Tuesday Morning News
A series of Apple internal repair videos have leaked via a YouTube channel that uploaded the videos about a month ago. They’re for current products like the iMac Pro and the iPhone X and cover topics such as re-calibrating 3D Touch and replacing the speaker and battery in the iPhone X, so I’m surprised Apple hasn’t taken down the videos. Then again, it was just a weekend in the US, so either watch or download them now.
For the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, Apple uses the Customer Data Migration Tool to move your data from your dead machine with intact SSD to a new computer. It works by connecting to a special port on the logic board, which the 2018 MacBook Pros don’t have. MacRumors obtained an internal repair document that says there’s no way to transfer data from a failed 2018 MacBook Pro logic board, given the lack of the special port and now that the T2 chip provides hardware encryption for data stored on the SSDs.
Apple may include an 18W USB-C power adapter with this year’s iPhones, but you may require an Apple-certified charger if you want to fast-charge your iPhone at those kinds of speeds. It’s said third-party USB-C chargers will need USB-C Authentication certification to charge Apple devices at higher wattages, otherwise they’ll be limited to just 2.5W.
The word is that there’s a HomePod OS 12 private beta somewhere out there, likely seeded to Apple corporate employees and limited Apple retail employees. While that’s probably true, speculation about its major additional features including the ability to make and answer phone calls, set multiple timers, and use Find My iPhone read like pure speculation. Like many rumours, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Fraudulent credit card charges made via iTunes are affecting Apple customers in Singapore. While the story claims dozens of individuals have experienced fraudulent charges on their account, at least two individuals have had SG $7000 worth of iTunes purchases made on their account. Apple says they’re investigating the issue, confirming to one user that their card was used on an iTunes account that wasn’t their own.
Apple is expanding its Business Chat service, adding five US-specific brands to its text message-based communication method in addition to the ones it already has. The only downside to all of this is that Business Chat isn’t currently available outside of the US, like a number of recent Apple features.
Apple supplier BOE Technology wants a slice of the iPhone OLED display pie, and given that they’ve been an LCD supplier to Apple since 2015, it’s possible they’ll get it. You know, provided we’re all still around in 2020, which is when the company is expected to be able to supply OLED panels in the kinds of volume Apple requires according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The good news is, you can re-arrange the Control Centre toggles on your Apple Watch for easier access to the ones you use more often. The bad news is, this is a watchOS 5 feature which you’ll either need to be running the developer beta for, or wait until Apple releases it publicly sometime in September.
“Love Notes to Newton” is a documentary about the before-its-time Apple product from the 90s that gained a cult following. The film covers how the Newton came to life, why it was never particularly successful, how Steve Jobs killed it off when he returned to Apple, and how Newtons are still being used today by enthusiasts. If you’re interested, you can rent or purchase the film on Vimeo.
CNBC talked to Hap Plain, who has somehow amassed a collection of Apple prototypes. His collection of over 250 unreleased models of iPhones, iPads, and Macs is impressive, but I’m curious about how he came across all of these machines.