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Apple has seeded the 6th beta of OS X 10.9.3 to their developer community this week. The build 13D43 is available now to registered developers through the Apple Developer site or through the Mac App Store. This latest build comes six days after Beta 5 was released to the community on the 10th April.
The instructions for this beta of OS X 10.9.3 remains the same as previous builds according to our in-house developer:
- Graphics performance (particularly Retina display “pixel-doubling”)
- iTunes Contacts & Calendar synchronisation (Requires developers have the iTunes 11.1 beta as well)
As I indicated on the Beta 5 release, there are really no significant changes in this beta when you compare it to the previous 2 or 3. All indications are that the release appears to be in final touch-up mode including the fact that there were no known issues mentioned in the release notes for the beta.
So when does that mean that AlliOSNews readers will be able to download OS X 10.9.3? Good question and I can confidently tell you that nobody has a clue other than Apple themselves. The general thinking here and other Apple centric sites is that it will be this month but that is an educated guess based on previous beta cycles for previous releases.
I will of course post here on the site when OS X 10.9.3 is available to everyone. The good news is that once it is available, the update will be done through the Mac App Store so it will be super easy to do.
Apple has released the 6th beta of the next major update to Mavericks, OS 10.9.3. The update, known as Build 13D38, was released less than a week after the previous seeding. If history is any indicator, the rapid release of beta builds indicates either Apple has found a major bug in the update or is rapidly approaching the completed point for the update.
The update focuses on the same major areas and according to our developer insider, asks that Graphics, Audio, Mail and Calendar & Contacts sync over USB to iTunes be tested. The Calendar & Contacts sync is returning after being removed in earlier releases and developers will need the beta of iTunes (11.1.6) to test this functionality. OS X 10.9.3
also will bring support to 4K displays for Mavericks at improved refresh rates. Equally as important, the build contains no known issues which is a good indicator that Apple and their developer community are progressing the update.
As with every Apple beta release, it is only open to developers in their developer network. There is no indication on when the public will see OS X 10.9.3. For more information on the Apple Developer network, you can check out http://developer.apple.com. Joining the OS X network is $100 annually and the iOS developer train is an additional $100 per annum.
Apple has posted on their developer website an impressive statistic. By measuring the iOS version of users coming to the App Store, Apple has determined that 87% of all users are using iOS 7 or iOS 7.1. That is stunningly impressive when you consider where the latest version of Android is 5.3% according to Google’s developer site. iOS 7 has been out for consumers for 7 months now and through the free upgrades and essentially one-tap upgrades, the vast majority of iPhone and iPad users have taken the plunge.
Here at AlliOSNews, we could hardly disagree with Apple’s findings. In reviewing our statistics, a whopping 90.49% of
visitors to the site on a mobile device were on a derivative of iOS 7 over the course of the past 10 days. Even more interesting, iOS 7.1 accounted for 51.99% of that traffic while iOS 7.0 was only 1.52%.
To be clear, Apple is basing their stats on the number of visitors to the App Store. It’s a pretty solid number to go on but it isn’t foolproof. If, for example users only get new apps and updates from syncing with iTunes, it may not count the numbers correctly – so it could be higher or lower. But no matter how you slice it, Apple is seeing a nice adoption rate for their latest version of iOS.
Apple has posted the latest version of Safari, their web browser for Mac. Safari 7.0.3 fixes several issues and brings new levels of security to the browser. Most of the features in the update focus on usability such as improving how the address and search bar behaves and improving the credit card autofill support for site that can access them. Other improvements include support for generic top-level domains and improved sandboxing of the app on your Mac for improved security.
A big improvement in Safari 7.0.3 is the ability to disable push notifications from website in preferences of Safari.
Prior to this release, users had to go to System Preferences>Notifications to adjust this. Now you can do it directly from within Safari itself, saving time and searching.
The update is available now on your Mac directly from the App Store via the Updates page. It is free as always.
With the release a week ago of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, it wasn’t a question of if Apple updated iWork apps but only a matter of when. That when is today with the Cupertino company releasing updates for all three of the iWork apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – for both Mac OS X and iOS as well as the iCloud based versions.
Perhaps the biggest new features for all three apps on all three platforms is the new View Only function. This allows you to share a file but those whom you share it with are unable to edit the app. You can initiate this feature from your iOS device, iCloud or your Mac. Almost as important, you can now search all three for files by their name which will dramatically improve searching if you have dozens of files.
