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!
Christmas may only be a week away, but you won't have to wait that long to unwrap a trio of Apple-related news items. Our Thursday Morning Report offers a few hints about Apple Pay expansion beyond the U.S., follows up on Cupertino's recent (Product) RED campaign, and delivers a big update for Mac-loving Instagram users. You know the drill: Click and read on!
We here at Mac|Life have covered Apple's contributions to (Product) RED to fight AIDS often enough, but U2 frontman Bono attracted attention during an interview with Apple design chief Jony Ive last weekend when he suggested Apple itself wasn't doing enough to trumpet its $75 million in contributions. In the 45-minute interview, the singer and activist denounced Apple's comparative silence. Today, however, (Product) RED followed up with a blog post stated that it was all a "tease."
We're all over the map today, folks. There are news stories about Maps, about Apple TV, a fix for a security problem, and the NYPD is on the case. Tons more inside as we all move into our post-iOS 6 world.
Thursday turned out to be a big day for those awaiting the arrival of iTunes 11, which swooped onto Mac and Windows computers with just one November day left to spare. While the app redesign may not be as radical as many of us hoped it would be, there's still plenty to like about the latest version and we're looking forward to seeing some of its new features — namely Up Next — added to iOS 7 next year. Here's what else was making news while you were playing with iTunes 11...
With the rumor mill in high gear about a new iPhone announcement now less than a month away, it seems like odd timing for Apple to push out a new bumper color for the existing iPhone 4/4S, but at least this one is for a good cause.