Get Ready for iPhone 6 - Sept 9th

Okay my fine feathered friendly Facebook family... I get asked regularly "when is the next iPhone coming?" Well, I can't tell you the date of release; however, I can tell you the date of announcement. It will be September 9th at 10 am Pacific. The invite to the press merely states "We wish we could say more." Not an atypical press invite for Apple.

Wait there's more. The event is being held in the very same location that hosted the public announcement of Macintosh way back in 1984. Thirty short years ago for those needing a little help with the math.

But wait...

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Guest Appearance on "iWake Again" Pod

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On Friday night I was a guest on iWake Again with it's host Tim Chaten. Tim invited both Dennis Freitas and me on to the show to discuss the new iPad, Apple TV, iOS 5.1, iCloud and all new apps released by Apple on the 7th of this month.  Tim and I are both regular members of the Mac Spotlight Roundtable over on the Your Mac Network. Dennis is our intrepid and dedicated host. All three of us had a great time even while not always agreeing. Okay, I didn't always agree with Tim and Dennis. Tim is a full-time podcaster. His show iWake can be downloaded every weekday morning by 6 am Eastern. Each morning he delves into the Apple news of the previous day and what's coming up in the Apple universe. It's typically less than 20 minutes. Perfect for the drive in to work. Every Saturday he releases a member's only show called iWake Again. The Saturday show is a long format discussion, with interviews, guests and the occasional "rant."

I strongly encourage you to check out the iWake podcast. I've been listening to it for a few weeks now and have been very impressed. Tim puts a lot of time and energy into his show and you can tell. If, after listening to iWake, you think of much of the show as I do; you can show your support by subscribing to iWake Again for just $10 a month. As a bonus, if you do, you get to hear me on the Saturday, March 10th episode!

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Information on iWake Again.

New Round Table Podcast

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Tonight I recorded our first episode of our new Apple related round table podcast called Mac Spotlight. We talk about Mountain Lion, our least favorite things and the upcoming iPad.You can find a link to the feed over on YourMacNetwork! This was just episode one. We are still getting a feel for what we will be doing and how we will do it. I'll post a direct link once it's available. The show will have its own iTunes feed in the very near future, for now it's part of the YourMacShow podcast feed.

You can find the show at this link (Mac Spotlight Ep 1)!

Coming Summer 2012 OS X Mountain Lion

Coming Summer 2012 OS X Mountain Lion

Last summer Apple released Mac OS X Lion to much fan fare and more than a little backlash. At the heart of all of Apple's changes was the term "Back to the Mac." It was a huge announcement for Apple, one that the late Steve Jobs took on personally. The announcement and the refocusing was seen as hope by many that the Mac and the OS that makes the Mac so powerful was not yet forgotten. Many got more than they hoped for, while others less than they wanted.

The announcement turned out to be a double entendre. Apple was indeed re-focusing on the Mac; however, "Back to the Mac" meant more than just a re-focusing on the much loved Mac. "Back to the Mac" meant that many of the features and concepts found in iOS, itself built on Mac OS, were coming to the Mac. It was obvious that Apple wanted to cash in on the increadible success of iOS and further grow Mac OS market share. Market share that was already on the rise due to the success of the iPhone and iPad, the so called "halo effect." They would do this by not just enjoying that halo effect, but by embracing it. The features most touted in iOS would be unleashed on Mac OS X.

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I'm Part Of The AT&T 5%

I'm Part Of The AT&T 5%

Today I was notified by AT&T that I was officially part of the 5%. Those customers that use 12 times more data than the average Joe. It's like belonging to a special club. Do I get a jacket? Nope! If I don't made my ways I will keep my unlimited data, but my bitrate will be so dramatically reduced that I won't want to use the AT&T network.

Is it fair? I don't know. Is it right? I don't know. Will I change my usage habits? Some to be sure, but not completely. I won't stream as much, I will download in advance. That's a fair compromise. Beyond that, no change at this time.

