Components to be sourced from US companies where possible
During his testimony before the Senate on Apple's tax strategies, CEO Tim Cook restated an earlier promise that a forthcoming Mac model -- not identified -- was going to be built in the United States, and further revealed that it would be assembled in Texas. While the exact site wasn't specified, Apple has established and is expanding an administrative campus in Austin, and manufacturing partner Foxconn has facilities in Houston.
Bluetooth keyboard typing issues with iPad and more
Earlier this week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "abbaZaba" was trying to figure out why the Apple Bluetooth keyboard that they have paired with an iPad 4 will stutter the first letter when typing. After making a digital copy of a 20-year-old VHS home movie, one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for any advice on ways to make the imported footage look a little less faded.
Nine apps valued at over $400 for $49 in latest bundle deal
Another Mac-centric shareware bundle deal has popped up, with Nova Development offering a new Mac SuperBundle deal celebrating Spring. The offer includes nine commercial and shareware programs with a total value of $413 for $49. The most prominent program in the bundle, Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, sells by itself for $80 at retail. Other programs include TextExpander (normally $35), RapidWeaver 5 (normally $80), Circus Ponies Notebook ($50) and other Mac software.
Adobe Flash update and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss the most recent Flash update in the thread titled "Adobe Flash 11.7.7 update requires download?" which was started by "Hawkeye_a" who found it strange, especially after the recent malware scares. Yesterday "ibook_steve" reported that his Finder is showing that he has more free space on their hard drive than he does in reality.
Mac mini and iPods
Find bargain prices on refurbished Mac mini models today at Apple's online store. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, an Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced by $240 to $759. For $889 is the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and dual 750GB hard drives.
Keyboards, Magsafe, Airport devices, cables and more now available
Coming on the heels of a similar expansion of Apple offerings in US Staples stores in February, Radio Shack has opted to expand its current line of Apple-made iOS accessories with additional offerings aimed at Mac owners, including wired (and wireless) keyboards, Magic Mouses and Trackpads, Magsafe power adapters, USB SuperDrives, Airport products and various cables and adapters. The company has also added an accessories section to its Apple product page, and is offering a $10 store credit for purchases over $30 from the section.
Jolla inches closer to launch with release of the Sailfish OS SDK
Jolla has released the Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Linux-based Sailfish mobile operating system. The SDK has been made available for Mac, Windows and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) with its release paving the way for interested developers to create native applications for Jolla’s forthcoming handsets. The Sailfish OS also supports the Qt platform, which developers previously used for creating native apps on Nokia’s abandoned Symbian and MeeGo operating systems, making it simple for apps running on those platforms to be ported to the new OS.
SCSI drive for an old Mac IIcx
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "Doc HM" was looking for a SCSI drive for a Macintosh IIcx, but has yet to find a solution. Junior Member "Harvey" is having trouble syncing his iPad 2 with his iPhone 5 even though both are running iOS 6.
Refurbished MacBook Pros from $1,019
At Apple's online store today, save on a variety of refurbished MacBook Pro models. The 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive is only $1,019 after a $180 price cut. A $270 discount is offered on the 15.4-inch MBP with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $1,529.
Mac minis at discounted prices
At Apple's online store this week, there is an abundance of refurbished Mac mini configurations starting as low as $469 for the Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. For $509 is a refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
Low prices on refurbished Mac Pro and Apple accessories
A price cut of $680 is offered on the refurbished Mac Pro with a 2.8GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 3GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now priced at $1,819. Save 24 percent off the list price of the refurbished Mac Pro with a 2.4GHz 8-Core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $2,649.
The debate continues.
The MacNN forums have been fairly quiet so far this week, with very few new threads started -- however the war wages on in the thread titled "Windows 8 vs. Mountain Lion" where forum-goers debate the differences between the two operating systems. A recent discussion about how to copy a piece of text to Notes without copying the original style can be found in this thread.
Selling iMac, how to install brand new OS
Today, Grizzled Veteran "jmiddel" announced that they are selling their iMac, but they are looking for a way to install a copy of Mountain Lion that can be transferred to the new owner along with the computer. Also today, Mac Elite "euphras" was looking for a way to determine what capacity their VRAM sticks that they have lying around are, from a machine that was built in the early '90s.
Logitech delivers wireless backlit keyboard for Mac, iOS
The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for the Mac and iOS users, first revealed late last year, is now shipping. From a distance, the Logitech keyboard looked as though it was the Bluetooth keyboard that Mac users have been looking for with the addition of keybaord backlighting. While the Apple Wireless Keyboard is popular choice for Mac users, it does not have backlighting like its MacBook lineup. Not one to miss an opportunity in the world of peripherals, Logitech has finally developed a keyboard that fits that bill.
Version 2 of the software provides several UI, usability improvements
Acclivity today announced AccountEdge Basic 2 for Mac and Windows. The new version of the accounting application includes improvements to sales, banking, and customer management, in addition to other features designed to make small business owners' bookkeeping tasks easier.
Once again, no major code changes noted
Apple is distributing an eleventh beta of OS X 10.8.3 to developers, listed as build 12D65. As with the tenth release, there appear to be no significant code changes or feature changes other than some bug fixes. Apple is also asking developers to once again test the same components as before, including AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, graphics drivers, and Safari.
Game download service will host Sims, Batman, more
Noting that over 17 million users of their game download service were coming to the service through iOS devices, Electronic Arts has cannily debuted a native Mac client for their Origin store that makes available many of the company's most successful titles available on the Mac, some for the first time. AppleInsider and MacNN spoke with VP of Production for EA Mike Blank about the launch of the Mac client and its implications for Mac gaming.
Rare look back from forward-thinking, revolutionary company
Seven years ago, at the MacWorld conference in January of 2006, Steve Jobs stunned his audience by taking a few seconds at the end of the keynote to comment on the fact that Apple would be turning 30 years old on April 1 that year. It was a very rare look back from a man who prided himself on his vision going forward, who eschewed museums and awards and other such remembrances. Tim Cook yesterday noted that today is the 29th anniversary of the introduction of the Macintosh in a similarly brief way.
MBP, MBA and Mac Mini $1019 or less
Today at Apple's online store, save on a variety of refurbished Macs priced at $1,019 or less. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $180 to $1,019. Also priced at $1,019 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Retina MBP Battery replacement issues
Recently in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit expressed extreme frustration with their response from Apple about a battery replacement for a Retina MacBook Pro, now they are looking for a way to deal with replacing the battery on their own -- and have turned to the forums for some advice. Yesterday "Waragainstsleep" was having some trouble getting iMessage to work with his iMac running 10.8.2, read more in the thread titled "Weird Bug in Messages."
Something's eating RAM in 10.6.8
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit reported on what appeared to be unusual RAM usage while working with 10.6.8, click here to read more and join in. Earlier today, Professional Poster "shifuimam" was looking for a way to keep network drives connected after coming out of sleep mode. As of yet there is no response, read more here.
Which version of OS X is best for me?
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Enthusiast "Ted L. Nancy" explained that he just got an early 2008 Mac Pro and he's wondering "which version of Mac OS X is best for me?" Also yesterday "PeterParker" was looking for urgent assistance with setting up AirPrint with a new printer, click here to read more and join in.
Samsung executive appreciates Apple's 'sticky' ecosystem
Samsung’s Silicon Valley-based chief strategy officer has admitted in an interview with Trendsetter that he uses an Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone when at home. Young Sohn, who joined Samsung in August after a long stint with Intel, was highlighting what he called Apple’s ‘sticky’ ecosystem, which he believed gives the Cupertino giant its competive advantage over Samsung. Samsung by comparison, remains ‘device-centric,’ but he said it would continue towards developing a more connected ecosystem.
Removing stripped screws from iPhone 4
Yesterday one Mac Elite turned to the MacNN forums for some advice on how to remove stripped screws from the bottom of an iPhone 4. One Fresh-Faced Recruit recently moved their iTunes to an external hard drive, and was unable to sync their iPhone after, a solution has yet to be found.
