Mac|Life - News http://www.maclife.com/articles/24/feed en Morning Report: Improved iPhone 6 Plus Ship Times, Plex Home, BitTorrent Sync http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_improved_iphone_6_plus_ship_times_plex_home_bittorrent_sync <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/plex_home_user_switching_620px.png" alt="Plex Home switch to user" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>We're now officially one week out from that notorious shopping holiday known as Black Friday, but judging from the number of deals retailers have been throwing out over the last couple weeks, it's hard to imagine there will be much left to offer next week. Our Friday Morning Report casts a spotlight on iPhone 6 Plus availability, along with improvements to Plex and BitTorrent Sync, so click on to read more!</p><h3>iPhone 6 Plus Availability Improves from Apple Online Store</h3><p>With the holiday season fast approaching, many shoppers may be eyeing the purchase of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, either as a gift to themselves or for a loved one. The good news is that shipment times have finally started to improve just a bit — but we wouldn't wait too long.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/11/20/iphone-shipping-times-improving/" target="_blank">MacRumors reported Thursday</a> that shipments of the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store now show an estimate of seven to 10 days, regardless of color or carrier. The more popular 64GB model nearly doubles that wait&nbsp; (two to three weeks), but that's an improvement over the three-to-four week estimate just a few days ago.<br /><br />It's also easier to grab an iPhone 6 from Apple.com, with the 16GB model shipping in five to seven days (down from seven to 10 days), although the higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models continue to take a few days longer. Interested shoppers can use the Personal Pickup tool on the Apple website to determine stock availability at their nearest retail store, although the report notes that some locations continue to see long lines for the devices, even two months after launch.</p><h3>Plex Home Delivers User Accounts for Families</h3><p>For anyone who prefers to skip popular streaming services like Netflix and build their own, Plex is considered one of the best ways to do just that — but sharing an account with the whole family doesn't do much for privacy or parental controls, which is why <a href="https://blog.plex.tv/2014/11/20/introducing-plex-home/" target="_blank">the company announced Thursday</a> the addition of a new feature called Plex Home.<br /><br />Available with the latest Plex Media Server 0.9.11.4 release for Mac or Windows, Plex Home enables easy setup of user accounts for everyone in the family (as shown above), with fine-grain controls over which libraries they have access to, along with per-user restrictions for movie or TV show ratings and other criteria. Switching between accounts is a snap, and PIN protection can also be set up to keep the kiddies out of their parents' media.<br /><br />At launch, Plex Home is only available from the web app, Plex Home Theater for Mac, Windows, or Linux, and Roku (using the PlexTest channel until the official one is updated); the company promises Plex Home Support for other apps (including iOS) in the near future.</p><h3>BitTorrent Offers Peek at Next-Generation Sync 2.0</h3><p>As the dream of the cloud continues to sour in the minds of many, <a href="http://blog.bittorrent.com/2014/11/19/what-to-expect-next-from-sync/" target="_blank">BitTorrent announced this week</a> details on what to expect from Sync 2.0, the company's cross-platform solution for syncing or sending files between computers, servers, and mobile devices. Out of beta after a year and a half, Sync 2.0 will introduce a new Pro edition priced at $39.99 per year which offers improved performance, access to folder contents on-demand, and the ability to control folder permissions.<br /><br />BitTorrent promises an alpha build of Sync 2.0 will arrive soon, and is positioning the Pro tier against existing (and more expensive) cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. BitTorrent will continue to offer a free tier for Sync as well, with the same functionality that exists today.<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>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_improved_iphone_6_plus_ship_times_plex_home_bittorrent_sync#comments News Apple Online Store available to ship BitTorrent Sync Family Sharing iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Morning Report Plex Plex Home Roku iPhone Mac Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:22:20 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20970 at http://www.maclife.com Starwood Hotels CEO Credits iPad for Improved Productivity http://www.maclife.com/article/news/starwood_hotels_ceo_credits_ipad_improved_productivity <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're one of the few people who still thinks the iPad is primarily an entertainment device, Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Paasschen wants you to put that mindset away right now. In an interview with <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-post-pc-ceo-no-desk-no-desktop-1416424091?mod=rss_Technology" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a> today, van Paasschen states that he no longer uses a proper desktop computer at his job thanks to Apple's tablet.