Mac sales at the end of 2011 were substantially up from the previous year, and a closer look from analyst group Needham & Company reveals where the bulk of that growth came from - business customers. Specifically, Mac sales that were sent to businesses were up by 50.9%, according to analyst Charlie Wolf, and enterprise sales are also soaring.
It's a very Mac morning with more updates on the next version of Apple's desktop software than you can possible handle! The next version will be called Apple OS X Mountain Lion and you'll be able to check out our very full guide on it in the post Meet Apple OS X Mountain Lion. Next be sure to check out the brand new Messages for OS X which you can download in beta right this second! Apple is also making some vast privacy changes that could affect 1000s of applications, and Chris Davies has a featured column by the name of Apple Gatekeeper is the Game-Changer - straight from the Mountain Lion's mouth!
A select number of users updating to the newest version of Mac OS X on their Apple machines have encountered a bug of sorts, but some relief has some down the pipe in less than 24 hours after the original release. This fix does not come directly in response to the bug, but is an official Apple-made software download you can all use to bring your life back to normalcy. The problem is, the bug itself is one that closes all applications as you open them - so you're going to have to do some jimmy-rigging.
There's not a whole lot of big-time press that follows MacWorld these days, or at least in the past few years since Apple stopped attending the event themselves - but they're still there, and they've still got something to say! Macworld 2012 is now called Macworld | iWorld and as event general manager Paul Kent says, "[it's] not a trade show - it's a lifestyle event." What the event's task is now, as it goes on this week, is to keep themselves at least seeming important as they move perhaps further and further away from the height of their popularity - the launch of the original iPhone.
It appears that the mobile ecosystem won't be the first or even the second to get updates that will allow iCloud functionality - instead it will be Mac OS X Lion and iTunes that make the move first. Of course the difference between the three won't be more than a day in advance of the launch of iOS 5, the mobile operating system coming out with the launch of the iPhone 4S. Updates are expected to be available BEFORE the October 12th launch of iOS 5 for both iTunes and OS X Lion, the exact date being either Monday or Tuesday (two or three days from the day this post is posted.)
A rarely seen (not for long) interview with Steve Jobs just a few months before his return after a 10-year absence has surfaced, in it the man speaking on how Apple will prosper in the future. What you're about to see is a few simple points that Jobs makes in regards to what he sees as the then-failing company's possibilities, including what's obvious to us all now: innovation and brand loyalty. Have a look below and see what Jobs, then titled only as the Chairman and CEO of Pixar, knew before the whole rest of the world came to the same realization.
For those of you looking to set up a media center in your living room, your options are ever expanding. What we got a chance to take a bit of a closer look at this week at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular 2011 was no less than Kingston's latest effort in external harddrive technology, this being the Wi-Drive wireless flash storage device. You'll be able to add a whole 16 or 32GB to your harddrive completely wirelessly and, what's better than that, share the content with any compatible device in the room.
Apple has issued a security update for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard that will address the fraudulent security certificates issue resulting from the recent hack of DigiNotar. The Dutch company sells SSL certificates to major companies around the world, but had over 500 of the certificates stolen when its servers were breached back in July.
If you refuse to update to Mac OS X Lion from Snow Leopard for the time being, you may still be able to take advantage of Apple's iCloud. This news comes from a message that one developer received after he upgraded his MobileMe account to the iCloud but attempted to access it via a machine still running OS X Tiger. The message indicated that the minimum requirement for compatibility with the iCloud is Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6.9.
Down in Florida today, a group by the name of Operating Systems Solutions, LCC, has found it necessary to file a patent infringement lawsuit against no less than Apple. Their suit includes finding Apple's OS X operating system using a fast boot operation which seems to infringe on a patent originally owned by LG Electronics. The original owner, LG Electronics, seems to have filed for patent back in 1999, another granted patent being assigned again in 2002 to LG Electronics Inc, but that in its reissued granted patent form is assigned to Protimus Technologies LLC in 2008 - it is this patent that's being quoted in the court's document - will Apple be forced to defend connections to said original LG filing? We shall see!