The weekend was made substantially more interesting by US President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven countries. In an email to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it was not a policy that they supported, noting that Apple employees were also affected by the executive orders, and that Apple had contacted the White House to protest the orders.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of intelligently instigated reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Normally they don’t appear as part of the daily news, even though the news covered tangentially-related events, such as the iPhone’s first tenth birthday, or Apple’s 2016 in review. All I know is, you’ll need to bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- If we’re starting this edition of Good Reads off with anything, we’re starting it with a story about the history of the iPhone. The internet history podcast takes us back to 2007, when Apple Computer, Inc, was riding on a wave of iPod-related successes, and the Mac was flourishing because of that. Then the iPhone was announced, Apple dropped the “Computer” part of its name, and, well, you pretty much know the rest.
And so, a skunkworks tablet project became a skunkworks phone project. At the very least, by 2003-4, in the form of various initiatives, Apple was hard at work on some sort of portable device that would merge the iPod with a phone and become an all-encompassing unitary device.
Apple has released the first public beta of macOS 10.12.4 to members of its public beta testing program. The update brings Night Shift mode to the Mac, along with other bug fixes and performance improvements. Similarly, iOS 10.3 has now been made available via Apple’s public beta testing program — if you want to check out how Find My AirPods works, then now is the time.
Apple has now filed suit against Qualcomm in Beijing. The Cupertino-based company is asking for US $145 million due to the chip-maker failing to deliver on patent-related promises. It’s a similar argument to what Apple are currently suing Qualcomm for in the US, although the amounts are different due to local currency (TechCrunch points out it’s “just” one billion yuan).
Now that the latest versions of iOS and macOS are out, Apple is wasting no time in releasing new betas across its software platforms. We’ll start with the iOS 10.3 beta, which brings a few new features to Siri for doing things in apps, a 3D Touch-able weather icon within Maps to show forecasts, HomeKit support for programmable light switches, and a new “Find My AirPods” feature.
As the wireless charging rumours ramps up, we get a lot of speculation about the nature of Apple’s wireless charging specs. One such rumour claims Apple could be using their own wireless charging tech, contrary to claims Apple had partnered with Energous to use theirs. Inductive charging patents from Apple number more than a dozen, so it’s entirely possible Apple has developed wireless charging tech of its own, and that the Apple Watch was only a preview.
With the US Federal Trade Commission suing Qualcomm for forcing Apple to use their modems in smartphones, Apple has now followed suit. There’s no dollar figure on how much Apple want out of Qualcomm, but the company claims Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in payments that it owed due to Apple cooperating with the Korean Fair Trade Commission. Apple also alleges it has been “overcharged billions” by the company.
New iPads were expected within the next few months, but now that date could slip to the second half of 2017. A rumour from DigiTimes claims new models of iPads will be entering mass production towards the second quarter of the year, with all new iPads still being described as being in the planning phase. All we know is: there are going to be new iPads, we just don’t know when.
A major update to Apple’s Logic Pro X on the Mac and GarageBand on iOS devices is the first cab off the rank this morning. Logic’s interface has been tweaked slightly to give it a more flatter look while also being brighter, something Apple changed due to feedback from users. The update to Logic also brings Touch Bar support to the pro music creation app, with both timeline-like support and keyboard shortcuts. As for the iOS version of GarageBand, there’s a few improvements in terms of how the app handles mixing effects, and a few more features to allow audio pros to capture quality audio on the go.
A rumoured iPhone 6 battery exchange program has been denied by Apple. Japanese website Macotakara was the first to suspect Apple would be starting up a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6, but Apple later released a statement saying that there were no plans or grounds for an iPhone 6 battery replacement program at this time.