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Apple Releases
Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion
Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting

Mac OS 10.8.1 Mountain Lion Update 

Its been over a month since Apple released their latest big cat, Mountain Lion. The most recent major update to OS X brings with it a host of new features, as well as an enticingly streamlined upgrade path. We've been using and exploring Mountain Lion on our own machines since it was released and we now feel comfortable recommending it for use as a day to day operating system for most users.

Apple has already released an update to Mountain Lion, version 10.8.1, which addresses some minor issues with the initial version. Coincidentally, we generally recommend that most users hold off upgrading to any new operating system until the first incremental update.

While we're excited to give Mountain Lion the official "Call Andy! Green Light", we still strongly recommend that you include us in any plans involving a major upgrade such as this. We have a well established protocol of preparing a machine before we upgrade, which greatly reduces the chances of any problems during or after the install. Our pre-upgrade steps include:

  • Verifying the current state of backups
  • Reviewing the system specifications for compatibility
  • Identifying any application compatibility issues; upgrading or replacing as necessary
  • Verifying the health of the hard drive using various utilities
  • Cleaning and organizing files prior to upgrading
These steps aren't always explicitly recommended by Apple before performing an upgrade, but through our years of experience, we've developed this set of best practices to ensure a smooth transition.

It's generally more difficult and time consuming to resolve a failed data migration or OS upgrade, than it is for us to do it right the first time.

Another reason to call us before upgrading to Mountain Lion is the ubiquity of Apple's new iCloud service. With Mountain Lion, iCloud takes a front and center spot in the operating system. Ensuring that iCloud is configured correctly on all your devices can be prove confusing and problematic. In some cases, it can lead to loss of critical contact or calendar information. Let us handle this process to help you get the most out of iCloud.

Finally, as with most aspects of your tech world, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions. No matter how trivial it may seem to you, we're more than happy to answer whatever is on your mind. You don't have to feel like you're "bothering" us. We'd love to hear from you.


iPhone 5 First Look

Today, Apple announced the all-new iPhone 5. It will be available in the US on September 21. Preorders will start on September 14th.  There are lots of new features, a new connector and a larger screen. Here's a list of some of the new & updated features:
  • Taller and thinner with a 4-inch 1136 x 640 pixel screen
  • 7.6mm think and 112 grams
  • New smaller docking connector - "Lightning" connector (adapter available)
  • LTE, HSPA+ & DC-HSDPA support with AT&T, Verizon & Sprint
  • Will run iOS 6
  • Faster A6 processor
  • 5 rows of icons in the home screen
  • Calendar app in landscape shows 5 days (instead of 3)
  • Longer battery life
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Panorama photo mode
  • 3 separate microphones
  • Wideband audio (with certain carriers)
  • Same pricing as iPhone 4S - 16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399
  • Retina display
  • White or Black
  • iPhone 4S is now $99 on contract
  • iPhone 4 is free on contract
New iPod Nanos, iPod Touches and iTunes also

Please go to www.macworld.com for more details!


Mac OS 10.8.1 Mountain Lion

iPhone 5
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