It’s a measure of his influence – his ability to put a dent in the universe, as it were – that ten years after his death Steve Jobs continues to inspire fascination and love.
Apple, of course, would not exist without him, and I wouldn’t be writing this column each week. But the tech industry in general would be very different without Jobs’ inspired ideas, his creativity, his marketing stardust, his fusing of technology with the arts. And of course his totally unreasonable behaviour: the famous “reality distortion field” that bullied the world into being the way he wanted.
The tenth anniversary of Jobs’ death falling this week, we posted a number of stories in celebration of his life.
Peter Müller analyses the successes and failures of
Apple without Jobs and looks for surviving evidence of the founder’s DNA of risk and innovation.
And in Different Think, our weekly column for counterintuitive opinions, David Price offers
a word of acclaim for Tim Cook, whose contributions to Apple have been just as valuable as those of his illustrious predecessor.
Video of the week
But that’s quite enough of our words; why don’t we hear from the man himself? Many of Jobs’ greatest insights and most memorable moments were featured in a short video posted this week on Apple’s site. Take a look.
Last weekend Microsoft
announced the launch of Office 2021 for Mac. The much-anticipated standalone (ie non-subscription) version of the software hit the streets on 5 October: you can read our advice on which version is best for you in our
Office for Mac buying guide.
Do we use technology too much? In an interview this week Tim Cook warned against
“endless, mindless scrolling”. That’s our plans for Saturday night ruined, so thanks a lot Tim.
The iPhone 13 is
even faster than Apple claimed. Its A15 Bionic chip offers 62% faster performance than its rival the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, according to the latest tests.
Apple has agreed to
pay out $95m to settle a class-action lawsuit, after AppleCare+ customers complained they were being given refurbished devices rather than new ones as replacements. US readers may be able to get a share of the money; visit
replacementdevicelawsuit.com to find out. The rest of us will miss out.
Talking of legal troubles, we heard this week that the EU’s antitrust regulators intend to charge Apple with anticompetitive behaviour, arguing that the iPhone’s
NFC chip should be opened up to alternative payment systems such as Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
Love iPhones, but hate big things? Waving his extremely tiny hands and glancing longingly at the iPhone SE, 12 mini and 13 mini, Martyn Casserly is here with detailed advice to help you choose the
best small iPhone.
Software, bugs & problems
Apple continues its work on iOS 15.1, which will soon bring new features and fixes to iPhones. The latest beta update indicates that the company has started work on a fix for an
issue with the Macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Read about
what’s coming in iOS 15.1.
An unpromising start to this week for Apple’s online infrastructure: we reported on a
Find My outage the previous weekend which coincided with
serious Apple Card problems, including payment errors and concerns about fraud detection. Apple fixed both quite promptly, but it’s an embarrassing misstep.
software update appears to have brought the AirPods into the Find My network. Previously you could only track them through that app if they were within Bluetooth range; now (we think) you’ll be able to get assistance from strangers’ devices.
We’re continuing to work our way through Apple’s autumn releases, with in-depth reviews of both iPads and all four iPhones. Here’s where we’re at so far:
The one that continues to elude us is the Apple Watch Series 7. But with that device finally on sale, we hope to get our hands on samples soon, and to post our thoughts soon after that.
The rumour mill
New MacBook Pros are
coming this month, according to well-informed Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.
In what would be a stunning move just 12 months after unveiling its first ever one-terabyte iPhone, Apple is expected to launch a
2TB version of the iPhone 14 in 2022. We’re not completely convinced just yet, since the source has a thin track record, but it’s a startling claim.
And while we’re on the iPhone 14 beat, we know that many of you are looking forward to finally seeing the end of the notch next year – but there’s bad news on that score. A leaker this week claimed the iPhone 14 will actually have
both a notch and pinhole camera on the front, which really does add insult to injury.
Apple deals of the week
If you’re based in the UK or Europe, you have only a couple more days to get free AirPods from Apple as part of its latest Higher Education deal. This year’s Back to School sale ends on Monday 11 October. Find out everything you need to know here:
Get free AirPods in Apple’s Back to School Sale 2021.
I’ve embedded a list of the best current Apple deals below, but other than that, we’re done for this week. See you next Saturday, enjoy your weekend, and stay Appley!
Top 10 Apple Deals
Apple 11in iPad Pro (2021, M1, 2TB) – Wi-Fi + Cellular
Amazon’s excellent £64 saving on the AirPods Pro from March is no longer available. Multiple sites are selling for £189 (a £50 saving), including AO and Laptops Direct – but we’d go with John Lewis on account of its two-year guarantee.
David has loved the iPhone since covering the original 2007 launch; later his obsession expanded to include the iPad and Apple Watch. He offers advice to owners (and prospective owners) of these devices.