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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Ben Lovejoy's Favorite Gear

April 19

Smart home devices are potentially one of the bigger security threats since there is no easy way to check what they are up to on your network. That’s a problem Princeton University has set out to solve, with the Princeton IoT Inspector.

It works on HomeKit and non-HomeKit devices alike …

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Foxconn has insisted that it remains committed to creating 13,000 Wisconsin jobs, even though the state’s new governor said yesterday that the deal ‘is no longer in play’ and needs to be renegotiated …

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

April 18

A small request for the Apple Store app …

I mentioned recently dropping into an Apple Store to see whether they might be able to replace my broken Watch on the spot. It turned out they couldn’t, as they all need to go to the repair depot even when it’s obvious that a replacement will be needed.

That disappointment aside, it was a relatively painless experience …

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The long-running Foxconn Wisconsin invisible factory saga continues, with the state seemingly now admitting that the much-touted job-creation deal isn’t going to deliver.

The $10B LCD factory deal was first announced in the summer of 2017, with the Trump administration claiming that it would create as many as 13,000 new jobs …

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Apple has announced that it is quadrupling its US iPhone recycling program by making it available through Best Buy stores throughout the country. The program will also be available through KPN stores in the Netherlands. Phones will be returned to Apple for recycling by its Daisy robots.

The company is celebrating the development on its homepage, with the top section devoted to its trade-in program and environmental credentials …

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TSMC profits have seen their steepest quarterly drop in seven years. The news from Apple’s A-series chip supplier comes just twelve days before the iPhone maker reports its earnings for the same quarter (calendar Q1, Apple’s fiscal Q2).

This is not the first piece of news suggesting that iPhone sales may disappoint …

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Industry experts have explained why Apple needed to sign a multi-year purchasing deal with Qualcomm after its hopes of switching to Intel finally fell apart: it will take years to design, develop and test an Apple 5G chip.

Indeed, they say, a modem is one of the most complex chips found in a smartphone …

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April 17

It will surprise no-one that I was an early adopter of the Kindle, buying one almost the moment they went on sale back in 2007. I was doing a lot of business travel at a time, and absolutely loved the ability to carry a whole load of books with me at all times in essentially zero space.

My Kindle went literally everywhere with me, whether it was across town or to the other side of the world. That changed, however, when the first iPad came out …

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Evernote’s Mac app could have allowed remote code execution; now fixed [Video]

Evernote’s Mac app had a vulnerability that could have allowed an attack to remotely launch malicious code …

Update: There’s now a behind-the-scenes video too – which shows they used explosives to create the avalanche …

Apple is out today with another ‘Shot on iPhone XS‘ video (below), this one entitled Don’t mess with Mother (Earth).

It features a wide variety of stunning wildlife and nature clips shot by four award-winning film directors known as the Camp4 Collective …

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Yesterday brought a dramatic end to a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm – with Intel news following close behind. Here’s a look at what’s likely to happened between Apple, Qualcomm and Intel …

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April 16

I wrote recently about my MacBook Pro keyboard issues worsening, and the difficulty in getting it resolved given the time I’d be left without my machine.

A reader helpfully pointed me to an interesting software-based solution for a hardware problem – and it has solved 95% of my issues …

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Tim Cook has tweeted a commitment that Apple will help to fund the rebuilding of Notre-Dame de Paris, the famous French cathedral which was devastated by fire last night.

The fire burned for 15 hours, completely destroying the roof of the 850-year-old landmark, as well as causing the spire to collapse …

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iPhone 11 performance will of course be a further improvement over last year’s iPhones, but we don’t yet know much about the A13 chip set to power it.

We believe that TSMC will, once more, be Apple’s sole supplier, and that the chip will use a 7nm process with a new technology known as extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), but we today get some deep-dive predictions into what kind of performance improvements we might see …

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First day of Apple v Qualcomm trial was jury selection: here’s who got picked …

The massive Apple v Qualcomm trial got underway yesterday, though the first day of what is expected to be a four-week case was entirely taken up with jury selection.

The trial is expected to be the biggest patent or antitrust case ever heard, with a total of as much as $30B at stake …

The latest Kantar data has two pieces of good news for Apple: the iPhone XR was the best-selling smartphone in the UK during the first quarter of the year, and iOS significantly grew its market share in the US …

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The first biography of Apple CEO Tim Cook is out today. Written by Leander Kahney, who wrote a previous biography of Jony Ive, the title gives a pretty good clue to the overall tone: Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level.

The early reviews suggests that, for those who already follow Apple coverage closely, there’s only one section that will tell you things you didn’t already know …

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April 15

I wasn’t expecting to still be writing an Apple Watch Diary four years in …

As I mentioned last week, I managed to knock my Apple Watch off a bathroom cabinet onto a tiled floor, smashing the screen. The Watch was still fully-functional (well, pings no longer sounded, though Siri still responded), but the damage was pretty bad so wasn’t something I could live with for more than a few days …

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Foxconn’s founder and chairman Terry Gou has confirmed earlier reports that the company is to begin mass-production of iPhones in India.

He did so at an event at which he announced that he plans to take a step back from day-to-day management, and focus more on long-term strategy …

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Apple Watch fall detection enabled emergency services in Germany to go to the aid of an 80-year-old woman who fell in her apartment.

The Apple Watch detected her fall and called 112, the emergency number in Germany …

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