During the Gather Round Apple Event yesterday (12th September 2018), a display of Apple’s new iPhone line-up failed to show the iPhone SE, we can only assume from this the smallest and least expensive iPhone has been discontinued.
Logitech's Crayon, the slightly cheaper rival to the Apple Pencil, which has up until now only been available to educational establishments will soon be on general sale. As from 12th September 2018, the stylus will be available in Apple stores and should be on the Apple and Logitech websites sometime this month. The cost will be $69.99, only $20.00 less expensive than the Apple Pencil despite offering a reduced feature set.
Apple-owned Beats have partnered with the NBA to become the official headphone, wireless speaker and other audio technology suppliers for the Basketball Association. As well as the NBA the partnership covers WNBA, NBA G League, and the US national team. Beats has promised team-branded headphones, can I be first in line for a pair of Charlotte Hornets headphones?
A new book by Ken Kocienda titled Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs was released on today (6th September 2018). The book gives an inside view of Apple's creative process from someone who was there. Ken worked on the team that created some of Apple's user interfaces and top software. Amazon Link - Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
Apple have been given the go ahead by the European Union to acquire the music discovery company Shazam. The purchase was announced in December 2017 but has been held up until now by an European Union antitrust investigation due to the popularity of Shazam and the amount of data they hold. European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that "acquisition by Apple would not reduce competition in the digital music streaming market".
Apple have announced a very small number of iPhone 8's contain logic boards with a manufacturing defect. They state that affected devices may experience unexpected restarts, a frozen screen, or won't turn on. Affected devices were sold between September 2017 and March 2018 in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and the U.S. Apple will repair eligible devices, free of charge. (Apple's iPhone 8 Logic Board Replacement Program Support Page)
Apple have published on their developer website that as of 3rd September 2018 85% of compatible devices are running iOS 11, which is currently the most up-to-date version of their mobile operating system. It is widely expected that iOS 12 will be release later this month. (Apple's Developer Website)
Apple has announced their expected event for 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 12th September. The event is called Gather Round and will be hosted at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. What are the odds on a new iPhone?
Apple has donated $1M to the Kerala flood relief fund, Kerala is a coastal province in the South West of India which has been hit by severe floods during this season's monsoon rains. Donations can also be made via the link on the iTunes store homepage.
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