After lusting over a MacBook Air for more than a few months, I recently purchased the 13″ MacBook Air with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. While there is no denying the fact that SSDs are the future, they are still pretty pricey.
While Apple originally aimed the MBA as a light laptop replacement for many, it has become a desktop replacement for many including me. The only problem is that the 120.47GB of space does not cut it for me. After installing all my needed apps, backups, pictures and movies, I am not left with sufficient space for day-to-day work. Also, since it is not recommended to fill a SSD more than 50% of its actual capacity, I need to make sure that I always have around 60GB or more free space on my Air.
After hunting through the Internet searching for tips to free up space on my MacBook Air, I came across an app called Monolingual. The app allows you to remove all the unneeded language files, architecture files and Input keyboard layouts from all the installed apps on your Mac. I freed up more than 3GB of space on my MBA by using Monolingual, and removing all the unneeded language and architecture files.
Do keep in mind that once you remove any particular language, or architecture from your OS X installation, the only way to install it back is to do a complete re-installation of OS X, so proceed with caution.
Monolingual can be downloaded for free from here, and works on Mountion Lion as well.
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 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.
Today, Apple has sent out an email notifying former MobileMe customers regarding their free 25 GB of iCloud storage. The email is a reminder that their free 25 GB iCloud accounts will be reduced to 5 GB as of September 30. Apple offers free 5 GB of iCloud storage of storage for free, but MobileMe customers received an additional 20 GB for free when iCloud was first introduced. The offer was initially valid through June 30, 2012, but Apple later extended the offer through the end of September.
Additional information for those wishing to keep their iCloud storage needs below 5 GB can be found in an Apple support document. 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.
Like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 was criticized heavily by critics, Android lovers and others for the lack of innovation. The Internet was and is flooded with comments from ‘experts’ that Steve Jobs would not have let Apple ship such a useless Maps app in iOS6 and more.
Nevertheless, even then the iPhone 4S became the fastest selling iPhone ever for Apple, and the iPhone 5 is no different. The handset hit the retail stores last week on September 21st, and has already managed to sell more than 5 million units inside 3 days.
“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”
Considering that the iPhone 5 is only available in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, this is no small feat. The demand for the handset will only soar more once it will be available in 22 additional countries on September 28th, and in 100 more countries by the end of this year.
The Galaxy S III, which is considered one of the best handsets in the Android ecosystem, if not the best, has sold more than 10 million units in 100 days, since it was launched. The iPhone 5 will easily surpass the sales figure of the Galaxy S III within the first week of it being available.
The press release from Apple also states that more than 100 million devices have already updated to iOS6, all within a week of the OS update going live.
Commercial gifting, redemption of QR codes and social gifting is a trend taking soaring importance in the e-commerce industry today. Social gifting apps such as Wrapp, being just over a year old, are expanding across territories in exponential fashion. Apparently Apple Inc. has been inspired by this concept too. At WWDC in June 2012, Apple Inc. announced the “Passbook”, an app which aims to act as the future digital wallet. It stores passes such as movie tickets and boarding passes at a single destination, thereby making life easier for consumers who are so digitally savvy.
The “Passbook” was not considered to be something totally new or innovative. Nevertheless, given that Apple has a cult-like fan base, the Passbook will shape out be a sublimely hot app. It will attract plenty of consumer attention and will penetrate into the mainstream quickly. Apple has often been criticized for keeping their information and property proprietary but the Passbook is prone to give dividend.
Motivated by the announcement of Passbook, JTribe Labs returned from WWDC with the aim to make the Passbook available to everyone. As a result, they developed the app “PassRocket” earlier this month. It is an app which operates on iOS 6, the new operating system announced by Apple a few days ago. “With PassRocket, retailers, businesses and cafes can design their own Loyalty ‘Pass’ and share it with their customers instantly with Twitter, Facebook or email. PassRocket then scans customers’ passes every time they visit. The designer app comes with a great range of themed passes that have been beautifully designed. Customizing the pass can occur right within the app itself and be immediately available to customers. Businesses can create a loyalty card where they trade. Within seconds, a business can have an instant campaign and share it with their customers.”
For example, JTribes portrays the “Taco Truck Scenario”. Taco Truck looks to keep building a tribe of loyal customers as it does its weekly city route. As a small business, ‘Taco Truck’s’ marketing activities are constrained by time and money. Taco Truck downloads PassRocket. Within minutes, they select their pass theme, customize with the Taco Truck name, the number of visits and discount, or in this case, ‘a free taco’. Taco Truck receives a short link to share with their customers via Twitter, Facebook and email. They are now ready to scan customers’ passes. It’s taken two minutes and they have done all this from the Taco Truck. Their first customer Sam, visits the Taco Truck, opens the link on their phone and presents the Taco Truck pass in their Passbook app. Sam buys a Taco and the PassRocket scanner, scans the pass. Four more tacos and Sam has a free one.
An overview of how the app operates from the consumer perspective can be seen in the clip below:
The future potential of PassRocket will be partly influenced by what is released with the Passbook app. For now, jTribe Labs want PassRocket to be the solution that makes Passbook available to everyone, for free.
Today has been a day filled with new update releases. Apple released iOS 6 to the public today and OS X 10.8.2. Microsoft also released Office for Mac 2011 version 14.2., which adds support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro released in June. This update makes text more crisp and all key areas of the interface sharper than ever, Microsoft said in a post in its official Office for Mac blog. The update should be available via AutoUpdate.
We’re happy to announce that Office for Mac 2011 (version 14.2.4) now supports Retina display for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Text everywhere is incredibly crisp and all key areas of the interface are now sharper than ever. We hope you enjoy this fantastic software experience!
In addition, the new update brought a number of enhancements for Outlook including calendar event reminders, Mountain Lion compatibility for signatures, and fixes for several other issues. Microsoft also promised that its team is “going back to work on even more great features” for Office for Mac.
In addition to the release of iOS 6, Apple has also released OS X 10.8.2 to the public. The update is currently available via the Software Update functionality in the Mac App Store.
This update offers a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also supports several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number.
This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes:
– Single sign on for Facebook – Adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos – See Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts – Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center
– Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages – Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations – Added Facebook “Like” button for games – Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement
Other new features
– Adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010) – iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac – You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac – FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number – New shared Reminders lists – New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them – Dictation now supports additional languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian – Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary – Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts
Direct downloads available through Apple’s site include:
As always, Apple has unveiled the new iPhone along with the latest version of its mobile OS, iOS 6. The latest version of iOS includes more than 200 new changes and features including a new music player, a smarter Siri, Facebook integration at OS level, Passbook, new Music player, a new Maps app from Apple and more.
The iOS 6 update is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS, along with all the generations of iPad. Owners of iPod Touch 3G and 4G can also download the update for free from iTunes. Alternatively, owners can manually update their device to iOS 6 by downloading and installing the IPSW file.
Below are the download links for the iOS 6 IPSW files for the supported devices -: