Wednesday Afternoon News

2012-imac-gallery6_GEO_AUMacRumors pegs the release of Apple’s new iPads to be October 24th, according to one of their sources which has provided them with accurate information in the past. At this point, there’s not much to do but wait until the Apple event early Friday morning to see what Apple have up their sleeve (and don’t say an Apple Watch).

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has received word of another Apple event and has reared his head once again, bestowing upon us his expert divinations. Kuo writes in a research note the new 27-inch iMac with Retina display is good to go and will begin shipping before the end of the year, although the 21-inch version of the same won’t ship until early next year. He also says supply of the next-generation iPad Air will be constrained, adding that the iPad mini will see minimal changes. 9to5Mac has further insight into what we can expect in a Retina iMac, besides a gratuitous number of pixels.

U2’s Bono has apologised for getting all up in your iTunes library with their Songs of Innocence album. He sees it as something they just carried away with — and to be fair, the idea for massive promotion would be tempting to any artists promoting their art. The execution, however, was a little lacking.

Jason Snell writes about the demise of Macworld Expo, after IDG announced a hiatus for the consumer-focused Apple event. The official post says the expo won’t be returning in 2015, and the outlook seems to suggest it won’t be coming back at all. Dave Hamilton from The Mac Observer sees this as an opportunity, a gap to be filled.

Peter Cohen of iMore has his own thoughts on the ending of Macworld/iWorld. It was once the place where Apple would announce new products including the MacBook Air and iPhone, and besides that, it was one of the best places for regular folk to get up close an personal with people involved with Apple products. Christopher Breen calls it the greatest trade show on Earth, and while it wasn’t as big as some of the other consumer electronics trade shows, it always had a special place in the hearts and minds of Apple fans.

Skype are the latest company to get into ephemeral messaging. Skype Qik makes its mark as a lightweight video-messaging app, and it’s really simple to use. You get 42 seconds to record a square video, and that’s immediately sent to your friends. The Verge has a few more details on how it works.

MacStories has a comprehensive review of Drafts 4, an iOS productivity app that once relied on inter-app communication via URL schemes to accomplish its claims to fame. Drafts 4 features significant UI overhauls including a more accessible interface for building actions, a built-in Share mechanism, and a healthy number of Javascripts for text manipulation. “Drafts 4 is Agile Tortoise’s statement that they are ready for the challenges of a modern iOS”, MacStories writes.

The good folks at Panic explain to us how Complete My Bundle pricing works. Depending on whether you’ve purchased apps in the bundle, the “Complete My Bundle” price can often be confusing at best, but it all makes sense once you read the explanation.

The iPhone 6 Plus is a huge phone. You’ll need two hands to use it. But the large size means a big battery, and all that adds up to the best iPhone to use all day long, according to Tools and Toys.

A friendly reminder after Dropbox was not-hacked yesterday: if you store your 1Password data in Dropbox and your Dropbox password is stolen, the thieves will still need your Master Password in order to decrypt your 1Password data. So long as you’re not doing something stupid and using the same password for Dropbox and your Master Password, you should be just fine.

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