AppleInsider podcast tells the best way to get an iPhone X, smart door locks, and teaching...

in General Discussion edited October 2017
This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about new iPhone cameras provided by LG, the top tips for getting an iPhone X, HomeKit and Amazon door locks, and more.

AppleInsider editors Mike Wuerthele and Victor Marks discuss:
  • Deals: Top of the line 2016 12" MacBooks for $1,299 ($450 off); $195 off 2017 27" iMac 5Ks; $150-$200 off 9.7" iPad Pros
  • LG reportedly has a dedicated factory making iPhone cameras in Vietnam
  • A Google engineer reports camera permissions as a security vulnerability. We have some thoughts on this.
  • How to buy an iPhone X on Friday at midnight. Didn't get one? You're already out of luck (unless you want to camp out).
  • First look at the Yale Assure HomeKit Lock
  • Amazon's Key and Cloud Cam system - would you let Amazon let couriers into your home?
  •'s new August Smart Lock Pro
  • Walmart realizes IT savings using Apple hardware - estimates put it a 100,000 employee rollout, or 27 million saved per year on support costs
  • Apple has a family friendly slate of TV shows said to debut in 2019
  • Apple acquires PowerbyProxi, a New Zealand company focused on delivering large amounts of power for wireless charging
  • Tip: Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly - this is a useful one
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  • Reply 1 of 2
    It was a good podcast.  However, it was released after the iPhone 10 sold out.  
  • Reply 2 of 2
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 2,893member
    Unless I'm misunderstanding, I think the 9v battery solution for that smart-lock is brilliant!

    If you have to have a key or key-code or some means like that to open a lock with a failed battery, it's a potential security issue (say, if you keep the key in your car) or minimally, an specialized inconvenience. If you keep a 9v battery in your car, it's useless to anyone who might break into the car.

    Also, with a 9v battery, you're directly addressing a potential problem (if it ever happens) with a natural solution (restoring power) which enables correct functionality again. I suppose if it happens in the middle of the night in a place with no stores open, that's a problem. But I like the simplicity and directness of solution.
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