Apple’s submission to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US provides clues about what they’re working on. The letter dated November 22 says that Apple uses machine learning and automation to improve its products and services, and thinks that new entrants to the vehicle market should have the same opportunities as established manufacturers do when it comes to testing on public roads.
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple wants to fly drones to improve mapping data. The idea is the drones can capture information and relay that back to Apple quicker than a fleet of sensor-laden minivans, which have to drive around physical streets before collecting enough information to be viable. Bloomberg also claims Apple is working on new mapping features in order to catch up to Google, including the mapping of indoor locations and improvements to in-car navigation.
It’s the tenth anniversary of when Apple started supporting the (RED) campaign in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The proceeds of (RED)-branded Apple products and accessories has generated more than $120 million for the Global Fund, making Apple the largest corporate contributor to date. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that corporations have values, and one of the Apple values is that being part of a great company is leaving the world better than you found it.
The ACCC has issued a draft decision regarding Australian banks collectively boycotting Apple Pay, and it doesn’t look good for the banks. CBA, NAB, Westpac, and Bendigo Bank have previously said they would like to collectively bargain with Apple, but the ACCC says it doesn’t believe “the benefits of the effort would outweigh the likely detriments to competition” according to iTnews. While the final decision won’t be made by the ACCC until March, all signs currently point towards the ACCC denying the banks’ request.
The scourge of spam calendar invites is upon us. Over the Thanksgiving weekend there were many articles published on solving the issue. The cause of all this iCloud calendar spam appears to be emails going to your iCloud account, which are then converted into calendar invites and pushed to all of your devices. The fix appears to be setting iCloud calendar invites to go to an email address instead, but even that only deals with new spam, not pre-existing invites. For those, you’ll have to move the calendar invites to a new purpose-built “spam” calendar, and then delete that calendar, which will also remove any assigned calendar invites.
Apple’s one-day shopping event specials are pretty tame, as far as specials go, but were we really expecting anything incredible? Like previous years and previous promotions, Apple is offering up to a $200 Apple gift card with the purchase of products, with selected products giving different valued gift cards. Interestingly, while Apple are advertising the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, it doesn’t appear as if they’re eligible for the $200 gift card, along with the the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, or Apple Watch Series 2.
Apple has teased a one-day shopping event on their website. This Friday will be Black Friday in the US, and while Australians are somewhat removed from Thanksgiving culture, Apple’s one-day shopping event on Friday appears to be a worldwide thing, with deals online and extended shopping hours on the day.
Another day, another Apple repair program. This time around it’s for an unexpected shutdown issue that affects iPhone 6s devices, which Apple says does not represent a safety issue and only affects a limited range of serial numbers manufactured between September and October 2015. If your serial number is one of the affected devices, you’ll be able to have your battery swapped out free of charge.
A new repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus charges $228.95 to repair your device, fixing an issue where the display can become non-responsive to touch input. Apple says the issue is caused by the device being dropped multiple times, which incurs stress on the device and can cause both display flickering and touch failure.
A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple wants OLED displays in iPhones, but suppliers aren’t ready for the change from LCDs. It’s widely expected that most suppliers won’t be ready for anywhere near iPhone-level of quantity next year, with the OLED display shortage expected to continue into 2018. Would Apple release a device based on a known shortage of a particular component? Hard to say for sure.