Thursday Morning News

hero_large_2x (1)Right on cue, Apple has refreshed the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle models, introducing a brand new selection of colours across the board: the now-traditional silver, gold, and space grey, as well as gold, pink, and blue. The iPod touch now gets an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, the same A8 processor as used in the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and a new version that comes with 128GB of storage. A few notes on the updated iPod touch hardware from 9to5Mac notes that these ones will be sticking around for a long time.

With Apple rumoured to released the long-awaited larger-screened iPad in November, it might not be too much to expect similar refreshes to the iPad Air and iPad mini, seeing as they’re all part of the iPad family. But a report now claims no new iPad Air will be released, with Apple potentially pushing customers towards the larger-screened iPad. There’s also the possibility of no more new iPad minis, after the next refresh — whenever that is.

Now that Apple has conquered wearables and music streaming (the latter mostly because it had to, but that’s a discussion for another time), Apple’s next big thing is rumoured to be TV streaming. The New York Post claims Apple has already begun discussions with content providers in the US, and with recent Apple TV updates bringing standalone TV subscriptions that don’t require a cable account, this TV launch may even happen sooner than you think.

Apple released the first betas of OS X 10.10.5 and iOS 8.4.1 to developers earlier this week, which represent the first new builds after releasing iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan to the general public via Apple’s public beta program. There’s no notes for the iOS 8.4.1 beta, while the release notes for OS X 10.10.5 simply read “his update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac”.

Apple has released a Mac Mini EFI firmware update to fix issues relating to USB keyboards, which may have prevented the USB keyboard from being recognised when waking from sleep.

Apple never released the Apple Watch as the “iWatch”, but one Irish company is suing Apple, saying it should have. Apple ads for the Apple Watch appear when you search for the “iWatch”, which Irish company Probendi is deeply upset over.

The Register explains HomeKit delays as Apple requiring Apple-certified chips in all HomeKit-compatible devices. This added requirement ensures compatibility with the HomeKit platform now and into the future, but likely adds another layer of complexity when it comes to the design and manufacture of these devices.

The first accessory to be released under Logi, the new name for Logitech, is the Blok, a protective shell and keyboard case for the iPad. MacRumors gives us the hands-on.

Craig Hockenberry has an interesting piece on taking your Apple Watch swimming — the Apple Watch is plenty water resistant, although interacting with the device is a little more difficult unless you’re swimming in de-ionised water.

The Verge notes the disappearance of the iPod touch wrist strap with the introduction of the new iPod touch models. They weren’t nearly as long-lived as the venerable iPod socks, but I guess the new iPod just isn’t the “funnest iPod ever”.

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