After my Up-to-Date morning hiccups cleared up and I installed Mountain Lion on my Retina MacBook Pro (took less than 20 minutes!) the first thing I noticed was just how similar my desktop looked. With the clean install option gone, no longer is my wallpaper replaced with the new OS’s default galaxy picture, so there isn’t much to distinguish from the prior release. At least not at first glance.
It's hard to believe that Apple hasn't released a completely new version of its iWork suite since the 2009 edition, but we're at least getting an update this week that brings OS X Mountain Lion support.
Apple beefed up its international audience for iTunes in the Cloud this week, adding 37 more countries capable of downloading their movie purchases again. But Cupertino didn't stop there, quietly pulling the trigger on the same feature for 20th Century Fox titles as well.
Whether we're ready or not, iCloud is poised to take over our digital lives. With the last remnants of Mobile Me officially dead and buried, Apple is launching iCloud onto the main stage with Mountain Lion and, once iOS 6 comes out, bringing tighter integration between our Macs and iOS devices, and promising immediate access to files, websites, media and just about anything else we need, right when we need it.
But while it may seem all rosy on the surface, some people might be a bit leery about sinking their teeth into Apple's data buffet. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of the fledgling online service (besides that awful iCloud.com email address).
Apple’s simple Address Book app (redubbed Contacts in Mountain Lion) can store your contact details, upload them to iCloud, which syncs them to other devices--and that’s about it. But we hate having to launch it to see, edit, or create a contact. Cobook takes that pain away. Plus, you don’t have to re-enter or import existing contacts: Cobook makes full use of Address Book’s database, so anything you modify with Cobook is still available to your other devices using iCloud.
Back in the late 1960s, a popular public service announcement intoned: “It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are?” Let’s rephrase that for today: “It’s 2012. Do you know where your data is?” My guess is that you don’t.
Thirty years ago, we geeks knew exactly where our data was: on floppies in Tyvek sleeves. Then we got multiuser systems at work, and shared hard drives with our coworkers. Next, networks put our files on central servers, a step further away from our direct control. In the 1990s came the Internet, which gave us access to a world of content, but which also gave the world a doorway--preferably a locked one--into our Macs.
We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
Fans of Readdle's productivity apps may have noticed the pace of updates have slowed recently, but that changed this week with the arrival of Scanner Pro 4.1, a new update which brings UI parity to the iPhone and iCloud sync.
Still haven't made the transition from MobileMe to iCloud? The June 30 deadline has come and gone, but like zombies in a classic horror film, the service continues to hang around, at least "for a limited time."
Well, that’s it folks: WWDC 2012 wraps up today and developers will soon head home to put the finishing touches on their OS X Mountain Lion apps, while immersing themselves in the fun and excitement of iOS 6 ahead of its launch this fall. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the tech world is just twiddling their thumbs -- read on and find out everything making news for this freaky Friday, June 15, 2012.