</p><p>"I thought, you know what, I actually don’t use [my desktop computer]," van Paasschen says in the interview. "I do all of my work via mobile so essentially my office is wherever I go, and I can be much more productive."</p><p>That doesn't mean he spends all his time tapping away on the touchscreen. Instead, the CEO makes extensive use of Bluetooth keyboards when he's on either his iPad or even his iPhone. The shift has actually made him more productive, he says. The e-mails he sends are shorter, he's banished paper from Starwood meetings, and he sometimes conducts performance reviews via FaceTime. He also refuses to open hefty spreadsheet files.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/paaschen.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-post-pc-ceo-no-desk-no-desktop-1416424091?mod=rss_Technology" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></strong></p><p>"When I get the massive file, the first thing I'll do is send it back and say tell me the key points that I actually need to understand," he says.</p><p>Still, van Paasschen reportedly admits that you still need a standard desktop unit for certain jobs. Nonetheless, the efficiency of his work lately has already inspired other executives at the company. Chris Holdren, one of Starwood's senior vice presidents, uses his iPad for everything as well.</p><p>Starwood is something of an Apple champion. Back in January of this year, Starwood was the first hotel chain to experiment with using iPhones as <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/pilot_program_starwood_hotels_lets_you_use_your_iphone_hotel_room_key" target="_blank">replacements for room keys </a>in its Aloft hotels in Manhattan and (yes) Cupertino. Following the success of Starwood's venture, other chains such as <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/hilton_ios_app_will_double_room_key_starting_2015" target="_blank">Hilton </a>started implementing iPhone room keys as well.</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/starwood_hotels_ceo_credits_ipad_improved_productivity#comments News bluetooth Business CEO Frits van Paasschen iPad iphone Keyboard Starwood Hotels Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:29:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 20969 at http://www.maclife.com Sloppy Management Partly Caused GT Advanced to Miss Apple's Sapphire Deadlines http://www.maclife.com/article/news/sloppy_management_partly_caused_gt_advanced_miss_apples_sapphire_deadlines <!--paging_filter--><p>Much has been made lately of Apple's harsh terms for third-party suppliers in the wake of the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_withheld_139m_payment_sapphire_glass_maker_ceo_cashed_out" target="_blank">bankruptcy of GT Advanced</a>, the company that was working with Apple to create sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 and other devices. According to a new report from <em><a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-apples-broken-sapphire-factory-1416436043" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a></em>&nbsp;(via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/303693/iphone-6-didnt-get-sapphire-screen/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>), however, much of GT's failure to meet Apple's demands ultimately sprang from sloppy management.</p><p>Photos in the report show that GT always struggled with production of the material, and quotes from employees reveal a company that was far from the model of efficiency necessary for bearing the Apple logo. In those shots, reportedly taken just days before GT signed its deal with Apple, we see evidence that most of the 578-pound sapphire cylinders (called boules) the company produced were unusable owing to multiple flaws.</p><p>Once the deal was in action, allegedly, only half of the boules GT produced were usable — a dire situation, considering that it takes 30 days to make a single boule. Worse yet, each boule cost GT around $20,000.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/sapphire-errors.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-apples-broken-sapphire-factory-1416436043" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></strong></p><p>GT's failure in this regard isn't that hard to understand in the context of how poorly the staff was trained. The report claims that around 100 employees didn't even know who they were supposed to report to, and an open-ended attendance policy meant that workers were taking an excessive amount of "sick days."</p><p>"We just kept sweeping the floors over and over," said one employee. "I just saw money flying out the door."</p><p>At times the story of GT Advanced seems more akin to farce than tragedy, as in the case of 500 missing sapphire bricks newly cut from usable boules. Had they already gone to shipping? Hardly: employees later learned they'd been sent to recycling by mistake.