One of the first changes to iOS 8 that beta testers noticed was that Yahoo, long the source of Apple's data for its default Weather app, had been ousted by The Weather Channel. At the time, some commentators wondered if it was a simple mistake. But according to Re/code, the switch was all part of a plan by Weather Channel CEO David Kenny, formerly a Yahoo board member, to wrest the high-profile logo placement from his former company.
The iPhone has a tremendously powerful camera for a smartphone, and now Apple is planning to allow photographers even more control over their images with APIs in iOS 8, reports Anandtech. Unfortunately, most of associated settings will be found in third-party creations (such as Camera+); only a few will make it to the default camera app.
Looks like the "iWatch" is going to be a real thing after all. After more than a year of speculation and occasionally outlandish rumors, Apple is apparently going to start production on the fabled device next month, reports Reuters. Allegedly, we'll actually see it in October. Based on the additional information in the report, the device will look only slightly like some of the more popular works of concept art we've seen.
Apple's "Complete My Album" feature is great for music fans, but don't you wish there was a way to do the same thing with TV series? VUDU announced just such a feature this week that allows customers to complete an entire TV season at a discounted price, and better yet upgrade the quality to 1080p HDX for less. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for our Thursday edition of the MacLife.com news recap...
One of the big announcements at WWDC this year was the introduction of Continuity for both iOS 8 and Yosemite, which allows Apple users to continue what they were doing on one device on another. Although Apple made no mention of extended compatibility in the keynote, it now looks as though the Cupertino company is extending that same functionality to Apple TV.
We've heard in the past that Apple plans to fit the upcoming iPhones with a wide range of sensors pertaining to health, but today 9to5Mac relayed news that suggests the new units will also support a barometer. Similar information popped up in vague rumors last March, but new evidence suggests there might be some truth to them.
Of all the companies that would make sense for Apple to acquire, Nuance — the company behind Siri — would seem high on the list. That's apparently not the case. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple's chief rival Samsung is moving in to acquire the influential creator of voice-recognition software, which could mean dire things for the folks in Cupertino if the deal goes through.
iOS-compatible household items have become so commonplace that they scarcely warrant attention in the news anymore, but Vessyl, a new smart cup conceived by Justin Lee and designed by Yves Béhar, is something of an exception. Dump virtually any kind of drink into the unit, and it can tell you exactly what you're drinking and yield some associated nutritional information.
Apple didn't mention anything about the fabled iWatch during this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, but a new report from Japan's Nikkei suggests that the device is still in the works. In fact, according to its sources, we'll see it in October. Nikkei has an unusually good track record regarding these things, so there might be some truth to these claims after all.
It's only been a couple of days since Apple announced that it's extending its Touch ID API to third-party developers, and already PayPal is considering the possibilities of the service, reports BusinessInsider. "It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," a source from PayPal told the publication.