Apple is shipping the long-awaited Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger” (US$94.88 at Amazon.com) today at 6pm at retailers across the U.S. This article focuses on what works and what doesn’t in the newest version of the Mac OS. Should you upgrade or wait and see? Read more before clicking install…
MCE Technologies (a PowerPage sponosor) is offering some deals on Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) where if you buy one of their 8X Double-Layer SuperDrive upgrades for the PowerBook G4, iBook G4, Cube, iBook G3, iMac G5, or iMac G3 (slot-loading) you can get Tiger for US$79 which is US$50 off the retail price. If you buy one of their 16X SuperDrive upgrades for the PowerMac you can get Tiger for US$99 (US$30 off retail.)
Think Secret is reporting that iTunes Mobile 1.0 is slated for June “iTunes 4.8 Mac/Win expected soon
Apple is currently on track to finish up the first version of its iTunes software for mobile phones, dubbed iTunes Mobile 1.0 by June. Meanwhile, iTunes 4.8 is expected for Mac and Windows within the next two weeks.” More at Think Secret.
I am currently hooked on Google Sightseeing, a Web site that takes you to the best tourist spots in the world via Google Maps’ satellite imagery. Their moto is “Why bother seeing the world for real?” Interesting locations include: Crater Lake (the deepest in the U.S.), the 32-story Memphis Pyramid Arena, Cape Canaveral and several Nuclear power plants. Kind of like Sim City – only real.
According to Engadget “in many places around the world, Mac fans and Apple distributors received a shipment they weren’t quite expecting: OS X 10.4 Tiger arrived at the door a full eight days ahead of schedule for some lucky folks who pre-ordered. Vendors PCMall/MacMall and ClubMac gave pre-order customers a treat by unleashing the OS ahead of schedule, quickly followed up by a “recall” of the copies from PCMall.”
Apple has posted an update to correct issues affecting some Java users following the installation of Mac OS X v10.3.9 Software Update.
After updating to Mac OS X 10.3.9, some systems may have issues with Java applications and Java-enabled websites when using Safari. Safari may unexpectedly quit, and standalone Java applications may unexpectedly quit or not launch. This update resolves that issue.
Lesson: Don’t install software updates for at least seven days after it is released, period. Sheesh, Apple is becoming more and more like Microsoft all the time.
Although Rich Text editing was expected to come in the next version of Safari (in Tiger), Apple has included it in the latest update available for Panther (it’s in the 10.3.9 update). Rich Text editing allows you to make things bold, italic, change colors, sizes and even drag and drop images – right in your browser.
Apple has chosen a Microsoft de facto standard called contentEditable instead of the Mozilla’s Midas technology. So far, this release does not work out of the box with available Rich Text browser editors and it’s lack of documentation will keep it that way for a while.
To see a working demo of the available features surf over to the All Forces Blog (with Safari) and check out the demo embedded right in the story. Hopefully, Tiger will shed some light on this promising and much needed feature.
VNUNet.com is reporting on Apple’s security patch for a vulnerability in its iSync application:
The patch released on Tuesday is identified as Security Update 2005-004. It followed one month after update 2005-003.
The flaw makes iSync’s mRouter tool vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack. Users with local access to affected systems could then gain super-user privileges.
Apple computers running OS X version 10.2.8 through to the current version 10.3.9 are susceptible to the bug.
The flaw was discovered by Braden Thomas, an independent developer of security software and a member of the University of Southern California’s Digital Security Interest Group.
Thomas went public about the security hole on 22 January, and had notified Apple even earlier. In an email to vnunet.com, Thomas explained that “three months is a long time to fix the bug”.