Monday Morning News
With all of Apple’s big announcements done and dusted for the next couple of months, our thoughts turn to WWDC and Apple’s next big thing. BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski seems to think we’ll see new Apple TV hardware at the annual developer event, and maybe this year Apple will release a software SDK for the Apple TV. Paczkowski also seems to think the new Apple TV will support Siri, for some kind of home-automation on the side, which means there’s probably be a new remote, too.
The recent refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and both models of MacBook Air have dropped support for running Windows 7 via Bootcamp. According to this support article, only Windows 8 or later is supported on those machines — it’s bad news for anyone that was holding out against upgrading, but at least you’ll still be able to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine. MacRumors also notes Windows 7 is no longer supported on the 2013 Mac Pro.
No one was expecting Apple to announce ResearchKit at the Apple event earlier this month, but the real story is that like a programming language that shares its name with my current favourite music artist, ResearchKit has been a long time in the making. ABC had a look at Apple’s facility that collected over 18,000 hours of health data.
Apple has removed Intego’s VirusBarrier from the iOS App Store, saying the software is misleading. There’s absolutely no reason for customers to be downloading virus-scanning software on iOS devices, but here’s the thing: there’s plenty of other similar scammy apps that purport to do things that aren’t possible on iOS devices. Is Apple going to start taking a look at those, too?
The latest update to iPhoto for the Mac is kind of digging its own grave. IPhoto 9.6.1 improves compatibility when migrating photo libraries to the new Photos for OS X, as well as fixing issues with displaying images in Facebook albums and becoming unresponsive when printing images.
Some say the Apple Watch will kill off the existing “dumb watch” market — and if you looked at price alone, the Apple Watch is certainly aimed at exactly where you’d expect high-end watches to be. Marco Arment says that while that’s entirely possible, the more likely scenario is that people who buy dumb watches will continue to buy dumb watches, and people who don’t buy dumb watches may end up buying the Apple watch.
If you want to learn Swift, there’s an app for that. Swifty “provides an interactive set of tutorials that gradually guide you through the basics of Swift on your iPhone or iPad”. Swifty is free with in-app purchases, and you can try out the first 13 tutorials for free.
Useful Mac has a heap of cool screenshot tricks that you may not have known about, including disabling the drop-shadow on screenshots to changing where screenshots are stored by default.
Lifehacker has a guide on jumping from Photoshop to Pixelmator. There are major differences between the two pieces of software, even if we’re looking at aspects other than price, but it turns out the two also share some similarities, here and there. Pixelmator probably won’t be able to replace Photoshop for seasoned veterans, but for everyone else, there’s a good chance it’ll do what you’re after.
The option key does a lot more than simply occupy the space between the all-important Command and Control keys, and How To Geek has just a few examples of what it can do for you.
The Mac Observer explains the four views of Finder, covering icon view, list view, column view, and cover flow view.
Last but not least this morning, and also from The Mac Observer, John Martellaro writes Apple neglects us as much as it showers us with new products and services. Even before you click on the link, you know what he’s talking about.