And don't you dare update yet. ;-) Yes, iOS 8 is a free update with some spectacular new features
. Yes, reports from the beta testers have been good. Yes, we will all want to upgrade eventually.
But the first release of any software always contains bugs. Unless you want to risk encountering unfixable problems, I always recommend waiting at least a week or two to see what shakes out. Trust me, iOS 8.01 is already in the works.
Minimum requirements for iOS 8 are iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Generally, if your iOS device is not capable of running the latest version of iOS, it's worth considering a hardware upgrade.
In particular, iPhone 4 (and earlier model) owners will find an order of magnitude difference with a new iPhone. The recently announced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models
are very likely to be the best iPhones yet.
SMUG presentation Oct. 14
Ty Davison of MacAtoZ will be presenting at the October 14 general meeting of the Salem Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) at Comfort Suites on Hawthorne in Salem, Oregon. The meeting begins at 7:15 PM, but many gather at 6:45 PM for an informal Q&A.
The evening's talk will center around upgrading hardware, making purchase decisions among the various Apple offerings, and knowing when to buy new versus upgrade old.
SMUG dues, should you decide to join, are just $25 per year per family. If you just want to check out the group, drop by. Visitors are welcome!
Upgrading from AppleWorks
Apple hasn't supported their productivity suite AppleWorks
in more than a decade, but that hasn't stopped long time users from continuing to use it as a word processor. In fact, we've had numerous clients remain on Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" just because that's the last system that AppleWorks can run on.
Moving forward: One typical way forward is to open AppleWorks word processing documents in Pages '09 or earlier. The document will automatically convert to Pages and can be saved in the Pages file format for future use. Unfortunately, the latest version of Pages no longer support AppleWorks at all.
However, the free LibreOffice
does support AppleWorks conversion to Word (.doc) format. Since Word can be read by virtually any word processor, those who prefer not to use Pages also have a path into the future.
Mailing payments - new address
We have changed our mailing address to help ensure that your mailed payments are received in a timely and secure fashion.
Our new mailing address is a PO Box, and we'll be checking it every business day:
℅ Cascade Balanced Books
PO Box 765
Salem, OR 97308
If you have any questions about payments, please contact Kim Overfield, our accounting specialist at 503-507-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org