OS X Mountain Lion Officially Launches Tomorrow, July 25

Apple will officially release its latest operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, tomorrow July 25 thru the Mac App Store for $20. The upgrade will be for free if you've purchased a new Mac on or after June 11, 2012 thru Apple's Up-to-Date program.

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OS X Mountain Lion Is Packed With New Features

WWDC 2012 had both its excitements and its disappointments. To the dismay of a lot of us, Apple’s glorious Retina Displays will not be included throughout their entire laptop lineup, but on the bright side, we have an entirely new addition: the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. With all of its upgraded hardware, Apple just had to make it even better with improved software as well. OS X Mountain Lion will be the next big thing for Apple as it plans to improve the current OS X and include new features as well.

The basic structure and ideas for Mountain Lion seems to mirror a lot of what iOS already has to offer, creating an overall mobile experience, loaded with simple gestures and finger movements. Notifications will now alert you of incoming messages, emails, reminders and much more. An easy swipe to the right on your trackpad will bring it right up. As Apple has always strived for simplicity and ease of use, Mountain Lion is no exception. By incorporating Facebook integration, we can now post updates and statuses on Facebook directly from our Mac, without having to go back to your Facebook page.

iMessage was released to the public months back as a beta, and rightfully so. The numerous bugs and issues it had made it practically useless. With Mountain Lion, iMessage will do what it was created to do: send messages. Exactly like iMessages on your iPhone, this app will send messages to any other Apple product, as long as there is WiFi. This makes communicating with your friends so much easier as you will no longer have to stop what you’re doing on your Mac and reply with your iPhone. To make things even easier, with the help of the Cloud, all of your messages will stay updated throughout all your devices.

An interesting feature that Mountain Lion will have is called Power Nap, which allows your Mac to quietly update itself without leaving sleep mode. This seems rather convenient as it prevents you from missing an important software update or Time Machine back-up. Lastly, Dictation might be a solution to a keyboard-free experience. Similar to Siri, it translates what you say into text.

OS X Mountain Lion will be available to all users through the Mac App Store in July for only $19.99. All of these features and more can be found on Apple’s website

Apple Releases OS X 10.6.7 Update, 2011 MacBook Pro Fixes

Apple just released a new OS X 10.6.7 update for early 2011 MacBook Pro with fixes targeting graphics and external display compatibility. This should fix the freezing and display flickering issues some users reported since getting the early 2011 MacBook Pros. 

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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Announced, Coming Summer 2011


Well here it is folks, the new version of Mac OS X, code named Lion, this new version brings many things that you see in iOS. Like even more multi-touch gestures, not touchscreen support that was rumoured to be in Lion. Other iOS features in Lion are a Mac App Store which launches in 90 days for Snow Leopard, Launchpad which is a grid of apps and folders like on an iPad, and a whole new experience called Mission Control, which combines Expose, Dashboard and full screen apps into one place. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until next summer for this update.



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Apple Magic Trackpad Gets FCC Approval?


The mysterious "Magic Trackpad" that got leaked a day before WWDC, has apparently gotten FCC approval according to Engadget. This is because on the FCC approval database, there seems to be a brand new product from Apple that seems to be the "Magic Trackpad" that has been rumoured since the leaked images on June 6th.

A device known only by its model number A1339 is the culprit here, described as a "Bluetooth Device" used in conjunction with a MacBook without any associated filings for WiFi or WWAN networks. The ultra-rough label location diagram is definitely the right shape for the accessory, and what's interesting is that the test report was completed way back in October of 2009. 

Another thing is that if you look very close at the leaked image of the device, there is the model number A1339, which means that that Engadget has probably got it found the right product in the FFC database.

The release date for the "Magic Trackpad" is unknown, but could be coming in the very near future given the timing of previous FCC approvals for other devices. 



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