Plenty of useful new iCloud features were added in Mountain Lion--but even more are on the way. When Apple releases iOS 6 this fall, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will gain Mountain Lion’s iCloud functionality plus several all-new features that will allow you to share even more content with friends and family. Let’s take a look at the new iCloud functions that Apple has announced for iOS 6 so far.
You can’t call yourself an Apple and Steve Jobs fan without knowing of Robert X. Cringely’s famous interview, which was part of Triumph of the Nerds, a documentary released in 1996. But this was only a tiny portion of the meeting Cringely had with Jobs and sadly, the original footage somehow disappeared--until, by some odd coincidence, a VHS copy of the entire interview was discovered in the director’s garage the week of Jobs’s passing. Trying to improve its quality for a theatrical release was no easy task.
When you open an Apple-built application on your Mac that supports the new Documents in the Cloud feature, you are greeted with the new iCloud document pane. You need to have the Documents & Data option enabled in the iCloud System Preferences in order to use this feature, but once you enable it, it can make your work life much simpler.
When you dream of computers, do you dream of high-resolution displays? What about 5.1 million pixels on a screen that is almost comparable to the resolution of the human eye? A screen where the picture is as detailed and sharp as the scenery outside your window? Whether or not you’ve got the cash for it, you can’t deny that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is one of the most impressive notebooks ever built. But unlike the iPad’s vast library of Retina-ready apps, the Retina Mac apps are lagging a bit behind. More often than not, owners of the new MacBook Pro have to adjust the dimensions for apps that haven’t been updated. Developers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to convert, however, and they’re starting to do what’s necessary to make their applications shine on Apple’s new vivid display.
Is your Mac having insomnia issues? Trouble sleeping through the night? Like babies and humans, Macs can get finnicky about sleep patterns and may not shut down, or go to sleep properly. No matter how much you tweak the System Preferences, sometimes it takes a little bit of trickery under the hood to get the Mac going the way it should. We'll show you how to find rogue apps in the background, change the lid closed action, and prevent your Mac from sleeping.
Apple’s little-brother base station got a makeover. It’s now the same size as an Apple TV, with a regular power cable that makes it easier to locate in more places. (The old versions had a fold-out plug, unless you used an optional extension cord kit.) It also grew a new Ethernet port, now with separate WAN and LAN ports. But the changes inside are even better.
Since its original introduction in Leopard, Apple has since improved the Time Machine backup feature drastically. In Mountain Lion, it now supports backup encryption and multiple separate backups to different drives. Now you can have a full backup of your Mac at home and at work, and we'll show you how it's done!
When Apple refreshed its laptop line in June 2012, the entry-level price of the 13-inch MacBook Air came down by $100, to just $1,199. Surprise, that’s also the price of the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. We can’t remember Apple having two entry-level machines like this--in the days of the white plastic MacBook, that was always the rock-bottom-priced option, and until this revision, the MacBook Air was always slightly more expensive than the MacBook Pro, since the Air’s fancy, shrunken innards cost a premium. So now the question becomes how to choose.