MacBreak Weekly 422
Topic: Apple developing iOS 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3 in shifts, Apple Will Be ‘Lucky' to Ship Apple Watch by Valentine's Day, New Mac Mini Finally Coming with New iPads? Consumer Reports find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed, Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 with fixes to cellular, touch ID issues; and more.
Recorded: September 30, 2014
Published: September 30, 2014
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MacBreak Weekly 422 : Designed by Aggle
Apple developing iOS 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3 in shifts, Apple Will Be ‘Lucky' to Ship Apple Watch by Valentine's Day, New Mac Mini Finally Coming with New iPads? Consumer Reports find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed, Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 with fixes to cellular, touch ID issues; and more.
- Sarah Lane ( )Google+)
- Jason Snell ( /Google+)
- Rene Ritchie ( /about.me)
- Andy Ihnatko ( /Google+)
Apple is changing future versions of iOS 8
- Sarah: Future versions will be staggered rollouts to 2015
- Rene: It's more of a return to the original release schedule
- Jason: It seems that since Apple has been very good at rolling out new and updated hardware, maybe the software side if having issues keeping up.
- Andy: It speaks the volume of markets that Apple is addressing with the updates
- Sarah: MacRumors reports that Apple will be "Lucky to Ship Apple Watch by Valentines Day"
- Jason: Apple has trended to release new hardware AFTER the holidays so production can ramp up and be fully prepared for the next year
- Andy: It appears that the Apple Watch is still earlier in development than it actually appears
- Jason: I actually tapped on the screen in the demo room after the show and the Apple rep almost freaked out
- Andy: The nature of the event was that they were not showing off a "finished" product
- Rene: Agreeing with Jason, the software is not ready yet. iOS 8.1 beta was just release and it has many hook built into it for the Apple Watch OS
- Sarah: The Mini has not been updated for 1.5 - 2 years?
- Jason: There are good uses for a Mini. Specifically for those who do not want to buy a full iMac or spend the large amount for a MacPro
- Andy: Good for a spare computer, or media server or even as an administration system
- Sarah: Does it compete with the AppleTV?
- Jason: It does, but there is many more uses for it than the AppleTV cannot fulfill
- Sarah: Without the Broadwell processors, what WILL we see refreshed?
- Rene: Actually, Apple may have the processors already. I think we will see Retina MBA, a 5K iMac
More Bendy iPhones
- Sarah: Per Consumer Reports, the Bendy iPhone crisis is not as much of a crisis as Samsung would have us believe
- Rene: 14 days and running in non-hipster jean pocket, no bending!
- Jason: In Asia, where big phones are very popular, most users keep them in a bag. NOT a pocket
- Andy: I keep my phone in my shirt pocket, but the 6 plus is too large for that.
- Sarah: I feel very conspicuous carrying it.
- Rene: The whole issue of "bending" exists because of physics, and education and understanding can alleviate it.
- Sarah: Apple says only 9 people have complained. Consumer Reports that it started to bend with 90lbs of force.
iOS 8.01 issue and recall
- Sarah: It was out for 80 min
- Jason: I did it immediately, found no cell or wifi service.
- Rene: It was only with the OTA update, tethered downloads were ok.
- Jason: Apple was pretty impressive in how it was handled. The signatures were revoked quickly which kept a vast multitude from installing it
- Andy: Having the ability to track some metrics on an hourly, daily, monthly basis will be of tremendous value to some people who need it
- Sarah: Knowing my exercise time, heart-rate and other information is intriguing initially, but the novelty wears off after awhile
- Sarah: FBI Director James Comby indicates he is very concerned about the steps Apple, Google (et al) are taking to secure privacy
- Jason: The same type thing happened when the "Miranda Rights" act was passed, but they did adapt over time
MicroSoft Store on Fifth Ave. NY
- Sarah: Will MicroSoft succeed on Fifth Ave?
- Andy: I've experienced the MS store in Boston and it is practically an opposite experience to the Apple Store across the street
- Rene: The Apple Store is an experience over retail, and Microsoft cannot offer that experience
- Jason: I think MS can be successful on Fifth Ave if they really make the store somewhere people want to go to find out about MS products
- Sarah: What would the difference be between the MS Store and Best Buy?
- Sarah: 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple is in late testing of Retina iMacs
- Rene: They have been working on 4K and 5K iMacs in prototypes for awhile
- Jason: The 27" WILL happen, but what happens to the rest of the iMac line?
Picks of the Week
- Andy's pick: Lapworks Amigo for $139.95 (on sale)
- Foldable Bluetooth keyboard
- Rene's pick: CameraPlus for iPhone for $1.99, iPad for $4.99
- Great utility for managing all the new camera controls with the iPhone 6 plus
- Jason's pick: PCalc for iOS for $10
- Besides being an app, it will also put a Calculator in the Notification screen, ability to create custom calculators
- Sarah's pick: Dark Sky for iOS for $3.99
- Dark Sky – Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts
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