Thursday Morning News

BioShock iOS iconApple’s TrueTone flash for both models of the upcoming flash has been shown off in new photos. The photos show the same circular model as in a previously-reported rumour, so there’s nothing particularly new here. In other news, more evidence of NFC has surfaced, thanks to a part number on leaked iPhone 6 schematics.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from DigiTimes, but their latest claim says we’ll see a thinner MacBook by the end of 2015. While that may sound pretty broad, nailing down exact dates is notoriously difficult, thanks to R&D and manufacturing uncertainties. They note component production has already begun in small quantities.

Re/code has come out and say it: Apple plans to announce their wearable on September 9. They’re telling us to start the countdown timer on whatever old-fashioned time-keeper we have on our wrist right now, but the joke’s on them: there’s already a website for that.

Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers. Build 13F24 arrives just a week after the previous build.

TextExpander developers Smile have announced a TextExpander touch will feature a custom keyboard in iOS 8, as reported by MacStories. They’re also launching a public beta for TextExpander touch 3, which is scheduled to launch later this week ahead of the app’s iOS 8 update.

Dropbox has simplified their Pro-tier storage plan, unifying their previous offerings into the one. Dropbox Pro is now just $10.99 monthly, and comes with 1TB of space. It’s high time Apple did something similar with iCloud storage tiers, but if I had to bet on it, I’d say they were waiting for a little stage time to put out that little tidbit.

The August Smart Lock is one of the first devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, and the keyless entry system is now shipping in limited quantities. It’s designed to replace typical deadbolts on doors, automatically unlocking when a person with the right virtual key stored in the iPhone enters proximity.

You hear plenty of negative stuff about Newsstand, and Kirk McElhearn’s piece over at Macworld is no exception. He says he stopped reading magazines in Newsstand because of the latter’s numerous problems, including problematic downloads and a bad reading experience.

IMore explains the changes coming to Touch ID in iOS 8, but by far and away the biggest deal will be Touch ID integration in third-party apps. Australian bank St George, for example, says biometric login will be coming to their app along with iOS 8, with Westpac to follow suit sometime after.

BioShock for iOS is now available in the App Store. The Verge says the iOS port is almost a direct copy of the PC original, with only a slight downgrade to graphics to ensure it weighs in at under Apple’s 2GB limit, but apart from that, it should be the rapture you know and remember. It’s $18.99 on the Australian App Store.

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