Friday, November 1, 2013

Outline of October 31, 2013 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
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Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
OS X
OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.5
The 10.8.5 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update: Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically Improves Xsan reliability.
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 Supplemental Update
The OS X v10.8.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5. This update: Resolves an issue that may prevent certain applications from using the FaceTime HD camera on mid-2013 MacBook Air systems Fixes an issue that may cause external drives to be ejected after the computer goes to sleep Addresses an issue that may prevent HDMI audio from working after waking from sleep Fixes an issue that may prevent certain USB Bluetooth adapters from working.
iMac 10.8.5 Supplemental Update 1.0
The iMac OS X v10.8.5 Supplemental Update 1.0 is recommended for iMacs (Late 2013) using NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics and running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5. This update: Fixes an issue that may cause external drives to be ejected after the computer goes to sleep Fixes an issue that may prevent certain USB Bluetooth adapters from working.
OS X Apps
iTunes 11.1.2
iTunes now supports OS X Mavericks. This version also adds support for Arabic and Hebrew, and improves performance and stability. The previous version of iTunes came with several major new features, including: iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from hundreds of stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match. Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy. Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app. Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Note: If you are using OS X Mavericks, your book library can now be found in iBooks for Mac.
Apple Remote Desktop 3.7 Client
The Remote Desktop Client Shell will install the Remote Desktop Client application on a machine that has requested the download through the Software Update tag.
Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Lion v1.0
This update provides compatibility for migrating to a Mac running OS X Mavericks.
Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard v1.1
This update provides compatibility for migrating to a Mac running OS X Mavericks.
iPhoto Library Upgrader 1.1
This tool prepares libraries from iPhoto 7 or earlier so they can be upgraded with the current version of iPhoto.
OS X Printer Drivers
HP Printer Drivers v.2.16.1 for OS X
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.
Canon Laser Printer Drivers v2.11 for OS X
This update installs the latest software for your Canon Laser printer or scanner.
OS X Security
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_65. This update enables per-website control of the Java plug-in within Safari 5.1.9 or later.
Java for OS X 2013-005
Java for OS X 2013-005 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_65. On systems that have not already installed Java for OS X 2012-006, this update disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.
Mac Firmware
MacBook Air SMC Update v1.9
This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012 and mid 2013) models.   This update addresses rare issues where the battery unexpectedly stops functioning, the system does not recognize the battery, or the system hangs when the battery charge reaches less than one percent.
MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update v1.2
This update is recommended for 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (late 2012) models, and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (mid 2012) models.   This update addresses rare issues where the battery unexpectedly stops functioning or the system hangs when the battery charge reaches less than one percent.
MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.8
This update is recommended for MacBook Pro (mid 2012) models.   This update addresses rare issues where the battery unexpectedly stops functioning or the system hangs when the battery charge reaches less than one percent.
MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.7
MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.7 This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2013) models.   This update addresses an issue which may cause a black screen to appear when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using Boot Camp Assistant if both an external optical drive and USB thumb drive are connected to the system.  This update also ensures that the system will boot by default into OS X after installation of Windows 8.
MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1
This firmware update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models.
Apple has discovered that a small percentage of flash storage drives in these MacBook Air models have an issue that may result in data loss. This update tests your drive and, in the majority of cases, installs new firmware to resolve the issue. If your drive cannot be updated, Apple will replace it, free of charge
iMac SMC Firmware Update 1.1
This update is recommended for iMac (late 2013) with flash-only storage.  This update improves the Power Nap feature in Mavericks on your flash based iMac by allowing it to perform silently, without spinning up the fan. Power Nap periodically updates apps, such as Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, and will download software updates while your iMac is sleeping.
iOS
iOS 7.0.3
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including: Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts Updates lock screen to delay display of "slide to unlock" when Touch ID is in use Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating Improves system stability when using iWork apps Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software Available via iTunes and wirelessly.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Apple Special Event, October 2013
OS X Mavericks
Power Efficiency
Memory
Graphics
Maps
iBooks
Hardware Compatibility
Free
MacBook Pro & Mac Pro
Mac Pro available December
iLife & iWork
Free with purchase of any new Mac or iOS device
iPad Air & iPad mini
iPad Air available November 1; iPad mini with Retina display available November
And so… I installed Mavericks

Q&A, General Discussion