Wednesday Morning News

itunes-pass2Apple has officially brought its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, after launching it in several other countries. It means you can get up to $250 for your old iPhone (or $215 for an iPad) at any of Apple’s Retail Stores Australia-wide. The final amount depends on the model and the condition of the device you’re trading in, and while it may be lower than what you might get from a private sale on Gumtree, eBay, or wherever people sell stuff these days, you can rest easy knowing your older device will be responsibly recycled. Interestingly enough, there’s nothing on the Apple website to say this change has been implemented — has anyone been to an Apple Store to see what’s what?

The latest stats from Apple peg iOS 7 adoption at 90% ten months after release. Just 9% of devices are running iOS 6, with a further 2% running something earlier. (I have no idea why that adds up to 101%, but it’s likely due to rounding errors.) Similarly, the iPhone 5s is the best selling smartphone in the world, according to at least one market research company.

Following rumours former US White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was in the running for Apple’s recently-vacated Head of PR position, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has “noped” that one right out of the park. So much for that, then.

The US PTO has denied Apple’s “Touch ID” trademark on the grounds it could be confused with an earlier timekeeping technology, also named “Touch ID”. “Apple has six months from the date of the rejection to either accept the decision or appeal it”, writes AppleInsider, meaning something has to be done by November 7.

An new feature in Japan called iTunes Pass integrates Apple’s Passbook with the iTunes account system. Instead of buying credit and using the camera to redeem the code, Japanese iPhone users can have the Apple Store scan a special Passbook pass which then immediately credits the user’s iTunes account. It’s super cool.

Apple has begun encrypting email sent between providers. ICloud-to-iCloud emails are already encrypted, but this is extending that same encryption to email addresses other than iCloud ones.

Apple’s new Photos app is coming, and the search is on for Apple Retail employees who are mad-keen photographers to test their upcoming app. It’s unknown whether this will extend to Retail staff outside of the US, but I don’t see why it couldn’t be.

One user has documented their switch from Chrome to Safari on OS X, all because Chrome was severely affecting battery life on his Retina MacBook Pro. Flash is later found to be the main culprit.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to do anything with Siri, does iMore have the guide for you. Their ultimate guide to getting things done with your personal assistant is fantastic.

It may not be the MOBA that has a prize pool bigger than Wimbledon, but Fates Forever is an iPad MOBA that Touch Arcade rates very highly. It’s not really designed for casual gaming — a few minutes here and there — but that’s kind of why it does so well.

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  1. tcn33 says:

    According to a friend it’s US-only, which is a shame.

  2. iOS device trade in at $250 maximum, I"m going to say that’s going to be a lot less than what you could get elsewhere, but as you said it’s nice and simple.

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