Thursday Morning News
Apple’s latest acquisition is a British company called Semetric, who publish the Musicmetric software for media tracking and analytics. MacRumors reports Apple is expected to integrate Musicmetric into its relaunch of Beats later this year.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have paid dividends in South Korea, where Apple has now reached 33% market share in the region traditionally dominated by Samsung. Apple’s market share in the region doubled from 15% to 33% in just one quarter, which is a testament to the popularity of the larger screens of the iPhone 6 series if I’ve ever seen one.
A new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple paints a target on Time Machine, Cover Flow, and Mobile Safari for 3D workspace patents owned by TriDim Innovations. It’s alleged Apple’s aforementioned software infringes on a patent that deals with moving and manipulating document objects in a 3D environment, which all those apps kind of do.
FiftyThree (the guys behind Paper, the other awesome iPad drawing/painting app) says their Pencil stylus is now available in both Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store. Although the stylus isn’t available in Australia just yet, Paper says a global rollout of the Bluetooth stylus is just around the corner.
In an email to customers, Dropbox has mentioned they’ll be dropping support for OS X 10.5 Leopard or older starting May 18. The email says customers running older versions of OS X will no longer be able to access their files via the Dropbox desktop app, but points customers in the right direction for upgrading their machines.
Word games are some of my favourites on the App Store, but it’s hard finding truly great ones that can be played over and over again. Letterpad from Nimblebit is an upcoming title that asks you to make words on a topic from a 3×3 grid, and they’ve even shown off Apple Watch support, if and when we eventually see the latter.
If Fantastical isn’t your cup of tea because you’re not into the whole natural-language thing for creating events, maybe Sunrise calendar will be. Sunrise integrates all of your favourite social services, so you’ll be able to see the birthdays of your Facebook friends, Foursquare check-ins, and even LinkedIn information, if you’re into that kind of thing.
A recent Apple ad for the MacBook Air showed off personalisation of Apple laptops with those cute stickers from Etsy. But before people were integrating the Apple logo as part of the wildest decal designs, the PowerBook 1400 was delightfully personal, as covered by Macworld.
Madness. That’s how Jean-Louise Gasée describes a recent change in Pages which seriously affects the usability of hyperlinks in Apple’s default word processor, in a longer note about the recent decline of Apple software quality.