As everyone who reads these columns more than once knows that we like to focus on refurbs that aren't too old. Picking a Mac that's 2 years old gets you a decent enough machine, but everyone prefers brand-spanking new. This week, we're excited because there are some MacBook Airs in here from THIS YEAR. That's pretty doggone new, and all our others are less than 1 year old, so these are some pretty sweet refurbs in action.
Nokia might not have won many hearts in the smartphone space, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the Finnish company is now hoping it can attract your attention with its soon-to-be-released revamped HERE maps application. That's a tough gambit, especially considering how thoroughly Apple Maps and Google Maps dominate the space, but Nokia might be able to pull it off on the basis of one feature alone — it'll support offline maps without the need to download them beforehand.
There's a good chunk of the world that still hasn't bought a Mac for various reasons despite their love of iOS devices, but Apple is taking steps to make sure they remain connected to their Apple files regardless of which machines they're forced to use. Today, the Cupertino company sent out invitations to members of AppleSeed to try out the beta iCloud for Windows, which includes access to iCloud Drive.
The essentially spotless reputation of Apple's widely used iCloud service was dealt a serious blow this weekend when word emerged that several celebrities discovered that private photos of themselves had made their way onto the Internet at large. Word emerged yesterday via NBC News that Apple is working closely with the FBI to investigate the leaks, but this morning the Cupertino company claimed the leaks weren't really iCloud's fault. Instead, it was the fault of weak passwords.
While many pundits and analysts proclaim it's curtains for the tablet market, one of technology's more prominent voices says it's too early to write off such devices. Today's Morning Report also takes a look at rumors of a thinner MacBook for early next year, and a cute little programmable button that works with all of your devices. Read on for the details!
Big is in at Apple. We already know that's true for the iPhone based on all the rumors surrounding the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models that are expected to hit shelves later this year, but now Bloomberg is reporting that we'll see a 12.9-inch iPad sometime in early 2015. Naturally, the sources "asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public."
One of the primary objections to refurbs is the age of the hardware, but this week's MacBook Airs are the freshest we've seen in some time. We're talking three models from April of this year, which is about as new as you can get. In honor that youthfulness, all the other models on offer this week are no older than October of last year, under one year old, still babies. That means great savings for you and you still get that new Mac smell.
Rumors about the iPhone 6 have flowed like water over the last couple of weeks, but we've heard comparatively little about the so-called "iPad Air 2." That changed today with a report that states that the upcoming tablet will get a memory boost to 2GB, up from the current 1GB.
One of the big bits of tech news that emerged over the last couple of days was the reveal of reversible USB cord connectors, which means the days of playing the guessing game to figure out how to plug in a USB cord are at an end. And according to photos posted by China's Dianxinshouji.com (via MacRumors), Apple users may be among the first people to see them.
Two months have flown by since word of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics first surfaced, but only now has the Cupertino company gotten around to adding the brand's Beats Music app to the App Store's "Made by Apple" list.