This week: Why the iPhone 6s could be the best “s” update yet; Nintendo promises five top-notch titles coming to iOS; the paltry earnings of top Mac App Store apps; and just when we thought we’ve seen it all … a new iPhone accessory helps you deal with your major gas issues.
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The Mac App Store isn’t a goldmine like iOS. Photo: Apple
How much profit do you think you’d make per day if you coded a Top 10 paid app in the Mac App Store? $10,000? Maybe even $20,000 a day?
While the iOS App Store has been a gold mine for developers, the paychecks aren’t nearly as fat on OS X. Sam Soffes is an app developer whose Mac app Redacted reached No. 8 top paid in the United States and No. 1 top paid in Graphics at the end of launch day. It also sat at the top of Product Hunt with 538 votes.
All those eyeballs surely meant big bucks, but when friends on Twitter tried to guess how much Soffes had raked in — the average guess was $12,460.67 — the real number was much, much lower.
Replace one inconvenient USB 3.0 port with four easy-access ports with the Satechi USB Hub. At just $19.99 with Cult of Mac Deals this stylish, brushed aluminum accessory makes managing multiple USB devices much easier, clamping snugly and safely to the front of your Mac or PC.
Just Knock on your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. Photo: Knock
Remember Knock? Released last year, it was an iPhone app that allowed you to unlock your Mac without entering a password, just by tapping on your smartphone’s screen. Now you don’t even need your iPhone handy to use Knock: It’s the latest app to get the inevitable Apple Watch support.
Maybe you just want to have a library full of food pictures, you know? Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
One of the cooler hidden features of Photos (and iPhoto before it) is the ability to create more than one photo library. You can make one for your home photos, work photos, photos from a different camera, or those racy photos you don’t want the kids tripping over.
It’s pretty simple, but not totally intuitive – there’s no menu item to select to create a new library.
Follow our recipe to create as many different libraries as you like for separate but equal Photos access.
So many shortcuts, save a little time. Photo: DeclanTM/Flickr CC
There are a ton of Mac keyboard shortcuts to make your digital life easier and more productive. Last week, we showed you 10 of the best shortcuts to keep in mind when using your Mac, and you responded with even more.
Here are Cult of Mac readers’ suggestions for even more fantastic Mac keyboard shortcuts.
So pretty, so big. So…Dangerous. Photo: Frontier Developments
Space travel is bound to be essentially lonely. Even in our one galaxy, there’s something like 300 billion star systems. Three hundred billion. It’s hard to even conceive of that number, to be honest.
Frontier Developments, the developer of Elite: Dangerous, has gone to great lengths to give players that feeling of loneliness, balanced with the excitement and multiplayer action that current gamers expect when they launch a video game.
“With a real full scale galaxy it’s easy to head off into unexplored space,” executive producer Michael Brookes told us. “We think that’s a good thing; players can choose the life of a pioneer on the unexplored frontier, or stick to more populated places for cooperative and competitive play with other players.”
Even better, this stunningly gorgeous fourth entry in the Elite game franchise is coming to your Mac soon.
The best calendar app just got way better on the Mac.
Fantastical has been my go-to calendar app for years. It’s interface and ease of use is second to none, especially Apple’s terrible Calendar app.
But Fantastical hasn’t received much love on the Mac in awhile. While the iOS version has continued to steadily iterate, the app’s design and basic feature set on the desktop has basically stayed the same.
Today Fantastical 2 for Mac arrives, bringing a complete design revamp for OS X Yosemite and several major new features.