June 26

Ads are things we all love to hate. While some can be amusing, and others can be useful, drawing our attention to products or services we weren’t aware of, mostly we view them as things to tolerate at best – and to be profoundly irritated by at worst.

Some think they have a simple solution to this: using an adblocker. Adblocking software has existed for desktop browsers for many years, but to date there haven’t been any effective blockers for iOS.

All that could change with iOS 9, however, with content-blocking capabilities built right into the platform. If Apple chooses to allow adblockers into the App Store (and we don’t yet know yet for sure that it will), that could require advertisers, ad networks, publishers and readers alike to up their games …  expand full story

June 23

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TaiG has released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.3 – but Cydia Substrate isn’t yet working, meaning that many third-party add-ons won’t run. MS Tweaks likewise don’t work at present.

The release notes suggest that the jailbreak installation may take several attempts.

If jailbreak failed, turn off WIFI and try again. If failed again, please use TaiG Pro to restore and try to jailbreak again.

If you’re not yet running iOS 8.3, TaiG Pro allows you to perform the upgrade as part of the data backup process …  expand full story

June 22

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Concept image: Martin Hajek for Computer Bild

The idea of replacing the iPhone’s physical Home button with a pure touch one embedded in the display has been around for quite a while now, but a report from the variably reliable DigiTimes claims that Apple is already working on the technology.

Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan’s IC design industry.

The TDDI single-chip solutions will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors, said the sources. The integrated design would fit into future iPhone designs – models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button.

While the report doesn’t specifically reference embedding the home button into the display itself, referring only to ‘a whole plane design,’ this would seem to be what the report hints at … expand full story

June 18

June 17

Mercury News reports that Samsung has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider the U.S Federal Circuit Court’s decision to uphold damages from Samsung to Apple over the company copying the iPhone. Samsung is asking that the Court of Appeals and a 12 judge roster to rehear its case, claiming that the 3 judge setup used earlier this year failed to adequately rule on the case.

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We are now the proud owners of three generations of iPads, original, iPad 3 and iPad Air 2. The kids use the iPad 3 daily as a gaming device(educational!) to watch kids TV Etc etc. the air 2 is my baby and is protected from sticky fingers at all times! The original iPad has sat on a shelf for some time and I felt bad! I was determined to use it, so I bought a dock and modded the dock so it would not mute the sound when plugged in. I was really pleased with the look of this in the kitchen and imagined watching TV or listening to radio whilst cooking.’

BUT, it is just soooooooooo slllloooooooowwwwww. Both chrome and safari crawl along when accessing Internet TV, or even radio. Has Internet content become so much more high def since the iPad was launched? Am I missing a trick? How can it be so bad? I know it is five years old, but surely web content should still work?

Anyone else still using an original?

Would jailbreaking help?

June 11

Papers from a failed class action suit by Apple Store staff reveal that at least two retail employees complained directly to CEO Tim Cook about the policy of subjecting them to anti-theft bag checks before they left the store. Tim Cook forwarded the complaints to senior retail and HR executives, asking “Is this true?” …  expand full story

June 10

Update: Apple confirmed it’s aware of the issue and working on a fix:

“We are not aware of any customers affected by this proof of concept, but are working on a fix for an upcoming software update.”

If you are reading mail on your iPhone and iPad and a popup appears asking you to re-login to iCloud (or anything else), beware. Security researcher Jan Soucek discovered a bug in the iOS Mail app that allowed an attacker to run remote HTML code when an email is opened. That code could easily imitate an iCloud login prompt, fooling users into giving away their Apple ID credentials …  expand full story

June 8

During its WWDC keynote this morning, Apple announced new “Slide Over” and side-by-side features that allow users to run two iPad apps in a single window. The features, which we originally reported on more than a year ago, are similar to a feature also available in the latest Mac operating system, OS X El Capitan.

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Apple has announced a new “Slide Over” feature in iOS 9 that will allow users to run two iPad apps side-by-side. The feature was first reported by 9to5Mac as being in development for iOS 8, but was ultimately cut because it wasn’t ready. Earlier the same feature was introduced for full-screen apps on the new OS X El Capitan.

