Mac|Life - News en Morning Report: Yosemite Targeted for October, Google Chromecast Anniversary <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/chromecast_1st_anniversary_620px.png" alt="Chromecast 1st anniversary" width="620" height="300" /></p><h3>Google Chromecast Celebrates Anniversary with Special Offer</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Google is celebrating</a> the one-year anniversary of its $35 Chromecast dongle by giving new and existing owners a free 90-day subscription to Google Play Music All Access, the company's all-you-can-eat streaming music buffet. The promotion kicked off Thursday and U.S. residents can take advantage of the offer through September 30 — which is right around the time OS X Yosemite could arrive on Macs, judging from today's morning report.</p><h3>Yosemite Rumored for October Alongside 4K, 12-Inch MacBook</h3><p>With the OS X Yosemite public beta now in the hands of up to a million Mac owners, Apple appears to be laying the groundwork for the final release this fall. <a href="" target="_blank">According to 9to5Mac</a>, insider sources claim the Cupertino company is eyeing a gold master around October 10, with the free update landing on the Mac App Store later the same month.<br /><br />The more interesting part of this rumor is that Apple will also debut a smaller, 12-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display to coincide with the OS X Yosemite release, along with "a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen." The mere mention of a "standalone monitor" will likely make owners of the latest Mac Pro models perk up in anticipation, along with those impatiently waiting for a followup to Apple's current Thunderbolt Display.</p><h3>Paragon Debuts OS X Yosemite Preview for NTFS for Mac</h3><p>Speaking of OS X Yosemite, the folks at <a href="" target="_blank">Paragon Software have announced</a> a preview version of their popular NTFS for Mac, which allows Apple's latest and greatest operating system to format and read Windows partitions of any kind. The OS X Yosemite preview is absolutely free for 60 days, which will then be offered as NTFS for Mac OS X 11, with full compatibility for OS X Yosemite 10.10. (How's that for confusing number schemes?)</p><h3>Apple "Frustrated" with Cheapskate Casual Gamers?</h3><p>Think five bucks is too much to pay for a mobile game? That sentiment is driving many developers crazy, including Stoic Studios, makers of the Steam-powered tactical adventure The Banner Saga. <a href="" target="_blank">In an interview with Polygon</a> (via <a href="" target="_blank">TouchArcade</a>), co-founder John Watson lamented about iOS owners being unwilling to pay even a few bucks for the latest and greatest mobile games — and claims Apple is even more distressed by this phenomenon.<br /><br />"Apple is frustrated, along with everybody else, about the mentality that's gone rampant in mobile app markets, where people don't want to pay anything," explained Watson. "They think that four dollars is an exorbitant amount to pay for a game, which is very illogical considering most people's lifestyles. They'll spend $600 on an iPad, and $4 on a coffee, drop $20 on lunch, but when it comes to spending four or five dollars on a game, it's this life-altering decision. I'm frustrated with that too."<br /><br />Coincidentally, Stoic is now putting the final touches on an iPad port of The Banner Saga, which is expected to arrive on the App Store later this summer; no word on whether it will be free to play, however.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News 4K Chromecast Developers Google Google Play Music iPad iPhone iPod Mac macbook pro mobile gaming Morning Report NTFS for Mac OS X OS X Yosemite Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:32:47 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20372 at iPad Sales May Be Slipping, But Apple Still Rules the Tablet Market <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple's earnings call this quarter revealed news that was very much in line with the trends we've been seeing from the Cupertino company in years past: For the most part, device sales were up, but sales of the iPad continued the downward slide we've been seeing for a while. On the plus side, research firm <a href="" target="_blank">IDC</a> (via <em><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></em>) shows that Apple still maintains a healthy lead over its competitors in the tablet market.</p><p>For specifics, Apple currently holds a 26.9 percent controlling share. Samsung continues to hold second place with a 17.2 share of the market based on 8.5 million shipments, but both of the tech giants have been feeling the pain as numerous other tablet manufacturers have been filling the market with inexpensive, easily obtainable models.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/idctablets_0.jpg" width="620" height="200" /></p><p>Consider Lenovo, for instance, which jumped from a 3.3 percent share to 4.9 percent, or ASUS's impressive 13.5 percent growth from last year. "Other" tablet manufacturers who aren't big enough to make the list take up much of the rest of the slack for a full 37 percent share of the tablet market.</p><p>"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for tablets, in the report. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple Business iPad quarterly earnings sales Samsung tablets Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:39:53 +0000 Leif Johnson 20370 at Jimmy Kimmel Shows Possible Success of iWatch with $20 Casio Gag <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've ever had any doubts that the so-called iWatch is going to be a success, consider the "evidence" amassed by perennial prankster Jimmy Kimmel last night. In the video below, Kimmel's team pesters passersby on Hollywood Boulevard and tells them to check out Apple's upcoming smartwatch, and for the most part, they all respond enthusiastically. The catch? It's just a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo slapped on the back.</p><p>"I like that it has an Apple insignia on the back," one person said. "If it's Apple, it's good, right?" Plenty of people thought so, even though the watch Kimmel's team was passing around lacked the ability to do anything besides report the time and date. It was especially appealing, one person said, because the numbers were so easy to see.