Apple’s annual iPhone Photography Awards event has happened for 2021 and the winners have been announced. The competition covers seventeen categories with winners coming from all over the world including Australia, Germany, Bangladesh, China, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
After President Biden’s recent executive order instructing the FTC to institute rules regarding Right to Repair, and attempting to end the practice of expensive proprietary repairs that have become rife in all industries around the world, the FTC has now posted a statement prioritising more aggressive enforcement of unlawful repair restrictions.
Essentially, they’re saying that companies can no longer hold your damaged equipment hostage for a $1,500 proprietary repair when the actual cause of the problem can be solved with a $12 part. It should also mean less electronic waste and faster repairs, as you won’t be limited to only using the manufacturer as your only source of repair.
Well, this is an interesting one. Right-to-repair has been a hot topic for a few years now. It’s a way to combat things like planned obsolescence and expensive proprietary repairs for products you own. Printers, for example, are well known to allegedly have finite lifespans programmed into them. But some products, like those from Apple, are simply impossible to repair yourself if they break.
It’s interesting then, for Steve Wozniak – yup, the Apple co-founder – to not only speak in support of right-to-repair but explicitly stating that Apple wouldn’t have existed in the first place if not for the ability to repair the “open” electronics they owned at the time of its creation.
Apple has launched a new service that lets you automatically transfer your photos, videos and albums from your iCloud Photos library over to Google Photos. Transferring them does not remove them from your iCloud account, but instead sends a copy of them over, allowing you to use your Google Photos storage as a backup for your iCloud.
There are some caveats, though. While the usual .jpg, .png, .webp and .gif files will transfer just fine, along with some raw formats, there are other raw formats that cannot be transferred, along with shared albums, smart albums, photo stream content, live photos and certain metadata.
If you are one of the many, many creatives who use a MacBook, your biggest problem is probably the dongles. Or rather, your biggest problem is the lack of I/O ports, and your solution is getting a dongle. With some Macbooks offering only a single USB-C port, It’s not a surprise that the dongle market is exploding. It’s enough to look at Hyper’s $1.8 Million Kickstarter to understand that Macbooks just don’t have enough ports.
But now, Apple’s latest investor note, noted by MacRumors, suggests that the new MacBook Pro “are equipped with more types of I/O, and most users may not need to purchase additional dongles.“.
Adobe has launched new beta versions of Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush and Audition designed specifically for the Apple M1 ARM-based chipsets. Remember, they are beta versions, so not everything is fully working yet, but the new Adobe updates are designed to take advantage of the improved performance and energy efficiency that Apple’s new M1 systems offer.
As with Photoshop, these are large applications that are going to take a lot of re-writing to be able to take full advantage of the M1 chipset. But Adobe doesn’t seem to be hanging about with M1 support, having also recently released the first final version of Lightroom for the M1.
I figured it probably wouldn’t be much longer until Apple officially released ProRAW. It popped up in the beta only a few weeks ago, and Adobe already supports it in their new M1 version of Lightroom, so it seemed quite obvious that it’d become available at any moment. Well, now it is. Apple has released iOS 14.3 which provides ProRAW support to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
What this change is, in reality, is that Apple’s standard iOS camera app lets you shoot DNG raw files now, too. iOS has actually had the ability to capture DNG raw files for a while now, but you were reliant upon 3rd party camera applications like the camera built into the App. Now, it’s native. But also works in conjunction with Apple’s computational photography features.
There’s been a lot of talk about the new Apple Silicon M1 computers, both for and against. Now that they’re starting to get into the hands of a few people and companies like Blackmagic and Adobe are starting to release software optimised for Apple’s new ARM-based systems – even if they are just betas – they’re actually starting to look quite impressive.
In this video, Alex at Learn Color Grading took Apple’s bottom-of-the-line M1 Mac Mini, costing a mere $699, and installed the latest DaVinci Resolve 17.1 Beta on it. One question he’s been asked a lot is how well it handles 8K RAW footage and, well, he was happy to play. And… Well, it does shockingly well, actually. It even manages to motion track 4K footage in real-time!
Quick off the mark, Blackmagic has today announced a new update to the DaVinci Resolve 17 Beta. The new 17.1 version adds support for Apple’s new M1-powered Macs. The new update brings all of the recently released features of the DaVinci Resolve 17 Beta to the new M1 Macs, including the new HDR grading tools, redesigned colour wheels, next-generation Fairlight engine and all the rest of it.
Literally, the only thing the new DaVinci Resolve 17.1 Beta 1 offers over DaVinci Resolve 17 is support for the M1 Macs. It’s designed to take advantage of the unified memory architecture on the M1 to increase performance on the new systems. But for those that missed the previous announcement, here is a complete list of all the changes and updates since Resolve 16.
The desktop on which I’m writing this article is a PC I built myself in 2013. I built it with 16GB RAM. Back then it was considered a “decent” amount of memory. It was plenty to satisfy most needs, but not overkill. Nor was it a particularly expensive quantity of RAM. Here we are seven years later, in 2020, and Apple thinks that’s the amount of ram you need in a computer today.
Apple’s new M1 ARM-based processor computers announced this week are limited to a maximum of only 16GB of RAM. Which is severely disappointing when creatives have been getting very excited about the impending apple announcement over the past few months. What makes it even worse, though, is that it won’t work with an external GPU, either.