You can Make Kerala Flood Relief Donations in iTunes

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The devastating floods in Kerala left a million people at least temporarily homeless, and 445 dead with more bodies being discovered. Over 50,000 houses were destroyed, and more than 6,200 miles of roads have been lost. Apple donated US$1 million to the relief fund, and you can help out, too. Apple added Mercy Corps donation buttons to the iTunes Store ranging from US$5 to $200. Like other relief funds Apple has supported, 100% of the money goes to the charity—Apple doesn’t take its usual 30% cut.

You can Make Kerala Flood Relief Donations in iTunes

2018 iPhones are Going to be Faster, More Colorful

· Jeff Gamet · Link

2018 iPhone mockups

We’ve already heard the 2018 iPhone lineup will come in three sizes and look pretty much identical to the iPhone X. We can expect faster processors and improved battery life from the new models. The mid-size 6.1-inch LED screen model will have an aluminum frame instead of steel and gets the iPhone 8 single camera instead of the dual cameras we’ll see in the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED phones. Bloomberg says,

Perhaps the most significant phone will be a new, cheaper device destined to replace the iPhone 8. Codenamed N84, it will look like the iPhone X, but include a larger near 6.1-inch screen, come in multiple colors, and sport aluminum edges instead of the iPhone X’s stainless steel casing. It will also have a cheaper LCD screen instead of an OLED panel to keep costs down.

News of this year’s iPhone name scheme hasn’t leaked yet. Some insiders say Apple is considering iPhone Xs. Regardless of what the new line gets called, it’ll certainly be more colorful.

The Story of Apple's Aperture: Rise and Fall

· John Martellaro · Link

Apple Aperture

Apple’s macOS photography app, Aperture, had a storied and difficult past. Over at MacStories, author Stephen Hackett, recounts the history of this troubled app, its rise and fall. We tend to think of Apple’s wealth as enabling guaranteed success, but, in the end, apps are built and nurtured by human beings in competition with other companies. This is a well-told story.

Meet the VPs Behind the Scenes at Apple

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple Park

We hear at lot about the high-profile Senior VPs at Apple, but what about the regular VPs behind the scenes, VPs who keep the company humming?

iOS 12: Manage Notifications with Instant Tuning

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Notification Center Instant Tuning in iOS 12 on iPhone

Notifications in iOS 12 has a feature called Instant Tuning that lets you set specific notifications so they appear only when you look in Notification Center. Here’s how it works.

Krome Photos is a Service That Edits Your Photos For You

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Krome Photos is a new app that sets itself apart from other photo editors. It’s a service where you send your photos to trained editors who edit your photo for you. Krome editors can improve color, merge multiple photos, change the background, add a person or create a whole new image. They also offer one free re-edit with every order. There are three order options ranging from US$3 to US$12. Your first design is discounted. Popular edit requests include changing the background and color, skin corrections, adding/removing people, adding props or a logo, combining multiple images (up to 4) into one, and fixing, restoring, and repairing a photo.

Krome Photos is a Service That Edits Your Photos For You

Coping with Subscription Apps - TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-24

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about living with the subscription model for apps, plus they look at how SetApp may have found the right balance for developers and users.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI on Sale for $23.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Screenshot from Civilization VI

We have a deal today on one of my favorite games: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI! This is a turn-based strategy/sim game where you guide your civilization from a city-state to the dominant power on Earth. The deal is for Civ VI on Mac or Linux on the Steam platform. It’s $23.99 through us. Check out the trailer.

Apple Seeds watchOS 5 Developer Beta 9

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

watchOS 5 beta for developers on Apple Watch

Apple seeded watchOS 5 Developer Beta 9 for Apple Watch to developers on Friday, making this a two-developer beta release week.

Jamf Now Adds Custom PKG and App Deployment

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The iPhone, iPad, and Mac device management tool Jamf Now just gained two new features: package (.PKG) file deployment for the Mac, and custom iOS app deployment. That’ll be handy for companies needing to push apps that aren’t available through Apple’s own App Stores to devices. Jamf Now also lets you manage device serial numbers and OS versions, settings, and more. The service is free for up to three devices, and US$2 a month for additional devices.

Jamf Now Adds Custom PKG and App Deployment