Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite at the WWDC 2014 keynote and just two weeks after the release of the third developer preview Apple has now released OS X Yosemite Preview 4 to developers. It includes new features and improvements like improved Notification Center, new iCloud Drive integration, Mail Drop and lots more.
Apple has announced that it will discontinue its Aperture app, but it has made updates to other professional desktop apps such as Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage on OS X.
Apple is now letting anyone have access to beta builds of OS X with a new OS X Beta Seed Program, which means any one can now test out pre-release builds of the Mac software not just developers. The Developer Program cost is pretty steep at $99 per year, but now you can join the OS X Beta Seed Program for free by simply signing up with your Apple ID. If you would like to test beta releases of iTunes, iOS and other Apple related software, I would suggest you stick to the Developer Program.
Apple has pushed out a newer pre-release version of 10.9.3 beta and iTunes 11.1.6 beta to employees. The new pre-release of OS X 10.9.3 (build 13D19) is available to employees and doesn’t introduce any major changes since the latest beta build seeded to developers. The last beta release asked developers to focus on testing graphics and audio drivers.
A project called AppleSeed, allows select people – and we don’t know how they are chosen – to test out very early and exclusive access to new releases of software for testing. That particular group of people may have been given a little clue as to what direct Apple is taking with its next big cat. In an email to those on the Appleseed program, Apple has requested that users inform the company of their latest hardware configuration to enable “exclusive seeds” of new software, with Mountain Lion being mentioned by name.
Yesterday’s update to OS X Lion Preview 3 adds a very helpful new “Do Not Disturb” feature for notifications. The feature is a toggle accessible at the top of Notification Center that allows users to block incoming alerts and banners. The feature is very important for those who look to focus entirely on the content they are currently working on and do not want to be bothered by new emails, iMessages, calendar alerts, or other types of alerts.
The bombshell news relating to Apple’s plan to release a new version of OS X called Mountain Lion will no doubt come as a huge shock to many, and you will all be forgiven for still being in a daze considering it was only July of last year that the current OS X Lion was released.
The ninth release of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, is set to land in the Summer and brings functionality and feature enhancements inspired by Apple’s popular tablet device, the iPad. Mountain Lion is all geared up to bring Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification and iMessages to the Mac which signals the beginning of a fusion between OS X and iOS.
Just 7 months after releasing OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple has formally announced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It’s a big step ahead in the “iOS-ification” of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system and we’ve got all the details you need after the jump!
The ability to customize the iPhone is one of the top reasons users jailbreak their iPhone.
Checkout the OS X Lion Ultimatum – a new DreamBoard theme and you will agree. The theme brings OS X Lion’s user interface to the iPhone with fully usable Finder menus, stacks, launchpad, a scrollable dock, draggable windows, mission control, dashboard, and a customizable lock screen.
DreamBoard is an alternative to WinterBoard that allows users to customize their iOS devices by applying themes. The OS X Lion Ultimatum theme is available for $3.5 on Theme Outlet, which is a source to download free and paid Dreamboard and WinterBoard themes.
Today Skype announced the 5.3 update for Mac OS X which brings HD video calls to Lion among a handful of other UI enhancements and bug fixes. The official Skype blog explains:
With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you’ll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You’ll need to use the Mac’s built-in webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from our Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in crystal clear HD quality. To receive clear HD video calls on your Mac, we recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps.
While previous versions of Skype, even 2.8, seem to run rather well on Lion, official support should iron out any bugs you’ve been noticing since upgrading. The new update is not only available for Lion users, however, Skype’s blog post notes it is also compatible back to Leopard.
You can grab Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X here. We’ll let you know if we find anything else interesting in this latest update.