What a difference a day makes! On Wednesday, developers grappled with a potentially major setback for iOS 8 widgets, while Microsoft launched its own multi-platform Health initiative. But the biggest Thursday news comes courtesy of Bloomberg, as none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a candid essay on equality. Read on to find out all of the details in our Morning Report!
HealthKit is easily one of the best selling points of iOS 8, but Apple fizzled some of that enthusiasm when it pulled HealthKit-enabled apps from its store not long after the operating system was loosed on the public. Apple did, however, claim that such apps would be available again "by the end of the month," and it looks as though it's lived up to that promise.
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.
Former Adobe engineer Kevin Lynch took the stage to give an extensive demonstration of what the Apple Watch is capable of, which third-party developers will be able to help shape with a new software development kit known as WatchKit.
This morning Apple started sending out invitations confirming that there will, indeed, be a media event on September 9. In all likelihood, we'll finally get to see the iPhone 6 and the fabled "iWatch" then. And in sharp contrast to another announcements Apple's made in the past, the company is apparently building a mysterious auxiliary stage.
The smart and sporty Jawbone UP24 is the most fashionable, lightweight and comfortable fitness tracking wearable you can buy, and it has a beautiful app to match. As its name suggests, this new version of the UP can truly be worn 24 hours a day without the need to take it off between syncs.
We've long heard that we'll probably see the iWatch go live sometime "this fall," but the latest reports seem to indicate that Apple will be cutting it close. Past reports said that the device would start mass production in July (so much for that) or September, but now respected analyst Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple won't boost production until sometime in November. That means it's possible that we won't see it until December or even 2015.
Apparently, the iPhone 6 rumor mill has run dry: No sooner does another report on Apple's fabled iWatch surface Thursday night, than two others pop up offering even more details on how Cupertino might dominate the wrist.
We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
The origins of yoga date back to ancient India, but the craft is still widely practiced today. There's a reason it has stuck around for so long: it's one of the most flexible disciplines you can take part in. If your goal is to stretch your body, lose weight, or rest a worried mind, you can find a routine that suits your needs. One of the great things about yoga is it uses your entire body and no additional equipment, so it's easy to practice just about anywhere. You can sneak in a quick session no matter where you are with the help of these eight apps designed to make your practice fully portable.