Wednesday Morning News
Yet another Apple supplier may be dropped following rumours Apple may be developing its own power management tech. Analysts note the “strong evidence” Apple is developing its own power management ICs, with the intention of replacing chips currently made by Dialog and included in the iPhone. Although this change is unlikely to happen in the short term, isn’t it pretty wild how Apple can make and break businesses?
If Apple sued Qualcomm, then the next logical step is all-out thermonuclear war. Or Qualcomm suing Apple, as the case may be. The Verge says Qualcomm has launched a counter-lawsuit against Apple for deliberately holding back the Qualcomm-manufactured modems in the iPhone 7 so they wouldn’t out-perform the Intel equivalents.
Apple has also decided to file a lawsuit against Swatch over the latter’s “Tick different” phrasing on some Swatch models. In order to successfully argue that Apple owns the “Think Different” phrasing in court, Apple will need to prove that at least 50% of consumers associate “Think Different” with Apple.
Apple Retail chief Angela Ahrendts has confirmed an Apple Store in Dubai. While dates for the official opening aren’t yet known, there’s a good chance we’ll see the new store offering views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain by the end of the month.
A separate rumour claims that Apple’s first Taiwan presence will be in the Taipei 101 building. The ground floor of what was previously the tallest building in the world is mostly retail space, and it’s claimed that Apple will occupy 1,322 square meters nestled amongst other fashion retailers.
Just about the only fallout from the iOS 10.3 wasn’t related to the AFPS upgrade. About a week ago, Apple sent out emails saying that the upgrade to iOS 10.3 re-enabled some services which were previously disabled on iCloud accounts. The fix for this is to check in Settings and turn off any settings that you’re not using.
The Wall Street Journal says Apple isn’t bothered by slow Apple Pay adoption, with Apple believing its mobile payments solution will eventually replace both cash and cards. That’s all well and good, but what about the markets which already have an established culture of contactless payments? If only Australian banks were willing to play ball.
Macworld’s Dan Moren praises the Mac mini, saying it’s still a very versatile machine that just needs a little love to make it relevant again. And maybe a price drop too, if you’re considering buying it in Australian pesos.
If we’re using app downloads as a measure of success, Apple’s Clips was downloaded about a million times in the US in its first four days. That doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but that’s just US downloads, and it is a fairly niche app.
Using an external GPU enclosure connected to your computer via Thunderbolt, you can make yourself a fairly capable external GPU enclosure with some of Nvidia’s Pascal-powered GPUs, now that drivers are available in beta form for macOS.