Wednesday Morning News
Remember the Samsung vs Apple court case that raged on for weeks and months, years ago? The legal battle, which started over five years ago, has finally had some “results”, if you can call them that: Ars Technica says that one month from now, Samsung will be banned from selling certain smartphones in the US for infringing on Apple’s patents. But here’s the thing: the newest device involved in the case is now so old it’s irrelevant and already no longer sold, meaning the actual impact from thousands of man hours is a more of a moral victory, rather than anything else. Feel free to draw your own conclusions about the patent and legal system.
Apple’s diversity report for 2015 tells us how many non-male, non-white people they’ve hired in the last twelve months. Their mini-site publishes the numbers by gender and race, breaking down the numbers depending on position held within Apple.
Apple has also published a list of Apple TV content providers, which mostly serves as an easy reference for technical supporting if stuff doesn’t work the way you think it should. Some content providers are available outside of the US, but there are plenty that aren’t, too, suggesting there’s still work to be done to make content available worldwide.
Apple has released iOS 9.2.1, a bug fix and security update that mostly focuses on under-the-hood changes. Along the same lines, Apple has also released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, which is a similar bug fix and security update release. Both are available via the respective update mechanisms for iOS and OS X.
9to5Mac reports one of Apple’s battery suppliers uses child labour to mine cobalt, with the process going through multiple manufacturers before reaching an Apple (or Samsung, or Microsoft) device. Apple says they’re investigating the allegations, reiterating that they have a zero-tolerance policy for child labour.
Over at MacStories, Fraser Speirs tells us about the education improvements in iOS 9.3 and the potential real-world ramifications the changes are likely to have. Speirs’ reasoning for why these features are being released now instead of with iOS 10 later this year is also pretty compelling, saying it’s possible Apple are feeling pressure from cheaper Chromebooks in the education space.
Speaking of iOS 10, Ars Technica knows what they want for the next version of one of the world’s most popular mobile platforms. IOS 9 may have started the multi-tasking revolution by introducing desktop-like features to the touchscreen tablets and phones, but it’s entirely likely iOS 10 will build on those foundations, making the iPad more like a Mac, without making it less like an iPad.
For everyone that’s loving their iPad Pro, there’s someone else who’s equally enamoured with their Mac. Jim Dalrymple prefers his MacBook above all others, although he admits it may not be for everyone.
Stephen Hackett writes about the history of the iPad nano, putting together a collection of images and summaries of the nano generations so far. Of all the iPod nanos, I think I like widescreen square versions the best.
Yesterday marked the 30th birthday of the Mac Plus, and Apple employee number eight tells the story of the first Mac Plus that was ever sold.