AC adapter recall, 20 million Macs, Snow Leopard update, property deal, Flash demise, printer drivers, Mac How-Tos, Chapters, latest Numbers reviewed


Apple has announced the AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program — The company says it’s determined that, “in very rare cases,” the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.
These wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple says it has voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. The company encourages customers to exchange any affected parts. Other wall plug adapters, including those designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States and Apple USB power adapters are not affected by this program. [What a rare occurrence for Apple! And I have one of those that needs exchanging …]
Compare your adapter to the images in this article (if you click on the image above, it will expand for closer inspection): an affected wall plug adapter has 4 or 5 characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to an Apple power adapter. Redesigned adapters have a 3-letter regional code in the slot (EUR, KOR, AUS, ARG or BRA – NZ would be ‘AUS’, I assume).

Apple could sell another 20 million Macs this year — Apple’s Mac shipments are expected to remain at a level similar to that of 2015 at around 20 million units in 2016, while new MacBook and iMacs are expected to boost the company’s overall product ASPs [average selling prices], reports DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from the supply chain.” Twenty million would be the most Macs ever sold in a year; the previous record was 18.91 million in 2014.

Have you installed your Snow Leopard update today? If you’re one of the relatively small group of Mac owners still running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard [still widely regarded by developers the most solid OS ever], you may have been surprised yesterday when an update appeared in the Mac App Store and on Apple’s support website. Those of you who are new to the world of Macs might not know about Snow Leopard, which originally shipped in 2009 and introduced the Mac App Store in version 10.6.6.

San José’s Apple Campus deal — On January 26, 2016, San Jose, California city council members approved a development plan that will provide Apple with a campus in the city that will be close to 86 acres (34.8 hectares) in size. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo saw the move as potentially reducing traffic congestion, saying “We’re thrilled to have thousands of your employees in San Jose, hopefully shortening the commute for many.”

Flash’s days are coming to an end — The Global Media Format Report 2016 from predicts that the Flash video codec – which the late Steve Jobs despised – will pretty much vanish within 24 months [yay!]. While Flash is still being used for specific uses and edge cases such as banner ads and legacy browsers, its days look numbered, according to the cloud media processing service. Apple R&D and property investments reached a high last year.

Apple Releases Slew of Printer Drivers for Xerox, NRG, Gestetner, Lanier, Savin (Ricoh) — Apple released a slew of printer drivers for OS X on Wednesday. The company added support for new printers from Xerox, NRG, Gestetner, Lanier, and Savin. The last four printer brands are all owned by parent company Ricoh.
OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Lion. You can download the drivers through the Mac App Store if you have one of these printers, or you can download directly from Apple’s support site (via links at that link above).

Mac How-Tos — Several appeared today. How to get a Mac laptop’s headphone jack to work reliably; How to restore your Mac to an older version of OS X; How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac; How to delete items instantly or selectively from Trash; and how to troubleshoot an ethernet drop.

Chapters review: Mac app adds segment marks to MP3 podcasts and audio files — Chapters lets you add division markings (chapters) to MP3 files, useful for podcasters who want to provide a quick way for listeners to jump to a segment or past one. It’s also handy for making a single long MP3 file of a music performance, album, or lecture, and marking points along the way rather than dividing into individual audio file tracks, which have to be managed.

Numbers 3.6.1 for Mac review: the best version of Apple’s spreadsheet app so far — Numbers has gained 0.6.1 version numbers, as well as some new features and changes to its interface. It’s also a much stronger collaboration tool now, and you can work on spreadsheets on OS X, iOS, and the web.


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