Wednesday Morning News

carplay-during-callDigitimes, who have a sketchy-at-best track record at Apple rumours, claim a 13-inch iPad from Apple will run both iOS and OS X. We’re not even sure Apple will be releasing a larger tablet — and there haven’t been any part leaks like you might expect if they were — but hey, such a device has already been described by Apple CEO Tim Cook as the converging of a refrigerator and toaster.

A separate claim from Digitimes says Apple are pulling iPhone production away from the iPhone 6 towards the iPhone 6 Plus, given the runaway popularity of the larger-screened of the two new iPhones. If so, the previous news that the iPhone 6 Plus accounting for 60% of iPhone 6 shipments might not have been total baloney, after all.

Apple has seeded the second beta of iOS 8.1 to developers. The release includes a fix for Bluetooth connection issues, as well as support for Apple Pay, which is slated to launch in October. Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing the release sometime within the next few weeks.

Speaking of iOS 8, adoption of Apple’s latest mobile OS has more or less stagnated just two and a half weeks after launch. The numbers have stopped climbing after they reached 47% of active devices using iOS 8, and Macworld has a few theories on why that might be the case. A lot of people just don’t have the 5GB of available space for the OTA update.

We don’t often see a second Gold Master candidate, but Apple has seeded the second GM candidate of OS X Yosemite this morning. It comes alongside the fifth public beta release of OS X Yosemite, and both updates can be downloaded via the Mac App Store and Apple’s Mac Developer Center.

The latest update for the Apple TV brings HomeKit support to the unit, with AppleInsider speculating it could soon become the centre of a connected home. Apple TV could essentially become a “hub” for all your HomeKit-compatible devices, such as smart bulbs and other devices connected to your Wi-Fi network.

A review of CarPlay from 9to5Mac says there’s a lot to like about Apple’s in-car interface for iOS devices, but there’s also a lot that could be improved. It’s probably no surprise that it’s one of the best in-car interfaces I’ve seen, closely mirroring the look and feel of iOS, but leveraging Siri’s voice controls to perform tasks.

There aren’t many apps that take advantage of the new landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus, but that will change soon enough. Macworld runs through nine apps that have been updated for the bigger screen.

Google has a new News and Weather app for iOS. The app was previously available for Android but now makes its way to iOS for the first time. It doesn’t look like it’s available on the Australian App Store just yet, but it should be a little later today.

Shawn Blanc has a list of little things that improve the way he works on the Mac. As far as productivity tips go, it’s a good list of apps that make getting things done that much easier on the Mac.

Notable Replies

  1. Given Apple’s recent track record with software quality control, I think I’ll hang back from installing Yosemite once it’s released, for a while at least.

  2. Yeah… Second GM? When was the last time we had one of those?

  3. bja says:

    I have been using the Yosemite beta on my mid2009 MacBookPro since beta2 and have found it great - better IMHO than Mavericks

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