The craziness of September has come to an end. The new iPhones are released (and I finally have mine in hand) and the latest Mac and iOS updates have dropped. Rumors are heating up at a possible Mac line refresh later this month, but until then, here are the links of note for he week ending October 2, 2016:
- Apple & Deloitte Team Up to Accelerate Business Transformation on iPhone & iPad - Apple and Deloitte announced a partnership this week with Deloitte to create an Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors focused on helping businesses change the way they work across their entire enterprise. The consulting group called "EnterpriseNext’ will help Deloitte clients take advantage of the iOS ecosystem.
- Apple will begin selling Sonos wireless speakers online, in stores this month - Earlier this year Sonos speakers gained Apple Music compatibility. As reported by 9to5 Mac, Apple Stores are now selling Sonos speakers online and will soon sell the speakers in their retail stores. This is a somewhat surprising move given Apple owns a competing speaker system and that Sonos has recently announced a plan to bring Alexa support in 2017. I can’t help but wonder what this means for the future of a standalone Siri-enabled speaker.
- Police can’t read your iMessages, but here’s what they can see - There was a bit of a dust-up this week over data Apple stores about iMessage users. As Ina Fried reports for Recode, whenever a user types a number into the iMessage, the App pings Apple’s servers to determine whether the number is another iOS device. This information is stored on Apple’s servers for 30 days, and is thus subject to discovery by third parties.
- iOS 10: Print to PDF With and Without 3D Touch - One of my biggest complaints about Mail on iOS 10 was the lack of a share extension, notably for the ability to export messages as PDFs to save to other services. With iOS 10, you can now natively print to PDF. Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer explains in this tutorial.
- Providing the best possible App Store experience - Writing on the Omni Blog, Ken Case details some of the struggles the company has had with the Mac App Store and pricing. To try work around some of these issue, Omni announced that starting with the App Store edition OmniGraffle 7, the App will be free for a two-week trial period with in-app purchases to upgrade to the Standard and Pro editions. As Ken outlines, this offers Omni additional flexibility to offer trials, reduced price upgrades and more.
- Plex Cloud lets you say goodbye to your always-on home media server - Plex keeps rolling out the features this year. As reported by Ian Paul at TechHive, Plex Pass subscribers can now sign up for the beta-test of Plex Cloud. This is an option that allows users to store their Plex data files on the cloud, rather than using a dedicated computer or NAS. Currently Plex Cloud supports Amazon Drive but additional cloud services are planned in the future. The beauty of a cloud-hosted Plex solution means that users will not need a dedicated device to run their home media server, however there will be additional costs associated with the cloud storage.
- Updated Notice on ScanSnap Compatibility Status with macOS Sierra - One of my most-used utilities, the Fujitsu ScanSnap has reported some incompatibilities with macOS Sierra that may cause data loss and blank pages. The bug seems to be limited to certain scanning modes. Fujitsu says a fix is planned for the middle of October.