Meanwhile, in Cupertino | Nov. 24 Edition

A daily curated collection of links about Apple and surrounding technologies.

The App Store goes (RED) to fight AIDS

Through December 7, every time you purchase a (PRODUCT)RED participating app or In-App Purchase item, 100% of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. So create a song. Try out a new recipe. Get to the next level. You’ll be doing your part to support (RED).

Can't argue with the cause or one new “special” chapter for Monument Valley.

The Science Behind your Gorilla Glass display

Because we won't have sapphire for awhile, the Mythbusters take a closer look at Corning's Gorilla Glass. Part I and Part II.

It's a holly jolly Christmas. For the iPhone 6.

Big. Numbers.

In a new report to investors, Kuo predicts that Apple will sell a giant 71.5 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units over the 3-month holiday period. By comparison, one year ago the company sold 51 million iPhones during that same period.

“iPhone 6 Launch Drives Record App Store Downloads in October”

Kelly Hodgkins for MacRumors:

According to Fiksu's October App Store Competitive Index, app downloads reached a record-setting high of 7.8 million per day across the top 200 free iOS apps. This is a 42 percent jump from September and a 39 percent increase year-over-year, with the trend expected to continue into the holidays.

Why your iPhone 6 display looks so damn good

It's not an illusion, the pixels are getting closer to you:

So, why does this display look so good? It turns out that what is different, like the iPhone 5 vs. the iPhone 4 is the proximity of the pixels to the glass in the iPhone 6 compared with the iPhone 5. With the iPhone 6, the pixels appear to be almost one with the glass. When the iPhone 5 came out, Apple bonded the display to the glass in an effort to get the pixels closer to the surface and Apple has appeared to make the pixels in the 6 even closer still. Some of what we are seeing with the iPhone 6 may be a polarizing filter underneath the glass, but even so, the glass appears thinner and required less focus distance adjustment to get from the surface of the glass to the pixel on another microscope. I don’t know what that precise distance is in microns between the surface of the glass and the pixels, but it was a shorter distance as judged by rotation of the focus knob in the iPhone 6 vs. the iPhone 5. What this accomplishes is making the display appear to be higher resolution. The blacks are blacker, contrast is higher and colors are more vibrant, even with the same OS.

Apple's Oculus

Apple posts want ads:

We are looking for a software engineer to develop UI and applications to create next generation software experiences. The individual must be able to participate in collaborative and iterative UI design through the implementation phases & complete performant user experience code for product delivery. This engineer will create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing.