Tag - Mac OS X 10.7
Today's release of Mac OS X 10.7.3 also incorporates Apple's first Security Update of 2012, addressing vulnerabilities in components throughout the OS and its components. The update is also available as a separate download for Snow Leopard users, and while none of the issues have been reported in the wild, the update is recommended for all users of Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7, and closes potential issues in programs ranging from Apache to QuickTime.
Chinese trademark applications filed shortly after the "Back to the Mac" special event last week and just revealed yesterday have disclosed that the company had previously moved to trademark the names "Lion" and "Mission Control" in Jamaica two weeks earlier, Patently Apple reports. It wasn't until the day of the event that a third application, for "LaunchPad" was filed in Trinidad and Tobago.
The official Remote app for the iPhone has gone months without an update because of Apple's corporate culture, claims Posterous CEO Sachin Agarwal. The software was last updated in November 2009, in order to provide compatibility with iTunes 9 and the Apple TV 3 firmware. It has yet to gain an iPad-native interface, or upgrades to take advantage of iOS 4.
Apple is working on a "revolutionary" feature for Mac OS X, a new job listing claims. The company is hiring a software engineer for its Santa Clara Valley offices, who must be experienced with Mac, Objective-C and Unix development. "We are looking for a senior software engineer to help us create a revolutionary new feature in the very foundations of Mac OS X," the listing mentions. "We have something truly revolutionary and really exciting in progress and it is going to require your most creative and focused efforts ever."
Some of the first hints of Mac OS X 10.7 have surfaced in material coming out of WWDC. A component of the iOS 4 gold master, AV Foundation, is ultimately part of the next desktop OS. Some of the sessions at the primarily iOS-oriented event also referenced future developments for 10.7, even if their final goals weren't evident.
There is "little room for surprise" at this year's WWDC keynote, scheduled for June 7th, claims Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. As is commonly expected, the major focus should be on a new iPhone, featuring better battery life, an upgraded main camera with a flash, and a new front-facing camera for video chat. Beyond this, nothing earthshaking will be announced, Munster predicts.
People shouldn't panic at the absence of Mac categories at this year's 2010 Apple Design Awards, says Steve Jobs. In an e-mail, the CEO explains that Apple is "focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on iPhone OS" for WWDC 2010. "Maybe next year we will focus primarily on the Mac. Just the normal cycle of things. No hidden meaning here," the message concludes.
Work on Mac OS X 10.7 has been delayed, says Daring Fireball's John Gruber. The tech writer notes that some months ago, he received word that Apple had "tentative plans" to ship a developer beta of the OS at this year's WWDC, likely to be scheduled for early June. Coding of v10.7 is indeed still in progress, claims Gruber, but now with a smaller team and an "unknown" timetable.
Although the iPad has yet to ship, a potentially significant rumor Monday night has Apple already developing a more advanced model. Supposedly corroborated between sources, the new model would be much larger and more likely run software much more like Mac OS X, not iPhone OS. If true, the system would be ready within a year.
Apple's as yet unreleased Mac OS X 10.7 has suddenly been picking up in web traffic in recent days and suggests rapidly advancing testing. After only a relatively small level of traffic late in 2009, numerous web logs in recent days have shown many more systems browsing to sites and identifying themselves as 10.7 in their user agent strings. Most of these continue to come from the 17.x.x.x IP address block associated with Apple's offices, but they are now also coming from outside the company or in other countries.
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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