Apple’s iPhone credited with saving life in Manchester bombing — An iPhone 6s is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester, England, after the device deflected and slowed down shrapnel from the blast.
Recounting the harrowing scene, the husband of Lisa Bridgett, 45, said in a Facebook post that his wife was speaking on her iPhone when Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device that sent material hurtling through the air.
Apple’s AI chip may be dubbed the Apple Neural Engine — The chip, apparently known internally as the ‘Apple Neural Engine’, could help Apple better integrate its AI across numerous products akin to advances by Amazon and Google.
For instance, it would allow AI tasks to head to a dedicated processing spot instead of splitting work between the main processor and graphics chip. The company’s devices already sport AI technology of a sort– such as the Siri pesronal assistant – but a dedicated chip would improve user experience.
Apple TV Events app updated in preparation for June 5 WWDC keynote live stream — Apple has issued an update to the official Apple Events app for tvOS, including a new icon based on the WWDC 2017 logo, and a teaser letting users know they will be able to stream the June 5 keynote – expected to feature the unveiling of iOS 11 – live from their Apple TV.
Apple issues new 3.7.2 firmware update for AirPods owners — Apple on Wednesday released a small firmware update for its fully wireless AirPods, version 3.7.2, though what the patch does exactly remains unknown. The update should install automatically the next time a person connects their AirPods to a paired iPhone or iPad, as long as they’re stored inside a plugged-in charging case. To check the active firmware version owners can go into the iOS Settings app, then tap General, About, and finally AirPods.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fire lawsuits spreading to Galaxy Note 5, S6, S7 models — Hot on the heels of the devastating recall that stopped sales of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now facing additional lawsuits that allege the company was aware of battery overheating and fire hazards for years, including its Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active and Note 5 – but failed to address the issue or warn customers. Legal action has now spread to multiple class action cases in three different states.
Warby Parker brings eye checkup to your iPhone — Mail order eyeglasses company Warby Parker wants to make checking your vision easier, so has released an app that checks your prescription with your iPhone. The app takes about 20 minutes to test your vision and see if your prescription has changed, which takes a lot less time than scheduling an appointment with an optometrist.
President Trump’s iPhone reportedly has one app installed: Twitter — The iPhone used by US President Donald Trump is said to have just one third-party app loaded onto it – Twitter, which he uses to communicate [I’d say ‘inflict’] his agenda directly to the world.
Northern Ireland study found multiple benefits to using iPads in elementary classrooms — Technology can be beneficial to younger students learning core skills, a two-year research project has found, with elementary schools in Northern Ireland found to have improved the numeracy, literacy, and communication skills of their pupils after incorporating iPads into their lessons.
The study also noted that the addition of technology to the classroom is not a stand-alone solution, and should complement existing teaching approaches rather than replacing them.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner already hacked — That didn’t take long. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone has been out for only a month and its iris scanning biometric security feature has already been hacked. The Chaos Computer Club figured out how to trick the iris recognition technology, and it was surprisingly simple.
1Password introduces Travel Mode to protect data during trips — As part of an update pushed out on last week, popular password management app 1Password introduced a new feature that lets users selectively erase local data for maximum protection while traveling. Travel Mode is a one-click function that erases all vaults – 1Password speak for user profiles – except those marked “safe for travel” from devices connected to a 1Password account. Users can later restore their full list of vaults with another click once they arrive.
Apple rumoured to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing —A supply chain report suggests that Apple is already looking beyond OLED for future products, with the company said to be taking steps for trial production of Micro LED screens in the second half of 2017. Micro LED screens promise greater contrast, faster response times, and lower energy use as compared to LCD screens. The technology is oriented towards watch displays, and smartphones.
Apple’s iPhone SE, iPhone 7 Plus take top spots in customer satisfaction index but it’s close— Apple’s iPhone SE and iPhone 7 Plus top a new survey of customer satisfaction amongst US customers surveyed over the span of a year.
ACSI’s survey polled 36,194 customers randomly selected between May 2016 and April 2017. The iPhone SE hit the top spot with 87 points, with the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S6 edge+ tying for second at 86%.
New Apple ads & redone ‘Switch’ site sell Android users on iPhone perks — Apple has introduced an overhauled Switch minisite (scroll down on this page), hoping to persuade more Android users to buy iPhones, while simultaneously releasing a related series of video ads.
