It’s been a busy week for Apple, with Tim Cook traveling to China and India and across the board software updates, here are links of note for the week ending May 22, 2016:
- Tim Cook has been traveling this week. As reported by Joe Rossignol of MacRumors, he made a trip to Beijing and used the ride sharing service Didi Chuxing which Apple recently invested $1 billion in. MacRumors has more details on the trip. Coinciding with the trip Apple released an update to GarageBand that included new instruments and an extensive Chinese language localization to celebrate Chinese Music.
- While traveling overseas Tim also stopped off in India where he met with the Indian Prime Minister and Apple announced a new iOS App Design and development accelerator in Bengaluru. India and China are both areas where Apple has plans for expansion.
- Apple released a slew of software updates for the Mac and iOS this week including OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1. Josh Centers at TidBITS has a roundup of the changes.
- Unfortunately, Juli Clover of Mac Rumors reports that some 9.7“ iPad Pro users are reporting problems after installing the 9.3.2 update and are seeing ”Error 56“ with the update ”bricking“ their iPads. Apple has issued a statement to iMore explaining that it is ”looking into a small number of reports“ and advises those impacted to contact Apple support. I updated my 9.7” iPad Pro before I saw the news of these troubles. Thankfully, my update went smoothly.
- One of the changes in iOS 9.3.2 was a modification to the Touch ID rules that adds an additional level of security. As Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld Explains, if you haven’t used your passcode to unlock your iPhone or iPad for six days, a new iOS 9 restriction disables Touch ID if you don’t unlock with a fingerprint within 8 hours.
- iTunes also saw an update to version 12.4. In addition to bug fixes, this update saw some changes to the user interface. Melissa Holt of The Mac observer explains how users can once again edit the sidebar to display only information you want to see.
- One of the bug fixes in the iTunes 12.4 update was to fix a very rare issue where iTunes would delete music from a user’s library. This issue was extensively detailed by James Pinkstone on his blog and his post quickly spread around the Internet. This week, Pinkstone wrote a follow-up piece explaining how Apple sent engineers to his home to try to track down the issue.
- As reported by Erik Holm and Anupreeta Das of the Wall Street Journal, Berkshire Hathaway bought nearly a $1 Billion stake in Apple. According to the Journal, the purchase was made by one of Warren Buffett’s lieutenants, not Buffett himself. Nevertheless, news of the significant stock purchase has helped quell fears about Apple’s stock price.
- Finally this week, continuing his series on the iMac G3, Stephen Hackett has a great post and video this week explaining the iMac G3 Family Tree. Stephen has been putting out more video content lately. If you haven’t already, you should consider subscribing to his YouTube channel: