Apple today flung open the doors on iWork for iCloud's beta, thus allowing even the unlucky few who don't have Apple devices to participate. In other news, Apple is hiring high-profile auto experts to help with a secretive vehicle project, and the U.S. Government just became the latest supporter of Apple Pay.
They're manufacturing how many Apple Watches?! Judging from sources in the supply chain, Apple appears to be anticipating yet another runaway hit for the wearable device, and we've got all the details in our Thursday Morning Report. There's also a new Office for Mac 2011 patch and the complete rundown on Google's new YouTube subscription service for music lovers. All the news that's fit to print is just a click away!
An iOS public beta may still be the stuff of legend, but Apple today ensured that developers could get easy widespread feedback for their prerelease iOS apps by extending the amount of people who can test them through TestFlight. Initially showcased at WWDC back in June, TestFlight now allows third-party developers to invite up to 1,000 members of the public to best test their apps ahead of launch.
Apple today rolled out a new look for the main iTunes Store for those using iTunes 12 in the Yosemite beta just days ahead of the operating system's expected launch, and it champions the "flatter" look that's been so popular at the Cupertino company lately. That brings the design of the site more in line with the flat look of Yosemite itself.
One of the big Mac-centric announcements this year was the introduction of a new public beta for those of us who aren't developers. On July 24, The Loop reports, Apple will open the doors to its Mac OS X Yosemite beta a few months ahead of its release sometime this fall.
Apple released the third beta build of iOS 8 today after a three-week lack of updates, and it's full of tweaks that were neither in previous updates nor mentioned in the keynote at WWDC 2014. While there's nothing earth-shattering about the update, it does include a number of modifications to settings and the UI as well as an option to switch on iCloud Drive. Cult of Mac and MacRumors have nice rundowns of all the changes included in the update.
WWDC is right around the corner, and so far the lion's share of the speculation as to what we'll see has focused on things like the iWatch, the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, and the similarly rumored home-automation system. But it's also likely that we'll see some updates to the iMac as well, judging by codes referring to new models buried in the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta.
For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as The Loop reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.
'Tis the season for buying smaller tech companies. The latest news comes not from Facebook (fresh out of buying WhatsApp for a staggering $16 billion), but from Apple itself. Today the Cupertino giant acquired Burstly, which the iOS beta testers among you may recognize as the company responsible for TestFlight.
The big news Wednesday was no doubt Facebook's latest big acquisition, which left those of us who don't use the WhatsApp to ask, "What's the big deal?" instead. We can certainly think of at least a few other companies we'd have rather seen the social networking giant drop $19 billion on, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds. But first, let's take a trip backwards in time and catch up on everything else that happened yesterday...