Mac OS X

Apple Releases Mac OS 10.11 'El Capitan'

Mac OS X El Capitan

Episode 1225

Apple has released Mac OS 10.11 called "El Capitan." Leo says this is a pretty safe install, as it's been in public beta for quite some time already. But if you need your computer for work and depend on it for important things, Leo still advises waiting. Apple users generally like to update sooner than Windows users, so this can be problematic if an application doesn't work as it should on the new operating system. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the second update to the new operating system before installing it.

Noteworthy Features Announced by Apple at WWDC 2014

Episode 1089

Apple announced several noteworthy new features at its WWDC 2014 presentation on Monday, June 2. Apple usually spends some time in the beginning of these announcements giving a self-congratulatory report, but they didn't waste much time during this keynote. They did talk briefly though about the growth of the Mac and how many iOS units have sold to date. They also referred to Android as a "toxic hellstew" of security vulnerabilities. This was all part of the "new Apple" that seems to be emerging with Tim Cook at the helm, taking jabs at competitors like Google and Microsoft.

What happened to my backed up data?

Episode 1047

Bob from Riverside, CA

Bob's 2006 iMac needed updating, so he installed OS 10.6 as a clean install, but the updated files didn't seem to install. Can he revert back and find his data? Leo says he could because it doesn't touch the data. Unless he erased the drive, and in that case he would need a file recovery utility.

Bob says he did copy the files over to an external hard drive first, but he says the newest date on the files is 2010. Leo says not to worry about the dates on the files. They could be creation dates not modification dates.

Apple Unveils Next Version of OS X: "Mavericks"

Episode 987

Apple announced the next version of Mac OS X at WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) Monday, and it's called "Mavericks". The new name is a departure from previous names of Mac OS X, which centered around big cats as the theme. Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi introduced it, saying "We do not want to be the first software release in history to be delayed by a lack of cats."