• Monday Morning News


    Another day, another set of iPhone 6 renders. But hang on a minute, you're telling me these were originally destined for accessory manufacturers? And show off an iPhone 6 that's just 6mm thin thinner than the iPod touch? Now that's something I have to see. The same renders also show an all-aluminium frame with small antenna cutouts, meaning the next iPhone will lose the glass windows the current generation iPhone has.

    Following predictions Touch ID will be coming to iPads later this year, one developer has found evidence of Touch ID support for iPads in the code of iOS 7.1. While an update to the story on MacRumors claims the references have been around for several updates, it at least shows Apple are working on it.

    Apple has launched a sleep/wake button replacement program for the iPhone 5. The replacement program officially starts this Friday, and it covers eligible devices from two years after the first retail sale of the unit. There's a page from Apple where you can put in your serial number to see if your iPhone 5 is one of the lucky ones, and if you want to talk about it, we've got a thread in the forums for that, too.

    MG Siegler says we've reached peak iPad because sales disappointed Wall Street. By selling 16 million iPads in the last quarter compared to the 19 million in the year-ago quarter, Apple's iPad has simultaneously "disappointing" and Apple's fastest growing product in their history, selling more than twice the number of iPhones have in the same period of time. Over at Stratechery, Ben Thompson writes that we shouldn't give up on the iPad, at least not yet.

    Amazon bought ComiXology at the beginning of April, and it's taken them roughly three weeks to screw it up. The new ComiXology app for iPhone and iPad doesn't let users buy comics in the app, instead directing them to the website. To say that has been the wrong move is a gross understatement Ben Kuchera tweeted a bunch of great stuff, which I've Storify-ed right over here.

    The second patent trial between Apple and Samsung is nearing its end. Before we get there, though, you have to read a story about a similar court battle between Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe which covers how the four tech giants conspired to keep their employees their own. It's the final chapter of the anti-poaching gentlemen's agreement, covered over at the New York Times.

    MacRumors has uncovered a number of trademarks which may turn out to be possible names for future versions of OS X. Like Mavericks, they're all prominent locations in California, and they include Yosemite, Mammoth, Redwood, Pacific, and more.

    Justin Williams knocks it out of the park with his in-depth look at the state of photo sharing in 2014. He's paid for Loom (acquired by Dropbox) and Everpix (shut down), and wonders what else he can give his money to before it goes away. In his excellent follow-up which asks why not Flickr, he says Flickr suffers from an identity crisis that makes its future uncertain. Meanwhile, there are those like Gabe from MacDrifter who are using Synology NAS units as his own private photo sharing service.

    A trio of great apps to kickstart your week. Catena is a great new word game that challenges your vocabulary, GAget prettifies your Google Analytics stats, and Ramps is a visual guide to obscure foods. If I learned one thing today, I'll be glad that it was ramps are actually a kind of wild leek, according to Wikipedia.

    Dan from Realmac Software wants to talk to you about app reviews, and what they mean to developers. All it takes for sales to plummet is one bad update, which gets less-than-positive reviews, which can basically wreck a company. So if you've purchased Ember for Mac or iOS, he'd really appreciate it if you could leave a positive review.

    Over at iMore, Peter Cohen tells you why you should have a clone of your Mac and how to make a clone using either SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner. Clones are no substitute for a good ol' Time Machine backup, but they're a good idea to have if you getting back up and running is paramount.

    Transcend's JetDrive SSD upgrade kits for the MacBook Air and and MacBook Pro with Retina display offer capacities of up to 960GB, making them an possible upgrade option for those that want a little more storage space on their Mac. The 480GB kits are now available at Amazon for US $350 ex shipping, with the 960GB kits available "soon".
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