Apple today flung open the doors on iWork for iCloud's beta, thus allowing even the unlucky few who don't have Apple devices to participate. In other news, Apple is hiring high-profile auto experts to help with a secretive vehicle project, and the U.S. Government just became the latest supporter of Apple Pay.
We're getting pre-pre-Black Thursday action going on here, so we know the deals long in advance. Meanwhile, Yosemite and iOS 8 have been updated, and there's new Apple Watch news. But what's the latest happening in Arizona? And that Steve Jobs picture no one wants the title part for? Looks like it's gone the way of the original click wheel iPod.
iWork for iCloud just got a little more useful today after Apple updated the software with several new features, uncluding support for eight new languages and the addition of more than 50 new fonts to the existing collection. Generally the changes affect Apple's cloud-based productivity suite across the board, and you can find them in iWork's cloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
The big deal of the week was of course Apple's unveiling of the new iPad Air models, but they also dropped a gorgeous big screen iMac down for us to drool over and then slipped us Yosemite Thursday. With iOS 8.1 set to drop Monday, Apple is pretty much dominating the weekend. Those stories and more of what else happened in Apple news this week.
Apple treated Mac users to a same-day announcement for the release of OS X Yosemite, and will follow with iOS 8.1 (and Apple Pay) on Monday. But there were a few details Cupertino left out, including the unique Apple SIM preinstalled with new cellular iPad models, as well as iWork and iLife updates for Mac. We've got the scoop on those in today's Morning Report to close out the week, so click on and read along.
Following an introduction by CEO Tim Cook, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi took the stage at the company's headquarters in Cupertino to bring us up to date on the recent iOS 8 update as well as OS X Yosemite.
Judging from a "hot off the presses" report straight from Apple's supply chain, prospective iPhone 6 buyers might want to line up even earlier this year, as the smartphone is rumored to suffer a production setback. Meanwhile, the company's iWork apps received minor updates Thursday, and venerable financial software Quicken makes a triumphant return to the Mac in today's Morning Report.
Teachers may be only now starting to enjoy summer vacation, but Apple is looking ahead to the new school season this fall with a major update to the iTunes U app that makes it easier to do even more on the iPad.
Amidst rumors Google is about to swallow up voice recognition provider Nuance, Domino's Pizza has teamed up with the current Apple partner to provide a new voice ordering assistant in the latest version of its U.S.-based app, which pretty much brings us full circle back to ordering on the phone, although without any human interaction. That's progress... right?
Apple demonstrated that it's continuing to improve iWork in the wake of the substantial overhaul last year with an update today that adds new features and upgrades the suite's effectiveness when sharing files in real time among large groups of people. In addition, it increased the maximum storage size for files and docs.