Apple begins shipping Lightning adapter orders

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Date: Monday, October 8th, 2012, 08:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

With any luck, that Lightning adapter you ordered should be arriving soon.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Monday sent out emails notifying a number of Australian customers that their Lightning to 30-pin Adapter orders had shipped, with an expected arrival date coming almost four weeks after sales of the iPhone 5 went live in September.

At least one buyer of Apple’s new adapter, which is currently only compatible with the iPhone 5, told MacRumors that his shipment is due for delivery on Oct. 9, more than three weeks after the handset went up for preorder in mid-September.

According to Apple, the move away from the legacy 30-pin plug to the 80 percent-smaller proprietary Lightning connector was required to build devices as slim and compact as the iPhone 5 and products from the next-generation iPod line. To help ease the transition to the new format, which effectively renders nearly a decade’s worth of “Made for iDevice” accessories obsolete, Apple is offering the US$29 Lightning to 30-pin Adapter along with a US$39 cabled version.

The reversible Lightning port dynamically assigns pins and uses only those signals required by a connected accessory, such as audio or USB data for a dock. The advanced protocol also carries authentication hardware, making it difficult for third-party manufacturers to build accessories without paying royalties to Apple.

It appears that Apple’s Lightning adapters will be indispensable for users tied to their accessories for some time, as Apple is said to have made significant changes to the “Made for iPhone” rules expected to be presented in November, allowing little to no room for accessory makers to build new products before Christmas.

If you’ve gotten your Lightning adapter and can offer any sort of feedback on it, please let us know how your experience went in the comments section.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.4.402.287 update

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Date: Monday, October 8th, 2012, 08:33
Category: News, security, Software

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On Monday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.4.402.287 for Mac OS X, a 11.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version is for Adobe Flash Player 11.4.402.265 and earlier versions and adds the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes for critical vulnerabilities identified in Security Bulletin APSB12-22.

Flash Player 11.4.402.287 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please feel free to hurl your two cents in via the comments.

Roxio releases Toast Titanium 11.1 build 1072 update

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Date: Monday, October 8th, 2012, 07:37
Category: News, Software

Maybe THIS is the final version of Toast Titanium 11.1.

Over the weekend, Roxio released a revised version of the Toast Titanium 11.1 update.

Per the release notes, the new build (1072) was released. The new version, a 97.7 megabyte download (available via MacUpdate), offers the following fixes and changes:
- Resolves crash issue encountered by some users in Audio projects.

- Resolves issue with inconsistent burn speeds.

- Resolves error that occured with Fit-to-DVD option enabled.

- Resolves issue where having a low-resolution image at the start of a video project would result in poor video quality.

- Resolves issue that would result in some set-top Blu-ray players being unable to correctly seek back or forward within a title.

- AVCHD view in Media Browser will no longer keep jumping to top while content is being indexed.

- Audio CD track list can now be copied to clipboard.

- Audio preview controls now allow rewind and fast-forward within a single track.

Toast Titanium 11.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.99.

If you’ve tried the new update and noticed any changes, please let us know in the comments.