32% of Mac Web Traffic coming from OS X Mountain Lion

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Well that didn’t take long, while it has never been a secret that Apple’s newest version of OS X – 10.8 Mountain Lion was one of the most popular releases yet, a new web traffic survey has concluded that Mountain Lion is now the most popular version of OS X used to browse the web.

According to the survey conducted by Net Applications  32 percent of Mac users are running Mountain Lion on their machines, while the share of computers running Lion has dropped down to 28 percent.

Mountain Lion’s growth has been impressive since its release on June 25th 2012. It took Lion 10 months to unseat Snow Leopard as the most popular Mac OS, while Mountain Lion only needed five months to grab the number one spot.

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Apple releases EFI Firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Macs

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For those who have been wondering why Apple hasn’t brought internet recovery to their 2010 Macs running Lion, here is some good news, Apple recently released three new EFI firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to the company’s Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 iMac, and Early 2010 MacBook Pro.

Available firmware updates include:

– MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 (2.98 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the sys
tem could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

– iMac EFI Update 1.8 (3.02 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.

– MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.6 (3.18 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.

Originally Apple introduced Lion Internet Recovery on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that were introduced last July alongside OS X Lion itself. OS X Lion users might have noticed that  OS X Lion by default installs a recovery partition on the machine’s hard drive, however sometimes for unknown reasons this recovery partition becomes inaccessible, and therefore Internet Recovery provides yet another fallback option for Lion installation.

iOS App Snapseed coming to Android and Mac in early 2012

Being the avid photographer that I am, I am constantly trying to find apps that will help me improve the images that the iPhone takes, recently I found Snapseed, and have had nothing but good experiences with it, now according to an announcement by the developer Nik Software Snapseed will arrive  on Android in early 2012, at the same time Snapseed has already made its way to the Mac App Store.

Snapseed was voted Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ in 2011, during CES, Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, stated the he was “very pleased to bring Snapseed to the Android tablet market,” furthermore he adds,”Offering Snapseed for Android tablets is a great opportunity for more users to experience the fun and creativity of photo editing and sharing. We worked with NVIDIA to make Snapseed fast and responsive for Android users everywhere.”

The Android version of Snapseed will set users back £3.24 ($4.99), while the Mac App Store version costs £12.99 ($19.99).

The Mac App Store turns 1! Happy Birthday

It’s The Mac App Store’s Birthday!

One year ago exactly today Apple unveiled the Mac App Store with over 1,000 apps available at launch. Just like this year, CES was starting to ramp up. Apple stole the early thunder by announcing its app distribution system for OS X.

Steve Jobs told the world that, “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.” As it turns out, he was right.

The Mac App Store went live alongside OS X 10.6.6, and there was plenty of pre-release buzz surrounding high-profile apps like Twitter for Mac. Apple categorized and formatted the Mac App Store nearly identically to the iOS App Store, and user adoption skyrocketed.

Last month, Apple announced that the Mac App Store has served over 100 million downloads, and that figure didn’t even include Lion and re-download numbers. It was estimated that over 10,000 live apps existed in the store at that time.

It’s only taken Apple one year to propel the Mac App Store to the forefront of desktop software distribution. We can’t wait to see what this next year has in store.

Happy birthday, Mac App Store!

Most popular posts of 2011!

Now that 2011 has come to an end it is time to take a look at the most popular posts of the previous year, we have had a lot of interesting Apple news to report, and these are the ones that got most views on the page!

1. iPad doesn’t follow normal product lifecycle

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Many products follow the product lifecycle and are initially accepted only by the early adopters and then slowly gain mainstream popularity, the Apple iPad however doesn’t seem to follow this pattern, according to Apple execs the iPad is a runaway hit and it’s going mainstream faster than anything they’ve seen before.

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2. Connect Apple Wireless Keyboard with a Mac.

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To set up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:

You will need:

-Apple wireless Keyboard
– Mac with bluetooth option.

Install the batteries.

Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.
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3. How to find your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad UDID


The other day a friend of mine asked me how he could find the UDID for his new iPhone 4. Therefore I have decided to compile this quick How-To Guide. The UDID number is a 40-digit sequence of letters and numbers, associated with every iPhone and iPod touch device, it is really easy to find if you know how to.

