Archive for July 25th, 2011
Automator, the set of automation tools that allows users to create workflows, services or apps has received interesting improvements in Lion. Some of such improvements allow eliminating the need for third-party software. The Option key for example has got new usage in Lion. Now it can reverse the entire Resume system, show the Library in the Finder’s menubar, or change the Finder’s “Arrange By” feature to “Sort By”. Though Lion is the most powerful and feature-rich version of OS X to date, there are still much to be done in Lion.
There were lots of rumors about Apple’s plans to open the largest Apple Store yet within Grand Central Terminal. And now they have came true as Apple signed a ten year deal with New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The store will be the 23,000 square foot store in Grand Central Terminal, about 3,000 square feet larger than its largest existing store.
Apple will pay $800,000 in rent annually and in ten years the rent will go up to a million dollars annually. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a statement that the new Apple Store "has the potential to bring a great new shopping destination to iconic Grand Central Terminal and significantly increase revenues for the MTA's transportation system."
Alongside release of Mac OS X Lion and new MacBook Airs, Apple introduced slightly changed keyboards. The main change is that Apple has replaced now the the Dashboard key (located on the F4) with a Launchpad key. The other one is that the icon of the Exposé button (located on the F3) key that is now used for Mission Control in Lion was a little bit changed. Such changes are now implemented only in wired keyboard, but we presume they will soon make their way to the Apple wireless keyboard and keyboards with purchased iMac’s and Mac Pros. Unfortunately, this time Apple has not implemented the rumored backlit keys as well as significant design changes.
Apple is requiring developers to start testing iCloud beta 5 and install Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C26 for that purpose, but the company has not provided its developers with any information on test builds of Mac OS X 10.7.1 yet.
"You must install OS X Lion 10.7.2 in order to use iCloud for OS X Lion beta 5," Apple reportedly told developers. "This pre-release version of OS X Lion is being provided solely for testing iCloud."
People familiar with the Apple’s plans believe that Apple will initiate a separate beta test for Mac OS X 10.7.1 in the coming days or weeks. Moreover, developers, who have installed Mac OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud beta 5 note changes in Lion's "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" control panel and iCloud management interface that provides tools for managing storage, backups, and purchasing additional storage and lets users choose which forms of data they'd like synced to the cloud.
The new OS X Lion includes not only many improvements but also side-effects. Adobe has found issues in new OS related to its applications and posted a list of them in knowledge base article last week. The list is rather long, but the main issue is the absence of hardware acceleration for Flash Player in new Lion.
Mac minis and MacBook Airs were introduced with a new function called "Internet Recovery" that allows to download and install OS X Lion even when hard drive on your Mac is failed or blank.
China is a home not only of fake iPhones, but also of fake Apple Stores. A fake Apple Store is shown on the pictures from
Some people carry their iPhone everywhere. Among them is a skydiver who decided to take his smartphone with him when he recently took a plunge from an airplane. However, his smartphone fell from his pocket when he was dropping down from more than 13.000 feet. It is incredible, but as CNN