</p><p>The story of GT Advanced is surely a devastating lesson for Apple, which has made <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/flextronics_hiring_1700_workers_build_what_may_be_new_mac_pro" target="_blank">long strides</a> toward once again producing products in the United States rather than sending them off to China. Apple claims it's going to try to repurpose the GT Advanced's Mesa, Arizona facility so the employees there can keep their jobs, but even that remains in doubt after <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-20/foxconn-unit-to-raise-investment-in-panel-plant-for-apple.html?cmpid=yhoo" target="_blank">Bloomberg </a>reported today that Taiwanese supplier Foxconn plans to contribute $2.3 billion toward building a display-producing plant specifically for Apple.</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/sloppy_management_partly_caused_gt_advanced_miss_apples_sapphire_deadlines#comments News Apple Watch Arizona display GT Advanced iPad iphone Mesa sapphire sapphire glass Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:45:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 20968 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Sony Dumps Steve Jobs Biopic, WALTR for Mac, Lightroom 5.7 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_sony_dumps_steve_jobs_biopic_waltr_mac_lightroom_57 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/steve_jobs_holds_an_apple_620px.jpg" alt="Steve Jobs" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Hollywood loved former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but Sony just can't seem to get an official screen adaptation of the iconic figure's life off the ground. Our Thursday Morning Report has details on how Sony grounded the high-flying project and what happens next, along with a nifty new Mac app for syncing video and music, plus an update to Adobe Lightroom.</p><h3>Steve Jobs Biopic Axed by Sony, Could Land at Universal</h3><p>The official big screen adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography on the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs appears to be going through a rough patch in recent weeks after losing both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale for the lead role. Now the entire project could be in jeopardy, at least with the studio where it all started.<br /><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-jobs-movie-dead-at-750618" target="_blank"><br />According to The Hollywood Reporter</a>, the unnamed Steve Jobs movie has been placed into "turnaround," a fancy Tinseltown way of kicking the project out the door. With a script from <em>The Social Network</em> scribe Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle attached, producers Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon, and Guymon Casady are reportedly now scrambling to set the project up at Universal instead.<br /><br />The report claims the project hit a wall when Boyle pushed for a January start date, while Sony planned to get production underway later in 2015. Michael Fassbender appears to be the frontrunner to play Jobs, but is committed to shooting <em>X-Men: Apocalypse</em> in the spring, which would likely take him out of the running had Sony gotten its way.</p><h3>WALTR for Mac Aims to Make iTunes Media Sync Obsolete</h3><p>After more than seven years, one of the most maddening things about owning an iOS device continues to be the rigid format restrictions for syncing movies, TV shows, and music with iTunes. Prefer MKV or AVI video, or FLAC audio formats? Sorry, you'll need to convert them to MP4 first, or rely on a third-party app to play them back.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/11/19/waltr-for-mac/" target="_blank">As first noted by MacRumors on Wednesday</a>, a new Mac app called <a href="http://softorino.com/waltr" target="_blank">WALTR</a> takes all of this pain away with a simple drag-and-drop interface that skips iTunes entirely. Plug in a device, launch WALTR, and drag nearly any media file onto the application — including normally unsupported formats like MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE — and within a few moments, that media is ready to play in the native iOS Videos or Music app.<br /><br /><a href="http://softorino.com/waltr" target="_blank">WALTR</a> is available as a free 14-day demo from publisher Softorino, who is currently discounting a single lifetime license key at only $14.97 (normally $29.95); a five-pack is also available for only $39.97.</p><h3>Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.7, Camera Raw 8.7</h3><p><a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/11/lightroom-5-7-now-available.html" target="_blank">Adobe announced the release of Lightroom 5.7 on Wednesday</a>, along with an <a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/11/camera-raw-8-7-and-dng-converter-8-7-now-available.html" target="_blank">update to Camera Raw 8.7</a>. Available for download from Adobe.com, Creative Cloud Desktop, or the in-application update, Lightroom 5.7 now includes the previously available Aperture import tool, as well as improvements to Synced Collections that make it easier to share images and manage comments or likes from friends and family.<br /><br />Camera Raw 8.7 is also available for owners of Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC, with improvements to batch processing images, new camera and lens profile support, and the requisite round of bug fixes. Photoshop CS6 users also receive DNG Converter 8.7 as part of the same update.