Tuesday Morning News
Following yesterday’s iPhone logic board leaks, we’ve been treated to more iPhone 6 logic board photos, this time comparing the logic board from the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone to the previously leaked model and also a current-generation iPhone logic board. The source doesn’t even appear to have named which logic board is which, but there are clearly size differences between the various models.
If rumours are anything to go by, we should be seeing a minor spec bump to Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display range any day now. A photo of a display iPad from one of Apple’s Chinese retail locations has the new specs: 200MHz spec bumps across the board and 16GB of RAM as standard across all models round out the changes so far.
First it was the Pandora-for-books BookLamp, now it’s the Pandora-for-talk-radio Swell that Apple are looking to acquire. Sources close to Re/code say that the deal is worth about $30 million, and as for the app itself, it apparently compiles various podcasts and streams, “stitching them into personalised streams”. Is Apple going to be introducing a better recommendations engine for podcasts anytime soon? You be the judge.
The Verge lists seven things the iWatch must do if Apple wants to win. Win what, exactly? I presume the wearables game — the competition’s already there, what with Android Wear and the Pebble, although the latter is more of a traditional watch than something you can track your steps with. Which brings us to a point that’s a point that’s made in the piece: while we probably want the iWatch to do everything, most of the time, it’ll have to do nothing, too.
For those of you in the OS X Yosemite public beta, OS X Daily reminds you can submit your feedback to Apple at any time using the inbuilt Feedback Assistant app. It’s not just limited to reporting bugs, either — if something isn’t behaving as you think it should, tell Apple about it. Speaking of behaviours, that little green button has changed for the first time, now defaulting to be a “full screen” rather than “expand to fit content” window like before.
If your internal SuperDrive is on its way out, you can’t just go out and purchase Apple’s external USB SuperDrive. It’s a somewhat questionable move from Apple, who only list compatibility with Macs that don’t come with an inbuilt optical drive. There are hacks for this particular problem, of course, but ZDNet wonders why Apple didn’t include compatibility in the first place.
Macworld tells us about LogViewer, an app to review Time Machine logs. Time Machine is great until things go wrong, and for those times, trying to hunt down log information for Time Machine can be a bit of a headache.
IMore gives us the best puzzle games for iPad, if you’re looking for an old favourite or something to tickle your grey matter on bus rides. Crowd favourites The Room and Threes! make an appearance, as do old gold such as World of Goo.
Katie Floyd writes about rebuilding a Mac from scratch over at her blog, including the process of backing it all up and setting it all up. She writes it’s not something you need to do with every point release of an OS, but can be handy to do every, say, 4-5 years or so.
Samsung were the kings of copying Apple, but with their latest shenanigans, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi take out the top spot. The Loop catches you up.