Wednesday Morning News
Apple’s market cap hit $700 billion yesterday, which is almost more money than anyone can possibly imagine. Seriously, it’s a lot — and as MacRumors notes, it means Apple’s market cap has doubled since Tim Cook was named CEO in 2011. Despite issues with iCloud. Despite software quality taking a recent decline. In spite of everything that’s happened, Apple is now worth more than it was ever before, and if that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what does.
Thanks to a deal between Apple and Google, Google is the default search engine in Safari. But that deal expires early next year, and speculation says Apple could choose to go with someone else as their default search provider. Microsoft and Yahoo are strong contenders for the position, and Microsoft already has a foot in the door with Bing being the default search used for Siri.
MacRumors says iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are noticing easily scratched screens on their new devices, something that didn’t happen with previous models of iPhone. I guess that’s what happens when your demands result in the shut down of your one and only sapphire provider, but all jokes aside, this kind of thing shouldn’t be happening.
Reading about Twitterrific’s issues with an update on the Mac that should have been out months ago is troubling, given how Twitter essentially don’t care about third party clients — even though it was mostly the work of third parties that arguably led to Twitter’s massive popularity today. Diminishing returns on third-party Twitter apps are probably the reason why we still haven’t seen an iOS 7 version of Tweetbot for iPad, too, and probably why we’ll never see a Yosemite-themed update for Tweetbot on the Mac. Which is kind of sad, really.
BlackBerry’s trade-up program will give you up to $550 for any current model iPhone, depending on its current condition. The only catch is, you have to get a BlackBerry Passport, and depending on what kind of work you do, that might not be an attractive proposition. In any case, it’s only available to those in the US, anyway.
The Mac Observer tells you how to reset your administrator password under OS X Yosemite. There’s a few ways to do it, including the option of administering your account via your Apple ID – and if it comes down to it, you can always reset the password using the built-in recovery partition.
A post on Medium explains why many iOS 8 devices seem to have decreased Wi-Fi performance, and it’s got something to do with Apple’s Wireless Direct Link protocol that’s used for AirDrop, AirPlay, and other peer-to-peer connections. Similar issues happen under Yosemite, and the only real solution is to toggle AWDL on the interface.
Apple products come in a clean white box these days (I remember looking at my pure-white iPhone 6 box and wondering if they just forgot to print the graphic on there), but that hasn’t always been the case. When Newtons and MessagePads were a thing, Apple boxes were a lot different.
You can listen to AC/DC’s new album on iTunes Radio, and I can say that because for one, AC/DC is an Australian band, and for another, iTunes Radio is actually available in Australia.
Apple put out two new ads yesterday, both featuring voice overs by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. I haven’t heard of localised Australian versions, but the ads show off phone calls on any device and the gaming capabilities of the new iPhone, respectively. They’re kinda fun.