MacCast 02.24.2011 - Show #339
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is "Say Anything" by Manda and the Marbles
* Band's MySpace page
V Sponsor
V Circus Ponies
* Notebook for Mac and iPad
* Free trial of Notebook for the desktop.
V News
V New Macbook Pros
V All models include
* 4 GB of RAM across the board
* Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM (shared)
* 7 hours battery life
* MagSafe power port
* Thunderbolt port
* Two USB 2.0 ports
* FireWire 800 port
* SDXC card slot (except 17-in: ExpressCard/34 slot)
* FaceTime HD camera
* Multi-Touch trackpad
* Full-size, backlit keyboard
* 8x SuperDrive
V The Lineup
V 13" Macbook Pro ($1,199 USD)
* 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB L3 cache
* 320GB 5400-rpm hard drive
* 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1280 by 800)
V 13" Macbook Pro ($1,499 USD)
* 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB L3 cache
* 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
* 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1280 by 800)
V 15" Macbook Pro ($1,799 USD)
* 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 6MB L3 cache
* 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
* AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 memory
V 15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 by 900)
* High-resolution 1680-by-1050 option available
* Optional antiglare
V 15" Macbook Pro ($2,199 USD)
* 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
* AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 memory
V 15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 by 900)
* High-resolution 1680-by-1050 option available
* Optional antiglare
V 17" Macbook Pro ($2,499 USD)
V 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 6MB L3 cache
* Optional 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB L3 cache
* 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
* AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 memory
V 17-inch high-resolution LED-backlit glossy (1920 by 1200)
* Optional antiglare
V Thunderbolt, high speed I/O connector
* Developed by Intel (Lightpeak)
* Based on PCI Express, it offers a direct connection to the PCI Express bus
V 10 Gbps in both directions
* Estimated real world performance in the 8Gbps range
* Intel demonstrated actual throughputs of up to 6.25Gbps on prototype consumer products
* USB 3.0 by comparison has a 5Gbps theoretical mac, but real world speeds in the 3Gbps range
V Speed limited by the device connected.
* most SATA hard drives top out at 3Gbps for example
* If all devices in a chain are connected via Thunderbolt performance is only effected by amount of data actively using the connection
* If legacy devices are connected then their order will matter
* Available in optical and electrical (copper) variants. Apple uses electrical
V Power over cable for bus-powered devices
* Thunderbolt also provides 10 watts of power to peripherals
V Uses the same connector as Mini Display port
* Dual-protocol (PCI Express* and DisplayPort*)
V Can use existing USB and FireWire peripherals — even connect to Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks — using simple adapters
* Not backwardly compatible with USB 3.0?
* Connect a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA display using adapters.
* Daisy chain up to 6 devices
* For now Apple displays don't have an additional Thunderbolt connector, so Display will have to be the last device in a chain
* Exclusive to Apple until 2012
V Thunderbolt ports can't be added to existing PCs via an expansion card
* Motherboard needs to incorporate a Thunderbolt controller chip which needs direct access to both the system's video and PCI Express architecture
* LaCie and Promise announced hard drive products supporting the new connector
V Face Time for Mac
* Goes 1.0
* App Store purchase for $0.99 (accounting requirements)
V Send and receive 720P HD video
* New iSights support the wide-screen HD
V Receiving requires a newish compatible Intel-mac
* MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008), or newer, with a 2.4 GHz or better processor
MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Early 2008), or newer, with a 2.4 GHz or better processor
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010), or newer, with a 2.53 GHz or better processor
iMac (20-inch and 24-inch, Early 2008), or newer, with a 2.4 GHz or better processor
iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Late 2009), or newer, with a 3.06 GHz or better processor
Mac Pro (all models), with a compatible video camera
Mac mini (Early 2009) or newer, with a 2.26 GHz or better processor and a compatible video camera
Receiving HD video requires a minimum download bandwidth of 1 Mbps.
V OS X Lion Developer Preview
* Install using a redeem code in Mac App Store (9to5 Mac)
V Server is now part of Lion
* Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® devices. 
* Includes iPad WebDAV file sharing server
* trackpad scrolling reversed to mimic ipad/iphone
V Redesigned Mail
* widescreen layout inspired by the iPad;
* Threaded even when subject changes
* Conversations, which automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline;
* More powerful search
* Support for Microsoft Exchange 2010
* iPad-style Mail, Address Book, iCal
V Launchpad
* iPad style app launcher that supports folders
V Mission Control
* Unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full screen apps
V AirDrop
* Copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup
V Versions
* Like Time Machine for documents
* Automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions
V Resume
* Brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app
V Auto Save
* Automatically saves your documents as you work
V New FileVault
* Full disk encryption for local and external drives
* Ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously
V "HiDPI display modes" in Quartz debug mode.
* Would in theory support 4x retina display resolution
* Allowing the OS to scale to support the higher resolutions
* large screen sat these pixel densities would be currently cost prohibitive
V Odds and ends
* iOS style autocorrect in TextEdit
* Updated version of Preview
V Bugs
* Sticky mouse
V Crashes with apps that add-on stuff or use menubar
* Dropbox, 1Password, Evernote
* The latest build of OS X 10.6.7 was released to developers earlier in the week with "no know issues".
