Late Thursday Apple issued the first beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7, the next security and maintenance update for its Snow Leopard operating system, to its developers community for testing.
Per AppleInsider, the first beta is dubbed Build 10J842 is a 338.6MB download in its delta form. People familiar with the first beta said that its documentation notes there are no known issues with the software.
Developers have reportedly been asked to focus on AirPort, Bonjour, SMB file sharing, and graphics drivers.
The first beta arrived just weeks after Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.6 for Snow Leopard. That update brought the Mac App Store, a new digital download destination to obtain software for the Mac platform.
While it is unknown what new features or fixes might come in Mac OS X 10.6.7, the Mac App Store will likely prove to be the last major feature added to Snow Leopard. Apple has already begun to hype Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, its next major operating system release. Lion will bring features from iOS, including a home screen, full-screen applications and new multi-touch gestures, to the Mac platform when it debuts this summer.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
You’ve got to admit, a little competition leads to some interesting changes.
Per GearLive, AT&T looks to be consolidating their text message plans, eliminating the low and high ends and meeting somewhere in the middle.
GearLive is reporting that AT&T appears ready to make some revisions to their text messaging plans next week. Thanks to the following leaked screenshot from Best Buy, the wireless carrier plans to eliminate their two current packages and consolidate them into a new one priced at US$10 per month for 1,000 text messages:
Via the image, AT&T looks to be retiring its US$5 for 200 text messages/month and US$15 for 1,500/month text message plans.
The good news with this change is that existing customers will be grandfathered in, meaning they can keep their existing text message plans — even through upgrades or other changes to their account.
The changes look to be slated for Sunday, January 23rd.
As always, let us know what’s on your minds per this issue.
Late Wednesday, Apple released to developers the second external beta of its upcoming iOS 4.3, as well as a new pre-release copy of Apple TV software designed to support the mobile operating system’s new AirPlay feature for third-party programmers. The company also informed developers that some features present in the initial beta won’t make it into the 4.3 release.
Per AppleInsider, the new beta of iOS 4.3 carries build number 9F5135d and is available for all three of Apple’s iOS devices. At this point, it’s too early to tell what changes may come baked into the release when compared to the first beta, released exactly one week ago.
The first beta of iOS 4.3 introduced a personal hotspot control panel, new multitouch gestures for the iPad, and updated SMS alert settings. Resource files accompanying the release also provided hints at a handful of new iPad and iPhone models, as well as a potential “Find My Friends” social networking feature.
It should be noted, however, that the multi-touch gestures that made their debut in the first beta won’t be ready for prime time by the final release of iOS 4.3, according to a note to developers accompanying the release of the second beta.
“This feature will not be enabled in iOS 4.3 for customers,” the documentation reads, “but we are providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps.”
Still, a picture’s worth a thousand words and gestures on the iPad could prove interesting:
As always, let us know what’s on your mind in the comments.
The cool cats at iLounge have received an anonymous tip stating that the Personal Hotspot feature of iOS 4.3 will work on both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS. Per the source, who claims to have tested it using the first beta version of iOS 4.3, the feature works on the 3GS exactly as it works on the iPhone 4, including the ability to share the device’s 3G network connection over Wi-Fi.
While it’ll be up to the individual wireless carriers to support the feature, the feature may be present in the OS but not show up in users’ Settings app unless it has been enabled by their carrier. In addition, while the feature is present in the current 3GS build of iOS 4.3 beta, it is possible that Apple could remove the feature prior to the public release of the update.
Even if it’s just a rumor, this could lead to something useful down the line.
VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 3.2.2. The new version, a 70.9 megabyte download, sports a list of fixes and changes that can be found here.
VirtualBox 4.0.2 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.
As a way of capping off news that the company had turned over a US$6 billion quarterly profit (i.e., mucho dinero), Apple released a pair of software updates for owners of the latest-generation MacBook Air and iLife ’11.
Per Macworld UK, the company released MacBook Air Software Update 2.0, a small update (less than a 1MB download) that tackles a reported bug in which the unit is unable to go to sleep.
The company also released iDVD 7.1.1, a 34MB update that improves stability and brings compatibility for sending slideshows from iPhoto ’11 to iDVD.
Though this update targets an issue relating to iPhoto ’11, Apple recommends it for all users of iDVD 7, which was bundled with iLife ’09 and iLife ’08.
Both updates are available via the support pages, but they should also be waiting in Software Update.
If you’ve tried either update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.
Wireless carrier Vodafone Germany was the source of minor attention on Monday with a spotting of white iPhone 4 listings in its inventory system. Per Engadget, entries for both the 16GB and 32GB versions of a “weiß” (“weiss,” or white) version showed up alongside the usual black (“schwarz”) versions. The source who leaked the images claimed these weren’t just placeholders and would have a launch “soon.”
The timing should be treated with caution as Apple has officially delayed the alternate color scheme until spring 2011. A spring debut even in March could have it on sale for three months or less before it was replaced with the iPhone 5. A white iPhone 4 isn’t thought likely to co-exist with the iPhone 5 as Apple has never had more than one previous-generation iPhone on sale at a time.
Unofficial reasons for the virtual cancellation of the white iPhone 4 have been broad. Most have pinned it on inconsistent coloring for the iPhone’s glass. In one circumstance, it was claimed that the white hue combined with the iPhone 4’s design interfered with the camera, but this hasn’t been proven so far.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve been hankering for a white iPhone 4 since June, I’m not sure what to say.
Apple’s new CDMA iPhone for the Verizon network in the U.S. will also become available with compatible carriers in China, Japan and South Korea, according to a new report from Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes. In the article, it was reported on Thursday that Foxconn will be the sole manufacturer of the Verizon CDMA iPhone, while another overseas supplier, Pegatron, will build the CDMA model of Apple’s smartphone for “China and other countries.” The report went on to note that Apple is “set to start supplying its CDMA iPhone to Japan and South Korea.”
The anticipated launch of the CDMA iPhone in at least four countries is expected to help Apple achieve a record year of handset sales. The report noted that the availability of the iPhone to 93 million Verizon customers on Feb. 10 is expected to double its sales in the U.S.
Sources indicated that Apple currently plans to have about 7 million CDMA iPhones built in the first quarter of 2011. The report also noted that the CDMA baseband module in the new iPhone 4 is slightly more expensive, which would make the handset’s bill of materials as high as US$200 — higher than the estimated US$188 cost of components in the GSM iPhone 4.
Earlier this week, one Wall Street analyst said that higher cost could result in the Verizon iPhone 4 carrying a subsidized price US$20 to US$30 higher than the standard. However, the CDMA iPhone 4 will have the same US$199 starting price as on AT&T for the 16GB model.
Carrier China Telecom has been viewed as a potential candidate for the new CDMA iPhone, and one analyst also believes India’s Reliance would be an ideal alignment. While Thursday’s report mentioned China, along with Japan and South Korea, it made no mention of a potential launch in India.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.