With every new device and new software release, it becomes increasingly clear that Apple’s plan for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad is to make them all work seamlessly together, with iCloud as the hub they all draw from. Nowhere is this more clear than when it comes to iMessage, Apple’s way of sending text and multimedia messages to your contacts for free.
There are some apps users immediately elevate to legendary status, and iOS to-do app Clear is one of them. That's why developer Realmac's announcement this week of a Mac version is lighting up Clear fans everywhere.
If you really want to get the most out of your Mac, third-party utilities such as Default Folder X can make that happen. And if you happen to be running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2, you definitely need their latest update.
So it was a big announcement week with not only the long rumored iPad mini, but surprises like the newly redesigned iMacs, Retina Display additions to the MacBook line up, and the fourth generation iPad. One thing Apple never does is disappoint. So a few other stories happened this week too, so why don't we take a look?
I was wondering if I can still set up iCloud on my iPhone even though I’m still on Snow Leopard on my Mac? Searches explain that I need to have Lion or higher to set up iCloud, but I was wondering if I can just set it up on the iPhone 4 directly without using my Mac?
Last Friday was busier than normal for Apple-related news, and that trend continued right into the weekend, which saw the arrival of iPhone 5-compatible nano-SIMs at T-Mobile retailers, yet another free iCloud storage bump for former MobileMe subscribers and AT&T slashing its return window in half -- which is likely to just send more iPhone buyers to Apple, where a 30-day return window still exists.
September is now but a memory, but there's still plenty to look forward to in October thanks to the new iTunes 11 expected by month's end, and if the rumor mill proves correct yet again, some kind of "iPad mini" could also pop up on Apple's radar as well. With only three months left on the 2012 calendar, Cupertino will have to move quickly if they want to release updated Macs or other products by the holidays, so stay tuned and see what might be coming your way. In the meantime, here's what you might have missed over the weekend...
Despite the grumblings of analysts, Apple's iPhone 5 launch was an unqualified success, and it's not over yet -- the handset will arrive in another batch of countries around the world this Friday, even while Cupertino struggles to keep up with demand here in the U.S. If you haven't been able to get your hands on one quite yet, read on to find out how to get one as early as tomorrow -- and why the Verizon model might be the best choice for world travelers.