Category: Macintosh



With WWDC right around the corner rumors are running high with news about new iMacs, MacBook Airs, and more.

Here’s what I think we can hope to see at WWDC:

1. With Intel’s new Ivy-bridge processors out, and Apple’s whole computer line-up awaiting an update we can will definitely predict that Apple’s new machines will definitely carry the Ivy-Bridge Chips.

2. USB 3.0 is becoming more and more popular, and rumors from 9to5mac show that USB 3.0 will replace USB 2.0 in all future Macs

3. More RAM: Currently the most RAM an Apple Macbook can hold is 8 GB, but rumors are showing MacBook Pro models with up to 16 Gigs of RAM. Now that would be one monster laptop.

4. Apple’s top-of-the line Mac, the Mac Pro, has not been updated for 2 years. And sources are showing a scarcity in Mac Pro’s at Apple Stores. Professional workers would love to see a new Mac Pro, so hopefully we will see an update next week.

5. 15-inch MacBook Air. For a couple of months there have been rumors that Apple is adding another model to their MacBook Air line. So we can assume that it will be the 15-inch. But we don’t know weather their is enough technology to create a 17-in MacBook Air

6. Retina Display Macs: Display technology has become more and more advanced. And some images found in the source code of Mountain Lion show images with a large number of pixels that would only fit on a Retina Display.

6. iOS 6: Pictures below show that Apple will be showing iOS 6 off and most probably release developer versions. Some features we might see in iOS 6 are Facebook sharing integrated into Apps, Siri for the iPad, Apple’s new Maps app, and iCloud improvements.

7. Mountain Lion: Versions of Mountain Lion have already been seeded out to Developers so we can probably hope to see Apple release Mountain Lion to the public at WWDC.

8. Apple TV SDK: Sales of the Apple TV has been steadily increasing and at AllThing’s D’s D12 conference Tim Cook stated that the Apple TV had become something Apple would pay more attention to. So we might see Apple release an Apple TV SDK, so the Apple TV can become a more attractive offer to people.

All of this seems like too much to be releases at one WWDC keynote, but these are just predictions that may or may not come true.

-MacMusings

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July 20th was a big day for Apple. They had 3 Major Hardware releases, 1 Software release, and one discontinuation.

Through the Mac App Store Apple released their next version of Mac OS X – Lion. It was around a 4GB File download. Over Wi-Fi on my laptop it took around 6 Hours to download. From 6 in the morning till Noon. After that it took around 30 Minutes to fully install. If certain people’s Internet connection is too slow to download Lion or they have a Bandwidth Cap, Apple is allowing users to bring their computer to an Apple Retail Store and download Lion from the Apple Store’s internet connection; for no extra Cost. For people who don’t have both if these options Apple is will sell a USB Flash Drive in August for $69, that’s a $40 Price Hike. Unless you’re willing to pay extra, really try and find a place to download Lion. Here is a link to the Press Release.

Apple updated their MacBook Airs to include Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage Core i5 and i7 Processors. They also put in Thunderbolt and brought back the old Backlit Keyboard. With their new CPU’s the MBA’s are almost 2.5 Times faster than the last-gen MacBook Airs. But everything else about the MacBook Air is the same; the price, Flash Storage, and RAM.

Apple also revised their entry-level Mac, the Mac Mini. The size is still the same but their are new CPU’s (Core i5 and i7) and new discrete GPU’s. You can add up to 8GB of RAM, SSD’s, and Faster Hard Drives. The new Mac Mini also includes Thunderbolt connectivity. Apple took out the SuperDrive from the Mac Mini. But you can buy a the MacBook Air Super Drive ($70) if you need to use DVD’s and CD’s. And Apple lowered the entry price to $599.

Lastly they introduced the Thunderbolt Display. It’s pretty much the same 27-in. Cinema Display Apple used to have except now it includes a FaceTime HD Camera and on the Back it has a Gigabit Ethernet Port, FireWire 800, 3 USB Ports, and an Extra Thunderbolt port. It still cost’s $999.

Now we come the the Unfortunate news. Do you remember that White polycarbonate MacBook that started at $999? Well Apple has discontinued that Product. So now the cheapest Apple Laptop you can buy is the 11-in MacBook Air. The MacBook used to be the most popular Mac before the 13-in MacBook Pro was released. But it was soon forgotten. May the MacBook Rest in Peace. Apple did say they will continue making the MacBook for education services.

