Monday Morning News
Continuing the Apple Watch price speculation this morning is John Gruber, who published a piece over the weekend discussing the various price points of the Apple Watch. He has it on good authority that the Edition models will cost somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000, which is what he calls “Bananas Town” — on the other hand, if Apple price the Edition model at $5,000, they’d sell millions because you simply can’t buy a solid gold watch for that kind of money, let alone one with the kind of technology Apple plan to pack into it.
In any case, we now know the various straps will be sold separately at launch. Gruber writes some straps may be limited to certain models of the Apple Watch, and if so, I’m scared to think what the price of the super-cool Link Bracelet will be. As for an actual launch date, well, your guess is as good as mine.
Bloomberg claims Apple will begin electric car production in 2020, which seems plausible enough (and, lest I remind you, not as far off as it may seem). They say Apple will be competing with both Tesla and GM in that timeframe, since both those companies will have begun to ship all-electric cars in affordable price ranges that have incredible range.
9to5Mac speculates what we could expect from an Apple car, if one does go on sale by 2020. Their post contains every possibility of advanced technology that might be possible by that time, bearing in mind self-driving cars is something we have today, more or less. And Tesla’s already demonstrated some of the features that go a long way towards assisting drivers, even if it can’t outright replace them.
9to5Mac also reports Apple will be fighting bugs by opening up testing of iOS 8.3 and iOS 9. It’s unknown how successful the OS X Public Beta program actually was, but it must have done OK if Apple is considering opening up beta testing of its mobile platform to the public — iOS 8.3 opens up in March, and iOS 9 will land around the same time as WWDC, if history proves correct.
Macworld lets us know Gmail’s Inbox app now works on the iPad, in case you were missing out on your inbox-workflow on your tablet. You’ll still need an invite for the service, but if you drop me a message via Discourse I’ll try and get you hooked up with one.
One of the things Apple showed off in their iOS 8 demo video was the incredible extensibility of photo-editing apps, and over at iMore, they have some of the best photo extension apps. Whether you’re into just adding a filter or tweaking the colours in your photo, there’s an extension for that.
Astropad turns your iPad into a professional graphics tablet. It says it works with a range of third-party styluses, and I’d be interested to hear how it works from a graphic designer, and how it fares compared to an actual graphics tablet.
Stephen Darlington says you can turn an app from paid to free, in the case where you might want early adopters to get premium features for free, and have new users unlock everything via an in-app purchases. It’s just a lot of extra work.
Over at iMore, Rene Ritchie says it’s fun to dream about new Apple products. At least, that’s what all the Apple car business seems to be about.
Matt Gemmell has a handy hint for finding text patterns in Lion (the post is from 2011), but still works in Yosemite today. It’s not regex, but it’s still pretty handy.
Also from Gemmell is his farewell to files, which postulates that we could all do away with the filesystem, as long as there was still some way to access files within the OS. And honestly, filing away documents is tedious, hard work for many — if people just opened the app that they were working with, that gave them a list of all their documents, wouldn’t that be enough?