While Benny is on a well-deserved holiday, I’ll be looking after the news – bear with me until normal service resumes.
In an unusual move, Apple has killed Schrödinger’s MVNO by explicitly denying it is working on such a thing. Business Insider had previously reported that Apple were in talks to lease network capacity from an established operator and sell directly to consumers in the US and Europe. The company normally does not comment on rumour, much less issue unambiguous denials like this. One to keep an eye on.
In a world first, Telstra appears to have confirmed carrier billing is available for Apple Music. New and recontracting customers will receive a free 12-month subscription; after this point, Telstra will bill the customer directly for the ongoing subscription by linking their Telstra account to an Apple ID. No word on whether this will be an available option for other telcos, either here or elsewhere in the world.
In other Telstra news, the telco has announced a partnership with Roku for their Telstra TV service launching in September. The Roku 2 will be used to deliver access to streaming platforms and other applications yet to be confirmed. The set-top box in use will be the current version released in April 2015; the internals are identical to the simultaneously-released Roku 3, which differs only in its remote having additional capabilities.
My favourite software house Panic have released a huge update to their Status Board app for iPad. The design has been updated and several new panel types have been added. The app is now free with the new panel types available via in-app purchase; however, these are free for existing users.
Finally, there are new betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan available in both developer and public flavours. Hit up Software Update to get yours.
The featured image above is from Panic and Campo Santo’s upcoming game Firewatch, which I’m really looking forward to.