Apple's Lightning cable is pretty neat, aside from that whole rendering-all-our-previous-iOS-peripherals-useless thing. But that's not to say that there haven't been problems. Since its introduction with the iPhone 5, the cable has suffered from frequent reports of breaking and fraying, and now ZDNet's John O'Grady has noticed that it's prone to corrosion as well.
Tired of controlling your Apple TV with your iPhone or iPad? Logitech has just the thing for you. It's the new Harmony Smart Keyboard, and it's compatible with Apple TV and a host of similar computing devices for the living room. It brings together the best of Logitech's famed keyboard line and its Harmony remote units, and it offers a more tactile method of entering information on the screen from the couch. Just be sure to ignore that Windows logo in the bottom left-hand corner.
Apple's stuffing a lot of improved features into iOS 7.1, just as it's filling its roster at SXSW (South By Southwest) with memorable acts. It turns out that the two may have more in common than it initially seems. Based on info from a "little birdie," John Gruber of Daring Fireball stated that Apple's dedicated app for steaming performances from SXSW's iTunes Festival will need iOS 7.1. The upshot? Considering that SXSW starts on March 11, that means we could see iOS 7.1 in the next couple of days.
Few consumers, it seems, really care for Windows phones. But what if Microsoft brought its beloved Xbox Live service to iOS--would you be more interested then? Microsoft certainly hopes so, as The Verge claims that the Redmond giant is on the verge (sorry) of bringing the service to iOS "in a big way." The problem? That would bring it into direct competition with Apple's own Game Center.
In the past, Apple has at least allowed customers to chat about out-of-warranty products via its online support sections, but in the future, 9to5Mac reports, it's (usually) going to cost you. The push for paid chat support is part of a larger effort by Apple to bring other features to its online services, such as the ability to pay for product repairs and replacements over the Internet.
Apple sometimes gets a hefty dose of criticism for its closed-system approach to iOS, but it's important to remember that closed systems have their benefits as well. That much was apparent in a recent statement Android chief Sundar Pichai made to an audience at the Mobile World Congress (via FrAndroid).
Security and privacy are big concerns these days, and few things emphasize that so well as Chitika's data (via AppleInsider) demonstrating how quickly Apple's iOS 7.0.6 patch was adopted by iPhone and iPad users. Within 48 hours of its release, the security-focused patch was installed on more than 13.3 percent of iDevices throughout North America. As of yesterday, that number stood at 25.9 percent.
You may have heard that Apple's acclaimed iTunes Festival is coming over to this side of the pond for next month's SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, and now The Loop has more news on what to expect. Along with Coldplay, Imagine Dragon, and other groups, '90s sensation Soundgarden will be performing at the festival.
One of the more interesting iOS controversies over the past couple of months was developer King's strange attempt to get the word "candy" trademarked in an attempt to fend off imitators of its popular Candy Crush Saga game. It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.
Considering that Oral-B exhibited an iOS-compatible toothbrush today at Mobile World Congress in Spain today, it seems as though we're approaching a world in which almost every appliance will work hand-in-hand with Apple's spunky mobile operating system. Proctor and Gamble revealed the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 last month (as Engadget reports), but today marks one of the first times that other people have managed to get their hands -- and teeth -- on the unit.