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With only a month to go before WWDC 2013, it's still awfully quiet from Cupertino, which appears to be saving all of its ammunition for the big event. Meanwhile, developers are busy working on the next OS X Mountain Lion update and we'll have to be content with a tiny Thunderbolt firmware update to close out the week. Hoping for more? Keep reading to find out what else made news on Thursday...
MacBook users with a Thunderbolt port: Get thee to the Software Update! On Thursday, Apple released Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.2, a modest 1.22MB download for OS X Lion 10.8.3 and up, which "provides stability fixes for Thunderbolt and Target Disk Mode." Okay, so those release notes aren't exactly going to set the world on fire, but these updates are important, folks! Be sure your Mac is plugged into AC power while updating, and Apple notes you'll see a gray screen with a status bar appear to indicate the update's progress after downloading.
You may not know it to look at the website, but AT&T has launched a new MVNO wireless carrier this week called Aio (pronounced A-O). Currently only available in Houston, Orlando and Tampa, Aio taps into AT&T's vast wireless network but provides unlimited, no-annual-contract talk, text and data services starting at $40 per month for a Basic plan with 250MB of data. Smart ($55 per month) and Pro ($70 per month) plans are also available, but keep in mind that data speeds above 2GB or 7GB respectively will be throttled. Aio also offers a tablet-specific plan for $15 per month, but that only gets you a 250MB pittance of data. The company promises to expand to other locations in the weeks to come, and yes, they offer the iPhone 5...
Readdle is back with another free update to its $9.99 PDF Expert for iPad, this time adding the ability to copy and paste annotations as well as move, resize and change properties for multiple annotations at the same time. Those who frequently use forms will now have the capability of adding a day and time keyboard, and the update also adds a Save or Discard Changes prompt when flattening PDF files as well as the ability to sync folders using the pdfefile:// prefix. The update is free for existing users, so grab it and make a cool app even better.
As noted by 9to5Mac on Thursday, Apple appears to have added at least one major addition to its 3D Flyover coverage on the built-in iOS Maps app. This week it's France getting some love, with additional locations in Paris, Versailles, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Disneyland Paris and The Hay-les-Roses now included as well as Lyon, France, which Apple continues to list as the only available coverage in that country. Could there be more to come? We'd say: "Signs point to yes."
Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple is expanding his horizons, announcing the debut of The Loop magazine for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on Thursday. Updated twice a month at a cost of $1.99 per month, The Loop comes with a free seven-day trial and promises to include exclusive content you won't find anywhere else -- with the possible exception of The Loop magazine website, where one free article from each issue will be posted alongside partial articles for the rest, with easy subscription links. The most-read article from each issue will also be posted free the following month, so it sounds like even cheapskates will be able to enjoy this one, as long as they're patient.
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