Sean Laurence noticed that Apple has added a Mac OS X Requirements page, which lists Mac OS X-ready Macs and states that 128 MB of RAM and 1 GB of disk space is needed for the installation. Not surprisingly, processor upgrades in Power Mac G3 systems are not supported. (more OS X news at osx.macnn.com)
Apple is currently quoting 7-10 weeks deliery on its high-end 733MHz Power Mac G4 systems from the Apple Store, while others indicate their orders from early January have been delayed as well. Lower-end 466- and 533-MHz digital audio Power Mac G4s appear to be in good supply at resellers and at the Apple Store, which quotes a 1-day delivery time for standard configurations and 10-days for BTO dual processor 533MHz configurations (which have already shipped to some). Readers, however, note that PowerBook G4s, which began shipping in limited quanities earlier last week, were not shipped to some who were promised tracking numbers by Feb 3 in a note from the Apple Store. (Apple\'s first-come-first-serve policy may not have been strictly enforced, according to a few readers in our forums.)
Gefen, Inc.\'s ex·tend·it DVI-to-ADC converter box extends any ADC (Apple Display Connector) device up to 18 feet away using a DVI cable for extension, allowing older DVI-based G4 machines to connect to newer ADC-based Apple monitors. The converter is expected to ship in 6 weeks, according to the Website (pricing not available). It requires a $50 ADC-to-DVI Adaptor (M-F) when used to extend ADC-equipped Macs. (Belkin recently confirmed that it was working on a VGA-ADC adapter and was gauging interest in a DVI-ADC adapter as well).
Bitzhead last week posted an update to its software analog synthesizer for the Mac, Retro AS-1 2.1.1 and its software sampler, Unity DS-1 2.1.1--both of which add direct USB support for Roland PC 300 USB MIDI keyboard. (Version 2.1 of each application added multiprocessor support for dual processor G4 machines.)
Sound Sculptor II 2.4.3 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the $30 commercial-quality sound editor with overdubbing capabilities: It plays 8 tracks of stereo sound with precise control of volume and pan; records sounds in mono or stereo with input gain control; and includes a multi track mixer, which has level meters and controls.
Tascam\'s US-428 digital audio workstation controller now offers compatibility with MOTU\'s Digital Performer and now ships with Bias\' Deck LE multitracking software for the Mac. The company promises to ship a Mac version of Steinberg Cubasis AV software in Spring 2001 with its $600 USB controller. (Tascam also recently made a new version of its Tascam US-428 v2.00 driver available, which provides support for MOTU Digital Performer in addition to Digidesign\'s ProTools, Cubase VST, and other applications.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE