A look at some apps, some localization fun, and a bad move on the part of Microsoft in today's news:
- Apple starts notification of iPhone 6s shipments, days after the info has been available on the UPS website
- iOS 9 includes at least one fun localization
- Push Popcorn updates Records -- a "lite database" app for OS X -- to version 1.1
- Want to make sure you don't go over your data limit? There's a Watch app for that
- Microsoft makes a really dumb move
The text version of this podcast is available below. The video version will return whenever Periscope fixes its app so it runs on an iPhone 6 Plus.
Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 23, 2015. We have a new sponsor this week: Bushel, providing organizations of all sizes with Mobile Device Management tools that are low-cost and easy to use. Learn more at bushel.com
If you pre-ordered an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus — or both for that matter — Apple has finally started sending out shipment notifications. As we mentioned yesterday, many people were heading over to UPS and entering in the tracking reference number — the phone number of the phone — to get this info. However, Apple has caught up with the process and they’re now doing their best to send out the shipment notifications and update the online Apple Store status to “Shipped”. Note that some American cities that are getting a visit from the Pope may experience delays in deliveries due to traffic issues.
Some little details of iOS 9 that missed the scrutiny of beta testers and reviewers alike are now starting to show up. You’ll love this one — in some English-speaking countries such as Australia, the iOS 9 Mail app Trash folder has been renamed to “Rubbish”. How’s that for localization?
A surprising number of users were unhappy when Filemaker dropped its “Filemaker Light” Mac app named Bento a few years ago. Bento was an extremely easy database app that was less powerful than Filemaker but provided database capabilities that anyone could use. Well, a company called Push Popcorn has just updated its Bento-like app Records to version 1.1, and we finally heard about it here. The new version of the $30 app works with OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan only, and lets users drag and drop form fields, then begin entering data into the app immediately. There’s no need to have any experience with databases to use the app, and Records has many pre-filled lists — like country names, currencies, and credit card types — to speed up database creation even further. You can download a 14-day free trial version from pushpopcorn.com, or buy the app on the Mac App Store.
Don’t you hate it when you run over your data limit on your cellular data plan? Now if you have an Apple Watch, there’s an app called DataMan that includes a complication to you can see how things are going data-wise by just looking at your Watch. A green checkmark indicates that life is good, a blue exclamation point means you’d better check with your cellular carrier and see how close you are to your data limit, and a red X means you’re about to start paying overage fees. The app is available on the iOS App Store.
It’s time to take back all the nice things I’ve said about Microsoft lately. Right now, iPhone and iPad owners can edit Office files with the iOS Office apps for free. Come November, when the iPad Pro arrives, Microsoft will make iPad Pro owners buy an Office 365 subscription in order to edit files with those free apps. Why? Well, Microsoft told Ars Technica that the 12.9-inch diagonal screen of the iPad Pro means that it is not a “true mobile device” and therefore isn’t eligible for the free mobile service. Jerks.
I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.