Apple software update round-up

Apple have been busy in the past twenty-four hours, releasing minor updates to several products including iLife, and the iPhone SDK as well as a firmware update for their wireless keyboards.

iLife Support 9.0.4

iLife Support 9.0.4 updates the shared components of the iLife suite, including iPhoto, Garageband, iWeb, iPhotom iMovie and iDVD. It also provides compatibility with the recently released Aperture 3. The update is provided through Software Update on computers running the latest version of iLife.

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Pack

The Digital Camera RAW compatibility pack adds RAW support for several digital cameras to iPhoto and Apeture 3 including updates for:

  • Canon Powershot S90
  • Canon sRAW
  • Canon mRAW
  • Leica D-LUX 4
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

This update is available from Apple's Support Downloads site.

2009 Aluminium Keyboard Firmware Update 1.0

Apple have responded to recurring complaints regarding battery life on their newer 2009 wireless keyboard models. Users have complained that battery life is below-par when other bluetooth devices such as Apple's Magic Mouse or iPhone are used in conjunction with the keyboard.

The download is available from Apple's Support Download site.

iPhone 3.2 SDK beta 2

Despite being named the iPhone SDK, firmware version 3.2 is currently only used on the iPad. Beta 1 of the SDK was released after the iPad's announcement in January. Beta 2 reportedly includes support for the recently released iPhone OS 3.1.3 and incorporates changes to Mobile Safari's bookmarks menu.

The SDK is only available to paid members of the iPhone Developer Connection from Apple's Developer Center.

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Leica D-LUX 4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

As usual Apple is the slowest to deliver RAW compatiblity with modern cameras. These cameras were released some years ago and are pretty popular. And they still don't support Lumix DMC-GF1.
Apple's "professional" software is a joke.

I've had my late 2009 iMac since a day or 2 after it was released and the battery for the keyboard is still on something like 80%, the battery on the mouse has ran out twice.

The built in iSight camera on my iMac works perfectly with Bootcamp and Win7. There is driver support for the camera under windows. Skype works fine under Win7 as do all other apps that can use a webcam. There is, i believe, no driver issue with the camera.

I wish they had better support for their iMacs in BootCamp for Win7 as they did for WinXP.

I remember in XP, Apple had a good tool to use the built in camera but they don't have it for the nw updated drivers designed for Win7.