Re-signing mandatory for existing apps
Despite recent claims, a Dev Center security breach may not be why developers are being asked to re-sign Mac apps using OS X Mavericks, sources say. An alternative reason for the switch hasn't been mentioned, but unnamed sources are countering reports yesterday from other unnamed sources. In the earlier rumors, it was claimed that one or more hackers had managed to obtain not only Gatekeeper keys but "virtually every key Apple used for everything."
Gatekeeper added to testing list
Apple has posted a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 for developers and AppleSeed participants, identified as build 13F18. Testing areas remain largely the same -- including Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards -- but with the addition of Gatekeeper, Apple's app-signing security measure. "Signatures created with OS X version 10.8.5 or earlier ('v1 signatures') are obsoleted and will no longer be recognized by Gatekeeper," Apple reminds the developer audience. "To ensure your apps will run on updated versions of OS X they must be signed using the codesign tool on OS X version 10.9 or later ('v2 signatures')."
Workaround involves manually launching dispatcher service
Yesterday's Developer Preview 6 release of OS X Yosemite is breaking Parallels Desktop 9, users complain. After DP6 is installed, Desktop 9 is simply refusing to run. The issue appears to involve the dispatcher service failing to load, as a temporary solution involves forcing the service to start via a Terminal command.
Enterprise Signing Key, Activation Lock keys could have been compromised
An unidentified Twitter user is claiming that recent changes to Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite which has forced developers to re-sign their app credentials is actually the result of a security breach that successfully pilfered the Gatekeeper keys and possibly "many other keys for many other things," according to the user. A corraborating source was located by TUAW that has allegedly confirmed the breach and tied it to the recent alleged Activation Lock hack.
Final release date still nebulous
[Updated with noted changes] Apple is distributing its sixth betas of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers. Changes have been largely minor and cosmetic thus far, centering around new appearances rather than fucntionality, and like previous seeds, the updates concentrate on performance and stability fixes. The last betas were released on August 4.
WebKit vulnerability, memory corruption, other issues addressed
Seven potential security and stability flaws in the WebKit engine that drives Safari have been identified and fixed in a new update for the default Mac web browser, which was released on Wednesday. The patch updates the version numbers to 6.1.6 for older OS versions going back to Lion (OS X 10.7.5), and to 7.0.6 for Mavericks (10.9.4). Problems with a WebKit vulnerability that could cause crashes, alongside some memory corruption issues, prompted the update.
Focus areas remain same as second release
Apple is now seeding a third beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The software has a 13F14 build number, and focus areas identical to the previous beta. Developers are asked to test Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards.
Enables development of Oculus-compatible Mac apps
Facebook-owned Oculus VR has released v0.41 of its beta SDK. Mostly a maintenance release, it is however the first to support OS X, which should allow developers to add Oculus Rift support to games and other Mac software. Since Macs are lacking an appropriate display driver, support currently relies on the Extend Desktop mode.
Thunderbolt added to listing of testing areas
Apple has begun distributing a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, available via the Mac App Store or the Mac Developer Center. The code is listed as build 13F12. In addition to Safari, graphics, and USB/USB smart card issues highlighted in the first beta, Apple is now also asking users to test out Thunderbolt connections.
Apple TV, OS X Server, Configurator get matching updates
Apple is now seeding its fifth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and Xcode to developers, as well as a preview of OS X Server 4.0, and fourth betas of new Apple TV firmware and Configurator 1.7. Relatively little is known about their content so far, although notes for the iOS 8 beta add that "spirometry data types are now available in HealthKit;" spirometry is the measurement of lung capacity. Xcode has received Swift-related improvements involving ranges and easier scripting.
First incremental update for OS X 10.10 includes Public Beta users
On Thursday, Apple updated its supported drivers for Epson printers and scanners for all OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9) users, and also added an update intended only for those testing the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta (either developers or members of the Beta Seed Program). The latter is just a small incremental update to the Feedback Assistant used to send Apple data on issues with the beta, and is available to all Yosemite testers.
Testing concentrates on Safari, USB, graphics bugs
Apple has started seeding the first beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is listed as built 13F7, and available through the Developer Center. Users are asked to focus testing on just a handful of areas, including Safari, graphics, and USB, including smart cards.
Stats double literally overnight to 0.57 percent of all Mac web traffic
Though the increase is insignificant in the larger picture of overall global Mac web traffic, new numbers from GoSquared suggest that the release yesterday of the Yosemite (OS X 10.10) public beta, limited to a pool of one million Apple ID holders already running Mavericks, doubled the number of people using the forthcoming new update on the web literally overnight. According to GoSquared's live analytics page, use of Yosemite jumped from 0.26 percent on Thursday to 0.57 percent on Friday.
