This thick semi-throwback wasn't even mentioned by Apple, but it still exists. Like the cast in an Agatha Christie mystery, however, its ranks are being depleted. First the 17-inch version vanished back in 2011, and immediately after the October 2013 Apple press event, the 15-inch version disappeared from Apple's site, leaving only the $1,199 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, which we are now referring to as … Read more
Apple's iPhone once again led the company to earnings that were higher than what Wall Street expected.
On Monday, Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8.26 per share on sales of $37.5 billion. Analysts, on average, forecast the company to post earnings of $7.92 per share on sales of $36.8 billion.
Apple said it sold 33.8 million iPhones, 14.1 million iPads, 4.6 million Macs, and 3.5 million iPods during the quarter. Wall Street was expecting sales of around 32 million iPhones, 15 million iPads, 4.26 million Macs, and 4.2 million … Read more
At Apple's live event earlier this week, iWork and iLife users were given a treat: free upgrades to major new versions of the company's productivity and lifestyle apps.
The move, which follows one the company made last month on its mobile platform iOS, is part of a broader effort to offer many of its paid software apps for free.
But, according to some longtime users, the new versions of the apps are a step backwards in functionality. Many have taken to Apple's official support forum to air their grievances.
Among the features users say are missing from … Read more
When Apple introduced OS X Lion, it changed the default view of the user's home folder to no longer show the Library folder. This change arguably offered less clutter; however, this resulted in a number of people frustrated when needing to access contents of this folder.lo
Apple did include a link to the Library folder in the Go menu of the Finder; however, even this was relatively hidden, and required you hold the Option button when clicking the menu to reveal it.
For those who needed to access their Library, workarounds included using the Terminal to run commands … Read more
As part of its OS X Mavericks release, Apple has included version 7 of its Safari Web browser, which not only offers compatibility with the new operating system, but also brings some enhanced features. One of these is a new plug-in manager that allows you to enable or disable plug-ins, either globally or on a per-site basis.
While the technologies built into Apple's Safari browser are relatively safe and constantly updated, some of the notable security breaches have come from the use of third-party plug-ins such as Java and Flash, among others. Since a good portion of Web content … Read more
Apple's OS X Mavericks update, which was released for free on Tuesday, is already installed on 5.5 percent of all Macs and rising quickly.
That's according to advertising network Chitika, which says the OS is seeing three times the adoption of last year's OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" update during the same first 24-hour period.
One simple reason for that? The software update, which Apple says brings more than 200 new features to Macs, was given out for free. That's a first for Apple, which charged existing Mac owners $20 for last … Read more
I've read a number of headlines talking about Apple's new policy of giving OS X away for "free" and how that might harm Microsoft's future. A reality check is in order.
OS X, also called Mac OS, isn't free. Even if you want to buy that argument, it's unlikely to be a major factor in shifting people from Windows to Mac. The price of an operating system is a sideshow compared with the cost of hardware, and more importantly, when you consider the shift from PCs to tablets.
How 'free' isn't really … Read more
Catching Safari up to Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, Adobe Systems has put its Flash Player plug-in into a sandbox for better security protection on Apple's browser, too.
"With this week's release of Safari in OS X Mavericks, Flash Player will now be protected by an OS X App Sandbox," Adobe platform security strategist Peleus Uhley said Wednesday in a blog post.
Sandboxing restricts the privileges that software gets, for example prohibiting it from writing to a storage device or tampering with data in memory held by another program. Such limits make it harder for malware … Read more
Apple has always supported a rudimentary file flagging system in OS X called Labels, in which you could apply a colored label to items to group them. For instance, important files could all be labeled with the color and the word "Green," so you could easily identify them when perusing your folder hierarchies.
In addition to the color label, you could customize the label name to something like "Important Files" instead of simply "Green," and then use the system's searching and scripting capabilities to distinguish these files from others.
In the latest version … Read more
Apple's Notification Center feature that debuted in OS X 10.7 offers a central location for notices, warnings, and alerts that applications, the system, and other services might issue you. With this feature you can see incoming e-mail, messages, and App Store updates, among other details from programs that support it, or you can use custom utilities to create your own notifications.
Unfortunately Apple has made this feature a bit frustrating to deal with, especially for those who may not find it all too useful, or wanted. For those who wish to disable it, Apple has included a Do … Read more