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Apple today announced that its Apple Music Connect service for music artists and fans now begin to shut down starting today, and its fate is exactly the same as the iTunes Ping service that withdrew from the historical stage in 2012. Meanwhile, Apple today informed developers that they can now view data analytics for their macOS apps in App Store Connect.



In an email sent to artists, Apple stated that they will no longer be able to post in the Connect section from today, and this feature has been removed from the Apple Music Artist page and the "For You" section. Apple said that the Connect content uploaded by the artist could still be searched until May 4, 2019. Connect used to have a separate tab in 2015, but was later degraded to the "For You" section.
Today we're streamlining music discovery by removing Connect posts from Artist Pages and For You. This means you'll no longer be able to post to Connect as of December 13, 2018, but all previously uploaded content will still be searchable until May 24, 2019. You can still create Artist Playlists with the latest version of Apple Music.
As for macOS app analytics, which now lives in App Store Connect, give you the ability to view how many times your app was seen on the Mac App Store, how many times your product page was viewed, and how many new customers downloaded your app.

Relay Hack co-founder and Apple collector Stephen Hackett shared his collection, screenshots of each version of Mac OS for the past 18 years. During the time, the naming of the operating system designed for Macs changed from Mac OSX to OS X to MacOS.


With more than 1,500 screenshots, you can see the system changes from Mac OS X Cheetah in 2000 to macOS High Sierra in 2017, and they were running on the real hardware, including Power Mac G4, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro. Stephen Hackett plans to continue to collect screenshots of each macOS in the future.

These images came from the OS, running on actual hardware; I didn’t use virtual machines at any point. I ran up to 10.2 on an original Power Mac G4, while a Mirror Drive Doors G4 took care of 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5. I used a 2010 Mac mini for Snow Leopard and Lion, then a couple different 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros to round out the rest.

To secure these screenshots, you will simply click this link and then save to your computer or phones. Don't forget to credit Hackett when you share these screenshots.

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Apple today released the iOS 11.4.1 software update, which is the fifteenth update for iOS 11 since its release in September last year. Today's iOS 11.4.1 may be the last release of iOS 11. To download iOS 11.4.1 on all eligible devices, go to the Settings app - General - Software Update.

This is a minor update that fixes various bugs that occurred to follow the release of iOS 11.4 as it did not include any new features. According to Apple's release note, it improves the reliability of syncing mail, contacts, and notes with Microsoft's Exchange accounts, and it introduced USB Restricted Mode to prevent hacking tools from unlocking iOS devices.


Apple today also released the watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1 update. watchOS 4.3.1 can be updated via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Whilst tvOS 11.4.1 can be updated through Apple TV's Settings app - Software Update. watchOS 4.3.2 mainly fixes bugs and improves performance, same goes for tvOS 11.4.1.

Apple delivered a big pile of software updates this morning, with the company later today finally came up with macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, which brought "AirPlay 2" feature to iTunes, likewise it improved the stability and security of the Mac. Apple recommends that all users install this update in the Update page of the App Store app.

Even though it’s not a important release anyway, Apple has seeded iOS 11.4.1 developer and public beta 3 version Along with no major features, but it’s expected to fix the iOS 11.4 battery drain issue that many users experienced with it.

Not surprisingly, Apple has seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.4.1 update. We also didn’t found any new features or changes in the software version. It’s likely to focus on bug fixes and improves stability.



Lastly, the Cupertino firm has seeded the third beta of macOS 10.13.6 to developers and public beta testers. Since the iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and tvOS 12 first beta update already available for developers, Apple likely to focus that rather than these updates.

Apple has just released second beta version of iOS 11.4.1. You can download it with a beta profile as always. We did not find any new feature and changes in the update. However, it’s not hard to imagine that it will definitely be going to fix some hidden bugs, deliver speed improvements, and patch security issues.

The company also seeded the second beta of macOS 10.13.6 and tvOS 11.4.1. Like iOS 11.4.1, we did not notice any new features and changes in the update, it's rather to be focused on bug fixes. Since the latest generation of its four platforms has been announced, Apple likely to focus on the four operating systems.


