Monday Morning News
Over the weekend, Apple revealed they were stopping development on Aperture, their pro photography app. Speaking to The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, Apple said that the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library will be the one-stop shop for users to access their photos from anywhere: “when Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.” Apple also said the new Photos app would replace iPhoto, which makes sense: there’s probably no need for two ways to view and edit images. Users concerned that this is the beginning of the end for Apple’s pro apps needn’t fear, however, as recent updates to Apple’s pro apps show they’re still under active development — for now, anyway.
But with so little known about Apple’s upcoming Photos app, it’s easy to wonder if it’s up to the task of replacing both Aperture, with its superior organisation and non-destructive editing features, and iPhoto, long the staple of any Mac user doing anything with photos. Peter Cohen of iMore asks the question, and perhaps the answer is that for many users, it’ll do just fine. As for pro photographers wanting something more, Adobe has come out with a statement saying they’re doubling down on development of Lightroom — a smart move, given Adobe’s new Creative Cloud Photography Plan now offers both Lightroom and Photoshop for just $10 a month. Opinions on subscription-model software are, of course, a separate subscription.
I wasn’t really expecting anything new in Apple’s 16GB iPod touch (the one with a camera, which, by the way, still doesn’t appear to be available in Australia), and iFixit’s [teardown of the device](iFixit’s teardown of the device) reveals nothing we haven’t already seen before. Liberal use of glue and soldered-together components earn it a three on the iFixit reparability scale, too.
The latest speculation on HomeKit says it might not be individual connected home appliances, but a revamped Apple TV that ties the whole thing together. Apple’s HomeKit revealed they’re concerned about having half a dozen devices all talking different languages, so interoperability might be the play here.
Apple has hired one Alex Hsieh in order to boost the activity-tracking features of their upcoming wearable, reports AppleInsider. Hsieh was the former lead engineer at a fitness device startup, and his expertise will help Apple round out whatever they’re doing with their iWatch.
An Apple patent explores the possibility of a smarter Smart Cover, one that can display notifications via low-power LEDs or other methods of illumination. The “integrated visual notification system in an accessory device” is potentially janky as it does mean yet another accessory that requires power, but if Apple make it sip just enough power to be useful, it could work.
Mobile Safari in iOS 8 lets apps access Safari AutoFill credentials, meaning you could login to the Facebook app without having to manually type out your password. It’s basically the version of 1Password on iOS we’ve always wanted, only instead of developers having to build support into their apps, they basically get it for free.
With all the rumours surrounding sapphire materials being used in upcoming Apple products, AppleInsider gives us the harsh reminder this all seems scarily familiar to when Liquidmetal was all the rage.
There’s now a $50 price gap between the 32GB and 64GB iPod touch, which is half of the same price gap in every other iOS device. 9to5Mac explains this is because Apple wants to keep selling iPod touch units, and this probably leads up to iPhones starting at 32GB capacity instead of 16GB. Rene Ritchie from iMore has a similar argument regarding the new price gap on the iPod touch.
Ben Brooks writes about all the things task management apps are missing. My own perfect task management app would just let me get on with whatever I’m supposed to be doing instead of making lists of all the stuff I’m supposed to be doing, but hey, that’s just me.
If your Podcasts app on iOS is crashing on launch, you’re not alone. It’s an issue affecting a recent-ish version of the app, and iMore has a workaround.