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.
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.
The chairman of the FCC has released a public statement, calling on Apple to enable the FM radio in iPhones for use in times of crisis. Ajit Pai’s reasoning is that FM radio signals are more easily received than internet-based streams, especially in light of damaging hurricanes which public safety is the number one priority. To be clear, many smartphone manufacturers disable the FM radio found in devices, but there are a growing number of companies that ship with FM tuners enabled, too.
Apple’s new privacy mini-site explains Apple’s commitment to privacy and how their belief that privacy is a fundamental human right is demonstrated across their entire product lineup. From software to services, Apple says every product is designed from the ground up to protect your personal information, whether it’s transactions performed with Apple Pay, conversations with iMessage secured by end-to-end encryption, or how your data is shared with third-party apps.
The third teardown of the week comes from none other than iFixit, who take apart the new Apple TV 4K and have a look at its innards. While the exterior of the 4K model contains one less USB-C port than its predecessor and some serious venting, it’s only once you get inside that you discover there’s a whole thermal management solution (read: a fan) cooling the internals. Somewhat surprisingly for an Apple product, the Apple TV 4K also scores an 8 of 10 for reparability.
Apple has released macOS High Sierra into the wild, and provided you have a compatible Mac, you can now download it from the Mac App Store. Like every other macOS release since Mavericks back in 2013, High Sierra is free, and contains mostly under-the hood improvements as detailed by Six Colors. Even though the improvements are mostly under the hood, there’s still major changes to Photos, Safari, and minor visible changes to other macOS cornerstones such as Spotlight, Sierra, and even how the Touch Bar works, if you have one of those.
Buzzfeed’s story on camera improvements in both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X tell us about how the Portrait Lighting effect suddenly transforms modern photography, elevating it to the levels previously only attainable by masters of the art. With Portrait Lighting, Apple spent a lot of time in the lab working out how they could reproduce different lighting effects with software, and in the end, they achieved the results they were looking for. Like many recent Apple innovations, it was the result of esoteric studying and raw technology.
The Verge’s review of the Apple TV 4K says that the 4K support is good when you get free upgrades of your existing iTunes content, but nothing special compared to other similar streaming boxes/sticks from other manufacturers. Instead, it’s basically a video format war that says you don’t get Dolby Atmos support, no YouTube in 4K, no Disney or Marvel movies in 4K, and even makes some 1080p content look bad due to how the Apple TV now supports 4K, but prioritises certain refresh rates over features.
Reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 are out, and the consensus seems to be that the device is very close to the ideal device for the 21st century. It allows you to stay connected to friends and family, without the distractions of Twitter, Instagram, and the rest of the internet, and all of that is hampered only slightly by the somewhat limited battery life when you’re solely using mobile networks for connectivity. Now all we have to do is wait for the telcos to tell us how much we’ll be paying for iPhone freedom — so far, only Optus has announced pricing.
Reviews of the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are out, and the verdict seems to be that if you own an iPhone 7, the changes aren’t huge enough that you’d want to upgrade straight away. Sure, the True Tone display is nice. Better cameras are nice. Wireless charging is nice. All of the new and improved details of the new devices are nice, but as The Verge tells it, you can basically get much of the same things with iOS 11, a few apps, and a cheap case. If you have an older iPhone, the decision is a little easier — the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus is the best default option for many people.