Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What is OS X Lion Internet Recovery and how does it work?

Remember yesterday we told you about a new Lion ability to re-install itself over the Internet? Why would it come in handy? Well, as you know Apple distributes Lion exclusively as a Mac App Store download and the new MacBook Airs and Mac minis no longer ship with the USB stick pre-loaded with the OS installer. Apple is now offering the Lion installer on a 8GB USB key for $70, but most folks likely won’t bother with it. If you need to install Lion on another Mac, you can always re-download your purchased copy off Mac App Store free, but what if your hard drive has some issues?

Enter Lion Recovery, a new mode invoked upon holding down Command-R during startup. After a few moments, you will see a desktop with a Mac OS X menu bar and a “Mac OS X Utilities” application window. From there, Apple explains on the Lion Recovery page, you can restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup, run Disk Utility to check, repair or erase your hard drive and run Safari to get help from Apple Support online. All those capabilities are provided regardless of the state of your OS X Lion installation because Lion Recovery resides on a hidden partition as a separate software entity. But what happens when your hard drive completely fails, forcing you to replace it with a blank volume that has no recovery partition? Apple has thought about that, per this knowledge base document:

If your Mac problem is a little less common — your hard drive has failed or you’ve installed a hard drive without OS X, for example — Internet Recovery takes over automatically. It downloads and starts Lion Recovery directly from Apple servers over a broadband Internet connection. And your Mac has access to the same Lion Recovery features online. Internet Recovery is built into every newly-released Mac starting with the Mac mini and MacBook Air.
The system “just works” and it’s easy to see why…

Lion Internet Recovery first runs a quick test of your memory and hard drive before putting up a limited interface that lets you select your preferred wireless network. From there, a Lion Recovery HD image downloads from Apple’s servers (note: This is only the recover partition image, not the entire Lion installation) and your Mac boots into it and presents you with the same utilities and functions as Lion Recovery preloaded on the built-in recovery partition. Regardless of whether you booted into Lion Recovery from the recovery partition, by holding Command-R at startup, or your machine automatically downloaded Lion Recovery from Apple’s servers, this mode will let you re-download your copy of Lion from Apple’s servers (it’s a four gigabyte download) and begin the installation process. You will be prompted to enter the Apple ID and password you used to purchase Lion to authenticate your digitally signed copy of the operating system. You must have at least 13GB available on your hard drive after formatting in order to install Lion and an Internet Restore partition.

On the final note, your Lion purchase includes iLife applications, but you’ll have to re-download them free from Mac App Store following a successful Lion installation. Also remember that your downloaded Lion installer will be removed from the /Applications folder after your successful first login to a freshly installed system. What if you want to upgrade multiple Macs to Lion? Simple, make a copy of the /Applications/ Install Mac OS X Lion program on external media and run a copy of the installer on your other Macs. This way, you won’t have to re-download the 4GB installer from the Mac App Store on each machine. Bear in mind that this method works only with the same Apple ID you used to download Lion from the Mac App Store.

We have received some complaints from users who claim Mac App Store won’t let them re-download Lion following the successful installation. Not to worry, just press and hold the Option key while you click the Purchases tab in the Mac App Store app and the button should change to Install. It is also possible to install Lion on external storage devices, including Thunderbolt drives and memory cards, and boot into the operating system or Lion Recovery from an external drive.

In all, the outlined strategy ensures regular users are able to launch into Lion Recovery even if their recovery partition fails or they replace their hard drive with a blank volume. Two caveats: Your computer won’t be able to automatically fetch a Lion Recovery HD image from Apple’s servers if you have no Internet connection and this fallback to Apple’s servers is only supported by the firmware shipped on the latest Mac minis, MacBook Airs and future Macs. Apple did not say whether a firmware update will be provided for older Macs as well.

