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hotcorner-choicesAfter posting about a September 25th launch for Apple’s next iPhone, MacRumors has confirmed with their sources their date is accurate. They’re saying the next iPhone will launch in early September and start shipping later in the month, which aligns with previous iPhone announcements; the iPhone 5 was announced on September 12 and shipped on the 21st, and the iPhone 5s was announced on the 10th and shipped on the 20th.

It’s kind of hard to visualise a larger-screened iPhone. How with the apps fit on the screen? Will Apple even keep the same 4×6 grid we have now? The answers to these questions may not be in the video showing off the front glass of the next iPhone, but they’re still questions that need to be answered. My guess is, we’ll find out when Apple gets on stage sometime in September.

Apple has filed a patent application for location-based security, which alters device settings based on where your phone is located. The idea is that fixed locations (in your home or your car, for example) require potentially less security than other ones, so the system could detect when you’re at home and disable your passcode lock. And as soon as you leave the house, it could conversely re-enable the passcode lock for you, too.

In case you needed any more reason of why Apple bought Beats, TechCrunch brings us the news music streaming services are on the rise. On-demand streaming is up 42% over 2013, while sales of digital music (the “traditional” model of music ownership) are down 12% over the previous year. It’s probably why a number of other technology companies are all getting involved in music.

Apple’s upcoming Photos is going to be great, writes David Sparks. And to be honest with you, I kind of agree; Aperture hasn’t seen a substantial update for years now (version 3.0 was released back in 2010, and while there have been minor improvements over the past few years, it’s mostly been incremental improvements). Over at AppleInsider, Daniel Eran Dilger makes the case that app extensions will make Photos the best photos app in years.

Jim Dalyrymple has published thoughts on OS X Yosemite. He says the biggest thing you’ll notice is the new aesthetic, with the new system fonts and an overall level of cleanness and crispness to the OS. Which brings up an interesting question: now that Apple has made us used to the clean/flat/non-skeuomorphic look in iOS 7, I wonder how we’d react to Yosemite if we hadn’t had that in the first place?

Ken Segall says — somewhat tongue in cheek, I suspect — just because it’s on the internet, it must be true. He’s talking about the new Apple ads scoring lower, metrics-wise, than previous ads by TWBA/Chiat/Day, and says the method used is dubious at best. Interestingly enough, he ultimately agrees that recent ads have been less effective than Apple’s previous efforts — something he chalks up to pure coincidence, not because an internet scoring system said so.

While you and I probably know about how apps are made, there’s plenty of folks that don’t. Part of that is because it’s hard to fathom how one app started by a few guys (or girls) sells for a million dollars or more, but the truth is, it’s about having an idea, and then executing perfectly at the right time. Craig Mod writes about this exact topic.

But in terms of educating the masses about apps, Craig Hockenberry is one man out of a few who want to tell the story. And so he, along with others like John Gruber, Marco Arment, Jason Snell, Cabel Sasser — the who’s who of Apple and app innovation, it must be said — are making a documentary on how apps are made. It’s being funded on Kickstarter.

A quick tip from The Sweet Setup shows you how to setup Hot Corners on OS X. An old feature, to be sure, but I still use Hot Corners on a daily basis.

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