This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
Ford unveiled its Sync 3 technology for automobile entertainment late yesterday, and it revealed a substantial surprise. Microsoft's Embedded platform was nowhere to be found. Instead, Ford is now using BlackBerry's QNX technology for Sync, and that means that the service can now support Apple's CarPlay with hands-free Siri.
With the extended Thanksgiving weekend upon us here in the U.S., it's time for one final Morning Report for the month of November. Our Wednesday edition includes details on the fate of iPhone 5c, as well as Google's coveted deal as the default iOS search engine, plus a swanky new version of HandBrake for Mac has hit the street with new encoders in tow. We'll be back on Monday, December 1 in time for Cyber Monday — see you then!
Apple's App Store ambitions in China just got significantly larger with the addition of UnionPay, perhaps the biggest payment option available to billions of customers in that country. In addition to that announcement, our Monday Morning Report also has details on the new Skype for Web beta, and the resurrection of another Amiga gaming classic. Don't delay, click ahead and find out all the details!
They're manufacturing how many Apple Watches?! Judging from sources in the supply chain, Apple appears to be anticipating yet another runaway hit for the wearable device, and we've got all the details in our Thursday Morning Report. There's also a new Office for Mac 2011 patch and the complete rundown on Google's new YouTube subscription service for music lovers. All the news that's fit to print is just a click away!
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.
Americans might be divided on the meaning of last night's election results, but at least the Apple faithful can unite in enjoying another botched product placement from an Apple competitor. Last month homegrown rival Microsoft announced it would be working closely with CNN for coverage of the midterm elections, but the associated product placement fell flat last night when CNN commentators were caught using Microsoft's Surface tablets to hide their iPads.
What a difference a day makes! On Wednesday, developers grappled with a potentially major setback for iOS 8 widgets, while Microsoft launched its own multi-platform Health initiative. But the biggest Thursday news comes courtesy of Bloomberg, as none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a candid essay on equality. Read on to find out all of the details in our Morning Report!
By next year, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 will celebrate its fourth anniversary — an eternity in software years, but it apparently will take that long for a new 2015 edition to arrive, and we've got a few details on what to expect in our Wednesday Morning Report, which also includes an Apple apology for iOS 8.0.1 and the continued adoption of iOS 8 in general. Click and consume!
Despite recent headlines on how retailers are rebuffing Apple Pay, the mobile payment service is already apparently more popular than the two NFC-based systems that preceded it — and Apple CEO Tim Cook had plenty more to share at the WSJD Live conference last night. Our Tuesday Morning Report has the details, along with new iPad keyboard solutions from Logitech and a huge cloud storage bump from Microsoft.