We already seem to know so much about Max OS X Lion, thanks to Apple sharing a host of information during their WWDC 2011 keynote in June, along with further details on their website. However, not much has been mentioned about the social tweaks in Mac OS X Lion. We will now try to remedy that during this pre-release date period.
When you upgrade your Mac OS X to Lion you will not know this, but the video-calling feature from Facebook and Skype is disabled by default. This is not the case with all operating systems, but we know for certain that it is with Apple’s. However, there is an easy way to enable it so that you can take full advantage of the new social service.
Best Techie has managed to solve this issue and enable the feature for all browsers on Mac OS X Lion. As you would expect we shall look at Safari first. The first step is go to system preferences and select advanced tab; from there you will need to enable the developer menu. Doing this will make the user agent compatible with the likes of the new Facebook video calling service.
Google Chrome is a little different, as you have to run a few complex commands in the terminal, which you can see for yourself here. This does show that Safari is a little simpler when it comes to enabling certain features.
As you would expect with Firefox you will need to download and install a plugin, which you can get from here. After you have done this you will need to enable Facebook Video calling, which you can do by going here.
We do have an issue with these plugins, as Firefox does seem a little resource hungry with Mac OS X, and adding even more plugins will only add to the drain.
Mac OS X Lion is still not with us, but we do know for certain that it will be released this month. Most rumors suggest July 14th (hope so as I am waiting to order my new iMac). We expect this to be the most popular Mac OS X upgrade yet, as you will be able to download via the Mac App Store at a fraction of the price of previous versions.
It seems that it is not just you or I who are waiting on the release, as the rumored Mac Pro and MacBook Air are as well. It has been suggested that both devices are reliant on the new OS before they get released.