The Detailed-Manufacturing-Plan Edition Saturday, December 3, 2022

Apple Makes Plans To Move Production Out Of China, by Yang Jie and Aaron Tilley, Wall Street Journal

The executives referred to what is known as new product introduction, or NPI, when Apple assigns teams to work with contractors in translating its product blueprints and prototypes into a detailed manufacturing plan.

It is the guts of what it takes to actually build hundreds of millions of gadgets, and an area where China, with its concentration of production engineers and suppliers, has excelled.

Apple has told its manufacturing partners that it wants them to start trying to do more of this work outside of China, according to people involved in the discussions. Unless places like India and Vietnam can do NPI too, they will remain stuck playing second fiddle, say supply-chain specialists. However, the slowing global economy and slowing hiring at Apple have made it hard for the tech giant to allocate personnel for NPI work with new suppliers and new countries, said some of the people in the discussions.

Goldman Sachs Says Apple Card's Savings Account Feature Is 'Upcoming', by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Goldman Sachs this week updated its Apple Card customer agreement to reflect the credit card's upcoming Daily Cash savings account feature, which was expected to launch with iOS 16.1 but appears to have been delayed.

Meet The Slovenian Fitness Tracker That Won The Apple Watch ‘App Of The Year’ Award, by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou, The Next Web

In essence, Gentler Streak is a fitness app, which means it helps users track workout activities, distance, heart rate zones, and activity stats, among others.

But what’s really unique about it is its gentler approach that also focuses on recovery time.


Apple And Zedd Collaborate To Allow GarageBand Users To Remix Hit Song 'Clarity', by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

iPhone and iPad users can now open the GarageBand app and remix “Clarity” with guided instruction from Zedd. The free Remix Session can be downloaded in GarageBand’s Sound Library, and Zedd has shared a companion video on YouTube with tips on how to remix the song in a couple of minutes using the app’s Live Loops interface.

BusyCal 2022.4.6, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

BusyCal can now display up to 31 days in Week view (useful as an overview for project managers).

OtterBox Is Out With New Power Banks For iPhone And Apple Watch, by Andrew Orr, AppleInsider

OtterBox has three new chargers to power an iPhone and an Apple Watch, with features that include nightstand mode and versatility as a car vent mount.


No More Airplane Mode? EU To Allow Calls On Flights, by BBC

The European Commission ruled airlines can provide 5G technology on board planes, alongside slower mobile data.

This could mean flyers will no longer be required to put their phone on airplane mode - though the specifics of how it will be implemented are unclear.

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Apple will have to try harder to get the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro to not only cancel engine noise, but also people talking on their phones.


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