Mac users who are looking to legitimately upgrade from 10.5.x to 10.6 (and beyond, where applicable), should be happy to know that Snow Leopard is recently available again in the Apple Store.
It’ll cost you $20 for the disk, but then you can then upgrade to later OS versions, which are available only through the Mac App Store, which was introduced with 10.6.8. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be easy to upgrade to, with a simple download-and-install. If you can only run OSX 10.7 Lion, though, you may have a little more difficulty.
Still, it’s nice to see Apple providing at least some sort of upgrade path for cautious-to-upgrade users.
This morning, the online Apple Store has been taken down temporarily stating “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly.” This action usually indicates a new product being released or updated.
This time around, it’s pretty much expected that we’ll see an update to the iPad – iPad 3, if you’re counting. The questions are mostly centered around the tech specs of the new model. What kind of processor – A5 or will we see an A6 pop up? Rumors abound that we’ll be seeing an HD display on this model, and there’s even talk that this model will feature some sort of haptic feedback to allow you to “feel” what’s on the display to some extent.
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we confirm what the actual changes are. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Store s back up, and new hardware & software has been announced.
This little video made its rounds through the blog team yesterday, and we decided to share it with our readers as well.
Comedian Mark Malkoff heard about all sorts of pets and activities being allowed in Apple Stores across the country, so he decided to see if he could find a limit to what they’d allow, culminating in him bringing in a live goat – and they let him do it! Maybe Apple learned a lesson from the 1945 Cubs.
Funny stuff, and a lot more entertaining than those YouTube videos of people dancing badly in front of an iMac…
The link is below. However, beware of the PG-13 title of the Web site; those who are über-sensitive to language may take offense to another version of the word “dang”.
Mark Malkoff: Apple Store Challenge
Of course, this also begs the question… what kinds of crazy things have you seen/done in an Apple Store?
You know those rumors about how Apple had something exciting to showcase on Sunday?
Yeah… well… it really depends on your definition of “exciting.”
Apple “refreshed” its stores into what they’re calling “Apple Store 2.0” Its primary feature… all the paper info sheets that used to stand with the products have been replaced by iPads on little Lucite stands.
I’ll admit, it’s kind of nice to see a “green” alternative to paper cards which become obsolete once one minor specification changes. And, it would seem that several pages on an iPad can convey a lot more info than what I recall seeing on one of those single sheets. However, I’d avoid visiting the iPad display if you’re on any prescription medication – seeing iPads being used to display specs of other iPads might prove to be a bit trippy.
These iPads are running some customized firmware that disables the Home button, and they don’t seem to be powered off of a standard 30-pin connector (which makes it a convenient way to tell the difference between the “info” model and the “demo” model in the iPad display).
However, possibly the most convenient thing about this display is the button to page an Apple Specialist - something that my past experiences at the local Apple Store have shown to occasionally be more difficult than it should be.
So was all this worth the hours we dedicated to speculating on this? No, probably not.
But at least now we have yet another reason for iPad 2’s being so hard to come by.
This morning, the online Apple Store has been taken down temporarily stating “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly.” This action usually indicates a new product being released or updated. It is no wonder with the Apple Media Event just a few short hours away.
We’re not expecting the store to be active until once the event is over and Apple as released the next iteration of the iPad. What exactly will that be? Will there be a smaller version? Retina Display? How about a SD card slot, USB or a Thunderbolt port for external storage? Front facing FaceTime camera? Perhaps a matte screen for using in bright sunlight?
Time will tell and we’ll be back with the details soon.
Update 1:15pm: Well, the iPad 2 has been announced and the store is back up again. With Front and Rear facing camera, a faster A5 processor, better graphics, a thinner body and available in black or white. Coming March 11th. Further details on the Apple Event coming soon…