November 2014

Tuesday Morning News

Screen-Shot-2014-11-06-at-5.29.50-PM-980x582With the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, this is usually around the time I’d be telling you to fire up Software Update and go get the latest update. Alas, Software Update is no more, but you can head on over to the App Store to check out the update, which includes fixes for Wi-Fi reliability and improvements for Exchange users and fixes for Mail. 9to5Mac has the full list of changes, if that’s your thing.

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Quick Review: Framed

Screenshot-1The first time I heard of Framed was early last year, when it was just a game under development by Australian-based Loveshack Entertainment, a company by three designers and developers from Firemonkeys who had decided they wanted to do their own thing. The first time I played the game was at the inaugural PAX Australia, and from that point on, I knew Framed was something pretty special.

The premise of Framed is simple. The game presents you with a particular scene — presented not unlike a page from a comic book, with multiple panels — in which your character is expected to escape and progress to the next scene. You’ll run into policemen, armed with pistols and the ability to stop you in your tracks. By re-arranging panels in the scene, you can change the order of events — this lets you sneak past policemen, take them out with a quick swing of your briefcase, or at one point, a disguise.

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Monday Morning News

disney-infinity-mobile-2-0-ipadNew research data from customers in the US says US consumers favour the iPhone 6 over the 6 Plus in a ratio of about 3:1, putting to rest the debate regarding which model of Apple’s latest iPhone is the most popular. I continue to doubt whether Apple will release sales/activation numbers by iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, so this is about as good as it gets in terms of the split. The data also claims 91% of iPhone owners bought the new iPhone.

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Friday Morning News

rapkey-recovered_2xA report from DigiTimes claims Apple are beginning to ramp up production of the Apple Watch, ahead of its early 2015 launch. According to its sources, between 30 and 40 million units of the Apple Watch have been ordered, putting the likely launch window sometime in February. A topic in our forums asks about the possibility of a US-only launch for the Apple Watch, but I’m not so sure — the last time Apple launched a physical product in a single country was the iPhone, and that was back in 2007.

Meanwhile, the “iPad Pro” has been pushed back amidst manufacturing difficulties, which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cites as component yield rates for the oxide panel used in the larger, 12.9-inch, display. MacRumors notes the potential iPad Pro release date is now “up in their air”, which is perhaps too subtle of a dig that you should be getting the iPad Air 2 instead, because that’s a damn fine tablet.

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Thursday Morning News

Monument Valley iconAnandtech checked out the GPU in the iPad Air 2, and found it’s even better than they expected. Even though the OS will happily spill the beans about the processor, software tells us nothing about the kind of graphics card we have under the hood. Comparing performance of Apple’s A8X with known graphics processors gets us pretty close, but we can only confirm our findings once we have shots of the die. Anandtech’s read is slightly technical, but the bottom line is: graphics performance on the iPad Air 2 is nothing short of amazing.

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Wednesday Morning News

screen-shot-2014-11-11-at-12-19-47-pmA new security vulnerability has been discovered on Apple’s iOS platform, this time to do with certificate security regarding apps. The issue is because Apple doesn’t enforce certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier, it means non-legitimate apps installed via a provisioning profile can “take over” legitimate apps installed from the App Store. Ars Technica’s explanation of the threat says the same process can’t be used to overtake Apple’s own apps, such as Mobile Safari or Mail. Unlike WireLurker, which involved users jailbreaking their devices and circumventing Apple’s built-in security, this vulnerability works alongside Apple’s existing security measures on iOS.

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Tuesday Morning News

iphone6-message-settings_2xApple’s latest web tool lets you deregister your mobile phone number from iMessage. It’s designed to be used if you used to have an iPhone but don’t anymore, and as the website says, “may need to turn off iMessage if you are using a non-Apple phone and can’t get SMS or text messages someone sends you from an iPhone”. If you still have your iPhone it’s pretty easy as you can just turn off iMessage, otherwise you’ll need to put in your phone number, get a confirmation SMS, and put the confirmation code into the website.

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Monday Morning News

DSC_1768-3_678x452Anandtech’s review of the iPad Air 2 says the tablet continues the same tried-and-true formula of previous iPads, iterating on both design and hardware specs to produce “one of the only tablets worth buying on the market today”. Significant improvements in the display and camera make it more usable, and while hardware specs don’t matter for most people, the updated A8X SoC means an all-round better user experience. In short, it’s just a better tablet, and Anandtech has the graphs to prove it.

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Friday Morning News

Calcbot iconOffice for iPhone and iPad is now free, as in beer. The Verge reports that starting today, you won’t need an Office 365 subscription to create or edit documents using Office for iOS, which is pretty good news seeing as it puts Office on equal footing with Apple’s own iWork suite. But there’s a few caveats: Microsoft have said only “basic editing” is available for non-Office 365 subscribers, and Macworld has a breakdown of exactly what that means.

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Thursday Morning News

pcalc-os-x-100528562-largeIf I asked you what the next big thing was for Apple, “glasses-free 3D” wouldn’t be at the top of my list. But that’s what one Taiwanese website wants you to believe, with MacRumors relaying the rumour the next iPhone will feature glasses-free 3D technology, much like what people see on the Nintendo 3DS. It’s interesting to note that Apple previously patented ideas relating to stereoscopic 3D, but as for whether we’ll see that kind of tech in the next iPhone? Your guess is as good as mine.

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