The Right-Away Edition Sunday, December 31, 2017

Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacements Are Available Starting Today, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

Those $29 battery out-of-warranty replacements Apple promised are now available for impacted users with an iPhone 6 or later. The company was initially aiming for a late-January timeframe in the States when it first offered up the discount, following blowback against its admission that it had slowed down older model phones to maximize performance.

“We expected to need more time to be ready,” the company said in a statement offered up to TechCrunch this weekend, “but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”

Apple Says Icicle Problem At Downtown Store Should Be Resolved 'Soon', by Rachel Hinton, Chicago Sun-Times

The spokeswoman disputed that, saying the company “definitely considered” snow and ice when creating its flagship store.

As for addressing the problem, Chwedyk said roping off areas are a good “stopgap” to make sure people don’t get hurt until design changes can be considered and possibly implemented.

Review: Apple's Powerhouse iMac Pro Wows With Stellar Performance And Design, by Max Yuryev, AppleInsider

Most pros I know want something that's quick and easy to setup up, a machine that performs well and is reliable, and is backed up by a solid company and warranty should issues arise. That typically been an iMac, but for those who have wanted a bit more power (or a lot more), enter the iMac Pro.