• Monday Morning News

    A gold iPhone. It seems that's all anyone's talking about lately, but for the life of me, I can't understand why you would want to own such a device. Maybe it'll look better live and in colour, or maybe Apple will be customising devices like Motorola are doing with the Moto X. In other news, there's also a rumour floating around that Apple will be introducing a 128GB model iPhone. People said the same thing about the 4S and 5 though, so I wouldn't be going out and expanding your media collection any time soon.

    Apple has started a video card replacement program for certain mid-2011 iMacs sold between May 2011 and October 2012. The replacement program covers the faulty AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics cards that shipped with those machines, causing certain graphical glitches and occasional display failures. As per usual, you should contact your local Apple Store or Authorised Service Provider if you have an eligible machine.

    Apple also released the sixth beta of iOS 7 to developers over the air shortly after we went to press on Friday morning. It caught a few of us by surprise, seeing as beta releases are usually out early Tuesday morning, but no substantial updates were immediately apparent. Safe to say it's just bug fixes and business as usual, then.

    You can tell when Apple are getting serious about catering to all ages on the iOS platform, because a new "Kids" category is set to appear in the App Store later this year. Apple has started sending emails to developers encouraging them to categorise their apps for a variety of age ranges: five and under, six to eight, and nine and above. It's expected the new category will be released right around the public release of iOS 7.

    Good news for developers: all that downtime wasn't for nothing, as you can now add double the number of devices you use for testing apps, bringing the number up to 200 slots. The bad news is, a device's UDID still stays in the system even after you've removed it, occupying a slot that is only good for filling with your tears of rage when you realise you've run out of slots.

    Apple released iTunes 11.0.5 to the public, which fixed issues relating to iTunes Match "where some purchases may download or play unexpected items." Kind of like that time I accidentally downloaded and listened to Miley Cyrus a hundred times, I'm sure. In related news, Apple also seeded the second beta of iTunes 11.1 to developers.

    Moving content from one app to the other on iOS can often be more trouble than it should be. There's all kinds of security restrictions to deal with, and for the most part, apps just aren't designed to communicate with one another (regardless of how many inter-app communication posts you read). A recent Apple patent tries to solve the problem by revealing an easier way to share photos, text, and video between "documents", which also includes a new editing toolbar and editing tools.

    There's some kind of black magic that Apple put into their earphones that mean no matter what state you put them in your pocket, they'll always work themselves into the most inexplicably twisted knot you've ever seen when you pull them out again. Scott Adams found this maddening, and so he devised a solution that meant his iPod earphones never tangled themselves, whilst keeping them plugged into his iPod. I guess you could use the carrying case too, but that's a few precious seconds of Miley Time™ wasted, right there.

    The gold iPhone may hurt my eyes, but this iPhone 6 Infinity concept is something I could look at all day. The issue of it being hard to hold could be easily solved, by making the sides just a screen and not an input mechanism. Otherwise, you could add some kind of gesture or toggle to turn on touch-sensitivity for the sides.

    And for those wondering why the iPhone 5S won't have a larger screen like every other phone seems to have these days (honestly, the 4-inch iPhone LCD is positively minuscule compared to some Android phones I've seen), iOS developer Craig Hockenberry explains it pretty well. It's about the supply chain, and besides: the "S" revisions are all about speed, not massive changes. Tick, tock — Intel produce chips on a similar product cycle, as do many other companies.

    IOS 7 is going to shake up app design in a big way. One of my biggest fears is that apps will start to look the same, like they did in the early days of the iOS app store: you know, the same stock assets used everywhere (and in this case, an overabundance of frosted glass effects). Stephen Hackett is seeing the same thing with some of the apps he's testing. I'm hoping this is just a phase, until developers find their feet and start doing some truly great work.

    As much as I wanted the Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher to be great, it looks like it's a bit of a mixed bag. Some say it's OK, whilst others, including Steve Wozniak, says "there were a lot of things wrong" with the film. At least it can't possibly be as bad as that one that starred Justin Long, right? Right?
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