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_sony_dumps_steve_jobs_biopic_waltr_mac_lightroom_57#comments News Aaron Sorkin Adobe Adobe Camera Raw Danny Boyle Hollywood iTunes sync Lightroom 5 Morning Report Sony Steve Jobs turnaround WALTR iPad iPhone iPod Mac Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:28:29 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20964 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Reportedly Planning to Bundle Beats Music with Future Releases of iOS http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_reportedly_planning_bundle_beats_music_future_releases_ios <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple spent <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/its_official_apple_buys_beats_electronics_3_billion" target="_blank">all that money</a> on Beats earlier this year, and they really, really want you to see what the service has to offer. And just to ensure that you have no excuse not to try it out, the company's reportedly going to start bundling it with iOS starting sometime next year. According to the <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/068c2212-700b-11e4-bc6a-00144feabdc0,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F068c2212-700b-11e4-bc6a-00144feabdc0.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&amp;siteedition=uk&amp;_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fappleinsider.com%2Farticles%2F14%2F11%2F19%2Fbeats-music-will-be-native-ios-app-starting-with-spring-2015-update---report#slide0" target="_blank">Financial Times</a>, that could happen as early as March.</p><p>The report echoes some of the rumors we've been hearing for <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_reportedly_preparing_ditch_beats_streaming_music_service_updated" target="_blank">some time now</a>, such as how Apple might merge the service with iTunes at some point in the future. It also claims that users should be able to send Beats music from their iPhones to their Apple Watches (which also hints that March might also mark the release date for Apple's long-awaited piece of wearable tech).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/beatsm.jpg" width="620" height="338" /></p><p>Apple is thought to have bought Beats specifically for a head start into the music-streaming business, but according to some estimates, it's only been able to reach around 119,000 subscriptions. (That's barely an improvement from the 110,000 Beats reportedly achieved on its own.) It's possible those numbers could improve if Apple bundles Beats with iOS as stated, but probably not as much as they would if the service were a part of iTunes itself.</p><p>Still other reports claim that Apple may knock the cost of a Beats subscription down to <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/itunes_sales_drop_13_beats_music_rebranding_rumors_persist" target="_blank">$5.00 a month</a> in order to compete with existing streaming giants like Spotify and Google Play Music. As things stand, a Beats subscription currently costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 for an entire year.</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_reportedly_planning_bundle_beats_music_future_releases_ios#comments News Apps Beats Beats Music iOS 8 iPad iphone iPod Music music streaming Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:31:41 +0000 Leif Johnson 20963 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Replaces 'Free' Purchase Label on App Store with 'Get' Button http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_replaces_free_purchase_label_app_store_get_button <!--paging_filter--><p>Resentment has been growing against apps that call themselves "free" but bulge with in-app purchases and related microtransactions, and today Apple altered a bit of its wording on the App Store apparently in response to that sentiment. If only it weren't so awkward. Apps and games that used to read "Free" in the button reserved for prices with paid apps now display "Get," which seems inelegant to, say, "Download" or "Install."</p><p>Apple implemented the changes both on the iOS App Store and on the desktop version, and the wording appears not only on the individual app pages but also on the top charts. Much as with the previous "free" label, the new "Get" label appears on every app that's initially free to download regardless of whether it has in-app purchases or not.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/11/get_620.png" width="620" height="383" /></p><p>Apple hasn't said as much (in fact, it hasn't said anything at all), but it's likely that the change arises from pressures from the European Commission, which made headlines earlier this year when it successfully forced Google to label apps with in-app purchases differently (via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/18/5915415/google-adding-in-app-purchase-protections-european-commission" target="_blank">The Verge)</a>. Later, the commission applied the same pressure to Apple. The chief concern, the commission said at the time, was that users might be mislead about the cost involved in downloading a particular app. Furthermore, there was some concern that some such apps were being directly marketed to children.