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Mac OS 10.67 Updater

Apple has released 10.67 for desktop and server Macs. We recommend you backup your Mac with Time Machine or even better, a full clone with a tool such as Carbon Copy Cloner or Chronosync (neither of these is for the technically challenged) before updating. The easiest way to update is to select “Software Update” from the Apple Menu. If you’re concerned about doing this correctly, MacLab can handle it on the next visit.

Here are the detailed changes, which include a number of fixes and security updates.

A separate security update is available to download and apply that will work on older MacOS systems. Again, check Software Update.

Magic Charger

Stop trashing batteries, or even taking them out and recharging them! Just place your Magic Mouse on the Mobee Magic charger for a good night’s sleep. Let me know if you’d like to get your mouse on one of these. Our partner Dr. Bott will have exclusive distribution.

New MacBook Pros

Apple has updated the MacBook Pro line. The highlights: faster processors including a quad-core in the 15 and 17-inch models, longer battery life, and a new port dubbed “Thunderbolt.” This is a new high-speed port that can be used to connect fast drives and video. According to Apple, the connection is more than 12 times faster than Firewire 800. Also notable: the 13-inch MacBook Pro models now come stock with 4GB of RAM, rather than the previous 2GB. Let us know if you’re interested in getting a new MacBook Pro.

Return of the Best Keyboard

Once upon a time Apple made expensive, high quality keyboards that went klickity klak. They made a number of duds too, but many consider the original Apple Extended Keyboard the best ever made. Now Matias is re-creating this keyboard for those that love keys that really move. Let us know if you’d like to get your hands on one.

MacOS 10.66

Apple has released MacOS 10.66 and with it the App Store for Mac. If you haven’t heard of this, its where you can buy applications through an interface similar to the App store on your iPhone and iPad. So far this looks like mostly small apps and play things. The App Store can’t recognize and/or update applications previously installed on your computer through other means like a DVD install or standard download. And like any software install, you can still have issues regardless of the source. Apple is hoping to get big developers signed on. So far, I don’t see any signs of Adobe, Microsoft, Filemaker or any of the giants. To be continued.

 

Fresh Air

 

Apple just released new MacBook Air models including a tiny 11-inch. The MacBook Air is coming along, but there are a few things you should know.

The battery for the 11-inch model has a life rated 2 hrs shorter than the 13-inch (5 hrs vs 7), there is no Firewire (USB only), no network jack (wireless only), no DVD drive (external available), 4GB of RAM is the max and more can’t be installed after the purchase! The good? It’s only 2 pounds and the solid state drive is quick. The MacBook Air could be a nice internet or business laptop, but not so great for design or other heavy lifting.

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