The Last-As-Long-As-Possible Edition Friday, December 29, 2017

A Message To Our Customers, by Apple

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

iPhone Battery And Performance, by Apple

Our intention for iPhone is to deliver an experience that is simple and easy to use. Doing so requires a lot of engineering and many advanced technologies. One important technology area is battery and performance. Batteries are a complex technology, and there are a number of variables that contribute to battery performance and related iPhone performance. All rechargeable batteries are consumables and have a limited lifespan—eventually their capacity and performance decline so that they need to be serviced or recycled. As this happens, it can contribute to changes in iPhone performance. We created this information for those who would like to learn more.

Apple Apologizes After Outcry Over Slowed iPhones, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

The company said it would cut the price of an out-of-warranty battery replacement from $79 to $29 for an iPhone 6 or later, starting next month. The company also will update its iOS operating system to let users see whether their battery is in poor health and is affecting the phone’s performance.


At least eight lawsuits have been filed in California, New York and Illinois alleging that the company defrauded users by slowing devices down without warning them. The company also faces a legal complaint in France, where so-called “planned obsolesce” is against the law.

Apple’s Response To Its iPhone Slowdown Controversy Is Good — And A Lesson To Be More Proactive About Communicating, by Dan Frommer, Recode

In this case, a little proactive communication could have gone a long way, and should be Apple’s big lesson here. If Apple had noted to individual iPhone users that their batteries were getting old — and that it could lead to reduced performance — this probably would have never been an issue.

French Lawsuit Launched Against Apple For Alleged Crime Of Slowing Down iPhones, by The Local

A French activist group has launched a criminal lawsuit against Apple over its policy of slowing down older iPhones in a case that could see the tech giant 's executives jailed and cost it five percent of its income if convicted of the crime of "planned obsolescence".

How It Works

Pressing The Side Button To Confirm Payments On iPhone X, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

This is an interesting design dilemma. The reason why Apple requires you to press the physical side button to confirm a purchase with Apple Pay or in the App Store is because pressing the side button can’t be faked by an app. [...]

But: people naturally expect everything they do on an iPhone to be done on screen. The screen is the phone — and that’s even more true with the iPhone X. Even with an animation pointing to the side button on screen, it doesn’t occur to people that they need to do something off-screen to authorize the transaction.

Design Flaw In Apple Flagship Store, by Matt Maldre, Spudart

The edges of the roof slope down without any gutters to catch the melting snow. Pedestrians under the roof will get by sliding snow.

Since this store is a community hub, people are supposed to gather around the store and delight in their Apple products. But now they’ll get hit by falling icicles!

Why LTE Macs Don't Exist, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

No, the real reason LTE Macs don’t exist is because the Mac basically has no built-in way to regulate how apps connect to the Internet. iOS was built from the ground up to differentiate between Wi-Fi and cellular data, which allows users on metered cellular plans to regulate how much data their devices use. Apps behave differently on Wi-Fi than on cellular.


Five Of The Best Board Game Conversions For Your New iPad Or iPhone, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

A niche category of the expanding game market on iOS are board game translations. AppleInsider goes beyond Monopoly and Scrabble and looks into five of the best more advanced board games that benefit from an iOS implementation.


Hour Of Code Cultivates Learning At Barclay Brook, by Dave Schatz,,

Barclay Brook Elementary School’s kindergarten through second-graders have been learning the basics of computer coding since 2014, but every student, including preschoolers and those with special needs, recently spent an hour in the school’s STEAMaker Lab.

“There will be kids in here coding, anytime you come in this week,” said Nicole Midura, Barclay’s librarian, during the opening morning of “Hour of Code,” a worldwide plan to introduce children to coding.

Bottom of the Page

Well, turns out Apple has just one more thing they need to do before the end of the year...


Not only are the more recent Doctor Who series missing from my local Netflix, the Christmas episode is also missing from a couple of series that Netflix does carry.

Why, BBC? Why?


Thanks for reading.