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ipod-sez03@2xStop me if you’ve heard this one before: an entirely new kind of computer with Apple, one focused on portability, with a limited number of ports for peripherals and other connectors. The original MacBook Air made it debut with one Mini DisplayPort, one USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a MagSafe connector. If the rumours are true, the 2015 MacBook Air will come with just one USB port, which might work out, or backfire entirely. I mean, the iPad has no USB ports and that works just fine, so what’s to say the new MacBook Air won’t be equally as successful?

The numbers put the iOS 8 install base at 68% of active iOS devices, up four percent since the last update in December before Christmas. That’s five percent over the past month and 12% over the past two months, according to MacRumors.

Displays at Apple Retail Stores show off art created with Apple products. Art created with Apple’s own applications and third-party apps are included, some of which now adorns the walls at Apple Stores, while others still hang on the digital walls of Apple’s minisite which tells you to start something new.

If you’re increasingly shying away from demonstrating the latest and greatest Apple product because you’re afraid of answering awkward questions about how the iPhone 6 Plus bends, or how iOS 8 does something horrible like mysteriously removing your contacts and photos, you’re not alone. Apple has lost its leverage, writes Dr Drang, and that’s kind of a problem.

I’m a big fan of Fantastical 2, but only because it makes entering new calendar events easy. What I didn’t know, however, was that you can do some pretty cool stuff with its natural language interpretation — as it turns out, natural language can be used for more than just event creation.

If Apple were to make Smart Covers for iPhones, what’s to stop them making an iPod Smart Cover? A concept shows off the kind of thing that would be possible, with Apple reviving the old-style scroll wheel, complete with a window for album art and playing controls.

Permissions are a scary thing, and most of the time, users won’t know why you’re asking for access to the camera, microphone, or photos. The right way to ask users for permissions on iOS, according to Cluster, is by only doing it when absolutely necessary, and by making sure users know what they’ll get in return.

The best RSS reader for OS X is Reeder, which has added support for many third-party services since the demise of Google Reader in 2013.

Beautiful Pixels shows off the best UI animations of the year gone by, treating us to visual spectacle as iOS developers pull out all the stops and show us what a truly inspired UI looks and feels like.

AppleInsider’s editorial piece on Apple in 2014 looks at how everything panned out for the Cupertino-based company last year. From Apple’s partnership with IBM to refreshes of existing products and the unveiling of entirely new ones, the world revolved around Apple in 2014.

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