Thursday Morning News

collection_01_largeIn the App Store, “Free” is now “Get”, thanks to a plethora of free apps offering in-app purchases. The recent change to the App Store doesn’t differentiate between free apps that offer in-app purchases and those that don’t, instead preferring to label all free apps with Get. It’s a minor language change in the grand scheme of things, but may turn out to be fairly important when it comes to people downloading apps for “free”.

The Financial Times is reporting Beats Music will be bundled into iOS starting from next year, and I’m wondering how that will work because Beats isn’t available outside the US. There’s also the suggestion Beats Music will be rebranded to become part of the iTunes family, so maybe we’ll see a mashup of Beats Music and iTunes Radio — at least the latter is available in Australia.

If the Apple rumour mill has its way, the next iPhone will see a huge leap in camera performance thanks to the addition of another lens to the camera assembly. Some kind of “two lens” system will be used in the next iPhone, according to John Gruber’s sources, and that will take the iPhone from very-good image quality to DSLR-like levels of picture quality.

Apple will very soon allow the automated purchasing of mobile iAds, streamlining the previously-convoluted process by which iAds were previously deployed. 9to5Mac also says wider availability will help the struggling iAd platform, with iAds now being available in 95 countries compared to the 16 it was in October.

Scare tactics from the US Department of Justice claim iPhone encryption will lead to the death of a child, at least according to one DoJ staffer who told Apple executives as much during a meeting between the two companies. Apple has since labelled the comment as “inflammatory”, which I think is warranted in this case.

Apple’s removal of the 32GB iPhone may not have made much sense, but from a business perspective, the move is actually worth quite a lot. How much? One estimate puts it a close to $4 billion over the period of one financial year, thanks to an increase in the average selling price of iPhones.

There’s a reason Apple Watch promos show the time as 10:09, and it harks back to marketing of traditional watches. TUAW explains.

The iPhone 6 versus 6 Plus split is about 3:1 in favour of the iPhone 6, according to website analytics on Daring Fireball. Gruber’s numbers back up previous claims on a 3:1 ratio, but again, whether the split is due to a constraint on iPhone 6 Plus units or the iPhone 6 being a more popular smartphone overall is yet to be seen.

The official Twitter app on iPhone now lets you search for any tweet ever sent, which might be one reason to use the app over fantastic third-party alternatives (I’m looking at you, Tweetbot). Federico Viticci at MacStories also has a few tips on searching a hell of a lot of tweets.

Fitbit might not be interested in syncing data to the Health app on iOS, but a bridging app called Sync Solver for Fitbit can pass ten aspects of health data into the Health app. Sync Solver for Fitbit is $1.29, on the Australian App Store.

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