Tuesday Morning News
Apple’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.
MacRumors says Apple are going to open a new R&D centre in Cambridge, England. There’s not much information, but what we do know is the building is fairly prestigious, located near the headquarters of Microsoft and Sony, in England’s own version of Silicon Valley. Employee numbers will start off a just 20, growing to 40 over the next year.
Apple production partner Pegatron are said to be boosting production capacity of the iPhone 6. They’re reportedly also adding the iPhone 6 Plus to their lineup in order to cope with demand, seeing as Foxconn are struggling to meet the high demand of the largest iPhone. As of writing, shipping times for an iPhone 6 Plus still sit at 3-4 weeks from the Apple Online Store, so this should help relieve some of that pressure.
The Verge has had three good Apple-related pieces over the past few days. On the weekend they published a piece about the very real problem of a bent iPhone 6, where one writer found his iPhone 6 had a noticeable bend from “normal usage”, although he does say it lives in both front and back pockets. He concludes that while the problem of a bent iPhone isn’t ideal, Apple’s support structure is good enough that he managed to get a replacement without too much fuss.
Another piece, published early this morning, looks at the iPad as something other Silicon Valley companies just can’t beat. Microsoft tried with their Surfaces, and Google has its Nexus range of tablets, but the iPad is unbeatable. No other tablet platform comes close to offering the same apps, even though they may be comparable in terms of hardware specs.
The last piece from The Verge describes how one writer trolls fellow commuters by sending pictures of a sloth in a spacesuit via AirDrop. It’s probably not how Apple executives saw the feature being used, but hey — if people are going to leave AirDrop turned on, you might as well send them a picture or two.
David Sparks is unapologetically Mac. In his story of fighting IT guys to do something as simple as using a projector with his Mac, he describes a feeling we’ve all had as Mac users, at one time or another. That look of disdain, a frown, and the attitude that using a different computing platform somehow makes us inferior.
Gabe from MacDrifter posts his home screen for us, and while he doesn’t have an in-depth explanation of all of the apps he does use, he still describes the non-standard apps and why he uses them over very good alternatives. I feel the same way about folders on iOS — I could probably do away with them and still do just fine.
Peter Cohen from iMore has strong words to say about the recent Apple software issues, writing that innovation shouldn’t cost stability.
Wired take a look at new levels in Monument Valley, that one iOS game that’s really pretty, even if there’s not that much actual game to be played.