and DC-HSDPA
  • Wifi: dual-channel 5GHz 802.11n, allowing for max performance up to 150Mbps.
  • A6 chip is 2x faster and has 2x the graphics performance compared to the A5.
  • It's 22% smaller and more energy efficient.
  • 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 225 hours of standby, 8 hours 3G talk time.
  • 8 megapixel camera with backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter and a five-element lens. f/2.4 aperture. 25% smaller, dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal. The camera evaluates nearby pixels to give up to 2 f-stops greater low-light performance, along with new image processing in the A6.
  • 40% faster on photo capture.
  • Adding Panorama mode
  • Video is 1080p but with better video stabilization.
  • The front-facing camera is now 720p, backside illuminated with facial recognition.
  • The iPhone 5 has three microphones, one on the bottom, another on the front, and one on the back. Improved voice recognition and cancellation.
  • The phone has an improved speaker design, and is 20% smaller, and with a five-magnet transducer -- three more magnets than previously. Additional magnets make the speaker more efficient -- more volume for less power. Apple is calling it "sideband audio".
  • New connector called "Lightning".
  • All-digital, 8-signal design. Adaptive interface, improved durability, reversible, 80% smaller.

iOS 6: Sept 12 2012
Arrives Wednesday, Sept 19th for the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod Touch.
  • New iTunes and App Store
  • New iTunes is "dramatically simpler"
  • The new iTunes will be available in late October.

iPod Nano 7th Generation Sept 12 2012
The Seventh Generation Nano looks a bit like the original Nano.
iPod Nano is $149 for 16GB.
  • Seven colors: aluminum, black, purple, green, blue, yellow and red.
  • 50% thinner than the Nano it replaces. Wider screen, 5.4mm thin, 2.5" display that's MultiTouch, with a home button.
  • Lightning port
  • Includes FM tuner with DVR, fitness and pedometer, view video and photos.
  • Bluetooth with wireless audio streaming, so supports Bluetooth headphones and car integration.
  • Promises 30 hours of music playback

iPod Touch 5th Generation its taller Sept 12 2012
available in October.
4th Gen iPod Touch still sold, 16GB/$199, 32GB/$249.
5th Gen iPod Touch is 32GB/$299, 64GB/$399.
  • New iPod Touch is 6.1mm thin, 88 grams.
  • Aluminum on the back with a brushed finish.
  • Speaker on the bottom plus Lightning connector.
  • Has iPhone 5 4" display.
  • Includes the A5 processor, and 7x faster graphics than the old touch.
  • Promises 30 hours of music playback
40 hours of music playback, 8 hours of video, slightly increased over the 4th generation Touch. camera is much improved, with a 5-megapixel, backside illuminated, f/2.4, 5-element lens, plus the same sapphire crystal lens cover as the iPhone 5. Includes support for the new Panorama feature, as well as support for the iOS version of iPhoto. 720p front-facing FaceTime camera. Includes Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n dual-band, and other typical wireless. No LTE or cellular for the Touch. It does include Siri, however. Comes in five colors, raw aluminum, black, blue, yellow and red.

iPod Shuffle Sept 12 2012
available in October.
iPod Shuffle remains $49.
  • gaining a different color selection.

EarPods Sept 12 2012
A standalone accessory, shipping today -- but included with the new Touch, Nano, and the iPhone 5.
  • Now offering new headphones, called EarPods.
  • In the works for three years. Includes in-line microphone and controls.
  • Has a directed speaker port that points forward into the ear canal.
  • Doesn't create a seal the way other in-ear headphones do.

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8: July 27 2012
Technical Specification including which machine are compatable
  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
How to upgrade for $19.99 upgrade from Lion or Snow leopard.
Note that Lion and Snow Leopard have been removed from the Apple Store.
Over all this seems to be quite a stable release, with new features and a renewed focus on iCloud and social media but with speed improvements overall.
WWDC: Apple World Wide Developers Conference KeyNote:
New Product Announcements. June 11 2012
Apple Introduces All New MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Mountain Lion Available in July From Mac App Store for $19.99 upgrade from Lion or Snow leopard.
Apple Previews iOS 6 With All New Maps, Siri Features, Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams & New Passbook App
Apple Updates MacBook Air and Current Generation MacBook Pro with Latest Processors and New Graphics
New Airport express, looks like a white AppleTV with two ethernet ports and provides simultanious dual band wifi $99. Setup is built right into OS X and iOS and can be done in just a few simple steps, and with AirPort Utility 6.0 for OS X Lion and iOS you can access a visual map of your network for viewing and reconfiguring devices.
New Smart Cover for iPad2 that includes a back as well as the magnetic front $49

The iPad's other life: medical device extraordinaire

Much of the iPad's use in medical settings so far has been in the form of pilots and trials, but it's getting ready to take off in a much bigger way. The Veteran's Administration in the U.S. is looking at rolling out as many as 100,000 tablets across 152 hospitals, says Wired, based on the success of the 1,500 trial iPads it currently has in use. Over 80 percent of U.S. hospitals have similar trials in place, according to recent comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook , which means that many more could soon take the plunge, resulting in a huge uptick of orders from medical organizations for the generally consumer-oriented device.

