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Globally today is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to highlight the ongoing struggle against this disease globally, particularly in impoverished parts of the world. World AIDS Day provides those who help support AIDS causes the opportunity to raise awareness about the disease that has killed millions and millions more remain infected. One of these organisations is Product(RED), an organisation that Apple has long been associated with in fighting the disease.
As part of their efforts in supporting Product(RED), Apple has over the past several years included products that are red in colour including the iPod lineup, iPhone Bumpers and more recently the leather cases for the iPad Air and iPad Mini. As I stated in my review of the SmartCase for iPad Air, I always personally like to buy the Product(RED) items as I know Apple is obligated to give some of the proceeds to this organisation. Apple by participating in the Product(RED) campaign is obliged to donate at least 50% of proceeds to the program. So far buyers of Apple Product(RED) products have generated
over $65m in funds for the program.
Like last year, today Apple is showing full support for Product(RED) throughout their online stores and retail stores. On the Apple website there is now a World AIDS Day banner so you can click and learn more about Product(RED) through the RED foundation. Here in London, the Regent Street Apple Store and the Covent Garden Apple Store have both changed their iconic Apple logo in the store to red instead of the normal white. This is expected to be carried out throughout the world today by Apple.
Two important links for you. First, you can see what Apple has done with Product(RED) on their website dedicated to the cause. That can be found at this link.
Second, you can find out more information about the RED organisation and their role in fighting AIDS globally. That can be found at this link. There you can make direct donations to the cause above and beyond your product purchases.
Apple has sent out email announcements of their upcoming sales on what is traditionally known as Black Friday in the United States, the day after Thanksgiving start to the holiday shopping season. Retailers across the United States and indeed many parts of the world have sales scheduled for this coming Friday. Apple is no different.
Apple has done a Friday after Thanksgiving sale for a few years now with often many of their best selling products on sale.
The savings are huge in the case of Apple but it is still an opportunity to save a little bit on the latest Apple products. The sales will be available both in the Apple Store locations also online through the Apple website and even the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
Apple is expected to have product constraints on several products this holiday season, most notably the iPhone 5s and the iPad Mini with Retina display. Stock for both of these items is scarce online and in stores and events like the Friday sale won’t help matter much – assuming these are put on sale. If you are wanting either one of these and they are on sale the best advice is to purchase them and wait out the time until it can be delivered to you. In other words, avoid the madness and shop online on your iPad!
As you would expect, here at AlliOSNews we will have plenty of sales to announce on Friday to help you with your holiday shopping budget and get a few things off that list.
It has taken what seems like ages but Apple has finally released the Apple Store app for iPad. And based on first impressions, it is worth the wait. It is, as you would expect, done exceptionally well.
The Apple Store app for iPad works in many ways like the iPhone version. Apple has however simply not done a port over
but rather has really focused on using the larger canvas of the iPad to give large, high resolution images of their product lineup. The great thing about the app though is it has the simplicity of the Apple website so buying through the app and configuring your new MacBook Air or iPad Air the way you want is simple and easy – and dare I say fun? The app also supports pinch gestures so you can zoom in on products.
All of the great services that you expect from Apple can be obtained through the new Apple Store app for iPad. This includes things like engraving on your new iPad or iPod Touch, store locator, Personalised Pickup of products and the ability to mark which stores near you are your favourite – or your favourite worldwide.
The Apple Store app for iPad is free to download and is available now in the App Store. Note that this is a separate download from the iPhone version.
Apple has released the first beta for OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to their developer community today, the first semi-public acknowledgement that an update for the latest OS X from the company will be getting an update soon. When “soon” is however is anyone’s guess as this is likely to be the first of many beta builds for this release.
The build is 13B27 and is available to developers through the App Store as normal. The release notes on the beta are sparse, telling developers that their are no known issues and that their focusing during the beta should be on Mail, Graphic Drivers and VoiceOver. If this sounds familiar, it should. Mail and Graphic Drivers always seem to be a focus for Apple in their beta cycles and was a regular feature in the betas for 10.9.
If indeed their are no known issues this is a good start for OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and hopefully it will mean a reasonably short beta cycle. There is no way to know for sure and it could very well end up that issues arise through the beta – which is the purpose of it ultimately.
In order to get OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 you need to be a part of the Apple Developer network which is $100 per annum. You can get more information at http://developer.apple.com.
As a reminder to everyone, this is beta software so things so awry for no reason some times. Load at your own risk, load on a “beta” machine and report any issues to the proper channels. The proper channel is not complaining about a beta on Twitter.
Let’s all stop for a few minutes. Put aside our first world problems of not being able to get reliable WiFi this morning at the coffee shop or our Internet access at home being sluggish. There is a serious crisis going on in the Philippines and your help is needed.
If you have seen any photos or videos from the absolutely devastated areas of the Philippines from the recent typhoon,
you know the destruction is on a spectacular scale. Millions have been displaced and likely tens of thousands have been killed and many more are likely to die from disease. It will take years to actually rebuild many of these areas but it is the human suffering at this point that is the most critical need.
Apple is making it easy for you to donate to Philippine Typhoon Relief right through iTunes. Working with the American Red Cross, Apple allows you to make donations straight from within the app on your Mac, PC, iPhone or iPad and help get funds to the ARC to get supplies, food and fresh water to the area. Apple has made it clear: 100% of all donations go to support relief efforts. Apple is keeping none of it.
We can all debate the politics that always come up after a disaster like this and there is a time and place for it. Right now though people are suffering. Let’s get them back on their feet.