Apple pushes iTunes 12 beta as optional update for OS X Yosemite beta
Apple is pushing OS X Yosemite public beta users access to the new iTunes 12 beta. Developers were granted access to the iTunes 12 beta earlier in this week, and similarly OS X Yosemite public beta users will receive a notification via the Mac App Store software update function to install the optional update. iTunes 12 comes with a redesigned interface along with new features. Like the OS X Yosemite beta, the software is not finalized for release and may not alway work as expected, but gives Mac users an opportunity to provide Apple with feedback ahead of its official introduction.
Accessible only to Beta Program participants
As promised earlier this week, Apple has begun seeding the first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Access is limited to the first million people entered into the OS X Beta Program. That requires having both an Apple ID and a Mac running OS X Mavericks.
4K tech could come to iMac or new monitor
OS X Yosemite -- which is going into public beta tomorrow -- should eventually ship in late October, sources claim. The present plan is reportedly to keep releasing new developer betas every two to three weeks through September 29th. Work should then shift to a gold master build, due October 10th. Final details, including a launch date, may be announced at Apple's October media event.
Developer betas to get more regular updates
The first public beta of OS X Yosemite will be made available on Thursday, July 24, Apple has revealed in a meeting with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. The public release will be the same code seeded to developers on Monday. To get it, people must sign up for the OS X Beta Program, which is limited to the first million participants.
OS X gets iTunes 12, iOS 8 gets new Tips app
(Updated with other beta releases, more Yosemite changes) Apple is now seeding its fourth betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to developers. Perhaps the most significant change is in the latter, which includes the first beta of iTunes 12. The updated media player uses a flatter, streamlined design more in keeping with Yosemite, and is the first version to support Family Sharing, something also present in iOS 8. While Yosemite is still only accessible to developers, sources claim that the first public beta could go live later this month, after Apple has put more polish on it.
Spaceship-based twist on tower defense game forces confined strategy, resource management
It's hard to imagine what commerce and shipping might look like once humans expand into the far reaches of the universe. One take is that humans in the future could evolve an existing model, like truck driving, to deliver goods to the corners of space. Space Run by Passtech Games and Focus Interactive gives gamers a look into how such a business might unfold, through the use of strategy and resource management to fend off the dangers lurking in the darkness. But is Space Run enough to entice players into high-speed shipping lanes full of pirates and asteroids, or are they better off sitting this one out?
Already accounts for 0.2 percent of all OS X web traffic in North America
Just a month after the first Developer Preview was released at the Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite is already starting to show up in significant numbers in general Mac web traffic statistics. While 0.2 percent may not seem like a lot, it is four times higher than the percentage seen by the last major OS X upgrade, Mavericks, at the same point in its pre-release state. New features and better integration between iOS and OS X appears to be driving adoption.
Precise changes so far undocumented
[Updated with Yosemite changes] Apple has started seeding third previews of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to developers. The former is listed as build 14A283o, and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. Beta 3 of iOS 8 is identified as build 12A4318c, and available either as an over-the-air update or through the iOS Dev Center. To go with it, Apple is pushing out new betas of Find my iPhone and Find My Friends.
US, UK, and Russia apparently immune
Over the weekend, a number of iOS and OS X users have started reporting glitches with Apple's official Calendar app. Affected people will see holidays from other regions appearing on their personal calendar, such as UK holidays in Ireland, or Mexican, Canadian, and even Hong Kong holidays in Lithuania. Some countries appear to be immune to the bug, including the US, the UK, and Russia.
Platform shooter Broforce parodies action film characters with style
Occasionally, game developers serve up what could be best described as a "one-note joke" game. A title which sounds good on paper, and for all intents and purposes appears to be a pretty good idea, but ends up being a mediocre release with generic gameplay mechanics, a title that is quickly derided once people realize how extremely shallow it is. While Broforce could certainly fall into the realm of the one-note joke, it manages to tell that joke exceptionally well.
July 7 purge will affect testers of iOS 8, Yosemite beta builds
Apple has notified developers testing the latest iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas that it will have to erase the content of all CloudKit databases on July 7, both public and private. While the move will not affect most users, anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features of either iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite will see any data store there wiped. Photos and videos stored on iOS 8-running devices will be preserved, and re-uploaded after the server-side erasure.
Addresses numerous flaws, bugs already addressed in Mavericks 10.9.4
Alongside the release of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks for newer Macs, Apple has also releases security-oriented updates for OS X 10.7.x (Lion), the server version of Lion, and for 10.8.x Mountain Lion. The vulnerabilities patched for all three versions include an update to the certificate trust policy, a flaw in the "copyfile" command, and an issue with the Dock that could allow apps to circumvent the sandboxing restrictions. Numerous other discovered potential security vulnerabilities were also addressed.
Solves issues with video editors, multiple displays
This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal.
