Two new BootCamp updates, support for all newer Mac’s

Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5621 (for Haswell-Macar)

For more information on which operating systems are supported on different Mac systems http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

Download: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1720

Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5640 (for all other)

For more information on which operating systems are supported on different Mac systems http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

Download: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1721

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Apple Seeds First OS X 10.9.2 Build to Developers

Apple today seeded the first test build of OS X 10.9.2 to registered Mac developers, just three days after the publicreleaseof OS X 10.9.1. The build, termed 13C32, is available to registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store as well as through the Mac Dev Center.

The OS X 10.9.2 beta first distributed to developers this afternoon includes Apple’sFaceTime audio, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) feature that was originally introduced to the iPhone with iOS 7. With FaceTime audio on both iOS and OS X, Apple users will be able to seamlessly call one another from any device.

FaceTime audio is designed to allow users to initiate voice-only calls with other FaceTime users without turning on the accompanying video feed. Currently, Macs running Mavericks only have access to the standard FaceTime app, which bundles both video and audio.

Mac Pro Pre-Orders, December 16 Availability

At its October media event, Apple narrowed down the launch window for its redesigned Mac Pro to “December”, but with the month having already begun the company has yet to announce a more specific launch date.

German retailer Conrad Electronic has, however, now begun taking pre-orders for the two stock configurations of the new Mac Pro, citing availability of Monday, December 16.

Apple Seeds Two New Mavericks Updates

Apple has internally seeded two upcoming updates to Mavericks, OS X 10.9.1 and OS X 10.9.2, to its employees, according to a source that spoke to9to5Mac. Reportedly nicknamed “Board,” OS X 10.9.1 will be released later in the month to fix several bugs introduced with OS X 10.9.

Since the release of Mavericks, users have reported several different issues, with the Mail app, mostly related to Gmail accounts. Apple has already seeded an updated Mail app to its employees and AppleSeed members, and it is possible that a Mail fix could be bundled into the next public Mavericks release. Apple is also said to be preparing updates for issues within Safari, iBooks, and Remote Desktop.

OS X 10.9.2, nicknamed “Carve”, is also said to be in testing with Apple’s software engineering teams, adding minor feature enhancements and additional bug fixes after the 10.9.1 update.

Also in testing, the source said, is OS X 10.9.2. That release is codenamed “Carve,” and it’s likely to include more bug fixes, and perhaps minor feature enhancements. Both OS X 10.7.2 and OS X 10.8.2 were updates to Lion and Mountain Lion designed to increase feature-parity between iOS and OS X. OS X Mavericks is currently lacking support for iOS’s iMessage blocking feature and FaceTime Audio, so it seems plausible that OS X 10.9.2 could add those features.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is also continuing work on the next iteration of OS X, 10.10, which has been seeded internally. The next iteration of OS X is said to alter the look of the operating system to bring it in line with iOS 7.

In addition to Mavericks updates, Apple has also been testing iOS 7 updates. As wereported this afternoon, MacRumors has seen increasing numbers of devices running iOS 7.0.4 in web logs since October 22, suggesting that the next minor update to iOS 7 could come in the near future.

Jony Ive Designs One-of-a-Kind Red Mac Pro for Product (RED) Charity Auction

For their upcoming Sotheby’s charity auction to benefit Product (RED), Apple senior vice president of design Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson have created a one-of-a-kind Mac Pro, featuring the new Mac Pro’s radical cylindrical design with a shiny red finish that matches the style of other Product (RED) items produced by Apple.

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On the auction site, the Mac Pro value is listed at $40,000 to $60,000, and like the rest of the custom-designed products, it will be auctioned off on November 23. It is unclear whether the Mac Pro will be available to the buyer at that date, as Apple has announced that it will officially launch the Mac Pro to consumers in December.

The specs of the red Mac Pro are not listed on the auction site, but Apple’s Mac Prosstart at $2,999 and come in several different configurations. The entry-level version includes a 3.7 Ghz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, 12 GB of memory, and 256 GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

The higher-end 3.5 Ghz 6-core version with 16 GB of memory will starts at $3,999, and additional configure-to-order options offer 8-core or 12-core Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs, up to 64 GB of memory and up to 1 TB of flash storage.

Ive and Newson have also collaborated on a number of other products, including a one-of-a-kind Leica camera, an aluminum desk, and solid gold Apple EarPods. Proceeds from the auction will go to Product (RED), a longtime Apple partner. Apple has raised more than $65 million for the charity since 2006.

Anki Drive AI-Controlled Cars Will Be Available on October 23 for $199

First introduced at WWDC, Anki’s iOS-controlled AI-based racing game is set to debut later this month. Unlike standard racing toys, Anki Drive is largely self-operating and is described by the company as a “video game in the real world.” The concept is similar to slot car racing, with added enhancements that include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and smartphone-based controls.

http://anki.com/ankidrive

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Apple Predicted to Release Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook with Retina Display

Apple may be planning to release a 12-inch MacBook with an all-new design and high-resolution Retina Display in the middle of 2014, according to KGI Securities anaylst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Specifically, the new MacBook is expected to feature a clamshell form factor even thinner than the current MacBook Air, and may debut at a lower-price point than the current Retina MacBook Pro line due to an improving yield rate. While Kuo stops short of calling the new model a replacement for the current MacBook Air line, his description of the model suggests that it would indeed supplant Apple’s current ultra-slim notebook line.

We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era. We think the form factor will showcase a much improved clamshell structure, and that it will redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.

Kuo’s claims match with a report from NPD DisplaySearch analysts earlier this week claiming that Apple is planning to introduce a new 12-inch MacBook Air next year. That new model was predicted to use a high-resolution 2304 x 1440 display

Both rumors also fall in line with earlier reports that Apple is set to move to IGZO displays for many of its future products, allowing for higher-resolution displays with lower power consumption.

Kuo has generally been quite accurate with his predictions over the past several years, including accurately outlining many of the details of Apple’s 2013 launch plans as far back as January. Other accurate predictions have included the introduction of a “third MacBook line” that arrived in the form of Retina MacBook Pro models and thediscontinuation of the 17-inch MacBook Pro last year.

Apple’s iPad-Centric Event to Take Place on October 22

Apple will hold its much-rumored iPad event on October 22, reports AllThingsD. While the event will focus on Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPad and iPad mini, the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will also be featured at the event. Though Apple has not officially announced the event, AllThingsD has a solid track record when it comes to event predictions.

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/08/apple-ipad-centric-event-to-take-place-on-october-22/