Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5

Two weeks ago, Apple released OS X 10.8.2, which brought a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also added support for several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number. Today, Apple has released OS X v 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0. It is a minor update that brings a number of fixes to the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion.

The OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
– Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
– Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64 GB of RAM from starting up

OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0 is available for download via the Update tab in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released OS X Lion 10.7.5 Supplemental Update, which brings several bug fixes to the latest version of OS X Lion.

The OS X v10.7.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion v10.7.5 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause Time Machine backups to take a very long time to complete
– Addresses an issue that prevents certain applications signed with a Developer ID from launching

The Supplemental Update is recommended if you installed the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G56).

It is not needed if you install the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G63).

Wall Street Journal: Apple Has Begun Mass Production of the iPad Mini

Last month, it was reported that instead of Apple revealing the iPad mini at the same time of the iPhone 5, the company would announce it during a separate event. Earlier this week, a new rumor suggested that Apple will send out media event invitations on October 10th. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has started mass production of the iPad mini.

Apple Inc.’s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive against rivals such as Google Inc. GOOG -0.63% and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.56% that are offering smaller, less-expensive alternatives to the iPad.

The report cites two sources which supposedly confirm that the iPad mini will use a 7.85″ screen with a lower screen resolution than the 3rd Generation iPad.  Both LG Display Co. and AU Optronics Corp. are said to be building screens for the new device. In the past, the iPad mini has been rumored to have a 1024×768 pixel display.

Anyway, regardless of what the iPad mini has to offer, it will sell really well in the market Apple is targeting.

Apple to Announce Q4 2012 Earnings on October 25

Apple has updated its investor relations page to notifying the public that it will announce its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2012, as well as results for the full fiscal year, on Thursday, October 25. Usually the earnings are released  after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading. The conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific.

This earnings call will offer a more closer look into iPhone 5 sales in the first week of availability and how the company did overall this quarter. Three months ago, Apple reported weaker than expected results on lower-than-expected iPhone sales. Apple also provided guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 expecting revenue of $34 billion and earnings per diluted share of $7.65.

Apple’s iPad Mini Media Event Invitations to Be Sent out October 10?

Last month, it was reported that instead of Apple revealing the iPad mini at the same time of the iPhone 5, the company would announce it during a separate event. Now, a very sketchy report from Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Apple 2.0, suggests that Apple might send out invitations for the iPad mini event on October 10. DeWitt says that it’s a “rumor we have no reason to believe” except that it came from a major Apple investor.

According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad — often called the iPad mini or iPad air and usually described as having a 7.85-inch screen.

What our source adds is the specificity of a date: The press, he says, can expect invitations to go out on Oct. 10.

Given’s Apple history and if the invites are indeed sent out on October 10th, it would suggest that the event would be held in the middle of the following week.

Apple Quietly Increasing iCloud Storage to 25 GB Until the Year 2050?

Last week, we reported that Apple sent out former MobileMe customers regarding their free 25 GB of iCloud storage. The email was a reminder that  their free 25 GB iCloud accounts will be reduced to 5 GB as of September 30.

TUAW is the first one to point out that Apple seems to be quietly increasing iCloud storage to 25 GB until the year 2050. I checked on my iOS devices and this seems to be the case for me too. It seems that Apple is quietly bumping iCloud storage space upgrades for ex-MobileMe users. In the past, Apple has been known to offer cloud storage upgrades for free when their services did not live up to expectations (MobileMe).

To check if your storage plan has been upgraded, launch Settings -> iCloud -> Account on your iOS device. I asked around on Twitter and it seems that only ex-MobileMe users are seeing an upgrade in storage. However, I have not been able to confirm it.

