Mac, News/Rumors

One Step Closer to Wednesday Mountain Lion Release – Upgrade Facts

Apple will release today, Wednesday, July 25, its new OS for Mac computers. The Gold Master update of Mountain Lion 10.8 was already released for developers on July 10. The rest of the Mac users are today only one step closer to OS X Mountain Lion’s purchase from the Mac store.

The new OS X will be sold as a downloadable upgrade and users that bought a Mac after June 11 can upgrade for free. Mountain Lion 10.8 comes with new features that are specific to iOS, such as iMessage, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, and Game Center and with Facebook and Twitter integration. Also, a new iCloud, a Gatekeeper and an AirPlay mirroring feature will make Mountain Lion more safer and more interesting.

Get ready to make your Mac work like iPads and iPhones. Here’s what you should do to upgrade if you have a iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or Xserve.

  • First, check if your Mac is compatible with the new OS; only the most recent versions of Lion and Snow Leopard can be upgraded. To find out, click the Apple icon at the left corner of the scree, choose About This App and then More Info.

  • In case you don’t have a 10.7.X version of Lion, click the Apple icon again and select Software update.
  • Click the Mac App Store and buy the upgrade for $19.99.

Also, check out the most important steps to follow before upgrading to Mountain Lion.



Things to take care of before installing OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 from App Store

Before putting hands on the latest generation of OS X Mountain Lion one needs to take care of a few things.

  • Check out System Requirements and Compatibility – the majority of new Macs run on Mac OS X 10.8 but for resting assured that your device copes with the new operating system one could check the list with the supported gadgets: iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer), Xserve (Early 2009).

For checking all the details on your Mac you need to go to Apple menu, click “About this Mac” and afterwards on “More Info”. You can then check the name and date of your device for comparing it to the list above.

There are some Core 2 Duo Macs that can’t be updated and lose support. One needs at least 12GB of storage space for installing Mountain Lion but for best performing it’s recommended to have more space available.

  • Check App Compatibility – Devices that run OS X Lion 10.7 can upgrade to the latest version quite easily but those that cope with Snow Leopard may be faced with issues like apps not working. If apps are not compatible with OS X 10.8 find alternatives in App Store.
  • You never know when something goes wrong, so always make backup. Use Time Machine and go for a manual backup before installing the latest generation of operating system. For those that do not have the Time Machine set up a backup drive on an external hard drive.

For users that have bought a Mac recently Apple comes with good news, Mountain Lion being free to install. Others will have to pay $20 for getting their hands on the OS X 10.8 from App Store. The process takes between 30-45 minutes and does not require special knowledge in the domain for installing it.


iPod, News/Rumors

New iPod Touch and iPod Nano to Come Along with iPhone 5 in September

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will have a busy schedule for this September and October. Kuo predicted in the past other release plans of Apple, such as the 17-inch MacBook Pro’s withdraw and that iPhone 5 will use in-cell touch technology for a slimmer profile. As mentioned in his report from Monday, the next iPod touch will include in-cell touch display technology, too.

Kuo believes that the “all-new” iPod touch and iPod nano models will bring considerable sales growth, but mostly due to the iPod nano:

“Though all new design iPod touch and iPod nano will be launched, growth momentum will mainly come from the latter. The new iPod touch, like iPhone 5, uses in-cell panel, whose availability is limited in the initial stage. Shipments will therefore be hindered.”

The Japanese blog Macotakara claimed in a report that the fifth-generation iPod touch will swith to a 4-inch display instead of 3.5-inch and will have the same CPU as the iPhone 4S but with a different, aluminum back-case design.

Also, the new iPod nano will have an LCD, rectangular display, a home button specific to iOS devices, and an oblong body.

Source: MacRumors

Apple, News/Rumors

New and, this time, Beautiful Siri Commercial with Martin Scorsese

I cannot say for sure if it is Martin Scorsese’s presence or just the idea of the commercial, but this one seems to please me more than those with the rational talk between John Malkovic and Siri or with Zooey Deschanel’s crazy questions. So far, Martin Scrosese and Siri may be the perfect match.

Martin Scorsese is traped in a taxi in the busy traffic of New York and, as always, as lively as a cricket. Siri sems to react spontaneously and accurately to his agitated way of talk and, moreover, she can also point the location of Martin’s friend, Ric.

Obviously, Apple comes with a new comercial to contradict the rumors saying that Siri is a problematic personal assistant and to introduce new features. Let’s hope that Siri will work as advertised with the new iPhone.

Apple, News/Rumors

20th Century Fox Joins Universal on iCloud

Apple’s argue with HBO has come to an end. Few months ago, Apple finished the debates with HBO who agreed to make Universal Pictures content available for download. Fox went live this Thursday and joined the other movie studios on iCloud.

