Apple apparently hasn't turned its back on free stuff, after all, even though the situation seemed a little iffy after the disappearance of the free iTunes Single of the Week. In other news, a Missouri lawmaker wants users to produce photo IDs every time they use Apple Pay and similar services in his state, and Apple introduced some simple but useful tools for its Photos for iCloud.com app.
There's been lots of news, discussion, and rumors about upcoming Apple products this week, including Apple Watch, the 12-inch MacBook Air, and the supposed iPad Pro. But that's not all! There's plenty of info on current Apple products as well, such as how you'll be able to view Super Bowl XLIX on your iOS device for free, and 10 advanced tips for OS X Yosemite that you should try if you haven't already.
It wouldn't be Friday without a juicy Apple leak or rumor, and, as if on cue, photos of the display and lid of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air supposedly leaked today. In other news, Tim Cook reportedly agreed to let Chinese officials check Apple products for security flaws, and iPhones accounted for precisely half of all phone activations in the U.S. during the last quarter.
According to a new blog post from BlackBerry's CEO, the U.S. government needs to force developers to make their apps available across all platforms, and he specifically singles out Apple as representing part of the problem. Elsewhere, there's new information from "inside sources" regarding the battery life for the upcoming Apple Watch, as well as specifics on how much key Apple executives made last year.
In today's Apple Daily, we learn that Apple's making some serious inroads into Samsung's native South Korea. In addition, word just dropped that the Cupertino giant bought a British music analytics company last year (presumably to improve Beats Music), and one of the iPhone's best thermal imagining attachments gets an upgrade.
Super Bowl XLIX (featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots) is just under two weeks away, and you can watch the whole thing for free if you have an iPad or an iPod touch. On the development front, Apple just won a new patent that should fix a common problem associated with screen navigation based on eye movement.
Steve Jobs probably wouldn't have liked it, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple plans to release its 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a optional stylus. In other news, production has at last started on Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, judging from the film crews outside Jobs' boyhood home, and Apple paid homage to Martin Luther King, Jr. on its homepage today.
New Apple Watch info has been making the rounds recently, but this week was more about the cool and creative things going on in the world of Apple: turning your iPhone into an infrared camera, seeing an iPhone launched into space, and conceptual renders of a Mac that blends modern and classic sensibilities. We guess strapping iPhones to every part of your body is creative, too, but not in a good way.
In today's Apple Daily, Intel's CEO reveals that he isn't really fazed by all those rumors that Apple's going to start outfitting its Macs with ARM processors. And while we're on the topic of Macs with Intel processors, Apple has recently started selling refurbished 27-inch iMacs with Retina displays on its online store.
A new patent suggests that Apple's tinkering with the idea of turning the iPhone's home button into a joystick for gaming, but is it practical or just a cool idea? In other news, a well-known iPhone case maker shoots an iPhone 6 into the stratosphere for a demo video and a modern game developer prepares to re-release the MacVenture games from the 1980s.