The More-Likely-to-Bend Edition Friday, May 25, 2018

Internal Documents Show Apple Knew The iPhone 6 Would Bend, by Jason Koebler, Motherboard

Apple’s internal tests found that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are significantly more likely to bend than the iPhone 5S, according to information made public in a recent court filing obtained by Motherboard. Publicly, Apple has never said that the phones have a bending problem, and maintains that position, despite these models commonly being plagued with “touch disease,” a flaw that causes the touchscreen to work intermittently that the repair community say is a result of bending associated with normal use.

The information is contained in internal Apple documents filed under seal in a class-action lawsuit that alleges Apple misled customers about touch disease. The documents remain under seal, but US District Court judge Lucy Koh made some of the information from them public in a recent opinion in the case.

Valve Accuses Apple Of Rejecting Steam Link Mobile Streaming App, by Sean Hollister, CNET

Valve says that Apple actually approved the iOS version for release on May 7, but decided to renege -- due to "business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team," according to Valve's statement.


Apple Promotes Free Month Of Upgraded iCloud Storage To Non-paying Users, by AppleInsider

Apple is advertising free one month trials of its premium iCloud storage plans to Apple device owners not currently paying for a subscription and who have reached their 5GB limit.

When these users attempt to perform an iOS device backup, a pop-up message appears promoting the step-up 50GB plan. A similar notification without mention of the free trial has long been part of iOS.

Beats 'Decade Collection' Headphones Revealed Online Ahead Of Release, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple's planned celebration of Beats' 10th anniversary — a line of special "Decade Collection" hardware — hit the web late this week prior to an official announcement, with major retail chains advertising the limited edition ahead of a scheduled launch in June.

Pro Camera App Obscura 2 Launches With New Filters, Metadata Viewer, And One-hand Friendly UI That Looks Great On iPhone X, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The main screen incorporates all controls into a bottom third of the screen, easily accessible when using the iPhone one-handed. There are dedicated buttons for common actions of changing exposure and focus, and a simple ‘control wheel’ dial houses the rest of the controls. Obscura includes a rich set of filters, gestures and a beautifully integrated photo library browser.


Jury Finds Samsung Owes Apple $539M In Patent Case Stretching Back To 2011, by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch

A patent case that began back in 2011 has reached a conclusion, with Samsung ordered to pay about $539 million to Apple over infringements of the latter’s patents in devices that are now long gone. The case has dragged on for years as both sides argued about the finer points of how much was owed per device, what could be deducted and so on. It’s been eye-wateringly boring, but at least it’s over now. Maybe.

The patents in question are some things we take for granted now, UI cues like “rubber-banding” at the bottom of a list or using two fingers to zoom in and out. But they were all part of the “boy have we patented it” multi-touch gestures of which Steve Jobs was so proud. In addition there were the defining characteristics of the first iPhone, now familiar (black round rectangle with a big screen, etc.). At any rate, Apple sued the dickens out of Samsung over them.

Woman Says Her Amazon Device Recorded Private Conversation, Sent It Out To Random Contact, by Gary Horcher, KIRO7

"I felt invaded," she said. "A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, 'I'm never plugging that device in again, because I can't trust it.'"

Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated.

"They said 'our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us, they saw exactly what you said happened, and we're sorry.' He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes and he said we really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, this is something we need to fix!"

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When I go to bed at night, there are seven devices with microphones surrounding us. Two of the devices are typically inside my bag, which is next to my bed.

Out of the seven devices, six of them also contain one or more cameras. (None of the cameras are pointing at me when I sleep, though.)

Out of the same seven devices, six of them can connect to the internet directly via the wi-fi router. They all know my password. One of them can also connect to any of the other six devices via Bluetooth, if it so desires.

So, yes. If your company is making devices with microphones and cameras and what-nots, you will need to gain our trust first.


I find it strange that there are people clamoring for the Apple Watch (and other wrist-based wearable devices) to have a camera. I don't wear any watches, but if I do, I don't want a camera there. Especially since one wears a watch everywhere one goes to, including the restrooms. I'm not sure about you -- especially if you belong to the other half of the human population of which I am not a member -- but the position of my wrist while I'm in there is quite near places of my body where I don't really want a camera that may be on to be pointing at.


Thanks for reading.