A big social media fail for one of Apple's bitterest rivals (hahaha) and some coming soon products from one of Apple's previous bitterest rivals. It's all about peace, love, understanding, and schadenfreude in this week's best of news stories. Plus, if you haven't updated your devices to iOS 7.1 what are you waiting for?
Some new purported leaks about iOS 8 just rolled in, and as before they're from the usually reliable 9to5Mac. We've already heard about additions like Apple's so-called Healthbook and the new Maps app, and recently we saw some screenshots that allegedly show what some of the new apps will look like. But now the rumors go deeper. The site claims to know some of the key changes Apple is considering for the next version of its mobile operating system.
Last year, the main news surrounding in-flight entertainment for the Apple faithful focused on the practice of handing out iPads for travelers, but now United Airlines has some good news for everyone who displays the Apple logo on the backs of their devices. Come April, if you own an iPhone or iPad, you can start streaming a large selection of movies and TV shows on your devices during flights free of charge.
One of the knocks we hear against Apple products pretty often is that they're expensive. Sure, they aren't as inexpensive as $200 netbooks, but they're also not hastily designed, shoddily manufactured garbage you throw away in 2 years either. But there are ways to crack that price issue a little, and with this week's refurbs, we've got the week's lowest price, base models of all the flagship Macs just ripe for your wallets. iOS products tend to land a lot closer to the same market prices out there, but if you want some cheap gear for them, you've come to the right place.
Poor Samsung. Some of their marketing attempts backfire spectacularly, especially when they attempt to court celebrities. Not long ago we saw how Ellen DeGeneres was using her iPhone backstage despite her highly televised Samsung selfie at the Oscars, and now we find (via 9to5Mac) that LeBron James, Samsung's spokesman for its Galaxy Note line, fire off a tweet expressing his anguish that the phone erased all his data.
Prefer Apple's metal iPhone casings over the plastic used for the iPhone 5c (and many other smartphones)? It turns out that there's a small chance they could save your life. That's what Utah soldier Shaun Frank found out after his iPhone 5 protected him from shrapnel that might have killed him while on duty in Afghanistan. Frank has since sent a letter to Apple expressing his thanks.
Apple has heard all of the complaints about Apple Maps, and it wants to make it better. It's so keen on this, in fact, that 9to5Mac reports that the Cupertino company's allegedly beefing it up in time for iOS 8 to such a point that it should handily rival Google Maps for data supremacy. And thanks to its recent acquisitions of smaller companies like BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop, it might be able to pull it off.
Today Neil Young revealed his Toblerone-shaped "PonoPlayer," which he hopes will launch a successful counterattack against (of all things) Apple's iPod. It seems Mr. Young has missed all the memos about the device's "declining business," in the words of Apple CEO Tim Cook, particularly in the wake of the emergence of integrated devices like the iPhone and iPad.
After weeks of speculation and rumors, iOS 7.1 is here at last — and still in time for SXSW as expected. The release marks the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch back in September. Along with the expected bug fixes and UI tweaks, the release also brings new features such as support for Apple's new CarPlay system.
A new report from The Information claims that Apple's trying to expand Siri's interaction with third-party apps, and it's possible the focus of that attention concerns the highly anticipated "iWatch." As TechCrunch notes, Siri might be the best way to get around the limitations of interacting with wearable tech. As a bonus, it'll bring us closer to the Dick Tracy style watches of comics past.