In Keynote on iOS, you can now tap-and-hold while you are presenting to illuminate on a slide. Like PowerPoint for
iPad, Keynote now has a laser pointer but also gives you an array of colour markers to highlight on a slide as you are presenting. It is provided in a small tray that pops up at the bottom of Keynote when you are in Presentation mode.
Finally there is also Retina display support now in all three of the apps for iCloud.
I have been an exclusive iWork apps user for nearly a year now and while there are still elements that the Microsoft apps do better – particularly when comparing Numbers and Excel – it works for me.
The iWork apps are either free or $9.99 each depending on if you were new to iPhone or iPad with the release of iOS 7. For Mac users, the apps are $19.99 each. That means, worst case, you are paying $89.94 for all them, $10 less than a year of Office 365. Plus the iOS versions are universal apps that work equally as well on your iPhone or iPad.
Today is a special day for Apple fans and the end of what has been a great and dare I say iconic way to connect your Apple devices to your Mac or PC. With Apple announcing the end of sale of the iPad 2 today the last device that used the 30 Pin Dock Connector has been retired. It has been a process that started two years ago and now every Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch uses the new and improved Lightning Connector for your syncing and accessory access needs.
The 30 Pin Dock Connector was introduced with the original iPod back in 2003 and it was replaced by the Lightning Connector introduced by Apple in 2012. Rarely does device connector stay in the market for 9 years but Apple managed to do it which speaks volumes to the thought and design that went into this connector in the first place. It also became the standard for accessory makers with literally millions of accessories sold with the connector.
So tonight raise a glass – virtually on your iPhone of course – to the 30 Pin Dock Connector. May it be remembered for years to come as the one connector that was very much a part of the success story that is Apple.
Coming just one week after the release of Beta 4, Apple has seeded to their developer community the 5th OS X 10.9.2 Beta. The new beta is build 13C59 and is available for developers to download from the Apple Developer site or if they are on a previous beta, update through the Mac App Store on their Macs.
With this latest OS X 10.9.2 beta coming so shortly after the previous, it could be an indicator of a couple of things. One, Apple & their developers found a serious bug which needed addressing immediately. Given that developers are under NDA, you likely wouldn’t see much about this in the public forum but there are always leaks. Frankly there hasn’t been a peep about any issues with Beta 4 so this is likely not the case.
The second indicator could be that Apple is putting the final bits of polish on prior to a release. Apple has long been rumoured to aiming for the first quarter of 2014 to release OS X 10.9.2. We are essentially in the middle of the quarter now so if they are indeed going to release by the end of March, final prep work begins now.
Apple continues to show the power and precision of the camera built into iPhone 5s. They have just launched a new iPhone 5s video of the Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.
The video not only shows the actual Burberry runway show but also shows a bit of the behind-the-scenes of the models preparing as well as the cinematographers who are preparing a wide range of iPhone 5s’ for the shoot. You will se many tripod mounted iPhone 5s in video but you will also see a fly-over array with three of the flagship smartphones mounted on it.
Take a look and see what you think:
This video is just the latest in a series of iPhone 5s videos which Apple has created highlighting the power of the iPhone 5s with several of them – including the very popular family Christmas one back in December – focusing on the ease of use and sharing of video created on the device.
I think you can expect to see many more of these types of videos over the coming months as Apple continues to focus on the user experience and usability of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
Apple’s continued growth in the personal computer market continued in Q4 of last year according to research group Canalys. Apple sales lead the market over Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Dell by accounting for 19.5% of all PC sales during Q4 2013. If you really dive into this report there a lot of interesting facts about Apple and their competition to be found.
On the whole, PC sales grew by 17.9% year over year which is great but a little misleading. Table sales, which are lumped into PC sales, were up 65.2% year over year and represented 48.3% of the total PC market. Why is that important? If you take out the tablet sales, the PC market actually shrank by 6.9% year over year.
From an Apple sales perspective, things look pretty rosy. Overall the company shipped just over 30 million units in Q4 of which 84.3% were iPads. The company increased their tablet marketshare from 27.3% to 34.1% in Q4.
In case you missed it, Apple has provided a bit of an Easter Egg of sorts in celebration of the Mac’s 30th Anniversary. You can download a font of 30 years of Macs as a TTF file. Pretty cool eh?
I’ve put the TTF into my Dropbox and shared it so you can download it and install it yourself. Since it is TTF, you can install it on a PC or a Mac.