</p><p>The iPhone maker did take some action on the matter earlier after working with the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_sends_email_itunes_users_offering_refunds_unauthorized_inapp_purchases" target="_blank">U.S. Federal Trade Commission</a>, specifically by requiring passwords before users can make in-app purchases and also by clearly stating that apps offered in-app purchases on their respective pages. More controls came with iOS 8, which lets parents approve of deny their childrens' purchases through Family Sharing. (And with <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/5yearold_british_kid_racks_2500_worth_inapp_purchases" target="_blank">good reason</a>, too.) But if the latest development suggests anything, it's that all that work apparently wasn't enough.</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_replaces_free_purchase_label_app_store_get_button#comments News App Store Apps Free In-App Purchases iOS 8 iPad iphone iTunes Mac microtransactions Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:58:31 +0000 Leif Johnson 20962 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Apple Won't Abandon Arizona, Logitech AnyAngle, Chrome 39 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_apple_wont_abandon_arizona_logitech_anyangle_chrome_39 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/logitech_anyangle_case_620px.png" alt="Logitech AnyAngle" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Our Wednesday Morning Report is a veritable cornucopia of good news, particularly for the residents of Mesa, Arizona, who may get a reprieve following the failed sapphire manufacturing facility former Apple partner GT Advanced abandoned last month. Chrome for Mac also gains 64-bit support, and owners of the latest iPad models have a great new case option as well.&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Plans to Repurpose Arizona Sapphire Facility</h3><p>Apple's plans for a sapphire manufacturing facility based in Mesa, Arizona may have hit the skids following the bankruptcy of former partner GT Advanced Technologies, but the Phoenix suburb of nearly half a million residents may get a chance to reclaim the more than 700 jobs lost when the factory shut down abruptly last month.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/apple-sticking-with-arizona-plan-after-supplier-falters.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg reported Tuesday</a> that Apple has been in touch with members of the Mesa government in an effort to "repurpose" the 1.3 million square-foot factory and use it to preserve as many Arizona jobs as possible.<br /><br />“They’ve indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again,” explained Mesa city manager Christopher Brady, who claims Apple has promised to “work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps."<br /><br />"Apple could’ve invested in a facility literally anywhere in the world,” added Mesa mayor John Giles. “There’s a reason they came here, and none of those reasons have changed.”</p><h3>Logitech Debuts New AnyAngle Case for iPad Air 2, iPad mini</h3><p><a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/new-logitech-anyangle-brings-flexibility-and-protection-ipad-air-2-a" target="_blank">Logitech today announced</a> a new case for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini models called AnyAngle, which offers all-around protection capable of morphing into a stand that adjusts to whatever comfortable angle the user needs. Priced at $59.99, the Logitech AnyAngle features an integrated, hidden hinge that keeps the iPad firmly held in place at any angle within a 50-degree range.<br /><br />Available in six colors (black, red/blue, violet, grey, teal, and yellow), Logitech AnyAngle is now available for preorder from the company's website, with wider availability in the U.S. and Europe later this month.</p><h3>Google Releases Chrome 39 with 64-Bit Mac Support</h3><p>Mac users, rejoice! <a href="http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2014/11/stable-channel-update_18.html" target="_blank">The Google Chrome team announced Tuesday</a> the release of Chrome 39 to the stable channel, which includes "a number of fixes and improvements" headlined by 64-bit support for OS X at long last. Version 39.0.2171.65 also features "a number of new apps/extension APIs" as well as "lots of under-the-hood changes for stability and performance," along with 42 security fixes that apply to Mac, Windows, and Linux releases. Chrome 39 can be installed from the auto-updater of your current version, or downloaded directly from the Google Chrome website.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_apple_wont_abandon_arizona_logitech_anyangle_chrome_39#comments News 64-bit AnyAngle Apple Inc. Arizona chrome GT Advanced Technologies ipad cases Logitech Mesa Morning Report sapphire Software Updates iPad Mac Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:23:11 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20961 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Demands Neato App Remove Its Keyboard Widget for Notetaking http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_demands_neato_app_remove_its_keyboard_widget_notetaking <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple may have claimed that it was "opening up" to developers during this year's WWDC, but it appears to be struggling with this concept when it comes to widgets for iOS 8's Notification Center. First there was <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_reverses_position_ios_8_calculator_widgets_lets_pcalc_stay_itunes" target="_blank">PCalc's calculator</a>, which Apple backed down from removing following a social media uproar. Now it's asking note-taking app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neato-jot-down-note-save-to/id931243944?mt=8" target="_blank">Neato</a> to remove the keyboard that lets its users take notes within the widget itself.