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Turkish police wants Apple to unlock Russian ambassador killer’s iPhone 4s

Andrei Karlov, the ambassador to Turkey, was killed while giving a speech at an art gallery in Ankara three days ago by 22-year-old off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas. According to MacReports, Turkish police approached Apple about unlocking an iPhone 4s that was recovered from the shooter.

The device is locked with a 4-digit passcode, but it’s unclear if it runs iOS 8.0+ or one of the earlier iOS editions that don’t enforce full disk encryption.

SIM-free iPhone 7 now available in Apple’s online store

Heads up to those of you who have been waiting for SIM-free iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models to come available. You can now buy the unlocked handsets on Apple’s website, starting at $650 and $770, respectively.

While you could previously buy the iPhone 7 at full retail, it had to be tied to a carrier. These new models, as the name suggests, come without a SIM card, meaning they can be active with any carrier at a later time.

How to disable ‘Press Home to Unlock’ on iOS 10

iOS 10 has introduced a new way of unlocking Touch ID-capable devices, now requiring you to press the Home button to unlock the device and get to the Home screen. This, coupled with the new Raise to Wake feature can make for a nicer experience, but like every new interaction, it can be confusing, annoying, or just hard to break the habit.

Users who don’t like this new ‘Press Home to Unlock’ feature will be happy to learn that there is a way to turn this off and take things back to the way they were before iOS 10. 

SIM-free iPhone 6s now available in Apple’s web store

Heads up to those of you who have been waiting for SIM-free iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets. As noted by MacRumors, Apple on Thursday night began offering SIM-free models of its latest smartphones via its web store.

While you could previously buy the iPhone 6s at full retail, they have, until now, included carrier-specific SIM cards. These new models, as the name suggests, do not include any kind of SIM card, meaning they are unlocked.

Unlocking your iPhone gets a little bit easier today

The process of unlocking your iPhone became a little bit easier today in the United States. Today marks the deadline for wireless carriers to adopt the unlocking standards of the late-2013 agreement set forth by the CTIA.

The agreement is industry-wide, and mandates that carriers adhere to 6 rules including clearly posting their unlocking policies online, and offering to unlock postpaid handsets once the customer’s contract has expired.