Workers prepped to deal with update's changes
Apple is now seeding the latest build of OS X 10.9.1 -- 13B40 -- to AppleCare workers, a report says. The code reached developers Tuesday night, but its distribution to AppleCare is believed to be more significant, since it implies that the software is close enough to completion that AppleCare workers can start familiarizing themselves. A finished update might therefore reach the public within the next week or two.
Free upgrade spurs quick adoption
Mavericks is already the predominant version of OS X in use by the public, according to November tracking data from Net Applications. During that month, Mavericks' share rose from 0.84 percent to 2.42 percent of the Mac's total global share of 7.55 percent. Mountain Lion's share, meanwhile, plummeted from 3.31 percent to 1.85, while Lion dipped from 1.56 percent to 1.34. Leopard and Snow Leopard, already marginal platforms, dropped only slightly, slipping from 0.33 and 1.6 percent to 0.32 and 1.53 percent, respectively.
Side Tree Software's programs on Mac App Store $1 throughout December
Side Tree Software has announced that all of its programs available at the App Store will be $1 each through the month of December. Starting today, apps such as Abuzzle, Equal, Mymyry, SlidePuzzle and Tribbi are available for the $1 sale price.
Multiple fixes made; more sought for Mail, Safari, VoiceOver
[Updated with info on Safari beta] On Thursday, Apple released its second beta for the forthcoming OS X 10.9.1 release, build 13B35, noting some improvements from the first beta release and asking for further testing on areas such as Mail, Safari, graphics drivers and VoiceOver. In addition, the updated beta improves compatibility with VPN servers in OS X Server (addressing a standing but web hosts have had to work around) and now periodically updates Shared Links in Safari, improving that service.
Mail, graphics problems among focus areas
Apple has seeded the first OS X 10.9.1 beta to developers, reports say. In release notes, the company asks developers to concentrate testing on Mail, graphics drivers, and VoiceOver accessibility. The code is listed as build 13B27.
Requires recent Mac, iPhone hardware
A new product, Knock, promises to let Mac owners unlock their computers by knocking twice on their iPhone. Users first have to download a $4 iPhone app and a free Mac client. Once both are installed, knocking on an iPhone sends a command to a Mac via Bluetooth, triggering an automatic login.
Joins previously-rumored Mail update
Apple is preparing updates to several core apps in OS X Mavericks, sources say. The people note that Apple is now seeding new versions of Safari, iBooks, and Remote Desktop to its workers, as well as a previously-rumored Mail update. The Safari code is identified as v7.0.1, and expected to provide a number of bugfixes. The same description applies to iBooks 1.0.1, and Remote Desktop 3.7.1.
Mavericks uses light sensors as motion detectors
Apple's newest Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, uses the light sensor included in many Macs to keep a device from prematurely falling asleep. The functionality was discovered by by a coder looking through Mavericks' code, and the coder thought that one element indicated that the iSight camera is always on and watching the user. Instead, subsequent investigations revealed that the OS taps into the ambient light sensor.
Apple shifts development efforts towards Syrah
Web traffic from the unreleased OS X 10.10 has spiked during the last week, according to data shared by AppleInsider. Although traffic was reportedly growing slowly throughout the month of October, a surge appears to have taken place after the launch of OS X Mavericks. It may suggest that with Mavericks feature-complete, Apple is beginning to shift more workers to v10.10 development.
WD suggests uninstalling company-provided drive management tools
Storage manufacturer Western Digital has informed registered customers that users of its external hard drive line with accompanying drive management software may experience data loss and other problems when using the hardware with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Western Digital has warned users to immediately uninstall WD Drive Manager, WD RAID Manager, and WD SmartWare for the best chance of not losing data.
Political divisions continue to impact app
Taiwan's foreign ministry has issued a complaint to Apple about the way the country is characterized in Maps, reports say. In both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Maps lists Taiwan as a province of China. "The maps don't acknowledge Taiwan as its own nation. We voiced our disapproval and hope Apple will make the change," a ministry official states. While many Taiwanese consider themselves independent, the Chinese government considers the country a possession, which in the past has led to political conflict and threats of war. Apple has yet to respond on the matter.
Free Mavericks just the beginning for Mac OS
During the conference call for its fourth quarter financial statement, Apple confirmed that future versions of Mac OS will be free. That will keep them in line with a precedent Apple set with the the OS X Mavericks OS update, which Apple released earlier this month. The free operating system updates, along with iWork updates and free copies for each purchaser of Mac and iOS hardware, is part of a $900 million sequential increase in deferred net revenue for software upgrade rights and non-software services.
Apple extends your creative potential with GarageBand for iOS, Mac
GarageBand for iOS and Mac OS X both received comprehensive updates at Apple’s “A lot to cover” event last week. GarageBand for iOS used to cost a few dollars, but like all of Apple’s third party apps for both iOS and Mac, it is now free. GarageBand for iOS looks quite similar to GarageBand on the Mac, but the iOS version has of course been optimized for multi-touch UI. As far as music creation goes on mobile devices or on desktops, none are simpler to use. Yet at the same time, you can create highly polished pieces of music on either device with the iPhone 5s highlighting the processing processing power of Apple's 64-bit A7 chip, being able to handle up to 32 simultaneous tracks. It’s hard to believe, but every iPhone 5s owner has more recording power in their pocket than The Beatles ever had access to.
More timely than some past disclosures
Apple has officially released the updated open-source components found in OS X Mavericks. Under the terms of licensing agreements, Apple is obligated to share any modified open-source code with the public. The company does this with both OS X and iOS.
Could limit key attack vector
Flash is now a sandboxed plugin in OS X Mavericks, according to an Adobe blog post. Using the OS' App Sandbox feature, Adobe says it has been able to limit Flash's file read/write access and what assets the plugin can find in the first place. It can no longer reach local connections to device resources and IPC (interprocess communications) channels, for instance, and network privileges are restricted such that Flash-based malware can't communicate with servers set up by hackers.
Multiple Display features enhanced in Mavericks
OS X has long offered support for multiple display setups, but has received a lot of mixed feedback regarding particular implementations and interfaces. With OS X Mavericks, Apple has attempted to address all of the major user complaints and provide users with a more natural multi-display environment, with the main enhancement being the ability to use full-screen apps either across all displays or on a single display.
Zero cost eliminates barrier to adoption
OS X Mavericks currently represents around 6 to 8 percent of all OS X web traffic, even though the software was released less than 24 hours ago, according to live data from analytics firm GoSquared. Tracking figures are currently in flux, but are so far sitting within the 6-8 percent window, occasionally surging over 9 percent. GoSquared provides analytics for over 40,000 websites.
RAW update makes minor tweaks
In the wake of OS X Mavericks' release, Apple has already posted three related software updates. The first is Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.09. The code adds iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3 support for Olympus' PEN E-P5 camera, and brings back lens correction for Sony RX100 photos. It also solves bad white balance for Nikon images edited by third-party apps.
Should allow older Macs to remain useful
Apple is bringing a "previous versions" feature to the Mac App Store, according to an official memo. Developers are being informed that unless they specify otherwise through iTunes Connect, Apple will now be allowing Mac App Store shoppers to download the latest version of an app that remains compatible with their version of OS X. The Mac App Store is accessible through Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks.
Should improve performance, add Mavericks support
Apple has started seeding a beta of iTunes 11.1.2 to employees, a leak indicates. The update will add full compatibility with OS X Mavericks, as well as Arabic and Hebrew language support. For all users, the code should boost performance and stability.
All now 64-bit, free for iOS 7 and Mavericks upgraders
Apple has launched updated versions of the apps formerly known as the "iLife" and "iWork" suites for OS X and iOS 7. On the Mac, iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband get makeovers, with major changes seen in Garageband to bring it much more in line with Apple's existing "Pro" audio app, Logic Pro. For iOS, the three programs have been updated for the iOS 7 look, with iPhoto for iOS gaining the ability to make photo books. The iWork apps have received new templates and design overhauls, but are otherwise only lightly changed.
Free Mavericks downloadable via App Store
(Updated to reflect launch) Apple has revealed at its special event that OS X Mavericks, the latest incarnation of its Mac operating system, is free. The major update will be available to download later today at no charge via the App Store, with users of systems dating as far back as six years ago able to download and install the operating system.
Hints at imminent Mavericks release
Some prominent websites are already beginning to push Safari notifications, even though the feature requires OS X Mavericks, reports note. These include sites like NBA.com and the New York Times. The option allows Mavericks users to receive alerts from websites even when Safari is closed; at the moment, the only way to see notifications is with the Mavericks GM available to developers.
Hints at prep for launch of OS X Mavericks
People using the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion are beginning to see an "Open in iBooks" buttons on iBookstore pages within iTunes, users say. The button appears if a person has a title in their iBooks library, but is currently non-functional, since the first Mac version of iBooks is only due to launch alongside OS X Mavericks. That may suggest, however, that Apple is making final preparations for Mavericks' release.
Syrah currently almost identical to Mavericks GM
Apple is already seeding nightly internal builds of OS X 10.9.1 and 10.10, according to sources and leaked data. 10.10 is said to be codenamed "Syrah," after a type of wine, and have begun seeding in small groups in early September. Seeding has scaled up in recent weeks though, and web traffic from 10.10 machines has reportedly escalated in recent days.