Apple this morning seeded an updated beta of an upcoming watchOS 5 update after users report the beta bricked devices. To obtain the beta, you'll need the developer profile. Once the profile is in position, you can download it by using the Watch app on the iPhone and then going to General - Software Update.

watchOS 5 introduced various new features, including Activity Competitions with your friends, walkie-talkie for easier communicating with each other, auto workout detection, new Podcasts app, Siri watch face for third-party apps, new workout type like hiking and yoga, WebKit support for seeing websites on your wrist, and more!

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Apple pushes iOS beta updates constantly, just when you were still celebrating and experiencing new features of iOS 11.4, Apple went live with a beta version of iOS 11.4.1. You can download it with a beta profile as always.

Enough is said, We did not find any new feature and changes in the update. However, it’s not hard to guess that it’ll definitely be going to fix some hidden bugs, bring speed improvements, and patch security issues.


Well, at least we now know that iOS 11.4 is not the last version of iOS 11. Although next week Apple will usher the new iOS 12. Indeed, the company also released watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1. But wait...

The Funnier thing is that the beta version of macOS 10.13.6 came before the macOS 10.13.5, which is still in beta testing. So the question is whether you should upgrade to 11.13.5 or just jump to 11.13.6?

One week after released the fourth beta for latest version of its four platforms, Apple has released the fifth beta of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, watchOS 4.3.1, and tvOS 11.4. Developers are able to download these betas in the Apple Developers Center and receive the profiles in order to update your devices.

iOS 11.4, the fourth major update in iOS 11, has included several features such as a new ClassKit framework for education, HomePod calendar support, (Product)RED wallpaper for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users, and USB Restricted Mode for better security. Both the AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the beta after was being removed from iOS 11.


macOS 10.13.5, assuming the last update for Macs before WWDC, introduced the Message on iCloud support as it did on iOS 11.4. Asides from that, the update just brings speed improvements and security enhancements. If you found anything, comment down below.

watchOS 4.3.1 for Apple Watches includes a new warnings that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS. Coding references in the update also hinting that the wearables soon will support third-party watch faces. tvOS 11.4 gains AirPlay 2 capacities.

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Yep, Apple has released yet another beta for its four platforms, including iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, watchOS 4.3.1, and tvOS 11.4. Developers are able to download these betas in the Apple Developers Center and receive the profiles in order to update your devices.


For iOS 11.4, Apple has introduced features like a new ClassKit framework for education, HomePod calendar support, and (Product)RED wallpaper for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users. Both the AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11.

When it comes to macOS 10.13.5, Apple has added Message on iCloud support as it did on iOS 11.4, asides from that, the update only brings speed improvements and security enhancements. If you found anything in this update, please info us.

watchOS 4.3.1, the latest software update designed for Apple Watches includes a new warnings that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS. Coding references in the update also hinting that Apple Watches soon will support third-party watch faces.

And finally, tvOS 11.4 will bring AirPlay 2 capacities, as Apple TV icon returns in Home app with room assignment. We can expect that these software updates could arrive before the WWDC, when Apple reveals next-generation of the four platforms.

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Apple has released third beta of iOS 11.4 to the developers for beta testing, couple weeks after seeding the first beta. Beta testers needed to sign up from Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile. In order to update your device to iOS 11.4, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple introduces a new ClassKit framework for iOS 11.4 at its Educational event at March 27th. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11. For the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, there is a new (PRODUCT)RED wallpaper available, but doesn't seems to be available on iPhone X users.


Apple has also rolled out third beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 that can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed. Besides to bring Messages on iCloud support, there is no major features discovered in the update, it may just some small tweaks.
Like always, third beta of watchOS 4.3.1 and tvOS 11 is also available for download. To download the new watchOS beta, go to the General - Software update. The new update includes a warning that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS.

