Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 27, 2017
During this past week, we were able to look into the future—specifically, the future of iOS and macOS, as Apple released betas of updates to those operating systems. Apple also made news in other venues; check out the important ones in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.
The big selling point of iOS 10.3 is a great new feature for AirPods owners, letting them locate a misplaced AirPod by firing up the Find My iPhone app and having the AirPods play a sound. The sound plays if the AirPods are anywhere in Bluetooth range of any of your Apple devices signed into the same iCloud account.
Apple was just granted a patent for “modular functional band links” for a wearable device by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The wearable device at the heart of the patent is obviously the Apple Watch, and those modular functional band links will build more functionality into the Apple Watch band.
The Apple Watch will soon get new Siri powers and Theater Mode (Macworld)
Night Shift, the feature that’s made iOS devices easier on your eyes, is coming to the Mac—but will it actually help you get a better night’s sleep?
The release notes for iOS 10.3 state that developers will be able to respond to a user review, and the response will be available for others to see. The notes also say that this feature will be available in the Mac App Store.
Apple hasn’t commented on Foxconn’s statements, although this isn’t the first time reports that Apple may move some of its manufacturing to the U.S. have popped up. This report, however, comes from a more direct source with deeper insight into Apple’s manufacturing processes.
While Apple uses its homegrown processors to power the iPhone, it relies on modem chips from Qualcomm, especially in the U.S., where rivals don’t support technologies used by Sprint and Verizon.
Apple takes patent battle with Qualcomm to China (IDG News Service)
Qualcomm CEO slams Apple for ‘without merit’ lawsuits (IDG News Service)
Duffy started Dropcam with Aamir Virani in 2009 and sold it to Google for $555 million in 2014. He drew headlines last year when he lashed out at Nest boss Tony Fadell and expressed regrets at selling his company.
Jerome Lawson…is now suing over the iPhone ad, but quite notably, he is not asserting an infringement of the sound recording…Instead, he’s contending that Apple and its ad firm, Media Arts Lab, have violated his right of publicity under California law.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
[Jerome] Lawson claims his voice “was recognized by fans of his who saw the commercial, and those fans were deceived into falsely believing that Lawson endorsed Apple and the IPhone and/or that Lawson consented to the use of his voice to advertise Apple’s products,” according to the complaint.
From The Irish Times:
[PwC managing partner Feargal O’Rourke] said he believed the [Irish] Government was right to challenge the [European Commission’s] ruling and that nobody familiar with the particulars of the case believed the money belonged to Ireland.
From IDG News Service:
India is now one of Apple’s fastest growing markets, with iPhone sales up over 50 percent in fiscal 2016 compared to the previous year. The high growth comes largely from a small user base of its products in the country, but with recent rollouts of 4G networks, the company expects more demand for its devices.
Apple ships 2.5M iPhones in India during 2016, boosted by iPhone 7 release (AppleInsider)