Dennis Murphy has posted some photos of the Apple\'s Tice\'s Corner grand opening, which took place today.
Confirming receipt of his iDVD 2 upgrade today, Stephen Alison notes the application only runs on hardware equipped with a \"SuperDrive\": \"I received my iDVD 2 upgrade today (on a Saturday @ 6PM via FedEx Ground). I have a Dual 800, but immediately set about installing it on my PowerBook G4. It installed about 1.1GB of data on my drive. I launched it with great anticipation, only to find that it won\'t launch on my PowerBook because it can\'t find a SuperDrive (or as it stated it, \"the required hardware.\') This is a disappointment, as I had hoped to be able to do DVD designing anywhere, then transfer my files to the PowerMac to perform the actual burn. I\'m sure that there are others who will be disappointed in this as well.\"
Apple has issued a statement about the iTunes 2 installer problems, noted here this morning, and has also released a new version, iTunes 2.0.1, for Mac OS X users [story updated]: Apple has identified an installer issue with iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS X that affects a limited number of systems running Mac OS X with multiple volumes (drives or partitions) mounted. For those systems, running the iTunes 2.0 installer can result in loss of user data. While this error is highly unlikely to affect most users, Apple strongly advises that anyone who has downloaded the 2.0 version of iTunes for Mac OS X, as well as anyone who has a beta version of iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS X, immediately remove the iTunes.pkg installer file from their system. A new version that corrects this issue, iTunes 2.0.1 for Mac OS X, is now available from this page. Users who have already installed iTunes 2.0 without incident do not need to reinstall iTunes 2.0.1, but they should still immediately remove the 2.0 installer file from their system. This issue does not affect users of iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS 9.
A MacNN reader has posted photos and a movie of Apple\'s Kenwood retail store opening.
Some interesting threads in our forums include: a new Platinum-based theme for Mac OS X; a rather ironic thread on poor window resizing in Windows XP; Adium 1.3, a Cocoa-based third-party AIM client; a thread comparing Windows XP to Mac OS X; and a thread comparing the new PowerBook G4 667 to the older PowerBook G4 500.
Chris Gervais writes about an interesting file found in the iTunes 2 package: If you look inside the iTunes 2.0 package, you\'ll see in the Resources folder a file named \"iTunes-wma.icns.\" Could this indicate upcoming support for Microsoft\'s Windows Media format for iTunes? Maybe Apple is planning on supporting WMA on Mac OS X and doing a flash upgrade to the iPod\'s firmware in preparation for Windows support with iPod (and possibly iTunes).
Several readers note the disappearance of the iTunes 2 for OS X: \"I thought you guys might want to know that the Mac OS X version of iTunes was pulled rather recently (within the last half-hour, 11:15am PST). There must have been problems with it or something. Check it out for yourselves: Only the Mac OS 9 version is available.\" (The Mac OS X version is listed as \"coming soon\"). Meanwhile, a thread in our forums discusses some of the OS X version installation problems encountered by users, including the loss of data. Read on for some important information we\'ve compiled regarding installation of iTunes 2 under Mac OS X.
Rocke Woelk notes that Apple\'s Newport Beach, CA, Fashion Island store will open November 10th.
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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