Thus, iCloud users can now download content from Lions Gate Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, Time Warner’s Warner Bros, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Back in March,  movie catalogs from both Universal Pictures and Fox were accessible, but only Universal movies were available for download. Several iCloud users noticed last night that the warning marking movies from Fox had disappeared, meaning that Fox Studios finished negotiations with HBO and got loosened of its constraints.

Source: 9to5 Mac

Apple, News/Rumors

First Signs of Retina Graphics for Apple Store

Apple is on its way of revamping the online store with powerful, high-resolution graphics. Callum Strong, front-end developer with Fat Media, has discovered the signs of Retina graphics on Apple’s server.

On Wednesday, the Apple Store got closed for an update that, as Callum claims, was aimed for the new Retina-graphics support, meaning that the update hasn’t got live. Third generation iPad and new MacBook Pro owners still have to deal with pixelated images when browsing the Apple Store.

The updated graphics can be differentiated by the regular ones after the tag “2x” thus, retina graphics can be identified by the name store-header-footer-sprite@2x.png.

Apple began to silently upgrade the resolution of the images in the Apple Store before the third generation iPad was launched and the yesterday’s update is the proof of a wonderful work in progress.

Source: AppleInsider


Apple Constrained to Advertise for Samsung in U.K.

Due to the July 9 London court decision that Samsung Electronics does not infringe Apple’s iPad design patents, the Cupertino company will have to state it clearly on its U.K. website and on U.K. newspapers that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t copy the design of the iPad.

Judge Collin Birss said that Apple will have post the notification on its home page for 6 months and will have to pay for notices also in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3. Judge Birss concluded that Samsung infringes none of the design patents because the Galaxy tablets “are not as cool” as the iPad.

Richard Hacon, Apple lawyer, commented on the humiliating situation by telling the court that “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website” and that the decision constrains Apple to “advertise” for Samsung. Samsung’s lawyer Kathryn Pickard said during the lawsuit that Apple’s patent infringement accusation was unfair and “caused real commercial harm.”

Still, Judge Briss granted Apple’s permission to appeal the 9 July London court decision.

Source: Bloomberg

Apple, News/Rumors

New iPhone and iOS Interface Patent Scored by Apple

The new patent received by Apple concerns the way in which electronic lists and documents are displayed on an iPhone’s new graphical user interface. I reckon that this patent is one of the surprises that Apple has prepared for us and that it will bring with iPhone 5 and with iOS 6 a revamped GUI.

The patent covers the use of a multi-touch interface and of various modules and programs, such as email, camera, video player, calendar, widgets, search, notes, maps and others and a virtual keyboard respectively. This patent is closely related to another recently granted patent, namely that concerning music playlists and multiple windowing.

The iOS interface relates to a method that is based on movement detection; users will be able to select and to display certain portions of a document. The method is detailed in the figure below.

Source: PatentlyApple

Apple, News/Rumors

Apple Rejoins EPEAT’s Registry

Due to the rough criticism received and to the controversy concerning the banned products in San Francisco, Apple decided to rejoin EPEAT’s list of environmentally friendly products.

Few weeks ago Apple has decided to withdraw all 39 models of desktop and laptop computers from the list of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, claiming that EPEAT’s standards cannot cope with Apple’s standards and does not cover all their devices.

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, announced last Friday in a letter that the Cupertino Company will relist its products on the U.S. government-backed registry of environmental friendly products. The federal government said that it is mandatory for a device to be EPEAT certified, thus, Apple had no choice but to relist its product in order to avoid sales ban.

In his letter, Bob Mansfield felt the need to explain Apple’s decision of withdrawing the devices and the fact that EPEAT does not measure its progress and also the reason for which the Company cancelled its decisions:

“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the Epeat rating system,” he said. “I recognize that this was a mistake.”

Also, according to Mansfield, as an aftermath of this controversy, the relationship between Apple and EPEAT has become stronger than before.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple, iOS

Nielsen: Android and Apple on Top of Smartphone Market

A Nielsen survey from June, 2012 showed that RIM and Windows are hanging by a thin thread while Android and Apple are pushing them away from the smartphone market. On the other hand, as smartphone ownership grows with each day, both Android and Apple are growing, too, but Android outruns iOS.

According to Nielsen’s analyze, Android expanded with 51.8 percent while iOS with 34.3 percent. As for Blackberry, it seems that only 4 percent of the new smartphone owners chose a RIM phone, expanding with just 8.1 percent.

The significant difference between Apple and Android is due to the smartphone manufacturer share. Android scored such a positive expansion thanks to Samsung, HTC and Motorola while Apple alone had to fight the three of them. Though Apple scored higher than the other mobile giants Android is still more required than iOS.