Apple has a medical market manager, Afshad Mistri, who was profiled by Wired in a feature. Mistri is rare because he has a specific type of business to sell to: health care. Mistri is behind the dedicated iTunes store section for professional health care apps, has organized conferences on how to use the iPad in medicine, and is known to make house calls for medical professionals hoping to set up their organizations with iPads for use in treatment and patient care.

Everything in medicine is going mobile (HIMSS meeting) Cardiologist Eric J. Topol, MD, was on a cross-country flight when an attendant made an announcement asking if there was a doctor on board. … He pulled out his iPhone, and with an app that produces an electrocardiogram, he determined that the patient was having a heart attack. The plane made an emergency landing while paramedics waited on the ground to take the patient directly to surgery to open the blocked arteries causing the attack.

1,800 iPads ordered by Ottawa Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital: iPhone provides vital link to medical records.
Medical App reviews for iPad
DC surgeon: "I use the iPad every day in the operating room"
Tablet Cover Our clear, disposable, sterile, non-latex tablet covers minimize cross contamination and protect your equipment from from blood and other contaminants, w hen used properly*. Our tablet covers are made exclusively for us by one of the leading sterile cover manufacturers in the industry.
Medical Observer Free. Our team of experienced journalists and doctors is committed to bringing GPs and other health professionals quality clinical information, practical resources and lifestyle content. In addition to all the content you get in Medical Observer's weekly publication, the iPad app includes videos demonstrating clinical procedures, and interviews covering crucial professional and clinical issues in depth. It also allows you to stay up to date with our latest news feed.
AirStrip - Cardiology
Mobile MIM Free: The Mobile MIM software program is used for the viewing, registration, fusion, and/or display for diagnosis of medical images from the following modalities: SPECT, PET, CT, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound. Note that the new iPad has 1 million more pixels than an HDTV
Skeletal System Pro III $14.99
Medscape Free: Medscape from WebMD ( is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.
iPad Apps on the iTunes store for Medical
Medicine & iPad
Can You Really Sequence DNA With a USB Thumb Drive?

iPad in Business A new way to work
iPad features incredible applications like Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Safari in a beautiful, thin and light design, so you stay productive anywhere. With easy, secure integration into business environments and a robust platform for app development, iPad is ready to start working when you are.
iPad at Work: Access and Manage Documents
Every iPad includes advanced wireless technology. It automatically finds available Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad is also available with 3G connectivity,1 so if you're on the road with no Wi-Fi, you still have immediate access to all your important business documents. Get the files you need from your desktop computer or corporate server, including Microsoft Office and iWork files, PDF and RTF documents, movies, audio files, and images. Multi-Touch technology and the large LED-backlit display on iPad make it a snap to view, edit, and organize your documents using just your finger. And with instant-on access and 10-hour battery life,2 iPad is designed for immediate productivity any time of day.
iPad at work
Streamline your daily business tasks with apps that eliminate paper-based processes, give you real‑time information, and improve efficiency of common office activities. Explore the tasks below to learn how iPad can change the way you work.
Apps for Business
Explore the world of business apps for iPad and start transforming the way you work.
Business Profiles
For United Airlines, one of the the world’s leading airlines, iPad provides pilots one-touch access to charts, maps and other crucial navigation tools that help keep United flights on track and on time.
Supercharge your business

New iPad (Press Release), New AppleTV (Press Release), iLife and iWork now fully on iPad Apple Event March 7 2012:

New AppleTV

New AppleTV supports 1080p HD and video streamed at 1080p from Apple.
New AppleTV streamlined interface and iCloud integration
iCloud now supports movies as well as music.
AppleTV price is $109cdn on AppleTV available next week you can order today.

iPad: preorders begin today ships on March 16, 2012, $499 for 16GB version 32 is $599 and 64GB for $699

15.4 million iPads sold last quarter.
Over 200,000 custom apps specifically for the iPad.
Retina display 2048 x 1536 ( HDTV is only 1920 x 1080 ) 264ppi, full RGB for each pixel
at 15 inches away the human eye cannot distingish the pixels.
A5X processor is confirmed, quad-core graphics!
44 percent greater saturation in the display

iSight Camera

5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor on the back, 5-element lens, IR filter,
and ISP built into the A5X chip. ( same lenses perhaps as iPhone 4S )
Auto-exposure, auto-focus, software image stabilization, 1080p video recording

Voice Dictation: Supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.

4G LTE! Pad now has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, with LTE taking the cake at 73Mbps.
Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE parnters.
The iPad can now be a personal hotspot too -- if the carrier supports it.
10 hours of battery life still! 9 hours on 4G!
Okay, it's 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs.
Preorders begin today delivers start March 16th US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan.
All the stock apps have been updated and optimized.
SketchBook Ink from Autodesk. It's "a new drawing app that focuses on line art."
It's resolution independent, so zoom in as far as you like, the flower he's drawing stays clean.
Can export images greater than 100 megapixels! Available in April, exclusive on iOS.
With this resolution the games are 4x the density of an xbox.
The Unreal engine is unleashing the power of the new iPad."
more memory or screen resolution than either the Xbox 360 or the PS3.
iWork $9.99 each still, free update if you've already purchased.

Garage Band for iPad: Priced $4.99, available today!
now has Smart Strings, a Note editor and you can push through iCloud too. There's new sharing, too.
Major updates to iMovie -- storyboards and new editing chops. $4.99, free update again if you have it, also available today.

