Kudos to the TidBITS staff for their dedicated work covering (and providing color commentary on) Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote today. We have articles about OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion shipping in July with a few previously unannounced features, the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models (including the MacBook Pro with Retina Display), the minimal speed bump to the Mac Pro, and Apple’s extensive preview of iOS 6. We’re also pleased to announce “Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion” (with a free upgrade to “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion”) and an upcoming live online presentation on what to do when MobileMe is shut off in a few weeks. Also, don’t miss the news about LinkedIn passwords being stolen and the latest shot in the DRM wars. Notable software releases this week include CloudPull 2.1, Script Debugger 5.0, Coda 2.0.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.3, and Firefox 13.0.
Apple revealed a few new features in Mountain Lion, and announced that the next-generation operating system will hit the Mac App Store in July for $19.99.
Apple updated the MacBook Air line with slightly faster processors, USB 3.0, and options for 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, all while dropping the prices of most configurations by $100.
The much-rumored Retina display debuts in a super-slim MacBook Pro model that’s quite like a MacBook Air in using only flash-based storage. The 15-inch screen packs in 2880 by 1800 pixels, or over 5 million pixels total.
For those expecting an exciting new Mac Pro tower, today’s speed-bump isn’t it. A previous build-to-order option of 12 cores is now standard, and runs at a slightly higher clock speed, but the price remains the same.
Joe Kissell’s ultimate guide to Apple Mail has now been updated for changes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and everyone who buys a copy now will automatically receive a free copy of “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion” once Apple releases Mountain Lion in July.
As a public service for those still confused and concerned by the upcoming MobileMe shutoff, we’re hosting a live online presentation by our own Joe Kissell about how to deal with the loss of MobileMe services, whether that involves switching to iCloud or using services from other companies. Join us live at 12 PM Eastern (9 AM Pacific) on Saturday, June 16th, or tune in later if you can’t watch live.
If you have a LinkedIn account, your login information was likely stolen along with that of 6.5 million other accounts. Time to change your password.
The latest novel by John Scalzi was supposed to be sold in ebook form without DRM. Unfortunately, some vendors, including Apple, didn’t get the memo.
iOS 6 provides maps with turn-by-turn directions, encourages Siri to provide more results, lets a lost phone’s finder call you, and gives you the option to sleep through annoying 2 AM calls. It’s due out in the third quarter of 2012, likely at the same time as the next iPhone model.
Notable software releases this week include CloudPull 2.1, Script Debugger 5.0, Coda 2.0.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.3, and Firefox 13.0.
The main happening this week was Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and although Apple’s webcast isn’t yet available, you can listen in on our color commentary during the presentation. Also, in an extremely troubling move, Apple refused to allow Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil Speakers Touch into the App Store until Rogue Amoeba removed a perfectly legitimate feature. Boo!