Archive for June, 2012

iTunes 10.6.3 released

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

With all the excitement at WWDC 2012 yesterday, I neglected to inform everyone about the update to iTunes.  iTunes 10.6.3 addresses several issues and also includes support for the soon to be released Mountain Lion.

Apple’s support notes indicate that iTunes 10.6.3 addresses the following issues:

  • Addresses a problem where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad (1st generation) that contains an iBooks textbook
  • Fixes a problem where photos synced to a device may appear in an unexpected order
  • Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly delete playlists created on a device
  • Fixes issues where iTunes may unexpectedly delete apps on a device
  • Improves overall performance and reliability

iTunes can be downloaded from Apple’s site or through Software Update.

New MacBook Pros, MacBook Air, and a next-generation MacBook Pro! Oh my!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A new line of hardware was just announced today at Apple WWDC 2012.  The first announcement was the new MacBook Air, which has Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2GHz dual-core i7, up to 8GB of 1600MHz memory and 60% faster graphics.  It also has 512GB of flash storage and two USB 3.0 ports!  The 11-inch model features a 1366 x 768 display, and the 13-inch model has a 1400 x 900 display.  Pricing starts at $999 for the 11-inch and machines start shipping today.

There’s also been an update to the MacBook Pro.  Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7′s, 8GB of 1600MHz memory and 60% faster graphics here, too.  The 15-inch has Kepler GeForce GT 650M, up to 1GB of memory.  All MacBook Pros have USB 3.0.  The MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch.  13-inch starts at $1199 and the 15-inch starts at $1799.  Also shipping today.

The big surprise is the next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display, which also starts shipping today!  The next-generation MacBook Pro has a 15.4 inch display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800 (four times the number of pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro).

Price starts at $2199 for 2.3GHz quad-core chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.  The next-gen MacBook Pro goes up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7s and up to 16GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage.  At 0.71 inches thin (almost as thin as a MacBook Air!) and 4.46 pounds, this is the lightest MacBook Pro ever.

Ports: SD, HDMI, 2 – USB 3.0, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt and a headphone jack.  FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt adapters.  [Nota bene: the unibody is now an actual component of the display and not just a case, which reduces the number of layers and integrates the glass right into the frame, making it thinner.]


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