Last week Netflix announced that they have removed the ability to purchases new subscriptions via iTunes In App Purchases. A statement on the Netflix website states “iTunes billing for Netflix is not available to new or rejoining Netflix customers. If you are currently billed by iTunes, you can continue to use iTunes billing until your account is cancelled.”
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Amazon announced this week that Apple Music integration will be added to their Echo devices on 17th December 2018, just in time for users to play their Christmas music via their Amazon device.
An update to the Windows version of iCloud, last week, brought back compatibility with the latest update to Windows 10. If you use the Microsoft platform you can now run the latest version of Windows 10 and still have access to iCloud.
Wednesday 28th November 2018 saw the launch of Apple Pay in two more countries, Belgium and Kazakhstan. This brings then number of countries or regions with access to this service to 32.
Apple have announced a shopping event for four days commencing Friday 23rd November 2018, the image below is shown on the front page of their website. Keep your eyes on the Apple website for some offers.
Nuance have announced that as of 22nd October they will be discontinuing Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, their website states that “Dragon Professional Individual for Mac is being discontinued effective 10/22/2018 and will no longer be available for purchase”. This is a massive retrograde step for accessibility as there are no other options for hands free dictation apart from the basic feature built into macOS.
Apple have announced a special event. The event named “There’s more in the making” will take place in Brooklyn at 10.00 a.m. EDT (2.00 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday 30th October. Expectation are that we will see new iPads and new Macs including a new Mac Mini.
Adobe are to release a full featured version of Photoshop for the iPad. Photoshop CC for iPad will use the same code as the desktop software and will have all its functionality. It will launch sometime in 2019.
Only weeks after their $1m donation to the Kerala flood relief fund in India and $1m donation to the Hurricane Florence Relief fund, Apple have donated $1m to the relief effort in Indonesia due to the Earthquake & Tsunami. Tim Cook said on Twitter “Our hearts go out to the people of Sulawesi and all of Indonesia after this weekend’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Apple is donating $1 million to aid relief efforts as this beautiful country starts to rebuild.”.
Many are unaware the shortly after Apple removed the App Store from iTunes it released a special version of iTunes that retained the App Store, primarily for “certain business partners”. However, if you are currently making use of this special version of iTunes you may want to hold off upgrading to Mojave as it is currently incompatible with the most recent macOS release. There is no information, at present, as to if or when this version of iTunes will be made compatible.
The new fall detection feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 is off by default unless the user has set their date of birth in the Health app and is over 65. After hearing from a disabled user yesterday who will be using this feature while transferring to their wheelchair I thought awareness that this feature needs to be enabled for under 65s is essential.
Following their recent $1M donation to the Kerala flood relief fund in India Apple have now donated $1M to the Hurricane Florence Relief fund. Hurricane Florence recently made landfall in North Caroline and has caused catastrophic damage. Tim Cook said on Twitter “The Carolinas are in our hearts. To our employees there, first responders and everyone in Hurricane Florence’s path, please stay safe.”.
One of the big frustrations with Apple Music has been searching for an artist and finding all of their albums lumped together (Studio Albums Live, EPs, etc.) this issue has now been addressed. The artist page now categorises their albums into Albums (Studio Albums), Music Videos, Singles & EPs, Live Albums, Compilations and more. So much easier to get to the music you want.
During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018) it was announced that iOS 12 will be released on 17th September 2018.
During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018) it was announced that macOS Mojave will be released on 24th September 2018.
During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018), a display of Apple’s new iPhone line-up failed to show the iPhone SE, we can only assume from this the smallest and least expensive iPhone has been discontinued.
Logitech's Crayon, the slightly cheaper rival to the Apple Pencil, which has up until now only been available to educational establishments will soon be on general sale. As from 12th September 2018, the stylus will be available in Apple stores and should be on the Apple and Logitech websites sometime this month. The cost will be $69.99, only $20.00 less expensive than the Apple Pencil despite offering a reduced feature set.
Apple-owned Beats have partnered with the NBA to become the official headphone, wireless speaker and other audio technology suppliers for the Basketball Association. As well as the NBA the partnership covers WNBA, NBA G League, and the US national team. Beats has promised team-branded headphones, can I be first in line for a pair of Charlotte Hornets headphones?
A new book by Ken Kocienda titled Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs was released on today (6th September 2018). The book gives an inside view of Apple's creative process from someone who was there. Ken worked on the team that created some of Apple's user interfaces and top software. Amazon Link - Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs