Resentment has been growing against apps that call themselves "free" but bulge with in-app purchases and related microtransactions, and today Apple altered a bit of its wording on the App Store apparently in response to that sentiment. If only it weren't so awkward. Apps and games that used to read "Free" in the button reserved for prices with paid apps now display "Get," which seems inelegant to, say, "Download" or "Install."
Apple may have claimed that it was "opening up" to developers during this year's WWDC, but it appears to be struggling with this concept when it comes to widgets for iOS 8's Notification Center. First there was PCalc's calculator, which Apple backed down from removing following a social media uproar. Now it's asking note-taking app Neato to remove the keyboard that lets its users take notes within the widget itself.
Apple today released new patches for both Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The notes for both are rather small and the updates don't introduce any new features, but they do fix some problems that some users have struggled with for several weeks or more. And perhaps best of all, both appear to have gone live without the hiccups that characterized the launch of iOS 8.1.
The iPhone 6 Plus is a big hit, but according to research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (via MacRumors), it's the smaller iPhone 6 that's the big hit in the United States. Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone is outselling its big brother by 3 to 1, the firm reports, based on data pulled from the first 30 days the phone was available for purchase.
How bad is the "Masque Attack" we wrote about earlier this week? Well, considering that the U.S. Government is now warning people to watch out for it, it's something you'll probably want to take very seriously. It's a particularly nasty thing, too, as it can replace your legitimate apps with malware versions even on non-jailbroken devices.
To mix up our refurb presentations this week, we're going to show you the range from base model to the priciest option on the market. Depending on the week, Apple has just about every stop between the two points, so if you want more than the base but less than the biggest ticket, there's probably something for you.
If you're willing to brave the crowds on Black Friday this year (particularly when retailers are referring to the sales as "doorbusters"), you'll find some good deals at Best Buy that you'll never find in an Apple retail store. Other sales sheets from Target and Sam's Club leaked over the last couple of days, but Best Buy took a different direction and published their deals for their Doorbusters sale outright.
Apple kicked off the week by at last allowing former iPhone users to deregister themselves from iMessage (and thereby let iPhone friends text with them again), but according to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, it's too little, too late. Reuters reported earlier today that Koh plans to let Adrienne Moore's lawsuit against the Cupertino company continue, meaning that Apple could end up facing punitive damages for letting the issue go unresolved for so long.
Last week, the Home Depot suffered a devastating security breach in which 56 million credit card numbers and 53 million e-mail addresses were stolen. By the time a massive story hit The Wall Street Journal regarding the issue, investigators revealed that someone had managed to get access to the files through a Windows security breach. And what do you do when that happens? If you're in charge at Home Depot, apparently, you buy your executives a bunch of MacBooks and iPhones to replace their old Windows devices.
WireLurker was only the beginning; there's now a new iOS vulnerability in town for hackers seeking access to your iOS files. It's called the "Masque Attack," according to the FireEye security team, and as with WireLurker, it focuses on getting users away from Apple's carefully curated App Store in the hopes that they'll download the latest malicious dish of the day. And just like WireLurker, it works with both secure iPhones and jailbroken devices.