Caitlin McGarry for Macworld:
Apple just sent out press invitations to its annual iPhone event, to no one's surprise. The date: Sept. 9. Time: 10 a.m. Pacific. Location: The spacious Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
This year Apple tagged the event "Hey Siri, give us a hint," which is a prompt to query Siri about the details. As usual, nothing is confirmed about the event, but also as usual the September event will most certainly involve the next iPhone and release info on the latest iOS and OS X iterations. Other popular rumors are an updated Apple TV hardware, among other things.
Griffen launches Survivor Tactical Case for Apple Watch
Survivor Tactical Case's easy snap-on/snap-off design is applied without having to remove the watchband. The watch's Digital Crown is protected from above while still remaining accessible from the underside. Griffin's Survivor Tactical Cases are color-matched to the Apple Watch Sport bands in White, Black, Blue, Pink and Green for the 38mm and 42mm watches
Pricing is $29.99.
Now that I've used the Apple Watch a few months, I think I better appreciate the need for occasional protection. Day to day, I wouldn't want anything on my watch, but there's usually a couple times a week when I opt to take the watch of to keep it safe. I'm not sure I'd bother putting on a case vs just going without, but it would be an option.
Evernote discontinues specialized Food app
As of September 30th, we'll no longer support Evernote Food for iOS and Android. This means the apps will no longer be available for download and we won't be making any further updates to them. It also means that features within the apps, including sync with the Evernote service, will no longer work.
I love Evernote and keep all my recipe and cooking notes in there, but I never got into the Food app. Just personally, regular Evernote worked for me. But, if you enjoy it, look for it to stop working soon. At the linked Evernote blog, the company offers some suggestions for alternatives.
Pocket adds custom recommendations feed
Recommendations deliver the best content being saved to Pocket by millions of users. They're personalized just for you, based on what you save, read, and watch in Pocket.
Pocket is my go-to read-it-later service basically because I tried it and it works well. The new recommendations are neat, although the articles seem a bit dated. At least in my feed. I guess that doesn't matter as long as the info isn't topical.
There's an option to remove a recommendation from your list. When you do so, there's a feedback system that would seem to indicate Pocket will fine tune your preferences.
AT&T Hotspot ad injections
AT&T has an (understandable) incentive to seek consumer-side income from its free wifi service, but this model of advertising injection is particularly unsavory. Among other drawbacks: It exposes much of the user's browsing activity to an undisclosed and untrusted business. It clutters the user's web browsing experience. It tarnishes carefully crafted online brands and content, especially because the ads are not clearly marked as part of the hotspot service.3 And it introduces security and breakage risks, since website developers generally don't plan for extra scripts and layout elements.
Re/Code reports an AT&T statement saying the ads were a limited trial and that trial has completed. Timing of closing the trial immediately following some bad publicity could be a coincidence... or not.
If you're just hooking up with free WiFi, you're pretty much at the whims of the provider for reasonable security, privacy, and user experience. Still this is an AT&T hotspot that was presumably accessed by an AT&T subscriber. That kind of smells.
LeVitus: How Not to Waste Your Time With the iPhone 6 Plus Camera Replacement Program
Bob LeVitus for The Mac Observer:
The moral of the story is that even if your serial number is among the affected, unless your iPhone 6 Plus camera is producing blurry photos or its auto focus isn't focusing properly, don't bother wasting your time trying to get the camera replaced under this program.
So, basically the fact your iPhone 6 Plus falls within Apple's batches of serial numbers, it may be perfectly fine. If your device shows up as potentially defective using Apple's online serial number tool, it doesn't hurt to get it checked out either way. But if the phone isn't taking blurry photos, there's no rush.
Ahrendts on selling Apple Watches to school students
9 to 5 Mac relays a message from Apple VP of Retail Agela Ahrendts:
Ahrendts told employees that the Apple Watch is "the greatest back to school item this year" as it can be used in the classroom without a teacher seeing, unlike with a larger iPhone. "I don't think the teachers have caught on to the Watch yet," Ahrendts said, adding that retail staff should tell students to "jump on it before the teachers do."
This seems weird. From the quotes, it sounds like she's talking about grade school aged children and not college students.
Rather than encouraging students and parents to buys products that may be banned, a better strategy would be to work with educators on integrating Apple Watches into instruction. It would be better if parents were partners with their teachers and this sounds more adversarial.
Apple offers camera replacement for some early iPhone 6 Plus models
Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015.
If your iPhone 6 Plus is producing blurry photos and falls into the eligible serial number range, Apple will replace your device's iSight camera, free of charge.
Customers can submit their serial number for verification of whether their device is affected. Repairs can be handled at an Apple Authorized Service Provider, Apple Retail Store, or through online support.
1Password improves TouchID, Apple Watch
Version 5.5 of 1Password for iOS:
- You can now switch between vaults with two quick taps using our new vault switcher.
- Access Touch ID after canceling it with a handy new button on the Master Password screen.
- By popular demand, Credit Card items added to Apple Watch now include PIN codes.
- The main 1Password app and extension now share unlock settings: unlock once and you're good to go!
- We've added a new and improved HTTP warning system to 1Browser, our built in web browser.
My favorite there is the ability access TouchID after you cancel the authentication. Often it will pop up on me, either because I opened by mistake or 1Password was active at unlock, and I go through the TouchID process just so it doesn't lose it.
iPhone 6s shell tested for bendability in video
Last fall we had "bend gate" where apparently particularly the iPhone 6 Plus would bend in relatively extreme situations. Lou from Unboxing Therapy, who brought us a video demonstration that exercise last year, tested what is thought to be a shell component of the upcoming iPhone 6s.
The video goes to lengths testing the differences in aluminum and rigidity, which appears to be significantly stronger. Granted, we're just looking at shells here and the phone will behave differently when fully built. With that said, a new aluminum alloy may be used in the upcoming shell, which should bolster the rigidity of the next iPhone compared to the iPhone 6.
For the record, I've had no issues of bending or anything else on either our iPhone 6 or 6 Plus handsets.