Feeds

Apple makes OS X ad-compliant

But still much monkeying around

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Apple has quietly added the ability to burn CD recordable media to Mac OS X. The feature is part of the 10.0.2 patch which slipped out yesterday. Apple was widely criticised for omitting the capability from the initial OS X release in March - particularly as it meant that Apple could only fulfill two thirds of the promise it makes made in its global ad campaign - 'Rip. Mix. Burn' - in its new OS.

It's the second patch to OS X in six weeks and near enough fulfills Steve Jobs' promise to add CD burning by the end of April. Apple also offered an updated iTunes yesterday to take advantage of the capability.

The OS X update is a 15MB download, considerably larger than the 3MB 10.0.1 update, and it's not cumulative: the first patch is required by the second.

According to a release note, it also boasts "a number of improvements for overall application stability" and a more secure ftp server daemon.

And according to some reports, the new patch contains considerable performance improvements over the first. We'd like to think this is true - it doesn't feel any slower - but after only a morning's work it's too early to say.

OS X has taken some heat for being sluggish, but on our hardware it's clear that the Finder alone deserves most of the responsibility for this perception. The OS X shell simply isn't very responsive, blocking and queueing user operations so even experienced users can find themselves clicking at menus like proverbial demented monkeys. That probably isn't going to be fixed until the Finder application becomes a truly native Cocoa app. And we don't think that likely to happen before OS X is due to be shipped preloaded on Macs in July. ®

Related Link

The Register's Mac Channel

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.