• Wednesday Morning News

    Burberry has released a 15-minute fashion show shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. 14 of the devices-with-an-impossibly-complex-plural were used in the shoot, and even though the shooting conditions were highly controlled, the footage turned out pretty great. Not just "pretty great" in smartphone camera terms, but pretty great overall.

    An interesting read on Quora talks about Apple's Secure Enclave, a big feature in Apple's new A7 SoC. As it turns out, Apple's A7 chip is highly optimised for mobile payments, and this Secure Enclave element means your smartphone has the combination of hardware and software it needs to deliver the security level required to handle that kind of serious business.

    All this adds up to the fact Touch ID is going to be a bigger deal than any of us ever appreciated. It means that eventually, Touch ID could be used for mobile payments and not just payments where you're authenticating iTunes purchases with your fingerprint instead of a password, but mobile payments where you're transferring money to and from bank accounts using your fingerprint.

    The biggest problem with denying software updates to older hardware is that as apps get updated, users with old hardware are left out in the cold when it comes to using their devices with the apps they love. But now, Apple has seemingly solved the backwards-incompatibility issue in one fell swoop by allowing downloads of the latest compatible version, meaning users still running legacy versions of iOS can still enjoy the apps they love even if they don't have the latest and greatest features.

    This, too, is a big deal: obviously for users, but also for developers. Developers no longer have to worry as much about what versions of iOS their latest version should support, because iOS will automatically allow the latest compatible version to be installed. To be clear, developers who still want to support older versions of iOS in their app still have to put in the hard yards making their app work, but they now have the choice to only support the latest version of iOS, whilst also knowing their users can download a version that works for their device. You would think this is the kind of feature Apple would have unveiled at their World Wide Developers Conference, but apparently not.

    There's rumours in the fabrication world that TSMC are manufacturing Apple's new A7 chip, after Samsung botched their own Octa series of SoCs, but it's also possible Intel are the ones doing the manufacture, too, thanks to their previous work in the same size process with similar transistor counts. If so, this could represent Intel's first big move into the mobile arena.

    The eighth developer preview of OS X Mavericks has been released by Apple. There's very little new in the build, but there is a new build of iTunes 11.1 included with the release which brings a new iOS app organiser and a few other fixes, as detailed by 9to5Mac.

    Apple also recently released the 10.8.5 update for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and this is the update that fixes 802.11ac transfer speeds for the 2013 MacBook Air. You'll recall that the 2013 MacBook Air was plagued with Wi-Fi slowness when it was first released, not quite living up to the blistering speeds 802.11ac promised but that's all been fixed now.

    EasyRes is a fast resolution switcher for OS X that lives in your menu bar, and it works with both Retina and non-Retina displays for fast, easy, resolution switching. It'll even give you previews of how much "space" you'll have in your selected resolution before you make the switch, making it a handy tool for anyone that needs to switch resolutions all the time.

    Apple's latest ad for the beautifully, unapologetically, plastic iPhone 5c is up on YouTube, and concisely describes why the iPhone 5c is the one to watch this time around. It's Plastic Perfected.
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