Mac|Life - News http://www.maclife.com/articles/24/feed en Apple Reverses Position on iOS 8 Calculator Widgets, Lets PCalc Stay on iTunes http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/apple_reverses_position_ios_8_calculator_widgets_lets_pcalc_stay_itunes <!--paging_filter--><p>As we <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_tim_cook_speaks_out_ios_8_widget_drama_microsoft_health" target="_self">mentioned this morning</a>, Apple attracted some unwanted attention yesterday when it informed <a href="https://twitter.com/jamesthomson" target="_blank">James Thompson</a>, the developer behind calculator <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pcalc-the-best-calculator/id284666222?mt=8" target="_blank">PCalc</a>, that he'd have to remove the app's iOS 8 widget if he expected the popular app to remain on the app store. Supporters of the app rallied in favor of Thompson not long after, and in the face of such an overwhelming response, the Cupertino company called Thompson personally to announce that it had reversed its decision.</p><p>A report from <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/30/apple-no-longer-rejecting-calculator-widgets-from-the-app-store/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> claims that Apple hadn't anticipated that the Notification Center widgets could be used in the way Thompson was using them. The initial notice apparently claimed that calculations could be entered into the widget but the widget couldn't perform the calculations itself, which essentially nulls the point of a widget for an app like PCalc.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/pcalc.jpg" width="620" height="354" /></p><p>Originally, Thompson was given two to three weeks to redesign the $9.99 app before Apple pulled it. The notice was particularly disheartening since Thompson noted that PCalc was featured at the time in the App Store's "Great Apps for iOS 8" section, where it was singled out for being a great "Notification Center Widget."</p><p>But Thompson immediately reported the <a href="https://twitter.com/jamesthomson/status/527498461575647232" target="_blank">"extremely disappointing news"</a> to his followers on Twitter, who expressed their support in droves and no doubt directed a few choice words at Apple itself. And so Thompson's app is back just a day later, and most importantly, it sets a precedent that paves the way for more calculator Notification Center widgets to come.</p><p>Will such an approach always work for developers trying to get their other widgets approved? Likely not. But it at least shows that Apple is prepared to quickly reverse its stance about key aspects of its operating systems under the right conditions.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/apple_reverses_position_ios_8_calculator_widgets_lets_pcalc_stay_itunes#comments Gallery News Apps calculator Developers iOS 8 iPad iphone James Thompson PCalc Widgets Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:35:33 +0000 Leif Johnson 20869 at http://www.maclife.com Seth Rogen Likely to Play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak in New Steve Jobs Biopic http://www.maclife.com/article/news/seth_rogen_likely_play_steve_woz_wozniak_new_steve_jobs_biopic <!--paging_filter--><p>According to a report by <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/seth-rogen-steve-wozniak-steve-jobs-biopic-1201338038/" target="_blank">Variety</a>, actor Seth Rogen will likely be playing Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak in the upcoming <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/christian_bale_talks_portray_steve_jobs_upcoming_biopic?utm_source=Social&amp;utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">Steve Jobs biopic </a>starring Christian Bale. There's a touch of iffiness about the claim as <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/seth-rogen-eyed-to-play-apples-steve-wozniak-in-christian-bales-steve-jobs-movie-exclusive/" target="_blank">TheWrap</a> notes that Rogen doesn't have a deal in place, but most sources agree that Rogen is at least in talks for the role.</p><p>Rogen will reportedly get to work with Woz himself for advice on the role, which is based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of Jobs. The screenplay itself, written by <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/acclaimed_screenwriter_aaron_sorkin_submits_script_new_steve_jobs_movie" target="_blank">Aaron Sorkin</a> of <em>The Social Network</em> fame, consists of three lengthy scenes corresponding to three major product launches from Jobs' life. Danny Boyle, best known for films like <em>Slumdog Millionaire</em> and<em> 28 Days Later</em>, will direct the film.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/rogen.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/hollywood-feminist-of-the-day-seth-rogen" target="_blank">IndieWire</a></strong></p><p>Rogen himself is usually best known for his comedic work in films like <em>Superbad</em> and <em>The 40-Year-Old Virgin</em>, but lately he's tackled more serious work in films like <em>Take This Waltz</em> to much acclaim. Sorkin's script might allow for both ends of his range. As for Woz, he left Apple way back in 1987, but media outlets still often seek his opinion on the latest developments from the Cupertino company he founded.</p><p>The followup report from TheWrap also claims that Jessica Chastain of <em>Zero Dark Thirty</em>&nbsp;fame is&nbsp;also in talks for the film, although the role in consideration currently isn't known. Production will reportedly begin sometime next spring.