MacBreak Weekly 287

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Episode 287

MacBreak Weekly 287:

All about Mountain Lion and the Cougar in town, and much more...




Ron Garan’s Incredible ISS Timelapse: Coming Back Home

What schools need to know about OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion Preview

  • LL: Apple says that they are going to upgrade OS X yearly.
    • Is this a full blown upgrade?
  • AI: I don't think it's a full blown upgrade, but it is apparent that it is a significant shift in philosophy.
    • They now really want to shift the iOS into experience to the Mac.
    • The problem is that they didn't really decide how to make this experience suitable to the Mac OS X environment.
    • Just bringing the iOS apps to Mac OS X might not be the best idea.
  • CB: Apple is trying to present a unified experience.
    • It doesn't matter what device I'm using it is just a window to my data.
  • LL: I agree with Andy, that we shouldn't dumb down the experience for more powerful machines.
  • CB: I agree and that might be because we are long time Mac users.
    • I've had someone tell me that she loves the launch pad. Her first apple device was an iPhone.
  • AI: The only mistake Apple might be making is to think that iOS is as good as anything else that is out there.
    • It's like having an electric car. It's a great concept and certainly valuable but in terms of comparison to other cars out there, it just doesn't match up.
    • I would hate to see Apple become the operating system focussing only on the simple things. Where they have to say, "if you want to get things done, go to Windows".
  • LL: Dropping "Mac" for its corporate brand is significant, isn't it?
    • Let's go one-by-one through the features.
    • Let's start with gate keeper, a significant security feature
    • With apps, you have three options: 1. Only apps from the app store, 2. apps that are signed y apple, and 3. anything.
  • AI: Gate Keeper is a really good addition. It'll keep things safe and yet still flexible, especially with the middle setting.
  • LL: Do you think that Apple is able to implement an iOS feel while keeping the flexibility of a pro system?
  • TR: It think it should be possible.
    • I don't think Apple is abandoning is the pro user.
  • DB: To pull out the rug from under the pro users would be a serious mistake.
    • A lot of pro users are upset about Final Cut Pro X.
    • What we would really like is to have a PRO switch in system preferences so that everything would be brought back to what it was before.
  • LL: Air Play Mirroring!
  • CB: I love that feature. They're going to sell a lot of AppleTVs because of that feature.
  • AI: I think this is also going to be a good indication that we are getting a 1080p AppleTV.
  • LL: Twitter and Vimeo integration is interesting.

Confirmed: iPad 3 Has a 2048x1536 Retina Display]
  • LL: A lot of people have confirmed that March 7 is the date where Apple makes an announcement.
    • It is confirmed that I am not on the list of people being invited to that event.
  • DB: They have a ruler! That is evidence enough.

Photo of iPad 3 Logic Board with "A5X" System on a Chip

Google Under Fire for Circumvention of Cookie Settings in Safari for iOS to Track Users

Tips & Picks

iOS Tip

  • DB: Under Settings/Safari
    • Turn on Private Browsing, which will turn off third party cookies.

MacOS Tip

Lion Tip

  • AI: you can share your internet connection with other devices, e.g. iPhone, iPad
    • by creating your own WiFi-network under AirPort

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Production Information

  • Edited by:
  • Show notes: Jean-Marie Schweizer (Bushgeek)

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