Apple confirms after-market CarPlay and other news for April 15, 2014
A new subscription plan from Microsoft, after-market CarPlay and more gorgeous hardware from Twelve South. Here's this morning's news.
- Apple has confirmed to The Verge that after-market CarPlay solutions will be made available. The company did not offer much more detail than that. It's interesting, as The Verge points out, that in this scenario Apple does not have control over the hardware running its software.
- Speaking of CarPlay, Pioneer has announced that its in-dash systems will support the technology this summer. And here I thought I was cool because my Mazda mini van does Bluetooth.
- Apple's court-appointed monitor says the company is becoming increasingly cooperative. You'll remember that Apple is now legally required to monitoring by Michael Bromwich as a result of a trial regarding ebook pricing. Apple's relationship with Bromwich has been contentious to say the least, but in a recent report he noted that "...we are starting to see the original pledges of cooperation and collaboration, which for many months were at odds with the company's actions, fulfilled." It's so nice when huge corporations and court-appointed monitors get along.
- Twelve South has announced a wooden, adjustable version of its BookArc laptop stand, called the BookArc möd. As you might suspect, it's lovely.
- Microsoft has launched its Office 365 Personal subscription plan. Now, a customer can choose a personal subscription for one Mac or PC plus one tablet for US$69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. The plan was announced last month.
Software Updatesmore updates
- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter