tvOS 10.2 for Apple TV now available with accelerated scrolling & other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Your fourth-generation Apple TV just got a tad easier to use with a second major update to the set-top box’s operating system now available following tvOS 10’s debut last fall. The tvOS 10.2 software update (build 14W265) is now available on fourth-generation Apple TVs as a free over-an-air download in Settings → System → Software Updates. Read More


macOS Sierra 10.12.4 with Night Shift for Mac launches

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Hot on the heels of releasing iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods and other improvements and watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch with Theater Mode and Siri in apps, Apple also today posted the fourth major update to its desktop operating system powering Macs. The software update is now rolling out via Mac App Store’s Updates tab.

Aside from bug fixes, Siri improvements and a few other enhancements, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 (build 16E195) brings Night Shift Mode to your computer. Read More


watchOS 3.2 with Theater Mode, Siri in apps & more now available for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Shortly following the public release of iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch today, Apple also released watchOS 3.2 (build 14V249) for Apple Watch with Theater Mode and Siri in apps. The software update can be deployed via the companion Watch app on your paired iPhone with iOS 10.3 via My Watch → General → Software Update. Read More


Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Apple today released for public consumption the third major software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 is now available via the Software Update mechanism in Settings and desktop iTunes more than six months since iOS 10 made its debut in September 2016 and more than two months following the current iOS 10.2.1 update.

iOS 10.3 (build 14E277) brings about a number of new features and improvements.

Some of them include Find My AirPods for locating misplaced earbuds, a brand new file system, a new App Compatibility page in Settings to identify 32 bit apps, a redesigned iCloud section in Settings and much more. Read More


Samsung confirms it will recycle Note 7, sell it refurbished

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Samsung today confirmed plans to salvage components from its discontinued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and reuse some of the parts in the refurbished Note 7 devices “where applicable.”

Prior reports claimed modified versions of the troublesome Galaxy Note 7 would be sold in emerging markets, including India and Vietnam. Read More


FT: Apple stepping up efforts in augmented reality eyewear

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

The Financial Times ran a paywall’d story Monday, in which it reported that Apple is “stepping up” its augmented reality efforts across the company, especially in augmented reality eyewear, with the ultimate goal of releasing a consumer-facing accessory. Augmented reality is now reportedly the most important development project within Apple, after iPhone.

The report notes that both Apple with its yet-to-be-announced product and Facebook with its tethered Oculus headset are gearing up to challenge the secretive Florida-based startup Magic Leap and Microsoft, which more than two years ago debuted its praised augmented reality accessory, called HoloLens. Read More


Rumor: iOS 11’s Siri will learn from user behaviors, gain iMessage integration & iCloud syncing

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

A sketchy rumor released Monday by the Israeli outlet The Verified claims that Siri will gain some interesting new capabilities when iOS 11 launches this fall. For starters, Apple’s personal digital assistant will tap into machine learning deeper than ever before to learn from user behaviors within the context of individual apps. Moreover, Siri will integrate with Apple’s iMessage service and sync data via iCloud. Read More


Apple releases annual Supplier Responsibility report, here are the highlights

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Apple today said its eleventh Supplier Responsibility report is now available, highlighting how its supply chain companies are treating workers and what they’re doing to improve working conditions at their facilities. In 2016, Apple trained more than 2.4 million workers on their rights. Since 2008, over two million people have participated in its Supplier Employee Education and Development (SEED) program.

The company audited 705 suppliers last year, saying that compliance with 60-hour maximum work week for employees has reached 98 percent, the highest ever. Read More


Volume production of Apple-designed A11 chips for iPhone 8 kicking off in April

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

Apple’s favorite chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is about to kick off volume production of a new Apple-designed A11 chip widely expected to serve as the engine for new iOS devices this year, including an all-new iPhone 8 with an OLED display and the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus with LCD screens. Read More


T-Mobile’s JUMP! upgrade program now includes free AppleCare+ services

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2017

T-Mobile said today that its JUMP! upgrade program and Premium Device Protection now include free AppleCare+ for iPhone and iPad because “the best devices in the world deserve the best protection and care.”

Both T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection (formerly known as Premium Handset Protection) and the JUMP! upgrade program now come with AppleCare services for eligible customers who recently purchased a new device. Read More

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