Continuing the Error 53 coverage from yesterday, one lawyer firm in Seattle is investigating a class-action lawsuit against Apple for disabling devices repaired with non-genuine parts. The case would focus on how Apple is violating consumer laws by forcing customers to use Apple-sanctioned repair services, which generally come at a higher cost than third-party counterparts.
Another day, another Apple repair program. This time around it’s the Late 2013 Mac Pro that has been targeted for repairs, claiming that the discrete graphics cards may cause video issues such as distorted video, no video, freezing, restarts, or other shut down/start up issues. Mac Pros with D500 and D700 graphics cards are said to be affected by the issues and can be repaired free of charge at any Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorised Service Provider until May 30, 2018, although there’s no official word on the repair program itself on any of Apple’s support pages.
A US court has ruled Apple must pay for infringing patents with iMessage and FaceTime. The case marks the second time known patent trolls VirnetX has won against Apple, who previously lost a court case when FaceTime was found to infringe on VirnetX patents. While that case was later thrown out, this time around VirnetX has asked for $625 million for communications protocol infringements found in Apple’s FaceTime, VPN on Demand, and iMessage services.
Apple’s Back to School promo went live yesterday. Until March 21st, the purchase of any eligible Mac will come with a pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones, with the option of upgrading to the wireless version if you pay the $140 difference. All Mac products besides the Mac mini and refurb machines are eligible for the promotion, and if you were in the market for a new Mac anyway, the free headphones are a pretty good deal. As always, you can support AppleTalk by shopping via our Apple Online Store affiliate link.
While no official invitations have been given out, 9to5Mac says March 15th is the date Apple will hold a media event to announce the smaller-screened iPhone, an iPad Air successor, and what will likely turn out to be more Apple Watch bands. I’ve been thinking about picking up an extra Apple Watch strap, and instead of going for another Sport Band it’d be cool if Apple did a nylon-style strap.
Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign is back, now with more regular people than ever. A total of 53 images from 43 amateur and professional photographers make up the new ads, which have a focus on portraits compared to the landscape imagery of the previous ads, and Time has published a small selection of the photos which went live in 85 cities across 26 countries sometime yesterday.
Rumour has it Apple will be bringing wireless charging to the iPhone, but not this year. Bloomberg writes Apple is working with its partners to bring wireless charging to the iPhone, which will come in a special flavour that allows longer-distance charging than current technologies, without the usual loss of power over distance.
Another year, another month, another Good Reads. In case you’re new, every month, we’ll be sharing the best, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes there will be think pieces on why Apple’s design has strayed from the path, or why Tim Cook is the worst CEO since Steve Jobs, but the only thing we know for sure is that they’ll always bring a kind of discussion to the table that we don’t generally see in the daily news. Bring your own Instapaper account or read-it-later service of choice, because this is Good Reads.
- With Apple’s financials being released earlier this week, it’s time for some in-depth analysis on where Apple is going with all that cash. With close to two thirds of Apple’s revenue coming from the iPhone, Neil Cybart of Above Avalon writes that Apple is currently the iPhone company, but given that Apple themselves have predicted iPhone sales falling off next quarter, what’s next?
[…] there are clues that Apple not only has little interest in that strategy, but has already been thinking of new products in an effort to move beyond the iPhone. Management is aware that iPhone growth will not continue indefinitely and that at a certain point Apple’s resources will be better spent coming up with new products that can do an even better job at making technology more personal.
Apple’s latest acquisition is LearnSprout, an education analytics company. LearnSprout is used by educators to track student performance and other metrics, and with Apple’s renewed focus on education tools with recent iOS features, this kind of software acqusition makes perfect sense and lines up with previous Apple acquisitions.
With Apple’s latest quarterly financial results out in the open, the graphs of how Apple is doing compared to previous quarters come courtesy of Six Colors, who publish the graphs themselves in six colours. 68% of Apple’s Q1 2016 revenue came from the iPhone, which should give you some idea of how important the mobile device is to Apple’s bottom line, and while growth in other areas isn’t completely insane, Apple is still in a very good position, financially.