MacNN reader John Byrne reports that his early 17" Aluminum PowerBook order from the Apple Store shows a ship date of March 21, 2003, despite placing an eraly order: "I ordered my 17" PowerBook the minute you could order (I actually held on the phone for a few minutes while they waited to get the green light)." New orders from the online Apple Store are estimated to ship in 7-10 weeks. In his keynote, Steve Jobs noted that the first 17" PowerBooks would ship in February. Meanwhile, MacNN readers report receiving shipment confirmation of 12" Aluminum PowerBook orders: "We got email confirmation today that our order for the PowerBook G4 12" models have shipped from Taiwan." (The first models were expected to ship within 2 weeks of the January 7th keynote.)
Kevin Gerich has created a Mac OS X port of the experimental version of Phoenix for Mac OS X, a Gecko engine-based browser by Mozilla.org: "Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform." [9.8MB]
HELIOS today released HELIOS TCP/IP-based printer driver for Mac OS X for its EtherShare 3.1 file and print server software. The driver is integrated within the Mac OS X Print Center, supporting SLP browsing for selecting printers via the TCP/SLP Chooser list or by IP name/address. It also automates PPD installation from the HELIOS print spooler, offers performance improvements over AppleTalk PAP, and supports remote secure printing. (It is already available for Mac OS 9 as part of EtherShare 3.1.) Omicron Software has updated ToDo X v1.2, a simple, dedicated to-do list application written in native Cocoa for Mac OS X. Version 1.2 delivers a number of user interface refinements and user-requested features, including additional printing options and the ability to choose screen and printer fonts. [159KB] Safari Icon Manager 0.61 can browse your Safari icon cache, and it can edit/empty it. The freeware runs on Mac OS X and can edit icons of web pages with an already existing icon: "I am looking into adding support for setting custom icons for sites that don't have an existing icon, but it is currently impossible for me to implement unless Apple tells me what the numbered folders and filenames inside the main icon cache folder mean." [58KB PhotoPage 1.6a1 is a free application for Mac OS X that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web. It allows you to enter descriptions for each picture, creates the HTML, and also creates thumbnails. Version 1.6 adds the ability to add watermarks (e.g. copyright text) and can optionally choose whether clicking on the scaled image will download the original unmodified image. [1.9MB]
Apple KB roundup: Apple describes how to burn a multi-session CD under Mac OS X 10.2 and how to perform a Mac OS 9 Clean Install with 10.2 restore CDs. Apple also describes resetting the PMU (Power Management Unit) on an iBook and PowerBook; MP3Pro sounds files playback at the encoded resolution on an iPod; and Keynote may stop responding or unexpectedly quit during a slide show presentation or unexpectedly quit on launch if your computer doesn't have enough free disk space. Update: Apple has also provided an iSync workaround for non-admin users to sync data using iSync 1.0, while another details AirPort Extreme compatibility with earlier AirPort and third-Party 802.11b wireless products.
Aspyr today announced a Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead for the Mac: " Players will assume the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes as he endures the final months of World War II, from Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge and culminating with the fall of Berlin." The expansion pack combines nine expansive single-player levels with over 12 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers. It is expected to ship in May 2003 for $30 (and is available for pre-order now).
The Seattle Times reviews Final Cut Pro Express, Apple's trimmed down version of its video editing software. "This is not a consumer product," said Susan Marshall, the Final Cut product-line manager. "It's very robust and includes everything that a small-business owner would need to put video on the Web. And it will help businesses to communicate more effectively and increase their sales through the use of video." The Express package includes a tutorial DVD to walk new users through the basic features, including some 70 keyboard shortcuts.
Apple today announced that more than 1 million copies of its new Safari web browser have been downloaded since the free public beta was posted on Apple's web site on January 7: "Safari is a home run, with over a million downloads in less than two weeks," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Mac users have discovered that Safari beta release is already the fastest browser on the Mac and possibly the best browser in the world."
Norbert Doerner's CDFinder 4.01 is a $25 application to catalog your hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs and other external/internal media. Version 4 features a new interface, custom fonts, improved column display, support for anti-alias text, and other features. It runs on Mac OS X 8/9/X, is available in several different languages (as well as a Windows version), and is a free update. [1.1MB] Automated Solutions Group has released MenuPack 3.2, a plug-in for 4th Dimension that provides the ability to create and manage custom menus and popups, including complete hierarchical menu support. Developers can create enhanced menus and popups and provide complete integration with AreaList Pro. Pricing is $40 for a runtime license and $100 for a Developer license. Version 1.0 of Alex King's tasks is a web-based hierarchical task manager/to-do list software. The donation-ware application runs on PHP and MySQL and was developed on Mac OS X for "anyone who is comfortable installing and configuring PHP & MySQL and wants to manage their tasks/projects from a central spot. Also, for someone who wants to view their tasks in an iCalendar enabled calendar." [252KB] The freeware GNUMail.app 1.1pre1 is a complete and fast mail application for GNUstep and Mac OS X. It features a reworked preferences panel, integrates with Mac OS X 10.2's new address book, has auto-completion support when composing new mails under OS X and GNUstep, adds DnD support for attachments, features better OS X integration (using sheets, spell checking, etc), and has better PGP support. [1.1MB] El Gato Software's EyeTV 1.11 updater for its EyeTV digital video recorder restores full-screen playback under QuickTime 6.1, has greater flexibility when resizing a player window while the Editor is open, and fixes crashes when scrubbing the timeline in the Editor. [7.9MB] Kairos 1.01 is a weather graphing and monitoring application for Mac OS X. It records the weather conditions for any location you specify and graphs the data and can monitor the temperature and send out warning emails if it detects the conditions are becoming icy. It offers 28-day histories, records temperature/dew point/pressure/wind speed, English or metric unit display, and email notification. Version 1.01 adds speech and fixes a problem with the preferences performing a location lookup when not needed. [323KB]
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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