Also, if you’re serious about keeping your Macs in pristine order, you should consider the latest version of the Apple Remote Desktop tool for managing multiple Macs on your network. Apple has just updated the program to version 3.5 with Lion compatibility and new features such as per-user remote control (Apple Remote Desktop 3.5 Admin, Apple Remote Desktop 3.5 Client and Apple Remote Desktop Dashboard Widget). It is now available from Mac App Store for just $80, a huge saving over $400 for a boxed copy.

Last, but not the least, if you’re wondering about upgrading your existing Snow Leopard system to Lion, it couldn’t be easier – make sure to check out Network World’s awesome slideshow gallery guide.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

Chair of the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommitteee seeks to block AT&T – T-Mobile merger

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., who chairs the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommitteee, is calling for regulators to block the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile:

”I have concluded that this acquisition, if permitted to proceed, would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies.”
Top Democrats in the House also viewed the merger unfavorably:

“We believe that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would be a troubling backward step in federal public policy–a retrenchment from nearly two decades of promoting competition and open markets to acceptance of a duopoly in the wireless marketplace,” House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers, D-Mich., wrote in their letter to FCC and the Justice Department. ”Such industry consolidation could reduce competition and increase consumer costs at a time our country can least afford it.”
Not exactly what AT&T wants to hear. T-Mobile, if it gets out of this AT&T merger, also gets a $3+B check from AT&T for the dance.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

iTunes 10.4 released: full-screen, 64 bit in OS X Lion, improved performance

Alongside OS X Lion and the iWork 6 update today, Apple has released iTunes 10.4 for full OS X Lion compatibility. The new version of Apple’s digital media player features support for Lion’s native full-screen abilities, 64 bit Cocoa support for OS X Lion users, improved stability, and better performance overall. The update is available via the Mac’s software update application or through Apple’s online download page.

You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. Navigate between all your full-screen apps with a simple gesture.
This 10.4 release comes ahead of iTunes 10.5, which is already in the hands of developers.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

iWork updated for Lion with resume, full-screen, autosave, and versions support

As expected, Apple has released update 6 (version 9.1) for their iWork productivity suite. The update was built around OS X Lion compatibility and includes support for Lion’s native full-screen functionality, Resume, auto saving of documents, and versions. The update is available now via the Mac App Store and Software Update.

iWork 9.1

Adds support for Mac OS X Lion, including:
Auto Save
Character picker
Keynote 5.1

Adds new builds:
Fall Apart
*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

New Apple hardware and What you need to know

The old Cinema Display (left) had three USB ports on the back and required a cable with separate power, USB and Mini DisplayPort connections. The new Thunderbolt display (right) adds Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt, all fed to a computer via a single Thunderbolt cable (in addition to three USB ports, built-in microphone and FaceTime HD camera).

We take it you’re still digesting the new hardware Apple has released this morning. Before you grab that credit card, here are some observations you may wanna take into consideration.

MacBook Airs
• Built-in FaceTime camera has not been upgraded to high-definition. As a result, you are not able to FaceTime in HD with people who use the latest iMacs or MacBook Pros, which sport a FaceTime HD camera

•Based on the description from Apple ”And because we place the flash chips directly on the logic board, they take up much less space — about 90 percent less, in fact.” , it sounds like the SSD is probably no longer upgradable via OWC and others (thanks commenter)

• Just as previous, RAM is soldered directly on the motherboard so configure your machine carefully because you won’t be able to upgrade RAM yourself later
• Just like with the previous generation, the 11.6-incher lacks an SD card slot found on the 13-inch model
• Last year’s models got a significant discount today

• New Airs sport Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility versus Bluetooth 3.0 in the previous generation, which gives you low-energy wireless Bluetooth transfer within a short range of up to 50 meters, per this Wikipedia article
• New MacBook Airs can use Firewire and Gig Ethernet! If you hook up your new MacBook Air to that latest Apple Thunderbolt Display, you will enjoy the ultimate simplicity because a single Thunderbolt cable is all you need to charge your notebook and transfer data from your monitor’s Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, an additional Thunderbolt port, three USB ports, a FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 stereo sound and a built-in microphone. Perhaps Apple will release a Thunderbolt to GigE, Firewire, etc. standalone adapter.

