Introducing OS X Lion’s New Gestures (Humor)

Jul 22, 2011 - 7 Comments

Lion Gestures comic from Joy of Tech

I love Mac OS X Lion like the rest of us, but I found this Joy of Tech comic strip hilarious, it touches on everything from natural scrolling, the lack of PPC support, new scrollbars, downloading from the App Store, and more.

On a more serious note, if you plan on upgrading to Lion soon, don’t miss our recommended upgrade steps walkthrough.

By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 7 Comments

Enable Full Screen Support in All Apps Under Mac OS X Lion With Maximizer

Jul 22, 2011 - 28 Comments

Maximizer brings more Full Screen Apps to OS X LIon Maximizer is a free utility that brings Full Screen app mode to all Cocoa apps running in Mac OS X Lion 10.7, even if they don’t technically support the feature yet.

Lion is needed, as is the following to get this working:

  • Download SIMBL – SIMBL stands for “SIMple Bundle Loader” and basically allows app and OS modifications to be made in the form of plugins, which is exactly what Maximizer is
  • Get Maximizer from chpwm.com – Uncompress the zip file and drop the .bundle in ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins

You will then need to relaunch any open apps for the plugin to load, but be aware that Full Screen won’t work in some apps as anticipated, if at all.

Is this necessary? That depends on who much you like Full Screen. Quite a few apps don’t support true full screen yet, ranging from Firefox and Chrome to even apps that ship with Lion like the App Store, TextEdit, Address Book, iWeb, Disk Utility, iChat, and many more. Admittedly, some of these apps don’t make much sense to be full screen, but some would be good and just haven’t been optimized for Lion yet. This should hold you over until then.

Mac Mini 2011 Benchmarks Show Giant Performance Boost from Core i CPU

Jul 21, 2011 - 9 Comments

Mac Mini 2011 Benchmarks

The 2011 Mac Mini is blowing away early benchmarks, in some cases doubling their predecessors and even outperforming the impressive MacBook Air 2011 benchmarks. Not bad for a tiny Mac are they? Unsurprisingly, the Mac Mini Core i7 model is the most impressive, with a whopping 9573 GeekBench score, but the Core i5 is no slouch at 6395.

The above chart compares the new 2011 Mini GeekBench scores vs 2010, 2009, and even the 2005 mini, courtesy of MacMiniColo, but these are not rogue results, as a quick search on GeekBench‘s website shows us several more 2011 Mac Mini killing it in the benchmarks:

2011 Mac Mini GeekBench Benchmark Scores are Impressive

With the 2011 Mac Mini performing so well, it looks like the hardest decision many prospective buyers will have to make is exactly which model they want to fly with, but the Quad-Core i7 Server model is a certified screamer. We’ll update as we get more benchmark results and hopefully we can see some real-world tests soon too.

By Matt Chan - Hardware, Mac - 9 Comments

Steve Jobs: “Your phone is the dumbest f***ing idea I have ever heard”

Jul 21, 2011 - 134 Comments

Steve Jobs This will be the funniest thing you will read all day. An apparent excerpt from Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN quotes an epic exchange between Steve Jobs and the ESPN president:

The story goes that ESPN president George Bodenheimer attended the first Disney board meeting in Orlando, Florida, just after the company had bought Pixar, the innovative animation factory, and spotted Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a hallway. It seemed like a good time to introduce himself. “I am George Bodenheimer,” he said to Jobs. “I run ESPN.” Jobs just looked at him and said nothing other than “Your phone is the dumbest fucking idea I have ever heard,” then turned and walked away.

Steve is a champion who is not afraid of speaking his mind.

What an awesome find from Gruber of DaringFireball, who points out that the “dumbest” phone in question is this ESPN branded Samsung flip-phone from 2006, shown here:
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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 134 Comments

Install Mac OS X Lion on More Than One Computer

Jul 21, 2011 - 57 Comments

Intall OS X Lion on more than one computer

One of the great unsung features of Lion is the personal use license which allows you to download OS X Lion once and then install it on all of your authorized personal Macs. This makes the $29.99 purchase an even better deal than it would be already, because one single purchase lets you upgrade all of your household computers.

