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Another week – albeit a little later than normal – and another beta release of OS X 10.8.4 to developers. Yesterday Apple released the sixth beta to developers of the next update to Mountain Lion with the continued focus being on WiFi, Graphics Drivers and Safari. These have been the same focus areas as the previous releases.
The new 12E55 build however does contain a new wrinkle. It also includes Windows File Sharing, something that has not been included in the previous builds of OS X 10.8.4.
There is no word on when OS X 10.8.4 will be released to the general public. If 10.8.3 was any indication, it could be a while. That release had 13 beta build before it was released. There is no reason to think this release won’t have a similar number of builds before it is put out there for general consumption.
The timing could also be interesting for Apple. WWDC is only a few weeks away now and the general feeling amongst the Apple faithful is that OS X 10.9 will be announced along with iOS 7. It sets up a scenario where OS X 10.8.4 could be released on or around WWDC as the next “big cat” release is announced.
Fun and games.
If you are a part of the Apple Developer Network for OS X you have access to this beta through the program.
Apple has released a new advert for the iPhone today and personally I think it is outstanding. It is entitled “Music Every Day” and highlights that “more people listen to music on their iPhone than on any other phone”. It draws through the imagery and piano background music the emotional pull that music has for many – if not all – of us.
Yesterday I posted on the new 11.0.3 update Apple released for iTunes and all of the different enhancements and updates they made to the media app. You can read that post here. I however discovered this morning there was an additional item with this new release that you need to be aware of if you haven’t discovered it already. Apple has moved the Update Apps button.
I discovered this earlier this morning when I was going to do my normal morning routine of checking for new updates to apps in my iTunes library. Until 11.0.3, iTunes had the Update App button in the lower-right corner when you viewed
your apps in your library. In the update it has been replaced with a “Get More Apps” button which takes you directly to the App Store.
To update your apps, look to the menu at the top of the pane where your apps are shown. At the very end is an Updates menu which when clicked will check to see what updates you have available and will give you the option to update them.
In the grand scheme, this kinda makes sense as it is an option function of iTunes to update your apps. But seriously Apple, you have to tell us these things in the release notes! I had 30 seconds of panic thinking something with the update had gone wrong!
So, don’t panic AlliOSNews Peeps – it’s there, it just got moved on you.
Also, don’t judge me based on my apps.
Apple has released an update to iTunes for Mac bringing a new Mini Player amongst several other improvements. The update, which is about 129MB in size, now has album artwork and a progress bar on songs you are playing while in Mini Player mode. It is a far better look and frankly a more useful view than previous versions of iTunes.
In addition, the 11.0.3 version has an improved Song view which also displays the albums artwork and much better
support for multi-disk albums. In previous versions of iTunes, multi-disk albums were treated with each disk treated as an individual album. This goes away in this new version as these are now treated as one album.
Finally for those of you who have large iTunes libraries, this update brings a more optimised search function to find tracks, albums and artists a bit quicker.
iTunes is built in to OS X and the update can be obtained via the Mac App Store update functionality.
Apple continues the weekly update of the beta builds of the next version of Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.4. The 7th consecutive beta in as many weeks is Build 12E52 and is available to those in the Developer Network via a download on the site or via the App Store for registered Macs.
As has been the case with previous beta builds of 10.8.4, developers are asked to focus on wireless connectivity, graphics drivers and Safari in their testing. This is the fourth beta after code was discovered pointing to 802.11ac development for
Mac, hinting at a refresh of the platform possibly as early as WWDC.
If you are not a member of the Apple Developer Network, joining is $100 per year for Mac development and an additional $100 per year for iOS development.
There is no word on when 10.8.4 will be released to the general public but it is clear that Apple, like 10.8.3 before it, want to have plenty of beta cycles under their belt before releasing it. 10.8.3 had a total of 13 betas before it was released.
For more information, check out the Developer Network site.
Apple has released a minor update to their movie editing app iMovie for Mac to address some issues and to improve some functionality. The new version, 9.0.9 for those keeping score at home, addresses an issue where the app would not recognise a video camera connected to your Mac. The release notes do not cover any specific video cameras impacted so it is safe to assume that for a “bug fix” release it was likely several different makes and models.
For iMovie iOS users there is an update in this release for you. The import process from your iPad or iPhone to iMovie on your Mac has been improved with better compatibility between the two platforms. This is good news for those who want to edit on-the-go on your iPhone then do final edits on your Mac.
The release notes also have the usual “stability improvements” which are usually smaller, less impacting issues with the app.
