Think everyone is all settled after the keynote and think it’s time to wrap things up for the three major areas and thanks to TUAW who compiled the housekeeping list.
Mac OSX Lion
- Lion will be available in July, and it only costs US$29.99 for all your devices.
- Lion will only be available through the Mac App Store.
- If you have a desktop Mac, now’s a good time to go get a Magic Trackpad to take good use of the new Mission Control feature.
- Mac OS X is taking some design cues from iOS with Launchpad and new Mail design
- Saving and backing up files will be easier than ever.
- iCloud replaces MobileMe and is now FREE.
- iCloud wirelessly syncs data across all your devices.
- Photo Stream makes syncing recent photos manually a thing of the past, pics gets synced across different devices.
- iTunes Music purchases now appear everywhere via the iCloud sync.
- PC Free – no more cables needed to hook up to iTunes for updates, now done via WiFi
- Photography – the mapping of the Home button, by double tapping will now immediately launch the Camera app and with the Camera app loaded, a quick press of the “volume up” button will take the pic
- Notifications – like the Android phones, notifications now appear in an ordered list in a special screen which you access at any time by swiping down from the top bar
- Twitter – Photos and Camera app will allow you to post images and video to your Twitter stream and Youtube and Safari will post a links to the page or video you are currently viewing
- iMessage – iMessage is the Messages app crossed with an instant messaging client crossed with a group messaging app.
- Reminder – hmm…. need to find out more on this one.
For those of you who uses multiple iTunes accounts and get fed up going through the tedious steps switching between accounts, this app, the iTunes Account Switcher (FREE) is just for you. Macstories ran a story yesterday on this app which sits on top of your Menubar and with it, you can select which account you want to log into right there, instead of doing so in iTunes.
Basically the app is just a series of script. The only minor problem I noticed is that if I have my Chrome browser opened, it would not show up on the Menubar, could it be because my Menubar is all jammed with other apps, not sure. Ways to work around it is to minimize whatever program I have and voila, there it is. Another thing I also did is to drag the icon down to the dock to have fast access.
You can download iTunes Account Switcher here.
Source – iTunes Account Swticher via macstories
Multiple sources indicated that there might be a new release of the new generation of iPods with the possible inclusion of a camera and microphone. Speculations indicated that the three possible versions are of 16, 32 and 64GB were a price tag of US$199, US$299 and US$399 respectively. Possible upgrade to iTunes 9 is said to be included as well.
As for the Apple Tablet, according to Gizmodo, “They went on to say that although the project (Apple Tablet) has been going on under various names between four and six years, the first prototype was built around the end of 2008. Adding, “The time to market from first prototype is generally 6-9 months.” That would place the device’s release date in this holiday season. (Think not) They then said, “There was a question of what OS the device would run, too.” So the chances of it being announced at the upcoming keynote event is highly unlikely.
Stay tuned for more.
Source – Gizmodo
Finally have time to install the new iPhone 2.1 update on my iPhone. Took me a little bit over 40 minutes for the whole update and install process (237.8MB altogether this time). Really like the new functions, such as more info on tracks/podcast played on the iPod and time remaining from last played; the 3G/EDGE signal upgrade (reception seemed a lot better at least for me); shorter backup time (gee, thanks Apple, finally) and installation for new apps; and the Genius playlist which I don’t have time to play around yet. As for the rumored better/longer battery life, still need couple days to tell.
However, been getting a lot of mixed reviews all across the wire. Engadget ran an article saying that some users been experiencing degradation to their 3G signals and been having problem with their email. Guess we’ll find out how all that pans out in a few days.
How’s your upgrade working?
So all this time you’ve been thinking about getting your iTunes music onto your mobile phone, well, wait no more.
Sailing Media Sync from Sailing Software now can do just that, be it on the Mac or PC Windows platform (for selective Nokia, Sony and Sony Ericsson models). However, Sailing Media Sync does not copy DRM-protected media, as it wouldn’t play on your device. When buying music from the iTunes Store, Sailing Software recommend looking for items labelled “iTunes Plus”. Music that has been ripped from CDs in MP3 or M4A format will sync without problems.
[Update: 21 August 2008] Finally found the time to perform the update and thank God, this time around it was much more smoother and faster and no hiccups whatsoever, unlike the last update (see previous post – CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – More Woes in Updating iPhone 3G to V.2.0.1. The whole process took less than half an hour. Woot, all happy now.
[19 August 2008] Apple just released another iPhone software update to version 2.0.2 and no it doesn’t fix the 3G reception problem, at least not yet. Reports on forum indicated that some users actually have WORSE 3G reception after the update. So what does it fix? well, according to iPhone Atlas, “typing and scrolling, which were plagued by extreme lag and slowness prior this update, are now operating at acceptable speeds for many users, but not all”. The update weighs in at around 249MB. With the last update, I would advise users the following –
- DO NOT perform the update while you’re in the office (God knows how long it would take or how many times you need to do it over again if it turned into a brick), best to do it when you get home tonight;
- remember to set your call forward on to your house phone or other land lines or alternatively if you have another 3G phone with another 3G card, swap them (the swap only works with unlock iPhones here in Hong Kong). By doing so, you won’t miss any of your calls;
- turn airplane mode off;
If the update fails, try the following work-arounds from iPhone Atlas on the last firmware updates –
- The first thing to try is simply multiple attempts. The iPhone may fail to update on the first attempt, but succeed in restoring on the second or third attempt. Failing that, your copy of the update may be corrupt. Try deleting it and re-downloading it. Delete the update that resides in the following directories:
- under Mac OS X: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
- under Windows XP: C:/documents and settings/[yourusername]/Application Data/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
- under Windows Vista: C:/users/[yourusername]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
- The fix in other cases is to reinstall iTunes. Simply download the package, run the installer and restart.
Failing that, under Mac OS X, try deleting the following files:
then reinstall iTunes.
Another potential fix is to put the iPhone in recovery mode then restore it.
Good luck updating all, you’ll probably need it.
Source – iPhone Atlas
Was chatting with my reader Maverick over Meebo yesterday and one of the topics we came across was what currency the iTunes Store is charging for the iPhone applications here in Hong Kong. Is it HK$ or US$. Well, in case anyone of you out there have the same question, the answer is US$. Bought Texas Hold’em last week from the iTunes Store and the charge was US$4.99 on my Visa. Hope this help and thanks Maverick for bringing this up.