There are several approaches to installing OS X Lion on all of your own Macs, these include:

  • Copying the OS X Lion installer to other Macs – this is the primary focus of this article by using the following methods
  • Copying the Lion installer with an external drive or DVD
  • Transferring the Lion installer over a network
  • Downloading Lion again from the App Store on each Mac (it is free to re-download after you have bought it once)
  • Making a Lion USB installer drive
  • Burning a Lion installation DVD
  • Installing Lion over Target Disk Mode
  • Several of these we have already covered before and you are welcome to check those out, but for the purpose of this article we are going to discuss transferring the OS X Lion installer to the other Macs. This allows for easy upgrades of all your Macs and prevents you from having to re-download the app or create any installation drives.
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    Get Front Row for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    Jul 21, 2011 - 36 Comments

    Front Row for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    You might have heard that Mac OS X Lion ditches Front Row, the easily accessible media player that was activated by hitting Command+Escape on a keyboard or by pressing play on an Apple Remote. If you like Front Row and are disappointed in Lion leaving it behind, you can easily get it working again just by copying a couple files over from the prior OS version.

    Manually Enabling Front Row for OS X Lion

    This will require access to a Mac OS X 10.6 installation. The following Front Row files from OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard must be moved into the exact same locations in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion:
    /System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app
    /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.framework
    /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework
    /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.RemoteUI.plist
    /Applications/Front Row.app

    If you have Snow Leopard installed and laying around, you can preserve and move these files yourself quickly with Finder or by using cp, just be sure to place them in the exact same locations. This is very easy if you have a dual 10.6 and 10.7 boot config going, but if not don’t worry there’s a simple alternative.

    Get Front Row Working in Mac OS X Lion with an Installer

    Alternatively to moving the files yourself, you can use use a free package installer that contains the 10.6 Front Row files and places them automatically into the appropriate locations in Lion. This is easier.

    Download the free package installer by MacHatter.

    The MacHatter package does all the work for you and has been confirmed to work. If you click on “Custom Install” you can double check that the Front Row files exist:
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    By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 36 Comments

    Bought a New Mac Recently? Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is a Free Download If So

    Jul 21, 2011 - 14 Comments

    Mac OS X Lion is free with recent Mac purchases

    Did you buy a new Mac between June 6, 2011 and July 20, 2011? If so, don’t grab Lion from the App Store quite yet because you qualify for a free download of Mac OS X Lion, directly from Apple. All you need to do is visit Apple’s Up-To-Date page to claim your copy, just be sure you have your Macs Serial Number, date of purchase, and place & location of purchase ready.

    Head over to Apple’s Up To Date page to claim your free copy

    Any Macs bought July 20 won’t need to do this because they’ll come with Lion preinstalled. If you bought a Mac before June 6, well, you’ll just have to buy Lion from the App Store like the rest of us, it’s $29.99 and includes a very generous personal license that will allow you to install Lion on all of your personal machines.

    Don’t miss the rest of our Mac OS X Lion coverage and tips.

    By Matt Chan - Mac OS X, News - 14 Comments

    MacBook Air 2011 Benchmarks Show Huge Speed & Performance Gains

    Jul 20, 2011 - 26 Comments

    MacBook Air 2011 Benchmarks

    The first benchmarks for the MacBook Air 2011 refresh (released alongside Lion) are rolling in, and they show that the Intel Core i5 processor in both the 13″ and 11″ variation are screamers. How fast? Well, just check out the Geekbench scores, which for both models are at least double the speed of the 2010 Core 2 Duo’s they replaced. In fact, the new MacBook Air’s are so fast that the speed of the new 1.7GHz Core i5 13″ model is faster than the 2010 MacBook Pro 17″ that was a 2.6GHz Core i7, as ElectricPig says:

    To put these benchmarks into perspective, the 2010 17-inch 2.67 GHz Core i7 MacBook Pro scored 5423. For [$999] the 11-inch MacBook Air offers a benchmark on par with last year’s [$2499] 17-inch MacBook Pro.

