Still outperforming, iTunes problem, Didi investment, new voice assistant, stop your Mac ringing, WWDC Orientation, app bundle


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Despite Q2 sales dip, Apple’s Macs continue to outperform the industry — Over the past quarter, reports from all over have been belabouring the idea that Apple is on the edge of crisis because its iPhone sales – which represent the majority of its business—declined year-over-year and because China – its brightest growth territory – similarly turned in disappointing sales numbers across the board. But the overall trajectory of Mac shipments has been upward, bucking the clear downward trend among generic Windows PC shipments, and it’s the same for iPhone and iPad.

Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion issue, ‘safeguards’ coming next week — Apple in a statement Friday said it is investigating reports of a supposed Apple Music compatibility bug that deletes local music files without user permission, adding that an updated version of the media management software is expected for release this week.

Apple’s Didi investment is surprising but good use of massive $233B cash hoard, analyst says — Investment firm Piper Jaffray views Apple’s Didi funding as a new direction for the company, providing long-term strategic positioning benefits in China’s expanding automotive industry.

Awa is a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X — Stahl Labs AB has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice. It’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs just  US99¢ (NZ$1.49) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Stop your Mac ringing when your phone does — Here’s how, and if you want to prevent your Mac from receiving FaceTime calls entirely (like if someone accidentally attempts to start a video chat), go to the top of that window and deselect the “Enable this account” checkbox.

Apple invites WWDC 2016 scholarship winners to June 12 orientation — People who won a scholarship to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June are now being invited to attend a special orientation session on the Sunday before the conference, June 12.

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