Thursday Morning News
The story of The Whole Pantry app goes a little like this: the healthy eating app has been pulled from sale in the US and Australia, after Melbourne entrepreneur and healthy living advocate Belle Gibson falsely claimed to have cancer and had not donated money promised to charities. The Sydney Morning Herald has more details, and up until early this morning, Apple was promoting The Whole Pantry app on its page of App Store Apps for the Apple Watch. If this was all an elaborate scheme by Ms Gibson to get some hands-on time with the Apple Watch before everyone else, I’m impressed.
Now there’s a missing space on the App Store Apps for Apple Watch page, perhaps Apple could fill it with a tile on Qantas’ recently-announced Apple Watch app. They already have a promo featuring the app for American Airlines, but perhaps on the Australian version of the page they could feature the Qantas app, instead, which sports similar features to the AA one.
Apple Store employees are receiving the final training for the Apple Watch, and this tidbit from MacRumors shows off a very important point. Specifically, the fine print says “bands work with all collections but may not match the finish of the watch or be optimal for use with that specific collection”, which I’m going to interpret as “it’s probably tacky to be using a fluoroelastomer band with your $24,000 Apple Watch Edition”.
When iMore says they have everything you need to know about the Apple Watch, they mean it — their set of questions and answers is comprehensive, to say the least.
A new hack uses specialised hardware to brute-force the four-digit PIN on your iPhone, even if you’ve set your device to erase after unsuccessful attempts. While there’s little chance of this hack being in widespread usage anytime soon, the way it operates is pretty clever, taking just ~111 hours to break a four-digit PIN.
Apple’s forthcoming subscription TV service is expected to cost between $30 and $40 US dollars, if analysts are to be believed. Not quite Foxtel territory, but definitely more upmarket than something like Presto, Stan, or any of the digital streaming services that seem to have popped up lately.
TwelveSouth’s latest is the BaseLift, a cloth stand that folds up to provide your laptop with a little extra height. Its main selling feature is that it’s a portable version of something like Griffin’s Elevator or any of the other aluminium stands you might see, and you can order one online for US $39.99.
Launcher is back in the App Store after months of rejections, and MacStories explains how we got here and where we are today.
9to5Mac says you shouldn’t hold your breath for Nintendo titles on iOS devices. Their recent plans are less about porting Nintendo titles to smartphones and more about making original titles using Nintendo IP.
Over at Medium, Casey Johnston explains all the Apple apps you can’t delete are for rich people.