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Apple releases AirPort Utility 6.2 for Mac with Guest Wifi, WPS printers, more (Update: Airport base

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Apple has released AirPort Utility version 6.2. The new update adds the ability to extend guest networks if you have multiple AirPort routers. Additionally, Apple has added improved international support and the ability to add WPS printers to your AirPort WiFi networks.

Update: It appears that Apple has also released firmware version 7.6.3 for some AirPort devices.

Update 2: And the Airport iOS app too.

How to Run GUI Apps as root in Mac OS X

Those familiar with the command line know that running things with super user privileges is typically just a matter of using the sudo command. That still holds true with launching GUI apps into the OS X with root privileges, but it's not just a matter of prepending sudo to the otherwise useful open command, because 'open' launches apps as the original user, with or without sudo. The solution instead is to use sudo pointing directly at the executable contained within a given applications package file.

GUI application running as root user in Mac OS X

Launching OS X GUI Apps as root user

The command syntax is as follows:

sudo /Path/To/Application/

In most cases, that will be applications stored in the /Applications/ directory, and the executable is almost always stored in Package/Contents/MacOS/ as whatever the applications name is:

sudo /Applications/

For example, this command runs the familiar TextEdit app as root:

sudo /Applications/

To launch TextEdit as a background app, meaning it wont close if you close the terminal window, apply the -b flag to sudo:

sudo -b /Applications/

Launch a GUI application as root in Mac OS X

You can confirm the the application is running as root by using the ps command with grep, again using TextEdit as an example:

ps au|grep TextEdit

Alternatively, you can look at the OS X process management app Activity Monitor and find the application running there as 'root' user, as demonstrated in the screenshot up top and the short video below:

If you intend on running a particular app frequently as root, you might consider placing an alias in .bash_profile to shorten the command string.

Despite running as root, not all system files may be modifiable and some may be marked as "Locked" when opened in some apps like TextEdit. That issue can often be resolved by enabling the root user if you have't done so yet, but not all apps will have that limitation. Nonetheless, for certain tasks like editing the hosts file you're still better off sticking to the command line and a text based editor, or using an app like BBEdit or TextWrangler.

This Is Probably What The iPad 5 Will Look Like

iPad 5 mockup

You are looking at a mockup of what the iPad 5 (right) will almost certainly look like. Side-by-side with the existing iPad (left), it's slightly smaller with thinner bezels on the sides, and basically looks like a 10″ version of the iPad Mini.

What's the basis of this speculation? Outside of the obvious design trend Apple is moving in, MacRumors had these mockups commissioned based on the most recent reliable rumors and part leaks, with the renderings taking queues from the similarly designed slate aluminum enclosures found on iPad Mini and iPhone 5. The result is the beautiful imaginary device seen in the pictures, and though they're just renderings for now, it's probable the shipped next-gen iPad will look more or less identical.

Fans of the matte aluminum surfaces gracing other new iOS devices should be pleased with the appearance, and the next iPad will almost certainly have the same dramatic weight loss and thinness of both the Mini and redesigned iPhone.

Renderings are fun to look at but it's very important to remember these are mockups based on rumors, and nothing is certain until Apple announces such a device, which is likely to be in the fall. Should that happen, the iOS family lineup might look something like this:

iPad 5 mockup

Transfer Photos from Android to Mac OS X

The easiest way to copy pictures from an Android device and to a Mac is using one of the image transfer apps that is bundled with OS X. That's because all Android devices, including the popular Nexus and Galaxy S series, should be picked up by the standard camera apps in OS X as if they were a digital camera, all you'll need to do is launch an appropriate app and connect the Android device to the Mac with a USB cable. We say 'should' because it doesn't always work that way, so another great option is to use the Android File Transfer app, and when Image Capture or otherwise fails it's almost guaranteed to work. We'll walk through transferring photos from Android to your Mac with both of those solutions.

Transfer photos from Android to Mac

Longtime Mac users familiar with digital cameras or the iOS world will find that with the exception of the AFT app, these are the same methods used when copying pictures from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to a computer as well.

