For me, Snow Leopard is the best version of Mac OS X to date. Simple, clean, and above all incredibly streamlined and efficient. So that probably explains why recently released data from Net Applications shows that Snow Leopard still runs on 25% of Macs.
OS X News
Realmac has announced Clear for Mac, the desktop version of its popular Clear for iPhone, which launched last February, and has become one of the best selling to-do list apps in the iOS App Store.
Apple released two Java updates on Tuesday, one for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and the other for OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Both are to improve security by uninstalling an Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers.
Apple has released two updates for OS X Server this week in quick succession, with 2.1 bringing in some new features while 2.1.1 presumably brings in bug fixes that weren’t in the previous version.
A new zero-day vulnerability has been discovered in all currently supported versions of Java, which could potentially allow attackers to install malware on around 1billion Macs and PCs.
Networking company Sandvine took a look at the web traffic on Wednesday for Apple’s iTunes Store and Mac App Store, and compared it to the two previous Wednesdays, and found that traffic spiked to nine times it’s usual levels with the release of iOS 6, OS X 10.8.2, and a load of other updates from Apple.
Apple was a busy bunch of beavers, as they released iOS 6 and a Mountain Lion update all in one day! In both cases, the updates bring a much awaited bit of Facebook integration.
A little over a month ago, there were reports from many users that had noticed a significant decrease in battery life on their laptops after upgrading from Lion to Mountain Lion. Now OS X 10.8.2 may bring your computer’s battery back to a long and happy life.
Sony Creative Software announced on Friday the release of Sound Forge Pro Mac 1.0, the latest addition to its line of audio and video production software products.
I’ve just bought a new (used) Macbook Pro so I can run Mountain Lion, which my 2007 Macbook can’t manage. This prompted me to rewatch the Mountain Lion keynote from WWDC yesterday, and realize that Apple has pretty much started down the road of no return. Lion actually marked the start of it: the importation of features from iOS.
Apple has released two new OS X Java updates, one for Lion, (Java for OS X 2012-005), and one for Snow Leopard, (Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 10.)
The latest GIMP update (2.8.2) for Mac is pretty significant in that it no longer runs under x11. This means that it is completely standalone and that above all it will work in Mountain Lion.
Several security experts are now warning of a new Java 7 exploit they say could be “super dangerous” for Mac owners. The bug can be exploited through any browser on a machine that has Java installed.
The fine folks at Boinx just announced the release of iStopMotion 3 for Mac. The stop motion animation app now offers the ability to use your iPhone or iPad as a remote camera for the app.
A few month ago we told you about a teaser site that hinted that a major music software title was coming to the Mac for the very first time. Today a new video has been posted on the site, and confirms that Sony will be bringing Sound Forge Pro to the Mac.
The upcoming update to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 may improve battery life on Apple’s MacBook lineup, according to at least one developer with access to the developer seed.