The Got-Good-Supply Edition Saturday, September 23, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone 8 And Apple Watch Series 3 Are Sold Out In Some Places, by Anita Balakrishnan, CNBC

"I am thrilled," Cook told CNBC's Josh Lipton on Friday. "Here's what we're seeing right now. The watch with LTE — the Series 3 Watch — we are sold out in so many places around the world. And we're working really hard to meet demand. We've sold out of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in some stores, but we've got good supply there. You can see what's going on here this morning — I couldn't be happier."

Apple Shares '8 Things To Love About iPhone 8' Video, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple this morning published a new iPhone 8 ad to its YouTube channel, highlighting eight things to love about the new device.

Not A Screen Replacement

AppleCare+ iPhone 8 Back Screen Glass Replacement $99, Not Screen Repair Cost Of $29, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Users with AppleCare+ for the iPhone are accustomed to a relatively new $29 screen replacement from Apple —but that only applies to the screen in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and not the back glass.

Disassemblies of the iPhone 8 family have shown a relatively simple disassembly process for a screen replacement. However, the back glass is retained with a significant quantity of glue and is essentially fused into the case assembly itself.

Fakes Everywhere

I Uncovered A Group Of Scammers Posing As Apple Support Technicians, by Louise Matsakis, Motherboard

While messing around on Twitter late Tuesday night, I noticed people discussing iCloud Keychain, Apple's password management system. I clicked on a hashtag associated with the tool, #iCloudKeychain, to check out more tweets about it.

Instead of finding people chattering about their iPhones, I stumbled upon over a dozen accounts that could easily be confused for official Apple tech support.

Did A Harvard Study Prove That Apple Slows Down iPhones To Boost Sales Of New Ones?, by Kim LaCapria, Snopes

The years-old clickbait was revived in September 2017 just as new iPhones were released, with no additional information substantiating the original claim. No Harvard study proves that Apple slows down iPhones down intentionally, and the original post that was rehashed for future articles seemed to contradict — if not outright disprove — the theory.


iTunes Finally Offers 48-hour Rentals In The US, by Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch

If you rent a movie on iTunes in the U.S., you now have 48 hours to start watching and finishing it. And you can watch the movie as much as you want during that 48-hour window. As always, you have 30 days to start watching the movie.

Apple Adds Global FeliCa Support To Apple Pay With iPhone 8, iPhone X & Apple Watch Series 3, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

With FeliCa support, users can apply Apple Pay to Suica charges and tap-to-pay solutions from Docomo and QUICPay. Until now, however, FeliCa functionality was limited to iPhone and Apple Watch products sold within Japan.

Dropbox Integrates With iOS 11’s Files App In Latest Update, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Adding Files support means Dropbox files can now live alongside files from iCloud Drive and other file providers.


Designing Websites For iPhone X, by Timothy Horton,

If your page has only text and images above a solid background color, the default insets will look great.

Other pages — especially those designed with full-width horizontal navigation bars, like the page below — can optionally go a little further to take full advantage of the features of the new display.

Apple Details Web Developer Tips On Designing For The iPhone X, Greg Barbosa, 9to5Mac

Once the viewport is adjusted, content may now appear hidden under the sensor housing and home indicator. Apple notes that the next step here is to account for the iPhone X’s safe area. By accounting for the safe area, a web developer can web sure that content won’t be obscured by the sensor housing, home indicator, or rounded corners.

This is the crux for designers; for its bezel-less design, the iPhone X just reintroduces bezels into its software.

Tech's Push To Teach Coding Isn't About Kids' Success – It's About Cutting Wages, by Ben Tarnoff, The Guardian

Everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to code. Coding can be a rewarding, even pleasurable, experience, and it’s useful for performing all sorts of tasks. More broadly, an understanding of how code works is critical for basic digital literacy – something that is swiftly becoming a requirement for informed citizenship in an increasingly technologized world.

But coding is not magic. It is a technical skill, akin to carpentry. Learning to build software does not make you any more immune to the forces of American capitalism than learning to build a house. Whether a coder or a carpenter, capital will do what it can to lower your wages, and enlist public institutions towards that end.

Bottom of the Page

I am not sure if there are some kind of reverse placebo effect happening in my brain, but ever since I've updated my iPhone to iOS 11, there seems to be more TouchID failures in recogninzing my fingers. (And no, my fingers are not wet.)

Coupled with the fact that there doesn't seem to be any visual indicators that TouchID failed to recognize my fingers, this is starting to get frustrating.


Thanks for reading.