As for tvOS 11.4, it can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode. Similar to iOS 11.4, the forthcoming tvOS update will support AirPlay 2, as Apple TV icon returns in Home app with room assignment.

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It will be super convenient to you if there's a way that when you type small snippets of text and expand into larger strings of text for easily composing emails, writing documents or reports, and more. Indeed, macOS included the features that should makes you life easier, and here is how to use it!
  1. Spotlight search for "System Preferences", or click the icon on the dock
  2. Click on Keyboard, then navigate to the Text tab
  3. Once you are in there, it will show up a list which says Replace amd With
  4. Type the shortcut on the Replace area, then enter the full-length text in the With column
  5. And that's it

Once these shortcuts are set up, the next time when you type a shortcut into apps such as Notes or Mail, it will automatically expand into the full words or phrase. It's worth to mention here that although there aren't limit on how many text you can insert it, we recommend you don't use common words, otherwise you'll likely use them when you don't plans to.

In additon to insert words or phrase, you can also enter andress, names, phone numbers, web urls to improve your work productivity. This can be the one of the most time-saving features of macOS, and you can setup on iOS devices by going to Settings -> KeyBoard -> Text Replacement.

Two new WebKit leaks have revealed the changes for Apple's next generation of software, one is that iOS 12 will be supported on iPhone 5S, while the other one hints that macOS will get the system-wide dark mode on 10.14, according to MacGeneration and 9to5Mac.

Firstly, MacGeneration has received development testing reports for WebKit, the testing logs refers iOS 12 running on an iPhone 5s simulator, suggesting the device will get iOS 12 this fall, but it might not be fully-featured. condensing iPhone 5s is a 5-years old model, which also means it's the oldest iPhone model to be supported by a newest software.


9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo claimed that WebKit code references suggest that macOS will get sort of system-wide dark mode on 10.14. Even though Rambo says there are no direct references to a dark mode, the existence of APIs certainly means Apple is working on a way to change the appearance for its macOS platform.

Other rumors about iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 suggested that the main features of the two platform will be delayed, as double down on the quality of its software. Several reports said that Apple to introduces combined apps platform this year, meaning you can run an iPhone app on a Mac. Like every year, Apple to announce iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 at WWDC.

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Apple has released second beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to the developers, couple weeks after seeding the first beta. The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

Like iOS 11.4, the upcoming macOS update will bring Messages on iCloud support to the platform, which allows user to free up space on devices and storing messages in the cloud. Aside from that, It's not clear what new feature would included in this update, perhaps just some bug fixes and speed improvements.


Apple has also released second public beta of iOS 11.4 to the public beta tester. Testers needs to sign up from Apple beta testing program to download the beta profile. In order to update your device to iOS 11.4, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple has introduced a new ClassKit framework for iOS 11.4 at its March event. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11. The beta also bring (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 Wallpaper to all iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models.

Lastly, the company has seeded tvOS 11 public beta 2, which can be downloaded onto the Apple TV by navigating to the Software Updates section under "System." "Get Public Beta Updates", once it's on, the set top box will be downloading software automatically. The tvOS update to support AirPlay 2 in the future.

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Apple has released the first public beta of the iOS 11.4 update to developers, just one day after it released iOS 11.4 developer beta. You will need to sign up from Apple Beta Testing Program to download the profile, in order to update your device to iOS 11.3, go to Settings - Software Update.

The upcoming update will be including a new ClassKit framework that Apple introduced at its March event. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in iOS 11.4 beta 1 after being removed from iOS 11, as HomePod stereo support returns in the beta.


Aside from releasing iOS 11.3, Apple today also seeded first public beta of tvOS 11.4. The new tvOS beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV by going to the Settings --- Software Updates - System, and switch on “Get Public Beta Updates".

With the update, Apple TV will once again be listed in the Home app, and will be able to use AirPlay 2 feature. Aside from that, it appears that the update included bug fixes and security improvements. We’ll update this post if we find any new features.

