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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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Recently a Tojan Horse Virus has affected a large number of Macs. A trojan horse is a certain type of virus that works essentially like the original Trojan Horse. The way that this specific virus gets into your computer is by exploiting a certain bug in the Java runtime software.

F-Secure has instructions to identify whether or not you have the Trojan virus and if you do have it, how to remove it. Or you can use Free Flashback Checker Juan Leon. If you do not have the virus immediately update your software so the patch for the Java bug can be fixed. There are rumors that Apple is currently working on a tool to detect and remove the Flashback malware. So hopefully this virus will become history soon.

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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.

-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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On June 7th during a City Council Meeting Mr. Jobs unveiled the company’s plans to construct a new building. Over the last five years Apple has acquired land that was previously owned by Hewlett-Packard. Apple plans to clear the whole are and make 1 Circular Building that can house up to 12,000 Employees. That’s a lot of people in one building. It’s going to be 4 stories high and completely curved. Mr. Jobs says that every single piece of glass used for this building is curved. He mentioned that they are using their experience from building Retail Stores to build this new campus. Apple is going to turn the area from 20% landscape to 80% landscape. The are currently has 3,700 trees and they are going to make that 6,000. They are going to have an underground parking under the main building and a parking structure as well. Apple will have their own Auditorium so they don’t have to go to San Francisco every time they are going to have a presentation. Also Apple will have an Energy Center to create their own energy. Usually companies will get their energy from the grid and have an energy center for backup but Apple is doing the opposite the grid is their backup. Next to the Auditorium will be a Fitness Center and an R&D Facility.

Click this link to view the video.

I thinks Apple’s design idea is great. But you know what would’ve been better? If they made it in the shape of an Apple Symbol And make it big enough to view from Space. Also it’s inspiring to see Mr. Jobs passions for Apple. Even though he is on Sick Leave and he could’ve easily asked anybody else to give the presentation, he him self went to give the Presentation.

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At WWDC 2011 Steve Jobs showed to the world what iCloud was. He began with saying how 10yrs. ago people realized that the computer would become a “personal hub”, it would be where you would keep all your media. So before to get photos, music, videos, etc on your devices they had to be synced wit your Mac. But nowadays every the devices hold all types of media, and it was hard to make sure that all your devices had the media you wanted when you wanted it. So now the Mac is also going to become a device and the “personal hub” will be moved to the cloud. And Apple’s cloud will be iCloud and it will store information and push information to all your devices to maintain in sync. And it will happen seamlessly without you having to do anything. So for example you download a song on your iPad it will automatically download on your Mac, PC or any other iOS device for free. Then Steve jokes,”Why should I believe them? They’re the ones that brought me MobileMe.” Because MobileMe wasn’t much of a success. But MobileMe had three major apps Contacts, Calender, and Mail. And now Apple has rewritten those Apps from the ground up for iCloud.

Contacts: Now when a contact is made on an iPhone, the contact is pushed to the Cloud and then to the other devices. So every device attached to your Apple ID will have their contacts synced automatically.

Calenders: Same for Calenders, you make a new event or update an event on one device it is pushed to all your other devices automatically. You can even share calenders between devices.

Mail: And again you messages, inbox, folders, settings, are all synced between all your accounts at your me.com email account.

App Store: On all your devices you can view a purchase history, even if the app is not installed on your current device. But since all those Apps are synced to the cloud, you tab a button that will let you download that App onto your device from the cloud for free.

iBooks: Like the App Store you can view your purchase history, and it is all saved on the cloud so your books will automatically download to all your devices for free.

Wireless Backup: Once a day iCloud will automatically back up your device. it backs up everything including settings, music, photos, apps, books, and other information. So if you have to restore your device or you get a new one, the backup will automatically sync the device.

Documents in the Cloud:  When you use iWork on one of your devices and create a document, the document is sent to iCloud and then pushed to all your other devices. So this works with Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. And also developers get API’s to put this system into their apps for iCloud integration. And this works with Macs and PCs.

 

 

Photo Stream: So you can take a Photo on your iPhone and then be able to watch on your iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.. Also if you import photos on to one device it will be sent directly to all your other devices. To sync with a Mac it will send the photos to iPhoto and for PC with the Pictures Folder. And to save storage space Photo Stream it will only store the 1,000 most recent photos and for only 30 Days in the iCloud Server. To keep a photo permanently all you have to do is save it to an Album.

 

iTunes in the Cloud: So same as before buy a song, podcast, movie, tv show on one device and the purchase history is saved in the iCloud. So go to any other device and tap to download the same media for free onto that device straight from iCloud. Or as an option you can have it automatically download all purchased content on all of your devices.

 

So those are all the Apps that are a part of iCloud. iCloud is the next generation of iCloud. and MobileMe was $99 annually. But iCloud will be Free! All these amazing services Free from Apple. Their is a Developer Preview available today. And for the rest of us it will ship along with iOS in the Fall. And that’s iCloud from Apple. I think it’s really great that Apple has been able to make all these amazing features and let customers have it for free. So good on Apple.-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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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.

-MacMusings

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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.

 

 

The Featured Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Charts Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 


Categories Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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