We've got free apps highlighted, some hints of what might be upcoming in Jony Ive's redesigns of all things iOS, and some struggles Cupertino (and developers) seem to be having with iCloud. All of that and more in this week's stories too hot to miss.
Although late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs touted iCloud as seamless and simple when it was first introduced in 2011, developers have found that's not quite the case on their end, and they're lashing out as a result.
It sure was a busy Thursday, with plenty of app updates, security changes and even a big riddle wrapped in an enigma when it comes to Google Now making it to iOS. We've managed to pick the scraps off the floor from yesterday's whirlwind announcements and have laid them all out for you nice and tidy-like to help ease you into the weekend...
When you think about it, the calendars on our iPhones aren't all that different than the ones that hang on our walls. Sure, we can set alerts for 2037 and fit much more than we can on those impossibly small squares, but for the most part, digital calendars haven't brought much new to the game. Horizon Calendar might not be a revolutionary change to mobile calendaring, but it's a good start. Its fresh, clean interface puts your events front and center with color-coded appointments and locations, and best of all, weather reports.
Aside from the iOS 6 jailbreak yesterday, Monday was generally what we in the biz refer to as a "slow news day" -- a good time to soak in some smaller stories that might otherwise have fallen between the seat cushions of rumors and bigger stories making headlines across the tech community. Won't you sit back and enjoy a handful of those crumbs with us now…?
iTunes 11 may barely be a couple of weeks old, but that doesn't mean Apple's latest media player software didn't arrive with a few bugs and quirks, but some of those have now been stomped out with the first minor update.
The Apple System Status page has received a bit of a facelift. And with the update comes the ability to see more detailed explanations of why an App Store, iCloud system, or service is experiencing an issue. Current -- and recent -- outages are now displayed on a timeline, with an explanation of those affected.
After being teased on video earlier this week, the all-new 1Password 4 for iOS made its debut in the App Store overnight, complete with a more than 50 percent discount for a limited time to celebrate its arrival.