Apple recently released the iPhone 5 with a larger screen, faster processor, more RAM, and a new thinner/lighter design. But that’s not all…

Apple EarPods and Lightning port on iPhone 5

Photo showing Apple’s new headphones (EarPods) and the Lightning port on iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 also features two major changes that will eventually resonate in all of Apple’s products: new headphones (called EarPods), and a new USB charging/data connector (called Lightning).

We found out that the new iPod nano and iPod touch will be shipping with both Lightning and the EarPods, but what about the iPad and iPod shuffle? First, let’s take a look at the iPad.

The current version of the “new” iPad still features Apple’s old 30-pin charging connector, which has remained fundamentally unchanged since Apple’s first iPod. In the past, iPads have not been known to ship with headphones, so the lack of EarPods isn’t an indicator at this time.

Photo showing Apple's EarPods, Lightning connector and the new iPad

When can we expect the iPad to have the new EarPods and Lightning?

But the inclusion of a new connector for the iPhone, iPod nano, and iPod touch goes to suggest that the iPad will be seeing at least a minor update very soon. Perhaps with an addition of the rumored iPad mini to the lineup? Anything goes at this point, but an update is almost mandatory.

Speaking of small, let’s talk iPod shuffle.

Photo showing a mockup of the iPod shuffle with a Lightning connector and EarPods headphones

The iPod shuffle could easily have the new EarPods, but what about Lightning?

The iPod shuffle has seen many changes from generation to generation, is another one coming up?

The iPod shuffle has always been charged through a special cable because of space requirements — maybe the Lightning connector isn’t an option because it is too big and would add an extra port on the device (right now it is charged through it’s headphone jack).

In either case, Apple’s site says it still ships with the old Apple headphones. But interestingly, the new EarPods are listed as compatible with every iPod shuffle apart from the 3rd generation.

The future is not clear for the iPod shuffle. Perhaps the current price doesn’t allow for it to feature the new EarPods? Or can there be other reasons? Leave your comments below.

Bluetooth 2.1 on MacBook Pro Early 2011

Apple's current MacBook Pro specifications still list Bluetooth 2.1

There are a lot of rumors about an upcoming refresh for the MacBook Pro lineup, estimated improvements include the processor and not a major design overhaul.

Some authors have suggested that Apple will put Bluetooth 4 technology into the rumored MacBook Pros, like Apple recently did for the MacBook Air and Mac Mini, as well as the iPhone 4S. Having received a replacement MacBook Pro from Apple UK in late September (shipped form the US), I can verify that Bluetooth 4.0.1f4 is already present on my MacBook Pro.

Bluetooth 4.0.1f4 - MacBook Pro 2.2 Early 2011

Bluetooth 4.0.1f4 on my MacBook Pro (Early 2011)

The question is — has this been a quiet update in recent weeks, or has it been in the MacBook Pro (Early 2011) all along? Or did Apple mistakenly ship an updated model to me? The other specs (of the 2.2 GHz entry level version) are unchanged. More specifications of the reported Bluetooth 4 are below.

The Bluetooth 4 firmware version is: v37 c739, vendor ID: 0x5ac, and product ID: 0x821a

Where is the Library and Application Support folder in Mac OS X Lion?Update: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) was just released, this guide still works!

Apple just released their new operating system, Mac OS X Lion, but they have made the Library folder invisible to Mac users. The Library folder for each user was found at Macintosh HD/Users/Name/Library/ — it’s still there, but you just have work to find it!

Users who did a clean install of OS X Lion (or Mountain Lion), and backed-up their Skype conversation history folder will find that… well, they won’t find where to put it.

But fear not, here is how to restore your Skype chat history from Snow Leopard (Leopard and Tiger too, probably) to OS X Mountain/Lion.

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  1. Quit Skype (press Command+Q or look in Skype’s menu bar):Quit Skype before proceeding
  2. Open Finder (go to your Dock and click it):Find Finder in your Lion Dock
  3. In the menu bar, click Go and then Go to Folder… (alternatively, you can press Shift+Command+G):Select Go and then Go to Folder... in Finder's menu bar
  4. In the space that appears, type ~/Library/ and click Go (or press enter; alternatively, you could have typed /Users/Example/Library/ and replaced ‘Example’ with your Mac user):Go to the Library folder in Lion OS X
  5. Your library folder has now become temporarily visible to you. Navigate to the folder Library > Application Support > Skype and you’ll see a folder there with your Skype username (alternatively, in the Go function of Step 3, type ~/Library/Application Support/Skype and do the same):Find Skype folder in Library of Mac OS X Lion
  6. Replace the folder with your Skype username that appears there with the one you backed upfrom your previous OS X and Skype; if a dialog asks you, click to Replace everything:Replace the Skype conversation history folder in Lion OS X
  7. Give yourself a round of applause, because you are done — Start Skype and enjoy! Now you have all your conversation history from your previous Skype in your new Lion OS X.

As I mentioned in Step 5, these steps make the Library in your home folder visible only temporarily. For a permanent solution — have the Library folder visible forever, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal (search in Spotlight or go to your Applications folder).
  2. Copy and paste the following text and press enter:
    chflags nohidden ~/Library/
  3. Start from Step 5 in the previous instructions as normal.

Leave a comment if this worked for you, or if you’re having any problems and have suggestions for anyone else.