Thursday Morning News
After announcing a partnership with IBM earlier this year, Apple has released the first set of apps designed for business and the enterprise. They probably won’t be of any interest to you, but they’re nice looking apps that mean businesses don’t have to build their own in-house solutions to common problems. The Apple press release has more info on the apps.
Bose products make a return to the Apple Online Store, following a short hiatus. We’ll probably never know why they were removed in the first place, although speculation says Apple thought Beats gave them all the audio equipment they needed. Their return to the Online and Retail Stores means that just isn’t the case.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Apple product gets discontinued, then price of discontinued Apple product skyrockets. It happens with pretty much every Apple product, some for more obvious reasons than others — the previous-gen Mac mini, for example, has user-upgradable RAM while the new one doesn’t. The previous model Apple TV can be jailbroken. And now, the in-demand iPod Classic offers two and a half times the capacity of any iPod currently available, although it doesn’t connect to the internet.
Speaking of upgrades, OWC will soon be selling SSD upgrades for the new Mac Pro. But if you’re upgrading the Mac Pro, you’ll probably know you’re going to be paying a pretty penny for it: a 1TB SSD designed for the new Mac Pro will set you back US $899, while the 2TB version comes in a a whopping US $1,479. Still, it might be worth it if you absolutely cannot handle external storage.
Macworld helps you choose the right photo editing tool for your life. Whether you’re looking for something that works with iOS devices, something that gives you a little more flexibility with regards to photo library management and editing, or something else that I’ve never heard of before, they’ve got you covered.
Jason Snell at SixColors posts about a few great Mac apps. It’s interesting that he has two writing apps in the list, both used for different purposes, and of course old favourites such as Fantastical, 1Password, and Slack.
Break out the Instapaper, because you’ll want to dedicate a good 20 minutes to Federico Viticci’s exploration of Twitter clients in 2014. It’s basically a three horse race between Twitter’s official client, Twitterrific, and crowd favourite Tweetbot, but just think of it as a truly epic review of all three and you’ll be on the right track.
Jim Dalrymple says he originally though the iPhone 6 Plus was too big, but after spending a little time with it, is convinced he made the right decision. The big, beautiful screen makes everything easier to read, and having a larger screen means you can get a lot of internet-related activities done on it without too much trouble.
If you’ve ever wanted to stop your Mac or iPad ringing when you get a call on your iPhone, TUAW tells you that it’s in FaceTime and Settings on the Mac and iOS, respectively.
Wakie is the strangest app I’ve seen in a while. TechCrunch describes it as an app that lets you wake up (and be woken up by) complete strangers, who call you to wake you up. Alternatively, if that’s more your speed and style, you can also be the one doing the waking. It turns out, phone calls happen to be pretty effective alarms. Who would have thought?