Apple\'s retail website confirms two new store openings on August 31st: Apple Store Mayfair (Wauwatosa, WI) and Twelve Oaks (Novi, MI).
.Mac is now offering a new slideshow sharing feature and an updated backup utility: .Mac Slide Publisher is a small application that shares a group a of photos via a drag & drop interface. The application transfers photos to your iDisk and turns them into a screensaver that can be viewed by any Mac OS X 10.2 user via the \"Screen Effects\" pane in System Preferences. The feature provides automatic updates to all subscribers of the slideshow. [247 KB] Backup v1.2 for Mac OS X 10.2 adds the ability to backup to multiple CD or DVDs, improved performance, and updated interface with \"more QuickPicks, an enhanced report log, and streamlined controls.\" Use of the utility requires a valid .Mac account (trial .Mac subscribers have limited functionality). [download requires login]
MacNN reader Chris Nicholson writes: \"I posted some quick pics from the event [Apple Store, Schaumburg, IL], there were way more people there than any of the Apple staffers or mall people suspected (and way more than _I_ thought would be there!).\" The page notes that Apple Stores offered a one-night-only discount of 10% to attendees. Other photos are available from MacCenter (Ft. lauderdale, FL) and Apple Store Westfarms (Farmington, CT).
Apple\'s has released a number of updates for OS X 10.2 as well as other information articles on the new release: QuickTime Streaming Server 4.1.1 now allows allow for remote operation of the QuickTime Broadcaster under Mac OS X 10.2. It offers web-based administration for users to easily administer their broadcasts from a remote machine (as well as from the local server machine). [8.5MB] Apple\'s WebObjects 5.1.4 includes versions of the WebObjects developer tools updated to run on Mac OS X 10.2; however, there is no update needed for the deployment version. [8.7MB] A Knowledge Base document notes that Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 chooses between two versions of its preference file, and installs the version that is appropriate for your system: \"When your an existing installation of Mac OS X 10.1 with Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 is updated to 10.2, you must reinstall Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 to get the correct preferences file.\" Mac OS X 10.2 does not include Mac OS 9, according to another Knowledge Base article: \"The Classic environment of Mac OS X 10.2 allows you to use Classic applications provided you already have a copy of Mac OS 9. Customers in the United States who use Mac OS 8.6 or earlier and have a Mac OS X-compatible computer may purchase a copy of Mac OS 9 by calling the Apple Store at 1-800-MY-APPLE.\" Mac OS X 10.2, however, will update some Mac OS 9 components, even though it does not include a full OS 9 install: \"Mac OS X 10.2 includes some Classic components with version numbers later than Mac OS 9.2.2. These are later versions than the same-named components included with Mac OS 9.2.2.\" Apple\'s Knowledge Base also documents OS X startup graphics corruption when multiple OS X installs are present, problems using Classic by some system users, the computer\'s Rendezvous Name (different from the computer\'s name), changes to the Apache Document Root Behavior, loss of AppleTalk connectivity and Sound in Classic apps after sleep, problems with iBook waking from sleep when using a RGB video cable, and problems recognizing an iPod after it has been renamed. Other Mac OS X 10.2 changes include: replacement of inetd with xinetd (although inetd is still running), Apache 2.036 is included for evaluation in OS X Server, and problems using the \'apachectl\' script for Apache.
Several third party developers continue to release updates for Jaguar, including: Griffin\'s iMate 1.5.2 for its universal ADB-to-USB adapter adds complete compatibility with Jaguar and also adds support for many non-input devices in Classic (e.g., running an application in Classic that has an ADB hardware protection dongle). It also has a preference pane that can select whether you want the iMate to operate under Classic (hardware protection dongles, calibrators, and other non-input devices) or OS X (input devices like mice, keyboards, or trackballs). [502KB] Griffin\'s PowerMate 1.1.2 offers complete compatibility with Jaguar, adding both mouse and scroll functions as well as a sensitivity adjustment and a gaming mode. PowerMate 1.4b2 for Classic also adds several new features including Long Click and CD Eject. [Classic, OSX] Keyspan has posted updated Jaguar-compatible drivers for its products, including the Keyspan USB Serial Adapter 1.4b9 driver and its Keyspan SX Pro Serial 1.1b3 driver. [USB, SX Serial]
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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