Friday Morning News

Shazam Mac iconApple are said to launch the next iPhone on October 14 as part of an incredibly busy month for the company. Previous rumours had pegged the announcement date as September 16, or thereabouts, but the actual date when you can stay up all night camped outside an Apple Store, queuing up with your favourite Apple nerds? Still up in the air — this is just a rumour, after all.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said Apple will only ship three million iWatch units this year, with production issues contributing to low shipping volumes. Previous estimates were anywhere between five and ten million units, so this seems reasonably accurate, as far as shipment predictions go (more on this later).

Apple has a shiny new CDN to play with, and the $100 million network in the US and Europe means they’ll be able to deliver iOS and OS X updates all the more efficiently, providing multi-terabits of capacity. Part of the deal includes a direct connection to Comcast’s network in the US, as detailed by Ars Technica.

Earlier this week Apple re-released the MacBook Air EFI Update 2.9, after the original release caused crashing. The update itself resolves an issue with MacBook Airs failing to properly wake from sleep.

An update to Office for iPad now lets you export documents as PDFs, as well as giving you the ability to use custom fonts within the suite of apps. New picture tools also make the changelog for all three apps, with individual apps getting minor changes of their own.

Shazam had brought their music-identifying sorcery to the Mac. The Shazam for Mac app sits in your menu bar and listens to whatever content you’re playing. It doesn’t seem to be limited to just music, either — the app says it can identify TV shows as well as ads, although how well that works is a very good question. It’s free in the Mac App Store, and Macworld checks it out.

In other app news, Wunderlist 3 is out with real-time syncing and public lists. The redesigned app now lets you collaborate with others on shared lists, all updated in real time. There’s plenty of other features, with TechCrunch reporting over 60 new features in the cross platform app for lists. Over at iMore, they’ve got the list of best Mac apps for July.

OK, so if you’ve ever wondered how analysts make their predictions about shipment volumes and the like, it’s basically making stuff up. The thing is, people get paid based on the numbers analysts make up, which kinda seems a touch unfair.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that’s the case, Windows Phone has a lot of respect for iOS. The Windows Phone browser is set to change its user-agent string to ape Mobile Safari, with the idea of better mobile website rendering. I can’t really decide which idiom to finish this one on, so pick one from the list: “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?” Or maybe “fake it until you make it”?

Lifehacker has the story of Plex this morning, and it’s the story of how one app became one of the best media center apps around. Anecdotally, I’ve seen it outstrip manufacturer-sanctioned media apps such as DLNA.

If you wanted something to watch this morning, TUAW rates and reviews every iPad ad, ever. Could be a good time to try out Shazam’s desktop app, too.

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