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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.
If you missed all the fun yesterday, Apple had several employees hacked yesterday. The exploit made its way into the Cupertino Macs via, wait for it, Java. Yes that programming language applet that we all hate but seemingly cannot divorce (as a colleague of mine said, “a bugger you can’t flick”) has become THE gateway for malware into Macs. It would seem that Apple themselves are not immune.
Not sitting back on this one, Apple has release a Java update today to fix this and other improvements. Here is the summary from the Apple Support Page
This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_41 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.
This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a webpage, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.
This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.
Mac users are recommended to install this update immediately as it is available now in the Mac App Store under Updates. Even if you do not normally use Java you should install this update. This release supersedes any previous updates.
To get the update, open up the App Store on your Mac and go to the Updates tab.
I am a big fan of Instagram, the photo sharing meets social networking app and service. I use it constantly and it has become the way I share photos on Twitter and Facebook. Viewing my Instagram feed however from my Mac has been a bit of a pain as I have to navigate to the not-so-intuitive Instagram website. Fortunately that has changed thanks to Instalicious. Instalicious is a Mac app that allows you to see your Instagram feed, comment and like photos of those you follow or find, search Instagram and see what is popular throughout the service’s millions of users. It is a simple,
lightweight app but effective and one I have been using daily since its released last week.
Instalicious installs on your Mac running OS X 10.7 (Snow Leopard) or later and consumes a small 1.5MB of hard disk space on your Mac. Once installed you provide the app with your Instagram credentials to give it access to your account. Then the simple UI populates with your Instagram feed where you can immediately begin interacting with it. If the UI for Instalicious looks familiar, it should. The app is developed by Said M Marouf, the developer behind the popular Twitter app Osfoora. It is not hard to see the similarities in the UI design of the app but even the subtile, easy-to-use features of the app show in this latest app from Marouf.
The User Interface of Instalicious is intuitive with your Instagram feed dominating the display with a simple, five feature menu on the right side of the UI. As you look at your feed you can scroll up and down to view photos while hovering your mouse pointer over an image will show you the description of the photo from the poster on Instagram. Above each photo you will see a speech bubble icon which is where you can click to add a comment to a photo. There you will also find the heart icon that you can single click to show that Instagram user that you like their photo.
Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Beta has been updated for developers. The new 12D54 build was released on Wednesday of this week to registered Apple Developers with the focus continuing to be on AirPlay, AirPort, Graphics Drivers, Safari and Game Center. Not specific changes are mentioned in the release notes nor are there any known issues in the release notes.
9to5 Mac is reporting that the build contains significant updates to the Wireless Networking abilities of Mountain Lion
This update comes just a little over a week from the previous update to Mountain Lion and most are fully expecting the update to go public very shortly. When, of course, only Apple knows. This update also represents the 7th beta in the
10.8.3 train so plenty of testing has been done on it to now, further fuelling the impending release to the public.
The timing of the release of this latest update to Mountain Lion could be interesting. On February 6, 2012 Apple surprised the world with the announcement of Mountain Lion, an OS X update nobody seem to have seen coming (proves they can keep a secret inside Cupertino!). The question will be how soon after this update will we see announcements around the next big cat release, 10.9? It could be a matter of weeks if last year is any indication.
If you are a registered developer you can download the update now via the App Store (if you have the Seed Configuration Utility in place) or directly from the website. To join the Developer network, go to http://developer.apple.com for details. On the site you will find details about joining the OS X Developer Network as well as the iOS and Safari networks.
If you have followed AlliOSNews on Twitter for any amount of time you know that I’m a huge F1 fan. I’ve been watching F1 since 1996 and the 2012 season that just concluded was one of the best ever in my not-so-humble opinion. Until now, if I wanted to play a F1 racing simulator I had to have a PC, PS3 or Xbox. No longer! Feral Interactive has released F1 2012, the CodeMasters epic racing simulator for Mac OS X and it is simply stunning. The graphics and car control that are in F1 2012 are amazing and even if you are not a big F1 fan, F1 2012 will please any racing simulator fan.
F1 2012 takes you through a variety of game play modes. You can play a quick race, a career mode or run through a set of pre-defined challenges to prove and challenge your race craft. When in career mode you start out with your Young
Drivers tests to prove you are worthy of a F1 seat and progress through your career from there.
F1 2012 was only released 10 days ago so I’m still working my way through it to do a full review. To this point however, it is one of the best simulators I’ve ever played. F1 2012 for Mac beats the Xbox version in game quality and fine details of control.
The game is $49.99 and available in the Mac App Store. Be sure to read the details around the supported video cards prior to purchase. Here are the specific hardware requirements:
- Minimum System Requirements: Processor: 2.0GHz, RAM: 4GB, Graphics: 512MB, Free Space: 12GB.
- The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD3000 and Intel GMA series.
- HD 4000 graphics cards are supported but for the best performance we recommend that you have at least 8GB of system RAM.
You can find out more about the game on the F1 2012 mini-site at feralinteractive.com/f12012
To give everyone a point of reference, I’m playing F1 2012 on my 2012 MacBook Pro 13″ which is a 2.9GHz i7, 8GB of RAM and an Intel HD 4000 Graphics card and have perfect frame rates without sacrificing image quality.
National Geographic has always had some of the best photographs of nature, landscapes and animals in their long and storied history (if you want to subscribe to National Geographic in Newsstand, click here). This year, as they have done the past two, you can download the best photos of this year as a wallpaper for your Mac. The photos range phenomenal shots of tigers to amazing landscapes and scenes. I have found myself downloading many of these already today – just to many to simply pick one or two.
To download any of the wallpapers, go to the National Geographic site at the link below. Under each photo will be a download link for you to download the wallpaper directly to your Downloads folder. Most of the photos are 1600×1200 in size.
Apple has quietly released the 3rd beta for the next release of OS X for Mac today. The new build for OS X 10.8.3 is build 12D43 and is available for developers at the Apple Developer site. The release does not have any noted issues which tends to indicate that Apple is getting close to a final release of the new dot-release.
The main focus areas of this release remain AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Safari and Graphic Drivers.
No official release date has been provided for OS X 10.8.3 and given that the iTunes Connect shuts down on Friday for the holidays, I do not think we will see it until after the new year.
For information on how to join the Apple Developer program, visit this link.