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/seth_rogen_likely_play_steve_woz_wozniak_new_steve_jobs_biopic#comments News Aaron Sorkin Apple history biopic christian bale Danny Boyle history of Apple Movie movies Steve Jobs Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:14:21 +0000 Leif Johnson 20866 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Tim Cook Speaks Out, iOS 8 Widget Drama, Microsoft Health http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_tim_cook_speaks_out_ios_8_widget_drama_microsoft_health <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/tim_cook_apple_keynote_620px.png" alt="Tim Cook at Apple keynote" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>What a difference a day makes! On Wednesday, developers grappled with a potentially major setback for iOS 8 widgets, while Microsoft launched its own multi-platform Health initiative. But the biggest Thursday news comes courtesy of Bloomberg, as none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a candid essay on equality. Read on to find out all of the details in our Morning Report!</p><h3>Apple CEO Tim Cook to Bloomberg: "I'm Proud to Be Gay"</h3><p>There has been plenty of whispering behind closed doors in recent years about Apple CEO Tim Cook's personal life, but the executive set the record straight in his own words Thursday with an 800-word essay entitled "Tim Cook Speaks Up," <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-30/tim-cook-im-proud-to-be-gay" target="_blank">published on the BloombergBusinessweek website</a>.<br /><br />"For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation," Cook writes. "Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.<br /><br />"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now," the CEO added. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."<br /><br />Cook wraps up his bold announcement with a nod to a pair of his personal heroes (Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy), noting "we pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick."</p><h3>iOS 8 Widgets Face Setback with Removal of PCalc</h3><p>If you follow any iOS developers on Twitter, chances are you read quite a bit of criticism about Apple's App Store policies yesterday, following a tweet by PCalc creator James Thomson announcing he's been forced to remove widget functionality from the popular calculator app.<br /><br />"Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed," Thomson <a href="https://twitter.com/jamesthomson/status/527498251176796160" target="_blank">announced on Twitter Wednesday</a>.<br /><br />The about-face is something of a black eye for Apple, considering the current PCalc app was not only approved in time for iOS 8, but also promoted throughout the App Store, including the "Extend Your Apps" and "Great Apps and Games for iOS 8" sections. Apple has given Thomson "two to three weeks" to remove the widget functionality, which the developer called "pretty crushing news."</p><h3>Microsoft's New $199 Fitness Wearable Works with iPhone</h3><p>Late last night, rumors began to boil over that Microsoft was about to introduce a fitness wearable after companion apps started turning up on various platforms, including the Mac App Store. As it turns out, the apps are part of a larger initiative the company <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/29/introducing-microsoft-health/" target="_blank">launched Thursday </a>called Microsoft Health, a platform-agnostic "intelligence engine" that uses the cloud to "store and combine health and fitness data to create powerful insights."<br /><br />Available today for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, the platform also includes an optional hardware component in Microsoft Band, a $199 wearable intended to supplement, rather than replace, a traditional watch. Designed to be worn 24 hours a day, Microsoft Band is packed with 10 wrist-worn sensors for recording a full range of health data including activate heart rate, sleep, and even GPS location. Microsoft Band is now available from the company's online and retail stores.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a><br /><br />(Image courtesy of ObamaPacman.com)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_tim_cook_speaks_out_ios_8_widget_drama_microsoft_health#comments News App Store apple ceo Apple Inc. fitness gay Health iOS 8 Microsoft Microsoft Band Morning Report PCalc Tim Cook wearables Widgets iPhone iPod Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:45:44 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20863 at http://www.maclife.com Samsung History of Portable Music Devices Conveniently Leaves Out iPod, Walkman http://www.maclife.com/article/news/samsung_history_portable_music_devices_conveniently_leaves_out_ipod_walkman <!--paging_filter--><p>The iPod is now unfortunately <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/jobs_listings_suggest_news_ipods_death_may_be_greatly_exaggerated" target="_blank">on the wane</a> (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=43916" target="_blank">according to a editorial</a> on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/29/what-ipod-samsung-conveniently-leaves-apple-out-of-the-evolution-of-portable-audio-devices/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>), all that never happened.</p><p>Granted, it <em>is</em> a Samsung site, and since the company has no qualms keeping athletes from using their iPhones (and iPods, for that matter) at events like the Olympics, it stands to reason that they won't trumpet Apple products on their own blog.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/samsungcassette.jpg" width="620" height="269" /></p><p>But this is the history of portable music devices, after all, and the iPod undeniably stands at the center of that discussion. Following a discussion of cassette players, however, the post immediately jumps to the obscure 40MB Samsung YEPP MP3 player and then jumps to the use of smartphones for portable music. The entire era of iPod dominance only gets this line: “Starting in 2006, as smartphones became more prominent, and featured a music player function, MP3 players started to phase out.”</p><p>Of course, the iPod isn't the only monumental product left out here; the post also neglects to mention the Sony Walkman, which made portable music more of a reality than anything that came before it.</p><p>It's also worth noting that the article could have been crafted to take a dig at Apple anyway, as the whole history builds up to the release of the Galaxy Note 4's support of 24 bit, 192kHz audio. Apple doesn't support that kind of sound quality yet (despite the protests of folks like <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/neil_young_prepares_launch_ponoplayer_combat_ipod_other_mp3_devices" target="_blank">Neil Young</a>), and it's one small way that Samsung could have established itself as the winner. But no, for Apple's Korean rival, the crew in Cupertino doesn't even exist.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/samsung_history_portable_music_devices_conveniently_leaves_out_ipod_walkman#comments News history iphone iPod iTunes mp3s Music Samsung YEPP Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:28:53 +0000 Leif Johnson 20862 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Pay Rival CurrentC Reports Hacking Hours After Touting Security http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_pay_rival_currentc_reports_hacking_hours_after_touting_security <!--paging_filter--><p>The outlook isn't looking so hot for CurrentC, the rival mobile payment system that major retailers like Walmart, Rite-Aid, and CVS have rallied around instead of Apple Pay. Earlier today (and only a few hours after playing up CurrentC's security features in a <a href="http://www.mcx.com/blog/answers-to-your-questions/" target="_blank">blog post</a>), CurrentC owner Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) informed its early users via e-mail that some of their e-mail addresses had been obtained by "unauthorized third parties."</p><p>Fortunately, as <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/29/currentc-email-breach/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a> reports, the notice claims that "no other information" was obtained from the users affected. But of course the incident raises the question of whether it <em>could</em> be stolen. That's especially important for CurrentC, which uses customers' bank account numbers rather than credit cards as in the case of Apple Pay. In fact, that's the main appeal of the service for MCX retailers as it allows them to avoid paying credit card processing fees.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/mcx_currentc_email_breach.jpg" width="620" height="323" /></p><p>But that's not the only problem MCX is facing. MCX's blog post from earlier today specifically addressed rumors that the group saddles retailers with fines if they support <em>both</em> CurrentC and Apple Pay, stating that "Importantly, if a merchant decides to stop working with MCX, there are no fines." Many critics, including <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/29/connectc-vs-apple-pay/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>, have pointed out that this response doesn't actually disprove the rumors of fines, as it only addresses instances in which if the retailer doesn't use CurrentC at all.</p><p>In the same statement, MCX made itself look even more vulnerable by stating that "MCX does not store sensitive customer information in the app. Users’ payment information is instead stored in our secure cloud-hosted network." The very fact that Apple Pay's data <em>isn't</em> stored in the cloud but in the phone itself has been one of the chief selling points of the service almost from the very beginning, as it makes it almost impossible for hackers to remotely access your data.</p><p>At this rate, it'll be interesting to see if the rival service even lives to see its official 2015 wide-release launch date.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_pay_rival_currentc_reports_hacking_hours_after_touting_security#comments News Apple Pay CurrentC iOS 8 iphone mobile payments NFC Touch ID Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:03:03 +0000 Leif Johnson 20861 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: iOS 8.0.1 Problem Explained, Office for Mac 2015, iOS 8 Adoption Rises http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_ios_801_problem_explained_office_mac_2015_ios_8_adoption_rises <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/office_for_mac_2015_leak_620px.png" alt="Office for Mac 2015 leaked slide" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>By next year, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 will celebrate its fourth anniversary — an eternity in software years, but it apparently will take that long for a new 2015 edition to arrive, and we've got a few details on what to expect in our Wednesday Morning Report, which also includes an Apple apology for iOS 8.0.1 and the continued adoption of iOS 8 in general.