Surprisingly enough, Apple has yet to bring all of its iOS software in line with the design shift of iOS 7, but it's been making slow inroads with almost every week. The latest app to get the makeover treatment is the Remote app for the iPhone and iPad, which brings the whole program in line with the icon redesign it received last month.
In one of Apple's rare but notable forays into activism, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written an editorial for The Wall Street Journal in support of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The editorial, which was published this morning, compares Apple's own policies with those allowed by current U.S. law.
Looks like Apple's taking that whole "Assembled in the USA" bit a lot more seriously than anticipated. As reported by Apple Insider, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced today that Apple plans to build a sapphire manufacturing facility in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, in a move that's expected to bring 700 "quality" jobs to the Southwestern state.
Cosmetically, GarageBand 2.0 doesn’t look very different than the previous version, though there are some slight visual tweaks to bring the overall aesthetic in line with the rest of the flattened-down look of iOS 7. Perhaps the single most important functional change is that you can now create compositions with up to 16 tracks on all supported devices running with pre-A7 processors – double the amount allowed before – and up to 32 tracks on the newest A7-equipped iPhones and iPads.
It looks like the supplies of iPad Air might be dwindling on launch day, after all, reports MacRumors, as Apple has now updated its site to mark all models of the device as shipping "within 24 hours" and arriving by November 6. Previously, Apple listed November 4 as the date of delivery for American customers.
I've mentioned in the past that Apple seems to have energy conservation at the heart of its latest designs, and we've seen that especially with the long battery life of notebooks running Mavericks and in the very design of Apple's new campus. But in the future, as reported by 9to5 Mac, the Cupertino giant might allow us to harness the power of the sun when we charge our iPhones and iPads.
Use a Western Digital external hard drive? You might want to be careful before you hook it up to your Mac if it's running OX X Mavericks. As MacRumors reports, forum threads at Western Digital and on Apple's own Support Communities site have been abuzz with the news that users are losing their data after connecting their WD external drive to a machine running Mavericks.
Like Star Trek’s Mr. Scott, Apple’s engineers have well-deserved reputations for being high-tech miracle workers, but even they can only do so much about the laws of physics. Any moving part can become worn or damaged over time, and MacBook owners know few parts move more than their power adapter’s precious MagSafe cord. The Fray Fix adds a layer of protection to your faithful power brick’s most vulnerable spot, but in a way that’s anything but futuristic.
Looks like the ol' "marketing gimmick" is really starting to catch on, according to a recent announcement by Intel's partner Altera at the ARM developer's conference yesterday. As MacRumors notes, Forbes reports that the Intel will start making its own 64-bit ARM chips in 2014.
The news about Apple's new A7 chip for the iPad Air just seems to keep getting better and better. According to benchmark tests performed by Geekbench (and reported by Cult of Mac), the new 64-bit chip allows Apple's newest tablet to reach 80 percent performance boosts over fourth generation iPad.