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 works with Mac, iPad, iPhone
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760is the most recent in a line of Logitech keyboards that can be powered by any light source. It is aimed squarely at Apple users and does not offer support for Windows- or Android-based systems. MacNN has been using one for the past week and we have been impressed by the functionality it offers.
Classic game returns after 15 years for Mac, PC, iPad
Originally planned for a September release, the long-awaited enhanced edition of the party-based, turn-based RPG Baldur's Gate -- which includes both the original game and the expansion Tales of the Sword Coast -- will be out on November 28, and Overhaul Games has released a new trailer promoting the title and its imminent release for the Mac, the iPad, and Windows. The new version of the game sports some 400 enhancements, including some new content.
Sales projection based on NPD data for October
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is, in what has become a long-standing tradition, once again predicting the imminent arrival of an Apple-branded television set, which he now believes will go on sale in the fall of next year. He is also forecasting, based on his own "correction" of October sales data from analyst firm NPD, that Mac sales will be down approximately seven percent from the year-ago period. Monster used the same methodology a year ago to correctly predict Mac sales of around 5.2 million units. If his model turns out to be right this time, Apple is on track to sell around 4.8 million Mac units, including both desktop and portable models.
No audio in iMovie, how to open a .dat file, more
This week in the MacNN forums one Fresh-Faced Recruit is trying to import video clips from a Canon FS100 camera to iMovie, but through various attempts has only been able to get video, no sound, so they turned are looking for some advice. When one Grizzled Veteran got a .dat file that they were unable to open they asked other forum goers if they had any suggestions in this thread.
Google cites Flash as vector for malware
Google announced today a new, more secure version of Flash Player for the Mac version of its Chrome Internet browser. The update brings increased protection against malware, which Google noted in its announcement of the update is a major vulnerability with Flash. The search giant has been working with Adobe since 2010 to improve the security of Flash Player, and the new version relies on a new plug-in architecture aimed at making the feature more secure.
Mac mini with external SSD?
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "WizOSX" had some questions about running a Mac mini with an external SSD and has turned to the forums for some advice. "If I plug in a USB2 thumb-drive do I bring all the 3's down to 2?" asks Forum Regular "imdipped" yesterday.
Fusion Drive discussions and more
This week in the MacNN forums one Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for a way to move photos from a camera roll to photo stream on iPhone 4S, join in here. "So I've been curious about Fusion Drive…" is how the thread titled "Fusion Drive" by Waragainstsleep began earlier this week, read more here.
who is the target audience for the new iMac?
This week in the MacNN forums Senior User gooser asks "who is the target audience" of the new iMac after this most recent round of radical changes made, including elimination of the optical drive and Firewire. Yesterday one Addicted to MacNNer was looking to replace a 2006 Mac Pro with one of the new Mac minis, but is trying to connect three displays, and has turned to the forums for some guidance.
Social network backup software also included
Seagate has unveiled a version of its Backup Plus portable and desktop drives for the Mac. The new release includes USB 3.0 support, which did not exist on Macs until the MacBook Pro with Retina was put on the market, though it can be upgraded to use FireWire 800 or a Thunderbolt connection if required, via Seagate's Universal Storage Module technology.
Webcam has 50-foot range, Ustream compatible
Logitech has formally announced its new HD Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam aimed at bloggers and video professionals. Previously leaked under the name "Wireless Webcam for Mac", the camera can wirelessly transmit 720p video at a distance of up to 50 feet over Wi-Fi to an iOS device, a Mac, or a Ustream account.
Big savings on refurbished Macs
This week at Apple's online store find steep discounts on Macs of all shapes and sizes. Save $680 on the refurb. Mac Pro with a 2.8GHz Intel Xeon quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $1819. A $340 price break is offered on the 27-inch iMac with a 3.1GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $1659.
