• Wednesday morning news

    Apple confirmed overnight that the WWDC keynote will be live streamed.

    After we posted the daily news yesterday the story broke of iPhone users having their devices remotely locked. It came to light in a report by Ben Grubb over at Fairfax.

    Well worth checking out the forum discussion started by Jonathan Stewart following his front page post yesterday here. In the short term many of us are electing to disable find my iPhone/iPad on our devices as a first step. To help with that TUAW have posted a handy guide to the steps to walk you through it.

    Speaking of iOS devices, 9to5Mac carries a report that KGI research is predicting that all new iOS devices sold this year will be fitted with Touch ID sensors. They are also predicting that the sensors will be made of tin, making them more durable than the current version.

    It seems that OS X 10.9.3 is still causing headaches for Mac Pro users. Based on multiple threads in the Apple support forums 9to5Mac tell us it seems Mac Pro users are still having multiple monitors disabled following the update. Seems Apple is aware of the issues and there are a number of workarounds.

    In a similar vein Mactalker Buttercup has had issues with her MacBook Pro since the update as she details in the forum here. Some interesting solutions being provided and seems she is well on the way to getting it all fixed.

    Rene Ritchie over at iMore takes a deeper look at the rumoured iOS in the home and the challenge it would present. He makes some great points and in particular as he notes Airplay as a example still only works via a Apple TV. If iOS in the home was to take off you would assume Apple would have to be willing to work with more than just their own hardware.

    Seems we donít go many days without a legal type article and today is no different. Last year you will recall Apple was found to be part of a antitrust ruling over its iBooks pricing model. Many felt at the time that the big winner out of that was Amazon and as Yoni Heisler at TUAW argues recent alleged behaviour by Amazon in its current dispute with Hachette seems to support that. During the case Apple had made the point that the iBook store could provide a break of Amazonís grip on the publishing industry. It will be interesting to see how the Hachette dispute and Amazons seemingly heavy handed tactics plays out and what it might mean for Apple, who remain under the eye of a externally court appointed monitor.

    It seems Apple has quietly been testing out a promotional code system for the App Store according to reports at Forbes. Following their initial report of the trial they have taken a deeper look at what in-app promo codes might mean for iTunes.

    They speculate that the promo codes may go live as part of WWDC and that their use will be a win for Apple. The codes will serve to ensure purchases through the App Store, ensuring Apple get its 30% cut, and will also when used in the wild lead users back to the App Store. Certainly seems to be something that has got Ewan Spence all excited by its potential.

    So that wraps the news and hopefully non of you were caught up in the find my iPhone exploit and enjoy your Wednesday.

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