Tuesday Morning News
The scourge of spam calendar invites is upon us. Over the Thanksgiving weekend there were many articles published on solving the issue. The cause of all this iCloud calendar spam appears to be emails going to your iCloud account, which are then converted into calendar invites and pushed to all of your devices. The fix appears to be setting iCloud calendar invites to go to an email address instead, but even that only deals with new spam, not pre-existing invites. For those, you’ll have to move the calendar invites to a new purpose-built “spam” calendar, and then delete that calendar, which will also remove any assigned calendar invites.
A paywalled article at the Wall Street Journal tells us about all the new iPhone possibilities. According to their sources, Apple is currently testing as many as ten different prototypes, with Apple also asking it supplies to increase production of OLED and higher-resolution displays, even though the former would be more expensive to produce.
A separate rumour says a 10.9-inch bezel-less iPad will be released next year, with Apple removing the home button but keeping the top-mounted FaceTime camera. The new iPad with integrated home button will be the same thickness as the current iPad Air, but the iPad Pro is said to get thicker by 3mm, a tiny but appreciable amount.
The fourth beta of iOS 10.2 has been seeded to developers, which comes with new emoji, new wallpaper, and Apple’s TV app that replaces Videos for those in the US.
Along the same lines, the fourth beta of macOS 10.12.2 has also been seeded to developers. The new macOS release also comes with the same new emoji as the iOS one.
At the end of the year, both 15 and 17-inch models of the Early 2011 MacBook Pro will become obsolete, meaning official repairs will become much more difficult. The early 2009 Mac mini and mid 2009 MacBook will also join the models on the list.
The good news is, the new MacBook Pro is kind of great for hackers. Not only are the USB-C ports ridiculously convenient, you can connect them to basically anything with cheap and cheerful adapters, with the caveat that you have to have other USB-C devices to make it all worth it.
It’s been years since third-party apps came to iOS, and almost as long since we’ve been asking for the ability to choose our own default apps. Macworld’s Kirk McElhearn re-ignites the argument, saying there’s no reason this can’t be a feature especially now you can remove Apple’s built-in apps on iOS devices. At the same time, MacStories makes a good point in that it’s a little more complicated than just having another app open .txt files.
TidBits explains Apple’s marginalisation of the Mac as simple economics, in that it doesn’t make sense for Apple to be putting as much resources into a product that makes them a tenth of what the iPhone does. Interestingly, they also seem to adopt the viewpoint that despite Apple’s best efforts, accomplishing certain tasks on an iPad just isn’t as easy as it is on a Mac.
Meanwhile, Vox writes that Apple’s corporate structure is to blame for recent moves that have seen them get out of the display game, or disband their AirPort division. The difference between Apple’s functional structure is that it lets them be run like a startup, but when you’re doing that at the scale of the biggest company in the world, you have to pick and choose what you want to work on.