Monday Morning News
Apple has removed the first-generation iPad mini from its lineup, with the original smaller iPad passing the torch onto the iPad mini 2 and mini 3 brothers and sisters. Even though dropping the iPad mini was inevitable — Ars Technica notes it was based on the internals of the iPad 2, which Apple stopped selling early last year — it means that every iOS devices Apple sells now comes with a Retina-grade screen, with all but the iPhone 5C and iPod touch including a 64-bit processor, to boot.
Apple’s statement to iMore on the XARA exploits says they have implemented server-side security updates which “secures app data and blocks apps with sandbox configuration issues from the Mac App Store”. Apple also says they’re working with researchers to investigate the security exploits laid out in their paper.
A new replacement program from Apple says they will replace the 3TB hard drives in certain 27-inch iMacs, with machines sold between December 2012 and September 2013 being affected by the recall. From the replacement program support page: “a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions”, and the program will cover affected models until December 19th 2015, or three years from the original date of purchase.
Macworld clarifies an important point regarding Apple Music: while certain albums might be available on the service, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be available for streaming. What that means for you is that you’ll be able to listen to Taylor Swift’s back catalog, but her latest album, 1989, will be off-limits. It’s unclear if this is still the case if you already own the album, but according to Swift, the reason she’s holding back is because Apple won’t be paying artists during Apple Music’s three month trial period.
Over at TechCrunch, Steven Aquino writes about how Apple put accessibility front and centre at WWDC this year. Apple already makes an effort to make its own apps as accessible as possible, but that’s only half of the story: accessibility needs to be incorporated into third-party apps as much as it does into the core iOS apps, and that responsibility lies with third-party developers.
Apple looked into distributing 4K content. According to WikiLeak’s latest Sony reveal, Apple licensed content from Sony in order to investigate testing and distribution of 4K content as early as 2013, although they did not have the rights to sell 4K content via the iTunes Store.
You’d think that if Apple would publish a code course for Swift anywhere, it would be on iTunes U. But a new, free-to-learn Swift programming course has appeared on GitHub with Apple’s blessing, with the whole thing being in partnership with University of Georgia.
An evaluation of the features included in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan from 9to5Mac after just two weeks seems a little pre-mature, given that both operating systems aren’t even in public beta. But as a preview of the impact and usefulness of new features, it isn’t too bad.
Keyboard shortcuts for Bluetooth keyboards get a massive improvement in iOS 9, and the the Mail and Safari keyboard shortcuts should improve productivity for tablet users.
Re/code has posted up the full video and transcript of the Code Conference interview of Apple SVP Operations Jeff Williams.
Somewhat weirdly, MacRumors does a little digging on Feld and Volk, the company responsible for most of the iPhone 6 leaks last year. The company is interesting and all, but customised devices are really nothing new.
Apple currently has $194 billion in cash, but it’s actually kind of a burden. As much as 89% of Apple’s cash reserves are held overseas, which means Apple can’t do anything with that money without bringing it back to the US and incurring a huge tax. Neil Cybart explains the situation.