iOS 11.2 released over the weekend, adds Apple Pay Cash, improved wireless charging, chases down date bug which could cause a soft reset loop

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple Pay Cash, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

It’s pretty unusual for Apple to release a major iOS update over the weekend, but the company did this with iOS 11.2, which, among other changes, offers support for Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-watt charging on compatible devices and a fix for a nasty date bug that can cause devices to enter a soft reset loop.

The update seems to have been released early to handle a recently discovered date bug that can cause springboard to crash, rendering an affected device barely usable.

It’s also been noted that the update, which was released on December 2nd, seems to share the same creation time as the betas, which did not suffer from the date bug.

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FDA approves first EKG reader for Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, December 1st, 2017, 03:42
Category: Apple Watch, Health, iOS, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

The FDA has just cleared the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch. AliveCor’s KardiaBand electrocardiogram (EKG) reader functions as a sensor that pairs with an app and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The user touches the sensor, which snaps into a slot on the watch’s band, to get an EKG reading in 30 seconds. The recording can then be sent to a doctor.

The KardiaBand can then predict and analyze the user’s heart rate based on data from both sick and healthy users.

AliveCor’s CEO Vic Gundotra, formerly of Google, offered the following comments:

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Sports section begins to surface in iOS 11.2, tvOS 11.2 betas

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2017, 03:58
Category: Fun, iOS, News, Software, TvOS

If you’re looking for additional sports goodness via your iOS device or Apple TV, Apple may have some good stuff coming your way.

Apple’s TV app has finally gained the live sports integration announced months ago. The dedicated sports section now appears to be live on the TV app on latest betas of iOS and tvOS.

The news follows a rumor released earlier this month via a verified source that stated that a Sports section would be released around December 4th. The new feature will bring live scores, game alerts, and the ability to watch multiple games simultaneously.

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Apple releases fix for root user bug in macOS 10.13 High Sierra

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2017, 03:23
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

Apple has released a fix for the now-infamous root bug in macOS High Sierra.

The company released its Apple Security Update 2017-001 update on Wednesday. The update, a 2.1 megabyte download, can be located and installed via the App Store app. Open this program, click on “Updates” and the patch will appear as a security update that can be installed without needing to restart your Mac.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the fix:

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Happy Thanksgiving from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, 03:18
Category: Announcement, iOS, News

It’s that time of year again and in honor of Thanksgiving in the United States, the O’Grady’s PowerPage staff will be taking the day off to spend time with tasty food, friends, family and football.

We encourage you to do the same.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 update, offers fix for iPhone X display being unresponsive in cold temperatures

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 03:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

If nothing else, the iOS 11 updates are arriving fairly quickly.

Apple released its iOS 11.1.2 update on Thursday. The update, which can range from a few hundred megabyte to a 2.43 gigabyte download, offered the following fixes and changes:

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Square Cash App for iOS adds Bitcoin support, company CFO vouches support for cryptocurrencies

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:41
Category: Finance, iOS, News

Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar wants to prove that cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, can be a genuine financial tool with the latest version of its Cash App for iOS now supporting the protocol.

“We’re a payment innovator. And therefore I think it behooves us to always know, where are our payments going?” Friar told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “When we develop products at Square, we spend a lot of time listening to what our customers want, and what we heard from individuals – so this isn’t sellers asking to accept bitcoin, this is individuals using Square Cash to make payments… saying, ‘We want an easy way to buy and sell bitcoin.'”

Friar than added that the fastest way to understand a new product is to build products around them.

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Warby Parker’s Glasses app for iOS uses iPhone X camera to map your face, recommend glasses for you

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 03:47
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Ok, this is pretty neat.

Even if the iPhone X has been out for less than a week, a few apps are already taking advantage of the handset’s face mapping technology.

In the case of glasses retailer Warby Parker, the company is combining its app with the iPhone X’s camera to take maps of people’s faces, and use that data to recommend styles of glasses that will best fit your face. This goes a step beyond the digital try on system the company had previously offered, which made an effort to place a virtual pair of glasses on the user’s face to let them see how they might look.

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Apple Pay Cash now available to try out in iOS 11.2 Public Beta

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, 03:14
Category: Apple Pay Cash, Finance, iOS, News, Software

If you’ve looking to play around with Apple Pay Cash, now’s your chance.

Apple Pay Cash is now included in the iOS 11.2 public beta, which was released on Tuesday morning. Some developers running iOS 11.2 are also seeing Apple Pay Cash appear as an option in the Messages app this morning.

Since the beginning of October, Apple employees have been testing Apple Pay Cash in a special version of iOS 11.1 that allowed the feature to be enabled through an internal device certificate. The test was initially limited to corporate employees, but later expanded to retail employees. Apple Pay Cash did not end up shipping in iOS 11.1, but it is apparently ready for iOS 11.2.

The Apple Pay Cash feature is also incorporated into the Messages app and is designed for quick person-to-person money transfers, as seen with Square Cash or Venmo. Though most Apple Pay Cash coverage has focused on the iPhone, money can also be sent using an Apple Watch.

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DataMan Next 11.1 outfitted with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

In the realm of “geeky and useful, the DataMan Next app has been updated to version 11.2 and outfitted a with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme.

As you may remember, DataMan Next, developed by Johnny Ixe, lets you quickly gauge how much of your allotted monthly data you’ve used at a glance.

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