The Week in Apple News: WWDC scholarships, iPhone 8 rumors, iOS exploits, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending March 10, 2017

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 10, 2017

The week was dominated by iPhone rumors, but there were a few real news items connected to the Cupterino-based company. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

Developers can apply for WWDC scholarship starting March 27 to get a free ticket and lodging

From Macworld:

Apple’s scholarship program is intended for talented students and members of STEM organizations who want to attend the developers conference but can’t afford it. Successful applicants will get a free ticket to WWDC, which typically costs $1,600.

Apple has already fixed most of the iOS exploits the CIA used

From Macworld:

[Apple:] While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest OS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities.

Apple’s Siri learns Shanghainese as voice assistants race to cover languages

From Reuters:

At Apple, the company starts working on a new language by bringing in humans to read passages in a range of accents and dialects, which are then transcribed by hand so the computer has an exact representation of the spoken text to learn from, said Alex Acero, head of the speech team at Apple.

Future iPhones will get 4K with new PowerVR graphics architecture

From IDG News Service:

The architecture has already been licensed to device makers and should be available in mobile devices by the end of 2018. Apple modifies PowerVR graphics architectures for the iPhone, meaning the graphics capabilities may also reach its devices next year.

iPhone 8 rumors: New Edition name, later launch date due to 3D sensor supplier delay (Macworld)

Apple Retail Ends Genius Training in Cupertino, Moves to In-Store Web Seminars

From MacRumors:

Apple’s off-site Genius Training program has been replaced by an in-store, self-guided experience using company-provided reference materials. The training now involves watching web-based seminars through the Apple Technical Learning Administration System.

Apple Is Fighting Laws That Make It Easier To Repair Your iPhone

From BuzzFeed:

Apple is opposing a bill in Nebraska that’s designed to make it easier and possibly cheaper for you to repair your iPhone…legislators in Nebraska considered a “right to repair” proposal, which was designed to open up the state’s repair market for electronic equipment.

Apple’s Swift soars into Tiobe’s top 10 programming languages

From InfoWorld:

While efforts have been made to get Swift to work with Windows and Linux, [Tiobe Managing Director Paul] Jansen said he has not seen anyone using a non-Apple-focused version yet.

Steve Jobs’s first reaction to the Genius Bar: ‘That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!’

From Recode

“And I [former Apple VP RonJohnson] said, ‘Steve, kids who are in their 20s today grew up in a very different world. They all know technology, and that’s who’s going to work in the store.’”

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