</p><h3>Apple VP Greg Joswiak Blames iOS 8.0.1 Snafu on Distribution</h3><p>The iOS 8.0.1 update is likely to become legendary for being one of the few Apple software updates to temporarily brick devices — especially when the problem only affected those with shiny new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/28/no-cheap-phones-or-cheap-macs-for-us-says-apples-greg-joswiak-video/" target="_blank">Re/code reported Tuesday</a> that the update itself may not have been to blame, however.<br /><br />"It wasn't the software itself, it was the way it was distributed," explained Greg Joswiak, the Apple VP in charge of iPhone marketing. "We're very sorry."<br /><br />Joswiak spoke yesterday at the Code/Mobile conference, where he also told hosts Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried that Apple's goal wasn't to built the cheapest products in the world, but rather the "best products with the best experience."<br /><br />"Maybe it is naïve, but we [believe] that if we make a better product and a better experience, that there will always be a healthy market for that," Joswiak elaborated. "And a healthy market doesn’t mean we have to be market-share leader."</p><h3>Office for Mac 2015 Screenshots Reveal Parity with Windows</h3><p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7088589/office-for-mac-2015-screenshots-leaked" target="_blank">The Verge today reported</a> that Microsoft appears poised to unleash an all-new version of Office for Mac in early 2015 — four long years after the current version. <a href="http://www.cnbeta.com/articles/340837.htm" target="_blank">According to internal slides leaked by CnBeta</a>, the user interface has been completely overhauled to better match the Windows version, with deeper integration for Microsoft services like OneDrive and SharePoint. The 2015 edition is also said to include Retina Display support and "a redesigned ribbon interface." There are some rumblings that Microsoft could soon offer a public preview of the new Office for Mac 2015, which will also be included with Office 365 subscriptions.</p><h3>iOS 8 Finally Passes Halfway Mark for User Adoption</h3><p>It took five and a half weeks, but iOS 8 appears to be on the rise, with <a href="https://developer.apple.com/support/appstore/" target="_blank">Apple's own developer support page</a> now touting a 52 percent install base as of Monday, October 27. That's a roughly four percent bump over the last two weeks, which not-so coincidentally is the same period when Apple released iOS 8.1, an update that squashed additional bugs and also enabled Apple Pay for iPhone 6 models.<br /><br />During Apple's October 16 media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook called attention to iOS 8's 48 percent adoption rate as of October 13, which was a modest increase from 46 percent just over two weeks earlier. Critics have blamed the slightly sluggish adoption of iOS 8 on early bugs that wound up getting a lot of attention from the media and bloggers. <br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p><em>(Image courtesy of CnBeta)</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_ios_801_problem_explained_office_mac_2015_ios_8_adoption_rises#comments News adoption rates Greg Joswiak iOS 8.0.1 iOS 8.1 Microsoft Morning Report Office 365 Office for Mac retina display Software Updates iPhone Mac Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:35:04 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20859 at http://www.maclife.com AAPL Stock Reaches All-Time High of $106.74, Adjusted for Stock Split http://www.maclife.com/article/news/aapl_stock_reaches_alltime_high_10674_adjusted_stock_split <!--paging_filter--><p>It's been a good year for Apple, and even worries about bendy iPhones and major retailers dumping Apple Pay have done little to halt its unrelenting progress. Investors are showing their appreciation. Today the Cupertino company's stock closed at $106.74, which marks the highest points the stock's ever reached when adjusted for the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_reports_record_quarterly_earnings_announces_7for1_stock_split_new_retail_chief" target="_blank">7:1 share split </a>from earlier this year.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ%3AAAPL&amp;ei=pShQVOjvB8TMqQHExICYCQ" target="_blank">Google Finance</a>&nbsp;(via&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/28/apple-closes-at-new-all-time-high-of-106-74/?ncid=rss" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>), that means the company's now worth $618.97 billion dollars, which makes it the most valuable company on the planet. Exxon-Mobil takes up the second place position, while direct competitors Microsoft and Google occupy third and fourth respectively.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/applestock_0.jpg" width="620" height="368" /></p><p>Today's record-breaking share prices might have much to do with Tim Cook's announcement <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_cook_talks_apple_pay_logitech_keystogo_onedrive_unlimited" target="_blank">last night</a> that Apple Pay witnessed more than 1 million card activations within its first 72 hours of existence. Cook seemed to believe that even stubborn retailers like CVS and Rite-Aid would eventually come around, stating that "retailers have to do what shoppers want."