With iOS 8 officially downloading to existing devices today, enthusiasm for Apple's central health system has been dampened by last-minute bugs that will push the arrival of compatible apps into late September.
Happy iOS 8 Day! In just a few short hours from now, we'll all be huddled over our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches eagerly waiting for the shiny goodness of the latest operating system. To keep you busy while waiting, today's Morning Report skims over all of the new reviews of Apple's upcoming hardware and software, and also details new security measures in place for iCloud. And don't forget to update all of your favorite apps today!
Apple generously coughed up a reported $100 million to deliver the latest U2 album free to more than 500 million iTunes customers, but over the last week an increasing number of music fans have whined on social media about getting a raw deal.
Last week was relatively quiet for new apps, presumably as developers got their hands on the gold master of iOS 8 and started preparing for an avalanche of updates ahead of the new iPhone. But don't worry: There's still plenty of cool stuff to be found, including a recent Disney storybook app, updates to your favorite Google apps, and even a Microsoft entertainment app for keeping tabs on your favorite celebrities. Be sure to come back next week for our roundup of the best iOS 8 apps!
It’s another great-looking week for new iPhone and iPad games, with highlights including the big-name runner Spider-Man Unlimited, role-playing classic Dragon Quest I, and NFL Kicker 15, while exciting indies like Fotonica, Phantom Rift, and Chronology shouldn’t be ignored amidst the pack. Give these brand-new releases a look, and then check back here next Thursday for more.
Screens is a VNC (virtual network computing) app that enables you to control your Mac (and, for what it’s worth, also PC and Linux boxes) from just about any device over any network connection. Screens 3 is technically an update, but one that required a complete rewrite of the previous version, so by any measure it’s a new application. In fact, there's also an iOS 7 version that can be purchased separately.
At this writing, it's only been 48 hours since Apple's big media event on Tuesday, which means we're entering that phantom zone before iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 models are actually available. Thankfully, Apple is ramping up for next week in stages, starting with new iCloud storage plans now available, and we've also got an advance look at one of the new third-party keyboards coming to iOS 8 in today's Morning Report.
Beats headphones are now part of the Apple family, but are they worth a purchase? This second iteration of the Beats Studio Wireless (2014) headphones is completely redesigned inside and out. The new look is certainly not as eye-catching as before, but we prefer the subtler appearance.
Apple's big media event is almost upon us, but before you get distracted by shiny new toys, we've got another great roundup of new and updated apps that started touching down in the App Store over the last week. There's a little something for everyone including a few search and travel apps, plus a great new way to make photo collages from any iOS device. It's all ahead in this week's New App Recap!
Tuesday will finally conclude months of rumors, speculation, and leaks about Apple's next smartphone, but not before the iPhone 6 could get shown off on video — apparently fully assembled and functional. Our Monday edition of the Morning Report also takes a look at a potential security measure in Apple's mobile payment plans, as well as teases forthcoming updates to Adobe's video applications. Click to read more!