Given that Apple’s product line for 2021 is now in stores, and there are a few more weeks until 2022, this should be a quiet time in the Apple beat. Still, that’s not thanks to some big news over the past few days.
This week, iMore has released numerous stories about what I call it Apple retreat. No, the iPhone maker isn’t getting out of business with the iPad or saying goodbye to AirPods. Instead, he seems to be rethinking his stance on repairing personal devices, which has the potential to be a huge deal. The company also seems to be taking a breath and reconsidering how it plans to introduce one of its latest software tools left in beta.
In addition, we are preparing for the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season by finding our readers the best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As the technology supply chain may be stronger than ever before, these pre-December agreements are gaining much more importance this year.
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In recent years, Apple has made it almost impossible for owners to repair any of its products themselves. This view came into focus just a few weeks ago when it was announced that Face ID would no longer work when third parties repaired iPhone screens. iFixit called the news a “dark day” for service technicians of all kinds.
Perhaps acknowledging that it had gone too far, Apple then turned quite abruptly on two fronts.
It was first heard that the company will soon release software that will remove Face ID kill when anyone other than Apple replaces iPhone screens. Then Apple announced a self-repair program, initially for some of the best iPhones on the market, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.
The trick that Apple tried to perform with Face ID, and third-party fixes, was more than frustrating, and I’m glad it was quickly discarded.
Meanwhile, Oliver Haslem has revealed an interesting change in the latest iOS 15.2 beta. In it, Apple changed the text “iCloud Private Relay” to “IP Address Tracking Restriction.” He says the name change was probably made because no one understood the feature, which was first released in June and remains in beta on iOS, iPad, OS and macOS. This feature prevents websites from tracking you by hiding your real IP address. He further explains that this small step could be proof that the company finally understands that its messages about new features have been horrible in recent months.
I’ve never been one to obsess over whether or not I can fix my Apple devices. My position has always been that these are expensive devices and that Apple should fix them when needed. Still, the trick that Apple tried to perform with Face ID and third-party fixes was more than frustrating, and I’m glad it was quickly dismissed. It will be interesting to see where things go next. Will Apple’s self-repair program extend to Mac and iPad devices? Will it better explain new potential features such as the child sexual abuse material system (CSAM) that is advancing? Time will tell in both cases.
Great reading for the weekend
Although iMore is primarily a site focused on Apple, much of our weekly traffic surrounds Nintendo and Pokémone. Lately, that focus has been on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. For those who haven’t, check out Rebecca Spear’s hugely popular post, “How to Get Mew, Jirachi and Manaphy in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.”
You should also consider reading our posts about how the Apple Watch saved a nurse’s life and how the Apple car could be closer than we once imagined.
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