Benny Ling

Monday Morning News

At the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, one FBI Forensic Security expert called Apple jerks and evil geniuses. It’s all because Apple’s focus on customer privacy and information security makes it harder for the FBI to perform investigative work when that involves breaking into a suspect’s iPhone, with passcode cracking times going from two days to two months, according to the security expert.

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Friday Morning News

Another TV series is on the way from Apple, with “See” being the latest in their scripted TV acquisitions. Little is known about the TV series besides how it’s a world-building drama set in the future, and it’s also from the same studio that produces “Are You Sleeping”, which Apple also picked up recently. No date has been set for any of these original programming efforts to premiere, but it’s possible that we’ll see at least one of them later this year.

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Thursday Morning News

A story from the Guardian says advertising technology company Criteo has cut its 2018 revenue projections by over 20%, following the announcement and introduction of Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. This doesn’t seem like a particularly bad thing, and Criteo’s claim that Intelligent Tracking Prevention will “disrupt the valuable digital advertising ecosystem paying for online content” is just icing on the cake.

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Wednesday Morning News

A new TV mini-series is on the way from Apple. According to Variety, Apple has ordered ten episodes of “Home”, a series which gives us a look into extraordinary homes and the minds of the people who built them. Variety also reports that Apple are also developing a drama series based on the book “Are You Sleeping”, produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Octavia Spencer, continuing their push into the world of original programming. So long as it’s better received than Planet of the Apps, it should do fine.

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Tuesday Morning News

A review of the iPhone X from John Gruber tells us about the iPhone that’s more different to anything that has come before it. All of the advances so far — the Retina display of the iPhone 4, the taller screen of the iPhone 5, Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, and the larger screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were merely evolutions on the iPhone design. With the iPhone X, Gruber writes, Apple is introducing new ideas without a messy, painful disruption. Face ID is doing a lot of work in powering many of the new interactions, but the bigger picture is that iOS 11 is now mature enough to run on a wide gamut of devices.

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Monday Morning News

Apple’s message to customers about iPhone batteries and performance provides additional clarity around earlier confirmation that Apple made changes to iPhone performance for the iPhone 6s and later, starting with iOS 10.2.1, and then for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in iOS 11.2. There’s a lot of good info in the message, including an explanation on how chemically-aged batteries aren’t able to deliver the same kinds of peak energy that they can when they’re newer, why some users thought slowdowns were a result of major iOS version releases, and how Apple will be handling the issue moving forward.

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Friday Morning News

The latest Apple Watch rumour from Bloomberg says the company is developing an EKG monitor for a future model. It’s part of Apple strategy that will turn the Apple Watch into an ever better medical device that everyone wears, on top of the already life-saving heart rate monitoring that the Apple Watch offers, and an in-built EKG would only allow the Apple Watch to detect even more heart abnormalities with greater accuracy.

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Thursday Morning News

Apple announced plans for a new Apple Store in Australia, located in Federation Square in the Melbourne CBD. Melbourne has been asking for a CBD location for a while now, hoping it could be like the other cool states, but I’m not sure they were asking for Apple to turn public space into a commercial venture for its own gains. Apple’s press release is telling, containing language like “increase the public space” and “improve access to the Yarra”. The building itself looks OK, I guess.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple is being sued for the new App Store logo found in iOS 11. Chinese clothing brand KON has a very similar “A” or triangle shape constructed from three lines, and they’re currently suing Apple for violating Chinese copyright law. KON wants Apple to publicly apologise for using its logo, stop selling devices that use the App Store icon, and pay compensation for economic losses incurred. It’s all kind of funny, when you think about Chinese copyright law and the amount of copycat products that have come out of China.

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Monday Morning News

John Gruber’s first impressions of the iMac Pro at Apple’s hands-on event in New York City tells us about the serious, professional iMac Pro. It gives Apple a foothold into the world of pro-level appliances, kind of like the old trash can did. Over at Six Colors, Jason Snell says that most people shouldn’t buy an iMac Pro. You’ll know if you need an iMac Pro, and if you don’t know, you probably don’t.

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