Copying Pictures from Android with Image Capture

Image Capture is the preferred choice for transferring pictures from just about any digital device to the Mac. It's fast, efficient, provides a thumbnail preview, and lets you delete the pictures from the device afterwards if you want. It's no frills but gets the job done quick:

  • Connect the Android device to the Mac with a USB cable
  • Launch "Image Capture", which is found in the /Applications/ folder
  • Select the Android phone under the 'Devices' list on the left side of Image Capture
  • Optionally but recommended, select a destination folder for the photos
  • Click the "Import All" button to transfer all pictures on the device to the Mac

Image Capture also lets you selectively pull pictures off the device by selecting them from the window, then choosing "Import" rather than the Import All button.

Transfer photos from Android to Mac with Image Capture

When finished, locate the destination folder you specified in the OS X Finder and all of your pictures will be there.

Some Android devices seem to have issues with Image Capture though, and if you encounter any such problems you should download Google's Android File Transfer utility and use that instead.

Copying Photos to the Mac with Android File Transfer

Android File Transfer is a file management app that lets you copy files to and from a Mac to an Android device, and naturally that means you'll also have access to photos and movies too. If for some reason there is an issue with Image Capture not recognizing the Android device, then Android File Transfer is the next best thing and will almost certainly recognize the device so long as it's running Android 3.0 or later (most devices are):

  • If you haven't done so yet, download FileTransfer from and install it on your Mac by placing it into the /Applications/ folder
  • Connect the Android device to the Mac with a USB cable
  • Launch Android File Transfer and wait for it to recognize the device
  • Photos are stored in one of two locations, the "DCIM" folder and/or the "Pictures" folder, look in both
  • Use drag & drop to pull the photos from Android to the Mac

Android File Transfer will show a progress bar with the estimated time remaining, how many pictures are copying over, and an option to cancel the file copy.

Copy photos from Android to Mac

In terms of the two folders, "DCIM" tends to be where pictures taken with the digital camera apps appear, whereas "Pictures" is usually where photos saved from apps appear. That is not always the case though, which is why we recommend looking in both locations to be sure you find the items you're looking for.

Android File Transfer is one of those apps that all Mac users who also own an Android tablet or phone should have handy. You'll find that if you explore the device a bit with AFT, there is access to much of the Android devices file system. Though it's neat to have raw direct access to a lot of these files some of the data shouldn't be bothered with manually, and for things like email, calendars, and notes, you can sync those between Mac OS X and Android with fairly little effort.

Using iPhoto

iPhoto should recognize the Android device as a camera immediately upon launch. There isn't much to using iPhoto for this purpose, just launch the app after connecting the device to the Mac and it should gather all photos and provide an option to import them all. iPhoto really functions more as an image manager mores than a transfer app though, so we won't spend too much time on it for this purpose.

Using Preview App

Preview is the standard image viewing application for OS X that can also serve as a means of copying photos from cameras, phones, and tablets.

  • Launch Preview after connecting the Android device to the Mac
  • Pull down the "File" menu and near the bottom of the menu options choose "Import from (device name)"
  • Select the images to transfer, then choose "Import"

Preview's interface for copying pictures is a lot like Image Capture, but with less options, and there is also no option to automatically launch and import the photos upon connection.

Thanks to Jaydeep for the tip idea

Chinese Source Claims iPhone 5S and 5-Inch iPhone 6 to Launch in 2013

5-inch_iPhone_mockup_lineup3.5" iPhone, 3.5" iPhone 4, 4" iPhone 5, and (mockup) 5" iPhone by iMore

Brightwire translates a report from the Chinese media which claims that Apple will be launching both an iPhone 5S and a 5" iPhone 6 this year:
- A source told Chinese mobile phone information site that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple's suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website's microblog on Thursday evening.
- The source noted that the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5, and the five-inch iPhone 6 is lighter and thinner.
This rumor adds to a chorus of reports that Apple is seriously considering a larger form-factor iPhone in the near future. While early reports had suggested that such a model wouldn't see the light of day in 2013, later reports continue to point to a 4.8"-5.0" device coming soon from Apple.

All these rumors have generated a significant amount of speculation on how such a larger model might make sense in Apple's iPhone lineup, especially when comparing it to Samsung's current offerings.

Due to Apple's use of Chinese manufacturers and the need to prototype their designs, it's possible that all of these sightings could be true, yet Apple may still not launch such a device in 2013. If Apple does begin ramping up production for 2013, we expect we'll see parts of this larger device to also begin to leak out of China.