Following reports from users saying that the display on the iPhone X does not turn on quickly enough to answer calls, Apple has confirmed to MacRumors that it is investigating the issue. The issue has been described as the iPhone X display failing to turn on for up to 10 seconds, which may be all the time needed to miss a call. While I’ve certainly noticed there’s a certain delayed display activation on the iPhone X display that I’ve never seen before on iPhones — kind of like a very subtle fade-in animation — I haven’t come across this issue.
Apple’s Q1 2018 results were released on Friday morning, with revenue of US $88.3 billion and $20.1 billion profit. Those numbers alone make it Apple’s biggest quarter yet, even though the first financial quarter of the year are historically larger than the others. In just three months, Apple sold 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.4 million Macs, with the iPhone accounting for 70% of Apple’s revenue and the Americas taking up 40% of the revenue pie by region. MacStories has other graphs of the data.
We’ll get to Apple’s quarterly earnings report on Monday, but before we do, Digitimes has the rumour of a new 13-inch MacBook launching later this year. It’s unclear whether this machine will replace the 12-inch MacBook, or whether it’ll be a successor to the MacBook Air lineup, but with three sizes currently being offered by Apple across the MacBook and MacBook Air range, there’s probably not enough room for yet another laptop with a 13-inch display. The fun will be in working out what machine Apple decides to cut.
Following reports Apple will focus on reliability and performance with this year’s software updates, multiple outlets still think Apple will allow iOS apps to run on Macs this year. Both Bloomberg and Axios still seem to think Apple will release an updated development framework that will enable some kind of simultaneous macOS and iOS development, although details are still hazy on that front.
The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are the latest groups said to be investigating Apple’s iPhone slowdowns. Specifically, the US government departments are probing whether Apple violated securities laws when they failed to disclose the update would affect performance of older devices with chemically aged batteries. Their investigation is still in the very early stages, so it’s impossible to draw any conclusions so far. But they’re looking into it.
Bloomberg’s latest report claims the steady increase of Apple-designed CPUs — currently featured in everything from the AirPods, iPad Pro, and iMac — will soon lead to more Macs with Apple silicon. Apple is still dependent on third parties for the cellular modems used in iOS devices, and while we’re still a few years away from Apple discarding Intel CPUs in Macs, it’s hard not to see the writing on the wall.
Apple’s HomePod is now available to order, with a release date of of the 9th of February. HomePod will cost $499 in Australia, and the home speaker will initially arrive with great sound, built-in Siri, and the ability to play millions of songs from Apple Music, with features such as being able to pair two HomePods together for real stereo and AirPlay 2 for enhanced multi-room capabilities coming later this year.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of painstakingly penned, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they’ll be gripes about how the MacBook Pro has lost all semblance of being a pro-level machine, a bunch of questions and answers about Apple’s massive cash stockpile, or a wish list for the next version of watchOS. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- It’s not really a read, per se, but I thought I’d point out the craftsmanship behind the WWDC 2017 Lightbox by Josh Tidsbury anyway. His gift to members of the Technology Evangelism group at Apple this year, following their work at WWDC, pays homage to both the cube of the Apple Design Award, with the aesthetic that only wood can bring. The amount of detail that went into the creation of these little wooden mementos is a testament to the kind of attention to detail that makes Apple great.
I wanted to create something of a keepsake for each of the other members of our team as a personal gift to each of them. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of the Apple Design Award, and wanted to create something of an homage to that design, but using my favourite material: wood.
A security vulnerability crashes the Messages app whenever a particular link has been loaded. Dubbed chaiOS, sending someone the link is enough to freeze their phone for a few minutes, after which Springboard resprings and then Messages continues to crash whenever it is opened. The vulnerability has to do with how iOS loads webpage previews within Messages, and as for their part, Apple has confirmed that a software update will be out next week to resolve this issue.
Apple’s latest press release reveals a US $350 billion contribution to the US economy over the next five years. Apple’s latest set of investments include the creation of 20,000 new jobs, part of which will involve a new Apple campus designed to house technical support for customers. Apple is also increasing the Advanced Manufacturing Fund by an additional $4 billion, taking it to $5 billion total.