Apple has quietly released a minor update to iOS tonight, addressing some bugs as they slowly but continually tweak the OS. iOS 7.0.4 specifically addresses an issue with FaceTime calls failing for users, something that has plagued me and my wife as we make calls back to the United States here in England. Calls have either failed outright or have been very difficult to keep connected for no apparent reason.
Apple of course is vague in the release notes on exactly what they fixed but as a general rule, if they mention something
specific in the release notes, that was the main focus item(s) for that release. There is of course the “Bug fixes” statement which seems to come on every minor update of iOS.
The update is small. On my iPhone 5 it was 17MB while on my iPad Air it was 18.4MB. Both of my devices I was able to update over-the-air and did not have to connect to iTunes.
To check for the update on your device, go to Settings>General>Software Update and your device will find the update automatically. The download will be quick and both of my devices rebooted twice after it was installed. The total time for me to update both of my devices was less than 15 minutes.
With little fanfare yesterday, Apple released the new iPad Mini with Retina display for sale online and personal pick-up at your local Apple store. As has been expected however, stock is extremely limited and most stores in the US do not have units in stock.
Apple has been quite clear that they are going to struggle with stock of the iPad Mini with Retina because of a variety of manufacturing challenges, mostly around the 7.9 inch displays. Quality issues have plagued them and yields have been
low. The knock-on effect for those who want one is that you will likely have to wait, especially if you want one of the less popular larger capacity units as Apple simply won’t make as many.
As of this morning UK time the Apple site in the United States and United Kingdom were both showing the 16GB and 32GB units, regardless of colour, being a 1-3 business day delivery. The 64GB and new 128GB units are 5-10 business days before delivery. The dates hold true for WiFi only and WiFi/LTE units.
Most who follow Apple closely expect the iPad Mini with Retina display to do well for Apple. Feature wise it is on par with the iPad Air. This means, in every sense, the new Mini is a true, proper iPad just with a smaller display.
For more information on the iPad Mini be sure to check out the Apple website. The iPad Mini with Retina display starts at $399 for a 16GB WiFi only unit up to $829 for a 128GB WiFi/LTE unit.
With the release of the iPad Air, Apple has also released an updated lineup of their Smart Case for iPad Air. The new Smart Case has been essentially re-thought and the new look and feel of this leather case is impressive. While it is certainly not the least expensive case on the market for your iPad Air, if you want a case that fits snuggly around your iPad Air without adding large amounts of weight and girth to this ultra light tablet, The Smart Case for iPad Air should do the job for you.
The first thing you will notice about the new Smart Case is its construction. Previous generations of Smart Cases were
made of polyurethane with a microfiber lining on the inside of the case’s cover to clean and protect your iPad’s display. The new Smart Case for iPad Air is made of leather and you immediately notice the look and feel difference when you touch the case for the first time. It feels more luxurious than the older cases and doesn’t have the “shiny” plastic look of the previous generation. The inside of the case – both the cover and the iPad Air holder itself – is lined with microfiber to prevent scratching
and to act as a display cleaner. On the surface there are not massive changes between the Smart Cases for previous iPad generations and this new one for the Air. Both were designed to add minimal bulk – which is even more important on the iPad Air – and to protect your investment. But the construction and overall feel of this new case is superior to the previous generation in my opinion.
Apple has released a minor update to iTunes for Mac and PC that brings a small but important list of fixes and improvements to the media library app. iTunes 11.1.3 addresses an issue with the equalizer in the app not performing as expected in previous releases. Apple does not detail in the release notes what specifically the issue was with the equalizer but based on my own experience, it would seem to cause iTunes to lag at times when I had the equalizer enabled. This morning in my testing I didn’t have such issues. I do not know if there were other problems users were having that I did not encounter.
Additionally, Apple has address performance issues when switching between large iTunes libraries and the ever popular “additional minor bug fixes”.
iTunes 11.1 launched with the release of OS X Mavericks and has had a couple of these minor updates already. It seems that Apple is trying to address any issues more quickly than in the past.
There are several ways to get this update for iTunes. iTunes for Mac users on OS X Mavericks can get the update via the App Store on their Mac by checking for updates (note that Mavericks users who have auto-download and install of updates enabled should already have it installed). Mac users along with Windows users can go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ to get the latest version of iTunes.
Apple has released an update for their Remote and AirPort Utility app for iOS 7, knocking two more off the list that have yet to be iOS 7-ized. The updates bring the flat, translucent look to the apps and both are universal apps for your iPhone and your iPad.
The Remote app, for those who do not know, allows you to control your Apple TV or iTunes on your Mac from your iPhone or iPad. I personally find this app to be a huge help when navigating my Apple TV instead of using the remote that comes with it. The update brings the new iOS 7 look and feel to the app while also adding support for iTunes 11.1, the latest
version of iTunes for Mac. For those who have used Remote, functionally, it is the same as the previous release other than the afore mentioned look and iTunes support.
The Remote app from Apple is a universal app and like most of their apps is free.
At the same times as the Remote app update, the AirPort Utility app for iOS was also updated by Apple. For those who do not know, the Airport Utility allows you to configure and view your wireless network that consists of Apple AirPort access points. Think of it as a way to remotely configure your wireless network from your iPhone or iPad and not a web browser.
The release notes for the AirPort Utility app for iOS update is quite literally one line: Added 64-bit support.
The AirPort Utility App for iOS is a universal app and is also free in the App Store. Please note that in order to use this app you must be using AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express access points in your wireless network.
With these two updates there are only a few apps left for Apple to upgrade to an iOS 7 look. iBook and iTunes U remain with their skeuomorphic iOS 6 look as does Find My Friends.