Today we focus on the little guys. The smaller end of the market of Apple products. The entry level. If you've been trying to convince a friend or relative to make the switch, these lower priced options might just be the ticket to helping convince them what you've known all along.
Back in March we reported that Neil Young was trying to push his "PonoPlayer" to deliver "master quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible." Young targeted Apple's iPod in some of his marketing of the device, but now it appears Apple might be stepping up its game with a "dramatic overhaul" of iTunes by offering higher quality music downloads on iTunes than we've seen in the past.
Following the release of Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, Apple is drawing attention to its own office suite with a visual overhaul of the online versions of iWork. The iCloud and Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all resemble their iOS 7 counterparts after today's update, bringing a common visual aesthetic to the Cupertino company's productivity suite regardless of which platform you prefer.
If you're one of the unlucky souls with kids who have made accidental in-app purchases with an iDevice recently, then Apple has some good news for you. The Cupertino company recently consented work to with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to cover in-app purchases, which means you might be able to get some of that money back if you fill out a special form.
iTunes Radio draws much of its inspiration from the streaming radio service Pandora, but the latest word from Billboard suggests that Apple might want to mimic the on-demand streaming model used by Spotify and Beats Music instead. That would make Apple's steaming music service more akin to Google Play Music, and the parties involved say it's likely the effort will lead to an official iTunes app for Android as well.
We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
The Pokémon series includes some of the most popular releases for portable gaming systems of all time, but despite Nintendo's continued reluctance to dabble in the smartphone market, we've yet to see a suitable clone come to iOS. With Monster Legacy, developer Outplay hopes to change all that. Its scrappy pet-battling game is so reminiscent of Nintendo's original, in fact, that the main differences center around execution and setting than with gameplay.
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.
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.