The Something-Compact Edition Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Apple's New Mac Mini Is The Perfect Computer For Just About Anyone — It's Powerful And Affordable, by Christian de Looper. Business Insider

The Mac Mini often gets overlooked in Apple's lineup, but it's actually one of Apple's most-loved computers, and for good reason. It's the perfect computer for those that want an inexpensive desktop Mac, especially for those who like the idea of something compact, and who don't mind using their own keyboard and mouse.

Apple iWork, by Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine

If you live and work in Apple’s ecosystem, and like the convenience of, for example, taking a photo on your phone and inserting it into a document or worksheet on your Mac, then you should use the iWork apps. Only the limited feature set in Pages and the suite's lack of compatibility outside the Appleverse keep it from winning an Editors' Choice award. If you and your work never stray out of Apple’s world, then keep Pages, Numbers, and Keynote handy for creating everything from graphics-rich worksheets or elegant presentations.


Pixelmator Pro 2.1 Coral Brings AI-Driven Cropping, Quick Fill And Stroke With Brush Features, And More, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The latest major update to Pixelmator Pro adds a number of notable new features, including the ability to improve the composition of photos with machine learning, a new Quick Fill feature, improved painting tools, and more.

The 12.9 Max Plus Is Brydge’s Best iPad Keyboard Yet, by Sam Byford, The Verge

The trackpad is a key selling point for the Max Plus. It can’t quite match the Magic Keyboard on pure responsiveness, which is no surprise given Apple’s low-level system access, but it does a good job nonetheless, and Brydge has been making continuous improvements to the firmware. It’s a huge trackpad by any standard, which makes using it for things like photo browsing and text editing a lot more enjoyable.

Nomad AirTag Leather Loop Review: Unique + Premium Design, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

Entering with a minimal build, the Nomad AirTag Leather Loop fittingly lives up to its name with a design that’s comprised of genuine Horween leather. Differing from other cases on the market, these loops are less of a full-body cover to keep your AirTags safe but rather a simplistic way to attach them onto things. There’s no friction fit or anything of the sorts, as Nomad releases on two 3M adhesive pads to hold the item finders in place.

The HoverBar Duo Is My Favorite iPad Accessory For Using It Anywhere, Any Way You Want, by Anthony Karcz, Forbes

The arm holds your iPad exactly where you need it and can easily be adjusted without tipping over the entire stand. It feels stable and serves as a perfect companion to your main screen.

Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Is Now Widely Available On iOS And PC, by Cameron Faulkner, The Verge

Microsoft’s xCloud, the cloud game streaming component of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that doesn’t require a console to use, is rolling out fully to iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as PCs and macOS computers via the web.


Apple Now Offering Developers Access To Xcode Cloud, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today began notifying developers that they’re able to use the new Xcode Cloud service that was first introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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