20 October 2011
Posted in Apple
Patent applications published by the US Patent Office today show evidence Apple might be working on an even thinner design for MacBook Pros, possibly by making one of the thickest parts even thinner — the optical drive. By using magnets to replace certain hardware functions, Apple's patents describe an even thinner optical drive. Hard drives and RAM can all be found in thinner form factors (as in the current MacBook Air), but at the cost of compatibility with off-the-shelf parts.
There have been reports of users having various issues with the Mac OS X 10.7.2 update that was released last week in order to add compatibility with iCloud. 9 to 5 Mac says users are reporting issues with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Thunderbolt displays ever since the update, including spontaneous disconnects of Bluetooth connections, dropping and failure to reconnect to Wi-Fi networks after waking from sleep, and the Thunderbolt display not responding after waking from sleep.
A uTorrent update for the Mac has been released that adds support for downloading torrents via RSS feeds, as well as the ability to schedule torrents to start and stop at customisable times. The update also brings support for a new iPad remote interface, allowing you to control your torrents on your Mac from your iPad.
Ars Technica reports on a variation of a Mac trojan that disables the automatic updating feature of XProtect, the Mac app that runs silently in the background to automatically update your malware and trojan definition files. Obviously this is a pretty bad thing, but only serves to emphasis the constant need to apply some common sense.