Monday Morning News

RgqgN6AThe only piece of Apple-related news over the weekend was how Apple has hired one Patrick Pruniaux, the former Vice President for Sales and Retail at Tag Heuer. CNBC has reported that Pruniaux will be working on the “iWatch”, and Engadget writes “clearly, the team in Cupertino wants someone who can market wristwear to a large audience.”

Ars Technica’s review of the cheapest iMac says that for an 18% saving, you can lose 50% of the performance. The $250 saving in Australia only really makes sense if you’re buying machines in bulk — if you needed 100 computers, that’s instantly $25,000 that could be used elsewhere. And in almost all cases where that kind of saving makes sense (i.e. educational usage), the users probably won’t notice the difference.

A new service claims to bypass Apple’s Activation Lock for a fee, but I’m a little dubious about the entire thing. They say it “absolutely not work for a lost/stolen device”, but there’s very little difference between a second-hand device with Activation Lock and a lost/stolen device tied to an iCloud account. If you restored the device, you would still come up against the same “unlock this device with the following username password combination” screen.

TUAW checks out the Apogee Duet and Quartet audio interfaces for Mac and iOS devices. They’re a little pricey ($495 and $1395, respectively), but they are, after all, a step up from Apogee’s ONE audio interface. Their review notes they offer fantastic audio quality — certainly class-leading, if not the best in the world.

JetDrive from Transcend now offer 960GB flash storage drives for the MacBook Air, something Apple currently don’t offer (Apple’s customisation options go up to 512GB). All that storage comes at a price, however — the 960GB version is around $600 from Amazon. What’s more, the SATA-based JetDrive units won’t work on MacBook Airs newer than 2013, so make sure you check your machine’s compatibility before jumping the gun.

A close inspection of Yosemite’s icons reveals that it’s iOS 7 all over again. Some of the icons aren’t bad, some are just OK, and others still are downright terrible. There are grids here, too, but it’s not all gradients all the way down; a variety of shapes and lighting effects mix things up a little.

Jago Silver has a pretty good setup over at the Sweet Setup, but the illustrator has decided to overlay his images with a really jarring filter.

Of all the products and apps Apple has Sherlocked over the years, Dr Drang writes about the app category that Apple initially Sherlocked, then un-Sherlocked via their own app which was vastly inferior to the alternatives. You’ve been pretty lucky that way, podcasts.

Two new Mac apps on the block: if you’re not using Fantastical for calendars on the Mac, then you might want to check out Sunrise. It’s tied in to all your social networks and gives you friendly notifications about events. Download it from the Mac App Store for free. MEGA’s Sync app now supports Macs too, giving you access to 50GB of online storage for free — bandwidth to upload that kind of data not included.

If you’ve ever wanted to organise your iOS apps alphabetically, a quick trip into Settings can make that happen. Joe Caiati explains.

The next phase of smartphones, as covered by Benedict Evans, is where the paths between Android and iOS diverge. Or is it? Evans writes it started with iOS 7 and goes on to tell us that iOS 8 is like iOS 2.0 — but with Google introducing their own Material Design in Android L, how different are they, really?

Mythbuster Adam Savage talked to a guy who does really cool stop-motion videos on his iPhone, and has a video showing off some of the awesome augmented-reality things you can do.

This morning’s header image from Reddit user finkelberry, who cracked open a Mac 512K over the weekend after 30 years in storage to find that it still works, 20 megabyte hard drive and all.

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