Introducing iPhoto for iPad: Priced $4.99, available today!
New gestures, new effects, multi-touch editing, and you can beam photos directly between devices.
double-tapping a single photo it compares all pics that look similar. The app finds them​ automatically.
iPhoto supports up to 19 megapixel photos.

iPad 2 $399 wifi and wifi + 3G $529

2012: There's a lot to look forward to. We are just getting started.

Harmonies: While nothing replaces Song Circles and just singing with other people sometimes it is fun and useful to work with music software to perform, compose and record music. Mostly just unamplified voices provide the most viseral responses.
GarageBand available for both Mac and iOS ( iphone, ipod touch and iPad ) and Logic Pro provide a excelent ground on which to then explore other more specific software. Of course you may only need GarageBand for your iOS device and at $4.99 it is one of the best deals available.
Loopy for live performance.
Create music by layering looped recordings of singing, beatboxing, or playing an instrument with a savvy, sophisticated, tactile new looper that totally reinvents the formula. Loopy is the 2nd place winner for Best Musicians App in Best App Ever 2011.
ImproVox intro is a new vocal instrument. Real-time pitch correction and harmonization enable you to create lush harmonies as you sing - and always sound in tune! Add vibrant textures with effects like reverb, echo, and flanger, record your performance and share it with friends.
Tonalis Tonalis is a new concept in music software. It performs four part harmonisation in the common practise period style. Enter in a melody and Tonalis will compute the bass-line, alto, and tenor parts automatically. The progressions can be optimised to provide contrary motion between bass and melody and to minimise inner part movement.
Singers and songwriters may find the software useful in aiding their compositional process. Anyone can instantly produce original compositions.
There is a selection of instruments for playing back your compositions. One may export the results as scores or MIDI files.
Melodies must consist only of notes from the diatonic scale. Chromatic melody and harmony is not supported at present.
Song Maker example intro
Sing Harmonies teaches people to sing harmonies, but each tune costs more money. However that said evidently it does work fairly well.
Of course there are lots of other Apps and more Apps for creating Music on your Mac and iPad
Don't forget the built in Voice Memos App
Microphones & iOS Devices: Studio6: XLR, Blue, more mics and hardware for iOS
Mac OS X Mountain Lion Preview Feb 16, 2012
With more than 100 new features Apple today released a developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion. See how innovations from iPad inspire new features for Mac and find out what's coming this summer with Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Includes: Airplay for Mac. Messages for Mac Beta now available for free messaging between Macs, iphone, ipad and ipod touch. Gatekeeper is a revolutionary new security feature that gives you control over which apps can be downloaded and installed on your Mac. You can choose to install apps from any source, just as you do on a Mac today, or you can use the safer default setting to install apps from the Mac App Store, along with apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple. For maximum security, you can set Gatekeeper to only allow apps from the Mac App Store to be downloaded and installed.
Smart Homes: 3D ON: Augmented Reality for Sketchup Imagine seeing your building model in situ, as if it were already there. You could view it from a distance. Get up close. Move around it, look upwards, step inside and even admire the view from the windows. See it in relation to existing buildings and features. Check important design features. Sweethome 3D Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Includes great photo realistic rendering.
Smart Film: New Version Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 Jan 31 2012
Available from the Mac App Store for $299.99 (CAN) to new users, or as a free update for existing Final Cut Pro X customers. A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X.
The All New iTunes U Everything you need create share and complete courses all in one place.
If you are an educator at a university, college, or K-12 school, now you have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. And students and lifelong learners can experience your courses for free through a powerful new app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Combine that with Open Free University Courses and the emergence of cheap online text books and other free courses like the excellent and free Khon academy and we are changing the way we learn. Not to mention podcasts like TEDTalks and ease of access to the worlds information. Now how do we teach our kids, our selves, our businesses and our clients? Folkstone Design can help we produced one of the first truely interactive text books to teach general human anatomy many years ago and have not looked back as we continue to explore how people and communities learn and interact.
Smart Piano in Garageband for iOS: Now anyone can play.
$4.99 iOS iPad, iPhone, iPod touch 3G
Not convinced? Watch a four track Guitar Jam being constructed with iOS garage band. Of course other styles of music, and voice are also well suppported.
Apple Black Friday Sale
The special one-day Apple shopping event.
Siri, iCloud, iPhone4S, iOS5 Announcements Oct 4, 2011
iPhone 4S. Black and white, 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399 with contract not sure.
The iPhone 4 will now be available in Black and white for just $99
Pre-orders on the October 7th, and then launching on the 14th. Avialable on Sprint in the US.
Unlocked Pricing iPhone 4S $649, iPhone4 8GB $549, iPhone 3G 8GB $375

World Phone, A5, new antenna system, new optics, HD video ( 1080p 30fps), and now Siri
1080p, real-time video image stabilization (yes!), real-time temporal noise reduction.
New Camera on iPhone 4S 8 megapixel sensor, CMOS backside illuminated sensor, five lens elements. f2.4
Download speeds double to 14.4Mbps.
Intelligently switches between two antennas between send and receive to improve call quality.
Battery life.” Increased to 8 hours talk time
Dual-core A5 CPU, 2x as fast at CPU tasks. Also dual-core graphics. Up to 7x faster in the previous iPhone.

iPod touch: now with iOS 5 and iCloud Now comes in black and a brand new white version. Ships by October 12th 2011 $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.
iPod nano in 7 colors is 8GB for $129, and 16GB for $149. Available today. Includes 16 new clock faces : )
Easier to navigate with bigger icons
Right out of the box, you can go on a walk or a run as well without adding sensors or devices.

