Thursday Morning News
The latest diversity report from Apple tells us about Apple’s workforce numbers for the year. Both female hires and underrepresented minorities in the US are up over previous years, and new hires are also more diverse than current employees. Compensation for US employees has also been equaled across the board, with Apple planning on putting similar efforts into pay for employees worldwide.
The App Store continues to rake it in for Apple and for developers. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about July’s record numbers, with the highest ever monthly billings and payout to developers during the month, taking the total paid to developers to over $50 billion.
Ming-Chi Kuo says 3GB of RAM is likely for Apple’s larger-screened iPhone this year, but the analyst stops short of saying how many models the lineup will consist of, or even whether both models will have 3GB of RAM. Specs for this year’s iPhone remain mostly unknowns, despite the rear enclosure for the device being leaked all over the internet.
Over at Macworld, Kirk McElhearn takes us through the new and improved Console app in macOS Sierra, which becomes an invaluable resource when you’re trying to track down an app crash or some other issue plaguing your Mac.
Apple Music for Android has left its beta tag behind to become a fully-fledged app. The 1.0 update to Apple Music on Android comes nearly 10 months after its original release, and now includes an equaliser feature.
With more and more apps going the way of subscriptions, 1Password has a new subscription plan for individuals. Priced at $3/month, the 1Password hosted service gives you sync across all your devices, data loss protection, access to your data on 1Password.com, and even includes updates for the 1Password apps across all platforms at no additional cost.
Astropad (the app which lets you turn your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac) has kicked it up a notch with version 2.0, which comes with enough speed and efficiency improvements to really make a difference. It’s also a little easier on the battery, which must be the holy grail of any 2.0 update.
MacStories writes about a new app called Modern Atlas, which seems like a great travel companion for whether you’re doing a little recon for your next cross-continental journey or just wandering around a new city.
The Loop says you can perform searches using emoji in Spotlight in iOS, and it also works on your Mac. You know, just in case you’ve stopped using actual words and just use emoji now.
Ben Brooks writes about the state of desktop iPad use. Provided you can use an iPad for all of your computing requirements, putting it on a desk and using it for everyday productivity requires a few accessories to make the experience a little more comfortable, which kind of seems like an area where something like a Surface would excel at over the iPad.