After being shown off on-stage at Apple’s October special event, Pixelmator for iPad is out. It’s $6.49 on the Australian App Store, a price point that some claim has to be price trolling, given it’s a desktop-class app that looks and works like it could have been designed by Apple themselves. A review from MacStories reaffirms that position, examining the set of retouching tools offered by Pixelmator and the deep integration it has with iOS 8.
John Gruber’s review of the iPad Air 2 starts by commenting on the lacklustre update the iPad mini received, at least compared to the iPad Air 2, with its fancy triple-core processor and 2GB of RAM. He says Apple has accepted the fact people are taking photos with their iPads, and the camera improvements in the iPad Air 2 are testament to that. He concludes by saying he won’t be buying an iPad Air 2 — mostly because he prefers the iPad mini form-factor.
Spotlight suggestions in OS X Yosemite pose an interesting privacy problem. On the one hand, getting personalised suggestions about what you’re searching for can be great, but on the other, that kind of means Apple needs to know about what you’re looking for. The Verge asks whether Spotlight in Yosemite has a privacy problem, after The Washington Post ran a story on the topic, and the answer is, for the most part, no. Apple has since responded to the matter, saying they take measures to make sure you aren’t personally identifiable, even though your suggestions can be specific.
IOS 8.1 was released overnight. Apple users in the US get Apple Pay, and everyone gets the Camera Roll back, in addition to the usual miscellaneous bug fixes. ICloud Photo Library and SMS Relay are two of the other headlining features of the release, as covered by MacStories, and 9to5Mac also has a roundup of the changes in iOS 8.1.
Apple announced its fourth quarter financial results this morning, and yeah, they’re still making money. Overall revenue came in at $42.1 billion with $8.5 billion in profit, which is a pretty healthy increase compared to the year ago quarter of $37.5 billion and $7.5 billion for revenue and profit, respectively. The company sold 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs, and just 2.6 million iPods.
With OS X Yosemite being released on Friday, the only review you should be reading if you haven’t already taken the plunge is John Siracusa’s review, over at Ars Technica. It’s available in a number of formats for your reading pleasure, including ePub and on the iBookstore, but the thing I find almost more interesting than the review itself is his analysis of the review itself, available at his personal blog.
Another good review you might be interested in reading is the one from Stephen Hackett, who mostly looks at the design differences between Yosemite and previous versions of OS X. MacStories has a collection of tips, tricks, and details about Apple’s latest desktop OS, and they also explain how the integration between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 works.
Apple’s October event was teased by saying “it’s been way too long”. I’m still not really sure if that was a dig at how long it’s been since the iPad was last updated, or how long it’s been since the last Apple event, but maybe there’s a third option that was only unveiled on stage at the last possible. More on this later, but for now, this is the summary of everything Apple announced.
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off proceedings after a promo video showing off the incredible, insane launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After commenting on an unspecified number of iPhone 6 pre-orders in China, it was straight into a recap of Apple news we’ve already heard about previously: Apple Pay and Apple Watching headlining things here. From the first few minutes, it seemed as though the event was shaping up to be more measured and carefully-paced compared to their October event.
Of all the people to leak information about upcoming Apple products, you don’t really expect Apple to be the perpetrator. But with the release of the iOs 8.1 user guide revealing the existence of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple themselves are saying both new iPads will come with Touch ID at the very least, and few, if any, external changes. With this update being more internal than external, Ars Technica has some of the other announcements we might be able to expect early tomorrow morning.
MacRumors pegs the release of Apple’s new iPads to be October 24th, according to one of their sources which has provided them with accurate information in the past. At this point, there’s not much to do but wait until the Apple event early Friday morning to see what Apple have up their sleeve (and don’t say an Apple Watch).
In case you were wondering if China was an important market for Apple (or any other consumer electronics company), pre-orders of the iPhone 6 in the region have reached an estimated 20 million units. Half of that gigantic number comes from one retail location, one of China’s largest malls, with the split being pretty even between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple announced over the weekend they will be live-streaming their October special event, and for Australians, all the action can be caught on Friday at 4am. One can only hope the stream will be in the Queen’s English without any unnecessary jump-cuts and interruptions by truck stream schedules.
One of the things we’re expecting from the event is new iPads, including successors for both the iPad Air and iPad mini. In accordance with any new Apple product, parts for the upcoming iPad Air 2 have been leaked, showing off the Touch ID home button cable, a logic board with an A8X processor, and what appears to be a LCD and digitiser assembly.