Wednesday Morning News
In lieu of any new iPhone news this morning, Bloomberg open proceedings with the rumour of a 12.9-inch iPad. “According to people with knowledge on the matter”, Bloomberg writes, saying Apple has been working with people to develop larger touch screen devices for at least a year. It’s not the first time we’ve heard a rumour like this before, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. But given the busy latter half of the year Apple already have planned, I probably wouldn’t put any money on such a tablet being out before 2015, at the earliest.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has acknowledged the recent decline in tablet sales, calling it “just a speed bump” for the company. “We couldn’t be happier with how we’ve done with the first four years of the iPad”, he said.
Apple has added the iTunes Festival 2014 channel to the Apple TV, also adding a Showtime Anytime channel at the same time. While the iTunes Festival has at least some relevance for Australians, Showtime only offers limited free content to users, but other content does require a subscription via participating cable networks. Which, as far as I know, aren’t available in Australia.
The LA Unified School District has suspended their $1 billion contract with Apple. The deal previously saw them roll out iPads to students on a one-to-one basis, preloaded with curriculum content. According to MacRumors, the contract was suspended because it appeared to be tailored to the eventual contract winners, Apple and Pearson.
A new Apple patent details a more physical touchscreen, capable of deforming to reveal physical buttons below the surface of a flexible display. The patent also says the screen would accept sound and pressure input, allowing for haptic feedback.
Hyperlapse videos have been all the rage lately, and Instagram’s (Facebook’s too, I assume) latest app is exactly that. If the demo videos are anything to go by, videos produced using Hyperlapse are super smooth — the kind of smooth you’d expect from an expensive steadycam setup, not an hand-held iPhone video. Wired has the story of the app, while Macworld go hands on. Hyperlapse is free on the App Store.
The best VPN for iOS and OS X is Cloak. Or so says the Sweet Setup, who firstly explain why you’d want to use a VPN in the first place, then go on to compare a few of the more popular providers.
A review of the new Parallels Desktop 10 from 9to5Mac claims even tighter Windows/Mac integration, and the requisite performance improvements. There’s a bunch of new features to keep those guys happy, all of them coming without any noticeable hits to performance.
It’s been what, a year since iOS 7 was released? And then Apple changed the Shift key with iOS 7.1, which led to some serious user outrage. Fast Company calls it Apple’s biggest design crime, “moonman-huffing paint fumes UI logic”. I’ve heard it called worse things, to be honest, none of which are repeatable here.
A strange tip says you can get a taste of OS X Yosemite right now by, er, disabling Dashboard in Mavericks. That’s like saying you can drive a Ferrari by spray-painting your Camry red, but I guess we shouldn’t be comparing apples and oranges here.