Whereas the previous site was concentrated on the Move to iOS app for Android, the updated versionfocuses less on making the transition and more on why people should go. It uses a simple, graphics-heavy layout with quips on subjects like the iPhone’s camera, technical support, speed optimisations, privacy protections and lower environmental damage.
Apple to expand its contract manufacturer’s facility in Bengaluru, India — Apple is looking to expand its Indian contract manufacturer’s facility in the southern tech hub of Bengaluru, according to Reuters. The tech giant officially began initial production of a small number of iPhone SEs last week at its Wistron plant and plans to ship the devices to local customers as soon as this month.
Duet Display for iPad gains better Apple Pencil support, improved picture quality — The developers of the Duet Display app that allows the use of an iPad as an second screen for a Mac have released an update to the Pro in-app subscription, allowing for better color quality, better pressure curve customization, and more. [This is awesome software.
New social travel app ‘Gratia’ launches in New Zealand on iOS — Gratia allows locals and travellers to explore New Zealand and meet others who share their interests by combining user-generated and travel industry content to provide a rich source of ideas for things to do and see throughout New Zealand. The free Gratia app provides a platform for industry partners to place their own brands and curated, geo-targeted content on the app, and to engage with app users by using content from Yelp and Tourism New Zealand, with additional curated content developed with partners including Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, Bay of Islands Information, Adventure Living, AJ Hackett and Queenstown Life. Several regional tourism organisations, including Northland, Hamilton-Waikato, Destination Coromandel, Rotorua NZ and Visit Ruapehu are supporting the platform with their content. Several other organisations are preparing to join the platform. (It’s also available for Android.)
Samsung Wisenet-SmartCam A1 works with iOS devices — Hanwha Techwin America (formerly Samsung Techwin America has announced that the Samsung Wisenet-SmartCam A1, which works with an iOS app on the iPhone and iPad, is available to consumers both online and in stores including Sam’s Club, Target and Amazon.com.
This is a Wi-Fi security camera kit that offers both indoor and outdoor solutions and provides users with a more complete view of their home. The system consists of an indoor camera with 1080p Full HD streaming, 130-degree wide angle lens, two-way talk and motion zone select, and an outdoor battery-powered camera that delivers videos at 720p HD resolution with weather resistant capabilities.
Most Apple Pay terminals in the UK can now accept mobile payments above £30 — Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple pay, told The Telegraph that over half of contactless payment terminals in the UK are now able to take Apple mobile payment transactions of any value. Most card readers had previously been restricted to £30, the default upper limit for contactless card transactions.
Nike bands to match Nike shoes — When they arrive on Nike.com and at select Nike retail stores on June 1 for US$49, runners will be able to match their watch band and shoes for the first time. According to Nike, The ‘Day to Night collections celebrates runners whenever they choose to run, with each of the colours inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk. [Er, gosh.]
A stellar concept video for iOS 11 — The Particle Debris item of the week isn’t a written article, but a concept video, a joint effort by Federico Vittici at MacStories and designer Sam Beckett in the UK. The reason it’s so cool is because it punctuates the hunger we all have for a new iOS on the iPad that leaves the past behind, truly enables and excites.
Apple adds 4 new videos to ‘How to Shoot on iPhone 7’ series — Apple this week added four videos to the recently released How to Shoot on iPhone 7 tutorial series, expanding the campaign to a total of 20 shorts centered around taking better photos with the flagship smartphone.
Apple’s iPhone scores 92% loyalty rate ahead of ‘iPhone 8’ launch, study finds — A new study published by investment bank Morgan Stanley shows 92% of iPhone users who are “somewhat or extremely likely” to upgrade within 12 months intend to buy Apple, a good indicator that this year’s iPhone revamp has the makings of a so-called “super cycle.”
Google Assistant arrives on the iPhone, but isn’t going to replace Siri soon — After a year just on Android devices, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPhone. AppleInsider fires it up to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple’s offering. [Apple private and secure, Google not: your choice.]
Google IO17: Android deployment rate continues to slip backward — Google has unveiled new versions of Android at its annual I/O developer convention with features often inspired by the previous year’s iOS. The main difference: Apple can launch a new version of iOS and broadly distribute it before Google can deploy its copy of last year’s iOS across even a third of its installed base. This problem is getting worse each year for Google and its Android partners.
IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps to launch on Singapore Airlines flights — IBM has announced that the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group selected MobileFirst for iOS apps to provide a “seamless experience” across flight operations processes. With apps, Fly Now and Roster for iPad, pilots will be equipped with relevant information and flight-related updates.
ToDo4team is a helpful, cross-platform task management solution — ToDo4team is a helpful task management solution available via a web browser and on macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices. It’s designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations. A 30-day demo of ToDo4team is available for download. After this period, you’re requested to fill in your company’s information and credit card number. A monthly fee will be automatically withdrawn. The mount of monthly fee is calculated according to number of active users. Detailed pricing can be found at the ToDo4team website.
Jamf offers ‘Safe Passage’ for organizations considering new mobile device management — Jamf has announced a “safe passage” program for schools and organizations considering migrating to the company’s Apple management solutions. Trusted by over 10,000 organizations, including 4000 K-12 schools, 1000 universities and over 5000 businesses, Jamf provides a path for customers considering a new mobile device management (MDM) solution.
Pioneer’s expanded NEX platform adds CarPlay support — Pioneer Electronics has expanded its NEX platform with five new, Apple CarPlay-compatible NEX in-dash multimedia receivers: the double-DIN 7-inch LCD AVH-2330NEX and AVH-2300NEX and double-DIN 6.2-inch LCD AVH-1330NEX and AVH-1300NEX models.
Apple starts domestic production of the iPhone SE in India — The Wall Street Journal says Apple has confirmed that its manufacturing partners in India have started domestic production of the iPhone SE. Previously, Apple produced most of its smartphones iPhones in China with a few older models assembled in Brazil.
Apple has tapped Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation to put together the smartphones in the tech capital of Bangalore in Karnataka, said Priyank Kharge, the state’s IT minister.
iPhone messaging app Signal wins approval for use by U.S. Senate staffers — The US Senate has quietly approved Signal, an encrypted messaging app for iPhone and Android, for use by the government body’s staff.
The change was noted in a letter by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin, mostly remarking on the transition of the Senate to HTTPS encryption across all its websites. Wyden has regularly promoted digital privacy causes.
Signal, by Open Whisper Systems, uses end-to-end encryption for messages, as well as voice and video calls. That makes it largely impervious to snooping by hackers, police, or spy agencies, whether foreign or domestic. It’s a free app.
Apple is the ‘Most Trusted Brand’ when it comes to mobile phones — When it comes to mobile phones, Apple is the most trusted brand, according to the annual Most Trusted Brand in America by Reader’s Digest. (But interestingly, Dell topped the list when it comes to computers.)
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were the best selling smartphones in 2016 — Looking at the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, the iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-selling iPhone, followed by the iPhone 7 Plus, based on research from the IHS Markit Smartphone Shipment Database, which tracks quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models. Apple is in the second spot among smartphone makers, shipping 50.8 million phones, down 0.8% from a year ago.
Apple releases iOS 10.3.2 — Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, which offers bug fixes, security enhancements, and other improvements. iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also be downloaded and installed on plugged-in iOS devices via iTunes on a Mac or PC.
Barbers iPhone 7 ad — Apple has shared a new iPhone 7 Plus ad on its YouTube channel, once again promoting the Portrait Mode feature of its flagship device.
The spot takes place in a barbershop, with photos from the iPhone 7 Plus used to advertise the shop’s skills. Images captured with the iPhone are added to the storefront, drawing in more and more customers until there’s a long line out the door. “In Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you don’t just look good. You look fantastic,” reads the ad’s description.
Apple launches tvOS 10.2.1 — Apple has upgraded tvOS, the operating system for the Apple TV, to version 10.2.1. It offers bug fixes and performance tweaks.
The operating system was recently revved to version 10.2, which provided an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The update also added the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.
To install tvOS 10.2.1, launch the System menu and choose Software Update. tvOS 10.3 will almost certainly be previewed at next month’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.
watchOS reaches version 3.2.2 — Apple has revved watchOS to 3.2.2. The upgrade focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements to the Apple Watch’s operating system.
The previous release (watchOS 3.2) added Theater Mode and SiriKit. The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the “rise to wake” function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display.
watchOS 3.2.2 must be performed through the Apple Watch app on a connected iPhone, and the watch must be on the charger, and have over 50 percent battery remaining.