The games of 2015 continue to quickly roll in, and this week we’ve brought together another selection of great titles worth checking out. Familiar favorites like Dragon Quest V and The Lego Movie Video Game bring their fun to the App Store, while new titles like Hook and Skyward will keep your brain engaged. Oh, and if you like making money, Moneygrabber! is definitely for you.
Super Bowl XLIX (featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots) is just under two weeks away, and you can watch the whole thing for free if you have an iPad or an iPod touch. On the development front, Apple just won a new patent that should fix a common problem associated with screen navigation based on eye movement.
Apple may be planning to enhance the capabilities of Touch ID for additional security, according to a patent recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent itself was created by Dale R. Setlak, co-founder of AuthenTec, the company Apple acquired for $356 million back in 2012 to help create Touch ID itself.
If you were hoping you'd get to see Steve Jobs' video testimony that was such a key part of the recent iPod antitrust trial, District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wants you to cast those hopes aside. Members of the media had been insisting on getting access to the tape despite significant opposition from Apple (and the plaintiffs, for that matter), but the judge ruled that Jobs' testimony will be treated as any other live testimony.
And so today Apple's long iPod antitrust suit is at an end. Today a jury found the Cupertino company not guilty of violating antitrust laws when it implemented digital rights management software (FairPlay) in the last decade to stop users from downloading music from rival stores on their iPods. Indeed, according to the jury, the move represented a genuine product improvement for consumers.
How's the holiday shopping going so far? There are only 10 shopping days left before Christmas, but our Monday Morning Report will attempt to calm your frayed nerves with a new Apple holiday-themed commercial, details on iPhone 6 demand, and an update on the iPod antitrust case for good measure. Read all about it in just one click!
Apple's upcoming A9 chips are reportedly rolling off the production line at a plant in Austin, Texas, according to South Korea's ET News (via iDownloadblog). While the labor might be homegrown, the company responsible for the chips is none other than Apple's longtime frenemy Samsung. And thus the cycle continues, as the iPhone maker continues to rely on its rival even as it continues to chastise the company for taking excessive "inspiration."
As is usually the case, a new class-action lawsuit against Apple is making a lot of dirt on Cupertino's past business practices public knowledge. Our Thursday Morning Report has the details on steps the company took to eliminate rival music services from the iPod, along with good news for folks shopping for new hardware, and the mystery surrounding the latest Safari update. It's all coming at you, right now!
How big is too big for an iPad? Our Tuesday Morning Report has a followup on yesterday's iPad Pro news, complete with a video comparing what such a device might look like compared to current iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro models. Steve Jobs is also making headlines again, as is his successor Tim Cook, who popped into Georgetown yesterday to commemorate World AIDS Day. Click to read all the details!
Apple has always been, shall we say, behind the times regarding iCloud, allowing the competition to gain significant footholds in cloud-based services while the Cupertino company launches new features at a sluggish pace. And according to a new report from The Information, Apple's attitude towards its cloud services is every bit as fragmented as it seems thanks to some "deep organization issues" within the company.