Week in Apple: Snow Leopard final push, Sling on iPhone, WWDC keynote, and more
May 17, 2009
With just over three weeks to go before WWDC ’09, news in the Apple world is approaching a healthy roar. Apple has made a number of high-profile hires lately, the WWDC keynote speaker was announced, Mac OS X 10.5.7 was released, and more rumors have cropped up over what to expect in June. Missed out on all the news this week? Read on:
Apple changes to App Store review policy worry developers: With the iPhone 3.0 firmware on its way, developers are running into new development headaches and are worried that a purge of "junk" apps may be on its way.
AT&T’s move to block iPhone SlingPlayer from 3G is poppycock: Slingbox owners can now access their content from the convenience of their iPhone. The only problem is that AT&T has killed the app’s access to its 3G network, hobbling an otherwise useful app and making its $30 asking price a little hard to swallow.
T-Mobile responds to customers’ unsupported iPhone issues: After a recent "system update," T-Mobile’s service stopped working properly with unlocked iPhones. Surprisingly enough, T-Mobile actually did something for the unsupported customers.
Snow Leopard update: new features, Apple readying final push: Several new features have been added to the latest test build of Mac OS X 10.6, released to developers late last week. Also, Apple has frozen the APIs developers will use to write software for Snow Leopard, an indication that the OS should be ready to ship well before September.
Rumor: new iPhone hardware to be a minor upgrade: A poster to a Chinese forum claims to have gotten access to prototypes of updated iPhone hardware. While some components of the new iPhone will likely get upgrades, it seems Apple is unlikely to mess with the successful formula established with the original iPhone.
New Get a Mac ads answer "Laptop Hunters" with repartee: Apple sticks to its guns for its latest series of ads, focusing on value instead of price. And, this batch manages to bring the funny a lot more than the four from last month.
Apple hires former OLPC security head to harden Mac OS X: Security expert and open source advocate Ivan Krstić has been tapped by Apple to lead core OS security. His experience should bring a lot to the table when it comes to beefing up security in Apple’s operating system.
WWDC ’09 keynote penciled in for June 8 with Phil Schiller: The WWDC 2009 keynote will be taking place on Monday, June 8—the first day of the conference. Phil Schiller will once again be leading Apple’s team of execs through the presentation, which will focus mostly on Snow Leopard.
Apple unleashes 10.5.7 update via Software Update: The 10.5.7 maintenance release for Leopard is finally available. Apple has also offered security updates for Tiger as well as Safari, though specific details aren’t yet posted.
Psystar ordered to give Apple detailed financial docs: After failing to provide detailed information about its money trail, Judge Alsup has given Psystar 10 days to produce the documents or face sanctions from the court. Psystar insists that it’s a tiny company that has had trouble producing these documents, however.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
This post has been written by Jacqui Cheng on May 16, 2009 2:00 PM couresy of arstechnica.com.