We’re still in the dog days of summer, but there’s a little more Apple news to report. Here are the links of note for the week ending July 24, 2016:
- Apple has released a slew of software updates this week including OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2 and watchOS 2.2.2. The updates include primarily bug fixes but also several security updates. The downloads can be obtained through the software updated function on your hardware. I’ve updated all my devices and haven’t run into any issues.
- Apple announced its FY 16 Third Quarter Results Conference Call will be held on Tuesday, July 26th at 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern. The call will be available as a webcast and also available for two weeks after for replay on Apple’s website. Investors are a bit nervous about this call given Apple’s lackluster results last quarter and the somewhat negative rumors circulating about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail.
- Speaking of the new iPhone 7, Juli Clover of MacRumors reports on a new mockup circulating around the Internet which depicts three models of the new iPhone including an iPhone 7, iPhone 7Plus and a new iPhone 7 Pro. The Pro model allegedly features a 5.5" form factor, dual lens and a smart connector. I’m personally a little skeptical about this rumor, but time will tell.
- There was major acquisition news this week, as reported by Dan Frommer of Recode, SoftBank is reportedly buying ARM Holdings for $32 billion. This is notable not only for the size of the acquisition, but also because ARM chips dominate the smartphone market including Apple’s iPhone and iPads.
- There have been several complaints since iTunes Match launched that the service was replacing “matched” songs with different versions. For example, users have reported live tracks could be swapped with studio versions or similar mistakes. Supposedly Apple has been working on audio fingerprint technology to improve the accuracy of this match. As Jim Dalrymple of the Loop explains, Apple has already been using audio fingerprint technology for iTunes Match subscribers and will now be rolling it out to Apple Music Subscribers. I subscribe to iTunes Match, but not Apple Music. I still see a frustrating number of unmatched tracks for no apparent reason, but hopefully as the technology improves this will decrease.
- The popular writing App Scrivener is now available for the iPad and iPhone. We’ve spoken about Scrivener a lot on Mac Power Users, my pal David Sparks has written books on Scrivener and shares his thoughts on the new iOS App. (Spoiler alert, he likes it.)
- Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer has news that the new Star Trek Series is coming to Netflix Streaming, but not in the US. The new series will launch in 2017, but US viewers will need a paid CBS All Access account that costs $6 per month. Still, good news for those in the 188 countries where Netflix will be showing the series.
- Drafts is one of my favorite iOS Apps, in fact its in my Dock, but I still don’t know many of the ninja tricks. Good news, my friend David Sparks has been working on a Screencast Series for Draft with over an hour of content. The series is now complete and there are over 15 tutorials in total available on the Drafts website. Here’s a sample: