Thursday Morning News

iphone_6_touchid_2What’s purported to be the more durable Touch ID sensor of the next iPhone has been shown off in photos, but for all we know it could well be the Touch ID sensor from the current iPhone with moved screw holes. MacRumors notes TSMC is likely providing the Touch ID sensors for the next iPhone, iPad Air, and iPad mini successors.

With that out of the way, we can get into some real news. And it doesn’t get any realer than Apple’s new global partnership with IBM. It’s not the first time these companies have worked together, but it’s perhaps the most significant partnership of our time; Apple’s consumer presence is unrivalled, and while they have a foot in the door of the enterprise space, they need a little help when it comes to making businesses adopt Apple like they did Microsoft, all those years ago. Interestingly enough, the partnership between the two companies has very little to do with desktop PCs and more to do with iOS devices.

Tim Bajarin at Techpinions on the partnership: “Even though Apple’s iPad represents 73% of tablets in the enterprise and the iPhone also has a substantial position in IT, this partnership with IBM helps solidify that iOS is the OS for business tablets and smartphones and gives them a huge edge over their competition.” Whatever the numbers say, I feel as though it’s obvious there’s massive room for growth for iOS in the enterprise, which is essentially what this is all about.

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in their eBooks price-fixing lawsuit, settling the class-action lawsuit brought forward from 33 states in the US. Apple’s settlement could result in payments of up to $400 million to consumers, but it’s unlikely people outside of the US will be seeing a cent of that.

Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives spoke at an Apple Distinguished Educator conference about… nothing to do with education, apparently. I mean, she did talk about Apple’s environmental initiatives (as per her job title), but I guess this is only news because an Apple exec spoke at an Apple event.

Marco Arment’s long-awaited podcast client is here, and Overcast 1.0 comes with two headline features called Smart Speed and Voice Boost. There’s plenty of other great factors about the app, as reviewed by podcast fiend Federico Viticci, and the app itself is free with a $7 in-app purchase to unlock everything. (The list includes being able to download podcasts over mobile networks, the aforementioned smart speed and voice boost features, unlimited playlists, etc.)

John Voorhees’ sweet Mac setup has been featured over at the Sweet Setup, which describes the apps and tools he uses for everyday productivity as a bankruptcy lawyer and iOS developer partnership with his eldest son.

Speaking of iOS development, the idea behind AppbotX, from former Discovr developer Stuart Hall, is that it’s a framework you can embed within your app to manage communication between yourself and your customers, delivering “feedback screens, FAQs, inline downtime & news notifications, version updates and review prompts for your mobile app”.

Rode’s new iXY microphone has been updated for the Lighting connector found on any current-generation iOS device.

Apple’s Swift blog isn’t the only official outlet Apple employees have had. TUAW goes back in time to check out a few others that have cropped up over the years.

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