Apple has invited select members of the press to its campus on Thursday, October 27 for a product announcement at 10 Pacific / 1 Eastern. This is widely expected to be an event focused on updates to Apple's laptop and desktop computers, but there is always the possibility that Apple will announce something related to iOS, such as perhaps an updated iPad. (The invitation simply says "Hello again," which as Stephen Hackett notes is a throwback to previous Apple Mac announcements.) This is also expected to be the last product announcement event that Apple will host on its current campus; by next year, the new Apple Campus 2 (which features a main building in the shape of a huge circle) should be ready with its new auditorium. For all of us who did not get an invitation, there will be a live stream on Apple's website. And now, the news of note from the past week:
- John Gruber of Daring Fireball reports that, according to Patently Apple, Apple has filed suit against a company that was selling counterfeit power adapters and charging cables on Amazon, claiming that they were made by Apple. Apparently, even if you buy a product that says it is sold "by Amazon.com," it can still be a cheap counterfeit.
- Christian Zibreg of iDownloadBlog discusses the new Memories feature in the Photos app on the iPhone and iPad.
- Steven Aquino, who has cerebral palsy, discusses the new accessibility features of the iPhone 7.
- Joe Caiati calls Annotable the best iOS app for annotating images in an article for The Sweet Setup.
- For those of you who remember the days when Apple and IBM were competitors, here is an interesting article by Dennis Sellers of Apple World Today. IBM now has the largest Mac deployment in the world, and is adding 1,300 new Macs every week. IBM reports that it is three times more expensive to support PCs than to support Macs. And 66% of IBM employees use iPhones and/or iPads. We've come a long way from this picture.
- The Simpsons celebrated 600 episodes — impressive! — with a VR version of the coach gag. As reported by Matt Brian of Engadget, you can download the free Spotlight Stories app to see it on your iPhone. It works even better if you have Google Cardboard, but that isn't required.
- I'll admit it. One of my guilty pleasures on my iPhone is Candy Crush. When I have a few minutes to kill, it is a fun way to pass the time. But what if you want even more Candy Crush in your life? Nellie Andreeva of Deadline Hollywood reports that a Candy Crush game show is coming to CBS. No explanation of how you are supposed to swipe on your TV screen.
- And finally, David Pogue of Yahoo put together a great list of hidden iOS 10 tips. This video is worth watching for the magnifier tip alone. If you don't want to watch the video, or if the embedded video below isn't working, you can read all of the tips (and view the video) here.