Monday Morning News

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 7.19.14 pmRumour has it an updated iPod lineup will be launching later this week, with the iPod touch moving to a 64-bit processor in line with other iOS devices. New colours are also expected to be part of the refresh, thanks to references in iTunes 12.2, although these changes will probably be purely cosmetic for the iPod nano and shuffle.

Apple has a primer on the new two-factor authentication system coming to OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Like many “everything you need to know” posts, it answers a number of common questions about the new system, telling you the difference between the existing two-step authentication and the new two-factor authentication and device management system, the latter of which which will also allow you to add and remove devices from your account.

Apple’s supplemental update for the OS X El Capitan public beta fixes crashing in 32-bit apps, as well as a separate update that improves the pronunciation of the Samantha voice.

The Federal Trade Commission is looking into Apple’s policy of collecting 30% of subscriptions from services via the App Store, after Spotify told users they could be saving $3 by subscribing directly with Spotify instead of via Apple. Now that Apple has a streaming app of its own, the FTC seems concerned Apple’s treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under anti-trust law, as Reuters reports.

The latest controversy around Apple products affects MacBook Pro users with some kind of damaged display coating, resulting in an ugly screen appearance under the right lighting conditions. The issue doesn’t appear widespread enough to have initiated any kind of legal action (yet), but reports say Apple either is dismissing the issue as purely cosmetic or offering repairs for free.

Over at Six Colors, Dan Moren has a guide on setting up your Mac for remote file access. It’s a simple enough thing to do within OS X, but requires an understanding of a number of networking terms in order to get things working.

A report of iOS 9 beta battery life from The Loop says it’s pretty good. Beta 1 was particularly harsh on the old battery, but beta two and three have been fine — maybe slightly worse than the stable iOS 8.4, but nothing to be overly concerned about. It’s not like you’re running the public beta on your main device anyway, right?

If you are running the iOS 9 public beta, iMore says it’s important to submit feedback to Apple, using the built-in feedback app, on bugs you find and feature enhancements you’d like to see. MacStories also had a piece on the importance of negative reviews, saying there were a number of ways to fix the problem of people running beta software and expecting things to work.

The iOS 9 public beta also includes a separate iCloud Drive app for accessing your files in the cloud, and Macworld goes hands-on. You’ll first need to turn it on within Settings, which makes me wonder why Apple hasn’t introduced a switch for the stock Apple apps that no-one is using.

Also getting a little playtime over the weekend was Office 2016 for Mac, with Ars Technica taking a look at the major changes in their own hands-on. A series of screenshots tells most of the story: a few new features here, an interface revamp there to bring it up to speed with its Windows counterpart. Nothing completely radical, but the whole thing does look a little “clean”.

MacStories has a review of Linky 5.0, an app that supercharges the built-in iOS share sheet for better social sharing from any app. Support for images has been added in the latest version, letting you do fancy things like fetch an image from the website you’re sharing.

Apple’s latest ad spots for the iPhone tell us how the iPhone is loved and how the hardware and software are designed together. If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone, and that just about means we’re done here.

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