Developer preview models of Apple's forthcoming Intel-powered computer contain a security chip that has come under fire for its ability to compromise the privacy of users.
Apple recently started shipping Developer Transition Kits that help developers test and prepare software for the switch to the Intel-powered computers next year. The kit contains a version of OS X for Intel, and a Mac computer featuring an Intel processor.
So what if they're ten years late to the party? Apple has released its new US$50 Mighty Mouse, which is the first multibutton mouse the company has ever shipped. While Mac OS X (and OS 8 and 9 before it) has supported contextual menus from the beginning, Apple stubbornly insisted on form over function when it came to its plastic pellet-shaped mice. Mac users who wanted to avoid reaching for the Control key each time they wanted to right-click were forced to shell out extra for another mouse.
CVE reference: CAN-2005-2196
A security issue has been reported in Airport, which may result in a user associating to an unsecure network without warning.
The security issue is caused due to the original AirPort card automatically associating to an unsecured network when it is not associated with a known or trusted network.
Apple has launched a global battery exchange programme for iBooks and PowerBooks.
The company says: "In cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities, Apple is voluntarily recalling certain lithium ion rechargeable batteries that were sold worldwide from October 2004 through May 2005 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4."
Needham & Co. estimates that the "iPod halo" may have attracted up to 400,000 Windows users to the Mac so far this year.
In a note to clients, analyst Charles Wolf observed that Apple's "key drivers" (iPod and the iPod halo effect) "continue to work". He believes Apple is set for even more growth in future.
Wolf wrote: "The iPod continued to lure Windows users into the Macintosh fold (in the third quarter). Mac unit shipments rose 35 per cent, three times the PC market growth rate."