<2016 ∕ 46>

Headlines

Apple has announced a new hardbound book, available for $199 or $299 at Apple retail stores from tomorrow, which charts a 20-year history of Apple design from the iMac in 1998 to the Apple Pencil in 2015. The book features 450 photographs of Apple products new and old, including iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch.

9to5mac.com by Benjamin Mayo, 2 min read

Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has found that Apple’s mobile devices automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled — but the data gets uploaded in many instances without user choice or notification.

theintercept.com by Kim Zetter, 8 min read
News

That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The company found that app removals increased by 238 percent in October 2016, with mobile games seeing the most deletions.

techcrunch.com by Sarah Perez, 2 min read

Sir Jony Ive takes us inside Apple’s design studio and opens up about the company’s creative processes…

wallpaper.com by Tony Chambers, 5 min read

It was revealed on Wednesday that longtime Apple Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian, whose work is responsible for services like AppleScript and Automator, will be leaving the company in December as his post was recently eliminated.

Thankfully Craig Federighi just confirms that Apple has every intent to continue supporting automation technologies in macOS!

appleinsider.com by Mikey Campbell, 1 min read
Reviews

I’ve been using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for more than a week now, and I have mixed feelings about what it brings to the MacBook experience. In some cases, the Touch Bar’s usefulness is obvious and immediate. But in many others, it’s overly complicated or just plain unnecessary. It’s an addition that very much can improve every MacBook — but it’s going to take some time to get there, if it ever does.

theverge.com by Jacob Kastrenakes, 14 min read

I like these laptops a lot. I bought one to replace my 2013 MacBook Air, which still performs basically fine but doesn’t have the sharp screen or design chops of the PC laptops that have come out in the last two-or-so years.

arstechnica.com by Andrew Cunningham, 23 min read

To me, an iPad in notebook mode — connected to a keyboard cover — is so much less nice than a real notebook. And the difference is more stark when compared to a great notebook, like these MacBook Pros. There are advantages to the tablet form factor, but no tablet will ever be as nice as a notebook as these MacBook Pros.

daringfireball.net by John Gruber, 11 min read

The processor, RAM, and flash memory are soldered to the logic board.

😬

ifixit.com
Rumors

While still in an exploration phase, the device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality, the people said. They asked not to be identified speaking about a secret project.

🤓

bloomberg.com by Mark Gurman, Alex Webb , and Ian King, 3 min read

“Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,” a source said. “Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.”

asia.nikkei.com by Debby Wu, 4 min read

OLED screens are more difficult to produce, putting Apple at the mercy of suppliers that are still working to manufacture the displays in mass quantities, the people said.

bloomberg.com by Mark Gurman and Jungah Lee, 4 min read
Others

When a user of Shazam’s Mac app turns the app “OFF,” the app actually keeps the microphone on in the background. For the security researcher who discovered that the mic is always on, it’s a bug that users should know about. For Shazam, it’s just a feature that makes the app work better.

motherboard.vice.com by Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, 3 min read
Finally

I check out Apple’s faster, thinner, louder notebook with the Multi-Touch strip on the keyboard. And Phil Schiller helps me decode it.

backchannel.com by Steven Levy, 9 min read

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