Siri: Voice Controlled Personal Assistant.
Support for English, French, and German. Add more languages and services over time.

iTunes Match,
Photo Stream
Backup: daily backups from your iOS devices
New App: Family and Friends: Easily locate friends and family, temp sharing options, simple privacy controls

Mac Mini $599, MacBook Air $999 and Apple Thunderbolt Display 27" $999 July 21, 2011
Connect two Thunderbolt Displays to a 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro or to an iMac. To make a desktop workstation out of your MacBook Pro, just daisy-chain additional Thunderbolt devices, including high-performance storage and video and audio capture devices, through the display.
Connect MacBook Air to the Thunderbolt Display and you can do more. Like adding FireWire peripherals, connecting to Ethernet networks at gigabit speeds, and making large-display, HD video calls to other Mac users with the display's built-in FaceTime HD camera.
The Mac Mini i5 or i7 includes Thunderbolt and HDMI port, does it includes sound? Hope so. This makes it ideal as a HD TV accessory computer. Just add wireless keyboard and trackpad or mouse and you are in business. Includes HDMI to DVI Adapter. The new MacMini has no DVD drive like the Macbook air. New dual drive lion server also.

Lion Mac OS X 10.7 July 20, 2011
Available now from the Mac App Store Online for $29.99. This is a 3.49 Gb download so it may take a while.
What's new in Lion: the user interface.
Gone in OS X Lion: Rosetta, Java Runtime, Flash, Samba, Front Row.
To install Lion you will need Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard running on a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo or better processor (i.e. 64-bit). Macs not supported include Core Sol, Core Duo and any PowerPC based Mac.
Please note that Lion does not include Rosetta which enabled PowerPC processor code to run on intel processors. This matters to you because some software and some installers like for MS Office 2008 are written using PPC code. These will no longer run in Lion. So, if you have older software install it before upgrading. Check compatablility of existing software with Lion. Some software requires updates to run with Lion, such as Final Draft.
Lion Application Compatibility.
There are also online updates available for iTunes, Safari and other Apple apps so:
Apple Menu | Software Update
before installing Lion to ensure everything works well when it comes up. These can also be installed after.
Also a good idea to Finder | Go Menu | Disk Utility | Repair Disk Permissions, and ensure that your Time Machine Backup is current before installing
Preparing for Lion: Find Your PowerPC Applications.
Installing Lion: What you need to know.
if you purchased a Mac on or after June 6, 2011, but it didn?t come with Lion pre-installed, you?re entitled to a free copy of Lion.
If you do not have a broadband internet connection Apple invites you into an Apple owned store to download and install Lion.

Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference ( WWDC ) June 5-9, 2011
Apple Developer's Conference KeyNote Address June 7, 2011
Mac OS X Lion
Available for $29 usd in July 2011. Requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and a Mac Core 2 Duo, Intel i3, i5, i7 processor and will be available as a 4GB download from the Mac App Store. One of the many new features in Lion appears to be the extension of the existing excellent migration tool to include migration from Windows machines. Lion automatically transfers your documents, contacts, calendars, email accounts (Outlook and Windows Live Mail), and photos stored in Picasa, and puts them in the appropriate applications. This is listed under the system heading. 250 + other new features

iOS5 available September 2011
Watch the Videos

iCloud available now for iTunes music

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro® X June 21, 2011
Completely rewritten with a new interface available now from the Mac® App Store for $299.99. Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

Apple Store 10th Anniversary May 23, 2011
Ten years ago Apple desided that they needed to provide their own stores to represent their products directly to their customers. With several hundred stores world wide Apple Stores have been wildly successful. With this anniversary Apple has plans for changes. We will see how this plays out over the next few days.

New iMacs Released May 3, 2011
Now with a quad-core processor in every model, up to 3x faster graphics, Thunderbolt and a facetime HD camera. Starting at $1199. New Intel Core i5 and i7 processors: 1.7 times faster than the previous model. Includes Thunderbolt 10Gb/second exteranl data transfer. The 27" model includes two thunderbolt ports. LED backlit displays. Less chin. The metal part below the screen is slimmer. 500 GB to 1T internal drives standard. Apple iMac (spring 2011) review Apple Further Restricts Upgrade Options on New iMacs Review: Apple iMac (21.5-Inch, 2011 Version)

Final Cut Pro X Preview Apr 13, 2010
Apple provided a sneak peek at the next version of Final Cut Pro ? now called Final Cut Pro X at the NAB SuperMeet in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ship date of June, with a suggested retail price of $299, and will be sold through the App Store.

