August 2017

Wednesday Morning News

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that there will be three new iPhones launching in September, consisting of LCD versions of the current 4.7 and 5.5-inch form factors, along with the 5.8-inch OLED version that everyone is interested to see. It’s also said that all three devices will be limited to three colours, with rose gold being the casualty this time around. Perhaps the “bros’ gold” version just hasn’t been as popular as the other colour variants?

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Monday Morning News

The HomePod firmware continues to deliver the goods about Apple’s upcoming product roadmap, including details about the next iPhone that we might not have known if it wasn’t for this prematurely released software for an unreleased product. Now, details of the screen resolution of the next iPhone give us a pretty good idea of the size and resolution of the next iPhone display, with John Gruber taking an educated guess and saying that it will be 5.8-inches, 2436×1125, 462 ppi, and a true @3x Retina display with no scaling.

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Good Reads for July, 2017

Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of meticulously memorised, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they’ll be a comprehensive explanation of why ARKit is a big deal, or the latest breakdown of what made news in the Apple blogosphere recently. Other times, they’ll be an extremely technical read on a recent vulnerability that affected millions of iOS devices up until a few weeks ago. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.

  • While recent news has focused on Apple’s removal of VPN apps from the Chinese App Store, none of this is particularly new. People have been talking about Apple’s “walled garden” for as long as the App Store has been around, and Motherboard writes about the long and storied history of Apple removing “objectionable content” from the App Store. All of this is true, of course, as is the statement that with more than nine years of the App Store, we haven’t seen any widespread malware threats.

Each day, Apple is tasked with a near-impossible job: keeping its sprawling App Store free from malware, blatantly offensive content, and spam. In order to do it, the company requires each of the App Store’s roughly two million apps, from iFart to Twitter, to undergo an extensive approval process.

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Thursday Morning News

As per Apple’s financial results that were released yesterday, this was the first quarter in more than three years that Apple saw growth in iPad revenue. No matter which way you’re looking at it, there’s a big gap between where the iPad was at over 18 million units per quarter, to the just over 10 that Apple is now moving. Turns out, if you give the iPad a little attention, you can turn that frown upside down. Or something like that.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple’s financial results for Q3 2017 are in, and the story remains the same. Apple reported US $8.7 billion in profit on US $45.4 billion in revenue, with 41 million iPhones and 11.4 million iPads sold. 4.3 million Macs were also sold during the period, and Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was happy to report its third consecutive quarter of growth, with services revenue setting an all-time quarterly revenue record.

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Tuesday Morning News

A lawsuit involving Apple deliberately disabling FaceTime on older iPhones cannot be dismissed by the court. Judge Lucy Koh ruled over the weekend that Apple consciously made the decision to disable FaceTime on devices running anything other than iOS 7 and above, which meant that iPhone 4 and 4S users had no choice but to upgrade. According to Ars, Apple told consumers that FaceTime not working was due to a certificate expiring, when in fact it had to do with their ongoing legal battle with VirnetX, which was costing them licensing fees.

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