Skype’s Mac client has had a rough time of it since the most recent full version rolled out, although the company is working hard to win back the good will they lost by making it more like the Windows version. Case in point: Monday’s 5.3 update, which brings OS X Lion support as well as HD video calls.
On Thursday, a report that Apple’s Magic Mouse may be headed out to pasture caught fire like a spark in a dry forest and quickly spread across the interweb. Could Apple be heading for an all-trackpad world? As it turns out, the rumors of the Magic Mouse’s demise may be greatly exaggerated.
Now that OS X Lion has been installed on more than a million Macs worldwide (and counting!), Apple would prefer that users forget all about the now-orphaned Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. There are many reasons why users might want to stick with the tried and true snow cat -- and here are a few.
Lion continues to dominate the news, like the king of the jungle that it is, and we continue to rock out hard with stories featuring this good beast. But that wasn't all, by far, that happened this week, because there were some hardware refreshes, some how-tos that came out as a result of the new OS, and more, tons more, in case you missed it.
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.
New reports indicate that an update is coming for Microsoft's Office for Mac that will deliver new Lion based features, including Auto Save and Full Screen Mode. That update, however, is still a few months away.
The main Office apps, Word, Excel, and PowePoint, run fine on Lion right now, but bugs have appeared with secondary apps and features. These and other smaller issues will be handled with periodic updates, but bringing the cool Lion features to the big three Office apps is something that will be "measured in months not days -- just to set expectations," according to Microsoft's Pat Fox.
Reports are streaming in that OS X Lion is freezing up for some users. Although reports indicate problems at the login screen or after waking up the machine from sleep, many of the issues seem to occur around playing video clips in iLife apps.
For many users, it appears a hard reset fixes the problem. One user experienced multiple frozen screens when using iMovie, only to have the issue resolved after repairing permissions with Disk Utility.
It’s not surprising that any number of things can go wrong during a major operating system upgrade, especially considering the potential number of different user configurations and computers available. OS X Lion has purred along for most users (UI changes aside), but that doesn’t mean one or two bugaboos can’t be lurking in the big cat’s furry mane.
Apple’s smallest Mac is newly refreshed and ready for the tightest spaces you can dream of putting it in. But with three models including the $999 edition with OS X Lion Server on board, choosing the one that’s right for you might be harder than you think. That’s why we’re here to help!