Will I drop my unlimited plan in the near future? Probably not, just to spite AT&T in part; but I may cut off my nose to spite my face. I mean it sucks. It feels like they are pushing me to a tiered plan; and they are trying, NO DOUBT! Before I decide I will see what's next from Apple and AT&T. I need to know what LTE will bring in features, speeds and plans.

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New Podcast Coming

New Podcast Coming

Soon I will be joining a new regular podcast that will be part of the YourMacNetwork. While we know it will be a round table type discussion show on Apple products and services, we don't know all the particulars. Tonight we had our first meeting to discuss the show with some of the assumed regular members. We all come from different walks of life, all with one passion in common - Apple. A passion we want to share with as many folks as will listen.

Our desire is to make the show as informing as it is interesting, as enjoyable as it is enticing. How shall we archive these lofty goals? Hell if I know. We figure we will start by having fun and move on from that important point.It's a great time to be an Apple fan. For those of us that have been fans of Apple products for years, or decades, it's wonderful to see the hallmarks of Apple's designs so popular and so copied. If you are new to Apple we hope to enthrall you with the warm blanket of Applely goodness. If you are a long time fan looking for a home with like minded friends, we hope to serve you too.

In a few weeks I should be posting a link to the new show. Wish us luck an as soon as I know more details I will be sure to post more information.

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iTunes, Beatles, Streaming - What's The Story?

iTunes, Beatles, Streaming - What's The Story?

Tomorrow at 10:00 am Eastern Apple is making an announcement they believe none of us will soon forget. What is the announcement? Apple really isn't giving us any hints. There is much speculation, but with Apple speculation is a way of life. There are those that think a streaming service is coming. In May Apple registered iTunes Live as a trademark. Recently a bit of code was found in iTunes 10.1, just released, that references iTunes Live URL streaming. There is also the huge data center in North Carolina and of course their acquisition of Lala, which Apple quickly shutdown. Yet if music industry sources can be believed, Apple doesn't have the rights to stream music and there are those that think the labels have no desire to give Apple those rights and that much ownership of music.

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Real Racing 2 - Coming Soon

Real Racing 2 - Coming Soon

A little bird told me that Firemint will be releasing the sequel to their hit iPhone racing game "Real Racing" in the near future. Where Cro Mag Rally is the game you play just to have a little fun while you are waiting in line, Real Racing is the racing game you play when you really want the "real" racing experience. Like Cro Mag Rally you can just pick it up and play it, but there is more to the game that just a few races. It's a simulation game, with some of the best graphics of any game for the iPhone - especially since they updated for the iPhone Retina Display. So far, at least for me, Real Racing comes the closest to giving iPhone users the racing experience platforms like XBox and PlayStation have had for years. Real Racing offers several game modes, nearly 50 cars, 12 tracks and league play. They are even bringing Game Center to Real Racing soon.

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Cro-Mag Rally - Updated & ON SALE

Cro-Mag Rally - Updated & ON SALE

Cro-Mag Rally is one of my favorite, and oldest, iPhone Games. It was one of the first games I downloaded for the iPhone and it has been a joy to play ever since. I'm not a hard-core gamer, so even a simple game can remain fun for months or years. Cro-Mag was unique when it was released because it was one of the first games to make excellent use of the accelerometer in the iPhone - translation, you steer by moving your iPhone. Pangea, developer of Cro-Mag Rally, has been developing Mac games for years and has equally latched on to the iPhone & iPad. They have been steadily updating Cro-Mag since it's release, fixing bugs and gameplay. 2.0 was released in September with lots of changes. The three best changes were: Support for Retina Display, Game Center and it's now a universal app - IT WORKS ON THE IPAD.

Of course Game Center didn't work on the iPad, until yesterday. They are now ready for iOS 4.2. Verzion 2.0 was released on November 11th, meaning that when you finally get the latest version of the iOS on your iPad you will immediately have the ability to play Cro-Mag Rally on-line with the world.

