Apple raised $20 million for AIDS research, as revealed by Re/code. Apple’s holiday campaign as part of World AIDS Day offered apps and exclusive in-app purchases, as well as holiday specials in its Retail and Online Stores. They then donated the proceeds from App Store sales to the Global Fund for AIDS research, with a portion of Retail and Online Store sales also going towards the fund. Tim Cook’s email to employees points out the magnitude of Apple’s achievements this year — but all in all, $20 million is a fair chunk of change for something that annoyed a few users.
Federico Viticci’s list of must-have iPad apps this year runs through apps he uses to get things done, and the sheer fact the vast majority of them are productivity-related is a testament to the fact you can get things done on iOS devices, if you really want to. That said, there’s a few apps that are about consumption, which is good news for the rest of us, as well as all-round useful apps that doesn’t involve complex URL schemes or incredibly powerful workflows. Macworld put together a list of their favourite iOS apps of 2014, too.
Thrown out. That’s the final word from the iTunes DRM antitrust case that’s been ten years in the making, with the eight-man jury deciding iTunes 7.0 was an improvement, and thus finding in favour of Apple when it came to deciding if the company had acted anti-competitively. For the record, iTunes 7.0 did block competing DRM systems from working with iPods, but it all worked out alright in the end, and now Apple doesn’t have to pay a cool billion in damages.
According to my sources, it’s the Apple litigation season. Apple’s appeal of last year’s ebooks anti-competitive ruling begun yesterday. The story so far is that Apple was found guilty of asking publishers to switch from a wholesale pricing scheme to an agency model, and Apple also negotiated a deal where publishers weren’t allowed to offer a better deal than those offered to Apple. Apple’s argument is based on the premise all this actually made for better competition, seeing as eBook pricing was already dominated by one retailer, Amazon.
As we enter the last week of news for 2014, the Apple year in review from Ars Technica tells us about all the announcements and game-changing product categories that Apple had this year. From the announcement of the unreleased Apple Watch to fresh new iterations of Apple’s mobile and desktop operating systems and the biggest iPhone ever, it’s been a pretty good year for Apple as whole.
Rumour has it the Apple Watch will enter mass production in January, confirming previous rumours which said the same. The report claims an initial production run of between three and five million units — to put that into perspective, anywhere between 60 and 80 million iPhone 6 units were manufacturing during its initial run.
After announcing a partnership with IBM earlier this year, Apple has released the first set of apps designed for business and the enterprise. They probably won’t be of any interest to you, but they’re nice looking apps that mean businesses don’t have to build their own in-house solutions to common problems. The Apple press release has more info on the apps.
Apple has released iOS 8.1.2, which includes minor fixes for bugs. One in particular highlighted by Apple is an issue where ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store may have been removed from your device, and Apple provides a link to a webpage which, weirdly enough, links to the iTunes Store on Macs, but has instructions on restoring tones when view from an iOS device. If you’re on your Mac, you can view Apple’s support page on restoring ringtones right over here.
Apple’s Best of 2014 list has all the best and most downloaded music, TV shows, movies, apps, and books. The Loop has the list of all the albums, artists, and individual songs that made the cut, and on the iOS side of things, Elevate’s Brain Training takes out the top spot for iPhone app of the year, while Threes was crowned iPhone game of the year. And on the iPad, the excellent Pixelmator is the iPad app of the year, with Monument Valley taking home the award for iPad game of the year — there doesn’t seem to be a way to link to the Best of 2014 lists on the iTunes Store, but you can visit them by tapping or clicking on the banners in an iTunes Store near you.
Apple’s legal battle regarding iTunes DRM may soon draw to a close, but not for the reason you think. Apple will soon be moving to dismiss the case, claiming none of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit actually own an iPod in the timeframe targeted by the class-action lawsuit aimed at Apple’s unfair DRM practices. “Because Ms. Rosen had no purchase of any allegedly affected iPod in the class period, she has suffered no damages and thus lacks standing”, The Verge reports Apple legal counsel writing.