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OS 10.8 Mountain Lion Update

May 14th, 2012 No comments

OS 10.8 Mountain Lion

The next version of Apple’s desktop operating system, OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, is slated for release this summer. While full details and release date are expected to be announced at the World Wide Developer’s Conference starting on June 11th, here’s what we now so far:


Apple is billing this version of OS X as “Inspired by iPad” and from the preview that’s exactly what we’re seeing. Built-in system-wide integration of notifications across apps, tighter message and twitter support and more control over the apps that you can install. Here’s a quick summary of what we see as the 3 features with the most impact.

Messages – This takes iChat and gives it the full iOS treatment. You’ll be able to more easily send unlimted chats and texts to other Macs, iPads, iPods and iPhones. Support for FaceTime video calling and other message services like AIM and Google Talk are included. While nothing here seems revolutionary, the tight integration across the Mac and iOS platform could really open up more live communication happening while you’re working on your Mac. You can download a beta of the messages app here.

Notification Center – Background notifications from Apps that send you updates even if the app is closed. The same idea as Growl, just built-in to the OS for easier adoption among users. These are the same kind of notifications that are now available in iOS. For example, you might receive a notification pop-up that someone uploaded a picture of you on Path or sent you a message.

Gatekeeper - Sounds a little authoritarian and it is. This feature is designed to keep malicious software of your Mac. Your Mac will notify you if you want to only install “approved” apps from Apple. This also means that apps which aren’t malicious but aren’t “approved” from Apple will get flagged. Same double-edged sword we’ve gotten use to on the iOS side.

System Requirements

There’s not an official set of requirements yet but OSXDaily has a good list of what we can expect.

Looks like 64 bit Core 2 Duo or later support will be required to run OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. Most Macs from 2008 on should be good.


Availability should be announced at WWDC but rumors are that Mountain Lion may be available at the start of summer (maybe the conference itself) rather than the end of summer. Most likely OS 10.8 will be download only (no USB option.)

You can checkout Apple’s Mountain Lion page for more details and to download the developer’s preview (although you may just want to wait until the official release at this point.)


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iCloud – Twenty Years in the Making

June 3rd, 2011 2 comments

Until the keynote at this year’s WWDC, the particulars of iCloud are uncertain.  What is clear is that we will be moving one step closer to a vision that Steve Jobs first publicly articulated in 1997.

On the last morning of the that year’s WWDC, several months before re-taking the reigns as interim CEO of Apple, Jobs was invited to host a “fireside chat” – a free flowing Q&A session with developers.

In a telling segment, Jobs describes his personal computing environment at the time:

“I have computers at Apple, at NeXT, at Pixar and at home. I walk up to any of them and log in as myself, it goes over the network and finds my home directory on the server and… I’ve got my stuff wherever I am…”

“…we were able to take all of our personal data, our home directories we call them, off of our local machines and put them on a server, and the software made that completely transparent…”

“…so in the last seven years, do you know how many times I have lost any personal data? Zero. Do you know how many times I have backed up my computer? Zero.”

Watching the video, it is interesting to note how many of the philosophies and ideas are still part of his message today.

Relevant bit starts at about the 13 minute mark.


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iPhone 3.0 – New Features

June 10th, 2009 No comments

iPhone Cut, Copy & PasteHere’s a few new upcoming features we’ll see with the iPhone 3.0 software update-

Cut, Copy & Paste You’ve been able to do this for roughly 30 years on an Apple. Now it’s on your iPhone. Copy entire paragraphs with a single tap. Neato.

MMS Send audio, video and images direct to other phones. AT&T will support this later in the summer.

Safari Autofill Getting sick of typing logins and passwords on your iPhone? Get the same functionality as you currently have with Safari on your desktop.

Sync Notes If you haven’t already checked out Evernote, here’s a free, more limited version. Notes created inside Mail will sync to your phone. I’m assuming this will be an over-the-air option for those with a MobileMe account. It should have been included from the start, but at least it’s here now.

Check out all these new features and more with some great videos from Apple below.

[ iPhone 3.0 Features ]

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The Palm Pre Has Arrived (Will It Stay?)

June 4th, 2009 No comments

palm-pre-phone2The Palm Pre has arrived.

While not available until the 6th, the reviews are in and the press is out.

Verdict? So far the reviews have been good but not great.

iPhone Killer? Not quite.

Palm is facing a very public “make it our break it” scenario. With the success of the iPhone, Blackberry and competitors like Google, Microsoft and Nokia, Palm has to have a hit in order to stay in the game.

Here’s what Palm has going for them. A loyal customer base (lot’s of Mac fans in this mix), expats from Apple on their team (original iPod designer among them,) and a history of innovate products.

Stacked against them are the fact that most of their loyal (and high end) customers are currently using smartphones from someone else (not seen a Treo in a while.) Although the new Palm OS has innovative featues and eye catching design, the new hardware and keyboard are getting low marks. While the user interface is where the battle may be one, Apple arguably does this better than anyone else.

With a new iPhone(s?) likely to be announced next week at WWDC, the Palm is not going to be getting a lot of time alone on stage. While most Mac users I’ve talked to have fond memories of Palm and are curious about the Pre, it won’t probably be enough to lure them away from new iPhones.

Is it too late for Palm? Can they thrive being number 5 in smartphones? Will the Pre be successful enough for new versions with better hardware and more apps?

Either way, this kind of innovative competition drives companies like Apple to step up their game and that is a good thing. Palm’s approach to design and usability has already blown past Microsoft, Symbian and Blackberry phones so I’m curious to see what they come up with next.

Here’s hoping they pull it off.

[ Gizmodo Review ] [ CNET Review ]

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