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Foxconn is scrambling to get back to normal, updates and updates on updates, and a disgusting piece of Apple history hits the auction block.

Foxconn strives to bring iPhone City factory back to ‘normal productivity’

Foxconn appears ready to welcome workers back to the world’s largest iPhone factory. A piece of the South China Morning Post says contract maker and iPhone producer Foxconn is working “to resume normal productivity as soon as possible” at its iPhone City factory in Zhengzhou. Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way seemed to indicate that this would be helped by continued strong demand for high-end iPhones.


You know what’s funny? Every statement from Apple and Foxconn carries the undertone: “It’s not you, consumer, it’s me.” They’re not going to break up with us, so… cool.

Liu made his comments on Foxconn’s third quarter earnings call. For this quarter, sales increased by 5% compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Unsurprisingly, revenue will decline slightly this quarter, “due to the pandemic affecting some of [its] operations in Zhengzhou.

Oh really? I hadn’t heard.

Total containment for the plant and its immediate surroundings did end as planned on Wednesday, November 9. That said, the South China Morning Post piece indicates that the containment measures around the plant are still quite fierce.

Bloomberg: Shorter AirDrop for “everyone” goes global in 2023

We may find out a bit more about Why Apple changed AirDrop in China, and this change can happen to anyone. I was talking to you on Thursday about a change to iOS 16.1.1 for iPhones intended for the Middle Kingdom. After the update, users in the region could only leave Apple AirDrop’s data sharing feature open to “Everyone” for ten minutes at a time. Before the update, AirDrop could be open to “Anyone” all the time. A piece of 9to5Mac some have speculated that regulators in China “required Apple to update iOS in an attempt to prevent anonymous people from spreading harmful content and anti-government material.” Speculation about the latter has grown stronger.

A report of iDownloadBlog highlights a few points of a Bloomberg room. According to that, Bloomberg Remarks:

… that Chinese users are using AirDrop to circumvent strict online censorship by allowing people to share anti-government images, videos and web links with each other during protests. Specifically, Chinese protesters used AirDrop to distribute posters targeting [China’s leader] Xi Jinping and the [Chinese] government.

iDownloadBlog says Apple has not commented Why it made the change. One wonders if he will say why he is making the change here when he does. OK – if It does. Bloomberg indicates that Apple will be bring the shorter AirDrop for “Everyone” to “everyone in the world in 2023”.

In fairness, a Most likely AirDrop shouldn’t be open to “Everyone” all the time. Still, it’s good to have a choice.

More vague updates for AirThings

Apple’s mystery update week continues. 9to5Mac published a post on Thursday saying that the company has rolled out or is rolling out a firmware update for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. According to the article, version 5B58 brings “bug fixes and other improvements”.

They would tell us what they are, but then they would have to kill us, I guess. Or maybe our puny mortal minds wouldn’t be able to handle the awesome.

You cannot request the update. Simply connecting to your iPhone via Bluetooth should eventually do it.

This week’s firmware update for AirTag is shrouded in even more mystery. A separate piece of 9to5Mac indicates that version 2.0.24/build number 2A24e is available for Apple’s device tracker. It looks like a big leap. The previous version was 1.0.301/build number who cares, that’s yesterday’s news. In fact, this is the news from last spring. Released at the end of April, apple said the latest version has fixed “unwanted tracking sound to locate an unknown AirTag more easily”. This time, Apple says nothing.

As with AirPods, there is no way to request an AirTag update. “In place,” 9to5Mac says, “Just make sure your AirTag is in range of your iPhone, and it should update automatically after a while.”

Apple Says Emergency SOS Via Satellite Will Go Live ‘Later This Month’

If you’re wondering when Emergency SOS via satellite will come to the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple’s answer is “coming soon.” The Cupertino company issued a Press release Thursday, extolling the virtues of service and financial and technical prowess that made it all possible. Or will make it all possible.

You probably know what the service is, but just in case you don’t, Apple says Emergency SOS via satellite “will allow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. This is honestly a cool feature that Apple explained in depth during its “Far» media event in September.

For the financial feat, Apple says a “$450 million investment of [its] Advanced Manufacturing Fund provides essential infrastructure…” Most of the money went to Globalstar, “a global satellite service headquartered in Covington, Louisiana…” The Cupertino company states its investment:

…provides critical enhancements to Globalstar’s satellite network and ground stations, ensuring iPhone 14 users can connect to emergency services when off-grid.

You know… when it’s on. The press release says it will go live in the US and Canada “starting this month…”

Apple slashes trade-in values ​​for many older devices

Some of your old Apple gear lost value mid-week — at least as far as Apple is concerned. MacRumors says the Cupertino company “lowered its trade-in values for certain models of iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch in the [U.S.]…”

Some of the drops were steep. At the start of the week, the iMac Pro had a trade-in value of up to $1,150. Now that’s no more than $600. A MacBook Pro that used to take up to $850 in trade-in can now only go for $630.

The changes seem to be all over the map. Trade-in values ​​for many iPhones have gone down, though they’ve actually gone up $10 for the iPhone XR and iPhone XS. Trade-in values ​​for Android phones have dropped, while trading in an Apple Watch Series 3 will now net you zero dollars. They are no longer accepted, according to MacRumors. You can see what your stuff is worth to Apple on the company website.

Apple removes another half million abandoned apps from the App Store

If you’re feeling any respite in Apple’s App Store, it could be due to the half-million apps the company has shipped. AppleInsider cites estimates of finbold which show the number of apps in the App Store at its lowest level in seven years. Do not worry. There are still plenty – 1.64 million, according to the article. Yet the report indicates that this represents a ofup nearly 25% since the June quarter of this year, with the site reporting that Apple sent over 540,000 apps to be uploaded to a farm.

Does this mean the App Store is doomed? No, that means the App Store is pruned. “back in April 2022,” the article says:

…Apple has issued a notice to developers saying it will begin pulling apps from the App Store that haven’t been updated for “some time.”

Steve Jobs’ Birkenstocks at auction

And finally today – you can buy a bit of Steve Jobs history which, I’m sorry, just strikes me as disgusting. AppleInsider says a “pair of sandals believed to have belonged” to the Apple co-founder is up for auction, along with an NFT of those sandals and a book with Steve Jobs in them.

AppleInsider says Julien’s Auctions is shoe auction. They’re Birkenstocks, in case you were wondering. Arizona, specifically. According to the auction site:

Jobs wore this particular pair of sandals in the 1970s and 1980s. This pair of Birkenstock sandals [was] previously belonged to Mark Sheff, Steve Jobs’ house manager. In an article with Business Insider, Sheff says he acquired these Birkenstocks and other items because, “he [Jobs] kept very little,” he continues, “we kept some, shared some with landscapers and friends, and brought some to Goodwill. The collection we ended up with is pretty random.

They’re like 50-year-old sandals. It just seems… disgusting. Julien’s expects Birkenstocks to cost between $60,000 and $80,000. The bid currently stands at $22,500. The auction ends on Sunday. Good luck, I guess.

Today on The Mac Observer Daily Observations Podcast

As mentioned earlier, China’s new AirDrop limit could go global in 2023. TMO Editor Jeff Butts joins me in discussing this. Additionally, people inside Disney are rumored to be hoping that Apple will try to buy Disney. I can see why people inside Disney would love this, but is there enough for Apple? That’s all for today the daily observations podcast from The Mac Observer.

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