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MacSTAC was founded on April 1, 1978 as an Apple II MUG. We are a community group with members from all walks of life, careers and levels of ability. We welcome all Mac users to improve their knowledge and, in turn, share their Mac knowledge with others. http://macstac.org

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MacSTAC September Meeting TOMORROW

We will meet tomorrow, same time and place. Wayne will talk about Apple's latest releases.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mac Rumors: "Apple Invites Media to September 7 Event: 'See You on the 7th"

Apple today sent out media invites for an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites (via The Verge) offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: "See you on the 7th." 

The fall 2016 event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices. 

Faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds are rumored, as is a jump in storage space with 32GB positioned as the new minimum and a 256GB option rumored at the high end (possibility limited to iPhone 7 Plus). Display improvements first introduced in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, including the True Tone feature able to adjust the display to match ambient lighting could be offered, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus is expected to have exclusive features like 3GB RAM and a dual-lens camera for crisper, brighter images. 

Apple may use the event to debut a second-generation Apple Watch, said to include better waterproofing, an improved processor, and a built-in GPS chip. Design changes are not expected for the next-generation Apple Watch, but new materials and new bands are always a possibility. Apple rotates its Apple Watch band offerings on a regular basis and we expect to see new designs this fall. 

Most of Apple's Mac lineup is due for an update, but the most highly anticipated machine, the MacBook Pro, will reportedly not be debuting at the event, coming later in the year instead. It's not known if other Macs will see a refresh announcement at the event, but it's unlikely, and we're also not expecting any iPad announcements at this time. 

We will, however, get an update on the prospective launch dates of iOS 10macOS SierrawatchOS 3, and tvOS 10. We're expecting to see iOS 10 and watchOS 3 launch shortly ahead of the release date of the next-generation iPhone (rumored to be September 16 or September 23), while macOS Sierra could come a bit later, perhaps towards the end of the month. tvOS 10, as a new operating system, could launch alongside iOS 10 or alongside macOS Sierra. 

In line with past events, the September 7 event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. As it has done with several past events, Apple is likely to stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TVMacRumors will also be providing full event coverage, both on MacRumors.com and through our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Re: MacSTAC Annual Indoor Picnic - Thursday, August 18th - ANOTHER REMINDER ABOUT TONIGHT

For those who missed my message on August 2nd:


On Aug 2, 2016, at 6:13 PM, Benjamin Margolius <benmargolius@mac.com> wrote:

Here is your reminder that the MacSTAC Annual Indoor picnic will be on Thursday, August 18th at the Vestal Library. This means you should put it on your calendar NOW.

Set up tables at 5:45 pm
Assemble at 6:30 pm
Eat at 7:00 pm

Your only requirement is to bring a dish to pass with a utensil to serve.

We promise good weather (inside), cooling A/C, no wind except for your conversations, no rain, no snow, zero bugs, no frogs (unless you bring the legs), good food, and a great time. Also, if you have any burning computer questions, we'll try to help you.

If some can come early, like 5:45 pm, then you can help set up tables and chairs.

If you are coming, and you're welcome to bring guests, please reply to this email so we know how many seats to set up

Ben Margolius

PS: For the Board of Directors, please let me know what you will be bringing as usual. I have plenty of plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils.
PPS: If there is a snow or cyclone alert, I'll let you know.




Tuesday, August 02, 2016

MacSTAC Annual Indoor Picnic - Thursday, August 18th

Here is your reminder that the MacSTAC Annual Indoor picnic will be on Thursday, August 18th at the Vestal Library. This means you should put it on your calendar NOW.

Set up tables at 5:45 pm
Assemble at 6:30 pm
Eat at 7:00 pm

Your only requirement is to bring a dish to pass with a utensil to serve.

We promise good weather (inside), cooling A/C, no wind except for your conversations, no rain, no snow, zero bugs, no frogs (unless you bring the legs), good food, and a great time. Also, if you have any burning computer questions, we'll try to help you.

If some can come early, like 5:45 pm, then you can help set up tables and chairs.

If you are coming, and you're welcome to bring guests, please reply to this email so we know how many seats to set up

Ben Margolius

PS: For the Board of Directors, please let me know what you will be bringing as usual. I have plenty of plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils.
PPS: If there is a snow or cyclone alert, I'll let you know.



Sunday, July 17, 2016

July MacSTAC Meeting (Thursday, July 21st)

Our meeting takes place this week, 6:30 pm at the Vestal Library.

Monday, June 13, 2016

MacSTAC June 16th

Our June meeting is this coming Thursday, Vestal Library, 6:30 pm. Come with your questions and problems.

