Friday Evening News

ibook_flavors_700w-100696542-largeBloomberg 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.

Apple has released a statement on the influx of spam calendar invitations, saying that they’re working on the issue and looking to block suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent. If you’re looking to sell cheap Ray-Bans to some of your friends, you’ll have to find another way to let them know about it.

An update to Boot Camp drivers resolves an issue that caused noticeable crackling or distorted sounds from the speakers in the new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros, often after installing Windows 10 with Boot Camp. Unfortunately for those affected by the issue before the updated drivers were released, the damage to speakers appeared to be permanent, requiring users to replace their MacBook Pro.

The Apple repair program page for iPhone 6s unexpected shutdown issues now has a serial number checker to see if your device is eligible for a free battery replacement.

An update to Final Cut Pro X after the major 10.3 update fixes a bunch of issues, hopefully including fixes for crashing that some users were experiencing. The 10.3.1 update is now available via the Mac App Store, if the 10.3 update has been giving you issues.

Macworld’s Jason Snell writes about the evolution of Apple’s laptops, covering machines like the PowerBook Duo to when Apple made the jump to PowerPC with machines like the PowerBook G3 Wallstreet or the colourful iBook.

A breakdown of the various screwdrivers needed to perform repairs on Macs and iOS devices from Macworld covers off the difference between Pentalobe and Torx, as well as some of the more arcane tools you’ll need to pry open those devices.

AppleInsider’s own testing has proved that you can use the new MacBook Pro with external GPU housings like the Razer Core. There are a few caveats, however — not only will you have to fork out for the Razer Core itself and a reasonably-specced graphics card, you’ll also need to make some modifications to macOS to allow it to use an external GPU over Thunderbolt 3.

Philip’s Hue app now supports the larger screen of the iPad and brings 3D Touch widgets to the iPhone. The update also improves on scene lighting, now allowing users to customise the lighting either based on a reference image or not.

If you’re looking for something to play this weekend and haven’t already played through Ghost Trick, Capcom recently updated the game to be compatible with iOS 10. Not bad for a title that was released back in 2011 on iOS, and before that on its original platform the 3DS.

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