About the Author

Ben Lovejoy

@benlovejoy

Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer who started his career on PC World and has written for dozens of computer and technology magazines, as well as numerous national newspapers, business and in-flight magazines. He has also written two technothriller novels , a romcom novel and an SF novella series.

He is old enough to have owned the original Macintosh. He currently owns a maxed-out 2016 MacBook Pro 15, a MacBook Air 11, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (LTE 256GB), iPhone X (256GB), Apple Thunderbolt Display, an Apple Watch (Series 4 WiFi) and two HomePods – and suspects it might be cheaper to have a cocaine habit than his addiction to all things anodised aluminum.

He thinks wires are evil and had a custom desk made to hide them, known as the OC Desk for obvious reasons.

He’s known for his op-ed pieces (Opinion, Comment and Change My View) and diary pieces, exploring his experience of Apple products over time, for a more rounded review:

He considers 1000 miles a good distance for a cycle ride, and Chernobyl a suitable tourist destination. What can we say, he’s that kind of chap.

He speaks fluent English but only broken American, so please forgive any Anglicised spelling in his posts.

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Yesterday

Apple Pay support for any card in Europe now effectively available via Curve

Apple Pay support for any card in Europe has become at least indirectly available through Curve…

Musician Neil Young has described the MacBook Pro audio quality as akin to that of a Fisher-Price toy. He has also claimed that Steve Jobs once told him that Apple wasn’t aiming for quality.

Young made the remarks in response to Apple’s celebration of emerging artists using the MacBook Pro to record their music…

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PSA: You can now clear your Facebook history, disconnecting apps and websites

After a delay caused by a court case last year, you’ll now be able to clear your Facebook history – or, more precisely, force Facebook to forget everything it knows about your off-Facebook activity thanks to connections with apps and websites…

UK plans three simple requirements to make smart home devices secure

One of Apple’s key goals with HomeKit was to make smart home devices secure. The UK government has announced it wants to play its part in achieving the same thing by requiring all devices to meet three simple security requirements…

It’s being reported that the current outbreak of a SARS-like coronavirus in China threatens production of the budget iPhone Apple is expected to launch in the next couple of months, variously referred to as the iPhone 9 and iPhone SE 2.

China is instigating quarantine measures and travel restrictions intended to curb the spread of the virus, along with some workers being told to stay at home, and experts say that Apple’s supply chain is almost certain to be effected …

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January 27

Are you having trouble with Sidecar not working?

I mentioned recently that my Apple Thunderbolt Display died. I’m currently waiting to check out a possible replacement, and in the meantime using my 12.9-inch iPad Pro as a second monitor using Sidecar.

It’s been a surprisingly usable interim solution, but I have hit a couple of glitches along the way…

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The Unofficial Apple Archive, which collated more than 15,000 classic Apple ads and other materials, has lost most of its videos after DMCA takedown notices issued by the Cupertino, California, company. The videos have been removed less than two weeks after the site was launched.

Site creator Sam Henri Gold told us that he only wanted to save Apple’s history from being lost after the EveryAppleAds YouTube channel was taken down in April 2017…

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A new Shot on iPhone snowboarding video provides spectacular footage of four top competitors on untouched powder in British Columbia, Canada.

It’s filmed at Baldface Lodge, which sits at an elevation of 6,700 feet in the Selkirk Mountains. Visitors are carried to the tops of the ridges by snowcat or helicopter…

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Apple is growing ever closer to its reported ambition to design the iPhone as a single slab of glass, but a new patent application suggests as least some designers in the company share the same ambition for the iMac.

One funky variant even shows how it could allow the MacBook Pro to dock with the iMac, a design that could potentially work for a future Apple display too…

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January 24

AAPL stock has hit a new 52-week high as the market opened this morning. The previous high for the past 12 months was $319.99, and the stock immediately hit $320.25.

At the time of writing, it’s around $322…

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Two US presidential candidates want tech giants broken up, rest mumble vaguely

Two of the nine leading US presidential candidates have called for the break-up of tech giants, while the rest have essentially mumbled vaguely that “something needs to be done”…

Fund manager with 54% gains last year explains why AAPL is a key investment

A portfolio manager who last year achieved 54% gains for the funds he invests has explained why AAPL is a key investment, making up a third of his portfolio…

Apple has been pretty coy about the number of Apple TV+ subscribers, but an analytics company cited by the Wall Street Journal puts the number for the last quarter of 2019 at 33.6 million.

That’s more than Hulu and, for the moment, more than Disney+

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Doubt is today being cast on a reported Jeff Bezos iPhone hack, which was said to have given attackers full access to the photos and messages stored on his iPhone X.

The report was based on analysis by a cybersecurity firm commissioned by the Amazon founder to find out how private messages and photos were obtained by the National Enquirer

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Apple’s decision to be much more proactive in alerting users to background location tracking in iOS 13 has resulted in a 68% drop in the location data collected by apps. The issue has also seen greater media attention, with many people now learning about the existence of commercial location-tracking databases.

iOS has long offered users control over whether and when an app can track your location, but iOS 13 introduced two changes that have made users much more aware of the issue…

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January 23

There’s good news and bad for iPhone gaming fans today. On the plus side, there are more real-world Pokémon Go and Harry Potter events on the way. On the downside, you won’t be able to play the official EA version of Tetris for much longer, even if you paid for it…

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Ukraine’s foreign minister hints Crimea issue in Apple Maps ‘being resolved’

The Ukraine’s foreign minister has tweeted a hint that the hugely controversial Crimea issue in Apple Maps is “being resolved”…

Tinder verification via blue checkmark rolling out, with panic button feature

Tinder has announced the rollout of a couple of new safety features, including Tinder verification that photos are genuine, and a panic button, alongside flagging of potentially offensive messages…

Apple has announced a new incentive program for gym-goers. The Apple Watch Connected scheme lets you earn real-life rewards at four gym chains for hitting fitness goals, with tracking provided by the Watch.

Rewards vary: discounts on gym membership fees, Nike and Apple gift cards, charitable donations — and even earning back the cost of your Apple Watch…

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Amazon Music subscriber numbers have been revealed for the first time. The company says that it has now hit 55 million subscribers, putting it close to the last-reported Apple Music subscriber count of 60 million.

Amazon Music kicks off 2020 by revealing the streaming service has reached more than 55 million customers globally, with subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited growing by more than 50% last year alone. This announcement comes after a year of incredible growth around the world: Amazon Music has grown nearly 50% year-over-year across the US, UK, Germany, and Japan and has more than doubled in our newer countries such as France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico …

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