Messages leaves users hanging, Apple wants to school you on in-app purchases, and Eric Schmidt is back with some more awkward truths. The remainders for Friday, April 26, 2013 are on the edge of their seats.
In a very odd bug noticed by some users, iOS will blank out the last words in certain phrases—those discovered so far include “The best prize is a surprise” and “I could be the next Obama”—when they’re sent via Messages. I just have to say: This is the weirdest movie marketing campaign I’ve ever seen.
Apple’s still concerned about in-app purchases, so it’s added a whole page to the App Store on the iPad explaining the add-ons. (It hasn’t yet appeared on the iPhone or Mac.) There you’ll find out more about what in-app purchases are, how they work, and how to use parental restrictions to prevent your kids from accidentally purchasing them. But nowhere does it explain to me why I can turn my money into Smurfberries, but not my Smurfberries into money!
The VP in charge of Swype—an alternative keyboard for Android that’s owned by Nuance—confirmed that the company had talked to Apple, though sources tell this reporter that it was mostly about the weather, how the kids were doing, and when they last went golfing.
Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. He's a prolific podcaster and the author of the Galactic Cold War series, including his latest, The Nova Incident, coming in July 2022.