Friday Morning News

size_comparison_left_largeThere’s basically one of two reasons you’re reading this right now: either you already have your new iPhone, or you’re waiting, feverishly, for a nice man in a truck to pull up outside your house and deliver it into your waiting hands. Happy new iPhone day, people.

Somewhat weirdly, Apple themselves have put up a guide on moving content from your Android phone to your iPhone. The support article covers the basics like Mail, Contacts, and Calendars, Photos and Videos, as well as other media content.

If you’re still working your way around all the changes in iOS 8, the Apple website is a great source of information on the matter. Photos and Messages are some of the headlining changes in iOS 8, but there’s plenty of features that you’ll notice elsewhere too, like swipe gestures in Mail, viewing the source of webpages in Mobile Safari, and much, much more.

A message from Apple CEO Tim Cook was posted up on Apple’s new privacy mini-site, re-affirming Apple’s commitment to your privacy. “We’re publishing this website to explain how we handle your personal information, what we do and don’t collect, and why. We’re going to make sure you get updates here about privacy at Apple at least once a year and whenever there are significant changes to our policies.”

MacStories continues their fantastic iOS 8 coverage this morning, telling us about Document Pickers, Providers, and Dropbox. Document providers are an alternative to Apple’s own iCloud Drive UI, and apps like Transmit and Dropbox are already taking advantage of them in lieu of a Finder-like app for iOS.

Also from MacStories: a look at new accessibility features in iOS 8, as well as a piece from iOS-education expert Frasier Speirs discussing how new iOS 8 features have an impact not only for home users, but also in the classroom.

MacRumors has a preliminary list of apps compatible with Touch ID. Many of the listed apps use Touch ID as a extra layer of security, which is to be expected, but I wonder what other novel uses of the technology we’ll see in the coming months. Along a similar vein, MacRumors and iMore have lists of apps with Notification Center widgets, but all I want is an widget-enabled app to manage my widget-enabled apps.

Apple has released iCloud Drive for Windows, which means Windows users can use iCloud Drive before Mac users can. As noted yesterday, iCloud Drive requires OS X Yosemite — which hasn’t officially been released yet.

Apple also released OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 yesterday. Nothing really notable here, besides reliability fixes for VPN connections and SMB servers, as described by 9to5Mac. The 10.9.5 combo update weighs in at just under 1GB.

Scoopertino says Apple’s second wearable bombshell is the Apple Ring, with a taptic interface that uses morse code. I, for one, can’t wait to use Ring Apps.

Looking for something to play on your new iPhone this weekend? Goat Simulator for iOS was released just a few days ago, and it’s $6.49 on the App Store. Otherwise, there’s the free Zen Garden — the same app that was featured on stage at WWDC earlier this year.

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