Mac OS X Lion has been downloaded by 1 million users worldwide

1 million users have purchased Mac OS X 10.7 Lion during the first day of availability. This is the official statement made by Apple in which they also mentioned the fact that this number relates to users that have bought the product and to users that have downloaded it. It’s a questionable statement that can be easily reinterpreted.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing declared:

“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic.”

Well, many critics say that there is something wrong about this OS. It’s huge and slow, and many of its features are just useless especially in terms of usability. Users that have already bought it, complain about the lack of additional info regarding its features. Many of them will praise any downgrade available from Lion to any other Mac OS version. So where is the truth about this product? Will Apple become the new Internet Big Brother through its products?

In case you want an answer to these questions and you have $29.99 to spend, just visit the Mac® App Store™.

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Safari 5.1 has been released for Windows and Snow Leopard OS

Apple have released a new version of its Safari browser for Windows and Snow Leopard OS, to come in line with the bundle edition that comes with their latest Lion OS. The difference is that this stand-alone version lacks of some special features found in the bundle such as: sandboxing, full-screen browsing and multi-touch gestures.

Safari 5.1 is based on a new programming architecture that causes the browser to be much more responsive in displaying the pages. Besides this technical improvement Safari 5.1 comes also with new features that improves its user-friendly character. Reading List works like a container where you can save any article, video, or link for later usage. Its content can be viewed in a separate list from where you can access it whenever you want.

The security has not been forgotten, therefore Apple have introduced a Privacy Pane that shows what kind of data websites are storing and lets you remove it. You can also customize cookie settings and choose whether websites can request your location information. Related to this features, Apple have also introduced the Private AutoFill function that keeps your personal information private. Whenever you come across a web form, Safari automatically detects it and lets you choose to use AutoFill to complete the form with information from your Address Book. No information is ever added to a form automatically unless you say it’s OK.

A must-have feature already present in most of the browsers present on the market is the Resume function, which now is also present in Safari. This means that you can choose to have Safari automatically restore your windows and tabs from your last browsing session in the General pane of Safari preferences.

In case you interested in this product, you need to know that Safari 5.1 is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8).

download Safari 5.1 for Windows | download Safari 5.1 for Mac

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MacBook Air refresh and OS X Lion to be launched next week

It seems the new MacBook Air and the new OS X Lion from Apple will be launched at the same time next week (probably on 14th of July), rumors say. So Apple will ship the new Macs along with Lion.

It makes sense, because the new OS X Lion will bring plenty of enhancements and new features, that complements very well the new Macbook Air, including iCloud services, iOS-style Launchpad, full-screen apps, Mission Control that comes up with a three-finger swipe, automatic tracking of document version history, and a resume feature that picks up where the user left off. Lion will only be available via Apple’s Mac App Store only for just $30. Many users with multiple Macs may need to take note of instructions here to help ease the installation process.

The MacBook Air refresh will probably include 19nm 400Mbps mSATA. The mSATA connector allows a flash drive to be slotted directly on to the motherboard taking up very little space, reaching speeds of 400Mbps while using less power. The MacBook Air refresh will come with the new Thunderbolt, the fastest I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. Also the processors will be upgraded to the latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors and integrated Intel graphics: Core i5 and i7.

If you’re thinking about buying a Mac or a MacBook, wait for a few more days. I know I will 🙂 .

MacBook Air

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WWDC 2011 Apple launches Mac OS X Lion iOS5 and iCloud

World Wide Developers Conference San Francisco 2011 has three Software Revolutions prepared for the public: Mac OS X Lion 10.7, iOS 5 for iPhone/iPad and iCloud to keep them all together.

“Mac OS X has over 250 new features and 3000 api’s for developers.”

At WWDC 2011 Mac OS X Lion was presented with 10 key new features:
1 – Multi-Touch Gestures
Improved gestures and BYE BYE scroll bars

2 – Full Screen Apps
New top-right button for it. You can see all applications in full screen.

3 – Mission Control
Bird-eye-view for everything you have running.

Downside to all these features means you have to learn some gestures, learn how to use and get used to mission control, and get used to new full-screen apps.

4 – Built into Lion Mac App Store
Because this was a very “hard” thing to do.

5 – Launch Pad
A gesture for all your applications, it also looks very alike iOS from iPhone/iPad.