Through out this week I will be posting more stuff on Lion and the new Mac’s, so keep out on the lookout.

-MacMusings

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Apple has updated two of their six Macs to include Thunderbolt Connectivity. But there weren’t any cables or devices to use Thunderbolt with. So Today Apple has release a Thunderbolt Cable for $49 on their Website. Using the Thunderbolt Cable you can use the new 2011 iMac as an external Display with a 2011 MacBook Pro.

Along with the Thunderbolt Cable they are selling 4 RAID systems form Promise Pegasus. RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, which is a fast and secure system to store information by distributing data between different Disk Drives. There are 4 choices to choose from; a 4x1TB for $999, 4x2TB for $1499, 6x1TB for $1499, & 6x2TB for $1999. Starting at 1 Grand and going all the way to 2 Grand these RAID Systems are pretty expensive and cost almost as much as the iMac and MacBook Pro.

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The first major thing demoed by Apple today was Lion. Lion has around 250 Features, but only 10 major ones were demoed today.

First Mr. Schiller explained Multi-Touch gestures, Full Screen Apps, & Mission Control. Then Mr. Federighi came up and demoed these new features.

Multi-Touch Gestures: In Lion the gestures are improved and are more fluid. It brings many gestures from iOS to Lion, such as tap-to-zoom, and even new ones like swiping between full-screen apps.

Full Screen Apps: Almost all of Apple’s Apps are designed to be also used in Full Screen completely blocking the Dock and Menu Bar so like in iOS the only thing you see is the App you are using. And using three fingers and swiping to the left you can switch between Full-Screen Apps. Also one full-screen App, Photo-Booth has a new interface and new animations such as face detection where birds will fly in a circle around your head or make your eyes look BIG and many more.

Mission Control: Mission Control is new feature that combines Expose, Spaces, Dashboard, and new features all into one seamless experience. Slide 3-fingers up and it will show you all your windows open, clustered by App, and it will show you all the desktops open. Also while in Mission Control you can make or delete desktops and move windows in and out of desktops. Also there is a whole desktop preserved for Dashboard widgets.

Then Mr. Schiller talked about the Mac App Store,Launchpad, Resume, and more. And again Mr. Federighi came up and demoed those features.

Mac App Store: Since the Mac App Store was release for Snow Leopard, it has been a great success for Mac App developers. For example AutoDesk is on the Mac App Store and added more than a million users, just because of the Mac App Store. And with Lion there are new features such as in-app purchases, sandbox security feature, push notifications, and faster updates.

Launchpad: With a four-finger pinch gesture they can view all their applications in an iOS type UI. When you download an App from the Mac App Store it will show directly in Launchpad. In Launchpad you can launch an App, create pages of Apps, and like in iOS create Folders to put Apps in.

Resume: This feature saves whatever you are doing. So when you open an application it will open right where you left it. If you had to restart your computer it will open up all the windows when it starts back up.

Auto Save: When you’re working on a document it will automatically save what you are doing. So if you did something wrong and want to go back to what you had done before you can go directly to it. Or you can make instant duplicates and lock the document so it can’t get tampered with.

Versions: Auto Save will continuously save the changes you make in a document. You can choose to view all your versions and get a Time Machine like UI to see all the versions of the document.

Air Drop: In the Finder Menu you can select the Air Drop menu and view all the people on your network running Air Drop. Using this you can seamlessly  send documents back and forth between Macs.

Mail: In the new Mail you can have a two or three column view, with the UI similar to the iPad. Also Mail has new ways to filter responses during searches. Another thing is called Conversation View. In this view each message is split into different sections to not confuse everything to one section.

Those were the 10 main features, but there are many more including Windows Migration, FileVault 2, and more. And for developers there are more than 3000 new API’s.

Another change to line is than instead of an Optical Disk like its previous cousins, Mac OS Lion will ship only through the Mac App Store. All you gave to do is click “Buy” and it will do all the upgrades needed automatically. Lion will only be 4GB. And the Price? Apple has decided to sell Lion for only $29.99. The most-recent developer preview will be available today. It will be available for customers in July. The Server Version will only be $49.99.

