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We're weeks away from the public beta of iOS 10, and months from the proper one that will roll out to iPhones and iPads in the fall. Yet the instant the new version was mentioned, suddenly iOS 9 seemed old; even old-fashioned. Before it passes into history for approximately 90 percent of us within a week of iOS 10's release, let me give a tip of the hat to 2015/16's iPhone and iPad operating system.
When you make big changes to the back end of a site, sometimes things happen that you did not expect. In the midst of an ongoing modernization and general updating of MacNN, we recently experienced an unexpected change owing to the unexpected shutdown of our RSS feed host, which was hosting the RSS for our News, Reviews, Top Stories, By Category, and All feeds. We have moved to a new host, but readers who were subscribed to the old ones will need to re-subscribe.
On Tuesday, Apple opened up its iOS News app to all publishers, and has promised to shortly update its New Publisher portal with new analytics tools. The change means that nearly any publisher with a desire to do so can opt to add content to the News app. Up until now, only 100 publishers were allowed to put their RSS article feeds on the free program, but the News Publisher portal is now open to everyone, with more controls over how publishers want their stories presented.
Imagine that you've got a friend on the news desk at Reuters or the BBC, and they text you when there's something interesting happening. That's just about the principle behind Quartz News, except the news agency is Quartz, and their definition of something interesting is a bit open to debate.
There is so often now a disconnection, somehow, between form and function in Microsoft apps -- but at least they tend to have both. Microsoft News Pro 1.0 doesn't look great, but the app is able to turn up interesting news for you.
Apple News may have more users than Apple itself estimates it has, Senior Vice President Eddy Cue has admitted. It has been underestimating the number of users of its News app ever since its introduction in iOS 9, due to an unexpected error that Apple is currently "in the process of fixing." This means that not only does Apple not know the true number of News app users, but the data passed on to publishers about its News-based readership is also inaccurate, potentially affecting advertising sales.
Two things: first, MailChimp is one of many services that you can use to send out mass emails, and we're covering it here partly because the way it works is illustrative of them all. We're just also covering it mostly because we like it: MailChimp is a powerful tool with decent iOS apps, and it's free to use up to a certain generous limit.
This is where the news went. While you were eating turkey, holidaying with family or simply not looking, there was news. Malcolm Owen was here and this week fills in William Gallagher on everything he missed. That includes the new Apple holiday advert, the potential new Apple moves with Lightning cables and OLED displays plus Christmas Thingies of the Week.
A China-specific version of the Apple News app is being produced, and could go live soon, according to comments made by Eddy Cue. Speaking in an interview about the app's impact on the publishing industry, Cue says Apple wants "to deliver as great of an experience in China as we do here in the US" for Apple News, while also dismissing the suggestion Apple is having problems dealing with censorship in the country.
Sometimes you long for an app to be updated because it's got something wrong with it. Just occasionally, though, you long for it to be updated because you really like it, you spend hours using it and you want to see what the developer does next. That's the case for us with Reeder 3.0, the latest iOS version of the newsreading app.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE