Chinese telecom companies cut Apple Watch Series 3 access to LTE, cite government security concerns

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Legal, News, security, Wearables

China has terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. Per the Wall Street Journal, all three major carriers in China have closed off LTE access, apparently over the government’s security concerns over the device.

The WSJ reports that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated just a few days later. Existing users are so far unaffected, it says.

It’s thought that the government was concerned about the fact that it could not track the new Apple Watch Series 3’s user base given its use of an eSIM device.

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Rumor: Mac mini could see refresh before long

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Processors, Rumor

Although it’s been three years since the Mac mini was last updated, there may be some updates to come.

Responding to an email from MacRumors reader “Krar”, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that while it was “not time to share any details,” he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.

Cook’s response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple’s plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. “The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use,” he said.

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Microsoft teases ARM-based notebook battery life, operating functionality

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 05:49
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News, Samsung

microsoft has chosen to tease Apple with the prospect of running its notebooks for literally days at a time on a single battery charge thanks to ARM processors.

Over at the Qualcomm 5G Summit in Hong Kong, Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, stated that the battery life while using an ARM processor is “beyond our expectations.”

“We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that. It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis. I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life,” claims Bernard. “I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past.”

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Apple Pay expands in Spain via CaixaBank, Italy under Widiba

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

Apple Pay has now expanded in Spain.

Customers of the Spanish bank CaixaBank have been informed that the service is already live.

CaixaBank is one of Spain’s largest banks, with more than 6,000 branches serving 13.2 million customers. It’s the third company to offer Apple Pay support for its payment cards, after Santander and American Express.

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Apple TV universal search expands to Canada, Australia, other countries

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Apple Music, Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

Apple has expanded the universal search options on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

U.S.-based customers can now search for TV show and movie titles through the Classix, Oxygen and BBC America app. New Canadian listings include Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, ICI Tou.tv and CBC TV, the country’s national broadcaster.

Australians will see results for 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. In Norway and Sweden, Viaplay has been added.

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Rumor: iPhone X component suppliers report improved yields, greater ability to meet shipment demands

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The supply stream for the iPhone X may be where it needs to be.

Per sources close to the story, yield rates for some iPhone X have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October.

The sources also reported that yield rates for key parts such as 3D sensing modules have improved as well.

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Apple may have nixed Beddit, could be working to incorporate sleep tracking into its own product line

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News, retail, Software

Apple has apparently nixed Beddit.

Beddit, the sleep monitoring system company purchased by Apple earlier this year, has had its product pulled from everywhere except Apple’s own retail stores and website.

The Beddit sleep tracker included a special sensor strip for your mattress that tracked your movement and respiration while you slept. It included a companion iPhone app where your sleep activity was logged.

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Apple confirms fix against “KRACK Attack” WPA-2 exploit in macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas, has yet to comment on AirPort firmware

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:08
Category: Android, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, watchOS

Following the recent “KRACK Attack” Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit, Apple has cited that it has addressed the issue in its macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS betas, but has yet to officially state as to whether a patch is en route for its AirPort series of routers.

Sources within the company have stated that the patch to remove hardware susceptibility was included in a “previous” beta of the current range of operating systems, indicating a release before Monday’s batch.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announces Woz U, looks to bring affordable tech education to wider audience

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Education, iOS, News, Software

The Woz is endeavoring to bring more affordable tech education your way.

Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced the formation of Woz U, an online university designed to make tech education more affordable.

He stated that while the current plan is for web-based classes in the near term, the long-term plan is to bring physical campuses to more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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Apple expands Apple Pay Cash beta testing to employee base

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, Finance, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple has reportedly expanded an internal test of its forthcoming Apple Pay Cash technology to include its retail employees, which suggests that it may be ready for public release in the near future.

Apple began rolling out the feature to retail employees today, asking workers to install the latest iOS 11.1 beta and a special device certificate in order to enable the P2P function. Employees taking part in the internal evaluation are required to whitelist iCloud accounts in order to use the service.

Signs of the expanded Apple Pay Cash test emerged last week when select corporate staff were granted access to the upcoming feature.

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