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We’ve used Freeform in various ways, the great new feature of iOS 16.2, and we’ve loved it

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The arrival of iOS 16.2 has brought many new features, and among them was the stable version of the expected new freeform app from Apple. With it, the company wants us to stay in its own ecosystem to have a canvas on which to capture ideas in any way and with any type of data. total freedom.

I’ve been testing the app for the past two days it’s been live, and its potential means we can’t think of use cases that Freeform can’t accommodate. Here’s the demo.

Brainstormings, sketches, mind maps and more


One of the cases for which I see Freeform most useful is plan something like a trip between family or friends. As each whiteboard we make can be shared among several people, everyone can collaborate by being able to add things like a shopping list, several options to decide something or the payments that have been made and that must be settled together. for a brainstorming fast between people who are far from each other is perfect.

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Another Freeform utility can be a quick sketch book (I insist on fast because of the crude quality of this Snoopy that I have drawn in ten minutes). The app doesn’t have features like layers or brushes that we’d use for more complicated illustrations, but we can still have a whiteboard on which to quickly doodle whatever we need. Of course, the Apple Pencil garners a lot of interest here.

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I also have no problem doing mental maps of any idea or procedure that you have in your head. Apple has never had an application to do this, and more than one will thank you for structuring and organizing any plan you have in mind.

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Another interesting point that Freeform has is that of add photos and be able to paint over them: For corrections or studies, it can be a substitute for a specialized application for which you are paying a subscription. And of course, you can combine this with other elements like a good amount of text. You could have a whole lesson from an architecture course in one place.

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And while we’re talking educationally, a teacher can assemble a whole lesson on a freeform blackboard to show it to your students. It can be a substitute idea for some slides, or if the students use an iPad they can always edit a blackboard together with some exercise that the teacher gives them.

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Another point: a Freeform whiteboard can be a ‘container’ of files. Like a traditional folder, but in which you can add all kinds of annotations and plugins to each file. If you don’t like having to deal with Finder or iCloud Drive, this might work for tasks that require keeping an eye on multiple files.

The surprise of iOS 16.2 is called Freeform: it's free and it can be very useful in these ways in your day to day to be more productive

I didn’t think we were going to have another native Apple app that sits next to Notes, Calendars, or Contacts by now. But Freeform has managed to gain a foothold on the Docks and main screens of all my devices, and I have no doubt that I will use it both on a personal level and to organize myself with some friends. Remember: you must have iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and/or macOS Ventura 13.1 installed to be able to have it.

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Apple Pay in South Korea: this time it’s (really) coming soon

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After a false start and much procrastination from the administrative authorities, Apple Pay really getting ready to make its big debut in South Korea. The Financial Services Commission had looked into the exclusivity contract that linked Hyundai to Apple Pay, and it was finally decided to cancel this deal: “During the authorization process, Hyundai Card decided to remove the exclusivity clause that was included in the original contract. Therefore, other credit card companies may contract with Apple to provide Apple Pay service in Korea at any time. » thus specified one of the persons in charge for the FSC. Hyundai Card will only be able to benefit from the service a little in advance, in particular in the shops of Costco, Lotte Himart, Ediya, Mega Coffee, KFC etc.

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This new arrangement should not be so unfavorable to Apple since Apple Pay can now be compatible with all payment cards used in South Korea. As a reminder, the FSC had blocked the launch of Apple Pay at Hyundai Card almost at the last minute: advertisements announcing the availability of Apple Pay were even already visible in Seoul! Finally, in addition to Hyundai Card, Apple Pay will also be compatible with credit cards from Shinhan, Samsung (yes!) and BC.

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Magic Mouse VS Logitech Lift: Features, Differences, and Pricing

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Apple offers users two peripherals to control their Macs: the Magic Trackpad or the Magic Mouse. Those used to MacBooks and their large touch pad for gestures may choose the former, but those who prefer a more conventional experience are likely to opt for the latter. However, there are other mice that can make us question whether the Magic Mouse is the best option for our Mac. Like the Logitech Lift. We put them face to face to compare their features, differences… and prices.

