In line with the imminent arrival of iPads in the sweaty hands of their anxious new owners, Apple has released version 9.1 of iTunes, which offers support for Books. Audio books are apparently classed as books. Not sure how it works for those of us outside the reach of the iBooks store either.
If you want to record sound that’s coming out your Mac’s speakers (audio channel), but are too cheap to shell out for a copy of Ambrosia’s Audio Hijack Pro or WireTap Studio, you can try installing the free SoundFlower, setting it as the audio destination in your Sound System Preferences pane, then recording from it using the free Audacity.
New 15″ MacBook Pro has built in battery lasts up to 7 hours, 1000 charges, approx. 5 years. 60% better colour gamut, 3.06 Dual Core CPU, 8Gb RAM max, 500Gbx7200RPM drive, or 256Gb SSD. Starts at US$1699 through US$2229
SD card slots added to models except 17″
13″ Macbook is now a MacBook Pro
MacBook Air updated to up to 2.13GHz CPU
Snow Leopard 10.6:
Mail, iCal and Address book now support Exchange, with auto-discovery of Exchange Servers
QuickLook can preview Microsoft Office documents in Mail without MS Office being installed
It seems that Apple have gone through and placed asterisks in some ‘offensive’ words (like w*g, a*s, but not apparently nigger) .The ABC’s “Spicks and Specks” is now apparently “Sp***s and Specks”. Including, in the case of Futurama, the name of the robot “Bender” (because it encourages irresponsible drinking?). Report on News.com.au
Maybe they’re worried that under Australia’s censored internet nobody will be able to buy iTunes?
Note of course that Apple are still happy for you to pay them money to purchase items that are too dangerous for you to see the name of.
So, to kick off 2009 most interestingly to me we have
17 inch unibody MacBook Pros with optional glossy screens (for an extra US$50), with a built-in (ie non-removable) 8-hour battery that apparently lasts 1000 cycles before dropping to 80% capacity (as opposed to some 300 or so for existing laptop batteries
iPhoto ’09 with face detection and recognition (used for both creating albums of people and ensuring the slideshow doesn’t crop out faces), geotagging, Google Maps and support for uploading to MobileMe, flickr and FaceBook (including tagging people with their FaceBook info). Also themed slideshows and maps in printed books. I hope FaceBook are ready for the onslaught 🙂
Dropping of iTunes DRM, with your existing songs ‘upgradable’ to DRM free for US$0.30 each as they become available