</p><p>Neato was first launched earlier this month, and it allows you to sync the notes you write in Neato with Evernote or Dropbox immediately. It's quite popular, and the app's already climbed to the top ten business apps in more than 65 countries, according to a <a href="http://gizmodo.com/apple-wants-to-kill-the-only-useful-ios-widget-1660128328" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> interview the developers. The team hoped Apple would feature their handy little app because of that success, but quite the opposite happened.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/widgets.jpg" width="620" height="534" /></p><p>"We were expecting Neato to be featured by Apple but instead Apple called us on Nov 10th, and we were told that: 'Neato does not comply with one or more App Review Guidelines.' They required us to remove the keyboard from the widget. But Neato without the keyboard is nothing, and like a limp horse."</p><p>Indeed, the app itself is totally based within the Notification Center, which means the end of the keyboard would mean the end of the app itself. Apple's guidelines for widgets state that developers must use streamlined user interfaces and that they can't create "mini" versions of the app, but it doesn't say much about the gray areas explored by apps like PCalc and Neato, which is the source of most of the recent troubles.</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_demands_neato_app_remove_its_keyboard_widget_notetaking#comments News Apps iOS 8 iPad iphone Keyboard Neato notes notetaking Notification Center Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:45:38 +0000 Leif Johnson 20959 at http://www.maclife.com New WatchKit SDK Reveals Developer Specs for the Apple Watch http://www.maclife.com/article/news/new_watchkit_sdk_reveals_developer_specs_apple_watch <!--paging_filter--><p>It's been a while since we've heard anything solid about the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/features/apple-watch-iwatch-ultimate-guide" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>, but now that the WatchKit SDK has made it to developers as of this morning, some new details are starting to emerge. Most notably, the new information includes the resolution, which has been absent from every bit of news we've heard about the device until now.</p><p>Specifically, the screen resolution for the smaller 38mm device is 272 x 340, while the larger 42mm device sports a resolution of 312 x 390. Both screens reportedly have a Retina display, and Apple advises developers to use 2x (high resolution) image assets for their apps.</p><p>Much of the information included the SDK focused on icons, which still must be designed in the square style of iPhone and iPad apps even though the Apple Watch's tile interface focuses on circular icons. Developers will need to make a total of eight icons for each app they plan to host on the device, specially to cater to the device's two screen sizes for "long looks," "short looks," and the small icon needed for Notification Center.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/applewatch.jpg" width="620" height="427" /></p><p>All of the apps will need to remain tied to the iPhone at launch since Apple won't support native Apple Watch apps until "later next year." This reportedly allows the iPhone to handle most of the processing functions, thus allowing the Apple Watch's battery to last much longer than it would if they were solely on the Apple Watch itself. (This sounds a lot like a plot to stave off early criticisms of the device's battery life.)</p><p>The WatchKit SDK also reveals that the device supports a new font called "San Francisco," which was designed by Apple to pay homage to Susan Kare's original font of the Macintosh. The letters includes condense when viewed large so as to take up less space, and they're spaced apart when small and " have bigger apertures in glyphs like ‘a’ and ‘e’ to make these easier to read at a glance."</p><p>The Cupertino company's long-awaited watch is expected to launch sometime early next year with prices starting at $349. If you want a fancier version with gold plating and the like, be prepared to shell out thousands of dollars.