Features Magic Mouse and Logitech Lift

Logitech Lift

Specifications

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dimensions and weight

2.16 cm (height) x 5.71 cm (width) x 11.35 cm (depth), and 99 grams

7.1 cm (height) x 7 cm (width) x 10.8 cm (depth), and 125 grams

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth and Lightning

Bluetooth and USB Logi Bolt

sensor technology

Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking with up to 4000 dpi

buttons

Multi-touch surface and one click

Six buttons, four of them configurable

wireless operating distance

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about 10 meters

battery

Month or more of operation per charge

up to two years

Compatibility

Mac with Bluetooth and OS X 10.11 or later, and iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later

Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Chrome OS and Linux

price

85 euros

€79.99

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  • Design: the Logitech Lift aims to solve a problem that many of the people who work glued to the computer end up suffering: wrist pain. Have a 57 degree angle relieves pressure on the wrist, so that the arm and upper body have a more relaxed position. In addition, there is a left-handed version and a right-handed version. The Magic Mouse goes for a minimalist, low-profile look, the opposite of the Lift, and you love it or hate it. This type of design does not suit some people because of the pain.
  • connectivity: Magic Mouse connects to Mac instantly via Bluetooth, and is recharged by Lightning. The Logitech Lift can be used both by Bluetooth and by the Logi Bolt USB receiver if our equipment does not have Bluetooth or we prefer this type of connectivity.
  • sensor technology: Apple does not provide information on this, but Logitech assures that the Lift can be configured with up to 4000dpi for users who want more speed (without sacrificing precision).
  • Buttons: Magic Mouse, to the *text muted* eye, does not have buttons, because its surface works like a big button, and it depends on whether the click is on the left or right side to do certain functions. However, this has a problem, especially when playing games, since you can’t do both clicks at the same time. On the other hand, the surface is tactile and allows gestures, something that is not common in a mouse. The Logitech Lift has six buttons, and four of them are configurable. In addition, the SmartWheel allows comfortable movements of speed and precision.
  • Compatibility: Magic Mouse only works with Mac. Period. By your side, the Logitech Lift offers compatibility with all major operating systems: Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS and iPadOS. Plus, it can be paired with up to three devices at once and quickly switch between them with the push of a button, making it highly versatile.
  • Battery: Apple promises a month or a month and a half of autonomy in the Magic Mouse depending on the use, but Logitech claims its Lift can last up to two yearsand uses one AA battery.
  • Price: The recommended retail price of both mice is similar: 79.99 euros for the Logitech Lift and 85 euros for the Magic Mouse. Of course, the Logitech Lift can be found around 50 euros with usual offers.

Magic Mouse VS Logitech Lift, which one to buy?

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Since its release, Apple hasn’t revamped the Magic Mouse (other than adding a built-in battery in place of the battery compartment in a revision), and seems to have no interest in doing so. It is a mouse that enters through the eyes and attracts attention due to its design, since there is no other like it. But It is not very practical for many users (or comfortable). Yes, it allows you to perform gestures such as movement and has a range that is not bad, but it is not for everyone.

The Logitech Lift is a more conventional proposal, although not classic, since it is committed to a vertical format with which to help us improve posture and reduce wrist pain, something that those of us who spend working in front of the computer all day have suffered ever. Also has customizable buttons and dpias well as the ability to connect it to three devices at once and jump between them quickly.

Logitech Lift for Mac, Ergonomic Wireless Mouse, Discreet Clicks, Silent Smartwheel, 4 Customizable Buttons, Bluetooth, For macOS/iPadOS/MacBook Pro/Macbook Air/iMac/iPad, OffWhite

Logitech Lift for Mac, Ergonomic Wireless Mouse, Discreet Clicks, Silent Smartwheel, 4 Customizable Buttons, Bluetooth, For macOS/iPadOS/MacBook Pro/Macbook Air/iMac/iPad, OffWhite


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Apple would not have planned a Mac Studio M2 Ultra because of the new Mac Pro

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Apple is due to launch a new Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra chip this year and that could mean there won’t be a new Mac Studio with the same chip, according to information from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

The problem for Apple would be that a Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip and a Mac Pro with the same processor would duplicate each other. The interest in taking a Mac Pro would be more than limited, especially if we are to believe the rumors that the machine will not be really modular. Apple would therefore prefer to set aside the Mac Studio and not renew it, at least for now.

It could therefore be that Apple is waiting for its M3 or M4 chips to offer a new version of the Mac Studio. Suffice to say that we will have to wait a little while. As a reminder, the existing computer was born a little less than a year ago now and is entitled to M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips.

Regarding the Mac Pro, Apple had initially planned an M2 Extreme chip, but the project was finally abandoned to focus on the M2 Ultra chip. The computer would keep the same design as the 2019 model with Intel processors. Users would not be able to change the RAM or graphics card (GPU) themselves. The release would take place in the spring, although the exact date is still uncertain.

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