Category: Mac OS Seeds/Builds

iOS 5 and iTunes 10.5 Betas Available, Lion Preview 4, iCloud Live

Mac OS X Lion Mission Control running on MacBook Air

Mac OS X Lion Mission Control running on MacBook Air | Image courtesy of Apple

Following today’s WWDC keynote where Apple discussed Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud the company has now released a slew of updates for registered developers. Apple has released the first beta of iOS 5, as well as iTunes 10.5. The fourth preview of Mac OS X Lion is also available. Registered developers can also enable iCloud for testing with their own apps.

Apple has also released Xcode 4.2 developer preview.

The first build of iOS 5 is available for iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) and is labelled build 9A5220p. The beta of iOS is also accompanied by an update to iTunes which brings the extensive media software to version 10.5. iTunes 10.5 brings some minor graphical interface changes and of course adds support for iCloud, in this case Automatic Downloads of Music, Books and and Apps.

The features available in iOS 5 are covered in detail by World of Apple’s keynote coverage, over the coming days we’ll be offering a more detailed look at Apple’s brand new version of iOS.

Mac OS X Lion DP 4 is labelled build 11A480b and is available for registered Mac developers from the Developer Center. Apple today demoed many of the features we’ve already seen in Mac OS X Lion. With the release of the fourth developer preview iCloud will be the biggest changes. World of Apple will be looking in more detail at what has changed in developer preview 4 soon.

The big one for developers today is early access to iCloud. Such access will give developers time to build the services available into their apps. Apple has posted a detailed iCloud page just for developers which tells them what they need and how they get started with iCloud. Notably Apple has posted a beta of iPhoto which has Photo Stream built-in.

Finally Apple has released a beta of Safari 5.1 which includes a number of new APIs for developers, those that initially stick out are, “support for full-screen web content”, Extension Popovers API, and Extension Menus that can show a list of options from within the Safari UI.

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Testing Continues, Release Nears

Late last week Apple gave developers the third build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 labelled build 10K531. The latest build which comes as a 1GB download includes the same focus areas as the previous build: Airport, Graphics Drivers, Mac App Store, Networking, QuickTime and VPN.

Today a number of changes that will be included in Mac OS X 10.6.8 have surfaced in the form of release, suggesting that Apple is nearing a final release of the minor Snow Leopard update.

The notes published by fscklog read as follows:

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

  • Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
  • Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve support for IPv6
  • Improve VPN reliability
  • Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender

    Apple Pushes Out Second Mac OS X 10.6.8 Build

    Apple has today delivered the second build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 to registered Mac developers. Apple began testing of the latest update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard last week.

    The 1GB delta update is labelled build 10K524 and is accompanied with the following seed notes.

    Known Issues

    • None

    Focus Areas

    • AirPort
    • Graphics Drivers
    • Mac App Store
    • Networking
    • QuickTime
    • VPN

    The update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard could be the last as Apple heads towards a summer release of the next major operating system, Lion.

    Videos Demo Latest Lion Update

    A number of videos have surfaced that demo just a couple of the changes made in the latest Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion which was released towards the tail end of last week. The update which brings Lion onto its third developer preview included a number of visual tweaks as well as under the hood changes.

    The update is available to Mac developers via Software Update or as of today via the Mac Dev Center.

    The first video shows the new login screen and transition:

    The second video shows the new Reading List feature which is available in Safari and acts very much like bookmarks allowing pages to be saved for future reading:

    Safari also has a new download manager:

    First Build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 Released

    Apple has given developers access to the first build of Mac OS X 10.6.8, the release which is labelled build 10K521 comes two months after Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.7 to the public.

    Apple includes the following notes with this build of Mac OS X 10.6.8:

    Known Issues

    • None

    Focus Areas

    • AirPort
    • Graphics Drivers
    • Mac App Store
    • Networking
    • QuickTime
    • VPN

    The update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard could be the last as Apple heads towards a summer release of the next major operating system, Lion.

    Third Update Available for Mac OS X Lion

    Mac OS X Lion - Mission Control

    Mac OS X Lion - Mission Control

    Apple has made Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 3 available to registered Mac developers. The update which is delivered to those who already have Lion installed is available through Software Update as a 1.07GB download.

    Developer Preview 3 reportedly contains a number of visual changes as well as presumably many under the hood updates. Many of the visual changes are detailed by It’s All Tech, just some of the highlights include:

    • Updated Finder toolbar, including a button that allows a folder to be created in a specific location
    • Mission Control now allows Desktops or Spaces to be created from the UI
    • Mission Control is now an app
    • Reading List is now enabled in Safari, button sits in the bookmarks bar
    • New desktop wallpapers are included
    • New animation when logging into desktop

    Apple Release New Build of Mac OS X Lion, 11A444d

    Mac OS X Lion - Mission Control

    Mac OS X Lion - Mission Control

    Apple have today released a second update to the most recent full build of Mac OS X Lion, bringing the revision to 11A444d.

