Welcome to Apple Summit’s Weekly round-up of Apple news for Friday 30 March 2018. This week’s main headline is the Apple Education event which was held in Chicago last Tuesday.
Monday 26 March 2018
- A new vulnerability in the camera app when scanning QR codes was discovered which created the possibility a user could scan a QR code and be re-directed to a malicious site without even knowing.
- Apple reportedly has 12 projects in the works for its original content series with the papers saying a launch for Summer 2019 with the original content group comprises of approximately 40 staff.
- Wikipedia’s Chief Revenue Officer, Lisa Gruwell, has said that companies which pull data from the service without donating could be considered guilty of exploitation. Apple has made no donations to Wikipedia while rival Google has made substantial donations.
- Microsoft released an update to its Safari browser competitor – Microsoft Edge on Monday. Making it available for the first time on iPad.
- Apple has been accepting Apple Watch trade-ins online, however, they have never done it in any Apple Store’s until recently. However, they will not be accepting any Apple Watch Editions.
Tuesday 27 March 2018
- MacOS has had another bug discovered, they just keep coming with both major and minor security bugs.
- Apple hosted its education event in Chicago where Tim Cook (Apple CEO) talked about how “One person can change the world”. Apple announced a brand-new iPad which has an A10 Fusion Chip and supports the Apple Pencil. Apple has also released new updates for the whole family of iWork Apps to support the Apple Pencil.
- After the event Apple released the Space Grey, Magic Accessories to the Apple Store app and website to purchase separately. Also, Apple released new Apple Watch bands for Spring 2018. In addition to the new iPad being released to the Apple Store, Apple released some new Smart Covers & Leather Sleeves for the iPad Pro 10.5 inch.
Wednesday 28 March 2018
- In a previous beta released this week for iOS 11.3, it included references for a potential new Pride face. New strings found in this new build suggest a new Apple Watch face is coming, possibly as soon as watchOS 4.3. The new pride face will consist of “ribbons of pride undulate independently in surprising patterns as they approach consolidation”. Apple in the past released a Pride band for a limited-time.
Thursday 29 March 2018
- Apple released iOS 11.3 with a whole host of new features including 4 new Animojis for iPhone X. Heath Records and Business Chat – Both only available in the U.S.
- WatchOS 4.3 also got released including updates to the charging animation, in preparation for AirPower, as well as new data sources for the Siri watch face including Activity.
- HomePod & TVOS updates were also released to the public as well today.