Mac users using Boot Camp to dual-boot into Windows now have a new tool coming their way to let them adjust the size of their Boot Camp partition without destroying any data.
How does it do it? By running off a Linux-based boot CD. Once booted up and in the tool, Camp Tune lets you reallocate disk space between your Mac partition and your Boot Camp partition.
It’s currently pre-release software and while it is you can grab a copy for free. Keep in mind that while I’m sure it’s tested pretty well if it’s being publicly released, you’re going to want to backup both your Mac and your Boot Camp partitions before you start because if something goes wrong there’s a decent chance both will be messed up.
For more info about Camp Tune check out the product page here.
In the “about time” category, Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mac-clone maker Psystar for license violations and copyright infringement.
Psystar, as you’ve probably heard by now, was selling PC’s that were made from components so similar to the one’s Apple uses for their Mac’s that they were able to install Mac OS X onto them, giving you a way to get your hands on a “Mac” for a lot less than you’d pay for a Mac.
Some people in the OSX86 community weren’t so happy with Psystar for trying to monetize the process of getting OS X onto a PC and it looks like they may have the last laugh. I really can’t see Apple losing this–the license agreement for OS X says that the operating system cannot be ran on non-Apple hardware.
When EFiX first announced a USB device that would easily allow people to install Mac OS X onto PC’s using Apple’s original discs there was quite a bit of excitement and interest, but when they missed their original release date people got a little concerned.
According to EFiX lead engineer and CEO Vilhelm von Vnukov, things are under control and their V2 device will be released tomorrow with their V1 to follow three or four weeks later.
The V2 device will sell for around $125 US but will initially only be available in Taiwan and Bulgaria.
For more info check out the product pages here.
MCE Technologies has announced a new add-on for Mac Pro’s and Power Mac’s: a Blu-ray recordable drive.
The drive is compatible with Mac OX X 10.5.2 and later and doesn’t require any special drivers, just plug it in and start using it.
The drive is able to write to both single-layer (6x BD-R or 2x BD-RE) for writing 25GB and dual-layer (4x BD-R or 2x BD-RE) for writing 50GB.
The internal drive by itself will set you back $499, or if you want to buy it bundled with Roxio Toast 9 and the Toast BD/HD Plugin for $599.
If you want an external version they’ve got a version with FireWire and USB 2.0 ports for $749.
For more info check out the product page here.
A few new Apple OS X Snow Leopard have surfaced thanks to German website Apfeltalk.
Some of the new things pictured is:
- The ability to save a web application to your computer, presumably allowing you to access it offline.
- An updated Address Book with Microsoft Exchange compatibility
To check out a few screenshots of Snow Leopard head over to Apfeltalk here.
Controversial PC maker Psystar has introduced a pair of new rack mountable servers, the OpenServ 1100 and 2400.
OpenServ’s are able to run Windows, Linux, or even Mac OS X Server.
The OpenServ 1100 starts at $1,599.99 and comes with:
- CentOS 5.1 Linux preinstalled
- Intel Xeon E5420 Harpertown 2.5GHz quad-core processor
- 4GB of fully-buffered DDR2 667MHz RAM
- One 750GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
- Dual gigabit ethernet
- Integrated graphics
- No monitor, keyboard or mouse is included
The OpenServ 2400 starts at $1,999.99 and has the same standard configuration as the 1100 but has 6 drive bays (the 1100 only has four).
For more info check out the product page here.
A USB dongle called EFiX will be releasing soon and if it does what it says it will installing Apple’s OS X on a PC will be a breeze.
All you will need is the dongle and an original, unmodified OS X install DVD and you should be able to install and use the operating system on non-Apple hardware.
It’s worth noting, though, that this still violates Apple’s EULA so it’s not exactly something Apple supports.
For more info keep your eyes on their website here that they should be updating soon–if all goes well the EFiX will be released on June 23rd.
Interested? Check out this video of it in action:
The first screenshots from Apple’s newly announced 10.6 Snow Leopard OS have hit the net thanks to screenshot happy developers.
Not much to look at, really, but if you’re interested you can find them here. Nothing exciting but hopefully more telling shots will be coming later this year, but remember–10.6 isn’t a major OS release.
Think of it is as more of a fine tuning of 10.5 with a focus on taking advantage of multi-core processors. BUT, it will have native support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.
The keynote at WWDC 08 just wrapped up and while there weren’t any real surprises it was still nice to get confirmation on two Apple rumors: the 3G iPhone is real and so is MobileMe.
First up, the new iPhone.
The original iPhone was and still is a very successful product launch and the new one looks to be even more so with the biggest barrier being removed–price.
The new iPhone will start at $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version and features will include:
- Same excellent screen
- 3G data speed (roughly 2.8x the speed of EDGE)
- Flush headphone jack
- Thinner than original model
- “Dramatically” improved audio
- Battery life: 300 hours standby, 10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time, 5-6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio
Look for the 3G iPhone to be available in 22 countries on on July 11th and eventually be available in over 70.
Apple also used the keynote to talk about the upcoming replacement to .Mac called MobileMe.
MobileMe will be a web service that can keep a Mac, PC and iPhone in sync with email, contacts and calendar events and works with Outlook on the PC.
MobileMe will also include a gallery feature that can sync photos from your iPhone. Look for the new MobileMe service to launch in July and current .Mac subscribers will be automatically moved over to the new service.
Apple also talked a bit about the upcoming 2.0 firmware for the original iPhone and the iPod Touch.
Some of the new features in the 2.0 firmware will be:
- Ability to search contacts with live results
- Full iWork document support
- Support for MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
- Ability to bulk delete and move messages
- Ability to save pictures send to you
- New calculator with scientific mode when the iPhone/iPod Touch is held sideways
- Parental controls
- Enhanced language support
- App Store
Look for the new 2.0 firmware to be a free down for iPhones and a $9.99 upgrade for iPod Touch owners when it hits in July.
There was also minor mention of OS 10.6, aka “Snow Leopard” but not much was said about it.
If you were holding your breath for the Fusion rumor to pan out guess it’s time to move on–no new computer was announced.