There are now 20 million paying subscribers to Apple Music. The number, as revealed by Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, represents a 15% increase on the 17 million subscribers previously reported in September. Billboard’s interview with Cue also points out that 60% of Apple Music subscribers had not purchased music from the iTunes Store within the last 12 months, although there are almost as many new customers.
The US Supreme Court has decided that design patents aren’t worth as much as Apple thinks, invalidating Apple’s claim to $399 million in lost profits damages. The $399 figure has changed a bit over the years — it was originally $1.05 billion when the first Apple vs Samsung trial ended, further reduced to $548 million after trademark damages were thrown out, with the $399 million figure based on three design patents. While things are looking bleak for Apple, there’s still a good chance it will end up with a decent chunk of change, and maybe we’ll be able to put this entire saga behind us.
Ars Technica tells us about a buffer overflow exploit bypasses Activation Lock on iPads running iOS 10.1.1. By entering a very long string of characters into the wireless network password field and then pressing the home button at exactly the right time, you can bypass Activation Lock on iPads thanks to an iPad-specific feature that requires a Smart Cover (or just some magnets) to show the home screen for a fraction of a second.
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.