• On the Thunderbolt Displays, the old MagSafe would have been a better match, because the new one has to be bent around (see the image below) for MacBook Pros

• Additionally, On MacBook Airs, the Thunderbolt port and MagSafe are on opposite sides of the keyboard meaning that cable is going to Y-Out behind the computer.

The new Thunderbolt Display comes with a new MagSafe adapter, which has to be bent around the computer rather than going straight on, like the old MafSafe adapter could have

Mac Minis:

- Losing the Superdrive might be a dealbreaker from some mediacenters. You can always get a USB drive or hook up with a refurb which are now starting at $469
- At 1.4 inches thin, these are now 1U rack mountable for server installs. At 7.7 inches only 2 will fit side by side. Still better for Colos however.
- Non-server Minis get Discrete Graphics besides the much faster Sandy bridge. There was some concern that they would use Integrated Graphics like the 13-inch MacBook Pros and new Airs.
- With new Thunderbolt Port, you can now hook up a chain of displays and have an HDMI port left over nice for multi-monitor setups.
- Mini gets faster 1333 RAM, still user upgradable via bottom. Apple offers 4GB, after marketers will offer 8GB or more
- SSD is an optionOWC is offering a HDD, SSD combo!
We’ll be updating the post with more information as we discover it. If you spot bits and bops about the new MacBook Airs or Mac Minis worth sharing with other readers, tell us in comments.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

OSX Server hits the App Store but XCode disappears **Update: XCode back, free

In addition to Lion now being available at the App Store (had you heard?) and some new Mac Hardware, today you can also download OSX Lion Server from the App Store for an additional $49.99. Full description below…

Interestingly, Xcode has disappeared and isn’t even available by search. We’ll likely see an update to that in the semi-near future.

Update (Noon EST): Xcode is back (free).

Lion Server is the next generation of Apple’s award-winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, Lion Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, distribute podcasts, remotely access your network, and more.

Mac OS X Server is now a set of applications you can purchase right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Lion into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

File Sharing
• File sharing for Mac, PC, and iPad
• Standards-based AFP, SMB, and WebDAV file services
• Flexible file permissions
• Spotlight searching

Mail Services
• Standards-based SMTP, IMAP, and POP server
• Push notifications
• SSL encryption
• Adaptive junk mail filtering
• Virus detection and quarantine
• Webmail with email rules and vacation messages

iCal Server
• Share calendars, schedule meetings and events, and book conference rooms
• Standards-based CalDAV server for access from Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC
• View availability with free/busy lookups
• Email invitations and notifications
• Push notifications

Address Book Server
• Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
• Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
• Standards-based CardDAV server
• Push notifications

Profile Manager
• Configuration and management for OS X Lion and iOS
• Over-the-air enrollment
• Mobile device management
• Web-based administration console
• Self-service user portal for clearing passcodes, remote lock and wipe

iChat Server
• Secure encrypted instant messaging for your organization
• Persistent chat rooms
• Store-and-forward for sending messages to buddies who are offline
• Server-to-server federation
• Works with iChat audio and video conferencing

Wiki Server
• Point-and-click page editor to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
• Access controls
• Tags and comments
• Revision history
• Document sharing
• Quick Look previews
• Email notifications

• Capture audio and video, record onscreen actions, and publish content
• Publish QuickTime audio and video formats, PDFs, and ePub documents
• Automatic RSS feed generation
• Media library and file management using Podcast Publisher

Virtual Private Network
• Highly secure remote access for your network services
• Encrypted VPN connections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC

Time Machine
• Provide a backup destination for Mac computers on your network
• Deliver backup support for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard systems

• Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
• Xsan volume hosting and configuration
• Volume management, storage pools, striping, and volume mapping
• Real-time monitoring, graphs, and event notifications
• Metadata controller failover and file system journaling

Server App
• Local or remote setup
• User and groups settings
• Real-time graphs of server usage and activity

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

Apple drops the White MacBook, still in refurbished if you need one

It appears that Apple has dropped the White MacBook from its lineup today with the release of its new MacBook Airs. Searching for White MacBook still brings up cached pages but going to them yields the Mac Homepage.

