Civilization Vi got its first expansions Wednesday with the release of the Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack and Vikings Scenario Pack. The Polish pack includes the full Poland civilization, which includes the ability to take over tiles by fortifying their borders. The Poland scenario is a 60-Turn game where you defend Poland, Prague, and Vienna from Teutonic Knights and Ottoman Turks! Sounds awesome. The Viking Scenario includes new City-States with new benefits, and a 100-Turn game where you invade England, take Paris, find Vinland, or raid the Mediterranean. I’m slacking off from work just thinking about it. Each pack is $4.99, and is available through both Steam and the Mac App Store version of the game. Civilization VI itself was released in October for $59.99, and Wednesday’s update includes a variety of bug fixes, balance changes, AI tuning, and a new Earth map (standard size).
Apple has made its music editing software more robust.
On Wednesday, Apple updated GarageBand for iOS and Pro Logic X for macOS, giving users the ability to share projects between the two music editing apps via iCloud File Sharing. This means that users can record music and share the recordings over the cloud to be edited in either app. Previously, you could import GarageBand recordings into Logic Pro X, but not vice versa. GarageBand has been designed to be more consumer-friendly, whereas Logic Pro X caters to the pro level.
Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.
Concept of a future iPhone with an edge to edge OLED display
Grumbling ex-Apple employees and Wall Street analysts with good imaginations are what we have for you on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:
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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 18, 2017.
An ex-Apple engineer took to Twitter recently and then talked with CNBC about how Apple is no longer a “dynamic change-maker” under CEO Tim Cook. Bob Burrough noted that when he first worked for Apple in 2007, “…organizationally it was the wild west. I was hired under a particular manager, but for the first two years worked on projects that had virtually nothing to do with that manager's core responsibility. That's because the organization wasn't the priority, the projects were the priority. It was the exact opposite of 'not my job.' It was 'I'm here to solve whatever problems I can, irrespective of my role, my title, or to whom I report.' It was wild. But it was also very rewarding, because everything you did had maximal impact on the product." Now he says that the “dynamic has clearly and distinctly changed,” and is like his former job at Palm where he says that “When you went to someone for help solving a problem ‘not my job’ was a common response.” Burrough’s tweet storm included a comparison of ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Cook. While Ballmer tripled sales after taking over from Bill Gates, the company lost its dominance in mobile, search, social and cloud to companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Rumors are always fun, if not always accurate. Today analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company cited supply chain sources as saying that the 10th anniversary iPhone will be a jumbo model with a 5.8-inch OLED “fixed flex” screen. That display would provide an edge-to-edge display that could even wrap slightly around the sides of the iPhone 8. Arcuri’s report seems to suggest that Apple will also release 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s models in addition to the groundbreaking iPhone 8. Key components of the phone, including the FaceTime camera, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and earpiece, could be embedded into the OLED display. The iPhone 7s models would continue to use standard LCD panels as suppliers ramp up production of the OLED displays for future iPhones. Arcuri also thinks that Apple might add facial and gesture recognition to the iPhone 8, as well as wireless charging. The facial and recognition features would be powered by a laser or infrared sensor near the front-facing camera. Of course, with a little over 8 months to go before the next iPhones appear, I could be just as accurate as this Wall Street analyst if I were to say that the next iPhone will be able to fly on its own.
And speaking of Wall Street analysts, Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty says that the firm is lowering fiscal 2017 iPhone revenue estimates by 3 percent. Citing “weak demand ahead of the ‘supercycle’”, Huberty believes that many buyers may wait to upgrade their iPhones until a truly major upgrade — like that iPhone 8 we were just referring to — happens. In fact, Morgan Stanley expects iPhone sales growth in 2018 to leap to 20 percent, a huge increase over the past few quarters.
That’s all for today; I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.
On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.
AKVIS has updated the four programs comprising the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer 15.5, Noise Buster 10.1, Refocus 6.5, and HDRFactory 5.5. The new versions offer improved compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017, provide a vector-based user interface with support for Ultra HD resolution, fix some bugs, and bring other changes.
Demo versions are available for download. The apps are compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. All are available as Photoshop compatible plug-ins and as standalone applications.
CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw OFFICE 4, the next generation of the company's business productivity suite for macOS (10.10 and higher) and Windows. It consists of ConceptDraw PRO 11, ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9, and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8.
The newest iteration provides various enhancements and improvements. ConceptDraw PRO 11 ($199), ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9 ($199), and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8 ($299) are available individually or as a bundle in ConceptDraw OFFICE 4 ($499).
The iPhone 7 you got for the holidays still has that new-iPhone smell, but that won’t stop anyone from speculating about next year’s iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.
We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can bookmark this link and just pop on over when you want to read the latest.
If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like next year’s phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.
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You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world with an electronic device right now who isn’t concerned about a combination of criminal, troll, and overreaching government trying to crack their security and vacuum up their data. For some practical advice, host Glenn Fleishman is joined by Jonathan Zdzriarski, an iPhone forensics expert with extensive experience working with law enforcement, who is also the developer of the file-access-monitoring app, Little Flocker.
Glenn and Jonathan start with a brief follow-up on the Consumer Reports’ battery testing revision, and then discuss many ways of securing different aspects of your computing and networking setup.
The Chinese language Letem svetem Applem — as reported by AppleInsider — says an "Apple Pencil 2" will arrive this spring, featuring a new magnetic system that will allow it to temporarily attach to an iPad.
This would allow users to place the Apple Pencil on the iPad securely when not in use, allowing it to attach magnetically just like the iPad Smart Cover. I think the rumor is true and that the second gen Apple Pencil will arrive in March with an updated line-up of iPad Pros.
What’s more, I think the input will likely get expanded capabilities in the near future. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160364091) for “devices and methods for manipulating user interfaces with a stylus” that show it being used with iMovie, Messages, Calendar, and other apps. In fact, in the patent filing, Apple notes that, “in some embodiments, the functions optionally include image editing, drawing, presenting, word processing, website creating, disk authoring, spreadsheet making, game playing, telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, workout support, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing.” Which leads me to believe that Apple Pencil support will come to the iPhone and perhaps even to the Mac.