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June 5

A new report by the Financial Times suggests that Apple is looking to change the 70/30 revenue share for certain types of App Store apps. The report claims that Apple wants to change the way revenue is distributed between developers and Apple for music, video and news apps.

The report is a bit circumspect as the timing of the change does not seem to be related to any particular incident, although potentially Apple is forced into cutting the share due to potential anticompetitive complaints with Apple Music, to be announced next week.

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June 4

Apple TV doubled its share of premium viewing in just three months, from 5% in Q4 2014 to 10% in Q1 2015, according to data from the Adobe Digital Index. Roku’s share increased by only 1% in the same time period, from 7% to 8%. Principal analyst Tamara Gaffney told TNW that Apple’s growth was unprecedented.

Apple TV devices doubling their share of premium video viewing quarter over quarter (QoQ) from 5% to 10%–overtaking Roku […] That’s huge. We never see double in quarter-over-quarter in something that’s been around for a couple of years. We expect Apple TV to take off even more.

Why the spike? Apple dropped the price of the Apple TV to $69 and it grows a few new channels every month but the survey didn’t offer any guesses. Adobe also noted that iOS devices account continue to dominate mobile video viewing, representing 82% of non-subscription viewing …  expand full story

May 28

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As someone who does everything electronically, I’m always slightly bemused by people who still use pen and paper – but there is something about Moleskine notebooks that does occasionally make me wonder just a little if I’m missing out. The company today appears to be targeting people like me, with an app that brings the stylish, minimalist aesthetics of the notebooks to a new iPhone and Apple Watch app.

Moleskine Timepage aims to integrate your iCloud, Google and Microsoft Exchange calendars with contacts, maps and weather. For appointments elsewhere, it will display a map of the location, show you the travel time by car, public transit, cycling or walking – and show what the weather will be like when you get there …  expand full story

May 27

At a Re/Code event today where Apple’s Jeff Williams is currently speaking, CBS’s Les Moonves told the audience that he’s also speaking to Apple…about a TV deal.

CBS CEO Les Moonves says his network will “probably” sign a deal with Apple to carry his network. “We’re very excited about it,” he told Kara Swisher at the Code Conference Wednesday morning. Moonves said that he met with Apple media boss Eddy Cue last week to discuss Apple’s plans, as part of an “ongoing conversation.”

Typically the #1 rule about negotiating deals with Apple is that you don’t talk about negotiating deals with Apple, but at this point the Apple TV needs network support more than the networks need Apple TV.

Moonves compared the service to other “skinny bundles” and said he’s not sure “how long it would take to hammer out a deal or when Apple would launch its service.” The main negotiating point? “Money.””

The funny thing is, Apple and Moonves have been at this for YEARS. It was the same story in 2012, except Mooneves was negotiating with Steve Jobs at the time and spilling the beans over an earnings call. From today:

“Apple TV is trying to change the universe,” Moonves said, by offering a smaller bundle of TV networks, delivered over the Web, than pay TV providers traditionally sell. Moonves said Apple’s effort was similar to ones that have already launched from Dish Network’s Sling and Sony’s Vue.

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Re/code has posted the video of Walt Mossberg’s wide-ranging interview with Apple’s SVP of operations Jeff Williams. Williams spoke about the company’s decision not to share Apple Watch sales numbers, how iPhone sales are hard to grasp, corporate responsibility issues – and touched briefly on the car …  expand full story

May 26

May 22

Slice Intelligence, which monitors purchase receipts in the email inboxes of a panel of two million online shoppers, has published a chart showing that the majority of Apple Watch orders were placed on the first day of pre-orders, and have since fallen to far smaller numbers than some analysts have predicted.

Quartz tech editor Dan Frommer notes that while the company’s data shows that almost 1.5 million U.S. orders were placed on day one (up from its initial estimate of one million), subsequent orders have typically been running at under 30,000 per day – compared to the 100,000 per day globally needed to meet some predictions …  expand full story

May 21

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