We will be discussing

Global warming
Fracking
Terrorism around the world
The economy
Alligator consumption of human beings
The Speidie Festival 
Parking problems in downtown Binghamton
The upcoming elections

and

Today's Apple World Wide Developer's Conference

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Fwd: MacBook Pro Casing Leak, Thunderbolt Display Update?, iPhone 7 and 8 Rumors - MacRumors



Sent from my iPhone

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From: MacRumors <newsletter@macrumors.com>
Date: June 2, 2016 at 18:04:58 EDT
To: benmargolius@mac.com
Subject: MacBook Pro Casing Leak, Thunderbolt Display Update?, iPhone 7 and 8 Rumors - MacRumors
Reply-To: MacRumors <newsletter@macrumors.com>

MacRumors Newsletter
MacBook Pro rumors are starting to heat up, so Mac fans who've been waiting a long time for updates might want to buckle up. Just a week after hearing the next MacBook Pro may include an OLED "touch bar" in place of the traditional function keys, we've now gotten a look at what is a pretty convincing set of photos of what could be the casing of the 13-inch model.

The photos show a skinny space across the top of the keyboard where the rumored OLED touch bar would go, as well as narrow speaker strips along the right and left sides of the keyboard. On the sides of the casing, we see what appear to be four USB-C ports and a headphone jack...and that's all. If early rumors are correct, unfortunately, we may have to wait until near the end of the year for Apple to unveil the new MacBook Pro.
 
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Thunderbolt Display Stock Limited at Apple Stores Ahead of WWDC
Earlier this week, we reported on some apparent shortages of Apple's Thunderbolt Display, with many of Apple's own retail stores around the world currently out of stock and a few tips indicating stock either isn't being replenished or is perhaps even being actively pulled from stores.

In the wake of those shortages, rumors of a possible updated Thunderbolt Display appearing later this month at WWDC have ramped up. There's been a fair amount of speculation about just how Apple could launch a 5K external display considering the technical challenges involved, but one of the most enticing possibilities involving a graphics card embedded right in the display has already been shot down.
 
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iPhone 7 Plus Said to Have 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB Storage Options
Rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 continue to circulate, and this week saw a pair of claims about the device's storage capacity. The first report indicated Apple may finally bump the entry-level storage to 32 GB, which many users have been clamoring for considering the amount of space media and apps can take up on their devices. A second report corroborates claims of a 32 GB base model, but expands upon that to say at least the larger iPhone 7 Plus will max out at 256 GB of storage while the middle tier could also see a bump from 64 GB to 128 GB.

Meanwhile, we're starting to see some Lightning headphone adapters from third-party accessory manufacturers anticipating the removal of the traditional headphone jack in the iPhone 7. Accessory manufacturers remain split, however, on whether one of both models will include Smart Connectors on the rear of the devices.
 
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Apple's 2017 iPhone May Feature Dual-Curve OLED Display
Amid rumors of significant changes for the 2017 iPhone including a shift to an OLED display, a new report claims the device could use a dual-curve display similar to that found in Samsung's Edge models and a few other Android handsets such as Vivo's new Xplay 5. The displays on those devices curve downward on the left and right edges, allowing information to be seen even when the device is face down. A second rumor claims the Taptic Engine found in the iPhone 6s will be enhanced for the iPhone 7, allowing for "more complex tactile vibrations" that enhance the 3D Touch experience.
 
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AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Temporarily Go Out of Stock at U.S. Apple Stores
What many consider one of Apple's more boring product lines actually generated a fair bit of excitement last week when the company's AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi base stations went out of stock at nearly all Apple retail stores around the United States. The shortage sparked speculation of a possible update at WWDC later this month, although the products have since come back into stock and so it appears the issue may have been related to configuration changes Apple was required to make ahead of a June 2 regulatory deadline.
 
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Apple's Amazon Echo Competitor Could Feature Camera, Facial Recognition
Following last week's rumor that Apple is preparing to open up Siri to third-party developers and working on its own Amazon Echo-like device that could handle spoken requests around the home, several new reports have claimed to offer details on Apple's plans for the device. One report says Apple's device could include a built-in camera with facial recognition capabilities, allowing it to identify a person entering a room and set preferences such as lightning and music automatically.

A second report claims the Echo-like features may be built into a next-generation Apple TV, although it's unclear how that would fit with rumors of an included camera unless the current form factor ideal for out-of-way placement was to significantly change. Finally, there's a rumor Apple will be leveraging last year's acquisition of natural language processing startup VocalIQ to roll out massive improvements for Siri's abilities as part of the company's home appliance.
 
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