It's hot out there, which also means it's a good time to stay inside and tinker with new Mac and iOS devices when you've had a bit too much sun. Enjoying streaming movies with a new Apple TV, drift off on a flight to paradise with tunes on a new iPod nano, or play games on a massively powerful MacBook Pro. This week's deals allow you to do all this and more.
Album prices on iTunes got you down? If you're a Paul McCartney fan, Billboard reports, the former Beatle's got you covered. The legendary songwriter today released five albums from his solo career as standalone iPad apps, allowing music connoisseurs to pick them up for just $7.99 each (compared to the $12.99 or so they cost as standard iTunes albums).
American sports fans are starting to turn their attention back to our own particular brand of football in the aftermath of the World Cup, and a promotional page from DirecTV suggests that they have a big surprise waiting for them. According to the page, football fans will be able to watch the upcoming games live on their iOS devices and Macs without having to sign up for a conventional plan with the provider (or even needing to get a dish, for that matter).
In a move that almost certainly comes as a blow to Microsoft and Google, Apple and IBM today announced a partnership that will allow them each to expand the mobility options of enterprise customers with the help of new apps and services for iOS. It'll almost certainly result in a massive boost to Apple's enterprise sales.
The iPhone's battery life has steadily been improving since its debut, but a new rumored partnerhsip in the works between Apple and Britain's Intelligent Energy could result in iDevice battery lives reaching days or weeks. Reaching this goal is all about implementing embedded fuel cells, reports The Daily Mail.
The iPhone 6 isn't just the same device we've known and loved with a bigger display, the latest rumors claim; it'll also boast some beefy processing powers. According to China's CnBeta (via GforGames) the upcoming device will likely jump past the 2.0 GHz threshold. That's the kind of power that'll make the already scrappy A7 chip look puny, which is surprising since most developers have yet to push the new technology to its full potential.
The iOS App Store, which celebrates its sixth birthday today, is such a massive cultural presence these days that it's hard to believe that Steve Jobs initially didn't want third-party developers to have access to the iPhone. When he finally gave in, the App Store quickly became a juggernaut that only continues to grow.
It's still not entirely clear if iBeacons will ever take off quite like Apple wants them to, but Major League Baseball is determined to give them a fighting chance. Over the past few months the organization has outfitted 28 stadiums with the technology, and now it's entering phase two with a special project at this year's All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Summer's in full swing now, and we've got deals on everything from portables to good old-fashioned desktop units. Act quickly, and you'll even save a few bucks of some peripherals to enhance your enjoyment of each. Pick up a few and save the rest of your cash for a few days in the sun.
Apple released the third beta build of iOS 8 today after a three-week lack of updates, and it's full of tweaks that were neither in previous updates nor mentioned in the keynote at WWDC 2014. While there's nothing earth-shattering about the update, it does include a number of modifications to settings and the UI as well as an option to switch on iCloud Drive. Cult of Mac and MacRumors have nice rundowns of all the changes included in the update.