6 – Resume
Remembers the application setting, selected texts if it gets closed intentionally or by accident.

7 – Auto Save
Lion can automatically save any document while you are working.

8 – Versions
Automatic versions of your document. A time-machine of all your document versions.

9 – Airdrop
Aa sharing documents and files from a mac to another. Peer-2-Peer Wifi based sharing tool. This is sharing folder improved in visual way.

10 – Mail
Improved version of Mail with some features and user interface from iOS. It also has bubble-like history for the emails which is cute.
I must admit I love the search feature, you can finally easily search and find fast something on your email.

Check them out:

 

Mac OS X Lion will be priced only for $29.99 available in July only through Apple App Store.

( If you take out the flashy box, and the manuals, the disk and all the manufacturing process and SHIPPING for these Mac OS X disks – then you can make a $29.99 operating system, Just wondering why microsoft is still behind on this )

iOS 5 – new OS for your revolutionary device

Here are the WWDC 2011 presented iOS 5 features :
1 – Notification Center
No more interrupting, no more losing the list of notifications if you have the screen locked Notifications Center “is a single place which combines all notifications ” “just swipe your finger down from the top to get your notifications center”.

2 – Newsstand
Magazines and news papers will be available on your iPhone, in a single place that combines all of them (by purchase). The best part is that you get music and video inside the news. This feature downloads in background all the papers and data. (unfortunately you need a good data plan, without it, a music magazine will download while you are sleeping, increasing your bill)

3 – Twitter – new twitter app integrated

4 – Safari Updates – improved reading options. reading list – to read your page later – this will sync up on your Mac or PC and a great feature: tabs for iPads.

5 – Reminders (text, date, location so on)
Love the “location” feature, you can now program reminders by GPS location (if you leave or arrive somewhere). The downside to this is that I can’t imagine what your battery life will get if you use it a lot. Reminders will sync with Exchange on windows and iCal.

6 – Camera
Lock screen shortcut, use the volume up button to take the photo, grid lines, pinch to zoom, AE/AF lock using your finger and basic photo editing features.

7 – Mail
Rich text formatting, drag addresses, support for flagging, search entire content from the mail server, swipe to inbox gestures, added support for S/MIME and built-in dictionary.

9 – PC-FREE
No more “plug in iTunes to setup”, Software Updates are OTA (Over-The-Air), Delta Updates you download only the updates not the entire OS, create/delete calendars from iOS.

10 – iMessage
New message system between iOS devices iPhone-iPad-iPod Touch, supported over WiFi and 3G.
You can exchange:
– text, photos, video, contacts, etc
– delivery receipts (confirmation of sending)
– read receipts (confirmation of read)
– typing indication
– pushed to all devices

The new iOS 5 includes also over 200+ new features, here are a few that were mentioned in the WWDC 2011 conference:
– Split Keyboard for your iPad if you type with your thumbs
– Game Center “iOS is the most popular gaming platform on the planet” (support for Turn-based games)
– Airplay mirroring (wireless mirroring iPad over Apple TV)
– WiFi Sync to iTunes
– Multitask Gestures

 

iOS 5 will be available this Fall. Will it work on all earlier versions of the iPhone ? – NOPE.
iOS 5 will work only on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod Touch 3rd and 4th gen.

iCLOUD
– stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices
– is integrated with your apps so everything happens automatically.

iCloud and MobileMe are not the same thing.

iCloud features:

– Now iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iMac – can be synced completely automatically through iCloud. You don’t have to be near your mac or iPod to sync your new music.

– You can Sync: contacts, iCal, mail, appstore purchases, keynote presentations, documents,album photos, music (purchased with your Apple Id), books and magazines.

– IBooks also remembers bookmarks so you can read something on your iPhone and continue on iPad.

– Backup – if you get a new phone, everything you purchased (music apps and books, camera roll, device settings, app data, and personal data)

– iTunes Match for $24.99 will scan your music (no upload) that you ripped or purchased from another place, match it with 256kbps AAC DRM-free music from iTunes and you can have the same benefits as music purchased from iTunes.

Limitations include: 1000 photos, 30 Days storage time on the cloud, 5 Gb of storage (mail, documents and backup) for your Apple ID beside purchased music, app, books and photo stream.
Again, you should have a data plan on your mobile device.

And the best part of this – THIS IS FREE. (no more MobileMe year subscription)

Everything looks pretty iNICE.

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