</p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Funny stuff, but it's likely just as much a testament to the quality people expect from Apple products as it is a reflections of their willingness to buy into the Apple mythos. Indeed, at least one of the people had a response that Apple might do well to heed in designing the final product: "It's very lightweight and it's kind of old school, but still in style." Sounds like something I'd like to wear.</p><p>Kimmel also took the opportunity to poke some fun at the upcoming iPhone 6 units, which are widely rumored to feature much larger screens than we've seen on the device in the past. " "They make the bigger phones, and then in two years they'll release the iPhone mini, which is the size of the phones we have now," Kimmel said. "And we'll wait in line for like three days for it because that's how we are."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Humor iphone iPhone mini iWatch Jimmy Kimmel Rumors Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 20368 at Deals: Get Started on the Web with the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/beginnerwebdev.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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All that's left now is to revamp the original Foursquare app, which will receive a major overhaul within the next two weeks; in the meantime, the company is offering a peek at its new logo and branding, promising that both apps will "work seamlessly together" — which is apparently more than can be said for Swatch and Apple, as you'll find out in today's Morning Report.</p><h3>Swatch Disputes Rumors of iWatch Work with Apple</h3><p>Maybe the iWatch is entirely Apple after all? <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg today reported</a> that Swatch Group AG has denied a Wednesday rumor claiming they're working closely with Apple to develop a smartwatch often referred to as "iWatch." The world's largest maker of wristwatches snuffed out the rumor mill with the simple email statement “Swatch is not working with Apple on smartwatches" after <a href="" target="_blank">VentureBeat reported exclusively yesterday</a> that Swatch (and potentially, competitor Timex as well) were working with Apple to create "a family of smartwatches to suit all tastes," according to an unnamed source.<br /><br />While the idea that Apple could be creating an entire iWatch platform with the potential to trump Google's Android Wear is an interesting concept, it certainly doesn't make a lot of sense considering the Cupertino company's penchant for designing its own hardware products. Back to the drawing board, rumor mongers... nothing to see here!</p><h3>Apple May "Avoid Competition" by Delaying 5.5-Inch iPhone 6</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">DigiTimes reported Wednesday</a> that Apple could be intentionally looking to launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by as much as "several months" after the 4.7-inch model "in order to avoid competition between the two models," rather than due to any rumored manufacturing issues with the larger device. Sources close to Apple's supply chain claim Apple "does not want to repeat the mistake it made in 2013 when it launched the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c simultaneously," where the former wound up cannibalizing sales of the latter. Such thinking makes sense, but is unlikely to come as welcome news from iPhone fans anxiously awaiting a "phablet" version of their favorite smartphone.</p><h3>OS X Developers Receive New Safari 7.1, Safari 6.2 Builds</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors reported late Wednesday</a> that Apple has begun seeding new builds of Safari 7.1 for OS X Mavericks, along with Safari 6.2 for OS X Mountain Lion, even as the company's software engineers continue their big push toward OS X Yosemite. Developers have been asked to focus on AutoFill passwords and credit cards in addition to "general website" and extension compatibility.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a><br /><br />(Image courtesy of</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News Apple Inc. developer beta iPhone iphone 6 iphone 6 rumors iWatch Mac Morning Report Rumors Safari smartwatches Swatch Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:38 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20363 at Apple's 'Digital Wallet' May Arrive with iPhone 6 Sometime This Fall <!--paging_filter--><p>We've heard a lot of rumors about Apple's plans for a "digital wallet" over the last couple years (particularly after the introduction of Touch ID), but now <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Information</em></a> reports that we could see it much sooner than expected. According to the sources, Apple now has the framework in place to allow iPhone users to use their handsets in place of their wallets, and we could see the technology as early as this fall.</p><p>The report claims that Apple's talks with industry executives from companies like PayPal have "heated up" in the past couple of months, and now progress is so far along that the Cupertino company's "digital wallet" could launch with the iPhone 6 during the rumored September event. A "secured element" would be embedded in the phone itself so as to keep any payment information generally free from malicious intent, and Apple itself would retain control over the basic systems.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/touchid-payments.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>The "secured element" in question is likely associated with the fingerprint sensor for Touch ID, which reportedly keeps the user's fingerprint data stored on the phone itself where it can't be accessed by any other part of the phone. If the technology is as good and secure as Cook and company say it is, it might turn out to be a good place to store data away from prying eyes—both physical and digital.</p><p>The service could also be tied to iTunes, which already contains the credit card information for around 800 million users. The main hurdle, of course, is getting other members of the payment community to adopt Apple's technology, which will have to happen if the iPhone maker doesn't want to have its mobile payment service go the way of, say, Google Wallet.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News digital wallet e-wallet iOS 7 iOS 8 iPad iphone mobile payments Touch ID Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:31:58 +0000 Leif Johnson 20362 at Public Beta for Mac OS X Yosemite Said to Kick Off Tomorrow <!