Tuesday, October 11 may not mean much when the real action is set to arrive tomorrow with iOS 5 and iCloud, but there are a few components that will need to be updated on your Mac before that magic arrives. One of them is an update to iTunes, which has just hit Apple’s website and is ready for your downloading pleasure.
It was both a blessing and a curse to be an Apple fan last week, with the iPhone 4S announcement immediately overshadowed the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. But now, the second full week of October is in full swing, with more than a million preordered iPhone 4S units headed to customers this Friday. Here’s what else is making news for Monday, October 10, 2011.
Ever wonder what's bloating up your hard drive? Let me give you a hint: you don't always see the files right there, blankly staring up at you. Sometimes you gotta dig deep to get them out of the trenches and out of your hard drive. There are five Mac applications in particular that love to cause bloat. Here's a list of 'em, and a hint at how to get rid of the offenders and free up disk space for data you actually want.
Even if you have a killer video game that's flying off both the physical and digital shelves, it never hurts to throw some freebies to the players who love it.
On October 4th, Valve released the first free downloadable content pack for its Portal 2 puzzle game. The additional content, which streams in as an update to the Mac OS X steam client, comes in at over one gigabyte in size and includes both single player and cooperative challenge modes as well as a slew of unlockable levels and challenges to feed your Portal 2 obsession.
Having a problem with your Apple gear can be a lonely road of Googling, trolling the Apple Support Forums, or paging through Mac|Life hoping we address your exact problem. But if you live relatively close to an Apple Store, you can make a Genius Bar appointment. Eye-rolling name aside, the Geniuses can get hands-on, diagnose what’s going on, and very often offer a fix on the spot. Our own Nic Vargus and Susie Ochs both have gotten great service at the Genius Bar, and so have these readers, who were kind enough to share their stories of how their day was (usually) saved—often at no charge. Thanks to everyone who wrote in!
It’s that time of the week when our thoughts stray from the work at hand to what we might do this Columbus Day weekend, but the tech industry is pushing through hump day with a variety of news items you’re sure to enjoy. Work off that post-keynote hangover by reading the latest news for Wednesday, October 5 starting… now!