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iOS 6 beta 4 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6 beta 4 download

Apple has just released iOS 6 beta 4 as an over-the-air download a few minutes ago. We knew something was up when one of our readers alerted us that the Software Update feature was failing with an odd error message, and within a few minutes, beta 4 became available. This release comes a little over a seven weeks after the initial iOS 6 beta that was released during WWDC 2012, just over five weeks since iOS beta 2 was made available, and three weeks since beta 3 first arrived. If you're on an iPhone 4S the download 282 MB in size, while the beta 4 update on the new iPad weighs in at 291 MB. Check Software Update in your settings app to grab it now!


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Mountain Lion is the most successful OS X release of all time

OS X Mountain Lion

Apple has announced that Mountain Lion is the most successful OS X release ever. In the first four days of availability on the Mac App Store, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was downloaded more than 3 million times.

“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said in a released statement today.

We'd guess that both the low $20 price and the ease of updating thanks to the Mac App Store contributed to the early success. Have you upgraded yet? If you're still on the fence, check out the 10 features that make Mountain Lion a steal. You can get Mountain Lion now on the Mac App Store.


OS X Mountain Lion now available for $19.99 on Mac App Store

OS X Mountain Lion Download

Just as Apple promised yesterday (and as we predicted,) OS X Mountain Lion is now available to all on the Mac App Store. If your Mac is supported, you can head over to the Mountain Lion download page and grab it for $19.99. Make sure you're on a speedy broadband connection though, as the download weighs in at a hefty 4.05 GB. Mountain Lion was announced just five months ago, and has going from Developer Preview to public release fairly quickly thanks to Apple's new annual OS release schedule.

Have you downloaded it? Are you going to wait until 10.8.1? Sound off in the comments!

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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion launches tomorrow, July 25 for $19.99

Mountain Lion July 25

Earlier today we guessed that Apple would be launching Mountain Lion tomorrow, and it turns out that we were correct. During it's earnings call today, the company announced that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will hit the Mac App Store tomorrow, July 25th. Users will be able to purchase the OS X update for $19.99. Be sure to check out our getting ready for Mountain Lion guide, as well as our Mountain Lion Mac compatability list to be sure your computer can run the new OS.


TotalFinder 1.3.5 updated with Mountain Lion support

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

TotalFinder 1.3.5 Mountain Lion

TotalFinder has become essential Mac software here at Gear Live. If you're unfamiliar, TotalFinder is an add-on for the Apple OS X Finder that provides a tabbed interface. That means that you can have multiple Finder instances open in one window, and you an even have multiple tabbed windows as well. Much easier to work with the Finder when you've got TotalFinder running. Version 1.3.5 brings OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7.5 Lion compatability, as well as Gatekeeper support. Full changelog available after the break.

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Windows 8 hits stores on October 26

Windows 8 logo

Microsoft has just announced that Windows 8, the next major update to its flagship operating system, will go on sale on October 26, 2012. The announcement was made my Steven Sinofsky during Microsoft's annual sales meeting. We're guessing that we'll see the Microsoft Surface tablet launch the same day.

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Ask Andru: How do I prepare my Mac for Mountain Lion?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mountain Lion

Apple is set to release it's next major operating system update, known os OS X Mountain Lion, later this month. In this edition of Ask Andru, Tracy writes in and asks if there is anything she should do to prepare her Mac computers for the Mountain Lion installation. I share some tips on what we can all do to ensure a smooth upgrade experience to Mac OS 10.8.

Question: I hear that Apple will be releasing a new version of OS X shortly. Is there anything I need to do in order to prepare for it to ensure that I can run it? Will it be expensive?

You're correct! Apple announced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion just five months ago, and it will be available in under two weeks. Mountain Lion will sell exclusively on the Mac App Store for $19.99 (so, not expensive at all!) and will include some nice features, including AirPlay Mirroring from your Mac, tighter iCloud integration, Twitter and Facebook built-in at the system level, Reminders, Notes, Game Center, a new Messages app that will let you send and receive iMessages from the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In total, there are over 200 new features that Apple is introducing in Mountain Lion.

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iOS 6 beta 3 OTA update failing for some users

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6 beta 3 update bugs

As we reported earlier, Apple has released iOS 6 beta 3 to developers. However, as with any beta, there are still some bugs to be ironed out. Reports are coming in that the over-the-air update is failing for some users, with an error message that states "Software Update Failed: An error occurred downloading iOS 6 beta 3.". To initiate an OTA update, you go into the Updates section of the settings app, and tap on Download and Install. The failure occurs almost immediately after doing this. Mutiple hard reboots don't seem to fix the issue. It seems that users that are caught in the OTA fail loop will need to wait until the iOS 6 beta 3 10a5355d images become available on the Apple dev portal, using iTunes to manually update their devices.


iOS 6 beta 3 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6 beta 3 download

Apple has just released iOS 6 beta 3 as an over-the-air download a few minutes ago, in line with what we reported earlier today. This release comes a little over a month after the initial iOS 6 beta that was released during WWDC 2012, and just over two weeks since iOS beta 2 was made available. If you're on an iPhone 4S the download 347 MB in size, a little larger than the 332 MB that iOS 6 beta 2 was. The beta 3 update on the new iPad weighs in at 424 MB, a substantial decrease from the 527 MB that beta 2 saw. Check Software Update in your settings app to grab it now!


iOS 6 beta 3 to be released today?

iOS 6 beta 3 french

If the image above is correct, it looks like Apple is set to release iOS 6 beta 3 to developers any minute now. It usually takes a while to propagate to all the servers across the world, but if you're an iOS dev, chances are that you'll likely be seeing an over-the-air update pushed to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are running the current beta. Once we see it on our end, we'll let you know.


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