Thursday Morning News
The former CEO of General Motors has warned Apple against entering the car business, saying people who don’t operate in the industry have a tendency to underestimate exactly what it entails. The Verge reports Dan Akerson saying what Apple should be doing is helping car manufacturers with in-car electronics, which is kind of what they’re already doing with CarPlay, but there’s plenty of other low-hanging fruit that Apple could lend a hand with.
In thinking about the sales split between the various Apple Watch models (the regular Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, and the Apple Watch Edition), John Gruber says he thinks the solid 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost easily over a thousand dollars, if not somewhere between $5000 and $10,000. He writes that if the average selling price of Edition units is $5,000, then that’s another $5 billion in revenue per quarter for Apple, right there.
Is OneNote Evernote now? Because the latest update for OneNote adds OCR, automatically scanning images and letting you copy and paste text from images, which used to be a big selling point for Evernote back in the day. Not only that, but OneNote has had automatic note-syncing across platforms for a while now, which may just make it the Evernote alternative you’ve been looking for.
Apple has updated iTunes, and version 12.1.1 is a minor update that is only for Windows users. It addresses audio playback issues and syncing data with Outlook, as well as improving compatibility with screen readers.
9to5Mac reports two UK banks let you login to their mobile apps using your fingerprint. Meanwhile, in Australia, only Westpac and the Westpac-owned St George let you login via Touch ID on your iPhone — as far as I’m aware, anyway. If there are other bank apps that let you do but I’ve missed them, let me know in the comments.
Subtle differences in the way Siri pronounces “potato” and “America” can be heard in the latest iOS 8.3 beta released to developers, but you have to hear them one after another to be able to discern a difference. To my ear, it sounds a fraction more natural, but there’s almost nothing to it.
MacRumors covers the latest App Store controversy, where the app GIF Finder was removed from the App Store over copyright issues. The article has since been updated to note the developer removed the offending Doctor Who, Nigel Thornberry, and Star Trek sections within the app after an Apple appeal, and the app will soon be returned to the App Store. A smashing outcome, if I do say so myself.
If podcasts are your thing, Myke Hurley’s Behind the App peeks behind the curtain into the world of app development. He’s running it as a special series of his Inquisitive podcast, and expects it to go for about 10-15 episodes.
Today marks the fact we’re one step closer to seeing Nintendo games on iOS devices — or is that the other way around? With the release of Pokémon Shuffle, Nintendo are experimenting with a free-to-play Candy Crush-like game on the 3DS, which may herald the start of mobile games on the 3DS platform.