Apple's AirPlay is a fantastic concept, but until now it's always been hampered by the need for all the compatible devices to share a Wi-Fi connection before they work together properly. It's a small hassle, but one that has kept the service from being more widely adopted than it probably should be. As Engadget reports, that limitation comes to an end with iOS 8.
We've talked about all kinds of other changes coming to iOS 8, so why not talk about the weather? Specially, the Weather app. After so many years of relying on Yahoo for its weather forecasts, Apple is apparently cutting out of the middleman and relying exclusively on information from The Weather Channel.
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."
Rumors about Apple products — and reliable ones, at that — have become so common in the last couple of years that we know almost entirely what to expect when an event like WWDC comes around. Apple's had enough of it, apparently, and rightly so. Today Sonny Dickson (long a reporter of trustworthy Apple rumors himself) announced that this stream of information might be coming to an end, thanks to increased efforts on the part of both Apple and Chinese authorities.
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.
This year's WWDC might be one to remember, and Apple wants to make sure you witness the festivities firsthand. The iPhone maker announced today that it plans to host a live video stream of the event's keynote address on the company's home page on June 2, and this time you can even watch it on Windows.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.