    Undoubtedly some of the speed increase is due to the ultrafast SSD, but it also shows the new Intel Core i5 contained within the 2011 MBA refresh is a screamer.
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    By Matt Chan - Hardware, Mac - 26 Comments

    Install Lion Final Release Over Lion GM

    Jul 20, 2011 - 51 Comments

    Install OS X Lion Final over Lion GM in the App Store

    First a quick note: if you’re a developer who is running the Lion GM build 11A511 there is technically no need to install the Lion Final, both builds are 11A511 and identical. That said…

    If you are running the Mac OS X Lion GM build and you want to buy and install the Final release of Lion through the Mac App Store, you’ve probably noticed that you’ll get an error message in the App Store. The solution? Simple, you just need to hold Option and click on the Install button to be able to install the final release over GM. You can also do this through the “Purchases” tab in the Mac App Store, just hold down Option to enable the “Install” button.

    This is also a way for those who inappropriately downloaded Lion GM to ‘come clean’ and pay Apple for the final release. It’s only $29.99, and if you haven’t bought it yet, you really should.

    Again, there isn’t much reason for developers to do this, but it’s a good tip anyway from The Loop.

    Update: Some users are reporting sporadic issues with this, here is a clarification from our comments:

    To clarify for everyone:

    Hold option/alt when clicking the App Store icon.

    Keep option/alt held down, and navigate to OS X Lion in the App Store.

    Keeping alt/option held, you will see OS X Lion is now available for purchase, instead of being marked as ‘installed’.

    Click it!

    Basically, hold option during App Store launch and during each click through to “Purchases” and then to “Install”

    By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 51 Comments

    OS X Lion Review Roundup

    Jul 20, 2011 - 25 Comments

    Lion Review roundup

    Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that OS X Lion is available to download on the Mac App Store. We’ve been covering Lion for a while now (check out all of our posts on OS X Lion for a ton of tips and relevant information) and we think it’s awesome, but if you’re the type to want reviews before diving in yourself, here’s a handful of the best out there:

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    By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X - 25 Comments

    Xcode 4.1 for OS X Lion Released as Free Download on Mac App Store

    Jul 20, 2011 - 7 Comments

    XCode 4.1 is a free download on the Mac App Store

    The final version of Xcode 4.1 has been released as a free download to everyone via the Mac App Store. Mostly for developers, Xcode is the Mac OS X-only development environment for creating OS X and iOS apps, but the package also includes various useful command line tools, and even an iOS hardware simulator, making it a worthwhile download for power users as well as developers.

    Before you get the latest version of Xcode though, you will need to download Mac OS X Lion and complete that installation.

    Get XCode 4.1 free from the Mac App Store

    Here are the key changes for XCode 4.1 with Lion support, via the App Store page:

    What’s new in Xcode 4.1 for OS X Lion
    – Includes SDKs for OS X Lion and iOS 4.3
    – Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls such as NSPopover
    – Full screen support in workspace, project, and organizer windows
    – Project modernization to identify and resolve out of date build settings
    – Behaviors can be customized and assigned to unique key bindings
    – Source control enhancements to pushing, pulling, and management of remote servers
    – Assistant editor support for display of generated assembly and preprocessed output
    – Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

    Prior to this release, Xcode cost $4.99 to download.

    By Matt Chan - Development, Mac OS X, News - 7 Comments

    iTunes 10.4 Available to Download, Brings Full 64-Bit and OS X Lion Support

    Jul 20, 2011 - 6 Comments

    iTunes 10.4 is 64-bit Alongside the release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has pushed out iTunes 10.4. The changes are geared mostly towards Lion compatibility, with 64-bit architecture and Full-Screen app support.

    Download iTunes 10.4

    We will post direct links from Apple when they become available, for now there are two options:

    Here are the release notes via Software Update:
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    By Matt Chan - iTunes, Mac OS X, News - 6 Comments

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