People like to believe that Apple is a company that never makes mistakes. Never has that logic been so obviously flawed as it was in 2017. This year, it seemed like Apple couldn't make it through a single week without some big, embarrassing screw up. So, for the sheer joy of it, we made a list.
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Let's face it, even though phones continue to get faster and companies continue to cram even more tech into people's pocket computers, you wouldn't be wrong if you said smartphones have gotten a little boring to the casual consumer. Much of the time, it seems people are much more concerned with making sure there's a little fruit logo on the back of their handset or a small green robot man running things on the inside.
Tech giant Apple brought the iPhone X to market this year, but not without significant production stumbles that resulted in predictions of supply shortages for retailers and consumers. Reports on Wednesday show that Apple is moving quickly to ensure future access to some of the device's more elaborate parts to decrease the odds of that happening again in the future.
Sometimes it feels like we're inching closer to a future like the movie Her, where humans spend their time wandering around, constantly chatting to their own personal AI assistants. Today, services like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are getting better at responding to some types of requests, but because they can misunderstand questions and aren't cognisant of their surroundings, they're often super awkward to use in public spaces around other people. But a patent filed by Apple and made public today suggests Siri may someday detect when you're whispering at it, and in turn know when to whisper back.
Back at WWDC 2017 in June, Apple teased us with the iMac Pro, its most powerful desktop yet. But for months, there was barely a peep about when it might available. Now we know it's definitely going to be available before the end of the year (unlike the HomePod), when it goes on sale later this week on Friday, December 15.
Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: Their products and services aren't as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn't anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Such as sexual harassment. And biased machines. And Nazis. God, so many Nazis.
A new wave of Bitcoin-mania surged through the internet this weekend - and with it, a new crop of sketchy opportunists. Bitcoin apps were very popular in the Apple app store, and one using the name of a completely unrelated cryptocurrency wallet service held the number three position in the finance category.
Apple's iOS is a walled garden that gives the company total control over what can be done with its device. For years, jailbreaking your iPhone was easy and allowed all sorts of custom freedom. It's been a while since a simple jailbreak has been released. But this week, a Google researcher made an announcement that has the dying jailbreak community ready to get crackin'.
For the longest time, Apple’s customers have pointed to the Cupertino company’s “better” security as a reason to ditch Windows and move into their walled garden. But the security landscape has changed and we are facing new threats. Recent events suggest Apple’s supposed security superiority is being eroded by smarter bad guys and errors coming from Apple’s development team.
Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook likes to talk a big game about how the tech industry should be more socially responsible while overseeing an international tax-avoidance regime that puts Scrooge McDuck's gold-filled vault/swimming pool to shame, has agreed to repay Ireland €13 billion ($20 billion) in unpaid taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Ever since it launched in September, iOS 11 has been riddled with glitches, bad UI decisions and general lack of attention to detail. On Friday night, Apple's problems got a little worse with a notifications bug that sent iPhones and iPads running the software into a constant cycle of crashing and rebooting, forcing Apple to issue an immediate update.
Apple just released a patch that fixes a recently revealed security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. This is the bug that let anyone gain admin access to Mac accounts without typing in a password. It's a bad one. Good news is that Apple is making it very easy to update your software and squash the bug. Just click the "Update" box when you see it!
For those of us that prefer our handsets on the smaller size, the iPhone 6's change in form factor was disappointing. Fortunately, Apple didn't abandon fans entirely, providing upgraded guts inside an iPhone 5s chassis with the SE. It appears the SE was popular enough for Apple to consider a refresh, which should be with us before mid-2018 if reports are true.
Your iPhone can charge a lot faster than you thought. When Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the company glossed over the fact that all three of its new handsets were capable of fast charging - similar to what Android phones have been doing for years. Even now, if you go the spec page for Apple's latest phones, all you get is a single line saying fast charging can add up to a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes, but without getting a magnifying glass out and reading item nine of the fine print, you would have no idea how you're actually supposed to accomplish that.