This is it. The last hot Apple news before the new handset arrives. Are you excited yet? We're surprised the rumor mill wasn't quite as churny as we expected, though there were a few leaks that got us excited. I guess if the police aren't bashing in someone's door, the thrill is gone. Well, here's ten stories to keep your home fires burning until Tuesday.
Mission Control debuted with OS X 10.7 Lion as a way to give you total control over what’s running on your Mac with the press of a single button (or motion of a single gesture, of course). It combined Expose and Spaces into one flashy interface, which some people found off-putting -- in many ways, it doesn’t seem to offer quite the same level of control as the older tools. Happily, this isn’t really the case. It’s just that some options are less obvious than they were, while other new options have been added that you won’t be able to live without once you start using them.
Mountain Lion strolled onto the scene earlier this year, with a lot of interest but no showy unveiling. Apple gave the world a better glimpse at its newest big cat at the World Wide Developers Conference, reserving a good chunk of the June 10 keynote for more details about the next iteration of OS X, which dropped in July in the Mac App Store for just $19.99, the lowest price yet for an OS X upgrade.
With Mountain Lion, Apple has brought a bunch of useful iOS features over to the Mac, including AirPlay mirroring, Messages, Reminders, Twitter, and iCloud support throughout the OS. Join our Mac safari to see 80 Mountain Lion features that you may have missed since you clicked Install in the Mac App Store. Some will make you more productive, while others are just fun and make your life a bit easier. Not everyone will fall in love with all 80 of these features, but together they’ll give you a lot to sink your teeth into.
Hey, you know, you have that Mac and you use it every single day. You probably use it for work, or you probably use it for school. Or, maybe it's just the Mac that sits in the kitchen for the family to use. Either way, there are probably apps on it that you use constantly, and ones that are proverbially collecting dust. Well, we're not going to help you with that right now, but we can suggest five apps that will definitely see some use from you if you're a diehard Mac user. From organizing your Launchpad, to remembering passwords, read on and find out what they are!
When it comes to supporting a robust community of console gamers, Microsoft's Xbox Live pretty much sets the standard. Valve's Steam service has long ruled the roost in regards to the PC games community, and the same may be said of Steam-capable Mac games. But with the release of Mountain Lion, Apple hopes to draw the attention of Mac gamers to its previously-only-on-iOS Game Center. After fooling around with the application for a while, it's clear Game Center for Mac has potential, but there's an extreme void of currently compatible titles.
With Lion, we got Launchpad, and though it's under utilized, its lack of customatization options makes it a little finicky to use. But, if you download Launchpad Control, you can sort, hide/unhide, and reorder your applications within Launchpad easily. This little app makes it easy to manually organize your apps in Launchpad.
Apple sometimes introduces features that look awesome during a keynote, only to wind up being “meh” in real life. One such example is Launchpad, the new OS X Lion feature that brings iOS-style folder management for your Mac apps, but no way to manage all the extraneous stuff hiding in your Applications folder -- until now.
Now that OS X Lion has finally arrived, Apple is wasting no time making its influence known across their product lines. Case in point, the company is now shipping their Mac keyboards with icons specific to the functions of the big cat on the F3 and F4 keys.
Launchpad allows you to organize, manage, and launch Mac applications just like you would on an iPad. The feature show and store applications as immediately as they're downloaded from the Mac App Store, and they can even delete applications downloaded from the App Store.