Friday Morning News
Re/code says Apple is looking at getting into the TV business once again, and before you can “yet another streaming service”, that’s exactly what it looks to be: bundles of programming sold directly to consumers. Word is Apple is working directly with TV content owners to sell their content on a web platform, bypassing the people that own the cables and the networks. Will it work out? Only time will tell.
Just when you thought Apple had given up on their Photos for Mac app by removing all references to “early 2015” on the Photos for Mac pages on its website, the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 arrives with a beta version of the Photos app included as part of the package. The app, which is designed to replace both iPhoto and Aperture, lets users browse, navigate and store all of your photos as you did before, but aims to solve the problem of having too many photos across two many devices.
Early impressions of Photos are very good, with Macworld saying it sports a much more streamlined look that’s lighter on UI elements and focuses on the photos at hand, with contextual items appearing as appropriate. It’s early days yet, but it looks as though most of the features from iPhoto are there in some form or another. The Verge also has a look at the new Photos for OS X, explaining everything you need to know.
Apple’s HealthKit is seeing adoption in over half of the top 23 hospitals in the US, according to 9to5Mac. It’s being used on a trial basis for doctors to decide if HealthKit is worth adopting for monitoring patients with chronic medical conditions.
You can bet the Apple Watch is going to have some stiff competition this year, and one of those competitors is Swatch, who is looking to manufacture and ship its own line of smartwatches within the next three months. Swatch already has a tonne of watch-making experience, so I guess it’ll come down to whether they can find the technology chops to make a truly decent smartwatch, which usually need to do a hell of a lot more than just tell the time.
One Apple patent explores the possibility of embedding Touch ID sensors into the display of touchscreen devices, negating the need for a separate sensor. I guess the main problem is that while touchscreens can recognise touch input, they don’t have anywhere near the resolution needed to differentiate between fingerprints — but what if you used a fingerprint sensor as the touch input layer of a touchscreen, instead?
Microsoft has acquired the multi-platform calendaring app Sunrise, which was praised for its integration with third-party services and smart scheduling features. The company paid a reported $100 million for the app.
Dan Moren wishes you could prioritise network traffic over various networks. If you could tell iOS to just use the fastest connection, or the one with the lowest latency, that would be great, he says.
There are plenty of similarities between OS X and Windows, and over at iMore, Peter Cohen has a rundown of a few terms that are similar, but not quite the same. Windows users making the switch to the Mac will find these helpful.
This week’s oddball iOS game is Potatoman Seeks The Troof, as reviewed by Touch Arcade. Judging by the screenshots, it’s a platformer set in an 8-bit/pixel-art style, but Touch Arcade also says there’s a bit of existentialism in there, too.