Apple seeds OS X 10.7.3 build 11D42 to devs

Stepping aside for a moment from the extravagant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Apple has put developers to work by seeding the latest build (11D42) of OS X 10.7.3, bringing along the usual bug fixes and much more. Weighing in at 989.75 MB (for those updating from 10.7.2 and 1.26 GB for those updating from any previous version of Mac OS X Lion), the release notes point to the addition of  Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support, as well as addresses issues when using smart cards to log into OS X, has resolved issues authenticating with directory services and addresses compatibility issues with Windows file sharing. Developers have been asked by Apple to specifically focus on Spotlight, Safari, Address Book, iCal and Mail.

Apple updates Xcode 4.2 with iOS 5 and Lion SDKs

Update list: iTunes 10.5, iOS 5, iCloud, OS X 10.7.2. Lion, Safari 5.1.1, iMovie, Remote, Find My iPhone, Pages, Numbers, Keynote AND now Xcode 4.2.

With almost everything updated, how could Apple leave behind Xcode? It is now updated to version 4.2 with SDKs for iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7. It is available from the Mac App Store.

Release Notes

What’s New in Version 4.2

– Includes SDKs for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5
– Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them
– Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves you from manually managing retain/release
– iCloud entitlements are automatically enabled for Mac and iOS apps
– OpenGL ES Debugger graphically analyzes your OpenGL scene directly within the IDE
– Apple LLVM compiler supports C++11 features and the LLVM libc++ standard library
– Older iOS Simulators and device debugging symbols are downloaded on-demand

Enhancements and fixes in previous Xcode updates:

– Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls such as NSPopover
– Full screen support in workspace, project, and organizer windows
– Project editor can validate and resolve out of date build settings
– Behaviors can be customized and assigned to unique key bindings
– Source control enhancements to pushing, pulling, and management of remote servers
– Assistant editor support for display of generated assembly and preprocessed output
– Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

 

Safari 5.1.1: 13 percent faster Javascript performance

Along with iOS 5, iCloud and OS X 10.7.2 Lion, Apple updated its kingpin browser Safari as well, updating it to version 5.1.1. They say the new Safari brings 13% faster Javascript performance, something which is always welcome.

From the Support Document:

Safari 5.1.1 also contains various fixes and improvements to performance, stability, usability, compatibility, accessibility and security, including fixes that:

  • Improve JavaScript performance up to 13% over Safari 5.1*
  • Address issues that could cause hangs and excessive memory usage
  • Improve stability when using Find, dragging tabs, and managing extensions
  • Improve stability for netflix.com and other websites that use the Silverlight plug-in
  • Add a Show Downloads item to the View menu
  • Improve the consistency of the pinch to zoom gesture
  • Address issues in full screen that affected search suggestions, URL updating, window sizing, and the title bar
  • Address an issue that could prevent East Asian character input into webpages with Flash content
  • Address an issue that could cause Safari to open links in windows instead of tabs
  • Improve PDF handling
  • Address an issue that could affect cookie and data deletion
  • Address an issue that could cause History items to appear incorrectly
  • Correct the text in application download alerts
  • Improve compatibility with webpages with Flash video embedded from vimeo.com and other websites
  • Improve printing from Safari
  • Address an issue that could prevent the Google Safe Browsing Service from updating

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit this site:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Apple also released iTunes 10.5 a day prior.

OS X 10.7.2 Lion arrives with iCloud support

After updating their mobile OS shortly ago, Apple has released an OS update for the Macs with OS X updated to 10.7.2, roping in iCloud features to the desktop. The update is 435.5MB heavy and brings several bug fixes and stability fixes to Lion. You can download it via Software Update (also includes Safari 5.1.1).

Release Notes

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

  • iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
  • Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
  • Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.

The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

  • Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
  • Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
  • Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
  • Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
  • Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
  • Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
  • Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
  • Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
  • Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
  • Improve Active Directory integration.

Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C57 to developers

Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C57 to developers, focusing on AddressBook, GraphicsDrivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight and Time Machine.  No known issues were detected in the 790MB Combo Update. Get downloading.

OS X 10.7.1? Apple jumps to OS X 10.7.2, seeds build 11C26 to Developers

In a strange and confusing move, Cupertino giant, Apple has skipped OS X 10.7.1 to directly seed OS X 10.7.2 build 11C26 to developers, which isn’t available as a direct update and needs a special URL to step into. With everyone speculating this interesting behavior from Apple, the company quickly pulled down the developers page, probably pointing to something even more interesting (The dev site is still down).

Was it a mistake from Apple? Will there be no 10.7.1? Will we see iCloud taking center-stage? Lots of questions…

How To: Solve the “This disk cannot be used to start up your computer” error while installing OS X Lion

Some users have been reporting that while trying to install Apple’s new Mac OS — OS X Lion, they are being greeted with a “This disk cannot be used to start up your computer” error message.

To install Lion, users must have at least 17GB of free space available — with 4GB required by the Lion installer alone and at least 13GB available on your hard drive after formatting for the Lion operating system. This is the minimum, per Apple’s knowledge base article, for Lion and an Internet Restore partition. But some users have been getting this error message despite having more than sufficient empty space available on their hard disk. So what are they supposed to do?

Apple explains in a support document that this error can be solved by re-sizing the partition in which you plan to install OS X Lion by reducing it by about 128MB in size. You can do this by selecting the desired disk partition in Disk Utility and dragging the resize corner to make the partition slightly smaller. Quoting Apple:

The partition only needs to be approximately 128MB smaller than it was before resizing.

After re-sizing, you can proceed with the Lion installation. Once installed, you can re-size your partition back to its original state again, if you wish. Apple refused to give explanation for this strange issue…

Did any of you out there face this issue while installing Lion?

Mac OS X Lion launches today — are you ready?

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer yesterday announced that the eagerly awaited arrival of OS X Lion is just hours away now, with preparations in full flow in all of Apple’s retail stores to be ready in time to unleash the Lion. While its good to hear this news officially, unofficially we already knew the Lion’s launch was just around the corner given the increased activity from Apple’s side to set up their stores and ship the Lion everywhere. So, the question is: Are you ready for Lion?

We previously educated you of Apple’s release of Mac OS X 10.6.8 which will get your Mac ready for you to upgrade to Lion, availability of OS X Lion Developer Preview 2 and Golden Master versions, and also detailed you how you can turn your Mac into a server. If you followed us properly and are also well versed with Apple’s take on OS X Lion (with over 250 new features!), chances are you are ready and raring to go to get the brand spanking new OS from Cupertino.

In addition to that, we also shared with you a list of applications compatible with your new OS so that you can get started with Lion straight away with your favorite apps, without having to find your way here and there.

With so much knowledge available at the click of a button, you can now calmly proceed to get that copy of Lion you were waiting for since you first heard of its possible end-of-July arrival! Don’t forget to share your joy (and other experiences with Lion) with us 🙂

Apple seeds OS X Lion Golden Master (GM) to devs

Apple has seeded the Golden Master version of their upcoming OS X Lion software for Mac, just in time for the OS’ final version launch sometime this month. The build number is 11A511 and can be downloaded from Apple’s Mac Developer website.

Apple has also released XCode 4.1 Developer Preview 7. Get downloading, devs.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.8, will get your Mac ready to upgrade to Lion

Apple has put the final nail in the coffin of Snow Leopard by releasing OS X 10.6.8 as the build up to OS X Lion‘s July arrival continues. The upgrade fixes some minor bugs, improves IPv6 and VPN support, identifies and removes other known versions of Mac Defender malware, and most importantly gets your Mac ready to upgrade to Lion.