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4. Apple updates iMovie ’11

Earlier today Apple released an update to iMovie ’11. The update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that causes audio playback to be out of sync.

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How to connect USB drive to iPad

So far connecting a USB drive has only been possible if you jailbreak the iPad, now since we are not going to post anything on here about jail breaking the iPad here is a way you can transfer files from the USB drive to the iPad without jail breaking it first.

iFixit Releases Improved Toolkits For Taking Apart All Your Apple Gear

 

If you are like me, then simply playing around with the software installed on your Apple gear just doesn’t seem to be enough any more, I enjoy opening up the device to see in innards, as well as exchange the default parts with better upgrades. One thing however that hinders many Apple fans from opening their Mac or iDevice are the screws that Apple uses, well now there is a new toolkit on the street that will help ease the process. iFixit’s has just released two new and improved toolkits.

The 54 Bit Driver Kit is perfect for the DIY enthusiast, and it won’t break your bank at only $25. Here’s some of the additions to the new kit:

  • Pentalobe bits to open the iPhone 4, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.
  • T7 through T20 security bits to fit Torx security screws with a pin in the center.
  • A full line of metric nut drivers.
  • JIS bits to fit the screws found in digital cameras, R/C helicopters, and other high-end electronics.
  • A custom adapter to allow our small precision bits to be used in standard 1/4” screwdrivers with larger handles, ratcheting handles, or torque drivers.
  • A 60 mm extension that doubles as a T-handle, making it easy to get extra torque and remove stubborn screws.

The Pro Tech Base Toolkit is the larger option with every tool you need for your geeky arsenal. It comes with the 54 Bit Driver Kit included, which is a great deal for $60. Here are the new additions:

  • 54 Bit Driver Kit
  • Anti-static wrist strap
  • 4 plastic opening tools
  • 4 precision tweezers
  • Spudger
  • 4 metal spudgers
  • Small suction cup
  • iFixit ruler
  • Custom-made tool roll

Whats great about the Toolkit is the fact that you can use it for so many different devices, not only Apple Products, I used the screwdrivers previously to open up my PS3, and DVD player.

You can order both kits on iFixit’s website just in time for Christmas!

Mac App Store surpasses 100 million downloads

Yesterday Apple announced that their Mac App Store has surpassed 100 million downloads, while that might not seem like much when considering the iOS App Store passed the same mark in three months, you need to remember that the Mac App Store has as much smaller user base. Furthermore it is important to remember that according to Apple these numbers don’t include the number of times that OS X Lion has been downloaded.

According to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phillip Schiller “In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” he further adds “With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac App Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world.”

Throughout the past few months Apple has put a lot of time into transforming the distribution channel used for their software, shifting from the boxed versions to only offering digital versions of their most popular software, most recently adding their music production suite to the Mac App Store.

Another interesting tidbit that Apple included in the press release is the fact that the iOS App Store currently sees customers downloading apps at a rate of 1 billion apps per month. Since the iOS store’s launch in July 2008, Apple has recorded a staggering 18 billion apps downloaded.

Those interested can read the full press release here.

Apple releases Logic Pro and Main Stage on the Mac App Store


It’s taken a little while, but Apple’s flagship music production software and music performance software have arrived on the Mac App Store, joining Apple’s other Mac App Store offerings like iWork, iLife and Final Cut Pro.

Logic Pro 9 and MainStage are now available for download from the Mac App Store at US$199.99 and $29.99 respectively. Apple has discontinued the boxed retail versions of Logic Studio and Logic Express (and apparently Sountrack Pro 3, which came bundled with Logic Studio).

Similar to Apple’s Final Cut Pro transition to the Mac App Store, this is a dramatic price cut for Logic Pro 9, which was previously bundled withMainStage, Soundtrack Pro 3, WaveBurner 1.6 and Compressor 3.5 as the boxed Logic Studio for $499.

Logic Pro 9 is available from the Mac App Store now as a 413 MB download. An additional 19 GB of optional content is available via in-app download. Logic Pro is available for $199 while MainStage costs $29.99. Both apps have also been updated with new features and improvements.

