It's extremely unusual for anything to come out of Apple's board of directors, much less a report that expresses concern about Apple's speed of innovation. As you probably know, Apple hasn't released any new products besides the usual refreshes for a long time now, and people are seemingly getting antsy for Tim Cook to put out the next big thing — after all, his two-year anniversary of being in the CEO position is just around the corner.
Apple has applied for a patent that could change how we listen to podcasts. The concept of the audio hyperlink detailed in their patent describes a system whereby audio content is linked from other audio content — much like hyperlinks work on the web, audio content could be encoded in the primary audio stream and be able to be accessed through user action, such as tapping the screen or using a gesture.
YouTube remixes have become extremely popular these days, so the logical move was for YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen to create Mixbit, an iOS app for remixing YouTube videos. The app also lets you record video at any time, and the app is described as taking the best parts of Vine, Instagram, and others and combining them for the best possible video mixing experience.
What would a flatter OS X look like? Designer Stu Chew asked himself the same question, because he put together a gallery of an iOS 7-inspired OS X redesign, meaning lots of translucent windows, new fonts used system-wide, and updated icons. I'll be honest, though — if Apple were going to "experiment" UI-wise, I would have though their less-popular desktop OS would have been the perfect candidate. Perhaps that would have been too much work, though.
Speaking of which, iOS 7 has a new feature which can track your every move. Frequent locations is a mapped location of everywhere you've been since installing iOS 7, provided you've got the right things turned on. It makes it incredibly easy to stalk someone if you have access to the phone, and it just makes you realise how invasive our technology has become.
The new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule share incredibly similar designs. There's room in the Extreme for a hard drive, but no cables or anywhere to connect it to — Thomas Brand suggests this is a cost-cutting move for Apple to save on parts, which makes sense. The iFixit teardown of the new Extreme is also pretty interesting.
I reviewed the dystopian document thriller Papers, Please a few months ago, and now it's out on Steam for just $10. Works on PC and Mac, and Ars Technica has a review if you're interested in reading more.
Disney has released Disney Animated, an iOS app which shines a spotlight on the company's animation and technology for all of their 53 films. There's interactive animations that you can play with, concept art, and even the chance to animate a character from Wreck-It Ralph.
We always hear about the apps that get rejected for all the wrong reasons, but what about the apps that get rejected for the right ones? Send Me To Heaven is an app that was rejected for the potential to encourage, shall we say, warranty-voiding behaviour with your iPhone. Now that I think about it, maybe the app rejection issue is more about censorship — if someone wants to throw their iPhone into the air just to see how high they can do it, who is Apple to say otherwise?
There's been a few interesting pieces on Wired and elsewhere about the Newton this week, thanks to the device's 20-year anniversary this week. I'll admit the Newton was before my time, but I can see where it made an impact in a world that wasn't used to always-on internet connections and wireless communication devices. Tidbits also has a piece about the device's introduction at Macworld Expo, 1993.