MacNN reader Don Laur notes that Apple\'s Developer Connection Web site says August\'s developer CD will include \"a bootable System Software disc containing Mac OS 9.2.\" OS 9.2 is currently only available on the new systems Apple released at the Macworld Expo in New York. The CD will also pack the latest version of MPW, and QuickTime Java 5.0.1 SDKs.
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education says that despite the popularity of Apple\'s iBook in the education market, the company is still having a hard time overcoming the Wintel presence. \"Dell has put a serious hurt onto everyone else,\" said the director of a college in Florida, whose 2-year schools have partnered with Dell.
Finlay Dobbie has developed HXD for OS X 1.0, a native port of the free Hotline server. It includes a graphical interface and an installer application, and a panel for System Preferences.
osx.macnn.com reports on a new Carbonized release of Ambrosia Software\'s Snapz Pro screen capture utility, a ported Hotline server for Mac OS X, and Edirol\'s development of OS X drivers for its line of audio production tools.
Edirol, a manufacturer of numerous audio production tools, is currently in the process of developing Mac OS X drivers. \"Drivers for all of our Edirol/Roland products are in the final stages of development and on the cusp of release,\" said Catherine Carey, a representative for Edirol.
Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro for Mac OS X, the first Carbonized release of the company\'s screen capture utility. Snapz supports saving screen images as .bmp, .pict, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf, or Photoshop files, and can record the action as a QuickTime movie. The new release takes advantage of OS X with an Aqua interface, long file names, automatic preview icons on image files, and Unicode/international support. It also sports AltiVec optimization.
Microsoft is today shipping the final candidate release of Windows XP, which will compete with Apple\'s revised OS X 10.1 release when it is launched this Fall. However, Microsoft still may have some legal hurdles to overcome before shipping its next-generation operating system.
TechTV has posted a video report discussing Apple\'s speed showdown at last week\'s Macworld Expo in New York. The report pits a G4 733 against a 1.8 GHz P4, and the Mac is still the victor in certain tests.
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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