October 2016

Tuesday Morning News

iphone-security-tethers-removedThere’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.

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Monday Morning News

black_gray_nike_sport_large_2xWhen 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.

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Friday Morning News

18630-17857-edit24-1-xlFollowing 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.

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Thursday Morning News

siri_creteOver 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.

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Wednesday Morning News

light-sensorApple 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.

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Tuesday Morning News

Apple Maps public transport MelbourneJust 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.

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Monday Morning News

fullsizerender-15The 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.

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Friday Morning News

Prisma iconBloomberg reports Apple is planning to unify its cloud services teams to the same campus, in order to better compete with Google and Amazon. The current situation of teams being located in separate buildings means increased software bugs and slow product development; it’s hoped that having the teams within the same building will lead to increased collaboration which in turn will lead to improved cloud services.

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Thursday Morning News

townsoigjfgnmj5wApple has moved its final quarterly earnings conference call of the year due to a scheduling conflict, and speculation says the two-day difference is because Apple is intending to hold an event on October 27th, the day the earnings call was originally scheduled for. Here’s hoping we see some new Macs before the end of the year, because that would be kind of cool.

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Wednesday Morning News

18459-17360-160929-als-lIf there’s going to be new iPads at some point in the future, there probably needs to be a new A-series chip to go along with them. Benchmarks of an alleged A10X have appeared on Geekbench, and as expected from an X-variant of the chip powering the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the A10X scores considerably higher than the A10 used in the new iPhone.

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