Jun 01

iTunes 8.2 and QuickTime 7.6.2 Released

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Apple has released iTunes 8.2 and QuickTime 7.6.2 via Software Update. The new iTunes adds support for iPhone OS 3.0, while the new version of QuickTime has the standard “changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security”.

Apr 10

Essential Mac Software list updated

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I’ve updated my list of Essential Mac Software.

Feb 24

The Omni Group releases free applications

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The Omni Group has released four of their applications (OmniWeb, OmniDazzle, OmniDiskSweeper, and OmniObjectMeter) as freeware.

Feb 24

Apple has released the Safari 4 public beta for Mac and Windows.

Jan 06

Apple has announced a few new products this morning at MWSF:

iLife ’09 adds new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb. New features include facial recognition and geotagging in iPhoto, major improvements in iMovie, and musical instrument tutorials in GarageBand. The new version of iLife will be available in “late January” for $79.

iWork ’09 adds lots of new features (too many to list) to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The new version of iWork is available today now for $99.

iWork.com is an online service from Apple that lets you share and collaborate on your iWork ’09 documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

A “Box Set” of Mac OS X Leopard along with iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 will be available in late January (after the release of iLife ’09) for $179.

iTunes Plus now lets you upgrade previously-purchased iTunes songs to DRM-free versions for 30 cents per track. Most songs available via iTunes are now available in DRM-free versions for between $0.69 and $1.29 per track, with most albums staying at $9.99.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has the same unibody design and dual graphics controllers as the 15″ model, along with a new non-removable extended-capacity battery featuring up to 8 hours runtime and 1000 lifetime cycles. A matte non-glare screen is a $50 build-to-order option. The 17″ MBP starts at $2799 with a 2.66Ghz Core2Duo, 4G RAM and a 320G hard drive, upgradable to a 2.93Ghz CPU, 8G of RAM, and a 256G solid-state drive. Systems should be available in late January.

Not seen at this announcement was the rumored Mac Mini, iMac, or Apple TV upgrades, or any demonstration of OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”.

Dec 15

OS X 10.5.6 Update Released

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Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update. It is available via Software Update (under the Apple menu).

Oct 12

Security Update 2008-007 Released

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Apple has released Security Update 2008-007. It contains patches and bugfiles for Apache, root certificates, ClamAV, colorsync, CUPS, Finder, launchd, networking, and other applications.

Sep 09

Apple updates iPod Touch, iPod nano, iTunes

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Apple updated a few of its products today at a “Let’s Rock” media event.

iTunes 8 is free for download and available today. The new version adds the “Genius” feature to suggest music similar to user choices and automatically make playlists, as well as visual album cover browsing.

The second-generation iPod Touch is smaller, lighter, and thinner than the original, with new external volume buttons on the side of the curved aluminum enclosure. Storage options range from 8 to 32G with prices from $229 to $399.

The fourth-generation iPod nano has a new super-slim curved glass and aluminum enclosure, as well as an accelerometer and new colors (silver, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow, pink, red, or black). The 8G model retails for $149 while the 16G model costs $199.

Jun 09

QuickTime 7.5 released

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Apple has released Quicktime 7.5, available via Software Update or Apple Downloads. This update addresses security and application compatibility issues.

May 28

Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update Released

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Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.3 update, with too many fixes to list. It is available as a standalone download or via Software Update.