Archive for August, 2011



On Wednesday Aug, 24th there was an announcement that released shockwaves around the world. Steve Jobs had resigned as Apple CEO. Then new CEO will be Tim Cook, the previous Chief Operations Officer. Most of the world (including Steve Jobs) know that this man is capable of running Apple. Whenever Jobs was on sick leave Cook would take over at the helm, and he was good at it never letting the company down. Otherwise, Steve Jobs has been voted to become the Chairman of the Board, so he completely hasn’t left Apple.

Steve Jobs has been an amazing person (duhh). He created Apple. He got kicked out. Created NeXT. Bought Pixar and made it successful. And at the end came back to Apple and brought it from it’s death to what we know today. The iMac, iPod, iPhone, and the iPad all of Job’s greatest wonders.

Steve Jobs sent out an E-Mail to all Apple Employees. He explains his resignation, his successor, and his encouragement for the future of the company. It also states that he would like to serve as an Apple Employee.

I wish Tim Cook an amazing career ahead of him as CEO and great years ahead for Apple as a whole. I also wish Steve Jobs a great life ahead of him.

-MacMusings

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Rage is a FPS game by iD Software. After getting over 100, 000 likes on Facebook they decided to make it free for a week. The game guides you through certain arena’s where you can move your orientation, but not your position, the game automatically moves “you.” And in there you have to kill these zombie-like creatures with a gun. Along the way you can hit bull’s-eye’s, get more ammo, and grab money.

It’s a fun shooter game. But be warned it’s pretty violent, and the graphics are really gory. Otherwise while it’s free, go and grab it from the App Store. The links are below.

Rage

Rage HD

-MacMusings

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Apple has released a lower end iMac for $999, buy only for education.. It’s 21.5-in. and has lower specs than the lowest-end iMac. It’s like a merger of the last and current gen iMac. Specs Include:

  • 3.1GHz Intel Core i3
  • 2GB RAM, Upgradeable to 4 or 8
  • 250GB Hard Drive at 7200 RPM
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 256MB of dedicated GPU Memory
  • Mini Display Port without Thunderbolt

These specs are plenty enough for the average school student. And at this low price it makes for an amazing deal for schools. I hope my High School buys these to replace our really old Macs’s and PC’s.

By doing this Apple has shown how much they feel about Education. Also how, in this era, Technology is an important part of a student’s education.

-MacMusings

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Before Lion was released, whenever you bought a Mac it would come with Reinstall Disks for Mac OS X and iLife. But now Apple is moving away from disk based software and into software from the App Store. So all current Mac’s do NOT come with reinstall disks. The only way to reinstall the software is to download it from the App Store. When you set up your Mac you have to put in an Apple ID. So after your Apple ID is connected with your Mac, iLife will show up on the Purchased Tab in the Mac App Store. And if you have other Mac’s with the same Apple ID just download it at no extra cost.

This isn’t illegal, because it abides by Apple’s own rules; which say that after you have bought a piece of software you may download it on any Mac with the same authorized Apple ID. So if you haven’t upgraded to iLife ’11 on previous Mac’s and are thinking of buying a new Mac, you might want to consider this option.

-MacMusings

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Every Mac made by Apple includes a stunning display, all except the Mac mini and Mac Pro. If you want to buy a display for those Mac’s or you want an external display for the other Mac’s, you have two options:

  1. Drop 1 Grand for Apple’s Thunderbolt Display
  2. Buy any display from any company at any price

But when you have an Apple Mac, won’t it be great to have it all in sync and also have an Apple Display. Yeah that would be great. But there are couple of problems.

First: The Thunderbolt Display is a stunning at 27″. But for some people that’s HUGE. Way to big. They either don’t need that much space or they don’t have room on their Desk.

Second: The Thunderbolt Display costs 1 Grand! you could buy a MacBook Air for that. The really high price point could drive people away from buying the Display. Hey Apple, people might be willing to pay a Grand for a Mac, but not for a Display.

Third: Apple makes a 21.5″ and 27″ iMac. The Thunderbolt Display is also 27″ so it’s a perfect match for the 27″ iMac. What about the 21.5″ iMac. If people want to buy a Display they have to get the 27″ display that would dwarf the smaller iMac.

These were some reasons that would stop people from buying this display. But I do believe there is a solution. Apple should make a smaller 21.5″ Display at around $699. It would be perfect! Great Price, Great Size, and a Great Companion for the 21.5″ iMac. If Apple made this imaginary Display I bet it would sell a lot better than the 27″. Tell me what you guys think in the comments.

-MacMusings

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