MyAppleMenu - Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Thu, Jul 16, 2015The Standalone-Camera Edition

Apple Releases New iPod Touch, Updates iPod Nano And Shuffle, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Apple went all out with the iPod touch, giving the device the A8 chip, the same one used in the iPhone 6. Apple told me yesterday that the CPU in the new touch is six times faster than its predecessor and 10 times faster in graphics performance.

Apple also made some significant changes to the cameras in the iPod touch. In addition to an 8 Megapixel camera, Apple updated the image sensor processor and added burst and slo-mo modes to the iPod touch.

The iPod Touch Is The New Point-And-Shoot, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

The shaping and refining of the iPod touch over the last couple of years has spelled out what Apple feels the iPod is still great for. It’s no longer a ‘music player’, it’s a gaming platform and a camera. This usage has played out right in front of me, as my daughter uses her touch as a (prolific) photography tool, shooting pictures of herself, our dog, us, the back of our car seat…you get the picture. There’s a case to be made that the iPod touch could be positioned as a standalone camera, much in the way that the original iPod was positioned as a media player.

The iPod Nano And Shuffle Won't Sync Apple Music Songs, Putting Another Nail In The New iPod Coffin, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

At its heart, though, this is probably an issue regarding priority and time. Apple needed to write a software update for both the nano and the shuffle to recognize and use Apple Music; instead, they get a new paint job and that's about it. (The nano is still using the iOS 6 UI, which is kind of horrific when you think about it. Jony, you really let this out of your lab?) I suppose there's a small chance that Apple could take the time to update the device's software in the future to allow for this, but I'm skeptical.

The New iPod Nano, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Word from a few little birdies is that what remains of the iPod software team is now working on Apple Watch — the Nano UI wasn’t updated to look like iOS 7 because there’s no one left to do it.

If you allow me to draw wild speculations just for a little -- perhaps the next iPod nano and iPod shuffle will be using the watchOS?

Apple Underground

TfL Cautions Users Over Pitfalls Of Apple Pay, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

TfL advises users that, as with other smartphone payment systems including EE’s Cash on Tap, Apple Pay only works if a device has power. It warns that, if the battery runs out in the middle of a journey, a user will not be able to tap out, which means they could be charged a maximum fare.

TfL also lists having both an iPhone and an Apple Watch as a potential issue – with a risk of being charged twice. It also warns that receiving a call while attempting to touch into or out of the gates will also cause issues, and that users with multiple cards on their account must remember to use the same one or potentially be charged twice.

Looks like Apple need to add a Subway Mode to go alongside with Airplay Mode. :-)

Apple Pay Coming To HSBC Customers On July 28, by Rhiannon Williams, Telegraph


Musixmatch Plays Nice With Apple Music, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Listening to a song on Apple Music and want to sing along without messing up the words à la “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”? Just swipe from the top of the screen of your iOS device and check Musixmatch’s Today widget in the Notification Center.

Pennies Review: Budgeting App For People Who Hate To Budget, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld


How iOS 9's Safari View Controller Could Completely Change Your App’s Onboarding Experience., by Rizwan Sattar


Private I: El Capitan's System Integrity Protection Will Shift Utilities' Functions, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The upshot for most users, especially those who only use Apple software and software purchased or obtained through the Mac App Store, is that there will be no difference whatsoever. The vast majority of software used by the vast majority of people doesn’t need access to or play around with files or processes.

For users who customize their systems with utilities and like to make full nightly clone updates of their systems, there will be change ahead. Developers are going to have to rethink some of their products.

As Apple Desktop Use Grows, IT Adapts, by Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld

Gnemmi said that what distinguishes Apple is that it tries to make money and builds high-quality products. That profit margin helps "with the quality of the product, so I'm not fooling around with it," he said.

Apple's Fourth Retail Store In Hong Kong On Canton Road Opens July 30, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors


I have a 'problem' with Touch ID - it works too fast. Sometimes, I just press the home button with the intention of just bringing up the lock screen so that, for example, I can press on the 'rewind 30 seconds' button.

But, by the time my finger reach the 'rewind 30 seconds' button, Touch ID has confirmed my other finger which is still on the home button, and I am bounced off to the home screen. Now, instead of pressing the 'rewind 30 seconds', I launched an app instead.

(If you are curious, the app that sits in that location on my iPhone is Day One. These accidental launches didn't prompt me to write more in my journal, thougn.)

Parting Words

Client: What if no one gets it? Agency: We'll explain the gag in subhead C: Won't that ruin it? A: We'll use brackets

— Stu Royall (@stu_bot3000) July 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.