</p><p>Investors were also no doubt impressed by the company's most recent earnings report, in which Apple announced that it had raked in over $42 billion in revenue based on strong sales of iPhones, iPads, and Macs.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/aapl_stock_reaches_alltime_high_10674_adjusted_stock_split#comments News AAPL apple Apple Pay Business CVS finance iPad iphone Mac Rite-Aid Shareholders shares stock Tim Cook Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:13:20 +0000 Leif Johnson 20858 at http://www.maclife.com New App from Taco Bell Lets You Order and Pay for Food Remotely http://www.maclife.com/article/news/new_app_taco_bell_lets_you_order_and_pay_food_remotely <!--paging_filter--><p>Fast food restaurants may never be the same again. Earlier today Taco Bell launched its revamped <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taco-bell/id497387361?mt=8" target="_blank">"Live Mas Taco Bell" </a>app, which allows its fans to place and pay for their orders ahead of pickup. Even our own J.R. Bookwalter had a chance to try it out this morning, and he seems happy enough with the service, to put it lightly. As he <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe/status/527149685082189824" target="_blank">said on Twitter</a>, "Just ordered @tacobell lunch from my iPhone, picked it up at the drive-thru and… It. Was. Magical! Where has this been all my life?"</p><p>We do, at least, know where it's been for the last few months. Back in <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/taco_bell_offer_mobile_ordering_through_app_us" target="_blank">February</a> we reported on the service when it was still in its developmental infancy and undergoing testing at restaurants around California. At the time, the popular chain said the app was meant to cut down on "menu board anxiety," and perhaps more importantly, to ensure accurate orders.</p><p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CewbwirW8ug" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>That atention to accuracy carries over to the design released to the public today, which lets you order from the standard menu but with the option to add or subtract ingredients as required. If you're in the habit of making the same order, the Live Mas app allows you to go back through your recent orders and immediately order, say, the same customized Doritos Locos Taco Supreme and Pepsi combo you love so much.</p><p>Freshness, too, is a major concern for Taco Bell, and thus the employees don't start preparing your meal until you arrive at the restaurant and check-in either inside or at the drive-through. It's not even a pain to pay for your order, as your credit card information's stored within the app itself. Now if we could just get them to accept Apple Pay, it'd be the perfect match of fast food and Cupertino goodness imaginable.</p><p>You can download the app for free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taco-bell/id497387361?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes</a>.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/new_app_taco_bell_lets_you_order_and_pay_food_remotely#comments News Apps fast food iOS 8 iphone mobile ordering Taco Bell tacos Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:07:06 +0000 Leif Johnson 20856 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Cook Talks Apple Pay, Logitech Keys-To-Go, OneDrive Unlimited http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_cook_talks_apple_pay_logitech_keystogo_onedrive_unlimited <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/time_cook_wsjd_live_620px.png" alt="Tim Cook at WSJD Live" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Despite recent headlines on how retailers are rebuffing Apple Pay, the mobile payment service is already apparently more popular than the two NFC-based systems that preceded it — and Apple CEO Tim Cook had plenty more to share at the WSJD Live conference last night. Our Tuesday Morning Report has the details, along with new iPad keyboard solutions from Logitech and a huge cloud storage bump from Microsoft.</p><h3>Tim Cook Touts 1M Apple Pay Cards, Explains Death of iPod classic</h3><p><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/27/apples-next-chapter-a-qa-with-tim-cook-live-blog/?mod=e2tw" target="_blank">Apple CEO took the stage to close out Monday night's WSJD Live conference</a>, talking shop with <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>&nbsp;editor-in-chief on the company's current and future products. After noting the obvious (the iPhone "is the majority of the company's revenue"), Cook added the Mac platform still "has a great future," following "remarkable" growth last quarter.<br /><br />Switching gears to Apple Pay, Cook revealed the service saw more than one million card activations in the first 72 hours, handily beating current mobile payment services like Google Wallet and SoftCard (formerly ISIS). On the subject of the current controversy CVS and Rite Aid — who have disabled NFC terminals in favor of rival service CurrentC — Cook appeared unfazed, adding "over the long arc of time" retailers will "have to do what shoppers want."<br /><br />The forthcoming Apple Watch also came up during the interview, and although Cook was dodgy about what the battery life might be, he confirmed "you’re going to wind up charging it daily." The CEO praised HBO's recent decision to offer web-only subscriptions, but once again dodged how Apple might be able to improve the TV space.