For me I think that Snow Leopard to Lion is a major jump compared to Leopard to Snow Leopard. I can predict that apple will bring more iOS features to OS X in the future.

-MacMusings

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Apple released Press Info on Tuesday telling the Public that Steve Jobs along with other Apple executives will be unveiling Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud at the opening WWDC Keynote on June 6 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. With this news there is one surprise, three clarifications, and one disappointment. The surprise is that Steve blogs Jobs will be the Keynote presenter even though he is on sick leave! A clarification is that Lion will be announced more publicly and most likely be given a date and price for it’s release at WWDC. Also that the next generation of iPhone Software will be called iOS 5 and be announced to the Public along with it’s release date. Another thing Apple might do for iOS Developers is give them a Gold Master version of iOS 5 immediately, before the real version is out. Last clarification is that after hearing so many rumors that Apple will release cloud service and what it might be called, Apple finally confirmed that it will be called iCloud. But we still don’t know the features of iCloud so we will have to wait till Monday’s keynote. Unfortunately Apple said nothing about a new iPhone. Other Apple-related blogs say that the next iPhone won’t be released until the September music event. This is ending the tradition of announcing the iPhone at WWDC which Apple has been doing for the last three years. Hopefully Jobs’ “one more thing” might be the iPhone 4. But this is the only information that we have now. All we can do now is speculate or wait till Monday to get all the information.

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On May 3rd Apple released new iMacs with mainly internal upgrades and a slight external hardware change.

One change on the back is that the 21.5 has a Thunderbolt port on the back which you could also use as a Mini-Display Port. However the 27 in. model has two Thunderbolt ports. So what Engadget did was add two 30in. displays to the 27in. iMac so there were as much pixels as anybody could wish for. But right now the only thing Thunderbolt can be used for is external displays because Thunderbolt cables aren’t out on the market anymore.

Another change was that, like it’s cousin’s the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, it doesn’t have an iSight Camera it has an HD FaceTime Camera.

And the major change for these new iMac is the CPU‘s and GPU‘s. With the 21.5-inch you can get a 2.5 or 2.7 GHz quad-core i5, it’s also upgradeable to a 2.8GHz Core i7.  While with the 27-inch a 2.7 or 3.1 GHzi5, and it’s upgradeable to a 3.4GHz Core i7. Like previous iMacs these new ones also feature Turbo Boost 2.0 which can boost processing power to 3.8GHz.

Overall I think this is a good update to the Apple’s all-in-one Mac desktop series. And if anyone asks you what the best all-in-one computer is, you know what to say.

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Thursday Apple updated their MacBook Pro line of Notebooks. Many Tech Blog’s have been predicting this update for quite a while, as it has been almost a year since it’s last update. There have been four major upgrade for the MacBook Pro; new Graphics Card, Intel’s new Sandy Bridge Processors, a FaceTime HD Camera,  and a new High-Speed Transfer I/O Port called Thunderbolt.

Graphics Card: 13in. Model has an Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000. While the 15in. and 17in. model have an Intel graphics and a AMD Radeon HD graphics card with either 256MB or 1GB. For the larger two models the computer can sense if more powerful graphics is needed than it turns on the AMD Radeon HD Card’s on, other wise it will be using the just the Intel Graphics.

Processors: 13in. MacBook Pro has two models; one with 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and the other has a 2.7GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7 Processor. The 15in. MacBook Pro also has two models; one has a 2 GHZ quad-core Intel Core i7 while the other has a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. Lastly the 17in. has only one model the 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. All of these processors are really powerful Sandy Bridge Processors with either dual-core or quad-core CPU’s. A change in the architecture of these chips are that most of the major parts are all on the same chip. So data doesn’t need to travel very far between chips. Everything is very close together. Another major feature is called Turbo Boost. Turbo Boost let’s you shut down or 1 or 2 cores and raise the speed of active cores to up to 3.4GHz. Now that is extremely fast! One last major feature is Hyper-Threading. Hyper-Threading is kind of confusing. So what it does is that it can run two actions at the same time as if you are using the power of two cores with only one core. So at the end Mac OS X can sense the chip as up two 8-Cores. Making the machine very powerful.

