Multiple Attachments App Lets You Attach Multiple Files To Email Messages On iOS
Multiple Attachments is clever in that it works with the Open In menu itself and Apple’s Mail app. Every time you need to send a message with multiple files in it, you can send one file at a time to Multiple Attachments using “Open In”; as you keep sending files to the app, it’ll show you their icons and names on its main screen. When you are ready to send a message with those files, hit the Share button and Multiple Attachments will bring up a Mail panel, composing a new message with the files you’ve sent to the app. Then, you only need to confirm the email account you want to send from, and you’re done.
Essentially, Multiple Attachments works as a container of temporary files based on two of Apple’s inter-app communication features – Open In and Mail sharing. The app stores files until you send them (or delete them with the Trash button), and it’s clever in how it combines temporary storage with the ability to send emails outside the main Mail app. Attachments can be previewed individually, and, in my tests, the app performed as advertised, collecting files sent via Open In and sending them as a message with multiple attachments using accounts configured in Mail. It’s a rudimentary solution, but it works.
Someday, it’s likely that Apple will revamp how iOS apps communicate with each other and offer a way to collect multiple files in an email message at once. Until that day, Multiple Attachments provides a simple way to send an email message with multiple files on an iPhone and iPad – it’s a small victory, especially if you work on iOS a lot every day.
Nice app for us iOS power users and as Federico says, Apple are likely to build this functionality into iOS in the future, so for now this is a nice work-around.
You can download it for free here.
iTunes Content May Actually Cost Less After U.K. Tax Change
Instead, Apple is serving its digital content to U.K. customers from Ireland, where the VAT rate is 23%.
The Cupertino company confirms this in the “Payment & VAT” help section on its website, which reads: “The VAT rate for Apple customers who purchase Electronic Software Downloads or other Apple products which are classified as services under EU VAT law will be 23% Irish VAT.”
“This is because the place of supply of these products under EU VAT law is Ireland as the country from where Apple Distribution International makes these supplies.”
With that being the case, customers in the U.K. will actually pay less VAT under the new rules, meaning iTunes and App Store prices should fall a little.
In reality, Apple is likely to leave them as they are and pocket the difference — but at least prices won’t be going up like you may have been led to believe.
Potentially good news! Nothing can happen until 2015 anyway but it does sound like the early reports may have jumped the gun.
New tax law could see UK iTunes customers paying up to 20% more next year
Members of the UK government are seeking to close a tax loophole that currently allows online music, app, and book downloads to avoid the country’s 20% “value added tax” in favor of much lower international tax rates, reports The Guardian. If the push is successful, iTunes customers in the UK will instead be taxed at the appropriate rate for their own country.
However, the new law won’t go into effect until January 1, 2015, so there’s still time for things to change. Supporters of the change say that it will lead to more fair competition among foreign and domestic companies, since UK-based companies are currently at a major disadvantage due to the higher tax rate.
Let’s hope for UK customers sake, that the loophole is not closed.
The BBC on why there’s no iPlayer for Apple TV
British Apple TV owners have been longing for the BBC iPlayer on our favorite black box pretty much forever, but now we might finally know why it hasn’t happened. BBC’s Chris Yanda has outlined why they went Chromecast, and not Apple TV.
One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices. Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers.
iPhone and iPad owners can get a proper iPlayer experience on their TV using Chromecast. It works really well, but I have to confess to being massively disappointed, still, that it isn’t on the Apple TV. From what Yanda says, it doesn’t look like we can expect to see it any time soon.
It’s still not a particularly great reason, either. The Chromecast is a totally different product to the Apple TV. It requires a mobile device or the Chrome browser to operate – even if it takes the streams directly from the content provider, not from your phone. Apple TV just sits there under your TV, whether you have any other Apple product or not. Chromecast however does mean the BBC just had to add to its existing iOS and Android iPlayer apps to enable the functionality. Apple TV would require a dedicated channel.
