Sorry, did I get you all excited there for a second? Look, forgive me. I just got so excited! iCloud beta and iCloud Storage APIs are up for developers who are ready to start, um, developing! Guys and gals who code, start making those apps to push documents up to the cloud, and to infinity and beyond!
It appears iCloud is starting to happen. iOS 4.3.3 firmware update for Apple TV went live a few minutes ago, and it quietly delivers some very cool features. The update adds support for the video hosting service Vimeo, which is cool, but here is the big wow: you can now buy TV shows through Apple TV, instead of just renting them.
Since the Apple TV has negligible built-in storage, when you purchase a TV show through the set-top box, it is presumably streaming to you from a cloud-based storage locker. Which is full of awesome.
You might think that Apple is done with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard now that OS X 10.7 Lion has hit the streets -- but you’d be wrong! Lovers of the snowy cat can head over to Software Update, where they’ll find Mac OS X 10.6.8 awaiting them again… sort of. Confused? Read on.
Following quickly in the tracks left by Lion this morning, Apple has also released updates for iTunes (10.4) and iWork (9.1) to bring the software up to speed with the big cat.
The 90MB iTunes update finally delivers a 64-bit Cocoa version of the media management software, and enables full-screen capability in line with other Apple apps in Lion. iTunes will also work with Lion's Resume, Auto Save and Versions features.
Apple released a 363.4 MB update to the iLife '11 suite of Mac Apps today. Well, for most of the iLife apps, anyway. The update is geared for Garage Band, iPhoto, and iMovie; iWeb and iDVD are not included in the release.
The release brings Garage Band to version 6.0.4, iPhoto to version 9.1.5, and iMovie to version 9.0.4.
One of the things many of us expected to be the surprise “one more thing” at the WWDC 2011 keynote was the introduction of new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule units, perhaps with some sort of iCloud integration. While they still haven’t been announced, this week’s AirPort Utility update appears to have outed them.
Grab one of those fancy new iMacs this week? Or maybe one of the swanky new Thunderbolt-packing MacBook Pros? Thou shalt head to Software Update, my friends, where you will find some shiny new goodness that awaits thee.
Since the first iPhone debuted in 2007 -- and right up through this week’s iOS 4.3.3 update -- installing a new software version on your handset has meant jacking into iTunes. But that could change starting with iOS 5 later this year.
If you’ve already installed Tuesday’s Aperture 3.1.2 update and happen to own an Apple TV, your work today isn’t quite finished -- Apple has pushed out a 4.2.1 update for its second-generation media box to address an issue with screen flickering on older televisions and more.
It’s time again to visit an old friend, your Mac OS X Software Update! Today’s feature attraction is this stylish Aperture 3.1.2 update courtesy of Apple, Inc., which comes complete with overall stability and performance as well as a host of specific fixes.