--paging_filter--><p>One of the big Mac-centric announcements this year was the introduction of a new public beta for those of us who aren't developers. On July 24, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Loop</em></a> reports, Apple will open the doors to its Mac OS X Yosemite beta a few months ahead of its release sometime this fall.</p><p>If you're interested, you can <a href="" target="_blank">sign up</a> to join the beta via Apple's public registration site right now using your Apple ID, and if all goes well, you'll be able to jump into the public beta straightaway once it goes live tomorrow. Simply enter the code you receive after registration into the Mac App Store, and you're apparently all set to go (provided that you already have a Mac running OS X Mavericks).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/betaprogram.jpg" width="620" height="472" /></p><p>It is a beta, so keep in mind that something could go disastrously wrong. Just in case some such calamity occurs, Apple recommends that you install the beta on a secondary Mac. Indeed, some of the most lauded features of Apple's desktop operating system might not even be available for testing right now, such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud drive.</p><p>Still, every extra set of eyes on the project ensures that it'll run more smoothly at its official launch, so be sure to send in those error reports if you do participate.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News beta Mac OS X public testing yosemite Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:26:34 +0000 Leif Johnson 20361 at Deals: Gear Up for iOS 8 with Templates for Apps and iOS 8 and Swift Courses <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>For consumers and developers alike, a new operating system release is an exciting time. Developers are especially pumped about the upcoming changes with iOS 8, including the new Swift coding language. 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And hey, they work great with your existing iOS and Mac devices, which is more than we can say for some of the news in our Morning Report...</p><h3>Report Claims iOS 8, OS X Yosemite May Not Launch Together</h3><p>Although the latest developer betas for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite have been released in tandem thus far, <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac reported Tuesday</a> the rollout of these mobile and desktop operating system updates may be staggered when they finally arrive this fall. Much like Apple did last year with iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, this year's updates are expected to launch a month apart from each other, with iOS 8 arriving first, presumably alongside new iPhone hardware in September, while OS X Yosemite toddles along the next month in October.<br /><br />What makes this rumor from "people briefed on the plans" a bit suspect is the fact that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite feature far tighter integration than ever before thanks to the new Continuity and Handoff features, allowing Mac users to make phone calls or iOS owners to pick up where they left off on the desktop.</p><h3>EFI Firmware Update Causing Headaches for MacBook Air Owners</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors reported Tuesday</a> that the MacBook Air EFT Firmware Update 2.9 released July 15 appears to be doing more than solving sleep and wake issues, causing many notebooks to "shut down completely for several hours," while others continue to see the update listed in the Mac App Store as if it were never installed in the first place. <a href=";tstart=0" target="_blank">Apple's Support Communities</a> have a growing thread on the issues, with some users claiming the update bricked their MacBook Air, even several hours after installation.</p><h3>Apple Posts Support Document Over iOS "Backdoor" Concerns</h3><p>A forensic expert sounded the alarm earlier this week over what he called "backdoors" Apple allegedly built into iOS to covertly collect data from iPhone, iPod touch or iPad users. After issuing a stern denial of those claims, <a href="" target="_blank">Apple has now posted a support document</a> detailing what it calls the "diagnostic capabilities" of iOS, which are intended to "help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues."<br /><br />The three processes outlined include,, and, which Apple points out "requires the user to have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer," while all such transmitted data is encrypted in such a way that not even Cupertino has access to it. Whether such explanations are enough to satisfy critics, however, remains to be seen...<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News Apple Inc. backdoor Diagnostics EFI update Firmware iOS 8 iPad iPhone iPod Mac macbook air Morning Report OS X Yosemite Problems Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:26:49 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20360 at Apple Has Now Paid $20 Billion to iOS Devs, According to Quarterly Earnings Call <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we've been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there's an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.</p><p>Compare that figure to the $15 billion Apple reported just last January, and you'll discover that that's a increase of $5 billion just within the last half-year. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>TechCrunch</em></a>, who drew attention to the figure, points out that Google reportedly paid out $5 billion over the entirety of last year. Push those numbers a few months further, and it's suddenly apparent that Apple has paid out "nearly half" of the total $20 billion within the last 12 months along.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/cookstore.jpg" width="620" height="356" /></p><p><em>TechCrunch</em> also points out that Apple's cut of all this is approximately $8.5 billion, based on a calculation figuring in the iPhone maker's 30 percent cut and thus bringing the total number to roughly $28.57 billion. If you weren't already aware, in other words, it's a good idea to focus on iOS if you design apps for mobile devices.</p><p>All total, Apple sold 35.20 million iPhones, 13.27 million iPads, 4.41 million Macs, and 2.96 million iPods during the last quarter. For the same quarter last year, Apple sold 31.24 million iPhones, 14.62 million iPads, 3.75 million Macs, and 4.57 million iPods.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News App Store Developers iPad iphone iPod quarterly earnings Tim Cook Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:33:50 +0000 Leif Johnson 20359 at