Super hi-res MacBook Pro due in 2012?
Digitimes is reporting that Apple’s expected refresh, and possibly redesign, of its MacBook Pro line in 2012 will feature display resolutions up to 2880x1800 pixels. Currently, the highest resolution on the 15-inch MacBook Pro line is 1680x1050 pixels, while the 17-inch model tops out at 1920x1200 pixels. Apple is known to have incorporated HiDPI capabilities into Mac OS X Lion code in a strong sign that Apple plans to shift to much higher resolution displays beyond the iPhone 4 and 4S Retina Display and the rumored 2048x1536 display headed for the iPad 3.
New audio support enables video chat clients
Telestream's webcasting solution Wirecast is now at version 4.1, adding support for a number of new technologies that expand the programs ability to handle remote, multi-channel and wireless broadcasts for Mac or Windows. In addition, the update brings Mac OS X Lion support, expanded audio support that enables adding video-chat programs into the mix, and integration with webcasting equipment makers including LiveU, Teredek, Matrox, Axis and Viewcast.
Downloads available for Snow Leopard, Server
Apple has released a number of supplemental updates for Macs already running Snow Leopard v10.6.8, including the Server editions. The downloads are claimed to resolve issues related to data migration of personal files, settings, and applications as users upgrade to Mac OS X Lion. Other bug fixes focused on Snow Leopard functionality, addressing problems with network-attached printers and audio output via HDMI or optical connections.
Leapfrogs Windows 7, Linux, but still not perfect
Consultants with several computer security firms say that Wednesday's release of Mac OS X Lion makes it "king of the jungle" in terms of mainstream operating system security, surging ahead of rivals such as Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux with very signifiant security overhauls throughout the OS, reports The Register, including a robust implementation of ALSR, sandboxing of vulnerable processes, and locking down web interactions.
Virtualization previously limited to Server
Apple has reportedly modified its end-user license agreement (EULA) to enable Mac OS X Lion users to run multiple copies of the operating system on one machine. The new EULA, distributed alongside the Lion Golden Master build, is said to explicitly allow users to run up to two additional virtual copies of the operating system, without requiring additional licenses for each virtual machine.
Remembers Wi-Fi networks more consistently
Developers who have been testing Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 4, which was first issued at the WWDC conference earlier this month will receive an update to it through Software Update which is simply titled "Lion Developer Preview Update" with no notes on changes covered by the patch, AppleInsider notes. It is recommended for all users running DP4 and weighs in at 656.6MB.
Apple server lineup supply shortage, to refresh?
Apple looks set to refresh its server lineup with news that supplies for its existing products are constrained. 9to5Mac is reporting that retailers are struggling to get new orders for both the Mac mini server as well as the Mac Pro server, with no new shipment date being supplied. If true, June is shaping up as a bigger than usual month for new Macs. There is also an expected Macbook Air refresh enroute, which will likely launch at the same time or just after the launch of Mac OS X Lion.
Price targets as high as $510 follow Apple Keynote
Apple's WWDC Keynote, announcing iCloud, iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, has sparked positive reaction from numerous Apple-focused financial analysts, with raised target prices between $460 and $510 per share. The analysts predicted increased sales of the iPad 2, acceptance of Apple's iCloud and iTunes Match service and the popularity of iOS 5 on refreshed hardware in the fall as part of the reason for their enthusiasm for Apple going into the remainder of the year.
Release adds over 250 new features
(Updated with Lion Server details) Apple at WWDC has formally unveiled Mac OS X Lion, which includes a number of new features that were not leaked in early reports. Among the new capabilities is AirDrop, a wireless peer-to-peer sharing system, and a migration utility for users who are switching from Windows machines. As expected, the major update also brings full-screen applications, the Mission Control UI, and expanded support for multi-touch gestures.
Apple bringing Retina displays to Macs?
The developer releases of Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Lion OS have yielded more hints about Apple’s likely plans for displays with high pixel densities. While it is known that Mac OS X Lion packs ultra-high resolution support, it is now apparent that the icons in Lion will also be much higher resolution at 1024x1024. This is up from a previous maximum of 512x512.
Contents of minor update remain unclear
Apple has released an update to its Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 2, which appears just weeks after the preview was initially posted. The company has yet to detail any changes included in the update, though the tweaks are likely limited to bug fixes rather than significant changes to the operating system's broader set of core features.
Build said to slash number of bugs
Apple has posted its second developer previews for Mac OS X Lion and Xcode 4.1, which are both available for registered developers. Despite rumors that the latest release, build number 11A419, is a Gold Master candidate, an AppleInsider report notes that the OS still contains approximately a dozen known issues that must be resolved before the software arrives on the market.
OS update contains several security improvements
Apple has reportedly invited a number of security experts to preview a prerelease seed of the Mac OS X Lion update. The company appears to be seeking individuals who have "already reported on Mac OS X security issues in the past," though participants are likely bound by NDA until the public launch.
New iMac screen, slight MacBook Pro rework tipped
Apple is planning refreshes of the iMac and MacBook Pro for the first half of 2011 that should include redesigns, part suppliers said Wednesday night. The iMac will reportedly get a "new panel size" and a "mainstream," presumably lower price to reach more users. Other details of the all-in-one weren't forthcoming from Digitimes' sources, although a jump to Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture for processors and newer graphics chips are both probable.