Thunderbolt: Thunderbolt is a new type of data/transfer connection. It can send Data to and from peripherals and Macintosh HD.  The technology was first developed by Intel under the code name Light Peak. The main thing is to be able to connect PCI Express based peripherals. But PCI ix an internal connection in the laptop so, you can know use Thunderbolt. The new technology not only can use peripherals for Data Transfer but also for Display Connection. The Thunderbolt connection is exactly the same connection, which on older laptops was know as Mini DisplayPort, that’s why it also allows for Display Connection. Speeds for Thunderbolt are said to be at up to 10GB per second. That’s blazing fast even compared to USB 3.0 which has 5 Gbps. Put it in to perspective of  copying 2 Full HD movies in around a minute.

HD FaceTime Camera: Now the MacBook Pro come with an HD FaceTime Camera that can record 720p wide screen video. Before the latest MacBook Air, camera’s on the display’s were called iSight Camera’s, but now everything is following the iOS path and calling it FaceTime, which is Apple’s answer to Video Calling. FaceTime is also now out of Beta and the full version is on the newer computers. For older Mac’s you can buy the full version on the Mac App Store for 99 cents.

To get information on pricing click this link and to read more about the features of the MacBook Pro click this link.

-MacMusings

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Finally after around 3 months of waiting the Mac App Store is released! Mac App Store comes with Mac OS X Update to version 10.6.6.

The Mac App Store is pretty much a Mac software shop to get Free or Commercial Software for your Mac. The User Interface for the App Store is what it looks like for the App Store on iTunes combined with the App Store on an iDevice. To start off as soon as you open the App it asks you to log-in to your iTunes Account; so when you buy an App it uses the Credit Card info connected to your iTunes Account. Also there is a Search Bar to search for apps.

There are 5 Categories in a Menu Bar up on the top of the App. Those categories on the top are: Featured, Top Charts, Categories, Purchases, and Updates.

 

 

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Downloading an App: Downloading Apps is the easiest part in using the App Store. When you’re on the page of the App you want, under the App Icon it will either say Free or a Price, all you have to do is click that and then the App Icon flies into your dock and begins to download and install automatically. Then as soon its finished loading the App is ready to use!

Hope you found this post useful.

-MacMusings

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Mac OS Lion


Last Wednesday Apple gave a sneak peek of the newest Mac OS, Lion at an Event named “Back to the Mac”

And when Jobs says “Back to the Mac” he literally means it. He talked about how Mac OS X the most advanced OS in the world helped develop iOS. After iOS that paved the way for the iOS for iPad and now some ideas commonly used on the iPad are being taken “Back to the Mac”. During this preview Apple showed three new major features and some minor things.

Minor Updates: Almost all the Apps can be run in Full Screen, and a more multi-touch gestures.

Mac App Store: Like the famous App Store on all the iOS devices, an App Store is coming to a Mac near you. Apple said that they will release it 90 days from the date 10/20/10. The same rules for the iOS App Store apply to the Mac App Store too. Ex: Profit Shares are 30/70 toward the developer. Apple said that you can use the same iTunes Account and that it is extremely easy to download an App. As soon as you read about the App and decide to download it the icon pops out of the Mac App Store and Onto your dock.

My Opinion on the Mac App Store: I think that the Mac App Store is an amazing idea, especially for developers. Now there is a way for Mac users to have one place to find Apps they want or need. It will be easier for developers to have their App been known other than someone having to find it on their own. Luckily the Mac app Store won’t be the only place to get Apps which is a relief, because that would mean Apple would be taking control over Mac as well as your iPhone, and apps you want that aren’t on the App Store aren’t available to you unless you jailbreak it. But what Apple is doing right now is a gate way for developers and consumers.

Mission Control: Mission Control is an extension upon the already amazing feature of Expose. Now it groups all the windows of the same app in a pile, it displays all the Full-Screen apps on the top of the screen, and a display of Dashboard, your desktop and all your spaces. You also have a full, clear view of the dock.

Launchpad: Launchpad is one of the main ideas that has come from the iPad. This is a new way to access all your Applications. It’s User Interface is like the iPad with pages of Apps, where you can switch through pages with the and can create iOS like folders. You can group Apps into pages and move them where you want.

These were the new features that Apple showed off last wedneday.

To find out more about Lion click this link.

-MacMusings

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