Company said to be eyeing alternative design
Apple may be considering a long-term transition away from Intel chips for its Mac computers, according to a new report. Citing unnamed insiders, authors of a Bloomberg outlook for Apple's future under CEO Tim Cook suggest the company's leadership has "deliberated" over the move, which would help differentiate its computers from the competing Windows/Intel platform.
Mac Pro and MacBook Pro
At Apple's online store this week find big savings on refurbished Mac Pro and MacBook Pros. Save a whopping $850 on the refurb. Mac Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel 8-Core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $2649. A $560 price break is offered on the refurbished Mac Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel 12-Core Xeon processor, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $3239.
Release available for Windows and Mac
iPhone 5 discussions continue
Now that the iPhone 5 is in the hands of eager MacNN forum goers this thread is alive with conversation about the latest, greatest gadget from Apple. In the thread titled iOS6 forum goers continue to discuss their likes and dislikes about the newest update to Apple's mobile operating system.
Lion questions and more
Earlier this week when one Forum Regular had a Lion question, they turned to the MacNN forums for some guidance, click here to read more. Today The Godfather started a thread to discuss the possibility of a group of five people going together to get a deal on the new iPhone 5, which, he claims, will offer significant savings.
iPhone 5 conversation continues
In the MacNN forums this week Grizzled Veteran Pierre B. was so impressed by their MacBook withstanding a fall that they were moved to start this thread where others have joined in to share their stories. The iPhone 5 announcement earlier this week stirred up more iPhone 5 talk in the thread titled "Waiting for the iPhone 5, aka The New iPhone."
what do you expect from iPhone 5?
Today in the MacNN forums a discussion was started when one Fresh-Faced Recruit discovered they could only play audio through Logic. "What do you expect for iPhone 5?" is the question posed by LaurenceB yesterday.
Installing a SSD in a MacBook Pro
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss installing a new SSD in a MacBook Pro that is a couple of years old, read more and join in here. Yesterday Professional Poster shifuimam started a discussion about gradient banding on monitors after a recent monitor purchase.
Update 7 addresses hole ahead of planned update
Oracle has issued a patch to address a recently discovered security hole affecting Mac, Windows, and Linux users. The patch represents a rare early fix release, as Oracle was already slated to release a patch in October of this year. The patch is available for download at Java.com.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac brings speed boosts, better integration
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac has had its launch pushed forward and is available now. A virtual Windows machine for Apple’s Macintosh range of computers, the latest iteration of the software has been upgraded to support Mountain Lion as well as Windows 8. In addition to performance boosts, it also supports Macs equipped with Retina displays and will reproduce Windows apps at a Retina resolution.
Is September the end for the iPod classic?
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Nergol sparks a debate in the thread titled "will September be the end for the iPod classic?" read more here. One soon-to-be college student is having difficulty in transferring DVD movies to iPad with Mactheripper and has turned to the forums for some advice.
Refurbished Macs from $699
Today at Apple's online store save on a variety of refurbished Mac computers. The refurb. Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is now $699 after a $100 price break. For $749 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage.
Lion troubles and more
Today in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit is doing some archiving and needs software that can turn PDFs into searchable text for their database, provide your input here. Ever since Junior Member Geoff installed Lion they discovered that their computer would not turn off without "pulling the plug", read more in this thread started yesterday, and provide your suggestions.
How to dispose of a swelling battery and more
Today in the MacNN forums one Mac Elite is looking for a safe way to dispose of a swelling battery, join in here. When one Fresh-Faced Recruit's friend tried plugging an external USB CD player into their Mac it caused a USB error message that hasn't gone away since, read more here.
Highlights Genius help, aimed at switchers
Apple took the occasion of the Opening Ceremonies for the London Olympics to introduce a new line of TV ads, now featuring a likeable Apple Genius technician (forever in uniform at all hours of the day and night) who helps new Apple customers accomplish tasks quickly and easily. While two of the ads feature the Genius helping out in a comical "crisis" situation, a third stands out as a soft rebuke of "knock-off" Windows machines that imitate the Mac.