Just when you think things might be settling down, Apple goes and releases a slew of new hardware. Led by Doug McLean and Glenn Fleishman, we have coverage of the new iMac, the new unibody MacBook, the updated Mac mini, the Magic Mouse, and Apple’s faster AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations. Doug didn’t stop there, covering an annoying bug in iPhoto ’09’s Faces feature and working with Glenn on coverage of Barnes & Noble’s new Nook ebook reader. Glenn and Jeff Carlson collaborated on coverage of Apple’s Q4 2009 financial report, and Matt Neuburg contributed a look at how completely he relies on the just-released LaunchBar 5.0.1 for moment-to-moment Mac use. We’ve also published two new ebooks: “Take Control of Users & Accounts in Snow Leopard” and “Take Control of Sharing Files in Snow Leopard.” Finally, notable software releases this week include iPhoto2Twitter 1.6.1, Business Card Composer 5, SpamSieve 2.7.7, and CrashPlan 10.19.2009.
A bug in iPhoto '09 has plagued many users trying to use the Faces face-recognition feature. Although no workaround is available, reports indicate Apple is working on an update.
We've updated our popular ebooks about user accounts and file sharing to provide all the latest information about Snow Leopard.
It's time once again to vote for your favorite geeks in the MacTech 25, a roundup of the people who contribute the most technical assistance to the Mac community.
Apple has figured out how to make a seamless piece of polycarbonate for its revised entry-level MacBook model, adding a gesture-supporting Multi-Touch trackpad as on its more-expensive pro brethren.
The mighty microcomputer that's the Mac mini has been maxed out in two new models, one of which will provide an entry-level server option by bundling Mac OS X Server 10.6 with 1 TB of internal storage.
Updated iMacs sport edge-to-edge, LED-backlit, 21.5- and 27-inch displays, with an entry-level model starting at $1,199. Along with faster CPUs, more storage, and more RAM, Apple has added an integral SD card slot for importing images or video.
Apple has replaced the much-maligned Mighty Mouse with a new wireless mouse that supports multi-touch gestures, and replaced the plastic Apple Remote with a new aluminum version. The firm also dramatically (but quietly) improved its Wi-Fi base stations.
Record profits, iPhone unit sales, and Mac unit sales this quarter show Apple continuing to defy the reality of consumer and business spending in uncertain times.
Barnes & Noble has unveiled its Kindle competitor, the Nook. The Android-powered ebook reader, priced at $259, features two screens - one for viewing, one for touch-based navigation - and connects to both Wi-Fi networks and AT&T's cellular data network.
Matt Neuburg lets you watch over his shoulder as he uses LaunchBar all day, every day.
Notable software releases this week include iPhoto2Twitter 1.6.1, Business Card Composer 5, SpamSieve 2.7.7, and CrashPlan 10.19.2009.
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.
In this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, readers share problems with getting iPhoto to recognize the iPhone, react to our having published 1,000 issues, wonder why a MacBook Pro is running surprisingly hot, and discuss Apple's new Mac mini server option, the differences between the new MacBook and the MacBook Pro, international preferences under Tiger, and the oddly high cost of buying old Macs.