Logic Pro 9.1.6

Logic Pro 9 is a complete set of creative tools for any musician who wants to write, record, edit, and mix music. It comes with a massive collection of instruments, effects, and Apple Loops, making it easy to get amazing sounds and create amazing-sounding songs.

MainStage 2.2

MainStage 2 lets you take your Mac to the stage with a full-screen live interface, unmatched hardware control, and a massive collection of plug-ins and sounds.

MacUpdate releases WinterBundle

Tis the season for shopping and gifting, so why not give yourself an early Christmas present, MacUpdate today offers their new $49.99 Dec 2011 Bundle headlined by TechTool Pro, TotalFinder, Postbox 3 and FontPack Pro Master Collection and seven more quality apps for $49.99.  TechTool Pro, which retails for double the entire bundle price, includes a bootable DVD disk for disk repair and diagnostics.

8 of the 11 100% Mac OS X 10.7 compatible apps are available as demos, which can be downloaded in a single dmg from here. (TechTool Pro 6, FontPack Pro Master Collection, and Neverwinter Nights 2 do not have demos)

As a bonus, the all-new IconBox 2.5 goes to the first 15,000 buyers. $49.99 at MacUpdate

Full rundown below:

1. TechTool Pro 6 ($99.99) – A leading Mac utility, with tools for diagnosing virtually all hardware problems and for repairing and optimizing hard drives. A bootable DVD disk image is included in the bundle, and version 6 features improved eDrive functionality, enabling all of the app’s tools to be ran from the boot drive, perfect for Macs without optical drives.

2. TotalFinder ($18.00) – Adds Web browser-like Tabs to the Finder and other must-have enhancements for a more productive Finder experience.

3. Postbox 3 ($29.95) – Arguably the most powerful email client for Mac OS X, offering countless more features than Mac OS X’s built-in Mail.app. Get more from your email and organize your correspondence with Postbox.

4. FontPack Pro Master Collection + FontBoss Font Management Utility ($300.00) – A collection of 6,200 OpenType fonts with a 5 Mac commercial-use license. Includes the all new FontBoss font management utility from Macware.

5. Labels & Addresses ($49.99) – The most complete label printing app for Mac, capable of printing all sorts of address labels, envelopes, inventory labels and price tags. It’s also ideal for businesses, offering full support for various barcode formats, including UPC, ISBN and EAN.

6. Mac DVDRipper Pro 3 ($19.95) – The gold standard for copying DVD movies to your Mac, version 3 is now capable of converting your DVD movies to formats that are friendly for your AppleTV or iOS devices, making it simple for anyone to get movies from DVD onto their iPad or iPhone.

7. Hear ($19.95) – Hear is a unique utility that improves your Mac’s audio, providing you with an equalizer for every app that makes games, movies, music, or TV shows sound better. Whether you’re listening through your MacBook’s speakers, headphones, or a premium sound system, Hear will improve the experience.

8. Back In Focus ($99.95) – A professional-caliber tool that’s easy enough for novices to use, Back In Focus rescues your blurry photos by improving their sharpness with several advanced algorithms.

9. iClip 5 ($18.99) – The premier multi-clipboard & scrapbook tool that enables you to keep a history of almost anything you copy, instead of only the last item. iClip also makes it easy to organize your clips into sets to store various things like web addresses, frequently used logos, code snippets, and more.

10. FoldersSynchronizer ($40.00) – If you own more than one Mac and want to keep files consistent on all of them or you want a powerful tool for scheduling and creating backups, FolderSynchronizer is the best utility for the job.

11. Neverwinter Nights 2 ($19.95) – One of the most acclaimed fantasy role-playing games to emerge in recent years. With an engrossing storyline and multiplayer support, NeverWinter Nights will keep you engaged for many hours of enjoyable gameplay.”We’ve put together another powerful and versatile collection of top-rated apps that any Mac user can benefit from,” said Misha Sakellaropoulo, COO of MacUpdate. “With the broad appeal and overall utility of this bundle, buyers will enhance the workflow and enjoyment of their Mac.”