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Grand Theft Auto - ON THE MAC!

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One of the most popular games over the past 10 years has been the Grand Theft Auto series, especially the last three episodes: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. These games have been available on the Mac and game consoles for years, but Mac users were left out in the country. Today that changes. For those of you that love Grand Theft Auto, as of today you can buy the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy from GameTreeOnline.com. Starting on November 22, you can buy it at better retailers everywhere. Amazon will even let you pre-order the game.

You can purchase each game of the trilogy separately from GameTreeOnline for $14.99 or you can purchase all three for $39.99. It doesn't look like Amazon is offering the individual games for sale, just the bundle. So if you only want one of the three, you best go to GameTreeOnline today!

Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though the more recent releases of GrandTheft auto are available yet for the Mac, but I would assume if the Trilogy sells well we can expect to see more RockStar games come over to the Mac. Gamers rejoice, the Mac is starting to get it's game on!

Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - Mac

iTunes 10.1 Released

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While not a feature rich update, iTunes 10.1 does hold two significant changes. First, the inclusion of AirPlay. This new feature allows you to stream content from your computer to an AirPlay enabled device, like the Apple TV (Version 2).  That means if you recently bought Iron Man 2 from the iTunes Store and want to watch it on your big screen TV but don't want to rent it too, just fire up iTunes and your Apple TV and with AirPlay you can watch it on the big screen. AirPlay technology is also coming to iOS devices in the 4.2 update. Second and most import, at least to users of iPads and iPhone 4s, is the ability to sync iTunes with devices running iOS 4.2. As is typical with new updates to the iOS, you will have to upgrade your version of iTunes to this latest one. That means if you are still running iTunes 9, you have no choice but to download this update.

Windows users, there is also a new version of iTunes for Windows out as well. It too is 10.1. Run your Apple Updater or just go to the www.apple.com/itunes and download either the 32 bit version or the 64 bit version.

Security Update 2010-007: Leopard

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Not only did Apple update Snow Leopard, but they also issues a security update for both the Leopard Client ("Client" that's what most Mac users have installed) and Leopard Server. Per usual Apple is short on details, but this security update should fix a few holes recently reported. If you are still running Leopard, then Apple advises that you install this update at your earliest opportunity. You can either download it directly from Apple, or you can use Software Update under the Apple Menu. The standard download from the Apple Support website comes in at 240mb for the Client version and 448mb for the Server version.

About This MacIf you have Snow Leopard installed on your computer, then this update is not for you. Not sure if you have Leopard or Snow Leopard? The easiest way to determine your current version is to click on the Apple Menu and choose "About This Mac." This will load up an information box that shows you your current Mac OS Version as well as some other basic system information.

If you have 10.5, then you have Leopard. If you have 10.6, you have Snow Leopard. To use Snow Leopard you must have an Intel Mac. If it shows you PowerPC, then you must continue running Leopard, if it says Intel then you can purchase Snow Leopard for $29 from Apple.

As you can see from this image, i'm running 10.6.4. I also have an Intel 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo with 4 GB of system memory. If you click on the "More Info..." button you can learn even more about your system.

About Security Update 2010-007 (Leopard Client)

Security Update 2010-007 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

SHA 1 digest = 50ff8cb66104cd2a01b66677864619e0fbed4d98

For explanation of what a SHA1 digest is, please visit this website:  About SHA1 digest

Mac OS 10.6.5 Released

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The latest version of the Mac OS has been released into the wild and it's a big one! You can go to Software Update under your Apple Menu and the proper version for you computer set-up should automatically be chosen. You can also go directly to Apple's Website and download the update. Be careful though, the combo update is nearly 1 gigabyte in size. For my MacBook Pro the update came in at 517 megabytes, that's still sizable, but not 1 gig in size. Mac OS Update 10.6.5While Apple does list a few of the problems that are addressed by 10.6.5, per usual Apple is rather quiet on all of the fixes and updates. They just recommend you download and install.

