Christmas may be done for another year, but Apple's gift giving begins today as the 12 Days of Gifts app has delivered its first treat. If you're in a location where the app is available, go ahead and fire it up and see what Apple has for you, which here in the UK is a live, iTunes Festival download by Justin Timberlake.
Apple has just released this year's 12 Days of Gifts app for iPhone and iPad. Download this free app, and every day at midnight local time, between December 26 and January 6, you'll get offered a free gift from iTunes. Gifts can include apps, iBooks, music, movies and movie rentals, and TV show episodes. The exact content and availability will likely vary by region, but hey - presents and presents, right?
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Apple has updated their Built-in-Apps page on Apple.com to show off the new icons, and new descriptions for their iLife - iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand - and iWork - Numbers, Pages, Keynote - suites of creativity and productivity apps ahead of the October 22 iPad and Mac event. It includes this line, suggesting GarageBand might join its 5 companions in going free, although in this case free-as-in-freemium:
Apple recently announced that they would make the iOS versions of their iWork apps plus iPhoto and iMovie free for iOS 7 enabled devices that were purchased after September 1. That means you can download Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, and iMovie all for free. We've been getting lots of questions from many of you asking whether or not you qualify and if so, how to actually get your free apps.
Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers app for iPhone and iPad has been updated with the ability to switch between standard and high definition video during playback, while also adding the ability to purchase tickets through the Fandango app.
If you follow certain video or audio podcasts regularly, you can use Apple's Podcasts app to do so. For podcasts you listen to or watch on a regular basis, it's typically better to just subscribe to them. If there's ever a time when you want to download a single podcast episode without subscribing, you have the option to easily do so.
Apple's Find my iPhone app has been updated to include driving direction to device location. The Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase buttons also now appear separately from the map view. The driving directions feature requires iOS 6, so users still on iOS 5 will not be able to enjoy this convenience.
Apple has just pushed out an update to all three of their iWork apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac: Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The iPhone and iPad versions now have improved capability with Microsoft Office and iWork for Mac.
In addition to releasing iTunes 11, Apple has also released Remote 3.0 for iPhone and iPad in the iOS App Store to be in perfect sync with the new iTunes. Remote is now simply and easier to use with the addition of Up Next and new ways to browse your library. The iPad version of Remote will also show all the songs in an album with the new Expanded view. The search feature is also more powerful and delivers results as you type.
The Apple Store app for iPhone has been updated and supposedly allows users to buy gift cards and have them emailed to the recipients. We must be blind and clueless, because no one at iMore can actually figure out how to do this. The update notes also claim that these gift cards can be used with Passbook, but the only type of gift cards we can find are for iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore; it doesn't make sense to use Passbook for any of these stores. Apple Store gift cards, however, would be awesome with Passbook -- too bad they are nowhere to be found.