Oct 16

Apple releases new MacBooks and LED Cinema Display

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Apple has released new 13-inch MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro systems, featuring a new one-piece aluminum chassis, LED-backlit displays, NVIDIA integrated graphics (“Hybrid SLI” graphics on the Pro) and a “buttonless” touchpad where the entire surface is a tactile button. The new MacBook starts at $1299 and the MacBook Pro at $1999. The previous-generation white MacBook is still available at a dropped price of $999.

The updated MacBook Air now has integrated NVIDIA graphics and a 120G hard drive (with optional 128G solid-state drive). Prices start at $1799.

Apple also released a new 24″ LED Cinema Display, with LED backlighting, a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, built-in iSight camera and microphone, and a single cable to connect a system’s MagSafe, Mini Displayport, and USB 2.0 ports. It will retail for $899.

Mar 07

iPhone SDK and Enterprise features announced

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At a special media event on March 6th, Apple announced availability of the iPhone Software Development Kit and the iPhone Enterprise Beta Program.

The SDK allows developers to write applications that run directly on the iPhone and consists of a new version of XCode (3.1) and an iPhone Simulator that runs on an Intel-based Mac (the iPhone SDK will not work on a PowerPC-based system). Application distribution will be through the iPhone App Store in the next version of the iPhone software/firmware.

The SDK and development environment are available as a free download from Apple’s developer site. For $99, developers will receive a signed key from Apple that lets them sell (or give away at no charge) an application through Apple’s distribution and hosting network. For applications that are sold, Apple will take 30% of the purchase price; free apps will be distributed at no charge other than the cost of the signed key.

The new iPhone Enterprise features consist of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support, secure enterprise-grade virtual private networking, and security features like the ability to remotely wipe/erase a lost iPhone.

Version 2.0 of the iPhone software/firmware is expected to be available to end users in June; certain developers and some companies in the Enterprise Beta program will have access to beta and pre-release versions.

Feb 28

Apple has released new models of the MacBook and MacBook Pro portable systems.

The new MacBook is available in three models including faster processors and larger hard drives; white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives and a black 2.4 GHz model with a 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive. The 2.4 GHz MacBook models ship with 2GB of memory standard, with all models expandable to 4GB. Prices are unchanged, starting at $1099.

The new MacBook Pro has up to a 2.6Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300GB hard drive, plus NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with up to 512MB of video memory. New hardware features including a trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support, an illuminated keyboard, and an ambient light sensor. Prices start at $1999.

Jan 15

New Products and Updates from MacWorld 2008

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Apple announced new products and updates at MacWorld San Francisco today:

Apple TV is now $229, with a forthcoming software update that will let you rent movies from the iTunes Store in “standalone” mode without a host Mac system. Movie rentals (from every major studio) are $2.99 for older releases and $3.99 for new releases, with prices for HD versions at $3.99/4.99.

Time Capsule combines the Airport Extreme wired and wireless router/print server with an integrated 500G or 1TB hard drive that supports wireless operation of the Time Machine backup software. The 500G model retails for $299 while the 1TB model costs $499.

iPhone firmware version 1.1.3 adds Google Maps location finding, multiple-recipient text messages, Web Clip bookmarking, home screen customization, and the ability to play movies rented from the iTunes Store. This is a free software upgrade for iPhone owners. A $20 firmware upgrade for iPod Touch owners will add Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather, Notes, and iTunes Movie Rental capability.

MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest notebook. It’s less than an inch tall (from 0.76 to 0.16 of an inch), it can fit into a manilla envelope. The screen is 13.3″ with LED backlighting, and the system features a backlit full size keyboard, iSight camera, and multi-touch trackpad. The processor is a 1.6 or 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo, with 2G memory standard (non-upgradeable), 802.11n and Bluetooth wireless, and an 80G hard drive. A 64G solid-state disk is available as an option. Ethernet networking and an external SuperDrive are possible via the system’s single USB port. The MacBook Air starts at $1799.

Jan 08

Apple announces new Mac Pro, XServe at CES

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Apple has announced new versions of the XServe and Mac Pro at CES.

Dec 21

Security Update 2007-009 Now Available

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Apple has released Security Update 2007-009 v1.1 to address security issues in multiple applications.

Security Update 2007-009 v1.1 for 10.5.1

Security Update 2007-008 v1.1 for 10.4.11

Aug 08

At Tuesday’s Apple Media Event, Steve Jobs presented the next-generation iMac systems as well as updated iLife and iWork suites.

From the Apple press release:

Apple® today unveiled an all new all-in-one iMac® line featuring gorgeous 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays encased in elegant and professional aluminum and glass enclosures. The entire new iMac line features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a new, ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, built-in iSight® video camera for video conferencing and iLife® ’08, making it the ultimate digital lifestyle desktop computer for both consumers and professionals. The 20-inch iMac now starts at just $1,199, $300 less than the previous 20-inch model, and the 24-inch iMac starts at just $1,799, $200 less than the previous 24-inch model.

The iLife and iWork application suites were updated to “’08”:

Apple® today introduced iLife® ’08, the most significant upgrade ever to Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring a major new version of iPhoto® and a completely reinvented iMovie®. iPhoto ’08 automatically organizes photo libraries into Events that let users more easily manage their growing photo collections, and iMovie ’08 introduces an entirely new way for users to quickly make movies and share them online. Both iPhoto and iMovie integrate seamlessly with the new .Mac Web Gallery, Apple’s new service for .Mac members to instantly create and host stunning online websites for their photos and videos. iLife ’08 also features iWeb™ ’08, with live web widgets such as Google Maps that let users create even more dynamic websites, and GarageBand™ ’08, with its new Magic GarageBand feature that makes it fun and easy for both musicians and non-musicians to create great sounding songs.

Apple® today introduced iWork™ ’08, a significant upgrade to Apple’s productivity software suite featuring new versions of Pages® and Keynote word processing and presentation applications, and introducing an innovative new spreadsheet application called “Numbers.” Numbers introduces the concept of intelligent tables on a flexible canvas, a new approach that makes it easy to organize information, create calculations, analyze results and make spreadsheets look as great as they work. Pages ’08 now features distinct modes for streamlined word processing and flexible page layout, a new contextual format bar and change tracking, and Keynote ’08 now includes text effects, transitions and themes that help users easily compose spectacular presentations, and Smart Builds with easy-to-set-up A-to-B animations that make impressive animations easy for anyone to create.

All new Macs now ship with iLife ’08 standard, and include a 30-day free trial of iWork ’08.

Not mentioned at the media event:

The Mac Mini was finally updated, with Core 2 Duo processors at speeds of 1.83 and 2.0Ghz, up to two gigabytes of RAM and a 160-gigabyte hard drive. No other system specs or prices were changed from the previous revision.

The Airport Extreme now features gigabit Ethernet ports in place of 10/100-base-T Ethernet.

Jun 13

OS X now Certified as UNIX

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Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” has been certified by The Open Group as meeting formal “UNIX 03” specifications (along with Solaris 10, HP-UX 11i, and AIX 5L).

May 15

Apple updates MacBook lineup

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Apple has made minor updates to its MacBook lineup. Systems now range from 2.0 to 2.16Ghz, with 1G RAM now standard on all models and prices ranging from $1099 to $1499.

Apr 09

Mac Pro now available with 8 CPU cores

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The Mac Pro is now available with four or eight CPU cores (using up to two quad-core Intel Xeon CPUs).