The Reasons-Unknown Edition Monday, January 30, 2017

Apple Removes iCloud Activation Lock Status Tool From Website, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

For reasons unknown, Apple has taken down the iCloud Activation Lock status page on its website, which used to offer a convenient method of determining whether a used iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch was stolen.

Mac Sales Declined Nearly 10% Last Year As Lenovo, Dell And Others Gained Ground, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

It’s not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five.

Although Mac sales were up in Q4 2016 compared to Q4 2015, an analyst note today from Bloomberg’s Anand Srinivasan and Wei Mok has revealed Apple has dropped to the fifth largest PC vendor, with ASUS (ASUSTeK) overtaking fourth place. The top four vendors are now Lenovo, HP, Dell, and ASUS.

Hands On: Redesigned Evernote 8.0.3 For iPhone And iPad Brings Major Design Revamp, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

What Evernote arguably needed next was a better, faster and more appealing iOS app. It could go further and mimic some of its own online writing environment, but Evernote 8.0.3 for iOS is a significant improvement and a good app for a still-strong service.