Apple now allows users to book repairs via Apple Authorized Service Providers through support web site

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 05:02
Category: Apple, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News

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It’s a quiet update, but it makes a difference.

Apple recently updated its Support web site to include a feature that allows users to find and schedule repairs for iPhones, Macs, and iPads from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

When troubleshooting a product, choosing “Bring in for Repair” after going through Apple’s support prompts now brings up all repair centers near a customer, including Apple’s own retail stores and retail locations where customers can get repairs from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

The site includes nearly all local Apple Authorized Service Providers and lists availability for the fastest repairs and same-day service. There’s also an option to book a repair directly from the site.

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Apple’s single sign-on feature goes live, begins with support from 9 pay TV services

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 05:39
Category: Apple TV, iOS, News, Software, TvOS

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This could come in handy.

Or at least drive you that much less insane.

As of Monday, Apple’s single sign-on feature has gone live and provides easy authentication for multiple pay TV services.

The feature is presently limited to U.S. cable subscribers though international support is expected to debut at a later date. The feature allows single sign-on allows fourth-generation Apple TV and iOS device owners to authenticate multiple pay TV video streaming apps with one set of credentials.

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Some users report disappointing battery life on 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 05:40
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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A number of users who shelled out for the new 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar are finding battery run times far short of Apple’s claimed up to 10 hours of usage.

Granted, there are a wide number of variables that can affect overall battery performance, but a number of users have reported the issue at hand.

For example, one user going by the handle “Aioriya” stated that the fully loaded 13-inch model and claims that with just light use – web browsing mainly – the battery is only lasting around five or six hours or so.

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Apple links iPhone 6s battery/unexpected shutdown issues to overextended air exposure during manufacturing

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 05:58
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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Apple has apparently figured out what the cause of its iPhone 6s battery flaws and unexpected shutdowns was.

The company released a short note linking the issues to mistakes made during the manufacturing process:

“We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs,” Apple wrote on its Chinese website. “As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur.”

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“Flickering” issue on 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks seems to be likely caused by third-party software

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2016, 05:23
Category: Archive, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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Following up on the flickering issue we reported about, an undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random “glitches” and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

Reports of graphics-related issues first surfaced after the release of the 2016 MacBook Pro.

While initial reports were unable to pin down a root cause for the errors, sources close to the story said that overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame. That said, a small number of users report seeing similar problems with Apple’s own Photos app.

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Apple letter to U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows interest in autonomous vehicle testing, inter-company data sharing

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2016, 05:15
Category: Apple Car, Hardware, News

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Just when you thought Apple might have backed off a bit from the self-driving car market, this shows up.

Last week, the company submitted a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggests it’s currently eager to work with other companies in a data-sharing effort but is also keen to preserve privacy, which is in line with the hard-line stance it took in the Apple-FBI controversy earlier this year.

The letter is perhaps the most tangible proof of Apple’s interest in the autonomous vehicle market and offers the following passage written by Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, on November 22nd:

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The 2016 MacBook Pro “Dongles conspiracy” might be true

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Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 08:00
Category: Fun, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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For those of you who were wondering what Apple was thinking with the 2016 MacBook Pro and the need for dongles, a former engineer discusses his time on the product team…

Apple launches online tool to determine eligibility for free iPhone 6s replacement battery to help avoid unexpected shutdowns

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Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 05:52
Category: Uncategorized

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This is kind of handy.

Two weeks after launching an iPhone 6s battery repair program, Apple has released an online tool that allows iPhone 6s owners to check whether their device is affected by the problem.

An updated page for the iPhone 6s repair program runs your serial number to determine whether your iPhone 6s handset is eligible for a free battery replacement.

A small number of iPhone 6s models manufactured between September and October of 2015 have a faulty battery, which can cause the iPhone 6s to unexpectedly shut down.

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Rumor: Apple to use drones, indoor navigation to help round out Maps data

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Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 05:29
Category: Google, iOS, Rumor

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Everyone’s starting to use drones for mapping these days and Apple is apparently no exception.

The company plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to sources close to the story.

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the sources said.

Apple seems to want to fly things around to map things like street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the source said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added.

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Apparent email from Tim Cook to customer points AirPods release over “the next few weeks”

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016, 05:31
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

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This one’s from the big man himself.

As many customers anxiously await the release of Apple’s wireless AirPods, which were originally slated to launch in October but later delayed, an email from CEO Tim Cook to a customer may provide the most insight as to when to expect the product.

The customer offered the following comment in his email to Cook:

“Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”

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