Official cutoff affecting more people than intended
Some people using @mac.com or @me.com email addresses as AIM logins in Messages are finding them non-functional, even after meeting Apple's requirements for a June 30 support cutoff, complaints indicate. In April, Apple stated that those logins would no longer work for versions of OS X below v10.7.2. Even people who do meet that threshold, however, are saying they can't use the logins anywhere, including the AIM web interface or third-party Mac and iOS clients such as Adium.
App will support third-party extensions
In the wake of Aperture's demise, the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite will incorporate professional-level features, an Apple representative claims. These include functions related to editing, effects, and image search, and support for third-party extensions. The spokesperson didn't go into any further details however.
Descriptions talk 'big plans'
Apple is hiring senior software engineers to work on "big plans" for its Maps API, notes AppleInsider. "We've got big plans for our API - we're looking for leaders that can design and build clean, scalable, and performance APIs, as well as design and build systems to trace, monitor, and debug requests once they enter our distributed backend systems with their complex dependencies," the company writes in job listings. "We're overhauling things front-to-back and want engineers that live and (breathe) distributed systems and services."
Includes usable SD memory card, four apps, CanvasPop gift card, more
Photo- and image-editing software maker Macphun has launched a bundle deal on four of its OS X consumer photo apps -- Snapheal, Focus 2, FX Photo Studio and ColorStrokes -- delivered on a reusable SD memory card during the first week of July. Dubbed the "Snap Pack Bundle" the $25 offer also includes a $20 gift certificate for CanvasPop, which specializes in turning photographs into wrapped canvas prints, and a chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.
Builds in Safari 7.0.5
In addition to iOS 7.1.2, Apple has issued the final version of OS X 10.9.4 via Mavericks' Software Update feature. Like its sibling, v10.9.4 deals exclusively with bugfixes. It solves a glitch preventing Macs from automatically connecting to recognized Wi-Fi networks, as well as the reliability of waking a computer from sleep mode.
Stellar Data Recovery launches Image Converter for Mac
Stellar Data Recovery has launched a new tool for image conversion, now available for download. Stellar Image Converter for Mac can identify 24 different image formats, and can convert each type into 14 of the most popular image file formats, such a JPEG, BMP, PNG and more. Priced at $30, the app is currently available at an introductory offer price of $20.
Feature's coverage still expanding
Apple has extended coverage of Maps' Flyover feature to two more locations. The most important of these is the Japanese capital of Tokyo, where people can now see 3D views of scenery like the Tokyo Tower or the Imperial Palace. In the United States, Maps users can toggle Flyover for the canyons of Utah's Zion National Park.
Software has struggled in competition with Lightroom
Development of Aperture has halted, and is instead shifting to the editing tools in OS X Yosemite's Photos app, Apple has announced. Photos -- which will actually miss the launch of Yosemite, and ship in early 2015 -- will include an option to import Aperture libraries. Compatibility updates should let Aperture run in Yosemite, but no further support is planned. Apple and Adobe are cooperating to help some users migrate to Lightroom.
Apple leverages OS X Yosemite to land a hammer blow on Android
Apple's WWDC 14 was a massive event with many interesting talking points and implications as our team examined. Although Apple has been relatively quiet on the hardware front since the launch of the all-new Mac Pro in late 2013, it is now very clear that it has been doing anything but standing still. iOS has become Apple's flagship operating system, by virtue of the massive success of the devices that the OS powers. Apple's iOS install base is ten times as large as its Mac install base (even though at 80 million users, the latter is now at record levels for Apple too). Consequently, Apple has poured considerable energy in to advancing iOS. However, with OS X Yosemite, Apple has worked hard to bring the Mac OS into line with iOS, but also to make the two operating systems more seamlessly integrated than ever before. In doing so, OS X Yosemite could be the most important iteration of Apple's desktop OS since its inception.
OS X 10.6 was most popular OS version until 10.8 Mountain Lion arrived
The rate of decline in the number of users still clinging to OS X Snow Leopard has increased in the last three months, in part due to the continuing aging of machines capable of supporting it and natural turnover, but mostly due to the end of almost any further Apple support for the system -- including important security updates. The 2009-era OS version dropped four percent, the biggest quarterly decline since Mountain Lion came out, between March and May of this year, falling below 15 percent of active Macs.
Feature so far limited to Macs with Bluetooth LE
Apple is still testing and has yet to finalize which Macs will be able to take advantage of OS X Yosemite's Handoff feature, sources say. With supporting apps and hardware, the technology lets people shift work from an iOS device to a Mac, or vice versa. So far, though, users of the Yosemite beta note that only Macs equipped with Bluetooth LE -- beginning with the 2011 MacBook Air -- appear to be compatible.
