Hello everyone. Hope you are finding the Week in Review a a great way to catch you up on any Apple & iOS news. This past week featured new betas, lots of iWatch & iPhone 6 rumors and some other tidbits. Lets get started...
Apple settles out of court in e-book trial
Apple will be settling the potential $840 million dollar suit out of court. They were set to start trial next month.
I hope they settle all of the smaller things, feuds with Samsung, lawsuits like this, so they can fully focus their efforts on their products.
New SVP of retail to begin shaking things up
Angela Ahrendts will be overseeing new stores across the globe and has plans to restructure the current retail fundamentals. She will be focusing on increasing customer satisfaction in key stores and has begun making staff changes:
"Ahrendts started her work at Apple on May 1st, and she has already moved former Apple Stores VP Steve Cano to a new international sales role, promoted international store heads Wendy Beckman and Deny Tuza to larger roles, and she has indicated her plans to revamp the end-to-end Apple Store sales experience, dive into the mobile payments world, and further promote the wants of the Chinese consumer."
iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite Beta 2 released
Following iOS 7 beta track, 2 weeks after the first release, a new version was shipped. Here are some changes.
- Podcasts app preinstalled
- iPad gets quick type
- iBook Series
- Photo Album enhancements
- iPad gets pinch to view tabs in Safari
OS X Changes:
- PhotoBooth is back
- Screen sharing
- Time Machine UI refresh
- Handoff get more functionality
- Airdrop improvements
Apple TV to gain "Continuity" feature
Hints of Continuity were found in the latest betas of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 and Apple TV beta. There are no details of how it would work, but 9to5Mac has a nice guess:
"Instead of needing to use AirPlay, Continuity and Handoff could technically allow a person to begin watching a movie on their iPad or iPhone, walk into their house, and that content will immediately and automatically begin playing on the Apple TV instead. Differentiating from AirPlay, there is no streaming from the iOS device involved and the process requires little to no user input. The content, instead, could be streamed to the Apple TV from the user’s iTunes in the Cloud account."
They continue on to say the 2nd gen Apple TV will be left out as it does not support Bluetooth LE.
New iMac available
A new version of the 21 in iMac is now available. It has low end specs, 1.4 Ghz processor with turbo boots up to 2.7, 8GB of non replaceable RAM and a 500GB HD. They price on this iMac is $1099.
I personally would skip this model. The HD size is too small and the processor is too slow for me. For someone that does simple and basic computing, then this iMac is for you.
Activation Lock helps reduce iPhone theft
Some police departments are reporting a decrease in iPhone theft since the launch of iOS 7. New York for example, is reporting a 19% decline in thefts involving Apple products. London and San Francisco are reporting a 24% and 38% decline.
This is great news. If you aren't on iOS 7 yet, what are you waiting for!!!
Hidden "City Tour" in iOS 8 Maps demoed
Changes ahead for Apple Care
9to5Mac is reporting there will be significant changes coming to the AppleCare+ program, Apple ID's, and iOS 8. Here are some highlights from the article:
- Apple is testing a 60 day window to add AppleCare+ to your device vs. the 30 day window
- Looking to do a subscription based program using your Apple ID & iTunes for billing
- Possibly expanding the program to the Mac line up
- Screen sharing of your iOS device with Apple support
- 24/7 phone support coming to some regions
Multiple iWatches coming this year?
WSJ is reporting that Apple is planning on multiple devices launching this year and packing up to 10 health related sensors.
"Apple is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch—dubbed the iWatch in the media—later this year, according to people familiar with the matter. The devices will include more than 10 sensors to track and monitor health and fitness data, these people said. Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc. is expected to start producing the devices in two to three months, they said."
iWatch reportedly waiting FDA approval
A new report claims that Apple's iWatch is pending FDA approval and will sport a blood glucose sensor. This report ale claims the design is finalized. This conflicts with other reports saying that the design is not finalized. Time will tell.
