Apple gets a new board member, announces a new partnership and an event. All that and more on the Week in Review.
Apple appoints new board member as one retires
Sue Wagner will be replacing Bill Campbell as a member of the Board of Directors. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988
“Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
Apple introducing iTunes Pass
Apple has rolled out a new way to add credits to your iTunes account via PassBook.
"Now you can add money directly to your iTunes or App Store account with iTunes Pass. To get iTunes Pass, go to the iTunes Store on your iOS device, scroll down, and tap the Redeem button. Then go in to any Apple Retail Store3 and let a Specialist know you want to add credit to your account. Open iTunes Pass in Passbook, and have the Specialist scan it and accept your payment. Your balance will be updated and can be used immediately."
Apple agrees to E-Book pricing settlement
Apple was accused of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. They have been fighting the ruling but have agreed to settle the suit. The settlement will be about $450 Million.
Paul McCartney releases albums as iPad apps
The apps offer remastered audio tracks, videos, interviews, photos, and artwork from both albums and singles. The albums available are Band on the Run ($7.99), McCartney ($7.99), McCartney 2 ($7.99), RAM ($7.99), and Wings over America ($7.99). The apps are cheaper then their album counterparts and are iPad only.
Apple & IBM are teaming up to work in Enterprise
Apple has announced a partnership with IBM that will allow Apple to expand their footprint in the enterprise market.
“CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York—July 15, 2014—Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®.
The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:
- a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
- unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
- new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
- new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.”
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email
iCloud to iCloud email has always been encrypted. iCloud to other providers has been not been encrypted. It was reported a few weeks back that Apple was working on this.
Apple fails to get trademark for Touch ID
The US Patent Office has rejected Apples bit to trademark Touch ID based on the "likely hood of confusion". Kronos Touch ID is already trademarked by Kronos resulting in the likely hood of confusion. Apple has 6 months to fix the problem meaning they will have to pay Kronos a boatload of money or re-name the Touch ID system. Patently Apple has a breakdown of why the trademark was rejected.
Fuel Cells coming to iOS devices?
Apple is reportedly working with Intelligent Energy, a fuel cell company, to place fuel cells into Apple devices. This wouldn't happen for a few years but battery improvements are always welcomed.
iPad could be causing skin rashes
There is a browning number of nickel allergies in children being reported and some think the iPad is to blame.
"The boy, treated at a San Diego hospital, had a history of skin issues, but a different rash developed all over his body and wouldn’t respond to typical treatment. His skin tested positive for nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, and doctors traced it back to an iPad he had used with increasing frequency the past six months. The iPad tested positive for nickel as well, according to the report"
The condition improved once a SmartCase was applied to the iPad.
iTunes Festival London announced
"LONDON―July 21, 2014―Apple® today announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more of the world’s biggest artists will be headlining this year’s iTunes® Festival. Returning to the UK for an eighth year―following a week of incredible live performances in March at SXSW―the iTunes Festival will feature over 60 acts throughout September at the legendary Roundhouse. iTunes performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® and iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV"
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 and OS X Yosemite dev preview 4
The iOS build is available OTA to anyone running beta 3. Yosemite update is available from the Mac App Store. Here are some highlights from the updates:
- Control Center has a new look
- Bug Reporter is removed
- New “Display & Brightness” panel in Settings
- The Emoji keyboard button has been tweaked slightly
- Handoff now has its own panel in Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps
- Text Size panel, Bold Text toggle now under Display & Brightness
- Ability to turn off suggested apps in Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps
- QuickTypes settings are now referred to as “Predictive”
- Added options to delete video/audio messages after 2 minutes or never
- UI of the Clear buttons in Notification Center has been tweaked slightly
- Animation for opening the App Switcher has been slowed
- Health app tweaks
- Keyboard Dictation now streams voice input, similar to Siri in iOS 8
OS X Yosemite
- Redesigned calculator (borrowed form iOS)
- Tweaks to dark mode
- Improved FaceTime calling
- iTunes 12
Apple denies having back door access to your data
A former iOS jailbreaker gave a talk at the HOPE X conference recently on backdoors, attack points and surveillance mechanisms in iOS. In the talk, he alleges that there are a number of ways for government agencies, including law-enforcement, to get at the personal data you store on your iOS device.
Apple gave the following statement to iMore:
"We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues," Apple told iMore. "A user must have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer before that computer is able to access this limited diagnostic data. The user must agree to share this information, and data is never transferred without their consent."
As we have said before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services."
Thats it for the week folks. Thanks for stopping by and see you next week!