New iPad 2: March 2nd 2011 Models, Tech Spec
Lighter 1.3 lbs down from 1.5lbs -- 15% lighter, 33% Thinner--thinner than the iPhone 4, graphics 9 times faster, 2 times faster Dual-core 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip, Front VGA and rear 720p HD camerasboth at 30fps, same 10 hour battery life. 9.7in display, 3 axis gyro, accelerometer, 720p 30fps video recording. Available in black and white March 11 at 5PM in the USA and by March 25th in Canada and 25 other countries. Before RIM's first PlayBook ships, before HP's first TouchPad ships, etc. And of course WAY before any Windows tablets ship. New optional covers use magnets to adher to the iPad, micro fibre lining cleans the screen when closed. This is a very nicely designed removable cover that doubles as an inclined for typing or vertical stand for watching video also. ( see video ) Case comes in lots of colors. 1080p HDMI mirroring out. Current first generation iPads now discounted starting at $419 Cdn. 16GB WiFi only - $749 Cdn iPad with 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Pricing for Apple?s new iPad line will remain identical to the regular prices of old model. US pricing said to be $499 and up. There is rumor that the iPad 2 will not be carrier locked in Canada, as this apears to be the case with AT&T in the US. This would enable swapping sim cards to change carrier when you travel. Currently the iPhone is locked to a specific carrier.

iOS 4.3 update will be a free download March 11th 2011
For existing iPads, the GSM version of the iPhone 4 (which gains the Verizon version's Personal Hotspot" feature) and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices. iOS 4.3 will run java script much faster. Wireless streaming from you home computer to your iPad. The App Store has over 350,000 apps, more than 65,000 are updated for the iPad. The App Store has paid out over $2 billion to developers cumulatively. Apple recently shipped its 100 millionth iPhone. And it sold almost 15 million iPads in 2010. Apps and even websites can airplay at HDMI to AppleTV. Adds Apps to AppleTV. Can now use the slider switch for rotation lock. Rear facing Face time is 720p camera. Mike is up by the camera where it should be. Can get and HDMI cable ( optional $39 accessory ) will charge through HDMI cable. Will mirror exactly what you are doing on your iPad. iMovie, PhotoBooth and FaceTime updated for iPad. ( iMovie as an independent paid app ) You can shoot, share and edit video on the iPad 2, including voice over. You can do 8 track recording and mixing, and 250 + loops, with a new version of GarageBand. Great for live pod casting. Can plug in your guitar directly to the iPad. iMovie and GarageBand available from the App store for $5 each. Three-axis gyro provides very precise orientation control.

MacBook Pro Updated with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology
The new MacBook Pro was simultaneously announced and released Feb 24 2011
Technical Specifications
Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera, triple the resolution of the previous generation. Featuring the very latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.
Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O. The 13" Mac Book Pro features Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the 15" and 17" Mac Book Pros now include AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory. Lion the upcoming version of Mac OS X also went into public/developer preview. It includes many changes including shipping with the full Mac OS X server as well as the traditional Mac OS X. Scroll bars be gone... Listen to Nuance Text-to-Speech Voices in Mac OS X Lion Get some idea of how your current Mac compairs with the new MacBook Pros if it is not listed in the speedmark 6.5 results. Geekbench 2 scores The performance of the new MacBook Pros is amazing. The slowest MacBook Pro performs on par with the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro, and the fastest MacBook Pro is 80% faster than the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro. The fastest MacBook Pro is faster than a lot of Mac Pros (including the current generation of Mac Pros). The new MacBook Pros truly are portable workstations. Download GeekBench 2 and run to compair your Mac with the new Mac Book Pro.
PC Mag review of Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt)
New Consumer Reports ranks keep MacBooks on top

Apple Black Friday Sale
Apple has marked down Macs by $101 iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPads a variable amount: iPod nono, iPad and iPod touch today. Also please note on the link above that some of the best savings are available when you scroll down on third party products. For example scroll down to the creative section for a music keyboard, wi-fi memory card, Blue Yeti USB Microphone and a waterproof HD camera. Talk to us before you buy to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money and the right equipment for what you would like to do. For instance while not discounted for Black Friday in some cases Apple's refurbished macs can provide a better price point than Black Friday pricing year round. We can help you get started and provide ongoing training as required. Folkstone Gift Certificates are always available.
Other Black Friday Cyber Monday Sales
Just to keep things in perspective, it is also The Yearly International Buy Nothing Day today. Since Folkstone Design does not sell hardware or software, just consulting and training, we are pleased to support you with your existing Apple gear and recommend open source and other free software alternatives when they are available. We are pleased to work with individuals, families, groups of friends, small busineses, new old and growing businesses, corporations, NGO's, governments and government agencies and others. While we know art, technology and businss our focus is on people and community. Call us at 604 886-4573 today.
Back To The Mac Apple Special Event ( video ) October 20, 2010
iLife 11 $49 single $79 family pack available now.
New Mac Book Air, 11" and 13" with only solid state drives.
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion preview: available next summer.
App Store for Mac online in 90 days. Developer submission starting November.

New iPods, AppleTV, iTunes and Ping Social Network September 1, 2010
New iOS updates in two weeks and again in November. iOS4.2 includes Air Play which can stream content to other devices like AppleTV.
Free for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
New iPod Shuffle has voice control and touch wheel for control. $59 cdn
New iPod Nano smaller than previous model with touch screen and a clip, $159 cdn 8GB, $189 cdn 16GB
New iPod Touch ( Touch # 1 portable game player in the world ) 4x pixels 326 ppi 24-bit color LED A4 Chip 3 axis Gyro front facing and rear facing HD camera. Will run face time. $249 cdn 8GB, $319 cdn 32GB, $429 cdn 64GB available next week pre-order today.
New Ads
iTunes 10 available today. New Logo. Ping: Social Network for Music Ping is available on iPhone and iPod Touch in addtion to iTunes 10
Apple TV. $119 cdn available in 4 weeks pre-order today. Very samll palm size. Build in power supply 1 HDMI connector, Wi-fi 802.11n and ethernet port. Very simple remote. music TV shows and movies. All rentals, no purchases. $4.99 first run HD movies the day they come out on DVD. 99 cents commercial free TV shows ABC and Fox initially. You can also stream content from Netflik ( if subsciber ), utube, podcasts, flickr, or from mobile me or your computer. Silent, cool & tiny.

