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Rumor: Updates A Plenty Coming This Week?

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Tuesdays can be kind of bland during the workweek.  Monday just happened, and we’re not quite to Wednesday yet.  So if your Tuesday was a little on the “so-so” side, hopefully the newest rumor will perk you up a bit.  Word is that Apple could be releasing Mac OS X 10.6.5 AND iTunes 10.1 via Software Update tomorrow!  Feeling a little bit better, but still need more?  How about iOS 4.2 coming out on Friday?  That’s more like it!

But always erring on the side of caution, the report is coming from a “source working close with AT&T,” and carrier reps aren’t always the greatest source for tidbits of information, so take it how you want:

According to our source, 10.6.5 completed the certification stage a few hours ago and iTunes was ready 3 weeks ago – likely after the release of beta 2 to developers.

Most know that the golden master version of iOS 4.2 was handed out to developers last week, but apparently a public release has had to go on hold for Apple to put the finishing touches to Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is needed to be able to give support to certain functions of AirPrint on iOS 4.2.  iTunes 10.1 is also needed to support AirPlay streaming capabilities.  With that, logic would point to Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 making their appearance just about before or along with iOS 4.2.

Just in case said rumors do come to fruition, we’ll certainly keep you posted!

via MacRumors

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Apple Updates Mac Pro EFI Firmware, Logic Software

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On Thursday, Apple released a pair of updates aimed at its pro users — an EFI firmware update for the 2010 Mac Pros, and a pair of software updates for Logic and its baby brother, Logic Express.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple released Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5 on Thursday for the company’s 2010 model Mac Pro desktops. The firmware requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 and is a mere 1.96MB download.

According to Apple, the update is recommended for all models of Mac Pro released in mid-2010, and specifically targets two areas. The first resolves an issue that prevented the firmware password prompt from being displayed, while the second squashes an issue that prevented the Boot Picker from being presented if Ethernet is connected to a network without DHCP.

Also related to the newer Mac Pro models, Apple released Firmware Restoration CD 1.9, a 22.5MB download which incorporates the same updated firmware but allows a user to clear up any potential problems that may have occurred from an interrupted or unsuccessful firmware update.

Apple was also busy on the software update front, releasing Logic Pro 9.1.3 and Logic Express 9.1.3, which specifically addresses an issue with Hyper-Threading as well as the always-helpful “improved general stability and compatibility.”

“Under Logic 9.1.3’s audio preferences, users can specify the number of audio rendering threads the software will open at any one time,” MacRumors explains. “While the option is set to ‘automatic’ by default and the maximum number of available threads is determined by the number of processor cores and support for Hyper-Threading on the user’s computer, the setting allows users to manually adjust the number of threads to best fit their workflow.”

The Logic Pro update weighs in at 193.01MB, while its smaller sibling is only 139.68MB; both require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

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Apple Updates Logic Pro and Logic Express to 9.1.2

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Mac users who rely on Apple’s software to make music will probably rejoice to find a new update available for both Logic Pro and Logic Express, particularly for users of Mac Pro systems.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple released a pair of software updates on Thursday for the company’s Logic audio applications, “bringing improved compatibility with Apple’s new Mac Pros and several other enhancements.” Both Logic Pro and Logic Express were updated to version 9.1.2 and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

The list of issues addressed with the 9.1.2 update include:

– Improved compatibility with 6 and 12-core Mac Pro systems
– Support for iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol
– REX files now supported in 64-bit mode
– Improved compatibility with select Audio Unit plug-ins


Logic Pro 9.1.2 is a 193.01MB update
; the stripped-down Logic Express is a 139.67MB update and both are available to users via Software Update or the download links above. You can also get full details on the update by visiting the Logic Pro or Logic Express support pages.

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Apple Updates MobileMe Gallery App, Adds Support for iPad

Apple has just updated their MobileMe Gallery application [iTunes link] for the iPhone with universal support for all iOS devices, including the iPad. This means that you can now browse your MobileMe photos with ease on any iOS device you choose. Apple also added fast app switching for iOS 4.0 devices, and topped things off with Retina Display support.

According to the App Store, the following additions were made with Version 1.2:

– Universal app with full iPad support
– Supports fast app switching for iOS 4 devices
– Optimized for Retina displays
– View friends’ galleries without the need for a MobileMe subscription (iPhone and iPad only)

The ability to view friends’ public galleries without having a MobileMe account will make this application more valuable to non subscribers than it has typically been in the past. You can download the free update for the MobileMe Gallery from the iTunes App Store [iTunes link].

 

via MacRumors

 

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Dropbox Updates Apps and Adds Blackberry

Of the various cloud storage services out there, we’re most partial to Dropbox. The interface is simple, the uploads fairly quick, and the app works beautifully. Plus, with their open API, Dropbox can sync with tons of our other apps and software making it our number one floating hard drive. Today, it seems, is update day.

Dropbox had a slew of announcements to release today. The biggest news is that Dropbox is now going to be on the Blackberry platform. While we often worry about RIM’s future, expanding availability to a service we’ve come to love is always good news. It’s actually rather surprising that Dropbox wasn’t on Blackberry’s OS some time ago, as popular as the handset has been and remains in enterprise environments. Access to great apps like Dropbox might just help Blackberry stay relevant in the mobile world.

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Dropbox also announced updates to their Android app including “support for photo galleries and multi-photo upload, ability to automatically send files to Dropbox from other apps… and other new features and fixes.” So Dropbox integration, something Apple fans have seen for a while on their iPhones, is now making its way to the Android market.

Dearest to iOS Device users, Dropbox also announced updates to the iPad and iPhone versions of the popular app. Most interesting among these are “automatic offline caching for recently accessed files,” which sounds to us suspiciously like cloud flexibility. This is great news for iPad users who sometimes may need to work on a Dropbox file where there’s no WiFi. Changes most likely will stay in the app until connectivity is returned, then resync the updated version. Dropbox also announced the iOS apps wil now support “HD video and high-resolution photo capture…full screen landscape document viewing on iPad and the support for multitasking to allow files to upload or download in the background.”

The list of software and services making use of Dropbox’s API has grown since they opened it up in May of this year. The numbers are over 100, and Dropbox has compiled them in a nice list here. Check ’em out. You may just discover a service you didn’t even know you needed.

(As of this writing, the updates weren’t yet live in the App Store, so keep checking back.)

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Apple Releases Updates for Safari and iDisk, Find My iPhone Apps

We’ve caught wind of a myriad of tres cool software updates pushed live today. For starters, your Safari just got a little more safer, which is great when you’re navigating an internet filled with hungry lions and angry giraffes. The new update fixes an issue that could prevent users from submitting web forms, as well as another issue that could cause web content to display incorrectly when viewing a Google Image result with Flash 10.1. Oh, that pesky Adobe Flash.

Additionally, the new Safari update establishes an encrypted, authenticated connection to the Safari Extensions Gallery. Quick, go get the one that prevents you from ever having to see Comic Sans ever again!

For those of you using Apple apps on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, the official iDisk app also got an update. Version 1.2.1 fixes an issue that prevented package files (like Keynote ones) from opening in their corresponding iPad apps. Rotated images are now shown in the correct orientation when opened.

Also, for those of you paying the annual subscription free for MobileMe, the service has a new update pushed live today that addresses issues when publishing your website from iWeb to MobileMe.

Lastly, Find My iPhone also has an update that adds support for the new iPod touch, translation fixes for French, German and Japanese languages, and various other bug fixes.

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