Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 4

Apple has today released the fourth version of its iOS 5 beta to developers. The new version should offer some stability improvements and bug fixes. It seems clear that the major new feature is the Over The Air updates, which means you no longer need to connect to iTunes to update your device.

Some changes so far:

– Personal Hotspot is no longer functioning in Beta 4

– Issues have surfaced about E-Mail forwarding

– Wireless Syncing is now available for windows users

– There have been changes to the Notification Centre

– OTA Updates don’t seem to be functioning currently

This is obviously still developing, we’ll give you the latest!

5 Reasons you should upgrade to Mac OS X Lion

There are many reasons you should upgrade your Mac systems to Lion, however we can’t list all of them so here are our top 5!

1. Full-screen applications

Various Included applications now support full-screen modes which allows you to focus on the one app running. You can swipe instantly between full-screen apps using a gesture on the mouse or Magic Trackpad, rather like multitasking on the iPad running iOS .

2. AirDrop

AirDrop is a great new feature that allows easy and quick wireless file transfers over wi-fi between two or more Mac computers, even if they aren’t connected to the same wi-fi network. When activated a secure ‘ad-hoc’ connection is created between the computers, though both must be running OS X 10.7 for it to work.

3. Autosave and Versions

Autosave continually saves changes you make to documents as you make them, without the need to ever manually save files. Versions saves multiple snapshots of work as you go along, allowing you to view your current version and old versions side-by-side to see the differences and revert to previous drafts.

4. Updated Mail application

Apple has updated the included mail application for OS X 10.7. It seems rather like the Mail app on the iPad, and adds support for a conversation view that groups together replies to the same message chronologically. A new full-screen mode keeps you focused on your message when writing.

5. Better Migration from Windows

OS X 10.7 Lion has a new migration tool for people who are switching from Windows to Mac. It will transfer documents, contacts, calendars, email accounts and photos stored in Picasa over your home network, adding them to the appropriate applications in OS X.

Turning to iOS 5

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Now that Apple has finished with updating its the Mac ranges and OS, the company can turn its launch efforts to finding a release date for iOS 5 and of course the iPhone 5! The company has had a busy day launching Lion, a new MacBook Air range and new Mac Mini’s however we can’t forget the anticipated iPhone 5 and its exciting software.

Apple has yet to mention the iPhone 5 however it has hinted at it, and we know Apple is preparing for an event in September which seems the likely date for the release. August is a month that needs to be watched though, as the iPhone and iOS 5 could appear sooner rather than later. The new iOS is said to be in it’s final beta stage which would hint that the final release of the software will be soon, it could even be within the coming weeks! As far as anyone is aware the software along with the iPhone 5 won’t be seen until Autumn which could be anywhere between September 23rd right the way through to Mid November. That might not seem that far away but personally i’d love to have iOS 5 now!

Obviously we need to consider the development of the iPhone 5, as this is a lengthy process and Apple may be no where near the finishing stage of the phone. Usually Apple release the upcoming phone in June/July however rumours of overheating could well be cause of it’s delay.

Well, I think we all want to see iOS 5 and the iPhone 5 sooner, so come on Apple put us out of our misery!

Bye Bye White Macbook’s

After years of innovation the White Macbook has finally been discontinued. It looks like the last ‘non-aluminium’  based product has been cut from Apple’s website. The Macbook has been around since 2006 and was the model that replaced the iBook. The New Macbook Air range which was released today has been lowered in price and appears to be around the same price of an old Macbook, this could be seen as the replacement.

Apple Updates iTunes to 10.4

Apple has just released a new update for iTunes, updating the version up to 10.4. This update brings performance improvements, Run in 64 bit under OS X lion and support Lion’s Full-Screen Application mode.

The update is available now via Software Update on your Mac, or through Apple’s iTunes download page online. From the release notes:

You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. Navigate between all your full-screen apps with a simple gesture.

Download it Now!

Upgrading to Lion?

Are you running the Gold Master version of Lion? If so, you’ve probably noticed that you can’t update to the retail version of Lion in the Mac App Store: but you error that says a newer version of the software is currently installed.

Luckily, there’s an easy trick to getting retail Lion to install over Lion GM.

Here’s what you do. Open the Mac App Store and click on your ‘Purchased’ tab. You should see ‘OS X Lion’ in this list.

Click the text link reading ‘OS X Lion’ while holding down the Option key. You will now be whisked away to the OS X Lion page. Now when you click the ‘Install’ button, the installer will download as promised!

Easy!

iWork Update 6

A few days ago there were rumors that a new update for the iWorks software suite would be released along side Mac OS X Lion. Today, Apple has just released the update, and the update iWork Update 6 is now available through Software Update, as well as the Mac App Store.

The new update adds greater support for Mac OS X Lion. As seen from the release notes:

This update adds support for Mac OS X Lion and takes advantage of the following features:

  • Full Screen
  • Resume
  • Auto Save
  • Versions

This update is recommended for users of iWork 9.0 and later. For detailed information on this update and individual application changes, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4684.

Get it Today!

The Wait is Over!

Well, Apple has finally released their new Lion software which is available to download via the Mac App Store! Costing £20, it is the cheapest Mac Software upgrade ever. All leopard or Snow Leopard systems are compatible for the upgrade, to find out more Click here. Also the much rumored new Mac book Airs have also been launched and are now 2.5X faster than the previous models. They are equip with new Intel iCore processors and Apple’s new thunderbolt ports. Click here to find out more. Along with all of this Apple have also launched new Mac Mini machines which are 2X faster than there previous models and also come with Thunderbolt ports. You can also connect them up to your TV with a single HDMI cable and have also decreased in size ‘slightly’. Click here to find out more.

Mac OS X Lion

Its Inevitable that the new updated Operating System ‘Lion’ will be released today! Evidence of this is shown by the temporary closure of the Apple Online Store, which coincidentally always closes whenever Apple releases new product or something is just about to launch. There has been several rumors that along with Lion, Apple may launch New Macbook Airs which will have Lion pre-installed and are ready to go. Soon the wait will be over and the anticipation for the OS and any new Hardware will be known.