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.
Another day, another Apple repair program. This time around it’s for an unexpected shutdown issue that affects iPhone 6s devices, which Apple says does not represent a safety issue and only affects a limited range of serial numbers manufactured between September and October 2015. If your serial number is one of the affected devices, you’ll be able to have your battery swapped out free of charge.
A new repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus charges $228.95 to repair your device, fixing an issue where the display can become non-responsive to touch input. Apple says the issue is caused by the device being dropped multiple times, which incurs stress on the device and can cause both display flickering and touch failure.
A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple wants OLED displays in iPhones, but suppliers aren’t ready for the change from LCDs. It’s widely expected that most suppliers won’t be ready for anywhere near iPhone-level of quantity next year, with the OLED display shortage expected to continue into 2018. Would Apple release a device based on a known shortage of a particular component? Hard to say for sure.
A teardown of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar shows us the internals of Apple’s latest portable. Surprisingly, it’s quite a bit different compared to the MacBook Pro Escape, as there’s a vastly different logic board layout and a soldered-on SSD. There’s also speaker grilles that appear to be purely cosmetic, and it should come as no surprise that the Touch Bar proved difficult to extract.
As they start arriving to customers starting this week, reviews of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar are out. If you’ve already read about the new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports, or how it has an even thinner, lighter design than any previous year’s MacBook Pro, then you’ll already be familiar with most of the changes. But the Touch Bar is an entirely different beast, and that combined with the rest of the changes means that we get a good — if somewhat expensive — look at the future of the MacBook Pro lineup, as reviewed by Ars Technica.
Apple says their AirPods need a little more time, so rumours have production starting in December in limited quantities. A research note from UK bank Barclays is the source of the production rumour, and if true, could mean a January launch for Apple’s hottest new wearable — if you can call wireless earphones wearables.