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, 10.5-inch iPad Pro (LTE 256GB), iPhone X (256GB), Apple Thunderbolt Display, an Apple Watch (Series 3 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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Today

Louis Vuitton wants you to pay them $700 for putting their logo on in-ear wireless headphones

Got $700 to waste? Louis Vuitton can help – the fashion company is offering some admittedly excellent in-ear true wireless headphones for $995. Which is $299 for the headphones and $696 for the logo …

PSA: 773M email addresses and 21M passwords exposed by hackers, check yours here

Some 773M email addresses have been exposed by hackers in what is the largest ever breach. Alongside the email addresses are 21M passwords …

Apple is partnering with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson to study whether the Apple Watch can be used to diagnose increased risk of a stroke.

A stroke is when poor blood flow in the brain results in brain damage. Common symptoms include partial paralysis, partial loss of vision and difficulties speaking or understanding speech …

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Intel hasn’t yet revealed its 2019 CPU line-up, but it has disclosed the names of this year’s chips and given a few details about what we can expect from them.

We can never know for sure when Apple will adopt a new generation of Intel CPU even when it is available, but we can make some educated guesses …

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China has accused Apple, Amazon, Nike, Siemens and other global companies of using ‘incorrect’ descriptions of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The companies refer to them as distinct regions or countries, instead of part of China …

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) has forecast its biggest quarterly revenue drop in a decade as it warns of the impact of falling demand for smartphones. TSMC is the sole supplier for the A-Series chips used in current iPhones, and this is expected to remain unchanged this year.

The market has responded nervously …

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Yesterday

There has long been debate over the extent to which macOS and iOS will converge. Some think we’ve already gone too far down that route, with Launchpad coming in for particular criticism as an unnecessary child-like interface (though it can be made more useful). At the other extreme, some think Apple should go as far as touchscreen Macs and enable people to run either OS on both Macs and iPads.

Apple itself has consistently said that it considers Macs and iPads to be different categories of device, a message somewhat diluted by ads referring to the iPad as a computer.

But I was struck by a suggestion of two iOS features that might work on Mac …

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One recurring theme I’ve seen in comments on my various Smart Home Diary pieces is the view expressed by some that a truly smart home ought to be automated. That pressing on-screen buttons on an iPhone does not equate to a smart home, only automation does.

I have some sympathy for this view. ‘Anything that can be automated should be automated’ is something of a mantra for me. But automation isn’t the whole picture, and I’d like to explain why I hold that view …

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After six days, the US Federal Trade Commission rested its antitrust case against Qualcomm, and the chipmaker has opened its defence.

It began by claiming that the iPhone wouldn’t exist without its technology …

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January 15

The chief economist of a bank has pointed to a strong correlation between AAPL’s share price and China’s export trade – and says that this suggests that a trade recession in China is ‘likely.’

AAPL’s share price fell 9% in one day following its Q4 guidance warning, with most analysts significantly cutting their target prices for the stock. The stock has lost around a third of its value since the October peak …

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OPEN Government Data Act means all public data must be accessible by your iDevices

The OPEN Government Data Act means that all public data made available by the US government must be in a format accessible by smartphones, tablets and computers …

Apple Pay has provided a solution to a problem that has beset online share trading for individuals: how to quickly and safely transfer money to their broker.

That was tricky before for two reasons, explains brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, the first to accept fund transfer by Apple Pay …

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Buoyed by its victory in an earlier injunction against iPhone sales in Germany, Qualcomm launched a second patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the country. This court, however, dismissed the latest Qualcomm lawsuit.

The new lawsuit has been described as a ‘nuisance’ one by a patent expert, who also said that the previous victory was worth little …

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January 14

I mostly control smart home devices via Siri, and even Steph has become a convert to the idea since we got HomePods.

But while both Siri and the Home app make things very simple for us, things are trickier for guests – which is why I decided to put an old iPad to work …

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Dialog hit Q4 guidance despite 75% of its income coming from Apple, says company

Chip designer Dialog Semiconductor said today that it hit its guidance for Q4, despite the fact that 75% of its income comes from Apple. It comes at a time when other Apple suppliers are reducing or missing their revenue projections …

We’ve seen some pretty significant iPhone price cuts in both China and Japan, and at least one analyst believes there is more to come.

A report in November that said Apple was planning to cut the price of the iPhone XR in Japan was quickly confirmed, with a roughly $100 discount introduced later that month …

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Apple Music is no longer allowing subscribers to play different music on a HomePod and iPhone without a family account.

Previously, it was possible to have HomePod playing one music stream while you listened to a different one on your iPhone …

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A couple of weeks after Apple announced that its holiday quarter earnings would be dramatically lower than expected, Credit Suisse believes this quarter may not bring much cheer either. The bank expects smartphone production to fall by a massive 19% this quarter …

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January 11

Petition calls on LG to extend AirPlay 2/HomeKit support to 2018 premium TV models

When Apple made its surprise (but smart) announcement that ‘leading television manufacturers’ will be integrating AirPlay 2 into their TV sets, there was good news for existing owners of some Samsung and Vizio models – but not for LG TV owners …

The Late 2012 iMac – both 21.5-inch and 27-inch – becomes officially obsolete on January 30. As usual, the machines are instead labelled ‘vintage’ in California and Turkey, where the law requires Apple to continue to offer support …

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