Best of iMore: IBM partnership, Swift roundtable, IAP protections, new board members, and more!

Every week at iMore we publish more breaking news, in-depth reviews, helpful how-tos, and editorial views than you can shake an apple at. While we're waiting for the week that will be to begin, here's a look back at the week that was, and at the very best iPhone, iPad, Mac, app, and accessory coverage we brought you! This week we have a new partnership between Apple and IBM in enterprise, a roundtable on the swift language, how to protect yourself from unwanted IAP purchases, a new Apple board member, and much, much, more!


  • Vector 49: Making music in the digital age: Jim Dalrymple of The Loop join Rene to briefly discuss Apple + IBM and then dive into making music in the digital age, including amp modelers like Line 6 and Guitar Rig, editing software like Logic Pro X and Pro Tools, and apps like djay and Capo.
  • Debug 42: Swift roundtable: Natalia Berdys of Foodoo Kitchen, Don Melton, former director of internet technology at Apple, and Brent Simmons of Vesper join Guy and Rene to talk about Swift, its future, Sprite Kit, and more!
  • Review 16: Real Genius: Don, Matt, Guy, and Rene visit Pacific Tech to talk Real Genius. While they don't hammer any six inch-spikes, they do get into Martha Coolidge's directing, Val Kilmer's acting, and how the idea of the military exploiting science back in 1983 plays in 2013. This one's for Jason!
  • Iterate 71: Joe Cieplinski of Bombing Brain: Joe Cieplinsk of Bombing Brain and Release Notes joins Marc, Seth, and Rene to talk about Teleprompt+ 3 for iOS and Mac, Setlist, charging premium prices, adaptable layout in iOS 8, and more!


  • In-app purchases and the App Store: What every parent needs to know: Apple provides tools for any parent to effectively manage their children's App Store activities, including in-app purchases, and there are even more on the way soon.
  • Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory — how one iPod can make a world of difference: Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, the Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary by Michael Rossato-Bennett that opens today in the U.S., soars on a single, inescapable note — that for people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, iPods and personal playlists can make a transformative difference.
  • A bigger iPod touch: Engineered for even more funness?: In late June Apple rejiggered the iPod touch line. It's probably enough to provoke some short-term sales increases of the iPod touch, but Peter's more interested in what comes next. What he'd really like to see is a bigger iPod touch.
  • Apple + IBM: Sugar and spice or oil and vinegar?: Yesterday's formal announcement of a partnership between two computing giants, Apple and IBM, came as a big surprise to most industry observers. But does it make sense?
  • When should you buy your next Mac?: In Peter's capacity writing about the Macintosh for the past 15 years, he's been asked one question more than any other: Should I buy a new Mac now or should I wait? Here's his answer.
  • iCloud Drive and DocumentPicker for iOS 8: Explained: iCloud Drive and its associated DocumentPicker are new features of iOS 8 that allow the app you're using to open files created in a different app, import them, move them, or export them right back out again, all without creating any unnecessary steps or complicated workflows. So, how do iCloud Drive and DocumentPicker work?



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