    This update is available now via. Software Update to those running a previously updated 11A430e build.

    The update clocks in at 1.17GB.

    Apple Issues Eighth Build of Mac OS X 10.6.7

    Apple has today given developers access to the eighth build of Mac OS X 10.6.7. The latest build labelled 10J869 (an increase of just one build number) comes just six days after the release of the seventh build.

    The new build which is a little under 500MB for the delta update and just over 1GB for the combo includes the same focus areas as the previous builds and comes with no known issues.

    Apple included the following notes with the latest Mac OS X 10.6.7 build:

    Known Issues

    • None

    Focus Areas

    • Safari
    • Mac App Store
    • AirPort
    • Bonjour
    • SMB
    • Graphics Drivers

    Apple Issues Seventh Build of Mac OS X 10.6.7

    Apple has today given developers access to the seventh build of Mac OS X 10.6.7. The latest build labelled 10J868 (an increase of just two build numbers) comes a lengthy two weeks after the release of the sixth build.

    The new build which is a little under 500MB for the delta update and just over 1GB for the combo includes the same focus areas as the previous builds and comes with no known issues.

    Apple included the following notes with the latest Mac OS X 10.6.7 build:

    Known Issues

    • None

    Focus Areas

    • Safari
    • Mac App Store
    • AirPort
    • Bonjour
    • SMB
    • Graphics Drivers

    A Look at Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview

    Today Apple gave developers a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. The 3.6GB download is done through the Mac App Store after receiving an individual redemption code. The preview is labelled build 11A390 and is presumably very close to the finished product.

    Installing Mac OS X Lion is very similar to installing previous versions of Mac OS X, even the startup video currently remains the same.

    Mac OS X Lion remains largely familiar but does have some major changes compared to Snow Leopard. Scrollbars now only appear when scrolling although the setting can be returned to normal. Also windows can be resized from any edge and very often using + symbol in the top left of an app will make it fill the screen with a slow expanding motion but will not enter full screen.

    Many apps included with Mac OS X Lion have full screen mode, within full screen mode the Dock and menubar can be viewed by hovering the mouse near the top or bottom of the screen. Switching between apps in full screen mode can be done using Apple+Tab as well as through gestures on a trackpad.

    The biggest feature in Mac OS X Lion is Mission Control and Launchpad. Launchpad can be opened from the Dock and shows all installed apps in a very iOS fashion. Mission Control can be launched via a gesture or using the F9 function key which previously displayed all open windows. In Mission Control all full screen apps show at the top with the Dashboard and Desktop, whilst open windows show in the middle.

    Mac OS X Lion adds a lot of new animations, many apps pop open, and when switching between full screen apps the whole display slides left or right.

    The most interesting and somewhat advertised feature in Mac OS X Lion is application persistence. Official Apple developer documentation tells developers that quitting applications is no longer necessary. Mac OS X can now terminate an application behind the scenes when it goes unused or has no open windows, but will be relaunched instantly if clicked on by the user. The same goes for restarting or logging out, all previously open apps will be open in the same place with the same size and content.

    Below is a selection of screenshots showing some of the new features in Mac OS X Lion.

    Mac OS X Lion

    Mac OS X Lion upon first boot

    Mac OS X Lion

    The Finder has a new interface with sidebar icons being black and white

    Mac OS X Lion

    Quick Look

    Mac OS X Lion
    Mac OS X Lion

    Applications folder

    Mac OS X Lion

    Application versions

    Mac OS X Lion

    System Preferences remains largely the same

    Mac OS X Lion

    Appearance Preference panel

    Mac OS X Lion

    Apps with location services

    Mac OS X Lion

    Internet Accounts panel, it's not clear what this does

    Mac OS X Lion

    Mail 5.0

    Mac OS X Lion

    Mail 5.0

    Mac OS X Lion

    Mail 5.0

    Mac OS X Lion

    Mail in fullscreen mode

    Mac OS X Lion

    Compose new message in Mail

    Mac OS X Lion

    Launchpad

    Mac OS X Lion

    Launchpad folder

    Mac OS X Lion

    iCal takes on an iOS look

    Mac OS X Lion

    Popover dialogs are common in Lion

    Mac OS X Lion

    iCal in fullscreen mode

    Mac OS X Lion

    Safari in fullscreen mode

    Mac OS X Lion

    Safari in fullscreen mode with menubar showing

    Mac OS X Lion

    Safari in fullscreen mode with Dock showing

    Mac OS X Lion

    Mission Control

    Mac OS X Lion

    Address Book

    Mac OS X Lion

    Preview

    Mac OS X Lion

    All My Files view in Finder

    Mac OS X Lion

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