Katie's Week in Review: October 23, 2016

At long last, Apple appears to be updating the Mac lineup. We have news of an upcoming Apple event and other links of note for the week ending October 23, 2016:

  • Apple Announces Oct. 27 Event to End Mac Update Drought - Hello again. Apple will hold a special event on their Cupertino campus on Thursday, October 27th at 10am Pacific. Mark Gurman writing for Bloomberg says we can expects new MacBook Pro and a 13" MacBook Air replacement. I’m really hoping Apple gives me the opportunity to buy a new Cinema Display with that new Mac but the odds of that seem less certain.
  • iOS 10.0.3 Fixes Cellular Connectivity Issues - If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, make sure you check for updates. The latest update fixes an issue for Verizon customers who would get stuck on 3G speeds instead of LTE.
  • Angela Ahrendts Talks Concepts Behind Next-Generation Apple Stores at Most Powerful Women Summit - Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts was the opening speaker at Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women Summit. Husain Sumra of MacRumors links to a video of the interview and summary. In the interview Angela talks about her upbringing, how technology changed Burberry and her plans for evolving Apple’s retail strategy.
  • iCloud Family Sharing Users Can Remotely Wipe Each Other’s Devices (Kinda) - I’ve received a couple of emails from Mac Power Users listeners recently about a feature that appears to allow family sharing users to wipe the other’s devices. Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer dug in and found out there’s a bit more to the story. Turns out yes, there is an option in Family Sharing for other family members to use Find My iPhone to locate and even initiate a remote wipe of other family devices. However, you must enter the Apple ID and Password associated with the device. So, if you’re worried about your kids getting upset and wiping your devices, choose time to up your Password game.
  • More than 90% of ‘genuine’ Apple chargers & cables sold on Amazon are fake, says Apple - Bought an Apple Product off Amazon recently? Take precautions to make sure you’re getting the genuine article. According to an Apple investigation, more than 90% of the cables purchased from Amazon and marketed as genuine were, in fact, counterfeit. Ben Lovejoy from 9to5 Mac has more details on this story, including a response from Amazon.
  • Amazon launches “Family Vault,” a way for families to share Prime Photos’ free storage - Amazon is stepping up its game in the photo sharing and storage arena. Sarah Perez at TechCrunch explains, Prime members already receive a benefit of free photo storage. Now they can invite up to five family members to join a “Family Vault” where they can share videos and photos. Amazon also announced a new low-cost photo printing service with free shipping for Prime members.
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