Company looks to go beyond Haswell improvements
Apple is searching for two power engineers to "help improve the performance and battery life of OS X," according to a Twitter post by OS X team member Anthony Chivetta. Both jobs will be based at the company's Cupertino headquarters. Listings ask one of the engineers to "design the latest tools to automate the collection of power information," and the other to improve the power efficiency of both OS X and its included apps.
Company's new iCloud Keychain to be included in final release
After first releasing a build of the next major version of OS X exclusively to AppleSeed members that had dropped the words "Developer Preview" from the title, very late Thursday Apple sent developers the same build -- now labelled the "Golden Master" of Mavericks. Barring the discovery of any serious flaws, the version seeded tonight will be the final that is distributed to the public when OS X Mavericks (10.9) is formally released -- though the company has not yet announced a date.
Includes iTunes 11.1.1
As anticipated, Apple has released a Supplemental Update for OS X 10.8.5. The patch fixes a bug that prevented some apps from recognizing the FaceTime HD camera on the 2013 MacBook Air, plus two issues related to OS X's sleep mode: one would cause external drives to be ejected after a Mac went to sleep, while another silenced HDMI audio after waking. The update also copes with some USB Bluetooth adapters not functioning.
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition preorders begin for OS X and Windows
Classic Dungeons and Dragons adventure game Baldur's Gate II is coming to OS X and Windows. Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition combines both Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, and four characters each with their own epic quest and agenda. In addition to the main expansion, the new version of the game features multiplayer options, enhanced graphics, and The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay for high-level adventuring. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition will be available for OS X and Windows on November 15, and preorders have commenced for $25. An iOS and Android version will be available soon, but without the bundled extra characters.
Safari update brings parity with version in Mavericks
Apple is distributing new pre-release builds of iTunes, Safari, Java, and the OS X 10.8.5 Supplemental Update amongst employees, a report says. The Supplemental Update is said to have reached build 12F45, as opposed to the 12F42 code seen during an initial leak. Safari 6.1 is meanwhile up to build 537A134.
Secrecy measures in place to prevent Mavericks info from leaking out
Apple has today begun training AppleCare workers on OS X Mavericks, according to sources. During the next few weeks, staff are expected to spend at least six hours learning about new features, the installation process, and troubleshooting options. Apple is reportedly maintaining the same sort of secrecy it applied to iOS 7 and iTunes Radio training, meaning AppleCare advisors will only learn about Mavericks in small groups in order to keep the training process from becoming public.
Fixes issues with MacBook Air, sleep, other components
Apple is at work on a "Supplemental Update" for OS X 10.8.5, a source says. The patch has reportedly already been seeded to Apple employees, and should reach the public in the next few days. It's expected to cope with several glitches in Mountain Lion, including apps failing to utilize the FaceTime HD camera on the 2013 MacBook Air, and external drives being ejected after a Mac goes to sleep. It also solves a problem with HDMI audio going silent after waking from sleep, and a bug that prevented some USB Bluetooth adapters from operating.
Update available in Mac App Store
Alongside the iOS 7 public launch, Apple has released an update to its Xcode developer utility (Mac App Store) for iOS and OS X. Version 5.0 brings support for iOS 7 features, adding a 64-bit compiler to simplify transition from the current 32-bit architecture, while an automatic configuration tool enables services such as iCloud and Game Center to be enabled from a single click.
Gets support for bonded and virtual network interfaces
Apple has issued a rare update for OS X Server, an add-on for Mountain Lion. The v2.2.2 release enables use of bonded or virtual network interfaces. Otherwise the update concentrates mainly on bugfixes, for instance dealing with administering Profile Manager from the iPad mini. It also copes with SSL errors during setup, and difficulty upgrading from Lion Server.
Updated Safari for 10.6, Security Update for Snow Leopard and Lion
Indirect-control soccer game by HeroCraft launched
Herocraft has launched its indirect-control soccer (or 'football') game, FootLOL, for Mac. FootLOL has gamers use mines, shields, UFOs, cows, glue and many other items to protect one's players, and beat the opposing team. Featuring four planets, each with several types of playing field, users can play in tournament mode or multiplayer. FootLOL is available for $10 at the App Store.
Could coincide with new Macs
Apple is planning to release OS X Mavericks at the end of October, sources claim. There has been some speculation that it could launch in September, following an announcement at Apple's September 10th press event. The company is thought to be focusing most of its software engineering on this month's launch of iOS 7 and new iPhones, however, pushing Mavericks into the October timeframe.
