Tuesday Morning News
IOS 8.1 was released overnight. Apple users in the US get Apple Pay, and everyone gets the Camera Roll back, in addition to the usual miscellaneous bug fixes. ICloud Photo Library and SMS Relay are two of the other headlining features of the release, as covered by MacStories, and 9to5Mac also has a roundup of the changes in iOS 8.1.
Apple announced its fourth quarter financial results this morning, and yeah, they’re still making money. Overall revenue came in at $42.1 billion with $8.5 billion in profit, which is a pretty healthy increase compared to the year ago quarter of $37.5 billion and $7.5 billion for revenue and profit, respectively. The company sold 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs, and just 2.6 million iPods.
Benchmarks of the new Retina iMac reveal the machine pack quite the computational punch, offering a moderate performance gain over the previous model thanks to higher-clocked processors. Compared to the Mac Pro, however, the iMac falls short thanks to the insane number of CPU cores in the former. Similar benchmarks of the updated Mac mini see a slight drop in multi-core performance, thanks to the move from a quad-core to a dual-core processors. MacRumors notes the change is due to socket changes between Haswell dual and quad-core parts, meaning Apple would had to have two parts for the same Mac.
Apple will be requiring iOS app updates to include 64-bit support from February 2015, and be built against the iOS 8 SDK. The change applies to app updates as well as newly-submitted apps, and a similar change was implemented last year with the iOS 7 SDK. At the very least, it will guarantee that new apps and updates will be compatible a little longer, even if they never add support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
MacStories explains iCloud Drive, and its fundamental problem. In a lot of ways it’s just like another Dropbox or other cloud-storage provider, and it solves some of the problems with a Finder-less version of iOS. But that’s where it falls short of being the perfect solution, too — because apps are now siloed into their own app-specific folders, what happens when you have apps that can deal with multiple kinds of documents?
The iOS 8 app updates continue, with Dropbox adding support for Touch ID and the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Weather forecasting app Dark Sky’s new Notification Center widget lets you know about weather changes in the near future… if only it was available for Australians. If Pocket Weather added a feature like this, I would give them good money for it.
9to5Mac has a guide on sending and receiving phone calls from your Mac with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, so you too can act out your own awkward skit with your own supreme commander of secrecy. With today’s release of iOS 8, you also get SMS Relay — all you need is Handoff enabled in System Preferences, and you should be good to go.
TUAW tell you how to get the sidebar back in iTunes 12. All your playlists are still there.
EA Mobile asked a number of companies to respond to a small questionnaire about the perception of the company, and Touch Arcade have an interesting read on the matter. You have to remember that the App Store is the largest, noisiest place on Earth, but EA Mobile lead the charge on converting everything to free to play.
A collection of vintage Apple ads takes you on a trip down memory lane this morning, or just a short stroll reminiscent of the days when Apple asked questions like “what kind of a man owns his own computer?”