The original Samsung v Apple trial from 2011 is this morning’s designated gift that keeps on giving, with the whole thing being such a stunning testimony for patent law that it’s honestly incredible we still have patents at all. The latest summary, as described by Ars Technica, is that US Judge Lucy Koh has laid out the rules for the new trial in a 35-page PDF document, which will dictate how the hearings will proceed. This latest trial will determine the final outcome for the litigation of design patents between the two companies, and maybe in a few years, we’ll get a verdict.
Following the Mac Pro’s footsteps, the Mac mini has now been around for over three years without a spec bump to speak of. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s response to an email about the Mac mini assures some guy that the Mac mini is an important part of the Apple product line going forward, but doesn’t have any details to share about future plans for Apple’s smallest desktop Mac.
Ars Technica writes Apple are making good on their promise to add interior maps of airports and shopping centres, with a bunch of new indoor maps of airports in the US going live today. Joining the interior maps of San Jose and Philadelphia airports are several airports spread across the country, including Miami International, Portland International, and O’Hare International, with Apple also promising interior maps of New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, as well as a few international airports (mainly in Europe, none in Australia) coming soon.
With reports of Apple’s first iPhone X shipment only containing 46,500 units of the iPhone with an OLED edge-to-edge display, it’s relatively good news to hear of further supply chain rumours that claim the manufacturing bottleneck contributing to the shortage will be resolved before Christmas. While that still means iPhone X stock is unlikely to be anywhere near demand until well into 2018, that’s kind of what we were expecting anyway, right?
The Independent interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook recently, and if you’ve read any interview from him recently, you’ll know that he mentions AR almost every time. It’s clear Apple will be pushing the technology in iPhone iterations to come, even though Apple hasn’t built any kind of AR experience of its own. Cook also believes the world is getting better, at least compared to how it was before. It might not seem that way, but progress looks different to different people.
The newest rumour claims Apple is working on a foldable display with LG. It’s said that this foldable display could eventually make its way into a future iPhone, with Apple said to be working with LG over Samsung over fears of competition and Samsung getting a hold of sensitive tech.
Apple’s latest push into the world of original programming starts with a revival of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories series. 10 new episodes will be produced at a cost of $5 million per episode, with Spielberg likely to serve as executive producer on the new series. The Verge has questions about how the series will be distributed, as they can’t see Spielberg settling for his new series as simply a value-add to Apple Music, like how Apple’s video efforts are currently distributed.
There’s not that much difference between this year’s Apple TV 4K and the one from 2015. Besides adding 4K and HDR support, there’s also a few minor details that now allow the Apple TV to support AirPods, as well as a tiny white border around the menu button, as detailed in Ars Technica’s review. Perhaps more importantly, with every revision of the Apple TV, Apple gets closer to its vision of the ideal home entertainment device, whether the content companies want to play along or not.
Apple says they’re releasing new emoji as part of iOS 11.1, which even though might not be the bullet-point of the release that you and I look forward to, helps Apple maintain the status quo with the rest of the mobile industry. I’m not sure who is wishing for broccoli emoji, but I can think of plenty of good uses for the sweary face emoji… none suitable for publishing.
It’s hard to call it a point update because it doesn’t even have the usual zero-point-one nomenclature, but the first supplemental update to macOS High Sierra was released earlier this morning by Apple. The release notes say it fixes a cursor graphics bug in Adobe InDesign, and an issue where Mail was unable to delete mail messages from Yahoo-based email accounts. There’s also improved installer robustness, which I’m guessing means people should run into slightly less issues when installing or upgrading.