October 7, 2014

“Time will tell if iOS 8 is the beginning of this story. I sure hope it isn’t, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

October 4, 2014

Link: NFL Bans Beats Headphones On Camera ☍

Dawn Chmielewski for Re/code:

Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

This ban extends to TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps or practice sessions and on game day — starting before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium. The restriction remains in place until 90 minutes after the play has ended.

Obviously, companies will make deals with various sports leagues, but this is about as ridiculous as the deal that some took as an Apple logo ban. If football players enjoy Beats headphones, it’s not going to keep them from wearing them on their own time or endorsing them. In fact, this move may make Bose seem even less cool. Plus, the last NFL-exclusive deal hasn’t worked out the greatest.

October 3, 2014

Link: iPad Event on October 16? ☍

John Paczkowski for Re/code:

Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 — not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite. Given the breadth and spectacle of Apple’s September event, this one will be a more laid-back affair held at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, without any mysterious white structures and awkward one-song concerts. Apple declined comment.

Not sure if there really is any truth to that, but a Thursday Apple event is weird (typically they’re Tuesday or Wednesday). I’m hoping for satisfactory Mac mini and/or Apple TV updates.

Link: It Just Works ☍

Russell Ivanovic:

Fast forward to today, 2014. Zoom in to me. I’m typing this on a Macbook Pro. In my pocket is the iPhone 6. Three metres away sits a Mac Mini. On the surface, nothing has changed. The problem is, it feels like everything has changed. In short while Apple’s hardware continues to impress me, their software has gone downhill at a rapid pace. iPhoto is an unusable mess with the volume of photos I now have. Aperture has been discontinued and is badly lagging behind in terms of both performance and features. iTunes takes forever to launch, and is bloated mess of way too many features and functions. iCloud is still a mess that I wouldn’t dream of storing my important data in. iOS 7 crashed so often that I became intimately familiar with the Apple logo that appeared every time it did. iOS 8 fixed the crashing, but introduced thousands of little paper cut like bugs. I used to install updates from Apple the second they came out, now I wait a few days to see if they are actually any good.

Not to pile on for Apple’s Microsoftember, but I’d have to agree. How about slowing things down and getting some really good, cohesive, quality software in play? A Snow Leopard moment, if you will…

September 29, 2014

Review: Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6As another fall begins, there are a few certainties—most of America will become madly obsessed with the NFL, Starbucks will begin selling its Pumpkin Spice Latte (and others will sell their versions), and Apple will release new iPhones. This year was no different, as Apple introduced the eight generation of its popular product a little more than two weeks ago. Now, with over ten million in the hands of users, the big changes are starting to sink in…

September 26, 2014

Link: Consumer Reports Bends iPhones ☍

Consumer Reports follows up on Apple’s response about iPhone 6 Pluses bending:

Consumer Reports’ tests pushed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus much further than 55 pounds. We started light, applying 10 pounds of force for 30 seconds, then releasing the force. Then we increased the force in 10-pound increments, noted when the phones first started to deform (that’s what our engineers call it) and stopped the test for each phone when we saw the screen come loose from the case. [...]

Below you can see the pictures of the smart phone carnage, but bear in mind that it took significant force to do this kind of damage to all these phones. While nothing is (evidentally) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.

Well, that settles that.

September 25, 2014

“I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the content of anyone’s closet or their smart phone [...] The notion that someone would market a closet that could never be opened — even if it involves a case involving a child kidnapper and a court order — to me does not make any sense.”

September 24, 2014

Link: Upgrade to 8.0.1 Has Bugs, Here’s a Fix ☍

Apple has posted a support document for those who upgraded to iOS 8.0.1 and have a mostly-useless iPhone 6 or 6 Plus:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

I think this is the first time Apple has directed users to download an IPSW file directly. The fix seems to work and I’m glad they’ve finally addressed it, but I’m guessing most people have already restored their devices at this point.

Rene Ritchie first mentioned a fix along the lines of this when the issue first happened, and I actually followed his instructions to a point and then improvised with an Option-clicked “Check for Update…” on iTunes to basically installed iOS 8.0.0 over iOS 8.0.1. Mysteriously, it seemed to work and I didn’t have to restore all my data. Whew.