What's next for iOS? That's the question that was begging to be answered this week, as rumors flew about not only iOS 8.3 and 8.4, but iOS 9 as well. On other fronts, Apple broke yet another record on Wall Street, we learned that MacBooks can survive falling from an airplane, and rumors continue to swirl about Apple's mystery vehicle. That plus a whole lot more in our recap of this week's hottest Apple news!
The numbers are in, and it appears that Apple's Activation Lock has been massively successful in curbing the tide of iPhone thefts in three major cities. In addition, iPhone 6 Plus owners reportedly use a lot more data than their iPhone 6 counterparts, and Apple is apparently planning to pull Aperture for good once Photos for Mac launches later this year.
Smartphone thefts as a whole are on the rise, and according to a massive new report from the FCC, they now account for 10 percent of all robberies in the United States. But there's a silver lining to the announcement. Ever since Apple implemented its Activation Lock for iOS 7, thefts of the company's coveted handset have dropped sharply.
We're suddenly very envious of readers with one of Pioneer's recent NEX multimedia receivers in their car dashboard, which can now be upgraded to Apple CarPlay. Our Thursday Morning Report also has details on Apple's new iCloud tool for checking Activation Lock Status, as well as a new Logitech keyboard case for iPad Air. Don't delay, the news awaits!
Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature has been credited with helping to push back the tide of iPhone thefts, and stories abound of users being reunited with their handsets after using the nifty feature. But when Derek Grant of Glasgow, Scotland used the feature to find his son's stolen iPhone, the day ended in tragedy.
Apple's "Complete My Album" feature is great for music fans, but don't you wish there was a way to do the same thing with TV series? VUDU announced just such a feature this week that allows customers to complete an entire TV season at a discounted price, and better yet upgrade the quality to 1080p HDX for less. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for our Thursday edition of the MacLife.com news recap...
Perhaps feeling the heat after seeing the markup feature now included with OS X Yosemite, Evernote-owned Skitch debuted version 3.2 of its own free markup app for iOS last week. Featuring a top-to-bottom redesign, the app is said to make the entire process much easier than before, with additional helpful settings for Evernote users and new social PDF sharing. Curious what else happened over the weekend while you were spending time with Dad? Read on to find out more...
Yesterday we brought you the story of two Dutch hackers who managed to find a way around the Activation Lock Apple introduced to curb iPhone theft, and now Cult of Mac reports that the duo deleted an e-mail from Apple asking for more information. One of them, AquaXetine, also announced the deletion in a tweet from yesterday.
Apple has done a lot to keep iPhones safer from thefts over the last year or so, most notably in the introduction of Activation Lock with iOS 7. But now Dutch publication De Telegraaf (via MacRumors) reports that two hackers dubbing themselves AquaXetine and MerrukTechnolog have found a way around Apple's usually effective system for keeping user data safe.
When Apple introduced a "kill switch" of sorts for iPhones and iPads with the release of iOS 7, it was hailed as a landmark moment in the growing fight against smartphone theft. But as Re/code reports (via MacRumors) it may soon be required as part of a federal law directed at all smartphones sold in the United States. The federal bill follows a similar one introduced in the state of California last week.