Monday Morning News
Bloomberg reports Apple is set to start making iPhones in India by the end of April. India is a large untapped market for Apple, and in partnership with Taiwanese company Wistron Corp, Apple will soon be manufacturing iPhones locally in Bangalore’s tech capital of Karnataka. It’s expected making iPhones locally will help with Apple’s plans to introduce Apple retail stores into India.
A new lawsuit against Apple alleges the company purposely broke FaceTime on older versions of iOS in order to force customers to upgrade to iOS 7. The lawsuit claims Apple wanted to save money on a data services deal with Akamai, following a successful lawsuit against the peer-to-peer aspect of FaceTime calls, which meant Apple had to shift away from peer-to-peer calls. AppleInsider has more details on how it all happened.
The big news from the weekend was that Apple is now selling an educational bundle of its pro apps. Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and Main Stage 3 are part of Apple’s newest software bundle in recent history, and perhaps even the newest Apple software bundle since the days of the Mac Box Set. While the bundle will set you back US $199, that’s pretty much where the good news ends as it doesn’t appear to be available via the Australian Apple online store.
MacRumors takes a look at the iPhone concepts we have so far. Most of the concepts featured have displays that extend to the edge of the display, although what they do with the home button is interesting. Some choose to extend on-screen right over the top of it, whereas some choose to re-work the bottom lip in favour of integrating the home button a little more elegantly.
Apple’s Mobility Partner Program is a somewhat secretive program where Apple works with companies to produce mobile-first apps with the likes of IBM, SAP, and Cisco. The team at Apple who look after the Mobility Partner Program isn’t very large, but they do work that’s more than just marketing, helping the members of the program showcase new features of Apple’s hardware and software in their in-house apps.
Rumour has it Facebook will be developing a video app for the Apple TV. It’s said that the app will only be capable of showing video content and advertising, whether that’s user-created or otherwise — perhaps another outlet to Facebook’s live video feature.
Six Colours wonders about how an Intel-ARM hybrid Mac would work. Traditionally ARM chips have been used as they’ve been specifically for the kinds of mobile-optimised workflows (i.e. low power, high mobility usage), but it’s not hard to imagine them working in tandem with an Intel chip in laptops.
Over at Bjango, Marc Edwards shares his Mac app icon design workflow. The process consists of six major steps which appear to produce repeatable, respectable results, although Edwards admits it’s hardly unique.
Macworld reviews the CalDigit USB-C dock, which comes with three regular USB-A ports, one USB-C port that is only designed to be used with devices rather than providing power, as well as the usual Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI, and audio in/out.
Stephen Hackett tells us about Apple Cafes, which was one of Apple’s wilder ideas from the 1997. While an Apple-themed internet cafe might have been cool, I’m glad Apple introduced Apple stores a few short years later.