The iOS-Updates Edition Friday, November 10, 2017

Apple Releases iOS 11.1.1 To Fix Annoying I Autocorrect Bug, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

iOS 11.1.1 is here, and it comes with a small but important update: a fix for the strange autocorrect bug in iOS 11.1 that has been automatically changing the letter “I” to “A [?]” for some users.

Apple’s Response To iPhone X Screen Cold Weather Responsiveness, by Dave Mark, The Loop

“We are aware of instances where the iPhone X screen will become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment. After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. This will be addressed in an upcoming software update.”

Some iPhone 8, iPhone X Users Suffering From GPS Issues, Software Fix Appears To Be Coming In iOS 11.2, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

A growing thread on the Apple community support forums suggests that users are having some difficulties with GPS accuracy mostly on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X —but a software fix appears to be included for most in the most recent beta of iOS 11.2.

Apple Initiatives

Apple’s New ‘This Weekend Only’ Promo Offers In-app Deals From HotelTonight, Chipotle, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

As part of its redesigned App Store with a focus on curation and editorial content, this evening has launched a new “This Weekend Only” weekly promotion. This will offer discounts on things such as apparel, travel, food, and other categories. Apple is kicking it off with five stellar offerings from HotelTonight, Chipotle, and more.

Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ Initiative Expands To Colleges And Universities Outside Of The US, by Jon Russell, TechCrunch

“We launched the Everyone Can Code initiative less than a year ago with the ambitious goal of offering instruction in coding to as many people as possible. Our program has been incredibly popular among US schools and colleges, and today marks an important step forward as we expand internationally,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

Apple Has Acquired Imaging Sensor Startup InVisage Technologies, by Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch

As Apple continues to work on ever-smaller but more powerful computing devices, it has acquired a startup focusing on nanotechnology, and specifically as it relates to image sensors. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Apple has picked up InVisage Technologies, a startup that develops solutions to improve imaging capabilities on space-constrained devices, like smartphones.

Apple Diversity

Apple Releases First Diversity Report Under New VP Of Diversity And Inclusion, by Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch

While Apple has a larger percentage of black and Hispanic employees than many other tech companies, it’s important to note that some of them are in lower-paying retail roles. Eighteen percent of Apple’s retail employee base is Hispanic, 13 percent are black, 7 percent are Asian and 57 percent are white.

Apple Barely Moves The Needle In Adding More Female Workers, by Shara Tibken, CNET

Apple made some progress in hiring more minorities. But when it comes to women, its efforts fell flat.


Clips 2.0 Introduces Selfie Scenes For iPhone X, Star Wars Content, iCloud Syncing, And More, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Selfie Scenes use the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera to detect depth in front-facing video and, in real-time, replace the background of the shot with an alternative location. Scenes range from outer space, to a traditional cityscape, and an 8-bit world.

Apple Is Holding A Special Apple Watch Activity Challenge For Veterans Day, by iMore

Today Apple announced that this November 11, Apple Watch users will be able to compete in a special Activity Challenge designed to help raise awareness of Veterans Day. If they complete the challenge, they will receive a special badge representing their achievement as well as a sticker that can be used in iMessage.

Best Camera Apps For iPhone X, by Cella Lao Rousseau, iMore

If you're looking to get the most use out of your iPhone X's impeccable camera, then it might be worth it to consider buying or downloading a third-party camera app that'll take your iPhone photos from stunning to truly spectacular.

Here are the best camera apps available so far that pair beautifully with the iPhone X.

PhotoBee Can Help You Find Lost Photos, Videos In macOS Messages, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Brattoo Propaganda Software’s PhotoBee for macOS lets you scan your iMessages for photos and movies, and then download them to keep them along with the rest of your photos.

This App Tells You If Your Local McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Is Down, by Dani Deahl, The Verge

I have a new woman to look up to in tech, and her name is Raina McLeod. Raina made an iPhone app called Ice Check that directs you to the nearest working McFlurry machine at a McDonald’s. Raina is a goddess.


Inside One iOS App Developer’s Quest To Get Onstage At Apple’s WWDC, by Mark Sullivan, Fast Company

It’s better than any advertisement, social campaign, or press write-up. Appearing onstage at an Apple press event is the dream of every iOS developer. It can almost instantly lift a tiny bootstrapped company from obscurity to name-brand status. It can also be the beginning of a long-lasting and lucrative relationship with Apple.

But as the folks at Scrollmotion, a New York-based iOS app developer, can tell you, getting there is a long, careful dance that can be full of heady highs, heartbreaking lows, and sudden death. The company marshaled a laborious campaign to present its app onstage at an Apple event last spring, and while the campaign was unsuccessful, the company says it would do it again in a heartbeat.

App Store Jedi: Getting Noticed In The New Storefront, by Alan Braun, Inc

But the best way to develop a relationship with Apple? Build a great app. If you do, Apple will Hunt. You. Down. Believe me.

Bottom of the Page

After one week of iPhone X, I barely even miss the home button. The new gestures are great. The notch is barely noticeable -- maybe because I seldom watch videos on the phone. I'm used to pulling down the Control Center from the top right corner. Face ID works magically. And the large clock on the top left corner is comfortable for my old eyes.

I don't like the double-clicking of the side button for Apple Pay or to install apps. This action makes me wonder if I am wearing down the side button.


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