The public beta of OS X Yosemite may be closer than we think. A new developer preview released today (07/21/2014) includes a few missing pieces that would be required for a public beta. It appears the development process is moving along a bit faster than expected.
Our Steals & Deals picks for 07/20/2014 include a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a 27-inch iMac with 8 GB of RAM. Also of note, the refurb store has a nice selection of Mac minis that are looking for a home.
coconutBattery is one of those utilities that no portable Mac user should be without. Providing quick access to important battery information, coconutBattery can monitor temperature, how well the battery is performing, the current charge, even how many charge-load cycles the battery has been put through. Knowing the current state of your Mac's battery compared to how well the battery performed when originally installed can help diagnose battery performance issues, and even help you get a bit more run-time out of your Mac's battery.
Mac news for the week of 07/18/2014 includes Apple and IBM working together on moving iOS devices into the hands of enterprise customers, Bill Campbell stepping down from the Apple board, and the possibility of secret tunnels being built under Apple's spaceship campus.
Getting photos on your Mac to match the colors of the original images starts with calibrating your display. This guide will use your Mac's built-in Display Calibrator Assistant to produce fairly accurate color calibration for your monitor.
Apple and IBM are joining forces to create a new enterprise mobility solution to be called IBM MobileFirst. MobileFirst will use Apple iOS devices and an enterprise version of AppleCare, along with IBM's enterprise business knowledge and services, to create a new MobileFirst Supply and Management System that will allow enterprise customers to easily integrate, manage, and provide security for iPads and iPhones. In addition, IBM will develop over 100 new iOS apps to address various business needs.
Apple is looking for Photos for OS X beta testers among its retail employees who have photographic experience. This could indicate that Photos for OS X is meeting its planned development schedule, and could be ready when OS X Yosemite is released. For the retail employees, working with a quality assurance team could provide another career path at Apple.
Apple and Intelligent Energy appear to be working together to acquire patents related to fuel cell technology use in mobile devices. The first of the patents purchased comes from Eveready Battery Company and addresses hydrogen production and reaction vessels. If Apple does develop fuel cell-powered devices, you could see usage time measured in days instead of hours.
This weeks deals (07/13/2014) from the Apple Refurb Store include Airport Express base station with over 50% off original resale price. In addition, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and Mac minis all are making an appearance with nicely discounted prices.
FastTask 2 is this week's Tom's Mac Software Pick. By adding commonly used OS X Terminal commands to your Mac's menu bar, you can quickly perform complex processes that we routinely use here at About: Macs to troubleshoot or improve the performance of your Mac.