iCloud: Using your @icloud.com email address

If you are an existing iCloud Mail user with an @mac.com or @me.com email address, Apple has reserved an @icloud.com email address for you. You will receive an @icloud.com equivalent for every active @me.com or @mac.com email address or alias that you have as part of your account.

You can send email from your @icloud.com address by following these instructions:

  1. Begin composing a new email on the device of your choice.
  2. Select the From: field in your message.
  3. Choose your @icloud.com address from the list of addresses.
  4. Compose your message and send it.

To make your @icloud.com address the default address for sending email from your iCloud account, follow the steps below for each device you use to send email.

In iOS 6

  • Go to Settings > iCloud > Account (your Apple ID) >Advanced: Mail.
  • Under iCloud Account Information, tap your email address.
  • From the list of addresses available, tap the @icloud.com email address you would like to use as the default address for sending mail from iCloud Mail.

In OS X Mountain Lion or Lion v10.7.2 (or later)

  • Go to Mail Preferences > Composing.
  • Click the Send new messages from drop-down and select the @icloud.com email address you’d like to use.

At iCloud.com

  • Go to the Mail app.
  • Click the Action (gear icon) menu and choose Preferences.
  • Under Composing, click the Set a default address drop-down and select the @icloud.com address you’d like to use.

In Outlook

  • In Outlook 2007: Choose Tools > Account Settings > Email tab, select your @icloud.com email address from the list, and click Set as default.
  • In Outlook 2010: Choose File > Info > Account Settings > Email Tab, select your @icloud.com email address from the list, and click Set as default.


Note
: No matter which address you choose to send email from, you will continue to receive all email sent to your @me.com, @mac.com, or @icloud.com email addresses directly in your iCloud inbox.

Additional Information

Depending on when you created your iCloud account, your iCloud email addresses and aliases may end with @icloud.com, @me.com or @mac.com domains. Learn how iCloud email addresses are granted depending on when you originally created your account.

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iOS 6 IPSW – Direct Download Links – iOS 6 IPSW

iOS 6 is now available for everyone to download. Most users are best served updating to iOS 6through OTA or iTunes, but advanced users can upgrade manually with firmware files. This has several advantages, particularly for those upgrading multiple devices in a household or institution, or for those updating from older versions of iOS.

iOS 6 ipsw  Direct Download

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The following firmware links are hosted directly by Apple, using IPSW files requires iTunes. You will want to have the latest version of iTunes installed before attempting a direct firmware update with IPSW.

Regardless of how you decide to upgrade to iOS 6, just remember to back up first. The likelihood of something going wrong is slim but it’s better safe than sorry.

iPhone 5 : Watch the iPhone 5 Keynote [Video]

Apple has posted the keynote video to the iPhone 5 launch event. If you’re a fan of Apple’s event videos it’s well worth watching, you’ll see the usual cast of Apple all-stars unveiling the iPhone 5, new iPod touch, iPod nano, review iOS 6 and some great new apps and features, a discussion of iTunes 11, and even get a bit of a State-of-the-Apple-Union type overview from CEO Tim Cook.

iPhone 5. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

iPhone 5. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

If you’re having trouble viewing the video in your browser, try loading it with Safari rather than Chrome or Firefox, or you can download the keynote video as a video podcast from iTunes.

Don’t want to spend an hour watching the keynote video? Here’s a quick overview of everything launched today.

Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini event planned for September 12, iPhone 5 release date for September 21

Apple will launch the next iPhone on September 12, according to a rumor from the typically reliable AllThingsD. Citing sources, they say Apple has an event planned for an unspecific topic for the second week of September, and suggests the event will be for the new iPhone launch.

Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21. This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past.

iPhone 5 Release Date September 21

iPhone 5 Release Date September 21

The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano. We haven’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. It seems likely the new iPod touch will make an appearance on September 12 as well, though we haven’t heard any specific information about that yet either.

Last year, the iPhone 4S was announced on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and released 10 days later on October 14. The event included minor updates to the iPod line, notably a white iPod touch 4. This year, the iPad 3 was announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, and released 9 days later on March 16. The event included a 1080p Apple TV.

Back in March, we heard Apple was targeting an October release window for the iPhone 5,1, much like last year’s iPhone 4,1 (iPhone 4S). Recently, however, several reports have suggested Apple would be ready to go as early as September. Last week, App4Phone.fr, citing Chinese manufacturing sources, reported the September 21 release date.

Unlike last year, when some 16 months separated the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, a September 21 schedule would put the iPhone 5 launch at just over 11 months after the iPhone 4S.

