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iOS 11 bugs squashed, costs of new iPhones, better audio, TV teardown, Plex News, 33m Apple Watches


iOS 11 boasts a whole new App Store

Apple squashes iOS 11 bugs with quick release of iOS 11.0.1 — Just a week after iOS 11 was launched to the public, Apple has quickly followed up with iOS 11.0.1, a small update intended to address bugs and fix various issues with the software. Release notes accompanying iOS 11.0.1 simply state the update “includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad.” [Hope it fixes the speed issues on my iPhone 6; my work iPhone 5 seemed fine, however.]
iOS 11 includes a new voice for Siri, as well as the ARKit tools that developers can use to create advanced augmented reality applications. It also boasts a redesigned App Store, and various features like Do Not Disturb While Driving and a revamped Music app.

Apple spends an estimated US$247.51 on iPhone 8 parts, US$288.08 on iPhone 8 Plus — Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly dismissed bill of material estimates as incorrect, but that’s not stopping research firm IHS Markit to share its latest findings with industry analysts. This year, the firm estimates Apple spends US$247.51 on the components that comprise one 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage.

Apple’s iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality audio over LTE — Largely unnoticed in the aftermath of Apple’s iPhone unveiling, the new iPhone 8 lineup now supports the enhanced voice services (EVS) codec, promising higher quality calls over LTE networks that support the feature.

Apple TV 4K teardown demonstrates new cooling system for A10X processor — A disassembly of the new Apple TV 4K shows not only the improved processor in the device, but a completely redesigned cooling solution complete with “serious thermal venting” plus a fan.
Chips inside the device include a Broadcom Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet chip, 3GB of SK Hynix RAM, a custom memory controller, a Murata wi-fi and Bluetooth module, Toshiba flash memory, and a Megachips FisplayPort 1.4 to HDMI 2.0 converter.

Plex News comes to Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with over 190 sources — Making use of its Watchup acquisition, Plex on Tuesday announced a new feature for its media streaming software, Plex News, which assembles a personalised video montage based on a range of global sources. [Build your own video news silo …]

Thirty-three million Apple Watches sold so far — Apple has sold 33 million Apple Watches since the launch of the line over two years ago — and 15 million in the past year, according to estimates from Asymco’s Horace Dediu. The analyst says the unit sales in the past year add up to $4.9 billion in revenue.