New iMac, PowerMac, Cinema Display, Magic Track Pad June 27, 2010
Magic Track Pad, iMacs Care i3 - i5 Hard drives go up to 2TB and the iMac, Mac Pro upto 12 Core with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory, 27" Cinema Display available September. Along with a 2560×1440 resolution, the Cinema Display includes a built-in iSight video camera, microphone, USB hub, speakers and more. The unit includes built-in MagSafe charging for MacBook and MacBook Pro owners.

iOS4 Software Update June 24, 2010
With over 100 new features, the free iOS 4 Software Update for iPod touch lets you do even more amazing things. The iOS 4 Software Update works with the second- and third-generation iPod touch. Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking, custom wallpaper, and Bluetooth keyboard support are available only with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009).

New Mac Mini June 15, 2010
Completely redesigned with HDMI out including multichannel sound with a redesigned Monitors preference for use with HDTV through HDMI or miniDisplay ports, includes NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 48 processing cores for graphics intensive applications and visully rich games. In this mac mini the RAM is very easy to upgrade, while upgrading the hard drive remains a non-user install. The power supply has now been included inside the Mac Mini making the whole package smaller and neater. The entry level 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor includes: a hard drive, optical disk, wireless (wifi & bluetooth ), Firewire 800, SD card slot, HDMI to DVI adaptor, and more. Monitor or HDTV, wireless keyboard, mouse, and webcam are additional costs.

iPhone 4 June 7, 2010
All-New Design with FaceTime Video Calling, Retina Display, 5 Megapixel Camera & HD Video Recording

Mac Book Pro Updates April 13, 2010 Summary
We are available for pre-purchase consultation if required.
All models feature 4GB of RAM and start with a 250GB hard drive as standard, with a new graphics card: GeForce 320M, which is noted to be 80% faster using 40% less power than the previous card. For the 13" inch model the battery life is now rated at 10 hours. Inertial Scrolling is also available on all models. A speed bump to a base of 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. 15 and 17 inch models now use an intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Refurbished versions of the previous model of the Mac Book Pro are discounted only 21% making waiting for the new model to come to the refurbished channel at an expected 15% discount a reasonable option. I cannot help wondering when the 13" will be upgraded to Intel Core i5 and if the omission of USB 3.0 indicates a sooner than expected emergence of Light Peak.

iPad tablet: Announced January 27, 2010, Released in the US April 3, 2010, Canada May 28, 2010
The 13.4mm-thick (0.5-inch) and 730-gram (1.6 lbs) iPad tablet has a 9.7-inch LED display, 1024x768-pixel resolution and comes with a 16, 32 or 64 Gb flash drive.
Available April 3, 2010 in the US wifi first followed by G3 version. Later in Canada and internationally.
Features, Video, Guided Tour

  • $499 (U.S.) for a 16-gigabyte model
  • $599 (U.S.) for a 32 GB version
  • $699 (U.S.) for a 64-gigabyte model with Wi-Fi only.
  • It will cost an additional $130 for units that use 3G, making the most expensive model $829 (U.S.)
  • AT&T will charge $29.99 a month for unlimited use and $14.99 a month for up to 250 megabytes

Hardware Updates: October 20, 2009
Mac Mini Improved speed and storage also dual 500GB drive with Snow Leopard Server $1099 cdn
MacBook Polycarbonate unibody enclosure with LED backlit display, displayPort, multitouch trackpad, 7 hour battery, but no firewire. $1099 cdn.
iMac 21.5 inch 1920x1080 & 27 inch LED Backlit displays, NVidia GeForce 9400M, ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB and 4850 with 500MB Graphics Cards, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i5 & i7 (configure) Quad-Core. All include wireless keyboard and choice of existing Mighty or New Multi-Touch wireless Magic Mouse. Start $1299
Apple Magic Mouse Bluetooth enabled wireless smooth surface multi-touch mouse.
New iTunes Twitter Feeds From Apple:
iTunesPodcasts, iTunesMovies, iTunesTV and iTunesMusic.

Apple Canada Black Friday Sale November 27, 2009 Only. We are available for pre-purchase consultation if required.
Check MacBuyers Guide for purchase timing.

Snow Leopard: Mac OS X 10.6 released August 28, 2009 as an upgrade from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard for $35cdn
Please ensure that you Apple Menu | Software Update immediately after install.
Reviews Only for Intel Macs. This is a recommended update as it can dramatically improve performance. Consider the family pack if you have more than one Mac $59cdn. If you have purchased a qualifying Mac on or after June 8, 2009, that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard for $9.95usd. It is a good idea to check the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List for your application software before upgrading. For those with Mac OS X 10.4.11 The Mac Box Set $199cdn includes iLife '11 and iWork '09. Also please consider getting and external hard drive and using Time Machine for back with Mac OS X 10.6.