For those who like plastic, you can still pick up a White MacBook in the refurb store for $849.

So ends Apple’s relationship with Polycarbonate Macs.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

Apple upgrades its Cinema Display to new ‘Apple Thunderbolt Display’

Apple today released its new Apple Thunderbolt Display with Gig Ethernet, Firewire 800, USB 2.0 and access to more Thunderbolt accessories, all over one cable.

Those ports are now on the rear of the Cinema display, much like an iMac…

All in one singe cable. Full specs below:

Introducing the world’s first Thunderbolt display.

Thunderbolt technology built in.
Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your computer with unprecedented speed. With two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, it’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. And it allows you to connect as many as six devices through a single, compact port.

The ultimate docking station.
With just one cable, connect any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and get 27 inches of high-resolution screen space, high-quality audio, a FaceTime HD camera, FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet ports — and a Thunderbolt port you can use to daisy-chain additional high-performance peripherals such as hard drives and video capture devices.

Plug in and power up.
The Thunderbolt Display includes a MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. The connector sits on your desk, ready and waiting. No need to unwind the cord to the power adapter that came with your notebook. Leave it exactly where it is, in your bag.

A bigger display for your biggest ideas.
Connect your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the Thunderbolt Display for a panoramic viewing experience unlike any other. This huge 27-inch glossy widescreen display features a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and an astonishing 2560-by-1440 resolution. That gives you more room to work with apps on your MacBook Air. More pixels for your MacBook Pro. And a worthy desktop companion to your iMac or Mac mini.

LED backlighting.
Full brightness with no waiting. That’s the big advantage of LED backlight technology. Unlike most displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, an LED-backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also gives you greater control over screen brightness. So you can tune the Thunderbolt Display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room.

Built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone.
With the built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone, you can connect your Mac desktop or notebook — open or closed — and make HD video calls* or take a few snapshots using Photo Booth.

What’s in the Box
Apple Thunderbolt Display
AC power cord
Printed documentation
System Requirements
Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac
OS X v10.6.8 or later
Technical Specifications
Screen size: 27 inches (diagonal viewable)
Screen type: TFT active-matrix LCD with in-plane switching (IPS)
Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels
Colors: 16.7 million
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
Brightness: 375 cd/m2
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Response time: 12 ms
Built-in Thunderbolt cable
Built-in Universal MagSafe cable (up to 85W)
Three powered USB 2.0 ports
FireWire 800 port
Gigabit Ethernet port
Thunderbolt port
Kensington security slot
Camera and Microphone
Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone
Built-in 2.1 speaker system (49 watts)
Electrical Requirements
Input voltage: 100V to 240V AC; 50-60Hz
Maximum power: 250W (Thunderbolt Display while charging MacBook Pro)
Energy saver mode: 1W or less
Environmental Requirements
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: -4° to 116° F (-20° to 47° C)
Operating humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Size and Weight
Height: 19.35 inches (49.1 cm)
Width: 25.7 inches (65 cm)
Depth (with stand): 8.15 inches (20.7 cm)
Weight: 23.5 pounds (10.8 kg)
VESA Compatibility
Compatible with VESA Mount Adapter Kit (sold separately)

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

Apple unveils MacBook Airs with backlit keyboard, Mac minis without optical drive

Apple Store has been down since late yesterday and a lot of folks have been keeping their credit cards ready for new products. Well, Apple has just upgraded Mac minis and MacBook Airs featuring the latest Sandy Bridge processors and Intel’s speedy Thunderbolt I/O technology. As a bonus, Cinema Displays have been refreshed with Thunderbolt technology as well. In line with 9to5Mac’s report, the new MacBook Air family finally features backlit keyboard. Just like before, the new MacBook Airs come in 11.6-inch and 13-inch flavors, each is available in baseline, more powerful and build-to-order flavors.

