• Monday Morning News

    An image of what appears to be iPhone 5Cs in the middle of testing has been leaked on Chinese social media network Sina Weibo, where one Pegatron employee (soon to be ex-employee, I'm sure) has posted an image of a multitude of iPhone 5C devices undergoing some kind of verification process. The caption gives it all away, specifically mentioning the low-end iPhone 5C, Chinese consumers, and September, although no more detail than that.

    Apple is said to be negotiating a deal with content providers in order to make a TV delivery service a reality. The deal will bypass cable companies and instead deliver content directly to consumers, whilst also bolstering Apple's presence in the lounge room. It's pretty clear Apple has big plans in store for the hobbyist Apple TV *but what exactly still remains to be seen.

    Apple has opened the iWork for iCloud beta to all users, so everyone interested in giving the new online productivity tools a try should head on over to the iCloud website. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote comprise Apple's online iWork offering, and the web-based versions are similar to the OS X apps in many ways, although they may lack functionality here and there.

    The US Department of Justice and Apple continue to be at loggerheads with one another, with the latest from the DoJ lambasting Apple for their resistance to the proposed changes intended to "strengthen their internal compliance process", whatever that means. I'm all for anti-trust laws and the like normally, but the DoJ seem to be taking this too far, almost as if they're pushing some kind of hidden agenda.

    It appears Apple has finally recognised the need for better App Store rankings, as they seem to be adjusting their rankings algorithms to consider ratings and possibly engagement in their analysis. Marketing startup Fiksu noticed that apps with four stars or more received boosts in their rankings, while apps that were rated lower received lower rankings. Apple previously used download volumes over time to reach their rankings charts, but now they seem to be tweaking the formula to better reward the apps that actually deserve it.

    Garmin have a heads-up display product in the works, and Peter Cohen at iMore took it for a test drive. It's essentially a reflective panel that reflects the output of a display synced via Bluetooth to Garmin's own navigation apps on the iPhone, and by and large, it seems to work pretty well. Unfortunately, it's also a little expensive for what it is; the HUD unit is $150 by itself, and you'll also need one of Garmin's iOS apps to make it work, pushing the price above the $200 range.

    At WWDC there was a session by Apple on design. It was officially titled "Best Practice Guide for Great iOS Design", but the first part of the presentation was all about designing a great icon. With iOS 7, designing a great icon for your app just became incredibly important luckily for you, Apple has a few tips on making a good icon great.

    I know Dropbox-syncing text editors are the go these days, but before those came along, there was an app called Simplenote. New versions of the Simplenote apps for Mac and iOS 7 are on the way, with a new syncing service in tow that promises to be faster and more reliable. Simperium (the company behind Simplenote) was purchased by Automattic (the company behind WordPress) early this year and now, Simplenote can leverage those same resources to be bigger and better than it was before.

    Also on the horizon is 1Password 4 for Mac. It's been a long time coming, as I think I purchased 1Password on the Mac App Store last year when they were offering free upgrades to 1Password 4 when it was released, but 1Password 4 is a complete redesign and re-engineer of the best password manager on any platform. Macworld has a few details and screenshots of how it'll all work.

    9to5Mac has a guide on how to set up and use Dropbox for almost every aspect of your online syncing needs. Used properly, Dropbox can manage and share photos and files. It works on every platform you care to name, and it's robust feature set means you'll always be able to organise and access your stuff when you want to. Honestly, Dropbox is great.

    "Add to my home screen." It's a little known-phrase, mostly because people add things to their home screen by downloading the app from the App Store. But once upon a time, web apps were the only way to get third-party functionality on the iPhone. It's sad that this functionality is mostly neglected these days, even though it works just as well as it did back then.

    There's a great story about Dash Board for Newton OS over at GitHub, where Mason Mark, the principal author of Dash Board writes about his experience reseurrecting Dash Board from the ashes. Dash Board, by the way, "was a popular interface enhancement for Newton OS 2.1 in the late 1990s." He's now open sourced it, but the comic tragedy behind the software is probably way more entertaining than the software itself.

    Apple's showing off the new Mac Pro in cinemas, but if you can't make it to your nearest IMAX or Village in a timely fashion then the video is over on YouTube for your viewing pleasure from the comfort of your own home. Unless you're reading this whilst travelling on public transport, in which case HELLO, new reader!
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