Friday Morning News

giftcards_heroNo one really knows how sapphire will be used in the next iPhone, but that hasn’t stopped one analyst from throwing his hat into the ring with some predictions of his own. He says sapphire will be in short supply (something that we’ve heard before), and Apple will attempt to limit demand by restricting sapphire covers to the higher-end models of iPhone. Continuing the next iPhone part leaks this morning are the 1,800mAh battery and 13 megapixel camera module.

After launching in Japan earlier this week, Apple’s iTunes Pass feature has made its way to numerous other countries overnight, with Australians getting it yesterday. ITunes Pass is described by Apple as a way to get money added directly to your iTunes account, integrating with Apple’s own Passbook. You’ll need to enable iTunes Pass in Passbook to get started, but after that you can load up on credit at any Apple Retail Store.

An Apple patent for generating notifications based on user behaviour sounds like exactly that. Being able to tell the difference between the current user being the device owner or not sounds a little far-fetched, but there’s a ton of sensors on board the iPhone that can apparently even tell what your gait is like. Kinda scary, when you think about it.

A Kickstarter campaign for a MagSafe-like adapter for your Lightning device sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen, given past history with third parties and MagSafe connectors and adapters. While there’s every chance it’ll fly under Apple’s radar and raise the $50,000 needed for production to go ahead, I wouldn’t hold your breath on this one.

By combining IBM’s sheer scale in the enterprise with Apple’s integration and profit margins, the two companies are set to do some truly great things. IBM may not be the sales giant it once was, but there’s still value in providing services to their massive client base — the Apple/IBM partnership, then, is the great catharsis, writes Horace Deidu of Asymco.

IOS photos app MyRoll automatically sorts through your photos and picks out your best shots, giving more emphasis to those on specific events. It’s a pivot of the previous app, called Flayvr, but it does more or less the same thing, as far as I can tell from TechHive’s review of the relaunched MyRoll.

Apple Design Award winners Tapity have released Hours, a great app for time tracking on iOS. Federico Viticci’s review of the app over at MacStories sings praises about the simple-to-use interface and laser-like focus on tracking time, which it does with superb aplomb. Hours is $6.49 on the Australian App Store.

If you’re using Yosemite right now, you might want to check out Continuity Keypad, which gives you a dialler to make calls from your Mac. Of course, you could dial numbers already in your Address Book Contacts, but I’d imagine this makes dialling numbers not in your Contacts much easier.

Square Enix’s new title is an iOS freebie called Smoothie Swipe. I’ve never heard of the game, but Touch Arcade pegs it as a reasonably popular title on Facebook. Maybe I’m out of the loop these days — get off my lawn, etc, etc.

I’ve been sitting on this week, only because it’s a doozy: Kim Kardashian’s free-to-play iOS game is on target to hit $200 million in revenue by the end of the year, according to numbers from Bloomberg. Ready the four horsemen of the apocalypse, because if this doesn’t represent the end of the world, I don’t know what does.

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