2013.09 News: So, iOS 7? 'Sup?

Time's "Techland" section gives ambivalent (but thoro) guidance on "6 Reasons To Upgrade to iOS 7 and 5 Not To".

There will be other coverage as well, which we may or may not edit into this blog posting.

Personally (this is Richard speaking solely for himself), I always wait a couple of weeks to see how loud the shrieking gets before making the leap myself.


2013.09 News: Last New Release of Mountain Lion

The current version of the operating system for Macintosh computers (OS X, not to be confused with iOS, the operating system for handheld devices) is code named "Mountain Lion", but its official number is 10.8. There have been several updates to 10.8 since it first came out, and these have gotten sub-version numbers tacked on. Up until today, you were up to date if you had sub-version 10.8.4, but Apple's taking one last kick at the can by releasing 10.8.5 in hopes that everybody will have it installed and in place, all neat and clean, when the new baby (Mavericks, 10.9) comes home later this year.

In case you don't get Apple's announcement directly, go to your  menu, select "Software Update", and click on the "Update" button for the software update that appears in the App Store window. The download will take about 5-10 minutes, depending on your connection speed. Then follow the on-screen instructions. A restart will be required.

We encourage everyone to stay up to date on the latest system software that your hardware is able to handle.


2013.09 Analysis: About the New iPhones

Here's how Time sizes up the new iPhones (5C and 5S) announced this week (but not orderable until Sep. 20, and not deliverable until some time after that).

And Macworld gives you 2 different takes on them:
And of course there's the ultimate source for all things positive, where never is heard a discouraging word, Apple itself:


2013.09 News: Apple Product Launch Today

Question: How can we be covering Apple's latest product launch when it's still only 9 AM Cupertino time?

Answer: It's not us, it's the scoop from the intrepid investigative reporters at America's Finest News Source®.

Lead paragraph: At a highly anticipated press event at its Silicon Valley headquarters Tuesday afternoon, tech giant Apple officially unveiled to the public a panicked and completely idea-free man.