This iFixit teardown shows the HomePod is built like a tank

Thuy Ong, writing for The Verge;

To dismantle the speaker, iFixit used a heat gun to peel panels off and a knife to cut through 3D wire mesh. (The mesh can be peeled off undamaged with a nifty drawstring that’s attached, iFixit notes). iFixit then used a small hacksaw to saw off the top of the speaker to access the woofer. When a saw comes out, you know something’s not meant for tinkering.

I’ve embedded the whole tear down below for your viewing pleasure.

Apple Reports First Quarter Results

Apple;

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended December 30, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion, an increase of 13 percent from the year-ago quarter and an all-time record, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.89, up 16 percent, also an all-time record. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple previews iOS 11.3

Apple;

iOS 11.3 adds new features to show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced. These can be found in Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.

Additionally, users can now see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off. This feature can be found in Settings -> Battery and is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

These features will be coming in a later iOS 11.3 beta release.

Aside from the new Animoji and the ability to view health records in the Health app, being able to monitor the device’s battery health and manage the power is probably the most important feature of iOS 11.3.

iMac Pro now available in the Philippine

The starting price for the base model of iMac Pro is ₱295,990.00. While a configured iMac Pro with the specs below will cost you a whopping ₱742,950.00, and it will ship in 3–5 weeks.

  • 2.3GHz 18-core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz
  • 128GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory
  • 4TB SSD
  • Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory
  • Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2 – Space Gray
  • VESA Mount Adapter Kit for iMac Pro – Space Gray
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad – US English – Space Gray
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Logic Pro X

Apple just release the iOS 11.2.2 update for Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre

Apple just release the iOS 11.2.2 update for Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre.

Here’s what Apple is saying about the security content of iOS 11.2.2.

Released January 8, 2018

Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Description: iOS 11.2.2 includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715).

We would like to acknowledge Jann Horn of Google Project Zero; and Paul Kocher in collaboration with Daniel Genkin of University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland, Daniel Gruss of Graz University of Technology, Werner Haas of Cyberus Technology, Mike Hamburg of Rambus (Cryptography Research Division), Moritz Lipp of Graz University of Technology, Stefan Mangard of Graz University of Technology, Thomas Prescher of Cyberus Technology, Michael Schwarz of Graz University of Technology, and Yuval Yarom of University of Adelaide and Data61 for their assistance.

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

Apple;

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.
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.

A great response by Apple regarding the battery issue. They also admitted hat they’ve communicated the whole “slowing-down” your phone poorly.

As great as this message is, this issue will likely haunt Apple as a company and their business, and those ridiculous lawsuit will likely continue.

Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance

Tom Warren and Nick Statt, reporting for the Verge;

Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. While many iPhone users have experienced perceived slowdowns due to iOS updates over the years, it appears that there’s now proof Apple is throttling processor speeds when a battery capacity deteriorates over time.

After using a phone that drains its battery just 1 hours after being fully charged, I understand why Apple needs to slowdown old iPhone with older batteries but what they failed to do is to inform users about this so called “battery” optimization feature and they could have at least place an option to enable or disable this “feature”.

iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today

Apple;

Apple today released iMac Pro, an entirely new product line designed for pro users who love the all-in-one design of iMac and require workstation-class performance. With Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, and a brilliant 27-inch Retina 5K display, iMac Pro is the fastest, most powerful Mac ever made. iMac Pro delivers incredible compute power for real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing.

The iMac Pro is now available for order, starting at $4,999.

iMac Pro will be available on 12.14.2017

If you are shopping for an pro-grade desktop or want to upgrade your 4 year old 2nd-gen Mac pro, then you may want to take a look at the new iMac Pro. This may not be the Mac Pro that Apple mentioned a while back but the specs and price is interesting enough to be considered as a replacement. One caveat though is that components are not upgradable.

Here’s the first impression of Marques Brownlee;

You can check the full specs here, the starting price of the iMac Pro is $4,999, which makes it a device for prosumer and probably for professional content developers and creators.