Apple retires iPad 2 and replaces with 4th-gen iPad
The change comes after the iPad 2 served for some two years as Apple’s entry-level tablet offering after the company introduced the Retina display-packing third-generation tablet and follow-up fourth-generation device.
Interestingly, the reintroduction of the fourth-gen iPad makes the first-generation iPad mini Apple’s only non-Retina iOS device in circulation.
Apple has priced the fourth-gen iPad at $399 for Wi-Fi only and $529 for Wi-Fi + Cellular. Both models are available in the usual black and white color schemes.
Apple’s New 8GB iPhone 5c Is Available To Order Now
Cult of Mac:
Just as expected, Apple has today added a cheaper 8GB model to its iPhone 5c lineup. The handset is available to order now from a number of European carriers, and via the U.K. Apple Online Store, where it can be purchased for £429 ($714) off-contract.
O2 U.K. was one of the first to add the new iPhone 5c to its online store, and its cheapest deal will see customers paying £50 ($83) up-front for a £28 ($47) contract over two years. If you want the handset for free, you’ll be paying £43 ($72) per month.
As others have commented on, 8GB is really not adviseable even with cloud-based services like iCloud, Dropbox, Goggle etc. The recent 7.1 update needed 1.9GB of free space just to run – let alone those iPhone owners who have 5GB of photos and videos stored in the camera roll.
Apple should be making the minimum storage space on all their devices at least 32GB, not going backwards. The possible solutions for why Apple are doing this is either because they selling the inventory off due to the reported iPhone 5C not selling as well as expected so you drop the costs of the handset by reducing the cost of the parts by lowering the storage or they simply are just wanting to target the first time iPhone buyers even more by lowering the cost a little more.
iOS 7.1 makes British Siri more human, and female!
iOS 7.1 brought many things for many people, but for us British folks Siri got a noticeable update. Until now, we’ve been given only one choice for how Siri sounds over here; the robotic sounding male. With iOS 7.1 a few regions, the UK included, got improvements to the quality of the voice feedback. Oh, and we also got a female voice for the first time ever!
It seems like a small thing, but the changes have made interacting with Siri should you be using UK English as your language more enjoyable. And I don’t know, but I’ve always thought of Siri as a more female entity anyway, so it’s good we get that choice now as well!
Agreed. I’ve always thought of Siri as a female entity ever since her introduction in the U.S. I will be testing Siri in the next couple of weeks to see if the service is more reliable now that there has been an update. Head over into Settings on your iPhone or iPad and try the new voice for Siri..
Watch the iTunes Festival from SXSW
Apple has had an iPhone and iPad app for the iTunes Festival in London and the SXSW edition is no exception. Recently updated, the official app is the best way to keep up with all things iTunes Festival related wherever you are. It’ll show a countdown to when each days headline acts take the stage, but you’ll also see local timings for when everyone else starts their slots.
It’s available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and requires iOS 7.
This is an underated service from Apple. Everyone loves music, so tune in at anytime to stream or play the latest live performances from the top artists who are perfoming this month. Download the app for iPhone or iPad here or watch via your Apple TV.
Apple TV 6.1 update makes it easier to hide unwanted channels
After updating, users can hide icons by holding the select button, causing icons on the screen to jiggle. Once activated, users can press the play/pause button on their remote to bring up a menu that allows users to hide the icon.
After a channel has been hidden, users can reactivate it through the Settings application.
iOS 7.1 Makes the iPhone 4 Snappier
As Ars notes, iOS 7.1 may well be the final major iOS release for the iPhone 4, as Apple generally removes support for the last generation of iPhones when it releases a new operating system each year. Ars says iOS 7.1 makes the experience good enough that using the iPhone 4 is no longer “unbearable”, but that there are “unmistakable” benefits to moving to a faster phone.
If you have an iPhone 4, this update is a welcome one but bear in mind you should start thinking about upgrading it soon.