Unsurprisingly the news around the Apple world has been centered firmly on the announcement of the second generation iPad. With the release of iOS 4.3 coinciding with it’s release, iOS is taking as many headlines as the hardware – bringing more functionality to the device than before, all while the device gets a huge bump in specs.
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It seems as though Apple is putting a tremendous amount of extra attention towards security these days. For instance, Apple is (according to CNET) inviting known security experts from all over, such as Charlie Miller and Dino Dai Zovi, to evaluate the current developer preview of OS X Lion.
Apple have published an update on their site regarding their support of Windows Operating Systems on Macs. As of the 25th of February, Windows XP and Vista is no longer a supported Boot Camp operating system on Macbook Air (late 2010), Macbook Pro (17″, 15″, 13″ Early 2011).
The more we comb through the OS X Lion Developer Preview, the more we find out about it. This time, we’ve discovered a few things that Lion seems to be missing that have been present in past releases.
Apple has recently made the developer’s preview of OS X Lion available to the masses (or at least those masses with a developer account). Now that we’ve had a chance to install it and spend a little bit of quality time, we’d like to share with you a few of our favorite new things about the developer release.
According to MacGeneration, Mac OS Lion will be bringing TRIM support (a technology that helps to preserve the life of expensive SSD’s) to the Mac at long last.
Apple’s new OS X Lion Developer Preview has apparently now added a recovery partition to OS X. The recovery partition basically acts as a stand-in for your 10.7 DVD or your computer’s restore DVD, and contains all of the options that are contained on the original installation medium.
According to MacRumors, the recently seeded developer preview of Mac OS X Lion may include support for ultra high resolution “Retina Displays” for upcoming Macs, in addition to other new features and additions. What’s interesting with this, though, is how it is being achieved: resolution independence.
According to TechCrunch, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion may sport an entirely new interface in addition to the other enhancements we have been expecting, such as Mission Control. They also claim that a developer beta of Lion should be available soon.
According to the Amazon.co.uk projected release date of certain big-name manuals and user’s guides for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, such as Mac OS X Lion For Dummies, it seems quite possible that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion could release on July 28th, if not a week or two sooner (occasionally such volumes are delayed for last-minute editing).
AppleInsider reports that Apple has issue the fourth beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers, who have been asked to focus their testing on the Mac App Store. The update weighed in at around a gig for the combo update. Developers have also been encouraged to focus on Airport, Bonjour, SMB file sharing, and graphics drivers.
Have you ever found yourself growing frustrated with the limitations of the Finder? Perhaps you’ve never had any trouble with the OS X Finder at all, but are looking for ways to improve your computing efficiency? Introducing Alfred – a productivity app that helps to speed up your computing experience, while at the same time making it more fluid.