Apple offers free 5 GB of iCloud storage storage for free, but users that are interested in upgrading their storage by purchasing additional storage space can do so through their iOS device iCloud settings, System Preferences on a Mac, or iCloud Control Panel on a PC. Apple offers 10 GB for $20, 20 GB for $40, and 50 GB for $100 and all purchased amounts are added to the base 5 GB storage capacity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Publishes Open Letter on Maps for iOS 6

Since the time iOS 6 was officially released to the public, Apple has been criticized for replacing the original Maps.app powered by Google Maps with its own in-house solution. Now, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter to customers on the company’s website addressing the criticism over the new Apple-powered Maps app in iOS 6. In the letter, Cook apologizes to customers for not meeting expectations and mentions a number of alternative mapping solutions customers may wish to use while Apple continues to makes Maps much better. Well done, Mr. Cook. Apple is specifically promoting a page for map application alternatives in the App Store.

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

I think what people fail to understand is that it took Google and many other mapping companies at least 5-7 years to create a great maps products. Apple’s only been in this business for a couple of years, but as time goes by, the Maps.app will undoubtedly improve.

Camera+ Updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6, New iPad App Released

Camera+, one of the best and hottest selling camera apps on the iPhone has now been released for the iPad. This new iPad app isn’t an universal app, but standalone one. It is on sale for just $0.99 right now. The iPad version offers similar features to the iPhone one including touch-up tools, filters, cropping and borders. Other features include a camera stabilization tool, timer and burst ode functions. The main focus of this app is to be a photography editing app and it makes great use of the iPad’s larger screen. I have been using the iPhone version for over a year now, and it is great! The iPad version is also very well done too.

In addition, both the apps support iCloud syncing that automatically syncs all your Lightbox photos between devices. The iPhone version also received an update, which added support for the larger, 4-inch screen of the new iPhone and iOS 6. The update also allows Facebook sharing of photo with single sign-on support.

Netflix for iOS Updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6

Today, Netflix has updated its iOS app  for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5’s 4″ screen. This update also improves the browsing, searching and watching experience. In fact, I have tried it and it is very noticeable. Overall, it is a great update.

iOS apps supporting iPhone 5’s taller display is really useful in video/movie apps such as Netflix as it allows many widescreen movies to be viewed in their native aspect ratio. Watching video on the iPhone 5 is truly a bliss. The Netflix app is free download from the App Store, but requires a Netflix account.

Many popular iOS apps continue to get updated for the iPhone 5’s larger display. Yesterday, Instagram and Foursquare and many iOS games were updated.

Apple Considering Carbon Fiber Components for Upcoming Product?

A new report suggests that Apple has ordered a large number of parts made of carbon fiber, hinting that an upcoming product may be made of lightweight material. Macotakara reports that it has received information from a source hinting that employees of Apple and Foxconn have been working to source unknown parts from a company that specializes in carbon fiber materials.

The author “danbo” said that Apple has requested the carbon fiber samples from a Japanese company which began production with the material in mid-March. What exactly Apple ordered is unknown, but the source that the number of parts ordered by Apple are too great to be called simply a “sample.” In the past, Apple’s interest in carbon fiber has been detailed via a number of patent filings.

According to my source, some engineer of Apple and Foxconn Technology came on Japanese company, which has carbon production in mid-March, and they requested to develop some sample.

I don’t have information which is ordered by Apple, source told the number of parts is too large to be called “sample”.

One possible use for carbon fiber could be on the iPad. Currently, the iPad is made from a single slab of aluminum, which increases the weight of the device. Next month, Apple is likely to reveal a new iPad mini so we may see the carbon fiber technology implemented in it then.

Apple Releases 5.1 Update for 2nd and 3rd Generation Apple TV

Apple has released a new software update for the Apple TV. The version number of the software update is 5.1 and supports the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV models. The release’s build number is 10A406e and the new update adds support for Shared Photo Streams, the ability to send audio content from the Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs), and the ability to switch between multiple iTunes accounts. It is a pretty significant update overall. Last update for the Apple TV was released in June.

Details regarding the update can be found on Apple’s website:

Shared Photo Streams – Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.

AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.

Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.

Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.

Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.

Subtitles – SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.

Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5437 for more information.

Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.

Apple TV users can update their TV via the Settings menu -> then General, and then selecting Update Software.