The new iPhones and the photos they take


With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tomorrow, I’ve been anxious to see how the new camera with Focus Pixels perform. While I will do my own comparison photos, Austin Mann did a trek through Iceland taking pictures with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a great review highlighting the improvements of the new camera.

iOS 8 is here


iOS 8 was released by Apple around noon today. You can upgrade using iTunes or use the Over-The-Air upgrade.

You can check out SnapGuide’s collection of tips and tricks for iOS 8 here.

Deals – 1Password is free


We have often talked about the benefit of using an app that keeps track of the many passwords you use. One of the apps that gets mentioned quite a bit is 1Password by AgileBits. The iOS app, which is universal, is normally $18, but is currently free at the App Store.

I did notice the “Offers In-App Purchases” below the purchase button. I not sure what that means, if they are going to charge to use the TouchID feature of iOS 8 or simply move the freemium model, or if it’s an error to be there at all. There is no indication on their website other than the update for iOS 8 is free for current users.

[Update] Starting with 1Password 5, the updated version for iOS 8, AgileBits is making 1Password free to download with one-time in-app purchase unlocking pro features. Existing 1Password for iOS users will also get the update to 1Password 5 free of charge.

Mini’app’les Meeting, Tuesday, September 16th 7:00PM


The Mini’app’les meeting is on September 16th (the third Tuesday of the month) at the Hackfactory, starting at 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. if you would like to come for some Q&A). We will talk about the new iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, iOS 8, and some of the other announcements Apple has made. We will also look at RSS readers for the Mac and iOS devices.

Mini’app’les has transitioned to using a blog instead of a monthly newsletter to keep you updated to what is happening with the club and the latest Mac news. You can find the blog on the main page of the Mini’app’les website, The advantage of using a blog is so news, deals, and other important information can get to much faster instead of waiting till the end of the month. For example, as I come across deals and discounts on software and hardware, I post them to the blog.
If you have a suggestion for improving the blog, please let us know.

One of the best ways to keep up to date with the blog is to subscribe to it using the RSS feed. You can use a RSS reader such as ReadKit ($7 at the MacApp store, requires 10.8 or later) or Reeder 2 ($10 at the MacApp Store, requires 10.9) for the Mac. And the quite a number of RSS reader apps for iOS. We will look at those apps and others at the Mini’app’les meeting. We will also look at some services that have taken the place of Google Reader, such as Feedbin and Feedly.

I hope to see you at the Mini’app’les meeting on September 16th.

The new iPhones: What you need to know


Macworld’s article, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: What you need to know, is a good write up about the new features and differences of the new iPhones.

It’s that time again: iPhone interregnum. The week-plus period between the day Apple announces new iPhones and the day those phones are actually available. (In this case, the new phones will go on sale September 19.) In the meantime, you probably have a lot of questions. Fortunately, Apple has provided a good amount of information about the upcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and we’ve had some hands-on time with both versions. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

The basics
When can I get the new iPhone models?
If you’re in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, or the U.K., you’ll be able to pre-order both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus starting Friday, September 12. Both models will actually be available in these countries beginning Friday, September 19. Apple said it hopes to have both new iPhones available in 115 countries around the world by the end of the year.