V Apple iPad 2 event
* Invites went out to the press for March 2nd at 10:00 AM PST at the Yerba Buena Center in SFO.
* Apple's already decorating
V Reportedly all the same stuff we've already heard
* Thinner
* thinner bezel
V bigger speaker
* 2 speaker gill mock ups. I like the "Darth Vader" face mask slot design vs. the colander "holes" design.
* 1 (or two) cameras
* better battery life
V A5 processor
* Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A-9 design
* dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2
* Higher res screen (but not retina)
V DigiTimes claims supplies might be tight
* Shortages of component parts, mostly displays
* 300,000 to 400,000 units in first shipments vs. the 400,000 to 600,000 Apple reportedly wanted.
* Apple sold 1 million iPad 1s in the first 28 days.
V Some expect Apple to announce release of iOS 4.3 too (BGR)
* Developers reportedly got the final code stage release
* Might addd wi-fi host spot for AT&T customers
V New datacenter online this Spring
* Apple said at their shareholder meeting that it's for iTunes and MobileMe network services
V iTunes "locker" past blocks
* Apple finally convinced the labels it's a "backup" and not a separate use requiring additional licensing
* Potentially means they can set up streaming and re-download of music content
V Mobile Me goes digital only
* Being removed from retail channels and Apple's online store
* 60 day trial still available (credit card required and pricing still listed too)
* possible move to free?
V Private 'glimpse' of new FinalCut
* Given to a select group of post production professionals
* One FinalCut trainer couldn't give details, but commented on his blog calling the new version a "jaw dropper".
V Sponsor
V Smile
* PDFPen Pro
* I'm going digital with everything and couldn't do it without PDF Pen
* Prepared all my Flexible Spending Reimbursement forms with it
V Feedback, Comments and Commentary
V Does Apple have responsibility in China
V As mentioned on the last show this is a difficult and trick subject for me
V This week 5 workers representing workers at Apple supplier Wintek sent a letter to Steve Jobs asking for help
* Wintek has admitted to using a chemical called hexyl hydride, (n-hexane), instead of alcohol, to speed production (evaporates faster) of touchscreens made for Apple between May 2008 and August 2009
* In Apple's report they admit 137 workers suffered ill effects due to n-hexane exposure
V Apple is doing more than other companies and following the local laws
* Apple made Wintek stop using the chemical, made them fix their ventilation system, and audited them
* Apple has verified that all affected workers have been treated successfully
* According to Apple's report following China law, Wintek has paid medical treatment, meals, and foregone wages for sick or recuperating workers.
V Workers say Apple hasn't admitted their responsibility and want an apology from Apple
* Employees claim that Wintek has not given enough compensation to victims
* Avoided promising future coverage of medical bills (probably not required by Chinese law)
* Put pressure on people who took compensation to leave their jobs
V Do we need higher bit rate music?
* Rumors say Apple is pushing publishers to let them offer 24-bit music files on iTunes
* Currently most music is at best 16-bit 44.1Khz, but likely compressed down more with AAC/MP3, etc.
* Most current players don't have 24-bit decoders and most headphones probably don't have enough range to even let you hear the added sound
* Are the majority of consumers savvy or do they care enough?
* Doesn't hurt to have the best quality we can get if the price is the same and even if we don't appreciate it.
* For archival purposes it's probably a good thing. Multiple "masters".
V DIY docks and stands
* Play comment from Paul
* Actually found an image on this site
V Other options
* Business card
* Binder Clip
* Paper Clip
* Paper
* I've also seen objects from IKEA, etc. used as iPad stands
V The power of Meetspace
V Question from Scott (and others) about how to find help with an idea for an iOS app
* How can I get started? Where can I find a developer to help with my idea?
* How can I protect my idea?
V Internet and social media can be great sources
* Yowza App, twitter collaboration between Rick Yaeger, Greg Grunberg and August Trometer
* With all our 'social networking' we seem to forget about old school networking
* San Diego iOS group
V Mac User Groups are still here
* Meet developers, vendors, meet cool Mac Geeks.
* Portland Mac Users Group
V San Diego Mac Users Group
* Grew my business
* Met local photographer and Cult of Mac writer
V Hooking up an Airport Express
* Play comment from James
V Add a switch if your Cable Modem is doing NAT.
* Check the IP assigned to your Mac
V Closing
V Podcast Marketplace
V Thanks to my sponsors
* Circus Ponies
* Smile
* Faronics, Deep Freeze
V Keep emails coming. Audio comments.
V 281-622-4269 or 281-Mac-I-Am-9
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V New Music
* "Old Soul" by Northern Departure
* Listener Chris is in the band.
* A bluegrass band from Seattle, WA
* Artist's site
V EOL: Jobs on Blue Box
* A rare video of Steve Jobs talking about he and Woz building blue boxes before the days of Apple.