Thursday Morning News
Apple’s latest Supplier Responsibility report covers everything the company did last year in order to better working conditions for hundreds of thousands of employees working at manufacturing facilities all over the world. AppleInsider summarises it as 633 audits of 1.6 million workers in 19 countries, covering everything from the supply of clean water, conflict mineral usage, and prohibiting recruitment firms charging “recruitment fees” to employees.
While my own exposure to Find My iPhone has mostly been when people forget their Apple ID password and can’t go through the recovery process, the security feature has had an impact on smartphone theft worldwide, TechCrunch says. Since the introduction of the feature preventing iPhones from being used after being associated with an Apple ID, iPhone theft has dropped 50% in London, 40% in San Francisco, and 25% in New York.
Apple has confirmed it will be discontinuing Aperture when Photos for OS X is released later this year. It won’t be possible to purchase Aperture after Photos comes out, but you’ll still be able to download it if you have purchased the software via the Mac App Store, just like you can still download copies of Lion and Mavericks.
MacRumors cites new analytics from Citrix saying iPhone 6 Plus owners use twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners — and ten times as much data as iPhone 3GS owners, although the latter shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. But I’m interested to know why larger-screens equate to more data usage — perhaps they just have the space to get more stuff done, or they’re doing more data-intensive activities with all that screen real estate.
Continuing news from third parties, 9to5Mac points out a report from the University of Pennsylvania which concluded smartphones are better at tracking activity than current fitness wearables. In a head-to-head contest featuring the iPhone 5s, Galaxy S4, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP24, and Fitbit’s One/Flex/Zip, only the Fitbit One and Zip were significantly better than the smartphones when it came to measuring steps taken on a treadmill.
MacStories has a review of Saver 2 for iPhone, an all-around budgeting and expense-tracking app. If you have fairly simple personal finance requirements and just want something to keep track of all your financials, although Saver can’t do multiple bank accounts, you can still get a lot of out it.
If you’re bored of the binary yes/no of Tinder, the latest dating app on the block takes things to a whole other level of questions and answers. It’s called Willow, and Macworld has a quick preview of the app.
We have AirDrop and Continuity these days to get things from our Macs to our portable devices, or vice versa, so what’s the point of something like Pushbullet? I think one of its main selling points is that it works across platforms — so on your Windows PC, your Android smartphone, that kind of thing. But even if you are an all-Apple home, Pushbullet connects all your devices in a slightly different way than AirDrop/Continuity/Handoff, by letting you share anything, anywhere.
There’s now a native version of Wireshark for OS X, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.
Last but not least this morning, Macworld has a list of things Apple need to fix in iOS 9, now that they’re pulling out all the stops and making it a Snow Leopard-like release.