The longer schedule last year allowed Apple to re-position the iPhone as the new, big fall product release. It took the spotlight from the iPod family that previously ruled the holiday quarter, but has waned in recent years. It also padded the time between the Verizon iPhone 4 launch, which only occurred in February of 2011, and gave four extra months for Apple to work on iOS 5, which included major new features like iCloud, Notification Center, iMessage, and Siri.

iOS 6, which was announced during Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote on June 11 and includes a new, Google-free Maps app, and Passbook, should get a final presentation during the September 12 event as well, and if Apple sticks to previous patterns, a release sometime around Wednesday, September 19.

Apple typically shows off extra, hardware-specific iOS features at new iPhone events as well. For the last few years, Apple SVP of Marketing, Phil Schiller, has demonstrated advanced camera and video recording, and Apple SVP of iOS, Scott Forstall, has demonstrated Voice Control, FaceTime, and Siri. For now, we have only educated guesses (see the conclusion) as to what else might be coming to iOS this year.

As for hardware, we’re still hearing the iPad mini will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, only scaled down to 7.x-inches. We originally heard Apple had a few iPhone 5 prototypes, including 3.5-inch and 4-inch versions, but recent reports and parts leaks make it look like the 4-inch, 16:9 screen version is what Apple’s going with. We’ve also consistently heard all new iOS devices will have the new, smaller Dock connector iMore learned about back in February, which along with the nano-SIMand rumored in-cell display should leave lots of room for the LTE radio we learned about earlier in the year, and the bigger battery to go along with it.

If these announcement and release dates prove accurate, we should find out in only 6 short weeks.

OS X Mountain Lion is Now Available, Download Now!

OS X Mountain Lion has been released by Apple. The major update to Mac OS provides over 200 new features, including iMessage support, Reminders, Notification Center, Notes, Game Center, extensive iCloud integration, and much more.

OS X Mountain Lion is Now Available, Download Now!

OS X Mountain Lion is Now Available, Download Now!

The upgrade costs $19.99 but is available for free to Mac users who bought a Mac within the past month.

Apple’s generous licensing terms allow you to install a single purchase of Mountain Lion on all of your personal Macs. If you don’t want to re-download OS X 10.8 each time on each computer, you can make a Mountain Lion boot installer from any USB drive or DVD.

Be sure to back up each Mac before installing, follow our simple guide on things to do before upgrading if you haven’t done so yet.

iOS 6 Beta 3 Released to Developers as OTA Download : iOS 6 Beta 3

The third beta of iOS 6 has been released to developers running compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod hardware. The new build is 10A5355d and contains many bug fixes and improvements over beta 2, pushing the newest version of iOS closer to it’s public debut later in the year.

iOS 6 Beta 3 OTA Download

iOS 6 Beta 3 OTA Download

For developers already running iOS 6 beta 2, they can download the beta 3 release quickly as an over-the-air delta update, found in Settings > General > Software Update. The new builds IPSW files are also hosted on Apple’s iOS Developer Center.

Some devices are seeing beta 3 marked as beta 2, despite already having beta 2 installed. This appears to be a typo and downloading the update installs the newest version anyway.

Apple has stated that iOS 6 is due for public release this fall. It’s looking increasingly likely iOS 6 will coincide with the launch of iPhone 5, and possibly even the much rumored iPad mini.

Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update Released – Download Links

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7.3 to the public, the third minor update to OS X Lion. The update includes bug fixes including a Wi-Fi stability update, and also fixes a handful of other issues that have effected OS X 10.7. The update also includes support for several new languages, and updates Safari to 5.1.3.

Download Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update

Download Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update

Download Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update

You can download Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update through Software Update, it’s about 1GB, or through these download links from Apple:

Mac OS X 10.7.3 Release Notes are below:

What’s included?

The OS X Lion v10.7.3 Update includes Safari 5.1.3 and fixes that:

  • Add Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support
  • Address issues when using smart cards to log into OS X
  • Address compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing
  • Address an issue printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup
  • Address a graphics performance issue after sleep on some earlier iMacs that use ATI graphics
  • Resolve a Wi-Fi connection issue when waking from sleep
  • Address an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network
  • Fix a potential issue authenticating to an SMB DFS share
  • Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras

Directory Services

  • Improve binding to read-only Active Directory Domain Controllers
  • Improve binding and login speed for Active Directory users in a domain whose name ends in “.local”
  • Improve reliability of Dynamic DNS (DDNS) updates by Active Directory clients
  • Allow login with an Active Directory username that contains a space
  • Improve compatibility with Active Directory schemas that have been extended with the “apple-user-homeDirectory” and “apple-user-homeurl” attributes
  • Fix home directory Dock item for Active Directory users with mobile accounts
  • Allow NIS users with MD5-hashed passwords to log in