Tuesday Morning News

screen-favoriteOver four million in the first twenty four hours. That’s how many iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered, setting a new record for the device and making the most popular iPhone, ever. In the press-release, Apple also names the 22 countries getting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 26th, one week after the initial launch in the first-tier release countries.

The third public beta of OS X Yosemite has been released to testers, and Ars Technica notes it comes just two days shy of the official release of iOS 8. If you’re a Yosemite beta tester, you can grab the software update now and still be able to update your system to the Gold Master when it comes out. Somewhat curiously, Apple still hasn’t announced an official release date for Yosemite.

It’s probably not all the surprising that working iPhone 6 units have popped up in China and Vietnam ahead of the actual release. One AP reporter confirmed the legitimacy of the devices, testing out Messages and Siri to confirm they were the real deal.

An internal training document from Apple says the iLife and iWork iOS apps will come preinstalled on the 64GB and 128GB versions of both iPhone 6 models. IMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U will all come as standard on the devices. At the very least, the move to preinstalled apps means people will realise Apple has some really great apps out of the box — and if they don’t like them or won’t ever use them, they’ll be able to delete them.

9to5Mac notes a small change to Apple’s PR tagline following Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements. “Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world with OS X, and free iOS and OS X apps like iWork and iMovie.”

One rumour I missed amongst the iPhone 6 news was the one about the previously-rumoured ultra-slim 12-inch Apple laptop. According to MacRumors it will be available in mid 2015 and come in three different colour varieties to match the iPhone — Space Grey, Gold, and Silver.

Who knew giving away stuff could cause such a brouhaha? The free U2 album for everyone with an iTunes Store account has caused so much grief that Apple has put up a dedicated support article detailing the process for removing the album from your iTunes library and purchases list. If you want to get rid of Songs of Innocence, visit the page and sign in with your iTunes Store credentials.

A quick article on Anandtech explains dual domain pixels in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The feature was briefly mentioned as improving viewing angles, but the technical explanation involves skewing subpixels in order to compensate for fall-offs in contrast when viewed at various angles. It’s pretty easy to see the difference in the pictures, but the real-world impact remains to be seen.

The Apple Watch is strange. It’s not like the Apple TV in that it’s not a mix of everything, but something distinct by itself. It’s not a hobby in that sense, because it’s an entirely new product category.

One of the best features of iOS 8 will be custom keyboards, and PopKey will be the first keyboard to offer animated GIFs. You can sign up for when they launch over on their website.

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