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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.

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If you have upgraded to Lion? Then you might have noticed that in the Mac App Store Xcode is now Free, instead of the original $4.99. Before only paid developers could get the newest version of Xcode. Otherwise if the public wants to use Apple’s Developer Tools they can only get the previous version of the tools. But now it’s free. Because of the 100% Price Drop, it has become #1 on the Top Free List (as of July 24th).

When you download Xcode from the Mac App Store, it all so includes the iOS SDK‘s, Mac SDK’s and other Dev Tool like Interface Builder and Instruments. So you get everything you need to build and iOS or Mac App, except you need to pay to submit it in to the App Store. However you will not be able to get certain things like iOS Beta’s, OS X Gold-Masters, Xcode Beta’s, etc. Those are still reserved for Paid Developers.

Xcode and the rest of the tools are great for programming, even for beginners. I am learning the Programming Language Objective – C and I only use Xcode. So for any of you who are interested in writing an App for any of Apple Platforms I advise you to download to Xcode. But beware it’s a huge download like Lion, so it will take a long time.

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In just one day Apple’s new Mac Operating System, Lion, has been downloaded over Million Times! That’s over $30,000,000 in revenue. This pretty much shows how much of a success Lion is for Apple. It has been the Top Paid Download in since yesterday morning, and I think it will stay there for at least another week.

Even the ratings and reviews show how much customers are loving Lion. The average rating is just under 5 stars. These ratings are for July 22.

The thing that I think that is really pushing sales is the Price. I mean at on only $30 most people wouldn’t think twice about buying it. But I think there is a also one thing that is stopping it from becoming even more successful. It’s only available through the Mac App Store. If there was an option that people could buy a DVD online or at the Apple Store,¬† sales could’ve been higher. Buy anyway this is still a great feat for Apple.

If you are still on Snow Leopard and haven’t downloaded Lion yet, I recommend you download immediately. It’s an investment you won’t regret.

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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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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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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.

 

 

The Featured Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Charts Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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