<br /><br />Cook closed out the evening by elaborating on what led to the demise of the iPod classic, which was finally put out to pasture earlier this month. In response to a question from the audience, Cook claimed the music player was the victim of the supply chain — Apple could no longer obtain the necessary parts to continue manufacturing the 160GB hard drive-based gadget.</p><h3>Logitech Keys-To-Go Brings Surface-Style Keyboard to iPad</h3><p><a href="http://blog.logitech.com/?p=21906" target="_blank">Logitech today announced</a> a new ultra-portable Bluetooth keyboard for iPad called <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/keys-to-go-ipad" target="_blank">Keys-To-Go</a>. Priced at $69.99 and available in black, red, or teal, Keys-To-Go appears to have been inspired by Microsoft's Surface touch keyboard, but is thin, light, and durable enough for on-the-go typing. Weighing a mere 180 grams and only 6.1mm thin, Keys-To-Go features a water-repellent FabricSkin that helps keep spills and dirt at bay, and is compatible with all generations of the iPad and iPad mini.<br /><br />Logitech has also updated the existing <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/type-plus-keyboard-ipad-air2" target="_blank">Type+</a> and <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/ultrathin-keyboard-ipad-air2" target="_blank">Ultrathin</a> cases for Apple's latest iPad Air 2 model, with the former available in black, dark blue, bright red, bright green, electric blue, or violet for $99.99, while the latter drops to $89.99 in space grey or silver color options. All three products will hit the US, Europe, and select Asian countries beginning next month, but can be preordered from the Logitech website today.</p><h3>Microsoft Drops Storage Limits for Office 365 Subscribers</h3><p>Cloud storage provider Bitcasa made headlines last week after announcing that grandfathered subscribers to its unlimited Infinite Drive plans are being forced onto new 1TB or 10TB plans by mid-November, but <a href="https://blog.onedrive.com/office-365-onedrive-unlimited-storage/?linkId=10218942" target="_blank">Microsoft announced Monday</a> that they're going in the opposite direction. Office 365 subscribers will now receive unlimited OneDrive storage for all home, personal, and university users at no additional cost, a significant bump from Redmond's already generous 1TB per account.<br /><br />The unlimited OneDrive storage will roll out gradually to all Office 365 subscribers, but there's <a href="https://preview.onedrive.com/?wt.mc_id=oo_blog_onedrive_insertblogtitlehere" target="_blank">a signup link</a> to get bumped to the head of the line; Microsoft also noted smartphone owners could activate the Camera Roll auto upload feature in the OneDrive mobile app to kickstart the free storage bump. Your move, Bitcasa...<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p><em>(Image courtesy of WSJD Live)</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_cook_talks_apple_pay_logitech_keystogo_onedrive_unlimited#comments News Apple Pay ipad air 2 ipad cases ipod classic Keys-To-Go Logitech Microsoft Morning Report OneDrive Tim Cook unlimited WSJD Live iPad iPhone iPod Mac Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:45:44 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20854 at http://www.maclife.com Mockup Video Shows Apple Watch-Style Interface on iPhone http://www.maclife.com/article/news/mockup_video_shows_apple_watchstyle_interface_iphone <!--paging_filter--><p>The user interface for the iPhone has worked so well for Apple over the past few years that it's changed comparatively little (all things considered), but Apple's reveal of the bubbly UI for the Apple Watch points to the possibility of a different aesthetic. Taking his cue from a <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/22/apple-watch-home-screen-design-iphone/" target="_blank">9to5Mac article</a> that toyed with the idea of a Apple Watch-styled interface for the iPhone, YouTuber Lucas Menge went out and created one and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UggYGThmFEo" target="_blank">shared the results </a>in a video.</p><p>Just like with the Apple Watch, Menge's mockup shows an interface designed around circular icons organized into little clusters. You can zoom in to see a limited cluster of apps, or you can zoom out to see the whole collection at once.</p><p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UggYGThmFEo" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>The differences are relatively few, but Menge does include app names below the icons in the style of the existing interface for iOS. Since there's no crown on the side of the device, of course, navigating the pool of apps requires the simple finger swipes familiar to users of iOS 8 since its beginnings.</p><p>It's a cool idea, even if it seems a little unwieldy for such a large device compared to the current design of iOS. If you have some programming knowledge and you're interesting in toying with it yourself, Menge posted the source code for download on <a href="https://github.com/lmmenge/WatchSpringboard-Prototype" target="_blank">GitHub</a>.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/mockup_video_shows_apple_watchstyle_interface_iphone#comments News Apple Watch clusters Concept iOS 8 iphone mockup UI User Interface Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:14:10 +0000 Leif Johnson 20853 at http://www.maclife.com