After reading OWC Larry’s article about reassigning the function keys last week, it got me thinking; that’s certainly not the only default setting in Mac OS X that can run contrary to how many people use their computers. Almost instantly, my thoughts went to that frequently-maligned addition to OS X 10.7 and later: Natural Scrolling.
In an attempt to unify interface conventions, Apple changed the default scrolling behavior to mimic the scrolling on iOS devices. So, if you took your scrolling direction “down” (that is, if you moved your finger(s) on your pointing device vertically from top to bottom), it would reveal the top of the document as if you were moving the actual document around.
While this behavior works quite excellently on the iPad and iPhone, many find that it runs completely counter to about 10-15 years’ worth of scrolling mouse usage in which a top-to-bottom scroll reveals the bottom of the document.
Fortunately, this is one of the easier things to adjust to your personal preference, and like enabling/disabling Apple’s F-key functions, you just need to go to System Preferences. Article Continues…
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Hot on the heels of the new hardware released yesterday, we’ve got some new software to go along with it.
Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0
I was surprised to see this update show up on my MacBook Pro, but it does add more functionality to your trackpad’s configuration options, including “intertial scrolling” which lets you set your trackpad to scroll through lists like an iPod Touch or iPhone.
10.6.4 update for 2010 iMac
If you’re one of the fortunate souls who managed to get one of the new iMacs released yesterday, this one’s just for you. It includes the normal 10.6.4 updates, as well as these 2010 iMac-specific fixes:
- Resolves compatibility and performance-related graphics issues.
- Improves compatibility with large-format SDXC memory cards.
- Adds support for Magic Trackpad.
This update contains a bunch of small fixes you’d normally expect from a .0.1 release, but it also adds another, slightly more significant, option: the addition of “extensions.”
These extensions are in addition to the more broad-range “plug-ins” like Glims or ClickToFlash, and (from the few I tried) they don’t seem to conflict with each other.
Even if you don’t use extensions or plug-ins, though, it’s probably worth the download, just to fix the short laundry list of security, stability and usability bugs.
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.
Is Apple updating the Mac Pro lineup? Could the white iPhone be released for sale today? Perhaps the iMac lineup will be refreshed with speed increases? From the popularity of the iPad, could the iMac become a touchscreen device? Maybe even the fabled trackpad input device will be released?
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we know. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: The iMacs have been updated to now feature Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors across the entire line. No more Core 2 Duo processors. In addition the Magic Trackpad has been released as the first multi-touch trackpad for Mac desktop computers.
Doesn’t look at first glance that the Mac Pro got an update per se, but we do get a tease that 12 cores of processing power is coming in August! As well as a new 27″ LED Cinema display coming soon.
Sound off if you’ve found more that we might have missed, for now, we’re getting busy updating our site!