</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_watchkit_sdk_reveals_developer_specs_apple_watch#comments News Apple Watch Developers font icons iWatch resolution San Francisco SDK WatchKit Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:07:23 +0000 Leif Johnson 20958 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Eddy Cue's Apple Pay Spree, Yosemite Wi-Fi, Guardians on iTunes http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_eddy_cues_apple_pay_spree_yosemite_wifi_guardians_itunes <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/buy_with_apple_pay_ktla_620px.png" alt="Apple Pay on KTLA" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>It's good to be the king, and when it comes to mobile payments, Apple executive Eddy Cue is the lord of the manor after spearheading Apple Pay. Our Tuesday Morning Report follows Cue around Santa Monica presumably spending corporate cash, while AT&amp;T Mobile Share Value customers get another data bump, and Wi-Fi issues continue for OS X Yosemite users.</p><h3>News Crew Goes on Apple Pay Shopping Spree with Eddy Cue</h3><p><a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/11/17/apple-exec-eddy-cue-goes-on-holiday-shopping-spree-to-showcase-apple-pay" target="_blank">AppleInsider reported Monday</a> that Apple senior vice-president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue recently went on an Apple Pay-fueled shopping spree ahead of the holiday season for the benefit of a television audience in Los Angeles.<br /><br />From buying a snack at Panera Bread to purchasing an iPad at an Apple retail store, Cue spent his way around town using nothing more than a gold iPhone 6 Plus, all in front of the cameras of <a href="http://ktla.com/2014/11/17/apples-new-secure-way-to-pay/" target="_blank">a KTLA 5 news crew</a>&nbsp;that gleefully documented the proceedings in Santa Monica. Along the way, Cue helped newscaster Rich DeMuro pick up sunglasses at Bloomingdale's and two dolls from the movie <em>Frozen</em> at the Disney Store as early Christmas gifts. (Hope his family wasn't watching!)<br /><br />The roughly two-and-a-half minute segment of KTLA's The Tech Report didn't reveal anything we didn't already know about Apple Pay, but showed audiences what to expect from the experience, such as the need to sign for purchases above a certain amount, a security holdover from the era of plastic debit and credit cards.<br /><br /> <iframe src="http://launch.newsinc.com/?type=VideoPlayer/Single&amp;widgetId=1&amp;trackingGroup=69016&amp;siteSection=ktla&amp;videoId=28144848" width="590" height="332" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><h3>OS X Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues Persist After 10.10.1 Update</h3><p><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/11/18/wi-fi-issues-even-after-os-x-yosemite-10-10-1/" target="_blank">MacRumors today reported</a> that Monday's public release of the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update doesn't appear to have completely squashed Wi-Fi connectivity issues experienced by early adopters. A growing number of Mac users <a href="https://discussions.apple.com/message/27119477?tstart=0#27119477" target="_blank">posting to Apple's support forums</a> continue to complain about "significantly slow" connections, while others are unable to connect at all.<br /><br />The reported issues don't appear to have a common hardware denominator, with MacRumors forum members claiming the latest iMac with 5K Retina Display model is also affected, even with the latest Time Capsule unit. The only temporary relief found thus far seems to come from switching connections to 2.4GHz, running routers in "Access Point" mode, or using a script to restart Yosemite's Wi-Fi Monitor.</p><h3>AT&amp;T Bumps 10GB Mobile Share Value Customers to 15GB</h3><p><a href="http://about.att.com/story/att_gives_mobile_share_value_customers_15_gb_of_data_for_the_10_gb_price.html" target="_blank">AT&amp;T announced Monday</a> that Mobile Share Value customers on the carrier's 10GB data plan will now have the option to bump that amount to 15G — but that generous offer will only be available for a short time. Starting today, new or existing Mobile Share Value customers can select 15GB for the same price ($100 per month, plus device fees) as 10GB by visiting the AT&amp;T website or using the company's official mobile app. Although the promotional offer is for a limited time, the actual data bump will remain on accounts that claim it, at least until any changes are made in the future. AT&amp;T is also offering a 30GB plan for only $30 per month more for a limited time.</p><h3>Guardians Hits iTunes Early</h3><p>Talk about a stealth release! Marvel's hit sci-fi/action/comedy <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/guardians-of-the-galaxy/id899347364" target="_blank">Guardians of the Galaxy</a></em>&nbsp;has been one of the year's biggest theatrical hits, but it wasn't supposed to arrive in a consumer-ownable format for a few more weeks. That changed, however, with today's early release of the movie on iTunes. There's no need to wait — if you're one of the movie's millions of fans and can't get enough talking raccoon action, you can download and watch the HD version now for $19.99. If you want to hold out for the DVD, Blu-Ray, of digital SD version, however, you'll have to wait until December 9.</p><p><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_eddy_cues_apple_pay_spree_yosemite_wifi_guardians_itunes#comments News Apple Pay Apple Retail Stores AT&T Eddy Cue KTLA Mobile Share Value Morning Report OS X Yosemite Software Updates Wi-Fi Issues iPad iPhone iPod Mac Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:20:23 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20955 at http://www.maclife.com