Forest offset paper, earnings drama, test flight rise, Thunderbolt 3 cards, MacBook powerstation

mophie has introduced a power back that will recharge MacBook and MacBook Pro

Apple’s sustainable forests now offset paper used in product packaging — Apple’s efforts to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s virgin fibre are paying off, as the company is now protecting or has created enough sustainable forestland to cover all paper packaging products. Late last week, Apple said the Forest Stewardship Council, a body responsible for creating eco-friendly forestry standards, certified approximately 320,000 acres of working forest that Apple is supporting in China.

Drama in Apple’s quarterly earnings expected from ‘iPhone 8’ launch guidance, not actual results — After the close of business on Tuesday, Apple will report the results for what is seasonally its slowest quarter of the year, with Apple and industry watchers predicting around $44 billion in revenue. But all eyes are on Apple’s guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter, to see how confident the company is about the “iPhone 8” launch.

Apple’s TestFlight beta testing platform now supports up to 10,000 users — Apple has announced an expansion to TestFlight that allows up to 10,000 users to beta test apps prior to release on the App Store. The change amounts to a quintupling of active TestFlight testers available to developers, which has been limited to 2000 participants since 2015.

Sonnet releases Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards — Sonnet Technologies has released Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards for existing Thunderbolt 2 Echo Express SE II, III-D, and III-R expansion systems, giving those models greater bandwidth for users’ installed PCIe cards, and providing Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to allow use with the latest MacBook Pros and iMacs.

mophie introduces the powerstation USB-C XXL for the MacBook, MacBook Pro — mophie has launched the powerstation USB-C XXL, a high capacity universal battery designed to charge MacBooks, MacBook Pros, iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices. It’s available exclusively at Apple stores, and for US$149.95. Equipped with one USB-C and one USB-A output charge port, it includes a 19,500mAh battery for more than one full charge to a MacBook. The powerstation USB-C XXL is also wrapped in soft-touch fabric. [I hope this becomes available here!]