Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Time Machine Available on AirPort Extreme Base Station with wireless-n

Apple released new AirPort drivers along with a firmware update to the AEBS (version 7.3.1) with wireless-n today. These two updates have finally enabled the previously-advertised Time Machine backup to AirDisk feature in Leopard. The AirPort update changes the Leopard build as it adds updated kernel files. The AirPort update can be downloaded via software update while the AEBS firmware is available through the AirPort utility. See pictures below for details.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Time Capsule Information

Apple's new Time Capsule began arriving to customers on Friday. According to reports from users, Time Capsule can not only be used by Leopard's Time Machine to back up to its internal drive but to external drives connected via its USB port, as well. Time Capsule's firmware version is at 7.3 while the AirPort Extreme Base Station (w/ 802.11n) is at 7.2.1. If users of the AEBS are lucky, Apple will release a firmware update for these routers to include Time Machine support for AirDisks. Time Capsule can be configured through an updated version of AirPort Utility 5.3. This will probably be released to all users via a Software Update.

For pictures of a Time Capsule disassembly, visit nakedmac's flickr account.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

iPhoto 7.1.3 Update

The update is available via Software Update. According to Apple, "This update addresses issues with wire-bound books and cards."

VLC 0.8.6e Released

VLC has been updated to version 0.8.6e. According to the change log, support for OS X 10.3.9 has returned. Bugs and security issues have been addressed as well. The new version is available for download on VLC's site.

Apple Event to Be Held March 6th: iPhone SDK Information

According to the guys over at Mac Rumors, Apple will be holding a special invitation-only event on March 6th. It appears that they will be disclosing information about the long-awaited iPhone SDK. It is interesting to note that they will also be focusing on the Enterprise market segment. Apple may soon become a more viable competitor to RIM and Windows Mobile devices.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New MacBook and MacBook Pro Models

As expected, Apple released new versions of their MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. There were no form factor revisions this time around, however. New 45 nm Penryn Core 2 Duo processors are available on both the entry level MacBook and high-end MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro, much like the MacBook Air, now features a multi-touch trackpad and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Environment-friendly LED backlighting is now available as an option on the 17 in model while it is now standard on the 15 in model. The MacBook does not feature the new multi-touch trackpad as the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The Bluetooth hardware has not been upgraded to version 2.1. More information is available on Apple's Site.

iPhone Firmware 1.1.4 Released

Apple released a new version of the iPhone firmware, version 1.1.4, today. Although the the only changes listed are bugfixes, according to Mac Rumors, some users have reported that the camera appears to have a higher frame rate, bluetooth connectivity issues have been resolved, safari tabs maintain page information more often, and the OS feels more responsive.

The update is available via iTunes.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

iTunes 7.3: Subtle UI Changes

Along with iPhone support and CoverFlow UI fix for MacBooks, iTunes 7.2 included some small interface changes and help it look more like the current GUI in leopard.

The blue sidebar button is back (gone is the experimental black, shiny color).

Podcasts gets Album and CoverFlow views

Party Mix goes blue as well

Bottom buttons are brighter just like Leopard's

Friday, June 29, 2007

Leopard Feature: External Display Restrictions Gone

iMac and iBook owners who have tried to use a dual-monitor setup have probably realized that they are limited to the display mirroring feature. The extended desktop feature can be used with screen spanning doctor or one of several hacks available online. But wouldn't it be nice if Apple just enabled this feature by default? Seems like they finally did in Leopard. Finally, no restrictions on dual-monitor setups even if your video card is slow by today's standards.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Leopard Feature: Two-Finger Touchpad Right Click

Sources indicate that the new beta of Leopard features the useful yet seemingly forgotten two-fingered right-click for previously unsupported iBook and PowerBook users. My guess is that this feature will only be available on machines supporting two-fingered scrolling and newer. I'm sure this is one of the 250 features included in Leopard. Although this feature is just a small checkbox in your trackpad settings, it means no more having to hold the CTRL key in order to right-click on an iBook or PowerBook.