Wednesday Morning News
Rumour has it Touch ID will be making it way to other Apple devices in the not-to-distant future. Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw claims the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad could all be getting fingerprint-sensory goodness for both security reasons, but also for another: Apple Pay. It’s certainly plausible, but I can’t imagine Apple rolling out such a feature if Apple Pay, say, wasn’t available outside of the US. I wager we’ll need Apple Pay in a few more countries before we get Touch ID in hardware.
The Wall Street Journal has a (paywalled) article that says Apple wanted to cram a lot more sensors into the Apple Watch, making it the ultimate health and fitness wearable. Their report says Apple ran into numerous issues with the number of sensors they wanted: some didn’t work reliably, others were too complicated, and others still were burdened with regulation. Faced with a decision to make, Apple execs had to change the idea of the Apple Watch into the product we will have in just a few months — a communication tool, as much as it is a smartwatch.
Michael Bromwich will forever be known as the lawyer that lost Apple its iBooks antitrust lawsuit, but more than that, he’ll also be known as the one that unfairly billed the company $2.65 million for “investigative practices that have gone well beyond the initial intent of his role”, according to AppleInsider. Analysis of his invoices by the Wall Street Journal revealed Bromwich looked into areas which had nothing to do with the case.
EngageCustomer writes more than half of all email opened in the UK is opened on an Apple device, at least out of the emails that can track that sort of metric. Email open rates on Android devices dropped year-on-year, while the total number of emails opened on iPhones and iPads rose by 15% and 5%, respectively.
An update to the Dropbox iOS app now lets you save files directly to your Dropbox, with its new action extension letting you save files from any iOS 8-compatible share sheet. MacStories says it works with a few different kinds of files, including photos and PDF documents, and you can even navigate your Dropbox folder hierarchy to decide where to save the file. Along a similar sort of vein, an updated version of Office for iOS now lets you open documents from other document providers, including iCloud Drive and other cloud services.
MacStories has a really great piece on making music on iOS. It covers everything from software-based solutions to play around with loops or various effects, to the various hardware accessories you can get to make your iPhone or iPad work with your instrument.
Macworld has a review of DiskWarrior 5, but the conclusion says it all: “DiskWarrior remains the essential tool for maintaining and repairing disk problems. For both preventive maintenance and repair it’s a must-have tool.”
Perhaps I’m showing my age a little here, but I’m still using Sparrow to access my Gmail account on the Mac. Google has now removed Sparrow from both the Mac and iOS App Stores, which may signal the final nail in the coffin for one of 2011’s greatest Gmail clients, but until it stops working completely (or a better alternative comes along), I’ll be sticking with the little folder paper plane.
Bonus tracks from Taylor Swift’s 1989 will be making their way to iTunes, which will be the first time the tracks (included in the deluxe edition of the 1989 album) will be available for purchase digitally.
The latest episode of Modern Family is notable for two reasons: for one, it was shot entirely on iPhones and iPads. And two, it’s a unique episode that unfolds directly on the screen of a MacBook Pro, as one character uses every digital communication medium in the book to get in touch with her friends and family. Re/code has the story.