Tuesday Morning News

Rumour has it that the iPad Pro Smart Connector will be a feature on this year’s iPhone. Unlike the iPad Smart Connector, it’s said that the iPhone’s Smart Connector will be used for charging and potential VR/AR applications, possibly in the form of future accessories. While the Smart Connector has been used for keyboards on the iPad and not much else, I wonder if Apple will open up the Smart Connector to third parties in the future.

Ongoing renovations will see a Beats 1 broadcasting booth in the flagship Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Note that Fifth Avenue is currently closed for renovations, and has been since late January, with the expected reopening not for several months.

Speaking of flagship stores, Mexico City will be getting a new Apple Store in the Antara Fashion Hall. MacRumors says there’s also additional discussions regarding two additional stores in Brazil, one of which may or may not be another flagship store in São Paolo, as well as Apple’s first store in Argentina, set to open by the end of next year.

The second betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 have been released to developers. The only release notes are for iOS 10.3.2, which fixes issues with third-party VPN software at the cost of Siri queries which may be incomplete. Apple has also stopped signing iOS 10.2.1 and 10.3, which 9to5Mac says will prevent any kind of downgrades from APFS.

It’s widely expected that iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit apps. Although Apple hasn’t announced anything officially, it’s likely we’ll see something on stage at WWDC, and the writing is on the wall for the apps on your device that haven’t been updated. We’ve also got a discussion topic on this in the forums, if an app you love and use everyday will stop being compatible.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently spoke on the topics of diversity and inclusion with students at his alma mater Auburn. Cook said how the world was a lot smaller now than it ever has before, which means that you’re going to meet people who are a lot different to you, and that our differences are what makes the world interesting.

Most of Jay-Z’s albums are back on Apple Music, however AppleInsider says they’re still missing from Spotify for an unknown reason. Even more puzzling is why his albums were suddenly removed over the weekend in the first place, but it’s likely content deals had something to do with it.

Macworld points out a way to put a recovery partition on your Mac without reinstalling macOS. The slightly harrowing process involves running a script which does a bit of complicated stuff in the background, although it’ll let you choose what you want to install on the recovery partition.

Troy Hunt says that the recent threats from the Turkish Crime Family about threatening to wipe 250 million iCloud accounts is probably bogus, or at the very least, means they don’t have as many accounts as they think they do. As it turns out, having access to 2.6 billion accounts means you can do some data analysis and come up with a much more realistic picture of how many accounts are at risk.

Justin Williams’ wishlist for a software developer’s Mac Pro is to have as many CPU cores as possible, a standard PCIe graphics card from Nvidia or AMD, and as much SSD and fast memory that you can spare. I, for one, look forward to the plethora of Mac Pro wishlists that we’ll see for the next two years.

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