Most of this week’s issue takes inspiration from one of two places — Apple’s WWDC announcements and the impending demise of MobileMe. For the former, Glenn Fleishman looks in detail at the IPv6 updates to AirPort Utility and at the revised AirPort Express Base Station. Plus, Adam Engst warns about installing the (now-pulled) Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2, which caused boot failures for many users. On the MobileMe side of things, Joe Kissell and Adam Engst gave a live TidBITS Presents: Adieu MobileMe presentation last week that you can now watch for free. Adam also looks at Sandvox 2.6, which extracts content from iWeb-generated Web sites so you can more easily move away from the obsolete iWeb. Rounding out the issue, we have guest articles from Andrew Laurence about how Mac OS X 10.7.4 radically improves WebDAV performance and from Steve McCabe on PDF support in current Web browsers. Notable software releases this week include iMovie ’11 9.0.6, MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) Software Update 1.0, MacBook Air (Mid 2012) Software Update 1.0, MacBook Pro (Retina) Trackpad Update 1.0, Java for OS X Lion 2012-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9, Aperture 3.3, iPhoto ’11 9.3, and iTunes 10.6.3.
Do not install Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2, and if your Mac has been rendered unusable by the update, reinstall Mac OS X to recover.
If you’re still in need of migrating data and services from MobileMe, tune in to TidBITS Presents: Adieu MobileMe, recorded live on 16 June 2012.
Looking to use the MobileMe transition as an excuse to move away from iWeb as well? Check out Sandvox 2.6, which adds the capability to extract the content from an iWeb site and let you recreate the site with Sandvox’s more-capable tools.
Just in time for its obsolescence, iDisk gains the speed boost it has always needed, thanks to a WebDAV update in Mac OS X 10.7.4.
Apple dropped quite a few features in AirPort Utility 6.0 for Lion, and in the initial release of AirPort Utility for iOS. IPv6 addressing has been restored.
The hoary AirPort Express base station, left unrefreshed since 2008, was updated quietly during WWDC. It’s now housed in an Apple TV look-alike case, and sports simultaneous dual-band support. It’s still $99 and has become a tiny powerhouse.
PDF is the standard for layout-dependent documents on the Web, but the Mac’s three main browser options lack consistency in PDF handling, even after Adobe returns to the ring with Adobe Reader 10.1.3’s PDF plug-in.
Notable software releases this week include iMovie ’11 9.0.6, MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) Software Update 1.0, MacBook Air (Mid 2012) Software Update 1.0, MacBook Pro (Retina) Trackpad Update 1.0, Java for OS X Lion 2012-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9, Aperture 3.3, iPhoto ’11 9.3, and iTunes 10.6.3.
There was undoubtedly more happening last week, but between WWDC exhaustion and our TidBITS Presents: Adieu MobileMe event, this piece at Macworld with Tim Cook promising a new professional Mac was all that jumped out at us.