From the FWIW department, Mashable relaying a rumor from Japan:
The rumor, from Japanese Apple blog Macotakara cites a "reliable source" claiming Apple will remove the audio jack in an effort to shave a millimeter off the iPhone's thickness.
Yeah, I don't know. While I love Bluetooth headphones, batteries die at inconvenient times. And I've got like a dozen Earbud/Earpods stashed everywhere for a quick a phone call. Having to deal with yet another white Apple dongle would seem to be a big inconvenience.
Apple Music heading to Sonos December 15th
John Paczkowski for Buzzfeed:
At long last Apple Music is headed to Sonos. Making good on a promise made back in June, Sonos said Monday that Apple's new streaming music service will debut on its wireless speakers before the end of the year. Apple Music will become available as a public beta on Sonos starting December 15 with general availability to begin in early 2016.
I'm not a huge Sonos fan, but it is a pretty slick if pricy turn-key solution.
Reeder 3 news/rss reader released for iOS
Reeder is my go-to RSS feed reader on iOS and actually OS X. I use Fever server-side RSS solution, and Reeder works well with Fever. It also works well manually subscribing to feeds and other services.
Version 3.0 is a free update for current customers and adds in some features for iOS 9 such as split view and 3D Touch.
- Instapaper as a sync service
- Safari View Controller for in-app browsing
- iOS 9 split view support
- 3D Touch support for article previewing in the article list
- Support for iPad Pro
- List font size options
- Font options for the article viewer
- Updated UI
- Unread and starred counts for smart folders
- Hide smart folders in unread/starred view if there are no unread/starred items
- New "Archive" folder in "All items" view mode which only shows read items (no unread or starred)
Hackintosh transforms trash can into Mac Pro clone
This is actually an older thread on TonyMacX86, but recently got bumped where I saw it. While not nearly as powerful as the Mac Pro's dual Xeon CPUs and dual AMD GPUs, this compact core i3 design runs well inside a modded trash can as a case.
When the current Mac Pro launched two years ago, it got compared to a trash can, and here someone actually created a computer using a $35 trash can. Pretty cool.
Amazon Instant Video may be coming to Apple TV
A tweet making the rounds seem to indicate that Amazon is working on an app for the new Apple TV. The app would add a major content provider, but also could see the set top box return to Amazon's retail site. Amazon recently pulled content players that did not support its own streaming services, which included both the old and new Apple TV.
I sent feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app about supporting tvOS. They say it's in development. pic.twitter.com/52fYUgtgNs— Dan Bostonweeks (@danimal) November 28, 2015
Jailbreak hack adds 3D Touch to Apple Pencil/iPad Pro
Benjamin Mayo for 9 to 5 Mac:
By hooking relevant parts of the iOS system code via a jailbreak, detailed here on GitHub, iOS turns pressure data from Apple Pencil into pressure data for 3D Touch interactions. This is neat for two reasons: iPad Pro does not normally support 3D Touch (a feature currently exclusive to iPhone 6s) and its an unorthdox use for the Apple Pencil sensors, which is generally focused on drawing and sketching.
While it does require a jailbreak on the iPad Pro, this is seems nifty utilizing the Apple Pencil in this way.
Square introduces Apple Play compatible payment reader
Square announced a new wireless NFC Reader that's compatible with Apple Pay. This allows merchants to accept Apple Pay as a form of payment on a contract-free basis.
What seems particularly nifty with the NFC Reader is it wireless connects to your iOS device. Square is pretty cool system for small merchants, but my experience has been a little awkward where the merchant has to pull out a personal device, connect it, then get it linked up before processing a payment. The NFC Reader may streamline this process.
The NFC Reader is available for reservation and sells for $49.
Report compares law enforcement unlocking iOS and Android devices
Some interesting bits in a November, 2015 report issued from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office on smartphone encryption. i think the key point here is a backdoor access for lawful use by law enforcement could also potentially be used by anyone.
For Android devices:
Forensic examiners are able to bypass passcodes on some of those devices using a variety of forensic techniques. For some other types of Android devices, Google can reset the passcodes when served with a search warrant and an order instructing them to assist law enforcement to extract data from the device. This process can be done by Google remotely and allows forensic examiners to view the contents of a device. For Android devices running operating systems Lollipop 5.0 and above, however, Google plans to use default full-disk encryption, like that being used by Apple, that will make it impossible for Google to comply with search warrants and orders instructing them to assist with device data extraction. Full-disk encryption has not yet been implemented as a default on all Android devices running Lollipop 5.0 and later systems
Generally, users have the option to enable full-disk encryption on their current Android devices, whether or not the device is running Lollipop 5.0, but doing so causes certain inconveniences, risks, and performance issues, which are likely to exist until OEMs are required to standardize certain features. As of October 5, 2015, approximately 23% of Android users were running Lollipop 5.0 or higher.
Compared to iOS:
For Apple devices running iOS 8, Apple can no longer comply with unlock orders. iOS 8 prevents Apple from accessing data on the device unless Apple has the user's passcode. But, Apple does not keep users' passcodes. Thus, it is no longer possible for Apple to extract data as it did for devices running prior operating systems. According to Apple, as of October 19, 2015, approximately 61% of all Apple devices currently in use run iOS 9, and approximately 30% use iOS 8. Only nine percent use an earlier iOS version.
Multibeast 8 updated for El Capitan hackintoshes
MultiBeast, the ultimate post-installation utility, has been updated to version 8.0 for OS X El Capitan. This version contains updated bootloader, drivers and fixes specifically for OS X 10.11.
MultiBeast makes it easy to configure a DIY hackintosh build using off the shelf component. With official support for El Capitan, MultiBeast streamlines the process to get up and running.
Horace Dediu's Apple Pencil Review
Linked here, a screen shot of commentary written entirely using the Apple Pencil, which also functions as a review.