Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview Update 1 is out

For the developers among our readers this will be good news, Apple just pushed out an update to the Developer Preview of the next Mac operating system.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview Update 1 is available via Software Update and is the first update since the Developer Preview first came out on February 24, 2011, the update is minuscule — 2.2 MB — and according to the update notes

“This update is required to redeem downloads of Mac OS X Lion seed builds from the Mac App Store.”

In other words future updates of the seed builds will be done through the Mac App Store and not Software Update.

Apple schedules April 20 Q2 2011 earnings call

For those of you who are interested in knowing how many Macs, iMacs, iPads and iPhones Apple sells, you will be delighted to hear that Apple has scheduled the earnings call with financial analysts to discuss just how good (or bad) things were during the quarter.

As you can see, the call is scheduled for 5 PM ET (2 PM PT) on Wednesday, April 20. That’s at the time we normally host TUAW TV Live, so we may look into combining the call with a livestreaming video event for readers to join in on rather than our usual liveblog.

You’ll be able to listen in on the call here, and we’ll keep you updated on the numbers presented during the event.

Apple’s WWDC Is Already Sold Out

Wow if you thought that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference sold out fast last year, then wait until you hear that this years sold out in less than 12 hours after $1599 tickets went on sale.

This looks like a record. Last year, it took 8 days for WWDC to sell out.

Apple’s annual developers conference takes place June 6-10 in San Francisco. The conference will focus on iOS 5 and Mac OS Lion.

Even though Apple normally uses this even to introduce new iPhone hardware, they are hinting at a no iPhone event, meaning we will have to wait a little longer before getting our hands on the iPhone 5.

RadioShack to carry iPad 2 from tomorrow

This might be good news for those who are having difficulties getting an iPad 2, according to MacRumors the iPad 2 could arrive to RadioShack tomorrow, March 29, 2011.

The source indicated that all 500 RadioShack nationwide retail spots will carry the tablet and provided a blurry but otherwise genuine-looking notice stating:

We are thrilled that iPad 2 will be available at 500 RadioShack locations across the country starting March 29! Details have been sent to these stores.

It will be interesting to see if this will help a bit alleviate strong demand seen in Apple stores across the country and expand the iPad’s distribution footprint that now includes Apple’s, AT&T’s and Verizon’s online and retail stores, in addition to third-party retailers like WalMart and Best Buy.

Apple fights jailbreaks by blocking access to Cydia in its stores.

Cydia Apple Store

The battle against the jailbreakers has always seemed to be an uphill one for Apple; it takes hackers just days to break into the latest iOS releases, and last year federal regulators said that it was no longer illegal to hack or jailbreak an iPhone. However, there is one thing Apple can but a definite stop to, and that’s accessing Cydia using its Wi-Fi networks in Apple retail stores.

If you try accessing Cydia on a device connected to one of Apple’s Wi-Fi hotspots, you’ll be surprised to see Apple’s website load instead. We think that is pretty funny. What do you think?

Will Apple seed the Mac OS X Lion GM soon?

According to several sources such as TechCrunch the development of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is moving along smoothly and is actually ahead of schedule. While developers have been able to examine the developer preview of 10.7 Lion, which appears to be without  any major bugs, and crashes. Now it seems as if the operating system is almost ready to be released as a golden master build.

Apple is gearing up to deploy an OS X Lion update to developers that they may be classifying as the “GM1″ release, we’re hearing. “GM” or “Golden Master” is a title reserved for software that is complete. But from what we’ve heard, this is only the initial Golden Master candidate.

A golden master (GM) software release is the stage in which the software’s development is complete and ready to print. Probably in Lion’s case, though, a GM means ready to upload to the Mac App Store.

Back at Lion’s announcement in October 2010, Apple said the OS would ship sometime during summer 2011. At this point, development is in its far stages s0 it’s a safe bet that we’ll be hearing more about it at Apple’s early-June World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Mac OS X Lion brings many new features to the Mac including Mission Control (Spaces, Expose combined), Launchpad (iOS-like home screens), new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen applications, an iPad-like mail application, AirDrop WiFi file sharing, and built-in server functionality.

It will be interesting to see if Apple will move the release date to an earlier date!

Apple to update iMac in April?

In February we saw an update of the MacBook Pro line, in March we saw the release of the iPad 2, so now the rumors are circling the net, will Apple release an updated version of the iMac in April?

Apple’s product release cycle can seem mysterious if you’re new to the fold, but old hands know roughly when to expect the next refresh of each of Apple’s product lines. According to the MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide a new iMac should be just around the corner.

It will be interesting to see if Apple adds Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors in this year’s Macs, as well as improved resolutions in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, We would also like to see if Apple will add the ThunderBolt port to the iMacs.

It will be interesting to see, we will of course keep you up to date!

Apple releases iOS 4.3.1

If you have tried to sync your iDevice within the past few hours, then you will have noticed that your iTunes will tell you that there is an iOS update available for it.

The latest firmware offers the following improvements and fixes:

  • Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks
  • Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs
  • Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services

The update supports: iPhone 4 (GSM model only), iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation). The update isn’t available of Verizon iPhone 4 users who remain on iOS 4.2.6.

There isn’t any mention of a fix for battery woes encountered by users across practically all iOS devices, but I hope that it addresses that problem as well.

Information about security fixes in this update can be found in this Apple knowledge base document.

You can get the update either through iTunes or from the direct links below:

International iPad shipping times start at 2-3 weeks!

Well this was almost to be expected, in the first few days after the US release of the iPad 2 the shipping time increased to several weeks, now the international launch has already started in some countries, these however are recording order times of 2-3 weeks before it is delivered. Imagine what that number will be like later when the iPad reaches all countries!

Our suggestion is unless you can wait for your iPad, then you should really head to your nearest Apple Store and wait in line. Expect supplies to be even more constrained abroad than in the United States, though.

WordPress blogs optimized for iPads!

If you have tried reaching our site from an iPad you will undoubtedly have noticed a huge change in the layout. WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging tool, with over 25 million users. The iPad is the world’s most popular tablet device, with over 17 million shipped in 2010. What happens when you get these two popular kids together?

Magic.Automattic Inc, the company behind WordPress, announced a new iPad-optimized view for all and self-hosted WordPress blogs. The company has developed a new plug-in in cooperation with Onswipe that provides iPad users with a special experience, featuring touch controls that provide navigation of WordPress blogs through swiping, rotation and other gestures. The plug-in even knows how to properly format content based on the orientation of the iPad.

The plug-in is entirely HTML5-compliant, and it can be customized from the WordPress Dashboard to create a magazine-like cover page, display a logo on the cover and choose from nine different skins to match the overall theme of your site. For users, the plug-in is available with a touch. Self-hosted WordPress users just need to install the Onswipe plug-in available here.