Apple CEO Tim Cook talked to NPR, saying privacy is a fundamental human right. With so much of our personal information residing on our smartphones these days, security and privacy are at the forefront of what Apple are focused on. Cook also said that encryption is important, and even though there have been calls for a “back door” in Apple products, a back door for good guys is a back door for bad guys, too.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you the best, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes these will be in-depth looks at the latest and greatest iPhone feature, or opinion pieces about why you’ll want to wait before upgrading to whatever Apple has released. All I know is, you’ll need to bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- I’m not really sure what’s going on with the weird GIFs in Bloomberg’s piece on how Apple built 3D Touch. It’s been a month since it was published, and I’ve thought about those personified Apple logos in their various sweating, shaking forms, at least a couple of times a week, and I’m baffled why they’re there. Still, the explanation of how Apple builds features like 3D Touch into products like the iPhone is a good one, and for that reason, it makes the cut.
But 3D Touch is to Force Touch as ocean swimming is to a foot bath. Screen size makes a difference, but the software on the iPhone 6S has a liquid ease. Apply a tiny bit of pressure anywhere you want to explore something—a restaurant link inside a text, an 11 a.m. meeting invite buried in an e-mail—and a peek at the restaurant’s Web page or a window into your calendar hovers expectantly in the middle of the screen while everything else blurs into temporary opacity.
Apple has announced that starting today, Apple Music, the iBooks store, and iTunes movies will be available in China. As pointed out by The Verge, it’s a big move for one of Apple’s biggest markets, and Apple even says in its press release that local and international content will be offered via the three services.
Unless we’re counting an email shown during an iPhone demo at Apple’s September event telling us about the launch date of OS X El Capitan, the only official announcement from Apple regarding the El Capitan release date is their press release which says OS X El Capitan will be released as a free update tomorrow. Apple describes refinements to the Mac experience as changes to Mission Control multitasking, Spotlight searches, as well as Safari and Mail, with improvements to system performance also part of the El Capitan upgrade.
13 million. That’s how many iPhones Apple sold in the opening weekend of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales, three days after launch and blowing away the previous record of 10 million set by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple’s press release says the new iPhones will be available in an additional 40 countries on October 9, with availability set to reach over 130 countries by the end of the year.
When Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying there are two certain things in life, he actually meant there are three: death, taxes, and the fact that if Apple release something new, iFixit will take it apart. Yes, teardowns of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have arrived, and while the devices may look the same as their predecessors on the outside (except for that new Rose Gold colour), on the inside things have changed. The x-ray of the new Taptic Engine is pretty cool-looking, if I do say so myself.
Happy new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus day, everyone! Whether you’re waiting patiently at home for TNT to rock up with your new shiny, or marvelling at the brilliance/stupidity of using a telepresence robot to reserve your spot in the line, the Friday morning news has the same great news, day in, day out. But enough about that — on with the news!
Apple’s official Q&A on the XcodeGhost situation has some honest guidance about what happened. Chinese developers downloaded illegitimate versions of Xcode, which were then used to develop and create apps which were also compromised. Apple has since removed copies of apps that were infected, is blocking further submissions of infected apps, and is working with software developers to get their apps back into the App Store as soon as possible.
Apple released iOS 9.0.1 earlier this morning, an update which seems to contain purely bug fixes for the first version of iOS 9. The update resolves issues such as not being able to complete the setup assistant after ugprading, issues with timers and alarms possibly not playing in some cases, and more.
The first teardown of the new Apple TV comes courtesy of the folks at iFixit, who have taken apart Apple’s latest streaming box to see what lies beneath that glossy black exterior. The slightly-chunkier version of the Apple TV features a larger heat-sink towards the top, with the logic board below — and like other Apple products, Apple’s design prowess also extends to the interior of the device, which contains no wires to connect the power supply to the rest of the unit.
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is accelerating its car project, with plans for it to be ready by 2019. Thanks to the Journal, we also know that it won’t be driverless as originally rumoured, but with permission granted to triple the 600-strong team currently assigned to the project, Apple’s electric vehicle is now full stream ahead.