explain the inflated local prices. You'll remember the investigation started all the way back in August last year, and now the three companies have been formally called the answer for why the price of digital downloads are higher compared to other countries.
Out of the blue, Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 for the iPhone 4S. Looks like the weekly MacTalk newsletter was wrong about that one, then — Vodafone in the UK was also advising customers to not upgrade to iOS 6.1 as it affected cellular connectivity. The official Apple changelog for iOS 6.1.1 is that it "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S".
While we're talking about the things that Apple hasn't done, what about this smartwatch business? The Pebble has risen to such lofty heights I'd hate to see it knocked off the pedestal so soon, but it's undeniable that the rumours are pointing towards an Apple smartwatch. The latest report from the New York Times suggests a watch in the form of a curved glass design might be on the way from Cupertino sooner rather than later.
A great post from the founder of the Human Interface Group at Apple investigates what a smartwatch means from a design and interaction standpoint. In his post, Bruce Tognazzini addresses concerns about the device and describes various features an Apple-produced smartwatch could have.
What's interesting is that the iPhone 5 came behind four separate Android smartphones from four separate manufacturers in terms of a user satisfaction poll in the US. Apple still managed to come first overall, though — with Google's Nexus series following behind.
The Apple Genius Bar program in Retail Stores is so popular that now BMW are taking that idea and ripping it off wholesale. BMW will be introducing their own product geniuses into their own retail stores to help answer potential (or current) customers' questions about BMW vehicles, and these BMW geniuses will even carry iPads.
Steve Jobs was willing to go thermonuclear war against Android for what he says was a stolen idea, but Tim Cook never wanted to sue Samsung. But you can understand where he's coming from: Samsung are a long-time supply chain partner of Apple, so Tim Cook was hesitant to muddy the waters with a massive legal battle.
If you're on the fence about jailbreaking, Lifehacker has a list of the best jailbreak apps and tweaks for iOS 6 that might entice you over to the dark side. Check out their list and see if anything catches your fancy.
Managing your ebooks on the Kindle isn't that big of a deal if you only have a few (dozen) books. But if you ever start to expand your Kindle library, managing that list can become unwieldy on the device and in the cloud. Enter Scida, an app that's designed to take the pain out of managing your Kindle library. Mac AppStorm has the full review.
Insiders are now confident Apple will be releasing a lower-priced, lightweight iPhone as early as June, but they've been saying that for years now — and every time, Apple just drop the current model to a lower price point and slide the new model right on top. Whether Apple actually releases an entirely separate model this time around still remains to be seen, however — whether Apple would spend the R&D to design and manufacture a lower-cost model just isn't something I could see them doing, but hey, I do love a good surprise.