The Super-Thin iMacs
This new line of iMacs is the first to not have a built-in DVD Superdrive. If you're into video editing and want to put your project on a DVD, (which was one of the big features Apple use to tout about for the iMac) you will need to buy the external Apple Superdrive. When you need to connect external drives to your computer because of how the computer's design changed, it makes that computer that much less elegant and a lot less as easy to use.
If you are thrilled with the new design of the iMac and are dead-set on purchasing one, I strongly recommend purchasing the AppleCare extended coverage which will extend the standard one year warranty to three years total. I personally can't recommend these iMacs because of how far over-the-line Apple has taken the Design over Function philosophy.
Running Mountain Lion on your Mac (Update)
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
8 VERY USEFUL FEATURES IN MOUNTAIN LION OS 10.8
Auto Save was introduced in OS 10.7 Lion where when after you initially Name & Save your document, the software would automatically continually save the changes in the document as you were working on it, there by having separate versions of that document. When you are finished, all you would need to do is close the document. You won't get the usual "Save Changes?" sheet that would come down from the top of the window anymore because your "changes" have already been saved. What OS 10.8 Mountain Lion has added is a new File Directory connected to Apple's iCloud service. This feature is extremely convenient if you have other computer and/or Apple Devices like the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You would have access to your documents on any of your devices. iCloud will offer a Document Library for your documents.
BUILT-IN SOCIAL SHARING
Built-in Sharing will allow you to easily share any information with Twitter and Facebook throughout the Operating System and supported Applications. For Example, you wouldn't need to copy some text that you want to share and switch over to your web browser and log-in to your social network in order to share. In OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, there will be a new button that you can click on to share any text that is highlighted.
Dictation is now built-in to OS X. There is no voice pre-training. It works from the get-go. You can use it anywhere you type. The more you use it, the better it becomes. There is one thing though, in order to use it, you need to have an Internet connection for it to work.
Mail in OS 10.8 Mountain Lion will have a new VIP mailbox which will look out for messages from a person you designate. Also, your Mail Preferences with be pushed to iCloud so that your email settings will be the same on your other Apple devices.
Notes is a new application included with OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. Notes' entries will be Pushed to all your Apple devices via iCloud. Be able to drag Photos & Attachments into Notes. Format your Notes with different fonts, rich text, bulleted items and numbered lists. You will also be able to Pin Notes to your Desktop.
A new feature of OS 10.8 Mountain Lion will have a hidden place on the right-hand side of the screen that will group current information from applications such as Calendar and Mail to name just a couple. To access Notification Center, there will be an Icon in the upper right corner of the screen that once clicked on, a sheet will slide out from the right side of the screen listing alerts and current events going on with your other Applications. Notification Center is also the place where you can send a Tweet or Facebook entry right from the Desktop.
Preview which comes with every version of OS X and is equivalent to Adobe Reader, adds access to Documents in the Cloud, the ability to Fill out PDF forms and Insert a page from your Scanner.
Reminders is a new application that's included with OS 10.8 to help you stay organized with To-Do Lists and Location-based reminders. Be able to add a location to a reminder and then receive a notification via iCloud on any of your other Apple devices when you Depart or Arrive at that location using GPS. Reminders also works with Google and Yahoo calendars.
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Mac OS X 10.7 LION
Summer is a Great Time for a TuneUp!
The Re-Designed iPad 2
Announced yesterday in San Francisco, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage with the re-designed iPad 2 and comes with IOS 4.3. The first noticeable difference is that it's 33% thinner and a 10th of a pound lighter than the first Apple iPad. The iPad 2 has a Dual Core A5 processing unit that's 2 times faster and 9 times faster Graphics than the original iPad but has the same low power consumption as the A4 processor in the original iPad, which means that the battery charge will still last 10 hours, even with the faster processor. The iPad 2 has a Front and Rear camera and comes in Black or White and will work with both AT&T and Verizon carriers. Both Photo Booth and FaceTime software is included to take advantage of the new built-in cameras. The rear camera not only takes snap shots but doubles as an HD video camera which brings about the next version of iMovie, now for the iPad 2. iMovie for iPad 2 includes a Precision editor, Multitrack audio recording, New themes and AirPlay to your Apple TV. Share your videos in HD. It's a Universal application which means any project that's in iPad 2, can be transferred back to your Mac. A second Apple App for the iPad 2 will be Garage Band which includes 8 tracks of recording and Smart Instruments that helps you learn how to play an instrument. Both iMovie and Garage Band will be priced at $4.99 US each. IOS 4.3 brings better Safari browser performance, iTunes home sharing which allows access to your iTunes library on your Mac or PC to stream your music and videos to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Better AirPlay streaming to your Apple TV 2 such as being able to view video from a web page and any App. You can use Apple TV's built-in slideshows when streaming photos from your iDevice too. There is a new Preference for the right-side iPad switch which can either act as a mute or a rotation lock switch. The last major feature in the IOS 4.3 software update is a Personal Hotspot for the iPhone 4. This will allow you to create a wireless Internet connection using your iPhone 4's 3G network for your laptop computer when there isn't a wireless Internet connection nearby. A new HDMI adapter will also be available. It will offer Mirrored Video Output which means anything that shows on the iPad screen for example, will show on the HDTV that the iPad is connected to. The HDMI adapter will support resolutions up to 1080 progressive, it'll work with all apps, will support screen rotation and no special setup or configuration is required. The HDMI adapter will cost $39.00 US.Then, there is the new covers for the iPad 2. The covers feature a magnetic hinge which grasp and auto-aligns itself to the iPad 2. Has a Micro-fiber lining underneath that cleans the iPad 2's screen, wakes the iPad 2 when lifting the cover and sleeps the iPad 2 when closed and is easy to remove or change. It comes in 10 colors, 5 colors in Polyurethane for $39.00 US and 5 colors in Leather for $69.00 US each.
The iPad 2 will be the same price as last year's iPad.
The iPad 2, IOS 4.3, iMovie and Garage Band for iPad 2,
will be available March 11th.