OS X Update 10.8.3

I’m currently updating OS X Mountain Lion on my Mac. The update is 567MB and takes about 15 minutes based on my connection. The OS update includes features and fixes such as:

  • Redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could case a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly

And a few more….

Here’s a snapshot of the update.

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For detailed info about the update, visit the following links:

Mac Mini With USB 3.0

Along with the iPad mini being introduced on October 23rd, Apple also plans to upgrade the Mac Mini with USB 3.0 ports. Will there be processor and storage upgrades for the Mac Mini? There is no telling at the moment. I guess, we just have to wait until the October 23 announcement. Regardless, the USB 3.0 upgrade is good news for prospective Mac Mini buyers, like me.

iPad Mini At $249

You gotta love leaks. The word on the street (internet) according to Gizmodo is, the new iPad mini is going to be priced starting at around $249 for the 8GB version. Higher models will be priced more. Here’s an excerpt from the LA Times:

The posted picture, which according to the blog comes from an anonymous informant, shows 8 GB versions of the iPad mini will go for 249 euros, or about $320. But Gizmodo is reporting that the U.S. price is likely to be $249. As it points out, Apple charges roughly the same figure in Europe for the third generation iPad as it does in America. It doesn’t conpensate for the foreign exchange difference.

As for the inventory list provided by the German blogger, the price goes up to 349 euros for the 16 GB model, 449 euros for the 32 GB device and 549 euros for a 64 GB version. The cellular-connected versions of the iPad mini start at 349 euros for the 8 GB model, 449 euros for the 16 GB model, 549 for the 32 GB and 649 for the 64 GB versions of the device.

Now, how accurate these figures are, you really can’t be sure. But, it looks very promising for people looking for a smaller and affordable iPad. Interestingly enough, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is priced at $249. So, it looks like Apple is matching the price of the Kindle Fire.

Who Will Be The Next Facebook?

Who will be the next Facebook? Wait! I’ll take that back. That doesn’t seem right anymore. A year ago, that might have been ok. Facebook as a startup before the IPO was quite a success, in terms of popularity, considering the number of users that have joined the social site. There were so much hype how much the company was worth.

Facebook as a company, after the highly anticipated IPO is quite another story. Facebook (FB) opened at $38 on IPO day. Today, a few months later, FB is faltering at $17.73. And it could go down even further. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. From an investment perspective, FB as a company is a major disappointment.

It’s a good thing, I don’t own any stock. Asking the question, who will be the next Facebook is no longer relevant. It has lost its meaning, luster, and it doesn’t really apply anymore. All this time, we should have been asking, who will be the next Apple.

Apple’s stock price has multiplied 56 times just the last ten years. Apple’s stock was a mere $12 a decade ago. If you have invested $100,000, you would have $5.6 million dollars today. That’s what you call a spectacular investment. For Facebook to get to even come close to what Apple has done is wishful thinking.

All along, we should have been asking, who will be the next Apple?

New Features of OS X Mountain Lion

What’s all the hype with OS X Mountain Lion? Will you upgrade to one for just a measly $30. That equates to about eight Starbux coffee drinks. That’s about a week’s worth of coffee to some people. If I can sum up all the new features in just a few words, they are: “iCloud, Notes, Reminders, iMessage, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, Sharing, Facebook, Twitter, Airplay, Game Center, Gatekeeper, and Safari.” Got all that? All in all, over 200 new features.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5BRsh8Dwgg

If you have five minutes to spare, Apple just released this video at Youtube which goes over the new features of OS X Mountain Lion. Now the question is, will I upgrade to one? Yea, probably. Most likely. I just have to go for a week without any coffee. That’s a tougher task than I imagined.

The New iPad

Apple announced today the release of the new iPad. Apple has made it quite clear to not call the new tablet the iPad 3 or iPad HD or by any other name. It’s just simply called the iPad. Can we call it iPad 2012?

The problem with just calling an iPad just an iPad is, it is extremely confusing for potential customers to differentiate one iPad from another. Imagine going to an online store other than Apple, and ordering an iPad. You’ll start questioning whether it’s the original iPad, the iPad 2, or the new iPad. It is confusing.

As expected, the new iPad comes with a retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 That’s a total of 3.1 million pixels, which by the way, has more resolution than the 1080p HD display. The iPad is powered by an A5X processor, with quad-core graphics, an iSight Camera with a 5-megapixel backside camera, 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the processor and 1080p video recording.

It will sell for $499, $599 and $699 for the Wi-Fi-only models in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. For iPads models with LTE 4G, the cost is $629, $729, and $829 respectively for the same capacities above.

Out of the two products revealed today, I’m more interested with Apple TV. It sells for only for $99. You can watch 1080p HD movies and TV shows directly from iTunes. You can also play Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo videos, catch MLB, NBA, and NHL games live or on demand.

Pretty neat.