Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update, the next in a year-long series of planned updates to Apple's new Leopard operating system, promises to be one of the most hefty maintenance releases put out by the company for its operating system software in recent years.
According to people familiar with the matter, Tuesday evening gave way to the first test builds of the software update for developers, including a 354MB bare-bones delta build and a 362MB combo updater -- both of which were labeled Mac OS X 10.5.2 build 9C7.
The development of multi-touch displays at Apple is expanding to the company's Mac division, according to a job listing on the firm's website.
Originally found by Engadget, the description asks for an engineer familiar with stress testing and other experiments on pre-production hardware who will support both "Mac and iPod hardware groups" for new technology.
A software update is now available for Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro systems.
The update addressed an issue that caused the keyboard to freeze. Reports indicate that the Intel-based models running Mac OS X Leopard were affected, with keyboard freezes lasting for up to a minute, or more.
MARKET RESEARCH firm Isuppli has taken apart an Apple Ipod touch and found the bill of materials (BOM) for the 8GB model is a trifling $149.18.
The firm said if you add the cost of manufacturing, assembly and testing, that comes to just over $155, with the thing selling for $299 in the shops.
We've posted a couple of times about "virtual" GPS solutions for the iPhone that depend on cell tower identification, but now The partfoundry has announced the real deal. They will be offering a GPS dongle for the iPhone based on the SiRF Star III chipset. Needless to say this will require a jailbroken phone and the software "will be open source/community based." They've already got a prototype working (video embedded after the jump) that can report its location and send it to the Google Maps application.