Apple Hardware Updates: June 8 2009 the white Mac Book was quietly upgraded. The aluminium MacBook becomes part of the MacBook Pro family with a firewire 800 port and SD card slot and seven hour battery life. New hardware and price points on several apple laptops. A new version of the iPhone G3S has arrived with 3Mpixel autofocus camera, video recording and compass. New pricing here also with the iPhone G3 remaining in play at $99us MacBook & MacBook Pro, iPhone

Buying a Mac



Business Software

Some Great Free Software

iTunes: Free Audio and Video Podcasts

iTunes podcasts are free and include thousands of video and audio only presentations. Subscribing places the podcast into your PodCast directory within iTunes (left column) and automatically gets new issues whenever iTunes is open and online. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. CBC radio and television podcast many of their programs. To browse podcasts within iTunes. Select iTunes Store, Select Browse under Quick Links on the far right. Then select PodCasts in the left most column. Below are some sample podcasts to get you started. Enjoy.
  • TED Talks (Video): TED - TEDTalks (video) - TEDTalks (video) Each year, the TED (Tchnology, Entertainment, Design) confernce hosts some of the world's most fascinating people. Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. These podcasts (also available in audio format) TED - TEDTalks (audio) - TEDTalks (audio) capture the most extraordinary presentations delivered from the TED stage.
  • Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders: Stanford Technology Ventures Program - Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Stanford Technology Ventures Program. The Entrepreneural Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship. (Audio)

Reduce Your Phone Bill

  • Skype: Free Calls Over Internet. (USB or Bluetooth Headset Recommended)
  • SkypeOut: Unlimited calls to any phone within the US and Canada $29.95 per year.

Other Places To Find Software:

Freeware, Shareware, Demo and Commerical

Best Performance

Keep Your Software Up-To-Date
Once you have the current system or application software from Apple or others keep it up-to-date. To check you have the lastest from Apple under the Apple Menu select Software Update. This will check all Apple software on your computer to see if there is a more current version available. Do this update process again until it tell you that your software is current. Apple Menu | System Preferences? | Software Update lets you automate this process.

iLife 11 upgraded in Oct 2011 and iWork 09 upgraded in Jan of 2009.
iLife comes with new computers iWork does not.
Both are inexpensive and can be bought as a family pack.
Consider the family pack if you have more than one Mac.
Also each application in these bundles can be purchased separately in the App Store These packages of software tend to require a paid update about once a year. If you do not already have Mac OS X Leopard ( 10.5 ) consider Apple's Boxed Set which includes iLife 11, iWork 09 and Snow Leopard.

Aperture 2: Feb 12, 2008 -- Aperture 2 delivers more than 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use, and more powerful than ever. $199 New Price and $99 to upgrade. Free Trial

Mac OS X: ( Mac Operating System )
Installing or Upgrading to Snow Leopard: Best Practices
Mac OS X comes with a new computer and a paid upgrade is required about once every 18 months. Consider the family pack if you have more than one Mac. Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program: If you?ve purchased a qualifying computer or Xserve on or after June 8, 2009 that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard for $9.95usd A new version Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6 was released on August 28, 2009. It is a good idea to check Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List of your application software. Snow Leopard can be ordered from the Apple Store, Amazon or your local Apple Retailer. Apple Canada Store. For those with Mac OS X 10.4.11 The Mac Box Set which includes iLife '09 and iWork '09.

Between paid versions Apple provides incremental updates for all of its software using Software Update found under the Apple Menu. Apple Menu | System Preferences | Software Update, enables you to tell your Mac how often to check for, download and install new updates. Once a week is generally fine.

Keeping your hardware reasonably current is also in your best interest. New versions of software and operating systems take advantage of current hardware performance to make your life easier. Older computers gradually have a harder and harder time keeping up. If you plan on replacing your computer every year or two you will remain current and have a good resale value for your older machine. Mac OS X makes it easy to move everything to your new computer.


Deep study: The world's safest computing environment
"More and more smart individuals, government agencies and corporations are shifting towards Apple and BSD environments in 2004," according to DK Matai, Executive Chairman, mi2g. "For how long can the truth remain hidden that the great emperors of the software industry are wearing no clothes fit for the fluid environment in which computing takes place, where new threats manifest every hour of every day. There is an accelerating paradigm shift visible in 2004 and busy professionals have spotted the benefits of Apple and BSD because they don't have the time to cope with umpteen flavours of Linux or to wait for Microsoft's Longhorn when Windows XP has proved to be a stumbling block in some well chronicled instances."

Please note that Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.x has a built in fire wall. You can configure it using Apple Menu | System Preferences | Sharing and Security

dmoz: Open Directory Project

dmoz: Open Directory Project:
Category: Top: Computers: Consultants: Macintosh Systems

The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is located just North of Vancouver, BC, Canada. On the mainland but accessable only by ferry the Sunshine Coast is comprised of sixty kilometers of south facing coastline. Communities on the Sunshine Coast include Langdale, Hopkins Landing, Soames Point, Granthams Landing,
Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada: Roberts Creek, Davis Bay, Sechelt, Half Moon Bay, Redrooffs, Pender Harbour and Egmont.
Apple Black Friday Sale

Time Machine: Fully Automated Build-In Hourly Backup

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Never again worry about losing your digital files. Time Machine automatically saves up-to-date copies of everything on your Mac ? photos, music, videos, documents, applications, and settings. If you ever have the need, you can easily go back in time to recover anything.

