Wednesday Morning News
Apple has released iOS 8.1.2, which includes minor fixes for bugs. One in particular highlighted by Apple is an issue where ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store may have been removed from your device, and Apple provides a link to a webpage which, weirdly enough, links to the iTunes Store on Macs, but has instructions on restoring tones when view from an iOS device. If you’re on your Mac, you can view Apple’s support page on restoring ringtones right over here.
Ars Technica has leaked emails which say Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs in his upcoming film. Sony’s involvement in the film is kind of ugly, to say the least, but Sorkin always had Cruise in mind for the role of Jobs. In other film news, Natalie Portman has passed on the role of Lisa Brennan, the female lead in the film. I guess the only question that still needs to be asked is: will the film ever be released? Your guess is as good as mine.
The Apple TV has gotten another update, adding four new channels and a new YouTube app as reported by TUAW. Macworld has the skinny on the new YouTube app, which now looks similar to the “full YouTube experience”, but whatever that is, know that it also includes ads. Still, you do get predictive search and the ability to subscribe to channels.
Apple CEO Tim Cook talked with Jesse Jackson, but that’s about all we know. The pair aren’t revealing what they talked about, beyond calling it “positive and productive discussion“.
9to5Mac notes Apple’s Maps is now rolling out on one of the two places it wasn’t, which is on the Find my device interface on the iCloud website. The only other place Apple is still using Google Maps is still on its website, where it uses Google Maps for the locations of its Retail Stores.
Apple has won a patent for a 3D iPhone UI controlled via motion gestures. Apple’s “sensor based display environment” patent was applied for back in 2012, and just the other day, the US PTO awarded Apple the patent. Meanwhile, Apple reassigned a patent that came from its acquisition of PrimeSense, where the “lens array projector” patent could see a virtual reality environment in 3D.
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple will be opening an advanced R&D center in Yokohama, Japan, where the company will conduct the most advanced research and development in the country. The Journal’s sources describe the facility as the largest in Asia, too.
If you’re using Apple’s two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, you may want to hang onto your Apple ID recovery key. Because if you happen to lose your recovery key and your Apple ID account is locked, then that’s pretty much it. Apple support won’t help you, thanks to improved Apple ID security following the Mat Honan Apple ID hijinks.
Cromulent Labs details the story of Launcher’s rejection from the App Store, which basically goes on to say Apple’s App Review team wanted to make an example of high-profile app developers in order to curb the influx of apps with Notification Center widgets that pushed the envelope.
In case you’re wondering, we’ve gotten to the point where Apple Watch app concepts are a thing, despite very few people outside of Apple having seen how the Apple Watch actually works in person. That said, Taasky looks kinda cool.