MyAppleMenu - Fri, Jun 5, 2015

Fri, Jun 5, 2015The Just-Walk-In Edition

Changes In Stores

Apple Store No Longer Sells iPhone With 2-Year Contract On AT&T, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple overnight removed the option to purchase a new iPhone on a two-year contract with AT&T on the Apple Online Store, eliminating the ability for customers to purchase an iPhone for a subsidized price of $199 or $299 through the carrier. Apple now sells iPhones on AT&T exclusively through the AT&T Next carrier financing program, while two-year contracts remain available through Verizon and Sprint.

Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers To 'Just Walk In' For Try-Ons, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Apple today shifted its messaging concerning Apple Watch try-on appointments, which were required in the early days following the wearable's launch to be able to interact with and size the various models of the Watch. The messaging of try-on appointments has now largely vanished from the Apple Watch's online storefront, with a notification encouraging customers to visit their local Apple Watch store for workshops on the device or "just walk in to try Apple Watch on."


Review: Tweetbot For Mac 2.0 Brings A Yosemite-Style Coat Of Paint, Convenient New Features, And A Price Drop, by Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac

Tweetbot 2 fully embraces the Yosemite aesthetic that was introduced in OS X last year while still maintaining much of the same functionality and layout with which users are already familiar. Everything has been flattened, and timelines that previously sported a light gray tone are now pure white.

Sunrise Launches On Apple Watch, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Sunrise for Apple Watch, which I've tested over the past month, puts the focus on viewing what's coming up, with an elegant UI and a glance that make it easy to check and act on upcoming events.

Instapaper Launches Notes, Bringing Annotations To Articles, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Notes in Instapaper 6.4 are simple and well integrated with the rest of the app. As you're reading, you can select text to bring up a redesigned action menu with options to copy, define, highlight, add a note, and share. Notes are comments added to highlights: you can highlight text first and then tap the highlight to add a note, or you can add a note right away and the selected text will also be highlighted. Notes are a fantastic way to bring your own thoughts into an article while also ensuring they stay out of the way thanks to highlights.

New Bookindy App Helps Bookshops Fight Back Against Amazon, by David Barnett, The Guardian

Periscope Now Lets Users Filter Streams By Location, by Joe White, AppAdvice

Ask The iTunes Guy: Managing Audiobooks, Upgrading Old iTunes Files, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

I often get questions about managing audiobooks with iTunes, and this week I look at two of them. One is about replacing artwork on audiobooks downloaded from Audible, and the other looks at the new way iTunes 12 organizes audiobooks. I also talk about upgrading old iTunes Store music files, and finding all the tracks that iTunes says are not found.


Swift: Wrapping Up Year 1, by Erica Sadun

If you’ve asked my advice for a technical question over the last few days, you might have heard the answer “Well you could do [some technical detail] but it’s probably better to just wait until Monday.”

The question isn’t so much “Will Swift change?” so much as “How much is Swift about to change?” It’s pretty much given that Swift isn’t approaching a full stop any time soon despite the 1.x name. As a friend put it, “Think of it as Swift X-1″.

Nobody's Going To Steal Your Idea, by Candy Japan


All our mobile app navigation woes are over. Ladies and gentlemen, the backburger icon:

— Jeff Gilfelt (@readyState) June 4, 2015


Apple Blocks Alternative WWDC Conference AltConf From Streaming WWDC Keynote To Attendee, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

In a letter received by the leaders of AltConf, it was revealed that Apple is cracking down on the live streaming of its WWDC video content at events other than its own.

Google Photos, by Manton Reece

My family photos are the most important files I have on my computer, and I very rarely share any photos of my kids publicly. But ironically I’m willing to overlook some of the privacy concerns around this exactly because the photos are so valuable to me. I want multiple copies in the cloud, and I want the power of search that Google has built.

Apple Clarifies Space Black Apple Watch Won’t Hit Stores Until All Online Orders Fulfilled, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Facebook Messenger Dumps Auto-Location Tracking For A Pin Drop, by Jared Newman, PC World

With the new version of Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android, users must choose to share their location manually.


Every time I link to a Macworld article, I feel bad. Auto-play videos.

Parting Words

I've really got to get out of the habit of crumpling up and discarding people's business cards while they're still talking to me.

— Max Temkin (@MaxTemkin) June 5, 2015

Thanks for reading.