One new feature that was supposed to debut in 10.6.5 was AirPrint Sharing. This feature would allow you, with an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone to print directly from the device to the printer of your choice through your Mac. For an unknown reason the AirPrint Sharing feature was left out of this release. Some rumors are licensing problems. Other rumors were that it was too bugy to release. What we do know is that it was in the last developer build, but not in the GM release. The feature was working, but word was the feature was still unstable.

There is no word from Apple if that feature will make it into the next Mac OS release or if the project has been put on hold or possibly even killed. Hope springs eternal, so maybe one 10.6.7 comes bouncing along, AirPrint Sharing will make it's official debut.

The 10.6.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

  • improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
  • address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
  • address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
  • resolve a delay between print jobs
  • address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
  • resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
  • address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
  • resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
  • improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
  • resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
  • improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
  • resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4250. For information on the security content of this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Video QuickTip: Mac Audio Settings

Today's video QuickTip is a pretty simple one, but may be a trick that even long time Mac users don't know. Setting your audio preferences isn't difficult on a Mac but if you go through System Preferences there is a lot of pointing and clicking. Today's tip will show you how to change both your audio input and audio output settings quickly.

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Great Deal on 1.5TB Drive

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Iomega HD Deal 1.5 TBAmazon Lighting Deal! I'm a little late in posting this, but $79.00 for a 1.5TB HD is an incredible price. It's USB 2.0, no FireWire, but this Iomega drive is a good one. It normally retails for $131, but for less than two more hours you can have it for nearly half that. We own a similar drive from Iomega and are extreamly happy with it. This is an excellent solution for:

  • Time Machine Back-ups
  • General Data Storage
  • Hooking Up to an Airport Extreme as an Air Drive
  • Using as a Vault with Aperture

XServe Dead - What's Next?

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I just read an article about the death of the Xserve and what Apple has planned next, or more accurately Apple's lack of a plan. It seems that on Friday Apple informed the world that the Xserve was going away. They further published a PDF that let's their trusted users know that an excellent replacement is the Mac Pro or Mac Mini. What?!? For those of you that don't know the Xserve is a Macintosh server. It is designed to be a server and fit in the holes that IT professionals create for servers. Those holes are measured in "U's." The Mac Pro is 12 U's high and the Mac Mini Server, well, it's a Mac Mini. They are designed for small businesses and homes. Both can be used as servers, but only one is designed to be used as a server. That's the Mac Mini Server. Again, that's not for professional IT groups.

Instead of me trying to explain all of this I will link you to an article written by John Welch, IT Director for The Zimmerman Agency and writes a column for Macworld called Ask the Mac IT Guy. His article, "Xserve is dead... so now what?" is an excellent description of the problem that Apple has created. Hopefully Apple has something else in the wings, but it's not like Apple to end the life of a product they intend to replace without announcing the replacement.

Unfortunately it seems Apple bad reputation with IT groups will continue and be somewhat well deserved.

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QuickTip: iPhone Alarm Bug

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Looks as though we won't have a fix for the iPhone alarm bug today, or anytime in the next few days. If you are running the GM of iOS 4.2 you have no problem, but it's only for developers right now.Never fear there is a temporary fix that apparently to work, and is blessed by Apple. For starters the bug seems to only impact repeating alarms.

One off alarms, specific to one day, don't seem to be impacted. To set, go to the Clock app. Turn off your repeating alarms or delete them. Then create a one time alarm, set Repeat to "Never." Now just choose which time you want to wake-up. According to Apple and our friends in Europe this should work. You will just have to set the alarm every night until Apple releases iOS 4.2. This is a huge pain, but we are not alone. Tomorrow I will do some testing to see if there are any work arounds beyond Apple's chosen solution. Can't test though until Daylight savings time ends. It's possible that 3rd party Alarms will work fine, but I'm not sure.

