The Call-History Edition Friday, November 18, 2016

Apple Comments On iCloud Call History Sync: What You Need To Know!, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Because, when you restore an iPhone from backup, including a new iPhone that replaces your old one, or you enable continuity calling so you can make phone calls from your iPad or Mac, you see your call history.

If Apple wasn't backing up and syncing that information, you would lose it every time you restored your iPhone, and you'd have frustratingly different calling lists across your devices.

Apple Syncs Call Logs Via iCloud, But It's More Of An Annoyance Than Security Risk, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

The bigger issue here is that Apple has made a big stand on privacy and being protective of its users’ data, and so it’s a bit at odds with that stated purpose to retain this information without notifying its users. If I had to bet, I’d guess a subsequent version of iOS will prompts users to allow this data to be synced, and let them opt out via the Privacy controls.

Still Partly Your Fault

Apple Will Fix iPhone 6 Pluses With Touchscreen Problems, But It Will Cost You, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

If you've been having touchscreen problems with your iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has a fix for you if you're willing to pay for it. The "iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair Program" is for phones that are either having trouble registering touchscreen input or that are have flickering displays as a result of "being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device."

Unlike past iPhone repair programs—a list which includes the power button and battery in the iPhone 5 and the camera in the iPhone 6 Plus—Apple is charging a $149 service fee to replace iPhones affected by the problem. Even then, Apple says your phone needs to be "in working order" and can't have a cracked or broken screen. If you have previously paid for a repair related to these problems, Apple says that you can contact the company to be reimbursed for whatever you paid beyond $149.


Apple Could Make iPhones In US In Future: Sources, by Debby Wu, Nikkei Asian Review

Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. [...]

The person added that one view among the Apple supply chain in Taiwan is that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may push the Cupertino, California-based tech titan to make a certain number of iPhone components at home.

The Real Reason Apple Produces Outside The US Has Little To Do With Labor Costs, by Mike Murphy, Quartz

The real issue is that the vast majority of Apple’s suppliers, the companies that build the individual components that make up an iPhone—such as the battery, the camera, the display, the sensors, and just about every other part inside the iPhone—are based in Asia.

Apple has suppliers in 28 countries, and the countries with the highest concentration of suppliers are China, Japan, the US, and Taiwan, according to MIT Technology Review. Shipping all of those individual parts to the US would cost a lot more than moving them around China or shipping them across Asia.

Strong-arm Apple And Tax China Bigly: A Guide To Trump's Possible Tech Policies, by Geof Wheelwright, The Guardian

America’s technology industry has enjoyed a close relationship with President Obama’s administration since he was elected in 2008 – a fact that will not be lost on president-elect Donald Trump, who pitched his own ideas about technology policy while campaigning.

The technology sector is responsible for 6% of the nation’s economy and nearly $1tn in GDP for 2014 alone, according to the trade body the Internet Association. Trump needs to engage – but what policies is he likely to formulate?

Silicon Valley Helped Create Trump, And That’s Bad For It, by Noam Cohen, New York Times

By fostering rampant individualism and a disregard for traditional institutions, the tech companies are now under threat from a candidate they helped create. It’s no coincidence that tech stocks are down since the election, even as the broader market rallied. Mr. Trump’s nationalism also threatens the global consensus that is so important to the expansion of the tech giants. Yesterday, Russian authorities blocked LinkedIn over a data storage law.

How do you like your disruption now?

Virtual Playground

Apple Stores To Teach Swift Playgrounds Lessons At Free Hour Of Code Workshops Starting December 5, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple’s annual Hour of Code workshops are kicking off this year at Apple Stores across the world during the week of December 5, and this year there’s a new app in play: Swift Playgrounds. Apple introduced user-friendly coding app for iPad earlier this year as a way to introduce new developers to Swift, Apple’s programming language.


Apple Releases ‘Bulbs’ TV Ad Featuring The New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar, A “Tool For All The Ideas To Come”, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The ad shows a series of lightbulbs exploding around the world, ending with a tag line ‘Ideas push the world forward’ and a few short shots of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Workflow For iOS Gains Redesigned Actions Gallery, Easier Automation Discovery, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Workflow for iOS is easily the best way to put automation to work for you on iPhone and iPad, and today the popular utility is out with a significant update that includes a cleaner look and better discovery. The gallery of automations within Workflow has been redesigned with search and profiles for finding new actions and seeing who created them. Is Adding A Smart Assistant To Your To-do List, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

When you enter a task into, the company’s servers will analyze it to see if it’s the sort of thing a chatbot or a human assistant could help you accomplish. If so, a button pops up to launch a chat with said bot or human, who then takes care of it for you.

The Clock Helps You Keep An Eye On Time Zones, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

So if you happen to need to keep track of multiple time zones and/or schedule meetings across them, The Clock might be right on time for you.

Mozilla Launches Firefox Focus, A Private Web Browser For iPhone, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Called Firefox Focus, the mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies.

The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.

Bottom of the Page

Unlike many people, I don't care whether Apple continues the Mac Pro line. What I am worry about: the iPad mini.

Will Microsoft scoop in again, and make a Surface Mini?


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