Monday Morning News
Anandtech’s review of the iPad Air 2 says the tablet continues the same tried-and-true formula of previous iPads, iterating on both design and hardware specs to produce “one of the only tablets worth buying on the market today”. Significant improvements in the display and camera make it more usable, and while hardware specs don’t matter for most people, the updated A8X SoC means an all-round better user experience. In short, it’s just a better tablet, and Anandtech has the graphs to prove it.
You can now upload photos to the Photos webapp on the iCloud website, letting you browse uploaded photos on other devices once they’re all synced up. Apple are slowly but surely building out their plans for an all-in-one photo library, and next year, we’ll see the launch of an entirely new Photos app on the Mac.
The FCC has leaked an [unreleased pair of Beats headphones](Twitch.tv/directory/game/Dota 2), and on further inspection, they appear to be a wireless version of the company’s Beats Solo 2. The new set of cans uses bluetooth to connect to devices, and interestingly, will feature Apple branding, at least on the packaging if not on the actual headphones themselves.
I thought we could put this entire GT Advanced saga behind us, but no. According to MacRumors, unsealed court documents give an insight into Apple’s business practices. What that really means is that Apple has considerable leverage given its position in the market and proven track record for entirely new product categories, so they can make what some perceive to be “unreasonable” demands of companies they’re working with.
True to its word, Apple has removed Fitbit products from its online and Retail Stores. Fitbit’s heart-rate and activity-tracking Surge likely approaches Apple Watch territory, even though the latter has more of a fashion aspect than the former.
Australian developers Shifty Jelly released Pocket Casts 5.0 on Friday, bringing support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as per-podcast notifications and iOS 8 features, such as actionable notifications and an updated design. The release notes assure me there are plenty of the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, too.
It’s one thing to talk about enabling Handoff on a 2011 MacBook Pro (a process which requires a hardware upgrade as well as software tweaks), but it’s another thing entirely to do the hardware upgrade yourself. Steeley ordered a Handoff-compatible bluetooth card for his machine and posted up a write-up of the entire process in the forums, and you should definitely have a read-through if you’re interested in getting a few more years out of an older machine.
PSA: if you pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus from Apple or managed to snag one on launch day, you have about a week to pick up AppleCare+. I’ve previously written about the benefits of AppleCare+, and if you’re looking to grab it from an Apple Retail Store, The Mac Observer says that even though it won’t appear in your list of agreements on Apple’s support website, coverage will still be in full effect.
Macworld answers your iTunes 12 questions, showing you how to add album art, where your Wish List went, and how you can view new releases from your artists.
Sales of iPads are declining, and if quality apps aren’t the problem, what is? Dr Drang hits the nail on the head by saying that even though the iPad now has performance to rival computers from a number of years ago, it still suffers from the problem of not being a computer.
Smart words from Benedict Evans, who writes that Apple Pay is a perfect example of Apple’s modus operandi of partnering with companies to come up with something that completely disrupts the industry. Not only that, but this current disruption of the banking/payments industry has a precedent in the iTunes Store.
If you haven’t seen it, South Park did an episode on how freemium isn’t free. It’s really well done.