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Headlines

Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. But according to a document obtained by The Intercept, your blue-bubbled texts do leave behind a log of which phone numbers you are poised to contact and shares this (and other potentially sensitive metadata) with law enforcement when compelled by court order.

“We were too ambitious in the beginning — we probably put too much into it,” said Iovine. “But we’re getting there now, one foot in front of the other, and the stuff we’re creating I don’t think anyone is gonna see coming.”

News

In an announcement made moments ago at the TechTable Summit, representatives from Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and Resy — the reservation system start-up founded by (Eater co-founder) Ben Leventhal, Michael Montero, and Gary Vaynerchuk — confirmed a partnership that would integrate the Apple Watch into front-of-house restaurant service.

“Apple is smartly creating great digital experiences and I think they know that great digital experiences mean unleashing tons of innovation from the community overall,” Mike Gilfix, IBM’s VP of MobileFirst and Smarter Process told me, discussing Swift 3.0.

George RR Martin has hailed “an amazing next step in the world of books” as he announced publication of a new digital edition of A Game of Thrones, featuring “a world of additional content” and an extract from the forthcoming sixth novel in his bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition was released on Thursday on Apple’s iBooks to mark the 20th anniversary of the epic fantasy novel’s first publication.

Apple and Deloitte today announced a partnership to help companies quickly and easily transform the way they work by maximizing the power, ease-of-use and security the iOS platform brings to the workplace through iPhone and iPad.

Insurance company Aetna today announced a major health initiative centered on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, which will see Aetna subsidizing the cost of the Apple Watch for both large employers and individual customers.

Reviews

So don’t ask if Depth Effect is perfect. A better question is if its failures are distracting. And I have certainly taken some test photos where they are. But the funny thing about test photos is that there’s often nothing worth photographing in them, so you just stare at the problems. In my own testing, whenever I’ve pointed Portrait Mode at something I actually care about, the results have been solid.

Apple’s iPhone 7 improves on the image quality of its previous devices, with advances in dynamic range, detail preservation, and significantly reduced artifacts, as well as very good stabilization.

It performs particularly well in bright light conditions, making it a great smartphone camera for outdoor enthusiasts shooting landscapes, street scenes, architecture, or portraits.

To truly test Apple’s newest wearable, I spent a week subjecting it to roller derby, dog-walking, Atlantic Ocean adventures, and more.

Rumors

According to multiple sources, Monday 24th October is predicted to be the date chosen to unveil the new Macbook Pro to the public, with many speculating Apple will also unveil a 5K stand-alone display to replace the dated Apple Thunderbolt Display.

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has outlined further predictions for next year’s iPhone lineup, claiming the popularity of Jet Black models will encourage Apple to return to glass casing for 2017 models, as the material tends to have a higher gloss finish than metal.

Apple Inc. is in negotiations with Sharp Corp. to secure organic LED displays for the iPhone maker’s next-generation of devices, a person familiar with the matter said.

Others

Apple is to create a spectacular new London headquarters at Battersea Power Station in a massive coup for the developers behind the £9 billion project.

Apple’s newest product category is wireless headphones, and although the AirPods have yet to go on sale, there are some signs that it could find a very receptive consumer base. 12% of U.S. consumers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch say they intend to purchase AirPods.

The Omni Group is moving to free downloads with In-App purchases.

Finally

I really do believe that voice-based assistants will be a vitally important part of how we interact with technology in the future. The announcement of Siri nearly five years ago was a milestone in our path to that future. But there are many milestones still ahead.

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