Lack of upgrades hammering Mac sales — According to both Gartner and IDC, during the third quarter (3Q) of 2016, Apple shipped five million Macs. That’s down from 5.4 million in the year-ago quarter, according to Gartner – and down from 5.8, according to IDC. That’s a 13.4% decline. And Apple can’t blame it on sales lost to the iPad, since tablet sales aren’t picking up the slack. But the problem, everyone agrees, is a stale Mac line-up. And the Mac Observer chimes in with ‘Technical professionals are hanging out for the best from Apple‘.
Adobe issues Flash updates to deal with ‘critical’ security holes — Adobe has issued yet another new set of security updates for its Flash Player plugin, dealing with serious vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to take control of a targeted computer. The updates can downloaded using either Flash’s included update tool (click Flash in the bottom row of System Preferences; Updates) or go to the Adobe website.
Inside macOS Sierra: Apple’s Optimized Storage and management features — Apple’s new storage management features on macOS Sierra could potentially save users with lots of data some drive space, but what it does, how it does it, and how to configure it isn’t well known — AppleInsider explains. [Don’t use this in New Zealand unless you have bought extra space in iCloud and a big, healthy, fast broadband connection.]
Apple has a seat on Didi Chuxing’s board of directors; R&D — Apple was previously not considered to have received a seat on the board of directors of this car hailing company as part of its investment in the Chinese company. It’s now being reported, however, that one was secured within the weeks following the deal. And Apple has announced plans to open a research and development centre in the southern city of Shenzhen, China, in 2017. This follows a similar plan for a center in Beijing.