The update is free in the Mac App Store and is available for download now. For those who have not purchased iMovie, the update is included in the latest version you can purchase which is also in the Mac App Store for $14.99. iMovie for iOS is $9.99 and available in the iTunes App Store.
There have been a lot of comparisons between the newest iPhone to the previous generation. It happens every year now and we see where this tweak or that improvement is made. Nowhere has it been more dramatic in the iPhone than in the camera and the photo quality it produces. Now Lisa Bettany has put together the ultimate stare-and-compare from every iPhone generation made.
And it is impressive.
Starting with the original iPhone, Lisa has put together a series of photos of the same objects or scenes so you can see the dramatic improvement that Apple has made with the iPhone’s camera over the years. Not only has the overall image quality improved but so has white balance, colour saturation, hues and the like. With each generation of iPhone, Apple has managed to improve the camera incrementally. We know this when we see the spec sheets with every new iPhone – but this visually puts it out there and only with it do you realise how dramatic the improvements have been over time.
Check out the full article and all of the different shots she has on her Camera+ site. There are dozens of shots on the site comparing the different iPhone models to give you a real understanding of the improvements.
In the latest release of figures from comScore, Apple’s smartphone market share has grown 2.7% in the U.S. market, giving them a 39% overall share. This is 17.3% greater than Samsung who also saw a small growth over a massive decline from HTC (-1.7%). The sales figures are through March 2013 and show that the lack of enthusiasm around the iPhone or in broader terms Apple is simply unfounded.
The report, which is available at this link, outlines the growth of Apple from a subscriber perspective but also from a platform (the Operating System) perspective of the smartphone market. Only Apple and Samsung saw growth in the first quarter of this year while HTC, Motorola and LG all saw declines in subscribers.
From a platform point-of-view, Apple remains second behind Google. Google 52% of the market share from a platform perspective with Android but saw a healthy 1.4% decrease over the previous quarter. Apple meanwhile grew by 2.7% to have 39% of the market. Interestingly, Apple and Microsoft were the only two gainers from a platform perspective in market share. Blackberry and Symbian both saw drops in addition to Google.
Over the course of the last several weeks there have been report after report about Apple on the decline, not innovating, not having mindshare, etc. While I want to see some improvements in the next release of iOS and OS X just like everyone else, it is clear that Apple still is hugely popular amongst the masses and reports of their death may be a little premature.
Or outright false.
iMessage, the free messaging service from Apple, has clearly been a game changer for Apple. With some 500 billion of them sent world wide, it is clear iMessage is here to stay. With all those message though it can be daughnting if you are getting them from people you know but you don’t have contacts information on. Take for example someone you meet at a trade show or the like who ends up with your mobile number and send you an iMessage.
Fortunately Apple has a built-in filtering system for iMessage to prevent you from getting alerts on messages sent from
those not in your contacts. It can help filter the important ones from the not-so-important ones. Rest assured though that even if you turn on this filter, all your iMessages will still be in your Message box. You just won’t get an alert.
To enable this filter, go into Settings>Notifications and scroll down until you find Messages in the list. Tap on it then scroll down to towards the bottom where you will see a section Show iMessage Alerts From: You have two options: Everyone, which is the default, and My Contacts Only. If you tap My Contacts Only you will only get alerts on your Lock Screen or Notification Center of iMessages that are sent from someone in your contacts. Those who are not in your contacts simply get sent to your Messages app but do not alert you.
If you ever want to change it back to where you see every iMessage notification, simply move this setting back to Everyone.
This How To is applicable to iOS 6 and is for iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini as well as the iPod Touch.
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Apple has just announced that tickets for WWDC 2013 will go on sale tomorrow, 25 April at 10:00 AM PST. This announcement was expected but unlike last year, Apple has given a days notice so everyone can be prepared. Last year the announcement was made the same day tickets went on sale and many in Europe and Asia missed out.
WWDC 2013 will be held in San Francisco June 10-14.
Here is what you need to keep in mind when you are preparing to order your tickets according to Apple:
To buy a ticket, you must be a member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or the Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (5:30 a.m. PDT, April 24, 2013) and at the time of your ticket purchase. Developers between 13 and 17 years of age must have their ticket purchased by their parent or guardian who is an eligible member.
Ticket purchases are limited to one (1) per person and five (5) per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five (5) times to purchase all of the tickets for your organization. However, each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.
As is usually the case with this event, WWDC 2013 is expected to be a sold out affair. Last year tickets sold out in less than an hour and there is no reason to expect this year will be any different. With announcements expected around iOS 7, the next OS X and other product information, this will be a big event.
For those who are time zone challenged, 10:00 PST means:
03:00 Sydney (+1 Day)
More information can be found at this Link