TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-20: Get Ready for the Apple Car Launch and the iPhone of the Future

1:25 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

New sources claim Apple's unannounced car will go into production in 2020. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to duke it out over who really has the right time frame for an official Apple Car launch, plus they look at what the iPhone of the future may be and what physical and social implications go along with augmenting our bodies with technology.

Apple Plans to Offer First iOS 8 Public Beta in March

11:34 AM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple opened beta versions of OS X Yosemite to the public, and a new report claims the company is about to do the same for iOS on the iPhone and iPad. A public beta version of iOS 8.3 will reportedly be released in March, which will mark the first time Apple has given public access to upcoming versions of its mobile operating system.

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Trying out the iOS 8.3 beta sounds great, but may not be such an awesome plan if you're putting it on a mission-critical iOS device. Maybe try it on a spare iPhone or iPad instead.

Apple Reportedly Investing in Japan Display Factory for iPhone Screens

11:03 AM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Japan Display is reportedly building a new factory to meet demand for iPhone components, and Apple is said be investing heavily in the project. If true, the factory will come online some time in 2016.

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There isn't much to support the report the Japan Display factory report, but if it's true, that probably means fewer iPhone display orders for Sharp—and that most likely has Sharp really worried about its relationship with Apple.

Apple Acknowledges MacBook Pro Video Issue, Offers Repair Program

9:42 AM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

After years of complaints, Apple has acknowledged that some MacBook Pro models suffer from serious video issues and is now offering an extended repair program. The affected models were made between 2011 and 2013 and have distorted or lost video issue, or unexpected restarts.

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It took a while, but it's good to see Apple finally acknowledge the video issue MacBook Pro owners have been complaining about. It's also good to see the company do the right thing and offer free repairs.

Apple Car Will Reportedly Enter Production in 2020

9:43 PM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

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Apple will reportedly begin production on its much-rumored Apple Car in 2020. Bloomberg reported Thursday that the company is pushing its development team to have the car in production in that time frame. Apple hasn't commented on the rumor, and Bloomberg didn't specify its sources.

Register for the Macbook Pro Giveaway

7:43 PM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Register for the Macbook Pro Giveaway

We have another giveaway for you today, this time a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. All you have to do is register to receive notification of TMO deals, something you should do anyway. The giveaway ends on March 15th. Check out the giveaway page for more information, and get registered! We'd love for you to read TMO on laptop you won from us.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-19: More Apple Car Evidence, Apple Hires some Bloggers

1:34 PM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

There's more evidence stacking up to show Apple is working on its own electric car. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about a new lawsuit claiming Apple poached employees from a high tech battery design company, plus they also offer their take on Apple's recent hires from the blogs that cover their activities and products.

IFTTT Expands Automation Options with iPhone Do Apps

11:33 AM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

IFTTT, the Web-based tool that links together Internet services, rolled out three new apps on Thursday designed to make it easier to build new workflows. Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note offer narrower options focused on specific tasks such as changing your smart thermostat temperature, or sending information to your Evernote account.

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IFTTT is a powerful service, and it's great seeing the company making some of its offerings more accessible to users who may otherwise be overwhelmed with how much it can do.

Adobe Photoshop: 25 Years of Image Editing Video

10:40 AM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Photoshop, the defacto standard image editor, is 25 years old and Adobe is celebrating with a video highlighting works from artists around the world. The short video includes what adobe calls "their most amazing dreams," and the works in the video are pretty impressive, all set to Aerosmith's "Dream On." It's a great example of what Photoshop is capable of in the hands of experts.

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A123 Systems Sues Apple for Poaching Car Battery Engineers

9:08 AM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has been hiring engineers from vehicle battery designer A123 Systems, and the company has filed a lawsuit alleging the iPhone and iPad maker violated employee anti-compete agreements. The employees all came from A123's advanced energy storage division and were working on what the company called game changing technologies.

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It's a safe bet Apple knew the A123 employees it hired had signed non-compete agreements, so this lawsuit isn't likely catching them unprepared. It also underscores just how serious Apple is about designing its electric car.

8 Mac Apps for $44.99: Things 2, Civilization ‘Beyond Earth,’ Data Rescue 4, More

10:10 PM EST, Feb. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

8 Mac Apps for $44.99: Things 2, Civilization 'Beyond Earth,' Data Rescue 4, More

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a great bundle of Mac apps called the Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle. It has eight apps—all of them award-winners from a variety of publications—including: Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4. AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselec, and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. That's $469 worth of Mac apps for $44.99 through our bundle.