Slight change in build number suggests code almost complete
Apple is seeding another beta build of OS X 10.8.5 to developers. The release is listed as build 12F36, just one number removed from a version rumored to have been distributed to Apple partners. That may hint that v10.8.5 is almost finished, and could be distributed to the public as soon as next week, if not earlier.
XCOM: Enemy Within given new enemies, weapons, maps, more
Feral Interactive today announced that XCOM: Enemy Within, the expansion pack for the strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown, will be released for OS X on November 12 in North America and November 15 internationally. Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K for PC and consoles, XCOM: Enemy Within adds a massive amount of new content to previously-purchased copies of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM: Enemy Unknown Elite Edition.
Remote Desktop apps, Safari 6.1 beta also released
On Tuesday, Apple released the seventh Developer Preview beta of its forthcoming OS X Mavericks (10.9) update. Registered developers can obtain the new version by signing into the Mac App Store with their developer account Apple IDs. The update has a number of changes contained in it, including new wallpapers, a new format for screen recordings, and the optional ability of users with non-Admin accounts to install software from (only) the Mac App Store. In addition, Apple released new Remote Desktop 3.7, Xcode 5 and Safari 6.1 betas.
Users reporting incorrect hardware identification, crashing, install failures
The oft-delayed Sim City for Macintosh has finally launched and in a development that is likely no surprise to anyone -- given the game's launch history -- is riddled with bugs. The EA forums are seeing a wide range of complaints from OS X gamers ranging from a complete inability to install the game, graphical corruption, failure to launch in full-screen mode, and random window resizing. So far, Electronic Arts has no official comments on the Macintosh launch.
Could give admin-level users unauthorized root access
A flaw in the Unix "sudo" program that has remained unaddressed in recent implementations of OS X and some distributions of Linux could allow a current or former user who still has admin-level access to the computer the ability to gain root access, presenting a security risk. The flaw, discovered by security testing software maker Metasploit, requires would-be attackers to jump through a number of hoops, however.
Finished public version imminent?
Apple has started supplying "select partners" with a pre-release version of OS X 10.8.5, sources for AppleInsider say. The build is listed as 12F35, and includes what appear to be final release notes. Apple for instance states that the update "fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages," and "resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically." The code also improves Xsan reliability and AFP file transfers over 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Deal to bring public transit directions back into Mac, iOS Maps
Apple has bought out Embark, a developer specializing in well-known public transportation apps for iOS and Android, says journalist Jessica Lessin. The apps supply routes, times, and maps for getting to destinations via train and subway systems. Lessin explains that the Embark team, less than a dozen people, was picked up so that Apple can bring transit directions back into its Maps app for iOS and (soon) OS X.
Only minor enhancements; expected to launch in the fall
On Wednesday, Apple seeded the sixth Developer Preview of the next major upgrade of OS X, called Mavericks (10.9) to developers. Apple appears to be back on its normal development cycle following the disruption of the Developer Center due to a security intrusion in July. The latest update comes two weeks after the fifth DP, which introduced iBooks for the Mac to the upgrade. Registered developers can download the software from the Mac App Store or Software Update. The final version is expected to arrive in September.
Will also improve Coherence View, add copy/paste for OS X machines
Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac will ship the first week of September, Parallels has announced. One of the primary features will be optimization for OS X Mavericks, which has yet to be released, but has been in beta for some time and may be launched as soon as next month. At the moment, Desktop 9 is itself in beta testing.
GeekBench 3 benchmarking utility brings 15 new benchmark tests
GeekBench 3 has been released for all major platforms including Windows, OS X, and Linux on the desktop. A mobile version of the widely used benchmarking utility has also been released for Android and iOS. The new version is the first major revision to the app since version 2 was released six years ago. According to Primate Labs, the new suite of tests includes 15 new benchmark tests that have been designed to real-world processor intensive tasks.
Mavericks changes yet to be discovered
Apple is seeding updated betas of OS X Mavericks and the next version of Mountain Lion, 10.8.5. Mavericks has reached Developer Preview 5, which registered developers can download via the Mac App Store. Any further additions to the OS have yet to be documented; the completed version of the software should ship sometime this fall.
Apple continues tweaking process
Apple is seeding a seventh beta of OS X 10.8.5 to developers. The code, listed as build 12F30, continues a weekly beta update cycle. Apple lists no known issues, and is still asking developers to focus testing on Wi-Fi, graphics, wake-from-sleep functions, PDF viewing and accessibility, and finally mobile device management.
Currently limited download options due to Dev Center downtime
Right on schedule and one week after the previous build, Apple has again made available a new beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.8.5 for developers to test. Also like last week, the new version (12F26) is just three build numbers higher than the previous one, suggesting that the company is nearing the end of testing.