Knock off Lightning cables causing damage to your device
Cheap, un-authorized cables are being found to cause internal damage to your iOS device. This has to do with the voltage regulation that occurs in Apple approved cables:
The cause of this component becoming faulty is really quite simple – third party chargers and USB leads! The original Apple chargers and USB leads regulate the voltage and current to a level that protects your valuable iPhone and prevents it from damage. Charging your iPhone using a third party charger or USB lead that does not regulate this as much allows for larger variables in voltage and current, this then damages the U2 IC and can leave you with a seemingly dead iPhone 5. Another common reason for this is also charging your iPhone 5 from the cigarette lighter of your car. This does not regulate the voltage as well as the original AC adapter as the power is coming from the alternator. If you need to charge our iPhone or any electrical equipment in your car we would recommend a good quality inverter with your original charger and USB lead."
The next time you think saving a few bucks is good, thick about the long term affect it will have on your device. Make sure you buy Apple approved MFI cables for your iOS devices.
OS X & iOS Handoff feature may work on older Macs
The handoff feature will require Bluetooth LE which is only available on newer devices. 9to5Mac has found something that shows older Macs that can utilize Handoff via hardware update.
"Sometimes macrumors aren’t completely right… My 2008 MacPro (so old) has a wifi card from some new imacs/mbp installed with adapter to mini-pcie slot. It gives me 802.11ac AND bluetooth 4.0, no need to remove old bt card, as new one is preferred over old one… Continuity is supported"
9to5 also makes it clear that this is unconfirmed by Apple. We will have to wait until Yosemite is released in the fall.
Why Apple left Yahoo for weather
With iOS 8, Apple has chosen The Weather Channel as the source for information in the stock weather app. Yahoo also gets their information from TWC but they are not getting as much data as TWC was willing to give Apple.
"To convince Apple to make the shift and cut Yahoo out of the middle, the Weather Channel added a lot more technology and information to the offering that it does not provide to Yahoo. That includes more weather specificity related to the location of a user, a nine-day forecast (up from five), a weather-conditions summary and more"
New emojis are coming
There will be 250 new emojis coming this year. It's not certain that they will be coming to iOS, but there's a pretty good chance they are.
Pro athletes helping Apple test iWatch
9to5Mac is at it again. They are reporting that Apple is teaming up with notable professional athletes to help test out the iWatch.
"Apple is said to be working with Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown, and a few other star athletes, including a player from the Boston Red Sox, on the testing project. The athletes are said to have signed non-disclosure-agreements regarding the existence of the upcoming Apple wearable device. Nonetheless, Bryant was spotted at Apple’s campus last month meeting with Apple design chief Jony Ive. Indeed, the meeting between the pair is said to have been in regards to “iWatch” testing…"
I am really excited for this.
iPhone 5 DYI Repair guide
This isn't Apple news but is helpful. iMore.com has posted a DIY repair guide for the iPhone 5. If you are capable of replacing things yourself then this guide is extremely helpful. If you are not handy, then don't waste your time trying or risk it. Opening up your phone will void your warranty.
iOS 7.1.2 to be released soon
The release is rumored to fix email issues, a fix for the lock screen bug that was shown off a few weeks back, and iBeacon improvements. Again this is rumored, not set in stone.
iPhone 6 to feature a new sensor
9to5Mac has uncovered some evidence in iOS 8 that points toward the next iPhone will have a barometer to measure altitude and air pressure.
Siri's language base expanding
Multiple job listings point towards an expansion to Siri. The job listing is for the following languages; Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Australian English, Arabic,Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, Russian.
iOS 7.1.1 Jailbroken
The latest version of iOS has been jailbroken on all devices. The source of the jailbreak is iffy so I would proceed with caution.
Apple improving Maps
MacRumors take note of some activity on their forms. They posted a quote from one of their users:
"Over the past month, I've noticed a TON of changes. POI markers are being moved to their correct locations, names and information for POIs are being corrected, and tons of places are being added that simply weren't there before. I don't know if it's merely coincidence, but A LOT of these changes are the exact ones that I've been reporting to Apple.
And I've noticed this happening on a weekly cycle. It seems like every Friday, a whole bunch of new changes are implemented in my neighborhood. All week, nothing happens, but then when I check on Friday/Saturday, I see that many of the suggestions that I had made during the week were suddenly implemented into the map, and its POIs suddenly look a whole lot better."
I Haven't noticed anything changing. I have submitted multiple errors and they have yet to be updated.