Time Machine works with your Mac and an external hard drive. Just connect the drive and assign it to Time Machine and you?re a step closer to enjoying peace of mind. Time Machine will automatically back up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on a given day ? so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.

To use Time Machine you need to running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer ( Apple Menu | About This Mac?). Ideally current system software 10.6.x on an intel Mac. You also need an external Hard Drive that is 2 - 4 times the capacity of your internal drive. You can remain connected by wire to your external Time Machine backup drive, or if you have a MacBook you may want to use a Time Capsule for wireless backup.

The cost of external drives relative to capacity continues to fall. You can use any external Hard Drive, but you may need to reformat it. Most external hard drives come preformated for Windows machines. Reformating is not difficult and takes just a few minutes. Once format is correct starting Time Machine is easy and is completely automatic in its ongoing operation.

Time Machine is highly recommended for all Mac owners.

MoneyWorks: Seriously Good Accounting Software For Canada

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Get to really know your business. As the cornerstone to your business, your accounting system needs to do so much more than just bookkeeping and compliance. As well as providing fast and timely financial and management reports, it needs to adapt to your changing workflows, operate with your other systems and grow with your business.

MoneyWorks works the same on Mac and Windows. Share data files between platforms or even have Mac and Windows computers accessing the same server.

MoneyWorks has been around for more than a decade and is a well thought out accounting package that does what it should without a lot of problems.

MoneyWorks comes in four versions that can each easly upgrade to the next: CashBook, Express, Gold and DataCentre. This provides you with a full range of funcationality as your business grows. A free trial is available. Boxed versions availabe from Apple Online or London Drugs.

Apple App Store for Mac Software Applications

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You may know about the App Store for you iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad, the App Store is now available for your Mac.
The Mac App Store is available as a free software update for Mac computers running Mac OS X v10.6 or later. If you have an earlier version of Mac OS X, you will need to upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. When you upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later ( Apple Menu | Software Update or paid boxed update from 10.5 or earlier) you will find the AppStore icon in your Dock next to the finder icon on the far left or top if your dock is on the side of your screen.

Apple now provides all of the software usually included in iLife and iWork bundles as separate downloadable applications. For instance: Pages is now available for $19.99 Aperture for $79.99. After a one time setup of your Mac App Store account getting new software is now as easy as clicking on buy. The software is downloaded, installed and an icon placed in your dock, ready to use. Very easy, very nice. If type free in the search field in the top right of the App Store window you will be shown a list of all the software with a price of free.

Deals: These Change. In the first week of the App Store there were some excellent deals on software like Aperture and Sketch book Pro for more than 50% off. These say for a limited time offer so it is uncertain when they will expire or when new offers will be forthcoming. Go look for the software that you want and see.

Keep your Apps up-to-date: Since developers are constantly improving their apps, the App Store for Mac keeps track of your apps and tells you when an update is available. Update one app at a time or all of them at once, and you?ll always have the latest version of every app you own.

eBooks from BC Libraries: Gibsons and Sechelt Libraries
in Particular to your Mac iPod Touch, iPad & iPhone

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  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac or PC
    Scroll down and Click on the large "Launch" Button
    Countinue through the installation.
    When given the choice: Authorize your computer ( radio button: authorize is the default )
    Note that the line above has a link to use if you do not already have an adobe ID
    ( please remember your Adobe ID ( your email address ) & password )
  2. Install Bluefire reader reader on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
  3. Go to Install BC Libraries they have more eBooks than the local library or your local library Gibsons or Sechelt online.
  4. Find a book that you would like to read.
    Sign it out.
    To do this from the BC Libraries site it will sign out through your local library
    To log into your local library use the number on your card ( even if you have changed this )
    and your password ( that you may have changed ) or the last 4 digits of your phone number if you have not.
    This will down load as small file that Adobe Digital Editions can find, authorize and download the book from.
  5. To get the book to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
    Download the free Bluefire Reader
    This will download to iTunes and then sync with your ipod touch, iphone or ipad automatically.
    Plugin your ipod touch, iphone or ipad and sync once you have downloaded the Bluefire into iTunes
    ( you will need an apple ID to down load even a free app from the apple online store )
    Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card
  6. Once you have Bluefire installed
    Open Adobe Digital Editions
    It normally will offer to go out and find all of your ebooks.
    Let it do this.
    Or, Under the Library pull down menu ( top left within the application window )
    Select Add Book and find the file you have downloaded from the library.
    You should now be able to read the book in Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac.
  7. Moving the book to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
    Open iTunes
    Select your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad in the left column
    Select the App tab across the top of the right window.
    Scroll to the bottom of the page under the title File Sharing
    In the left column entitled Apps | Select Bluefire
    In the right column, bottom right select Add?
    Navigate to Home Directory | Documents | Adobe Digital Editions Folder | Select your book.epub
    That's it almost?
    Click the Sync? button ( bottom right of iTunes window to sync the book to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
  8. Finally, on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
    open Bluefire
    the first time you open it will ask you for your Adobe ID ( your email ) and password
    Once this is done choose your book and begin reading.

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