Goodnight and good luck.

UPDATE 11/7/10 9:01 AM - I've been attempting to recreate this bug on my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1, but so far haven't been able to do so. I'm not sure why, but will continue researching. It may be that this is a one day only bug, and all returns to normal on Monday.

Upgrade your iLife

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Have you decided if you are going to make the jump from your current version of iLife to the latest and greatest iLife '11? Sure you have. With the new iLife you get newer versions of iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband. Like it or not, the only way to get new features for iLife products are the upgrades that come every 18 months or so. Now before you run out and buy the new iLife, make sure your Mac meets the minimum system requirements.

  • Mac Computer with Intel Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5GB of Disk Space
  • DVD Drive for Installation
  • Mac OS 10.6.3 or Later
  • Some Features Require Internet Access And/Or MobileMe

[ad#468x60 Banner] I'm sure a few of these requirements could use some clarification for those of you relatively new to the Apple world. First, your Mac must have an Intel Processor. This means that Macs with the older PowerPC processors (G3s & G4s may still be in some use) won't run iLife '11, nor would they run iLife '09. So if you have iLife '09 on your computer, your Mac is capable of running iLife '11 - with one exception.

To use iLife '11 you must have upgraded to the latest version of the Mac OS, 10.6 "Snow Leopard." If you are still using Leopard, 10.5, you are out of luck. Don't fret, Apple makes this problem an easy one to fix and actually pretty inexpensive. You can upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard for only $29 US. If you don't have Leopard, your system most likely can't run Snow Leopard which means you can't run iLife '11. It's time to visit your local Apple Store and upgrade to a new MacBook or PowerMac.

If you have gotten this far, you are ready to buy iLife '11. You may be wondering, in this very Microsoft world, what version of iLife '11 you need to buy. You are probably asking, "I have iLife '09 is there an upgrade version?" Or maybe you never upgraded to iLife '09 and still have iLife '08, can you upgrade? Again, Apple makes this terribly easy. Every Mac for many years has come with iLife. That means anyone needing the new version is upgrading, so all boxed copies of iLife are technically upgrades. See, that was easy!

That being said, there are two versions of iLife. There is an individual version that costs $49 US. It's meant for the person or family with only one Mac. There is also a Family Pack, intended for the individual or family with more than one Mac. Doesn't matter how many Macs you own either,  they just need to be your Macs. The Family Pack version only costs $79 US, cheaper than if you bought two copies of the individual.

There you go, upgrading your iLife isn't all that difficult. Make sure your system is new enough and if it is, head on down to your local Apple Store, Best Buy or even dial-up Amazon or your favorite on-line Apple retailer.

Let me stop here and make a point to those just joining us from the Windows world. iLife includes five programs, three of them are serious gems. Anyone of those gems (iPhoto, iMovie or Garageband) would easily cost $79 or more on Windows. You can have five programs for $79 and it just gets better.

There is a little secret that every Mac user should know, but many long time users don't and most new users won't. iLife doesn't use any copy protection or licensing. Apple sells two different boxed versions, but the software contained in the boxes is identical. You are on the honor system, if you need iLife for two computers or more you should buy the Family Pack. If you only have one computer, buy the Individual box. In any case, Apple won't make you jump through any licensing hoops when you install the software.

Other Apple software does have some form of licensing, some of it pretty sophisticated, but iLife is an extension of the Mac OS and in truth an essential part of using a Mac. Apple knows this and wants everyone to upgrade to iLife '11. Do the right thing though, a buy the version that truly meets your needs.

Apple iLife '11

MacDaddy: 13" MacBook Air (Late 2010)

We have another MacDaddy machine for you today, the 13" MacBook Air. Yesterday we featured the 11", but the 13" we feel is aimed at a different user. The 11" is definitely aimed at the student or the 2nd computer owner. The 13" could be used as a primary notebook, all-be-it with some limitations. To get the most of out of though, you want to go MacDaddy!

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