Lazada offer s Apple products to Southeast Asia customers

Fans of Apple can now buy their favourite Apple products on Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce company.

As an authorised online reseller, Lazada’s customers can choose from a wide range of Apple products including iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Beats by Dr. Dre, and other accessories.

Start shopping this holiday season
Consumers can start browsing this holiday season when the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ on Lazada officially launches today (8th December) in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. This will be followed by Malaysia on 11th December, and then in Vietnam.

By shopping on Lazada, customers can choose to pay for their Apple devices through Lazada’s 0% financing instalment plans. Exciting surprises also await Lazada customers looking to score savings from deals offered during the finale of Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, the 12.12 Final Sale. More details will be announced later.

The “preferred choice” for global brands
Lazada Group Chief Executive Officer Max Bittner said the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept is a testament to Lazada’s reputation as the undisputed and trusted online shopping and selling platform in Southeast Asia. “Lazada is the preferred choice for global brands who, like us, want to drive the explosive growth of eCommerce in Southeast Asia,” said Mr. Bittner, adding: “It also underscores our commitment to give consumers better and convenient access to the world’s best brands and products, especially those from Apple.”

Apple Pay Cash is rolling out for iOS 11.2 users

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for the Verge;

Apple was forced to release iOS 11.2 on Saturday, which was a little earlier than planned, due to a software bug. Now, Apple Pay Cash — one of the marquee features of the update — is being activated for users.

Apple Pay Cash lets users send and receive money directly though iMessages, similar to Venmo or Square Cash. Money that people send you will live on a digital Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app, which users can spend anywhere that Apple Pay is accepted, or send to other people. (The new feature is only available in the US for now, though.)

If you updated to iOS 11.2, that means Apple Pay Cash is already on your phone it’s just disabled.

iOS 11.2 now available

Apple has release the iOS 11.2 update that has been in beta for the past week. The update will introduce Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive money with Apple Pay. iOS 11.2 also includes some bug fixes and improvements. You can check the complete release notes below for more details.

To update to iOS 11.2, just go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE. Device owner with iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch are eligible to download and install the update.

Full iOS 11.2 Release Notes;

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

Smart and Globe to launch the iPhone X on November 17, 2017

No official price and plan for the iPhone X yet? It’ll be interesting how much will Smart and Globe be selling these phone.

Apple releases iOS 11.1 Update, introduces 70 new emojis

Apple just release the iOS 11.1 Update, which will introduce 70 new emojis and some bug fixes and improvements.

To get the iOS 11.1 update, you can go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE. From there just download and install the new update.

Here’s the release notes for iOS 11.1;

iOS 11.1 introduces over 70 new emoji and includes bug fixes and improvements.
Emoji

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more

Photos

  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots

Accessibility

  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Apple Watch Series 3 now available in the Philippines

Both the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Nike+ version is now available in the Philippines. Both model has an SRP of Php19,990 for the 38mm and Php 21,9990 for the 42mm.

Currently, the GPS model of the Apple Watch Series 3 and Nike+ is the model that’s being in the Philippines, Apple may be working out the kinks of the LTE version with the telcos in the Philippines, since it requires cellular connectivity.

iPhone X available for pre-order on Friday, October 27

Apple;

iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will be available to customers for pre-order on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PDT on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

iPhone X will be available in more than 55 countries and territories, and in Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time. Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early.

There’s a reason why they announce the availability of iPhone X two days early; limited stocks and high-demand.

If we don’t see an “i-line” forming in front of an Apple store starting tomorrow, we’ll start seeing “Apple is doom” articles.

Apple acquires wireless-charging manufacturer PowerbyProxi

Zen Estacio, writing for Yugatech;

Apple recently announced that they’ve purchased, for an undisclosed amount, New Zealand based company PowerbyProxi. The tech giant confirmed the acquisition to New Zealand website Stuff.

It’s not surprising that Apple acquires a wireless-charging manufacturer, since they’ve been preaching about a “wireless” future for a couple of years now. Now that they have the capability to manufacture wireless-charger, we may soon see this (wireless-charging) feature trickle down to their other device like Macbooks.