iOS 8 adoption slows – cause for concern?

Via [Daring Fireball]

Very worrisome — a canary-in-the-coal-mine indicator that casual users no longer trust Apple with major iOS updates.

Perhaps John is right, and the slowing iOS 8 adoption rate means that casual users don’t trust Apple. Or maybe John has no friends or relatives who match the following criteria:

1. Have a 16GB iPhone

2. Don’t have enough space to update

3. No inclination/ability to update via iTunes

From my unscientific polling of friends and relatives, it’s much more that they are unable to update, rather than unwilling to do so because of trust.

Apple Rumored to Bring Retina-Class 27″ iMac in October

Count this rumor among the ranks of, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”.  Building momentum for months now, articles are sprouting up this morning of a planned event in October to release new 5k machines.  Earlier this month, Dell released their own 27″ 5k panel, which only served to add fuel to the persistent rumor mill.

If Apple does indeed release these new iMacs, which I believe is more than likely now that the technology is there, will they also update their aging Cinema Display?  As someone who spends their day in front of a computer all day, I can’t think of a more tempting purchase.

Via [AppleInsider]

Instagram Co-founder Leaving to Join Wal-Mart’s Board of Directors

Via [Forbes]

The retail behemoth announced on Monday that Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, will join its board effective immediately. 30-year-old Systrom, who sold his popular photo-sharing app to Facebook for $1 billion in August 2012, becomes the youngest member of Wal-Mart’s board.

It’s interesting to watch companies engage outside help to reinvent themselves.  This is a smart move by Wal-Mart.  They are a huge company with a dominant brick-and-mortar presence that can only be enhanced by improving their digital storefronts.

Side note: I had no idea Marissa Mayer was on Wal-Mart’s board.

Consumer Reports tells everyone to climb off their high horse

When Consumer Reports didn’t recommend a product, people listened.  Despite the best in class display, game-changing gyro integration, and industry-leading camera, CR gave the iPhone 4 a damning thumbs down at the end of the day.

Why?  A flawed industrial design that ultimately led to dropped calls when held the wrong way.

Fast forward to 2014, and the Internet is abuzz.  The clamor feels near identical to that which surrounded the iPhone 4 release.  Instead of a flawed antenna, we have reports that the iPhone 6 bends too much.

So again, along comes Consumer Reports, the standard of reporting when it comes to non-technophiles.  And what do they say?  Do they add fuel to the argument that the iPhone 6 is inherently flawed?

No.  Instead, they refute the reports that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bend too much under normal use, comparing them to other phones such as the HTC One and LG G3.  As noted on [Macrumors]:

Overall, the magazine notes that while none of the phones they tested were indestructible, all devices tested should hold up fine under everyday use.

Can we put this one to bed now?

What’s draining my iPhone’s battery?

A quick reminder that with the iOS 8 update, users can view exactly which apps are draining the battery most of all. To access this on any iOS device, tap away to the following beat:

Settings –> General –> Usage –> Battery Usage

The regular viewing of this diagnostic information should help users gain a better understanding of what app or iOS process is using the battery the most.

Grading recent public Apple dilemmas

A side effect of Tim Cook’s more ‘open’ Apple is that the more you put yourself out there, the more likely it is to be seen with your pants down.  With the recent uptick in publicly noticed snafus, I was wondering to myself which of all will be remembered a month from now.

Seems that someone over at the Mac Observer had the same thought, and went a step further to list them out and grade them on a scale from 1-5.  Take a minute and read up.  I agree with every one of them except #5.

Via [the Mac Observer]

Don’t cheap out

As I’ve gotten older, I realize more fully the truth in the advice to save up money for higher quality, though more costly things.  Items such as furniture, daily work computers, and even landscaping services were hard lessons for me to learn.  But what about the smaller things in life?

That’s why I enjoyed this article over at LifeHacker.  As I scrolled through, I nodded in ascension at nearly every item I saw.

Give it a gander, and see if you don’t agree with nearly every item they listed.

Via [LifeHacker]

New Mac Mini inbound

Rumors are pointing to a new Mac Mini being released next month alongside OS X Yosemite and refreshed iPads.  I can remember a time when this news would have been more exciting, but alas.  I’m just not the market audience any longer.

Via [9to5Mac]


Fix for 8.0.1 posted, expect an updated iOS “in the next few days”

From Apple’s support page:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

A few take aways:

1. Apple didn’t get out in front of this as quickly as they should have.  They have ambitions to become a more open company.  This would have been an opportunity for them.

2.  The update only borked iPhones 6 and 6 Plus.  All other phones were unaffected.

3.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in the engineer’s offices right now.