News & Notes

Recent news, rumors, and notes of interest about Apple, Macs, iPhones, iPads and technology in general.


Apple Music Connect was a service that allowed artists to post text, images and media to iTunes, and fans could follow artists and get content they may not see anywhere else. It launched in 2015, but failed to catch on and showed signs of closing as early as 2016. (more...)


A new update for Microsoft Office gives the suite of apps support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode, Continuity Camera in Powerpoint and more. There is also support for embedded fonts in Word. The update is available for Microsoft Office 365 subscribers and for those that purchased Microsoft Office 2019. (more...)


Infinity Blade by Epic Games was often held up by Apple in keynote presentations and advertisements as an example of amazing console-like graphics on the iPad and iPhone. But now Epic has pulled all three games from the iOS App Store, saying it is too difficult to continue support. (more...)


Owners of the Apple Watch Series 4 will get a watchOS update to 5.1.2 today, featuring the new ECG app. This app allows the wearer to take an electrocardiogram which can predict possible heart issues. (more...)


Unlike most minor updates, this one includes quite a few new features. You can get iOS 12.1.1 by going to Settings, General, Software Update on your iPhone or iPad that is already using iOS 12. It will roll out gradually throughout the day, so you may have to wait until you see it. (more...)


Amazon has announced that Apple Music will be available through their Echo home devices starting the week of December 17. (more...)


A company is offering a service to the public that unlocks the iPhone if you forgot your password or the owner is deceased. This expensive ($3,900) service may use the hardware box talked about earlier this year that is available to law enforcement to break into iPhones. (more...)


A class-action suit that started in 2011 may be moving forward in the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Apple’s App Store is a monopoly. Developers and publishers can only distribute paid apps through Apple, and usually charge 30 percent to do so. (more...)


Apple stock has dropped almost 25 percent over the last few weeks due to news that suppliers of iPhone parts have cut production, leading analysts to think that iPhone demand is slowing. In addition, Apple announced that they will no longer be breaking out numbers for product sales categories in their quarterly reports, a move not received well on Wall Street. (more...)


Apple sent out a mass email today promoting a “four-day shopping event” starting this Friday, traditionally known as “Black Friday” in the U.S., when retailers have special sales to begin the holiday shopping season. (more...)