In an interview with Vanity Fair, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue referred to existing television interfaces as “pretty brain dead”. Cue went on to say that there’s plenty of channels, but nothing to watch due to how difficult it can be to find something to watch, blaming interfaces for making it impossible to find content. Cue hopes that as content companies get more comfortable with emerging technology, we’ll see television improve gradually.
Apple has made the rumoured event on October 27th official, sending press invites that say nothing beyond “hello again”, although perhaps even that teaser pays homage to a previous Apple ad campaign. There’s a good chance we’ll see new Macs, and although there’s nothing to say the event will be live-streamed, precedence says it will be, given the extremely limited seating capacity at Apple’s Town Hall location.
Recode points to a Mac event on October 27, which will be the first time Macs have been updated in recent history. The event will allow Apple to not only release much-anticipated new Mac hardware to refresh their lineup, but also release new Mac hardware that comes with macOS Sierra out of the box.
There’s a new version of iOS out, but only for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The iOS 10.0.3 update fixes issues with mobile data connectivity, after users in the US reported dropouts in mobile data on Verizon, with some devices dropping back to 3G from LTE or losing data connectivity altogether. Similar issues have been reported by AT&T subscribers as well as users in China, so here’s hoping the update changes something.
When iOS 10 detects a potential issue with the home button on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it displays a dialog box saying the home button may need service and offers the user a virtual alternative. Seeing as this is the first time we’ve moved to a solid-state home button, it’s a smart move on Apple’s part, but whether it foreshadows the company moving to an embedded home button in future models remains to be seen.
Following yesterday’s accusations of Siri being dumb, Apple has responded by fixing some of the queries pointed out by Mossberg. Apple also says they focus on Siri improvements that help you accomplish tasks on your iPhone that would otherwise take multiple taps, not answer “long-tail” questions such as “when is the presidential debate”, which requires Siri to know about current events (and know where to get the information requested) in order to give a vaguely sensible answer.
Over at Recode, Walt Mosserberg is saying Siri seems dumb. Not the concept of Siri — who doesn’t want a voice-activated personal assistant on their phone that can do stuff for them — but how Siri responds to even simple questions. Gruber’s take sums it up nicely: Siri has no ability to maintain context and chain together multiple commands, even though Siri can ask you follow-up questions about your requests.
Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has been interviewed by Billboard. In his interview, Iovine tells us about how he’s gotten to where he is now, first by starting Beats, bringing on Trent Reznor (who was involved with the Apple Music redesign), and eventually by being bought out by Apple. He also has nice words to say about Apple’s Eddy Cue, and how working with Apple to create what’s next — he says they’re no longer in the record business, but in the popular culture business.
Just quietly, Apple Maps now includes support for public transport in Melbourne. Previously the system supported public transport methods in Sydney, but now Melbourne gets the same treatment. Our discussion topic says there are people that are using it with CarPlay, but surely it’s more of a nice-to-have feature than something you’ll be using over the very-good third-party alternatives.
The second Apple vs Samsung court case has come away as a win for Apple, after a jury found $120 million in Apple’s favour when they ruled that Samsung infringed on three of Apple’s patents, one of which includes Apple’s slide to unlock patent. Samsung appealed the decision and won, where three judges found that Samsung had not infringed on one patent and called the other two invalid, but now that decision has been overturned once again, saying the three judges went too far.