Monday Morning News

disney-infinity-mobile-2-0-ipadNew research data from customers in the US says US consumers favour the iPhone 6 over the 6 Plus in a ratio of about 3:1, putting to rest the debate regarding which model of Apple’s latest iPhone is the most popular. I continue to doubt whether Apple will release sales/activation numbers by iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, so this is about as good as it gets in terms of the split. The data also claims 91% of iPhone owners bought the new iPhone.

Apple’s response to the Masque attack says iOS has been designed with security safeguards in place to warn and protect customers against potentially malicious software. In a statement to iMore, Apple reported they were not aware of any customers that had actually been affected by the attack, which involves malicious individuals installing malware-laden versions of third-party apps, and encouraged customers to only download software from trusted sources, such as the App Store.

For the record, Apple’s been fairly proactive with regards to security threats to its desktop and mobile platforms. Gatekeeper on the Mac side prevents you from installing software from untrusted sources, namely developers who have chosen not to sign their apps, and while the same ad-hoc method of installing apps doesn’t quite exist, the enterprise and developer programs do allow installation of iOS software from sources other than the App Store. Ultimately, Macworld’s Glenn Fleishman writes that users make the final choice — but as far as Apple are concerned, they’ve done a hell of a lot.

I think it’s hard to appreciate just how good the processors in Apple’s mobile devices are. AppleInsider says the chips are so good, they threaten similar silicon from the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and Samsung, who are — or were — in the grand scheme of things, much bigger players in the processor space. That’s kind of a big deal.

On the weekend, I enjoy reading Apple Pay news from the Apple blogosphere. I chuckle to myself at stories that say this or that retailer added Apple Pay support, and am more than a little surprised to see the New York Times, of all places, reporting about the “mainstream appeal of mobile payments“. Australia doesn’t have Apple Pay (yet!), but it doesn’t really matter, seeing as we’re already ahead of the US when it comes to contactless payments.

With data security being a hot topic these days, the FTC in the US has sought assurances from Apple they’ll be securing the health data collected from the Apple Watch. Apple replied that all data from the Apple Watch is encrypted, according to TUAW.

The coolest thing about Disney’s new Infinity 2.0 mobile app is that it was built with Metal, Apple’s new set of graphics APIs promising vastly improved graphics performance. 9to5Mac reports on the event, saying “as a direct result of Metal, Disney devs were able to achieve near console-quality graphics and the overall development process was much smoother.”

Apple CEO has been named as the number two Business person of the year, according to Fortune magazine. He comes in behind Google’s Larry Page, who leads Fortune’s list of top 50 execs.

The Mac Observer brings you five tips for Siri in iOS 8, including the tip that you can launch the settings screen for specific apps.

There are plenty who say the iPad is a great productivity tool, but for purely writing, the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus might be the better option. Eddie Smith explains.

David Sparks has been having no end of issues with iCloud lately, and he wonders if people at Apple are even using iCloud Drive. Even with Apple’s own iWork suite, iCloud Drive is inconsistent at best, and might as well be totally broken for third party apps.

Last but not least, Mac OS X Hints posted a notice about the site going into read-only mode, essentially on hiatus. Mac OS X Hints was a great resource for all kinds of OS X nerdery, and it will be missed.

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