Apple announces launch of AirPods, initial units see delivery delays up to four weeks

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Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 05:07
Category: AirPods, Hardware, News, retail

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The good news is that the long-awaited AirPods will begin selling next week.

The bad news is that there’s currently about a two to four week delay to get them.

Apple announced that the wireless headphones will be available for purchase at Apple Stores, authorized resellers, and select carriers next week, providing customers who did not quickly pre-order with a chance to buy the wireless earphones before the end of the year. Apple said stores will receive “regular AirPods shipments.”

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Apple pulls watchOS 3.1.1 update after unknown number of users complaining of “bricking” issue

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Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 04:57
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

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Apple on Tuesday pulled watchOS 3.1.1, the latest update for its watchOS operating system, following complaints that the update rendered an unknown number of Apple Watch Series 2 units unusable.

Apple Watch owners attempting to upgrade to watchOS 3.1.1 through the dedicated Watch app on iOS will find watchOS 3.1 as the current version, meaning Apple has temporarily disabled the point update after its release on Monday.

The update appears to have bricked an unknown number of Apple Watch Series 2 devices. Customers impacted by the faulty code reported seeing a recovery screen with a red exclamation mark after attempting to install watchOS 3.1.1. The foreboding prompt urged users to visit www.apple.com/help/watch, a landing page that ultimately leads to a Support Document covering frozen Apple Watch hardware.

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Apple releases watchOS 3.1.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, 06:40
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

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It’s not a huge update, but it’s got some useful stuff to it.

On Monday, Apple released watchOS 3.1.1, a minor maintenance update to its watchOS operating system.

The update, which requires that the Apple Watch itself be connected to power and have more than 50 percent battery remaining, adds the following fixes and changes:

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Apple releases iOS 10.2 update

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, 05:02
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.2, the new version of its iOS operating system.

The update, which weighs in between 360.6 megabytes and 2.4 gigabytes (depending on whether you use over-the-air or iTunes to update it), adds the following fixes and changes:

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Apple issues “Report Junk” feature for iCloud calendar users to address recent spam issue, macOS and iOS versions expected soon

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2016, 05:27
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Software

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If you’ve been annoyed by iCloud Calendar spam over the past few weeks, Apple may be working on a solution.

Recently, Apple has added a new “Report Junk” feature to its calendar program on iCloud.com. lets users remove spammy invites from their calendar and reports the sender to Apple for further investigation.

The feature is currently only available on Apple’s iCloud.com Calendar web app but it is likely to roll out to the iOS and Mac native Calendar in a future software update.

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Rumor: AirPod delay might be attributed to technical/channeling issue, other causes

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2016, 05:05
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

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There may be a specific reason for the delay of the AirPods wireless earphones.

The AirPods, which were slated to launch in December and delayed with Apple stating it needed “a little more time”, were left without a specific reason for the delay.

A source close to the story has told the Wall Street Journal that the trouble appears to stem from Apple’s effort to chart a new path for wireless headphones. In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece.

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AT&T subscribers to receive more than $88 million as part of third-party “cramming” lawsuit settlement

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016, 05:55
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, wireless

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You might have a part of a class action lawsuit reward coming your way.

The United States Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it will be distributing more than $88 million in refunds to 2.7 million AT&T customers who had unauthorized third-party charges added to their service bills, something better known as “mobile cramming.”

The refunds come from a $105 million settlement AT&T paid the FTC back in October of 2014, after the carrier was accused of allowing third-party companies to bill customers for things like ringtone subscriptions without their consent. Money was also collected from Tatto and Acquinity, two companies involved in the cramming scheme.

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ABC, Disney apps now support single sign-on feature

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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The new single sign-on feature for iOS is looking pretty convenient and ABC and Disney have just come on board to support it.

Both the Watch ABC and Watch Disney apps for Apple TV and iOS will now automatically log you in if you’ve entered your cable or satellite credentials into the new settings menu.

The feature currently works with iPhone, iPad and the current-gen Apple TV, albeit some apps only support single sign-on with certain devices for now. In the case of ESPN, yet another Disney-owned business, single sign-on has yet to be enabled for the company’s streaming apps.

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Bluetooth 5 spec officially approved, will offer four times the range, twice the speed, other new features

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Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 05:21
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Software

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The Bluetooth protocol is about to get a nifty upgrade.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that the Bluetooth 5 standard has been officially adopted, which means manufacturers are now able to build it into their devices.

Compared to existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, Bluetooth 5 offers four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity, bringing whole home coverage and more reliable connections between connected devices.

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Rumor: Apple in negotiations with movie studios to offer in-theater movies for rental via iTunes

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Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Apple TV, iTunes, iTunes Store, Rumor, Software

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You might be able to snag movies that are currently in theaters as well as pre-order them months ahead of time via iTunes.

Apple is apparently in negotiations with movie studios to allow customer to rent movies at home for a premium shortly after they hit theaters.

The deal is apparently focused on allowing Apple to offer home rentals for new movies two weeks after they’re released in theaters. Currently, most new movies are available for renting on iTunes after a short period of only being available for purchase.

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