And so it’s finally done. In one fail swoop, Apple has killed development of both its consumer and pro photo editing suites on OS X – iPhoto and Aperture. Apple had previewed the upcoming Photos app at the recent WWDC. The new Photos app for OS X isn’t due to land on Macs until next year, so users will have to stick with the current iPhoto and Aperture till then, or look for third party alternatives. iPhoto has been a long-standing photo editing app on Macs for the past decade.
WD has warned users of their hard drive products that there may be risk of data loss when updating to Apple’s latest OS X Mavericks 10.9 update. WD is currently investigating reports from customers, and noted that the issues may be connected to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications.
Apple has apparently updated the Gold Master version of OS X Mavericks previously sent out to developers. GM builds are usually the final build that goes out for public consumption. OS X Mavericks is expected to be released to public during the Apple Special Event in San Francisco on Tuesday, 22 October, where Apple is anticipated to launch new iPads, Macs and more.
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Some notables include deeper Facebook integration with single sign-on for users. The update also adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos. Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures now appear in Contacts. Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center.
The update sees even more Facebook integration, playing nice with Game Center including sharing scores, Facebook ‘Like’ buttons for games and inclusion of Facebook friends in Game Center friend recommendations.
The update also adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010).
General operating system fixes and improvements, naturally, are also part of the update.
The update is available over Software Update or as a downloadable Combo update (697.7MB).
For full details of the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update, visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5460
Apple has just released a whopping 730.6MB update for Mac OS X Lion – v10.7.3. As you can see from my measly broadband connection, which is by the way supposed to be a 30Mbps fibre service, the update is going to take another 3 hours to complete. The update which includes Safari 5.1.3 fixes a plethora of issues including using smart cards to log into OS X, compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing, resolves Wi-Fi connection issue when waking from sleep and includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras. The update also fixes/enhances Directory Services.
In just one day, over one million users purchased and downloaded Apple‘s latest operating system update – Mac OS X Lion (v10.7). Made available exclusively as a digital download for the first time ever, via the Mac App Store for $29.99, users rushed to download the latest release and the adoption rate is reportedly the fastest in Apple’s history. The 4GB download takes approximately 30 minutes to download depending on internet connection, although some users have experienced delay and slow speeds, possibly due to server overloads.
“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion is a huge step forward, it’s not only packed with innovative features but it’s incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS we’ve ever made.”
Lion introduces more than 250 new features to the Mac, including Multi-Touch® gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.
Apple has finally released the much-anticipated and touted Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the eighth major release, via digital download from the Mac App Store. It is the first ever Mac OS X release sans a retail box, available as a download only option for a cool $29.99. Lion unleashes some 250 new features including new Multi-Touch gestures; full screen apps; Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Spaces, Dashboard; Launchpad, an iPad-inspired new home for all your apps; and a sexier, redesigned Mail app.