Would likely focus exclusively on media
The Apple TV may gain some form of Continuity support when OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are released this fall, users of the latest Yosemite beta note. When on a Wi-Fi network where an Apple TV is connected, Yosemite is displaying a message stating that "Apple TV is now available for Continuity," so long as the Apple TV is running new beta firmware. There isn't any indication of what can be done with that support however.
Feature additions yet to be discovered
Apple has begun distributing second betas of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, Xcode 6, and updated Apple TV firmware to developers. Relatively few details are available so far. The Yosemite beta is listed simply as build 14A261i, and in release notes for the iOS 8 code, Apple states only that it "contains bug fixes and improvements."
New betas expand areas for developers to test; OS X Server also updated
Two weeks after its initial OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta, Apple has sent out a second one for both the client and OS X Server versions. The latest Mavericks developer build, 13E16, expands areas of interest for developer testing beyond the usual graphics drivers and Safari to include Bluetooth, audio drivers, the App Store and Finder. A Safari 6.1.5 beta for older systems was also issued, with requests for testers to focus on general website and extension compatibility.
Single backup and sync tool may be one tool to encompass many jobs
Mac users have relied on a pool of backup utlities for years, with three standouts being Apple's own Time Machine, Retrospect, and Bombich Software's Carbon Copy Cloner. All three fit slightly different niches, and serious techs and users have probably used all three at one point or another. A fourth entry is Econ Technologies' ChronoSync, just updated to version 4.5, which purports to be a more universal tool for all of one's backup needs.
Ad offers one-minute quick tour of new look in forthcoming update
As seen in the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation of a week ago, and following the release of the "Developers" promotional video, Apple has posted the Yosemite quick-tour video to YouTube and other video outlets. The one-minute spot flies through some of the visual changes offered in the forthcoming OS X update, including a flattened dock, more iOS-like icons, a redefined "green button" in the upper left corner of Finder windows that now toggles full-screen, and sneak peeks of the more-polished Mail, Messages and Calendar.
Yosemite this fall
Today in the MacNN forums, members begin to discuss the changes that will be coming to OS X in the thread titled "Yosemite this fall" started by a Fresh-Faced Recruit who has been lurking around the forums for many years. This week, forum-goers try to assist one Dedicated MacNNer in figuring out what is wrong with their mouse after they reported strange problems.
PopClip for Mac available for $1 as an AppyFriday promotion
Text selection toolkit app PopClip is currently available at the Mac App Store for 80 percent off its regular price. PopClip is a utility app that gives the copy and paste function on a user's Mac extra abilities, much as the copy and paste function does on iOS. Once text is selected, PopClip automatically appears and provides instant access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and over 100 other extensions. The $1 promotion is available via AppyFridays.com, with sale pricing remaining until this Sunday.
Company may be concerned about preventing unwanted purchases
Apple is sending out emails via iTunes Connect that urge developers to opt into its upcoming Family Sharing program. The emails in part describe the program, which allows up to six people to access the same photos and calendars, as well as digital content bought from Apple, so long as it was purchased under the same credit card. Family members can also track each other's locations if devices are under the same account.
Retina iMac could ship alongside new OS
Code contained in the OS X Yosemite beta appears to point toward support for future Retina iMacs. A forum poster at MacBidouille notes that in a file covering graphics scaling settings, the highest resolution available is 6400x3600; for a Retina panel, that figure would effectively scale down to 3200x1800. Other resolutions mentioned are 5760x3240 (2880x1620 in Retina), 4096x2304 (2048x1152), and still lower settings.
Possible thanks to updated Safari
People watching Netflix in OS X Yosemite will now be able to stream video via HTML5 instead of Silverlight, according to an official blog post. The service says it has been "working closely with Apple" to implement HTML5 Premium Video Extensions in Yosemite's edition of Safari. This allows viewers to start watching videos instantly, instead of having to install the Silverlight plugin first, as in OS X Mavericks.
Function meant for recording app previews
The combination of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite allows for easier screencapture of iOS devices, according to a new Apple document. In order to support the App Store's future App Previews, Apple has tweaked Yosemite to treat an iOS device as a camera input, meaning that any video recording software can be used to capture onscreen activity. Currently recording is described as "extremely laggy," but it will presumably improve as both iOS 8 and Yosemite get updated betas.
WWDC keynote now available for streaming
Even though Apple's WWDC keynote concluded only a few hours ago, a video of the entire presentation has already been made available. The keynote covered a number of topics for Apple, including the introduction of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and a brand new 'Swift' programming language.
Mail gains new Mail Drop tech
In Apple's new OS X Yosemite, Mail has received several upgrades, including faster mailbox switching and Mail Drop, which lets people send attachments up to 5GB via iCloud. The technology is integrated into Macs but generates URLs for other platforms. Email and PDFs can now be marked up via a trackpad.