Mac OS X 10.5 Delayed Until October

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 16:44
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On Thursday, Apple released a statement declaring that the much-anticipated Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system won’t be released until October due to requirements involved with the release of the iPhone.
The “iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned,” notes the release. The statement then goes on to point out that setting the iPhone’s launch date for June had an unintended consequence of reallocating Quality Assurance and “some key software engineering” resources away from Mac OS X development to finishing work on the iPhone.
Mac OS X 10.5 was originally anticipated for a June release at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this June.
“We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones,” concludes the statement.


Sierra Sound Announces iN Studio 5.0 Speakers

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 15:08
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On Thursday, Sierra Sound announced the iN Studio 5.0, a pair of iPod-ready speakers boasting “studio monitoring quality”. The unit functions as a 50 watt amplifier and iPod dock and charger. Additional features include two auxililary inputs, S-video output, 1″ silk tweeters and 5″ drivers, a USB port, infrared port and wireless remote control according to iLounge.
The iN Studio 5.0 retails for US$399 with free shipping and will be available later this month in red, white and black.


We Want Your Apple TV Stories #2

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 14:17
Category: Gadget

With about a month having passed between the Apple TV‘s release and today and an active community working on hacks, workarounds and new features for the device, we want your current stories about what you’ve done with yours:
What was your first impression of the machine? Was it easy to set up? Did you have any problems setting it up? What workarounds did you have to use? Have you upgraded it yet or tried any hacks that have come out for it? Was there a feature or set of features missing that put you on the fence about buying one in the first place? And, finally, what additional modifications would you like to see created for it, either by Apple or the user community?
Send us your stories and we’ll make sure the best stories are published in a round up tomorrow. This isn’t a ticket to instant fame, the affections or the opposite sex or a brand new Ferrari sitting in your driveway, but if you’ve had a memorable experience with Apple’s hippest new device, let us know.


Boot Camp Beta to Expire on September 30th

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 09:10
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Despite the popular feedback it’s generated for Apple, there is a finish line in sight. The Boot Camp program, released as an unsupported public beta in 2006 that allows Intel-based Mac owners to create separate partitions and run Microsoft‘s Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, is set to expire on September 30th or whenever Apple releases a commercial version under the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system according to MacNN.
To this end, Apple has stated that Boot Camp users who’ve created Windows paritions will not see their files instantly disappear, but stated that there will only be limited support for those continuing to use the beta.
“The Windows installation on a user’s Mac will continue to work after the Boot Camp license expires,” said Lynn Fox, a spokeswoman for Apple. Fox warned that the Boot Camp Assistant software will no longer function when the test period expires and that Apple will no longer provide driver updates to beta users following the expiration.
As mentioned on this site before, Apple has been viewed as gearing up for a commecial release of Boot Camp, perhaps to be sold as a standalone product once Mac OS X 10.5 ships. A final price for such a product has yet to be announced.
If you have any thoughts or comments on this, let us know.


The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2 Released

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 08:58
Category: Software

On Thursday, Mark/Space announced that it had released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2. The update, a 28.1 megabyte download, serves as a free upgrade for registered users and runs US$39.95 for new users to purchase and download or US$49.95 to have a CD-ROM shipped along.
The new version of the software, which enables Macs to go beyond communication services provided through Mac OS X and iSync, allows for synching with Windows Mobile devices. Data such as contacts, calendars, addresses, notes, iTunes content and iPhoto pictures can be transferred back and forth via this program. Version 3.0.2 serves as a maintenance update and removes the need for the device to be running in “flight mode” prior to connecting to the Mac according to Macworld News. This update also provides support for the Orange 3100 and HP RX 19XX series devices.
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and a G4, G5 or Intel-based processor to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.