This week's stories are about resurrection of old names, how one company pivoted in the face of the iPhone's awesome-sauce, the unveiling of some new amazingness we've all been waiting for plus the newest games of the week and a few apps that might just keep you sane these last few weeks of the year. That and more as always, just step right inside.
Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 7.1 to developers today, and Cult of Mac has put together a handy collection of GIFs showing the most significant changes we can expect on our devices in the coming weeks. On the face of it, the update may seem minor since it doesn't include any major new features, but it does include a few tweaks that aim to address some of the complaints users have had with the operating system since it first appeared.
It's a hot week in the news if you're interested in the future of cellphones. Carriers are getting shut down on the lock-out while one of the nation's biggest providers thinks the same big bucks they've been raking in over the years isn't quite enough. Plus some holiday classics get the iOS treatment. That and more under the fold, so dig in.
If all the news about iPhone 5s shortages made it sound as though Apple's doing quite well for itself, you'd be right. Recent data compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley (via AppleInsider) shows that both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c ranked as two out of the three best-selling smartphones across American providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile for September, October and November of this year.
Mac minis are back in the game after a hiatus around these parts. These little hockey puck-sized powerhouses were some of the first signs of Apple's commitment to shrinkage — but in a good way. And now we see that the cold weather has also gotten the prices of gear down to smaller sizes. So what are you waiting for?
Apple's expansion of iTunes Match is nearly complete, with the music-matching service and companion iTunes in the Cloud downloading now available in all but a handful of countries where Cupertino offers music for sale. The rest will surely come in due time, but this week finds a handful of Nordic countries added to the lineup. More on that in our Tuesday recap!
The poor iPhone 5c has had a rough time of it lately, with reports coming in almost every week about decreased production. But while it hasn't quite gained the attention of the Apple faithful, AppleInsider reports that it's proven relatively popular among a welcome audience: first-time Apple buyers switching over from Android.