Thursday Morning News

earpods-2Another pair of Lightning-enabled EarPods has show up on the internet, which MacRumors has quickly labelled as fake. Even so, they say that the somewhat unsightly plastic sheath around the Lightning connector provides room for a digital to audio converter, which would otherwise have to be built into the remote or somewhere else.

Apple supplier LG Display will increase their OLED production, admitting to Bloomberg that although they have missed the train on OLED adoption in smartphones, they expect the technology to catch on within the next two years. It’s interesting because LG has been doing OLED TVs for years, and their consumer OLED TVs are widely regarded as the best of the best.

An open casting call has been placed for Apple’s first original TV series. The “Planet of the Apps” will be an unscripted reality TV show, which Apple will co-produce with Propagate, a newly-launched production company from people behind The Biggest Loser and MasterChef Junior, according to 9to5Mac.

A Dutch court has ruled in favour of a woman who sued Apple for refusing to replace her broken iPhone 6 Plus with a new model. As per standard Apple policy, her device was replaced with a refurbished model, and now, the Dutch court has ordered Apple to refund the purchase price of the device, as well as pay the woman’s legal fees.

Macworld goes hands-on with the new features in Photos in macOS Sierra and iOS 10. As you’d expect, both platforms adopt many of the same new features, including memories, improved facial recognition, and a beefed-up search engine. Along the same kind of lines, Macworld also looks at the new Mail in iOS 10, which also has a nice set of improvements.

AppleInsider takes a look at the Emergency SOS feature in watchOS 3. The emergency features might not be used by everyone, but there’s a good chance they’ll help save someone’s life by allowing access to medical information and being able to contact emergency services when they’re needed.

Facebook Messenger’s latest update brings 3D Touch features to the app, letting you peek and pop things in your conversations. There’s also home screen 3D Touch shortcuts, if that’s your thing.

The 2.0 version of Camera+ for iPad brings the modern UI of its iPhone counterpart to the iPad, as well as new editing features and the ability to selectively brush in effects. The update is free for existing users, otherwise you’ll find Camera+ for $7.99 on the Australian App Store.

The Mac Observer writes about the curse of Apple supporting older hardware. We all want our devices to last as long as possible, but just because you can’t use Siri on your Mac doesn’t mean that it immediately becomes useless and relegated to the scrap heap. Same deal with iPhones and iPads, too.

On his site, Neil Cybart has a piece on Apple’s plan to own the entire music industry.

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  1. I’d love to see a return to the classic iPod remote.

    Look at that gorgeous thing. The shiny metal and the clicky buttons. It was brilliant. More than enough space in there for some DAC components. Bring it back.

    The follow-up radio remote was good, but was a bit too ‘iPod shuffle’ for my liking.

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