October 2017

Friday Morning News

The newest rumour claims Apple is working on a foldable display with LG. It’s said that this foldable display could eventually make its way into a future iPhone, with Apple said to be working with LG over Samsung over fears of competition and Samsung getting a hold of sensitive tech.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple’s latest push into the world of original programming starts with a revival of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories series. 10 new episodes will be produced at a cost of $5 million per episode, with Spielberg likely to serve as executive producer on the new series. The Verge has questions about how the series will be distributed, as they can’t see Spielberg settling for his new series as simply a value-add to Apple Music, like how Apple’s video efforts are currently distributed.

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Tuesday Morning News

There’s not that much difference between this year’s Apple TV 4K and the one from 2015. Besides adding 4K and HDR support, there’s also a few minor details that now allow the Apple TV to support AirPods, as well as a tiny white border around the menu button, as detailed in Ars Technica’s review. Perhaps more importantly, with every revision of the Apple TV, Apple gets closer to its vision of the ideal home entertainment device, whether the content companies want to play along or not.

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Monday Night News

Apple says they’re releasing new emoji as part of iOS 11.1, which even though might not be the bullet-point of the release that you and I look forward to, helps Apple maintain the status quo with the rest of the mobile industry. I’m not sure who is wishing for broccoli emoji, but I can think of plenty of good uses for the sweary face emoji… none suitable for publishing.

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Friday Morning News

It’s hard to call it a point update because it doesn’t even have the usual zero-point-one nomenclature, but the first supplemental update to macOS High Sierra was released earlier this morning by Apple. The release notes say it fixes a cursor graphics bug in Adobe InDesign, and an issue where Mail was unable to delete mail messages from Yahoo-based email accounts. There’s also improved installer robustness, which I’m guessing means people should run into slightly less issues when installing or upgrading.

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Thursday Morning News

Apple has released an update to watchOS. Version 4.0.1 fixes an issue experienced by early reviewers of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, where the device would take upwards of a few minutes to find and LTE signal once it was out of range of the paired iPhone. Apple said a future software update would fix the issue, and this is that software update — although whether the issue is fixed or not remains to be seen — we’ll have to wait for everyone’s Apple Watch to upgrade before we’ll be able to tell for sure.

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Wednesday Morning News

The iOS updates just keep coming, with this morning’s release of iOS 11.0.2. The second public update to iOS 11 since it was launched as many weeks ago fixes an issue that affected iPhone 8 and 8 Plus owners, who would occasionally experience crackling or static in the earpiece during calls. The release notes for the update also say that the update fixes an issue where photos would become hidden, and an issue where attachments in encrypted emails would not open.

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Tuesday Morning News

Apple Music now has over 30 million paying subscribers, but Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine doesn’t think the music streaming service is in the right place, despite adding millions of subscribers and tracks to its music catalog. Iovine tells Billboard that he doesn’t think Apple is close to success, what with competition from YouTube, and wants to do more for fans to follow their favourite artists.

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