Tuesday Morning News
After Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple yesterday protesting the latter’s decision to not pay artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music, Apple SVP Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue tweeted Apple’s reversal, saying Apple would be paying artists during the customer’s free trial period. That’s all well and good, but Cue also says Swift has not decided to stream her album 1989 via Apple Music.
The latest report from DigiTimes says Apple is investigating the possibility of an iPhone without a home button, possibly building the feature into the bezel of the iPhone thanks to new touch-sensitive components. By integrating the touchscreen and display drivers into the same chip and including fingerprint sensors, Apple will be able to make iPhones thinner than ever before.
The Boy Genius Report says we’ll see an iOS 9 beta release today, with the possibility of it being pushed back to next Monday. Their sources also claim the iOS 8.4 GM seed will be released today, but whether that will be released to developers or to the general public still remains to be seen.
If you’ve been wondering who to thank for your gold-coloured iPhone, thank the Chinese. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently spoke to the Chinese edition of Bloomberg, saying that product design was influenced by the popularity of the colour gold in China. Cook also said more people are taking an interest in the Apple Watch than they ever did with the iPhone or iPad.
Dan Moren is worried about Apple Music. The concept is good enough, but he’s worried about the execution: Apple isn’t exactly known for its cloud-services reputation, and I’m sure there are still some people that have no idea what iTunes Match is or what it does. Will Apple Music really be any different, or will it still straddle the gap between local music and all-online streaming?
In app update news, Swam’s latest update on iOS brings back Mayorships. Only one check-in per day counts towards your total for the past 30 days, which determines your social bragging rights for being the most prolific Swarm user.
Tweetbot 2.0.1 for the Mac is now available from the Mac App Store, bringing bug fixes and Twitter’s new quote tweet feature to the recently redesigned Mac Twitter client.
Gestimer is a little Mac app that sits in your menu bar, letting you drag the icon for a timed reminder. If you need to do something in half an hour, all you have to drag the little icon away from your menu bar, enter a short snippet, and you’re done. When time’s up, you get a standard OS X notification telling you about what you wanted to be reminded about. Gestimer is $3.79 on the Australian Mac App Store.
The Mac Observer says you can prevent your Apple Watch display from going dark when you’re looking at it by tapping once every 15 seconds or so. The Apple Watch timeout appears to be a somewhat arbitrary 18 seconds, but there’s probably a good reason why it’s 18 and not 20 seconds, or 10 seconds.
David Chartier’s anecdote about the Apple Watch says people are excited about the kind of technology that can work for them. Sure, us geeks may find it amusing to make calls from your watch and all, but for some, that’s one step away from magic.