Friday Morning News
If you were expecting more upcoming part leaks this morning, you’ve come to the right place. Home buttons, ribbon cables, rear shells, and other assorted parts have all been revealed. Like every other part leak, no-one’s really sure if these actually will be in the next iPhone, and like most other part leaks, there’s nothing that gives us more information about the next iPhone, such as whether Apple will be releasing the two models separately to avoid competition.
The OS X Yosemite public beta is now available, and if you’re one of the first million to sign up (the site is currently down at time of writing), you’ll be able to get your hands on the same developer preview given to, uh, developers. MacRumors notes it works via a redemption code delivered via email.
Swatch has denied they’re working with Apple on a wearable of any kind, saying that the rumours are unfounded. A chief executive of Swatch was also quoted as saying “he was not interested in teaming up with a tech group to develop a smartwatch”. Just another day in the Apple rumour-sphere.
An future Apple product could automatically enter a Do Not Disturb mode during workouts, thanks to motion sensors. It also opens up the possibility of a wearable that could bug you when you haven’t moved for a particular period of time, which might have some interesting implications for those of us stuck at desks all day long.
While Apple’s quarterly results revealed Apple acquired 29 companies since October last year, with five of those in the last five months. As ifoAppleStore notes, however, Apple’s earnings call was light on details about Apple Retail. Intentional or not, ifoAppleStore has the numbers from Apple’s Retail operations.
Apple has seeded new versions of the Safari 7.1 and 6.2 to developers, asking them to test the password and credit card autofill features.
As an aside, today also marks an entirely new Foursquare. Check-ins are no longer in the app (there’s Swarm for that now), and the Foursquare app now is all about the personalised recommendations.
Macworld has a guide on transferring email in Outlook for Mac to Apple Mail, and it seems there’s two ways of going about it. One involves a number of steps but is free, otherwise there’s a tool you can buy to do the heavy lifting for you.
Mac OS X Hints brings us the hint of updating OS X without creating a new user. This could be used on a Mac as a gift for someone else, but is equally applicable if you’re selling/passing on your Mac to someone else.
Last but not least this morning, Scoopertino says Apple have bought Yosemite National Park in order to promote its latest Mac operating system. Finally, Apple seems to be doing something with their extreme cash reserves.