Tuesday Morning News
With 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.
Apple has also released iOS 8.1.1, which comes with bug fixes and performance improvements for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users. The update weighed in at just under 65MB on my iPhone 6, otherwise you can do the update dance by plugging your device into iTunes and downloading the entire thing.
The last device to be update in this round is the Apple TV, which brings the version numbers up to 7.0.2. But as The Mac Observer reports, I have no idea about what the update actually contains, because someone at Apple forgot to attach release notes. I’m guessing it doesn’t tear a hole in a space-time continuum, though, so you should be safe to update. And even if it did, well, I guess we’d never know.
Ars Technica has a detailed guide to the Yosemite edition of OS X Server. Just because Apple isn’t focusing on its server software as much as it was a couple of years ago, doesn’t mean you can’t get up to some pretty cool tricks with the server software. And the best thing is, Server is now more accessible than ever thanks to its availability via the Mac App Store.
MacRumors has all the news on changes to Apple Retail ahead of the holiday season. Season-themed gift cards in silver, space grey, and gold are coming to an Apple Store near you, along with red t-shirts for Apple employees. Gone are the lanyards, replaced with a friendly hand-shake and a smile, and Apple Retail locations will be happy to repair your Beats headphones.
Apple are now accepting China’s major payments provider for App Store payments. UnionPay has issued over 4.5 billion payment cards globally, making it a very attractive proposition for Apple.
Samsung has been chosen as the major supplier for Apple’s A-series chips for iOS devices. In a deal worth billions, Samsung will manufacture as much as 80% of Apple’s chips, with TSMC supplying the rest.
Aaron Sorkin has spoken about his upcoming Steve Jobs film, saying Steve Jobs’ daughter, Lisa, will play the heroine of the piece. Sorkin also stresses his film isn’t a biopic, according to The Verge, and while real-life Lisa didn’t speak to the author of Steve Jobs’ official biography, Lisa did talk to Sorkin for the film.
Touch Arcade writes you can install the GBA4iOS emulator on iOS 8.1 devices without jailbreaking. It’s a long story of iOS Enterprise development loopholes and weird tricks, but, long story short, it works again thanks to yet another Enterprise development trick.
Rene Ritchie wonders what would happen if the App Store had a high-profile VP of the App Store, which might help all the issues the App Store has (if only developers could direct their frustrations towards a single individual with the authority to get things done). I feel as though the App Store almost transcends any one individual, though — it’s massive scale the kinds of which we’ve never seen before, and the sheer numbers just boggle the mind. I’m not sure how one public figurehead would help.