It's now the last full week of July, and that can only mean one thing: OS X Mountain Lion should be coming down the hill soon! For lucky AppleCare employees, it already is, in the form of a redemption code used to redeem in the Mac App Store.
Wow, it's a really good day to be a Mac and iOS developer if your name is either Sparrow or Acrylic Software -- but not so much if you're a user of their products. Both companies have been snapped up by social giants (Google and Facebook, respectively), leaving their App Store wares essentially abandoned as they trot off to make their mark on bigger companies. As we play fire up some taps to commemorate our fallen apps, feel free to dig into the rest of the day's news for this Friday, July 20, 2012.
We're now halfway through July, so it should be just a matter of time before Apple unleashes OS X Mountain Lion. We have no idea exactly when it will arrive in the next 16 days, but at least one website is placing bets on Wednesday, July 25.
Right on the heels of pushing out the presumably final gold master of OS X Mountain Lion prior to its release this month, Apple has begun notifying Mac developers that it's time to start submitting apps ready for the next big cat.
Our long, national nightmare is over: Apple has squashed a server bug that was preventing iOS and Mac apps from applying updates correctly, and is pushing out updates from the last couple days all over again.
Holidays such as the 4th of July are boom times for developers -- folks have a day off and are more likely to tap "Buy Now" than on a regular work day. But imagine how frustrated you might be if that new purchase crashed immediately upon launch -- and it's even worse for the developers who can't do anything about it.
A pair of Mac apps received updates over the weekend, adding high resolution updates for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and in the case of the latter, a whole big list of other changes as well.
Happy iPhone anniversary day! Five years ago, Apple's little smartphone that could was released to the unwashed masses and the industry hasn't been the same since. The anniversary caps off a busy month with new product announcements from Apple, Microsoft and Google, and not so coincidentally also finds Virgin Mobile now selling the iPhone today. Before you head out to buy yours, click ahead and catch up with the rest of the news for Friday, June 29, 2012!
When you’re out and about with your Mac laptop, there are a few things you can do to extend your battery life. First, I shut off Bluetooth in the menu bar, then bump down the screen brightness as much as I can stand, close applications I’m not using, and if I’m desperate, turn off AirPort. That’ll do the most to prolong my battery life, but it sure hampers the experience of using my Mac.
Mentioned briefly during the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple has notified iOS and Mac developers that their work can now be sold in 32 new countries around the world. Jeez, we didn't even know Mauritania was a real place!