Great Mac sales baffle analysts, Yosemite beta, choosing a Mac, BookLamp, Hemingway

Yosemite Beta adds million
Yosemite Beta adds million

Apple, Inc’s double digit US Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump — Apple reported “strong double digit growth” in its Mac sales in the US, directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple’s U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual. There are now 80 million Mac users!

OS X Yosemite: design good and the bad — Designer and Pixelapse co-founder Lo Min Ming took a magnifying glass to the design of OS X Yosemite and teased out those UI elements that have changed significantly, for better or worse, in Apple’s next-generation desktop OS.

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive — With Yosemite (OS X 10.10) and the OS X Beta Program, Apple is for the first time since 2000 making pre-release versions of a new operating system available to people other than developers. The first million non-developers to sign up for the 10.10 public beta got to download and install pre-release versions of Yosemite, to help Apple get the final release right. If you take part, here’s how to create a bootable installer drive, on an external hard drive or a thumb drive [which is a really good idea, as you can only use the Redeem Code once, as I discovered when I reinitialised my Mac yesterday!]. And here’s how to revert it to Mavericks.

Want a Mac? This will help you to choose which one — Macworld’s buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review for each Mac model by clicking the “Read our complete review” links.

Apple buys BookLamp — Apple has confirmed a story that first appeared in TechCrunch saying Apple “buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
BookLamp, sometimes referred to as ‘Pandora for books’, developed some exclusive algorithms that analysed book content to make recommendations to readers. The Boise, Idaho based company was actually acquired by Apple this spring, but the deal was kept quiet.

Hemingway text editor comes to the Mac with Markdown support — Hemingway started off as a web-based text editor offering corrections on your writing as you type. The app focuses on basic grammar, such as adverb use, passive voice, long sentences and more.