Apple has also seeded the first developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, and is only available for developers who previously installed the macOS High Sierra beta profile. It's not clear what new feature will be included in this update, perhaps just some bug fixes and speed improvements.

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Apple has released official version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. The new update comes two months after the release of macOS 10.13.3. It can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store on all of Macs that's already running macOS High Sierra.

According to the official release note for macOS 10.13.4, the update includes support for Business Chat and external GPU, the new keyboard shortcut to jump to the rightmost tab, sorting options for Safari's bookmarks, warnings when you visiting an unencrypted website, as well as several bug fixes and security enhancements.

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Two new changes that Apple didn't tell us in the release notes, one is that macOS 10.13.4 will begin warning users if they open up a 32-bit app in preparation for phasing out 32-bit apps on the Macs. Another mirror feature - introduced the new "Ink Cloud" wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro to all Mac devices.

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and it is recommended for all users. This update:

- Adds support for Business Chat conversations in Messages in the US
- Adds support for external graphics processors (eGPUs)
- Fixes graphics corruption issues affecting certain apps on iMac Pro
- Allows jumping to the right-most open tab using Command+9 in Safari
- Enables sorting Safari bookmarks by name or URL by right clicking and choosing "Sort by..."
- Fixes an issue that may prevent web link previews from appearing in Messages
- Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field in Safari
- Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages
- Displays privacy icons and links to explain how your data will be used and protected when Apple features ask to use your personal information

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208533 For more detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222

I don't know about you, but for me, I oftens forgot to empty the dump items into the Trash on a regular basis on my Mac. Sure enough, valuable storage space can be wasted as it just sits there and does nothing productive. Thankfully, macOS systems include a feature which allow the trash to automatically empty itself after 30 days. Here is how to enable it.
  1. Go to the Finder and Choose “Preferences” in the menu bar.
  2. Go to the “Advanced” tab and check for “Remove items from the Trash after 30 days”
  3. And that's it!
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So sample isn't it? But you should know that the feature will only supports on macOS Sierra 10.12 or newer, earlier versions of Mac OS do not have the ability to automatically remove items from the trash can. And of course, you can still manually empty the trash as well.

What if some files that are locked and you can not erase with it? Firstly, press and hold the mouse button on the Trash icon in the Dock, click and hold on the "Option" key, and select Empty Trash from the context menu for Trash, then release the key. Any questions?

Apple today released the fifth beta of the iOS 11.3 updates to developers, one week after releasing the fourth beta of iOS 11.3. Beta testers needs to sign up from Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile, in order to update your device to iOS 11.3, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

In iOS 11.3, Apple bring four new Animoji characters - lion, bear, dragon or skull. Business Chat supports in iOS 11.3 - new way for field customer support sessions. You now also able to store your messages in your iCloud. It also featuring ARKit 1.5, which can be recognizes and places virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and more resolution of view in "real world."

In iOS 11.3 beta 2, Apple has introduced a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries. The feature will telling you the maximum capacity of your battery and whether or not it's operating at peak capacity. 

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Other new features include a new section in Apple News displays the top videos, support for Advanced Mobile Location for more accurate location when placing an emergency call in a supported country, more information about app size in the Updates page for the App Store, and now the Podcast app allows you to play episodes with one tap.

Besides, the Cupertino firm also seeded fifth beta of tvOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 to the developers. MacOS 10.13.4 includes a improved support for eGPUs, smoke cloud wallpaper for all High Sierra Macs. a warning when opening a 32-bit app as they plans to phase them out. TvOS 11.3 bring enhancements to Match Content support, as well as automatic frame rate switching for Apple TV 4.

Apple today releases the third beta of the iOS 11.3 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the second beta of iOS 11.3. Beta testers needs to sign up from Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile, in order to update your device to iOS 11.3, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple also introducing four new Animoji characters in iOS 11.3, lion, bear, dragon or skull. Business Chat supports in iOS 11.3 - new way for field customer support sessions. You now also able to store your messages in your iCloud, to free up spaces in the iDevices.

