Top Apple-related stories this week (May 20-24)
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by Dennis Sellers
3h ago
Here are the top Apple-related articles at Apple World Today for the week of May 20-24. ° Check out my review of the iPad Pro M4. ° Perhaps the next model of the Apple TV set-top box will address storage issues. ° “Dark Matter,” the newest sci-fi mystery show on Apple TV+, claims the top spot on the streaming guide Reelgood’s list of the top streaming TV shows for May 9-15. ° Apple has released iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 with a fix for, per Apple’s release notes, a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were de ..read more
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Venu Sports hires Ex-Apple Exec Tony Billetter as SVP of Strategy and Planning
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by Dennis Sellers
19h ago
Tony Billetter, formerly Apple’s head of worldwide business strategy and planning for video and sports, has taken on a similar role at Venu Sports, the recently formed joint venture of Disney, Fox Corp. and Warner Bros. Discovery, reports Variety. With the move, Billetter rejoins Pete Distad, CEO of Venu, who had previously overseen Apple TV+’s business, operations and global distribution and worked at the tech giant for a decade. Distad left Apple in May 2023. Billetter worked at Apple since December 2017 before leaving to start at L.A.-based Venu last month, according to his LinkedIn profile ..read more
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Global VR market size estimated to grow by $65 through 2028
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by Dennis Sellers
20h ago
This should be good news for the Apple Vision Pro: the global virtual reality (VR) market size is estimated to grow by US$64.72 billion from 2024-2028, according to Technavio. The market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.3% during the forecast period, notes the research group. Technavio says the VR market is experiencing significant growth through the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). This fusion of technologies is revolutionizing industries, including healthcare, education, gaming, and simulation, according to the ..read more
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Square Launches Tap to Pay on iPhone in Canada
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by Dennis Sellers
1d ago
Square has launched Tap to Pay on iPhone in Canada, allowing Square sellers to be among the first businesses in the country to try the technology.  Available within the Square Point of Sale, Square for Retail, and Square Appointments iOS apps, Tap to Pay on iPhone lets sellers accept contactless payments directly from their iPhone with no additional hardware or payment terminal required and at no additional cost,. Any Square merchant with a compatible iPhone can accept contactless payments by opening the Square POS, Square for Retail, or Square Appointments app, adding the transaction, an ..read more
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Aqara Introduces Entry-Level Smart Deadbolt Lock with Apple home key unlocking
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by Dennis Sellers
1d ago
Aqara has introduced a new addition to its smart lock product line:  the Smart Lock U50.  The entry-level solution is equipped with features like Apple home key unlocking and Matter compatibility over a bridge. The Smart Lock U50 offers multiple secure entry options including Apple home keys, which allow for unlocking with a simple tap of an iPhone or Apple Watch.  Homeowners can also manage and share home access with one-time and recurring passwords, as well as NFC cards Physical keys are provided for added peace of mind, and the lock includes a USB-C port for emergency chargin ..read more
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News items you should check out: May 24
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by Dennis Sellers
1d ago
Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles from other websites: ° From Krebson Security: Apple and the satellite-based broadband service Starlink each recently took steps to address new research into the potential security and privacy implications of how their services geo-locate devices. ° From AppleInsider: Investment firm Wedbush is bullish on Apple AI and its effect on iPhone 16 sales, suggesting it will drive a supercycle going into 2025. ° From the Japan Times: In a bid to break Apple and Google’s dominance of the smartphone app ecosystem, the Japanese govern ..read more
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Apple patent involves using iPhones, iPads to film scenes that can generate 3D content
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by Dennis Sellers
1d ago
Apple has been granted a patent (number US 11089826 B2) for “Generating a Three-dimensional Model Using a Portable Electronic Device Recording.”  About the patent It involves the ability to turn recordings from devices such as iPhones and iPads into 3D models. The patent is directed to systems and methods for navigating a scene or around an object in three dimensions using deterministic movement of an electronic device. It also involves ystems and methods for generating a three-dimensional model of a scene or of an object for subsequent three-dimensional navigation by recording the scene ..read more
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Affinity updates its creative suite with variable font support, Stoke Width Tool
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by Dennis Sellers
1d ago
Affinity developer Serif has today rolled out version 2.5 of its creative suite–Affinity Photo, vector graphic design software Affinity Designer and page layout software Affinity Publisher–for Mac, Windows, and iPad. New features include variable font support and a new Stroke Width tool. Available alongside the Pencil Tool in Affinity Designer’s toolbar, the new Stroke Width Tool gives users an on-document way of editing the pressure profile of any curve. Further improvements to the Pencil Tool include a new curve-smoothing algorithm which gives better, smoother results overall. In all apps, a ..read more
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Apple wins D&AD Black Pencil Award for the Vision Pros visionOS
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by Dennis Sellers
2d ago
Apple has won a D&AD Black Pencil for the Vision Pro — one of the highest accolades in the creative industries, notes AdWeek. The tech giant took home the prestigious prize at the D&AD Awards in London Wednesday for the design of its visionOS for Vision Pro. In total, D&AD awarded four Black Pencils, which industry judges famously reserve for “truly groundbreaking work,” giving out a different number each year.  D&AD received entries from more than 70 countries this year. The awards celebrate “creative excellence, believing creativity is critical to commercial, economic, s ..read more
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Apple Studios sued by Native American costumer designer on ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
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by Dennis Sellers
2d ago
Apple Studios has been sued by a Native American costume designer on “Killers of the Flower Moon” for excluding her from awards consideration, allegedly in retaliation for raising complaints of discrimination, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Kristi Marie Hoffman, in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges she completed “most of the research and costume design for the film” but that her contributions were “completely ignored. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is Apple’s critically acclaimed drama by director Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, and ..read more
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