Tuesday Morning News
Rumour has it Apple are simultaneously working on iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3, with upticks in visits for each of the browsers over at 9to5Mac supporting the theory. All point updates will include currently unknown new features, they report. As proof they’re not sitting on their hands over in Cupertino, Apple has released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to developers which includes support for Apple Pay.
Apple has also released OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, with the release notes simply reading “this update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell”, accompanied by a link to a support article detailing a number of other Apple security updates. Update: looks like Lion and Mountain Lion versions of the patch are also available.
Those of us hanging out for an iMac with Retina display might not have to hold out any longer, with 9to5Mac reporting Retina iMacs are already in a later stage of testing at Apple. Previous betas of OS X Yosemite have already somewhat let the cat out of the bag when they revealed potential resolutions for the new displays, but the smart money is on a simply-doubled version of the 2560×1440 panel already used in the 27-inch iMac.
In case you needed another reason to not upgrade to iCloud Drive just yet, a bug in the “Reset All Settings” feature of iOS 8 means you’ll lose all your documents stored in the cloud. MacRumors says resetting all your settings using the feature will permanently remove documents stored in iCloud Drive, which is kinda bad, considering there’s no way to access them from your Mac (and hence, back them up) in the first place. Calling it now: iCloud Drive is the new “bag of hurt”.
One technology journalist used Mac OS 9 for a few days, and you’ll never guess what happened next. Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham looked back in order to appreciate the here and the now, but first, he had to find some hardware capable of running an operating system from 1999. The rest you’ll have to read for yourself.
MacStories reviews PCalc for iOS 8, calling it the everything calculator. What I thought was the be-all and end-all of calculator apps actually turns out to be a highly customisable, extensible calculator app with an plethora of various functions and features.
Just when I thought a “latergram” was an Instagram post of something that happened earlier, along comes “Latergramme“, a service for scheduling your Instagram posts. Kids and their new-fangled technology these days…
TUAW says the App Store review team are horrible at their job, after an app with blatant keyword optimisation made it past the App Store review gauntlet.
They’ve been called “stupid‘ by TUAW, “idiots” by The Verge, and The Loop uses slightly stronger language again, but the only thing stupider than going into an Apple Store and purposely bending the iPhone 6 Plus on display is filming it and then uploading it to YouTube.
I don’t often link to XKCD comics in the morning news, but when I do, it’s because it perfectly encapsulates how QuickType works. Or doesn’t, as the case may be.