The base line 11.6-incher includes a 1.6 GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB of flash storage and the pricier model doubles RAM and storage. Note: Because the memory is soldered onto the motherboard, you must decide on RAM at purchase time. The same goes for storage, configurable only at the online Apple Store. The entry-level 13-incher sports a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB of flash storage while the more expensive 13-inch MacBook Air doubles the storage to 256GB. Build-to-order options for both 11.6-inch and 13-inch models include a 1.8 GHz chip, 4GB RAM and 256 GB of flash storage for 13-inchers. Note that a 1.8 GHz processor and 256GB flash storage upgrades are the firsts for the 11.6-incher. All models run on Intel’s HD Graphics 3000 processor with either 256MB (11.6-inch machines) or 384MB (13-inchers) of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. Another thing worth mention: The built-in FaceTime camera has not been upgraded to high-definition. Go past the break for information about the new Mac minis and nice press shots.

The new Mac minis include Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 chips, new AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics and Thunderbolt I/O, delivering “up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation”. This time around, however, the minis come without an optical disc drive. Instead, you can access the optical drives on other PCs and Macs or hook up an external MacBook Air SuperDrive if you’re feeling old century. The new lineup has the same aluminum design like its predecessor and measures 7.7-inches square and are 1.4-inches thin. The entry-level model includes a 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive storage. The pricier machine has a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, with build-to-order options including a 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 processor, up to 8GB RAM and a 750GB hard drive with an option to add or replace with a 256GB solid state drive. The server variant with Lion Server included runs a 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and comes with 4GB RAM and dual 500GB hard drives, with build-to-order options including 8GB RAM, two 750GB hard drives or up to two 256GB solid state drives. Customization options on all models include up to 8GB RAM, a faster 7200 RPM hard drive and a 256GB solid state drive. The entry-level Mac mini retails for $599. The more powerful model will set you back $799, or $999 for the server version . Both machines are available for order today via the online Apple store and in stores tomorrow.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

Apple Store online just when live!

Mac OSX Lion is up, get downloading!

The new MacBook Air both have a i5 core processor and for 11.6" flash is now upgradable to 256gb, and 4gb of ram. More details in next post.

The new Mac mini also features a i5 core processor for both base models, with the more expensive model upgradable to an i7. Both are configurable to 256gb SSD and up to 8gb of ram. The New Mac Mini features an i7 processor and configurable to a dual 750gb HDD OR 256gb SSD & 750gb HHD, and up to 8gb of ram. More details in next post!

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

Apple online store is down for upgrades

It seems that there are big upgrades coming this morning to the apple online store. The Apple online store has been down for a little while now and if the rumors are true we should see: new MacBook Air, New MacMini, new White plastic MacBook, New Thunderbolt LED Cinema Display, and of course Mac OSX Lion. We will update you ASAP on all of the new devices and their features. Make your last minute guesses now in the comments!

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4

iWork is about to get updated significantly for Lion with Full Screen Mode, Resume, Auto Save and Versions

We’ve just been informed that Apple has a significant upgrade on the way for iWork. The new version has support for Lion’s standout features including Full Screen mode, Resume, Auto Save and Versions. The download, at least in its pre-release form is 90.2MB.

Also, is that Safari getting a little update as well?

In case you are wondering, that KB Article isn’t yet live.

*thanks 9to5mac*

Send us a story or tip @ and follow our pages for the latest limera1n, rubyra1n, and all tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @iphonepixelpost or @limerain_com
And like our Facebook page
- Posted using my iPhone 4