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iOS 10.3 is also includes ARKit 1.5, which now will be recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables as well. In addition, the view of the "real world" will now be in 1080p HD, is up from 720p currently.

Other new features include a new section in Apple News displays the top videos, support for Advanced Mobile Location for more accurate location when placing an emergency call in a supported country, more information about app size in the Updates page for the App Store, and iBooks has also had the "i" removed from its name.

In iOS 11.3 beta 2, Apple has introduced a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries. This feature will tells you the maximum capacity of your battery and whether or not it is operating at peak capacity. Developers will be also able to developing educational apps to create student evaluation features with ClassKit.

Aside from releasing iOS 11.3 beta 3, the Cupertino company also seeded macOS 10.13.4 beta 3 to developers. The upcoming update will offer support for Messages in iCloud and Business Chat, a new ink cloud wallpaper for all Macs, improved support for eGPUs, and warnings when you opening a 32-bit app.

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Last but least, tvOS 11.3 beta 3 was also released, bring features like AirPlay 2 for Apple TV, some enhancements to Match Content support, and automatic frame rate for fourth-generation Apple TV.

Aside from iOS 11.3 beta 2, Apple has released the second beta of tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. The update can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode.

The tvOS 11.3 beta including new features like fourth-generation of Apple TV now supports frame rate matching, previously required Apple TV 4K, improved Match Content, Apple TV location now pulls from HomeKit rooms. And AirPlay 2 able to turn speakers into AirPlay 2 speakers, will come out later this year.


Alongside tvOS 11.3 beta 2, Apple's macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 is seeded with the second developer beta version that's available right now. The update will begin warning users if they open up a 32-bit app in preparation for phasing out 32-bit apps on the Macs. It also introduces the new "Ink Cloud" wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro.

Other changes for macOS 10.13.4 are including a  new Privacy explainer, Messages in the Cloud which requires checking a box to enable it, and iBooks Mac app renamed, with iOS version also renamed for major updates in upcoming months.

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Alongside iOS 11.2.5, Apple today also released macOS 10.13.3 for all users now. You can download the macOS High Sierra of 10.13.2 directly through the Mac App Store's Software Update function. Release notes for the new software update specifically call out a fix for Messages.


The company has also rolled out watchOS 4.2.2 for Apple Watch users. The watchOS 4.2.2 is downloadable through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General - Software Update.

And of course, tvOS 11.2.5 also available for all users with an Apple TV 4 and later models, tvOS 11.2.5 can be downloaded through the Settings app on the Apple TV by go to System - Software Update.

All updates listed above are focus on performance improvements and bug fixes to address issues that were discovered previously versions. Aside from releasing all of these software updates, Apple has also patched Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan with new Security Update

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Microsoft has announced a major update to Office for Mac, with the company updating the software to version 16 and introducing new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Outlook.

First of all, for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft introduced real-time collaborative editing, that allowing multiple people to working on the same document at the same time. Users will now see a thumbnail in the upper-right corner of the apps when they’re working with someone else on a shared document.


Furthermore, Changes to documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud will be saved automatically, and updates will be synced in seconds. A version history will let you roll back to earlier versions of a document if necessary, while you can also see the updates others make instantly.

Each app is also adding its own specific new features. Excel, for instance, are gaining new chart types, additional functions, much improved support for PivotTable charts, and multi-threaded calculation for faster formula updating when values are changed.

PowerPoint now includes a QuickStarter function that helps you create an outline of your content with suggested speaking topics and more. PowerPoint also includes basic video editing tools, allowing you to trim the beginning and end of video clips.

Outlook, Microsoft's email app starts to supporting Google Calendar and Contacts. There’s also more seamless archiving and deleting, allowing you to swipe across your trackpad to delete or archive a message.

With today’s update, Word makes it easy to access sites and groups. But overall, this's a massive update to Microsoft’s entire suite of applications. Full details on what's new in Office for Mac can be found in the release notes shared on Microsoft's Office 2016 for Mac support site.

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