Jul 25

OS X Mountain Lion is Live!

Months after its announcement, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, aka v10.8, is now available for purchase in the Mac App Store.  Officially, we’re now supposed to call it OS X, not Mac OS X, but Apple’s naming scheme hasn’t exactly been tops in 2012…

It’s a $19 upgrade, which is great, and has a range of iOS inspired features including new Reminders and Notes apps, Messages for seamless conversation integration with Messages on the iPad and iPhone, a new Notification Center, speech-to-text dictation, and Game Center (yawn). There’s also easier file sharing, improved AirPlay and iCloud functionality, Power Nap which grabs new messages, photos, documents, software updates, etc., while your Mac sleeps, new Gatekeeper app security, Safari 6, and other tweaks and improvements. 

You can find a complete list of all 10.8 features here.

Not all Macs support this new OS X version.  Here’s a brief rundown of compatibility:

2007 or newer iMacs and MacBook Pros; 2008 Unibody MacBooks; 2008 or newer MacBook Airs and Mac Pros; 2009 or later Mac minis.

If you purchased a new Mac after June 10, 2012, you likely qualify for a free upgrade to Mountain Lion. Head to this page on the Apple site to see if you qualify.  Unfortunately, it’s not an automatic process; you have to submit a “claim” and wait for validation.  Not exactly Apple-smooth, but we’ll take it.

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Apr 05

iPhone OS 4 Press Event Invitation

While its public release is likely a few months away, Apple will take the wraps off the next version of its mobile operating system, iPhone OS 4, on Thursday, April 8.

Word came today via invitations to the event.

There’s no official word on what to expect from iPhone OS 4.0, but some have speculated that it will include support for third-party app multitasking, email tweaks (universal inbox), and other small improvements, while others believe it will mark an even more substantial shift.

Apple’s iPad, which shipped Saturday, runs iPhone OS 3.2.  The iPod touch and iPhone models are still running v3.1.3.  Presumably, v4.0 will run on all three device types.

A boring week for Apple this is not.

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Oct 08

iPhone 3.1.x

Apple has just released a new iPhone OS update, v3.1.2.  The new version addresses several issues:

- Resolves sporadic issue that may cause iPhone to not wake from sleep
- Resolves intermittent issue that may interrupt cellular network services until restart
- Fixes bug that could cause occasional crash during video streaming

The 300MB+ update is now available for download via iTunes.

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Jul 01

iPhone OS 3.1 Yesterday we discovered that Apple had begun distributing a beta of the iPhone OS 3.1 to software developers, but details were few and far between when it came to what was actually changed in the new version.

But, time is usually on our side in matters such as these, and today BGR has posted a list of changes sent to them a devoted tipster.  Here are the highlights:

  • Voice Control over Bluetooth
  • Option to Save a Copy of an edited video
  • Copy, Paste Phone Numbers into the Phone app
  • Automatic conversion of 1-800-FLOWERS to 1-800-356-9377 (when pasted)
  • Improvements to OpenGL and Quartz
  • Email video attachments can be saved in the camera roll

There’s no word on whether v3.1 will break some of the new jailbreaking methods we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, but it’s a definite possibility.

via BGR

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