November 27, 2017
There were rumours late last week that Amazon would launch in Australia on Friday 24th November, based off an email sent to sellers that were inviting them to a soft launch of the seller’s marketplace. [BLACK FRIDAY DISCUSSION]
Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved to 1 to 2 weeks on Apple’s online store. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Quo puts this down to better than expected production, not weak demand.
After conducting an audit, Apple and iPhone assembler, Foxconn, have said that there are “confirmed instances of student interns working overtime” in Foxxconn’s Chinese factory. The students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime,” the report added.
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November 20, 2017
Apple has delayed their smart speaker, HomePod, until 2018, saying “We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers. We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has received a card within iTunes claiming that it is available to rent in 4K. Whilst the film is still only available in HD for now, this might indicate that Disney and Apple have come to an agreement to stream 4K content on iTunes.
iPhone X has been named one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2017” by TIME Magazine. Other products in the list include the Nintendo Switch, Tesla Model 3 and fidget spinners.
November 13, 2017
There are reports of some iPhone X units displaying a bright green line vertically down the screen, with some suspecting this could be a hardware fault.
Some users have also reported buzzing and crackling from the earpiece speaker when playing loud audio.
Apple have said they are aware of some iPhone X units that become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment.
Apple is $100 Billion away from becoming the world’s only trillion dollar company. Apple shares are currently trading for around $175, giving the iPhone maker a market cap of roughly $900 billion. The valuation puts Apple within $100 billion of becoming the world's only trillion dollar company.
Apple have released iOS 11.1.1, which fixes a bug that caused the letter “i” to auto correct to “A [?]”
Apple Pay Cash has released in beta form in iOS 11.2 beta. Apple Pay Cash is limited to the USA for now.
November 6, 2017
The iPhone X is here. One of the MacMen managed to get their hands on one on Day 1.
October 23, 2017
Apple and AT&T are teaming up to improve cellular service in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, with the activation of LTE Band 8.
Amid reports that say only 2 to 3 million iPhone X units will be available at launch, Apple Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Williams, will meet with Terry Gou, Chairman of Foxconn. Whilst it wasn’t revealed what topics would be discussed, they will presumably be looking at ways to deal with the manufacturing bottleneck the upcoming iPhone is facing.
Apple’s Craig Federighi has responded to a customer’s email that was asking whether or not we would see an October keynote event. Federighi simply said, “I think we’re all Keynoted out for the season!”
Apple is being sued by an app developer, Enrique Bonansea, who claims that he came up with the name “Animoji” in 2014, and registered it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2015.
October 16, 2017
In an interview with Vogue, Tim Cook said that he sees Augmented Reality as being “as key as having a website” for brands.
In another interview with ”The Independent”, Tim Cook said that the technology doesn’t exist to do Augmented Reality Smart Glasses “In A Quality Way”.
Apple are partnering with LG to create a “foldable iPhone”, according to Korean site, “The Investor”.
A proof-of-concept phishing attack has been gaining traction online as it shows how developers can easily use Apple-style pop ups to gain access to a user’s Apple ID and password.
Woolworth's Everyday Rewards card will soon be added to Apple Wallet.
October 9, 2017
Google has announced a range of new products at a press conference last week, including the Pixel 2, featuring a single rear camera lens, no headphone jack and “active edge” technology that lets users squeeze the phone to activate Google Assistant.
Also announced were two new smart speakers, the Google Home mini, and the Google Home Max, bluetooth ear phones called Pixel Buds, and a new high end laptop, the Pixelbook.
Some iPhone 8 devices are bursting open due to a possible battery failure.
And Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, turned 6 years old last week.
September 18, 2017
Apple finally confirmed all the circulating rumours by announcing the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and 4K Apple TV. Face ID, Portrait Lighting, Dual Optical Image Stabilisation and Apple Heart Study were some of our favourite features. The pricing was not one of them. The MacMen run down all of the details for you.
September 11, 2017
Rob and Lachlan present a leaky lineup (as opposed to a rumour roundup) as we hear new details of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the new Apple Watch and 4K Apple TV with HDR. Also, Face ID details.
September 4, 2017
Apple has sent invites for their September iPhone event to members of the press. The event is to be held on 10am, Tuesday September 12 PDT. For our listeners in Australia, this equates to 3am Wednesday 13th September Australian Eastern Standard Time. The event will be the first held at Apple’s new campus, in the Steve Jobs Theatre.
Gestures are set to change the way we interact with our iPhones, according to a report from Bloomberg. With the rumoured absence of a home button, the report states that a user will unlock the phone by swiping up a thin bar from the bottom of the screen.
Apple may release a “Galaxy Note 8” sized iPhone with 6.4” OLED display next year, if a new report from South Korea’s ETNews is to believed. The phone would be even larger than the Galaxy Note 8, but with almost no bezels, the physical size of the device would be similar to the current iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple is pushing for $20 4K movies in iTunes, whilst film studios are pushing for $25 - $30. In the lead up to the rumoured 4K APPle TV announcement, Apple are said to be scrambling to strike deals with movie studios regarding the pricing of 4K movies. Apple wants to continue charging $19.99 for 4K movies, which is the same price currently charged for HD films.
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