For all of its popularity, Instagram has always been something of a joke when it comes to optimizing photos: you snap a pic, slap some faux vintage filter on it, and you're presumably happy. With today's update, however, it finally gains a lot of the features long enjoyed by its more robust cousins.
Craig Federighi detailed the changes to Photos, noting that Apple is now syncing all the photos you take across multiple devices through the cloud. Even better, the new cloud focus maintains the edits you've done regardless of which Apple machine you tweaked it on. This way, he said, "your device has access to more photos in the cloud than you can store locally."
Tim Cook kicked off his discussion of the changes to iOS 8 with some figures. Apple, he says, has now sold over 800 million iOS devices. The iPod touch has passed 100 million units, 200 million units of the iPad have been sold, and iPhone has passed half a billion units. "This is incredible," Cook said, "but what's even more impressive is how many new customers to Apple these devices have brought to us."
Earlier this week reports that Apple was preparing to announce a "home automation" system of sorts during WWDC started making the rounds, which followed several months after the discovery of the patent for the process back in November. Now, Gigaom has some specifics on how the systems supposed to work after speaking with unnamed sources allegedly involved with the project.
A few weeks ago we heard that Touch ID was likely headed to other Apple devices in addition to the iPhone, and a new report from Asia backs up that claim. Notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims (via Cult of Mac) that the feature will soon come standard in most new iOS devices, such as the iPhone 5, the second iPad Air, and the third-generation iPad mini.
Yesterday we brought you the story of two Dutch hackers who managed to find a way around the Activation Lock Apple introduced to curb iPhone theft, and now Cult of Mac reports that the duo deleted an e-mail from Apple asking for more information. One of them, AquaXetine, also announced the deletion in a tweet from yesterday.
Apple has done a lot to keep iPhones safer from thefts over the last year or so, most notably in the introduction of Activation Lock with iOS 7. But now Dutch publication De Telegraaf (via MacRumors) reports that two hackers dubbing themselves AquaXetine and MerrukTechnolog have found a way around Apple's usually effective system for keeping user data safe.
It's almost time for the bulk of the latest batch of Apple rumors to end (and if the past few years have proved anything, it's almost time for a whole new set to begin). Apple today released its schedule for the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference and announced that it plans to hold its keynote on Monday, June 2 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco.
Looking for a great free app to download for the weekend? Google has you covered. The Apple rival just bought the beloved Word Lens app that lets you use your camera to translate text on real-life objects in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian immediately, and for now, it's completely free.
Famed Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa were spotted at Apple's campus in Cupertino today, and the report suggests that the basketball star might have been there to speak about the iWatch. An informant claims that Bryant was in town to speak with Jony Ive's team about "upcoming projects."