Friday Morning News

dsc_0094It’s still unknown why Apple chose to pull the public release of watchOS 2, but a series of tweets from PCCalc developer James Thomson suggest it may have had something to do with FairPlay, the licensing-part of apps that ensures they’re authorised to run on the hardware in question. With watchOS 2 including native apps, an issue with FairPlay not allowing apps to launch could very well have been the show-stopping bug that people talk about.

With the release of iOS 9, content blockers have exploded in popularity due to people not wanting their webpages covered with extraneous content in the form of surveys, pop-overs, and the like. The Verge’s discussion of ad blocking says that it’s a representation of the slow death of the web, despite ad blocking not even being a new thing — but with many people surfing the web from their mobile device, perhaps this will be the wake-up call that publishers need.

Whatever you think about ad blocking, Marco Arment’s Peace ad blocker reached number one on the paid App Store charts yesterday, which is basically unheard of for a new category of app. The Loop says this is a sign of the times, where ad blocking has become such a valued proposition that people are willing to pay to improve their web-browsing experience, but apparently still not willing to pay to directly support the websites they browse.

A preview of Jony Ive’s Apple Store in Belgium gives us a look at the future of Apple Retail. It’s definitely more natural, with the traditional wooden Apple tables complementing the new wooden shelving and potted plants, while at the same time contrasting with the glass and aluminium construction.

Both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan (the latter of which is out later this month) close a serious AirDrop vulnerability which forced the installation of a malicious provisioning profile, even if you rejected the AirDrop transfer.

A look at iOS 9 in the classroom by Fraser Speirs examines the changes iOS 9 brings to the education market. Productivity improvements such as side-by-side multitasking and picture-in-picture means students will be able to get things done more efficiently.

In case you missed it, Shifty Jelly’s Apple Update says they’ve had one developer working full-time on Pocket Weather since June this year, and the new version will be re-written from the ground up using Swift and embracing new technologies — including an Apple Watch complication. Pocket Casts has also getting some love, and both apps will be out before summer hits.

Along a similar vein, Tapbots announced they’re working on the finishing touches of Tweetbot 4 for iPhone and iPad. Nothing more than a teaser image was posted to their Twitter account, but I for one hope it brings quick replies directly from the notification like the latest Twitter update. It’s weird, because Twitter has an iPad app that’s mostly garbage, yet they include features like quick replies from notifications? That doesn’t make sense!

Curiously, Apple chose not to release its News app in Australia yesterday with the launch of iOS 9. But it is available in the US, and if you don’t mind pretending to be from the US, you can have News in the official release of iOS 9, too. Which brings us to…

…which is kind of a shame that News is also a little lackluster. MacStories says News needs a lot of work before it’s viable as a daily read for many users — but if you’ve given it a go and added some of your must-read websites, I’d love to know what you think.

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  1. Umm…give us the option and at least some of us would.

    Most websites don’t and to be frank most websites aren’t worth paying for - I wouldn’t give a Murdoch paper a dime because of his political leanings, but I did try to become a member of The Guardian but they charge in £ and it was way too much - I asked them to offer $AU plans but got no response.

    I would not give a lot of tech websites any money because they simply curate (aka steal) other websites content and rejig it as their own. I’d much rather support original journalism and that includes paying The Verge so I don’t have to use an adblocker.

    I really like it. It takes a long time to pull down the articles every time you open it though. When a site truncates its RSS it’s a simple swipe up to go to the full page and article and much less of a chore than Flipboard. AppleTalk doesn’t work it though :frowning:

  2. Speaking of paying for stuff, I’d gladly pay again for Tweetbot and Pocket Weather. My most used app and the best Australian weather app out there bar none.

  3. We’ve discussed running ads, but for the moment we’re running this place out of our own pockets. It’s about the bigger picture, you know?

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