As we mentioned in our Windows Phone 7 review, Microsoft has given Mac users a way to sync their phones and Zune devices with their computers. Windows Phone 7 devices have no Zune client to sync with a Mac, which would have left Mac owners out in the cold. However, Microsoft is releasing the Windows Phone 7 Connector software for Mac, allowing Mac users to sync content from iTunes, iPhoto, and other areas of their Mac, directly to their Windows Phone 7 and Zune handhelds. Hey...it's better than nothing. We give you a look at how it all works in this episode.
At their Back to the Mac event this morning, Apple announced the next version of OS X, Lion. One major feature of the operating system is the Mac App Store. iOS users are used to the App Store mentality, and Apple is bringing that to the desktop. Developers can submit apps to the Mac App Store, it'll hold free and paid apps, and Apple gets the 30% split that they've been getting from the iOS App Store. Automatic installation and auto app updates also highlight the App Store, and even more interesting, the fact that any apps purchased will be licensed to run on all your Macs. Very interesting concept, and we think this is gonna be a hit.
Even cooler? The Mac App Store will be open within 90 days from today, so it'll obviously be compatible with Snow Leopard.
Apple is in the midst of their quarterly financial results call, and the impressive numbers are in. The big one here is that Apple sold 14.1 million iPhone in their Q4 2010 quarter, which is almost double what they sold in Q4 2009, and is just...wow. In addition, for the first time iPad has outsold Macs with 4.19 million units sold, despite Apple selling more Macs this quarter than any other quarter in history (3.89 million.) This all leads to Apple bringing in over $20 billion for the quarter, and profiting over $4 billion.
The most interesting thing here to us is that these numbers are before the holiday season began, and you just know the Q1 2011 numbers will very likely be even higher. Full press release after the jump.
Apple has been on such a mobile tear lately that many have worried that OS X was being given the shaft. However, Apple’s next press event looks to be all about the Mac hardware and the OS X operating system. The invitation is above, and clearly shows a lion hiding behind that Apple logo. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to put two and two together here—each iteration os OS X has been named after some sort of wild cat, and Lion must be the name of Mac OS X 10.7. News Macs and finally news on Apple’s next major OS? We can’t wait.
It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft has finally announced that Office for Mac 2011 will be released on October 26th. It’ll be available in a Home & Student edition, as well as Home & Business. The one big difference between the two is that Home & Business is $80 more, but includes Outlook for Mac. You can pre-order Office for Mac 2011 now from Amazon:
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got tons of paper sitting around that would be better served being scanned into your computer and kept in some sort of document management system, rather than in piles around the house or on your desk. A couple of weeks ago, we got the NeatDesk for Mac Desktop Scanner system in for review. The NeatDesk (available on Amazon) is really more than just a scanner, since it also includes the NeatWorks document management software, which in and of itself claims to do a lot, and works with a bunco of other scanners as well (you can buy NeatWorks software on its own.) When the scanner arrived, we were excited to give it a try…but that feeling soon turned to impending doom. If this thing was anything like the NeatReceipts scanner we’ve been using for the past couple of years, it meant that we’d be in for a day full of long, slow scans. You know what? We couldn’t have been more wrong.
The folks over at OWC just got one of the new 2.66GHz 12-core Mac Pro units in their office, and they slapped together and quick and dirty unboxing gallery showing off the goods. Of course, with Apple sticking by their longstanding top-of-the-line desktop design, nothing on the outside really looks all the much different. Still, though, it’s a sign that these beasts are finally shipping, and that’s gotta count for something.
You can pick up the new Mac Pro now from Apple.
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Gallery: 12-core Mac Pro gets unboxed
A few days ago, Apple introduced their Magic Trackpad to the world. It’s a multi-touch wireless trackpad device that mimics the trackpads found on MacBook and MacBook Pro computers, but optimized for the Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. We snatched one up as soon as they went on sale, and are currently in the process of reviewing it. In the meantime, though, we took a bunch of Magic Trackpad photos and put them up in our Magic Trackpad unboxing gallery. Go ahead and take a look, this thing is sexy.
You can pick up a Magic Trackpad for $69.
Gallery: Apple Magic Trackpad unboxing
We’ve been waiting a long time-seriously, years—for Apple to release some sort of update to the top-end of their Cinema Display line, and they’ve finally gone and done it. Today, Apple announced their new 27-inch Cinema Display. It boasts a resolution of 2560x1440 and costs $999, just $100 more than the 24-inch model that is is replacing. In fact, Apple is also discontinuing the 30-inch LCD model, which currently sells for a whopping $1799.
You get the same ports that you had on the 24-inch model, but pick up a brighter panel with an improved response time (12ms, down from the older 14ms of the 24-inch model.) Apple will be shipping these in September.
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So, looks like that wireless trackpad peripheral that’s been rumored and leaked has become official, and it’s called the Apple Magic Trackpad. It’s basically a larger version of the trackpad found on the Macbook Pro. Aluminum, glass-covered, and multitouch. It communicates with your Mac over Bluetooth, takes two AA batteries (included,) and requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4. You can pick one up now for $69.
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