When Apple launched the unibody MacBook Pros, one of the loudest cries we heard from the Mac community was in relation to the loss of the matte display option. You see, while Apple touted colors that “pop” a bit more off of the glossy screen, those of us who like to be, you know, mobile with our notebook computers, cried foul. The problem with a glossy-only option (or lack of option, really) is that if you are using your MacBook Pro in the sun, you essentially have a screen that can double as a mirror.
Well, Apple has heard those cries, and has finally brought a matte screen option to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, something that the 17-inch unibody version has had since the get-go. It’ll cost you an extra $50 for the privilege, and you also lose the black “borderless” infinity bezel around the screen, and instead get a silver bezel like previous versions of the MacBook Pro.
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Apple has just unleashed the latest update to the Mac OS X Leopard operating system in the 10.5.8 update. If you are running Leopard, just fire up Software Update, and the 165MB package will be available for you to download. This will likely be the last 10.5.x update before Snow Leopard launches next month. We’ve got a rundown of all the fixes and security updates includes in 10.5.8 after the break, but you can look forward to a Safari update, MobileMe improvements, and more.
Remember that not-so-great day in gadget history when buyers of the iPod shuffle discovered that they could only use the official Apple earbuds, or later, third-party headphones built specifically for the device? Yeah, maybe Apple shouldn’t have put the volume controls on the headphones after all.
Fortunately, the good people of Belkin have created a headphone adapter for the iPod shuffle, which allows you to use any standard pair of headphones or earbuds. I’m sure it is not the only of its type, but it is relatively inexpensive at $20 a pop. Check it out at the Belkin site if you are a Shuffler who desires an upgrade of sound for your headphones.
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Apple has just announced that their Time Capsule network storage access points are getting storage upgrades. Formerly available in 500GB and 1TB storage capacities, the Time Capsules will now top out at 2TB, which sells for $500. The 1TB model has been dropped down to $300. Both are available now.
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Steve Jobs took medical leave from Apple earlier this year, and returned to work last month. Still, enough of you sent this in to us as news that we had to post it. TMZ caught an image of Steve Jobs, dressed to the nines, leaving the Apple Campus yesterday afternoon. They even took the photo on an iPhone. Great.
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Hey iPhone developers, Apple has just released iPhone OS 3.1 beta 3 build 7C116a, and it’s available now in the iPhone Developer Portal now. The download is 307MB. iPhone SDK 3.1 beta 3 build 9M2808 is also available immediately, with different versions for Leopard and Snow Leopard. Get to downloaded, and let us know what you find!
Progress on Apple‘s Snow Leopard continues to roll along, as the company has just released Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update 10A421. Apple says that Snow Leopard 10A421 includes “general operating system fixes for stability, compatibility, and security.” We will report back when we find some more specifics on improvements in this one. Snow Leopard 10A421 is a 741.7 MB file, and is available now in Software Update if you happen to be running 10A411.
Update: Looks like QuickTime 10 got updated to a new build, and that QuickTime has also picked up a new icon.
If you run iMovie ‘09, it’s time for you to fire up Software Update to grab the latest iMovie 8.0.4 update. According to Apple, this update aims to fix a screen orientation bug as it pertains to iPhone 3GS video, as well as squashing a couple of other bugs. As we said, the update is available now, yours for the taking.
Oh, c’mon now, you knew that Apple wasn’t going to allow the Palm Pre to sync with iTunes forever, right? I think we all knew that Pre iTunes media syncing was on borrowed time, and that time has come. Apple has just released iTunes 8.2.1, and with it, comes this ominous feature:
“iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses and issue with verification of Apple devices.”
Just five days after Apple released Snow Leopard dev build 10A402a, we now have another new release in Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update 10A411. This latest update is 748MB in size, and according to Apple, includes “general operating system fixes for stability, compatibility, and security.” Getting a bit more specific though, a reader on the MacRumors forums has pinpointed a few changes:
- Dock Expose now previews windows from other spaces.
- Expose’s animations are very smooth now. I think they sped up the animation, so the user’s perception of the OS is visually faster as well.
- In the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane, selecting “Change picture every…” and then “Random Order” does not select a random photo at first—the first photo will always be selected.
- A bug is still present where applications do not retain proper focus when activating spaces. For instance, this Safari window is in focus, and a Preference Pane is opened behind it. Start spaces—and the pane appears on top.
- No put back for items trashed from Dock or stacks.
- Updated QuickTime.
- Items can now be dragged to trash from stacks.
- Trashed desktop items no longer fade away.
Once again, the update is available through Software Update, so have at it.
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