Judging from a "hot off the presses" report straight from Apple's supply chain, prospective iPhone 6 buyers might want to line up even earlier this year, as the smartphone is rumored to suffer a production setback. Meanwhile, the company's iWork apps received minor updates Thursday, and venerable financial software Quicken makes a triumphant return to the Mac in today's Morning Report.
We never like to kick off a recap with news about a product or service going down the tubes, but that's exactly what's happening with the folks at Springpad. Initially launched six years ago as a competitor to Evernote, Springpad announced that the service will be shutting down for good on June 25, taking all of its apps and sync with it. The company is working on an export tool to allow its more than five million customers to migrate their data elsewhere, and plans to have more details next month. We now return you to our regularly scheduled Wednesday recap...
Do software companies have an obligation to keep new features around after they've been introduced? Apple has become somewhat notorious for yanking iWork and iLife features in the name of iOS app feature parity, and companies like Twitter are actively adding and then removing new options all in the name of experimentation — including the ability to direct message users who don't follow you, which headlines today's overnight recap.
In preparing this year’s 20 Under $20 list, we loved the idea of presenting 20 killer Mac apps you might not know about — 20 is such a round, pleasant number, and would hopefully let us find something for everyone. But $20 per app might not seem like the bargain-basement price that it used to, even just back in the summer of 2011 when we did our last 20 Under $20 feature.
But guess what? Most of these polished, stable, user-friendly, and utterly useful applications don’t come anywhere close to a full Andrew Jackson, anyway. Four of them are free, and only two cost over $10. We thought about calling it “18 Mac Apps Under $10 and Also Two That Are More Than $10 But Still Less Than $20, and By the Way, Four Are Free,” but that’s just too long, wouldn’t you agree
Mint.com is such an amazingly helpful resource that it’s almost unbelievable to think that it’s free. We can input all of our various financial accounts—checking and saving, credit cards, loans, investments, and more—and track them all in real time from the sleek web portal or the iOS app, which is much handier than juggling logins for each institution’s website. And now, thanks to the excellent and free Mint QuickView app, you can keep an eye on your finances with a single click on your Mac.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and company have yet to step onstage to announce this year's iPhone and already, some entrepreneurial companies in the Far East are taking the hard-earned yuan of their fellow Chinese and sticking it away in their own pockets, promising to one day hook them up with an iPhone 5. If that isn't sad enough, we've got some rumblings of a couple of App Store favorites that may be on life support and more for this Thursday, July 12, 2012.
Quicken has always been a popular choice for keeping tabs on Mac users’ finances, but publisher Intuit hit a speed bump with the product when Apple moved from PowerPC to Intel processors -- and then completely wiped out when OS X Lion removed Rosetta, the key to running PowerPC apps. But a new Lion-compatible install of Quicken may be the first step in a new direction.
It may not be a slick new version or even the promised OS X Lion-friendly update to Quicken, but publisher Intuit is staking out its place on the Mac App Store by bringing the current version 1.7 of Quicken Essentials to Apple’s favorite marketplace.
With news about the economy still as grim as Apple’s prospects in the 1990s, it’s a smart time to use your Mac to keep track of your finances. Unfortunately, that job just got harder. Quicken for Mac, the venerable personal-finance manager, was last updated when the economic meltdown was but a gleam in Wall Street’s eye. And it doesn’t even run at all on Lion (though it’s fine on Snow Leopard, thanks to Rosetta). But fear not. Change can be a good thing, and lucky for you, there are plenty of options for keeping track of all of yours.