iOS 9.3.2 update bricks some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets, Apple exploring the issue

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 10:44
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, News, Software

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iOS 9.3.2 has arrived.

And it appears to have bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets in the process.

A number of users are seeing an “Error 56” message after upgrading to iOS 9.3.2, and finding their devices bricked.

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update, includes fixes for iPhone SE among changes

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 13:16
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

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Apple released a smorgasbord of updates today, among them iOS 9.3.2.

The update, which can be snagged over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE.

– Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail.

– Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages.

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Apple patent points to smarter, more automated HomeKit functionality, interoperability with homes, vehicles

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016, 07:45
Category: Developer, HomeKit, iOS, News, Patents

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This could turn into something interesting.

A recently published patent filed by Apple indicates as to Apple’s intention for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.

As an example, Apple points to the idea of a heating system being enabled at a particular time or when a particular temperature is met. Apple refers to a central “controller” being used to detect these factors, such as an Apple TV remote or other mobile devices. The devices being controlled are referred to as “accessories” in the filing.

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Google releases Gboard, a third-party keyboard app, for iOS

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 08:25
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.

Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.

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WhatsApp arrives for OS X

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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WhatsApp has arrived for OS X.

The popular messaging app now has a desktop Mac version of the client, the launch coming a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

Much like the web client, the WhatsApp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

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Additional Apple Maps data, services emerges for new locations, including Thailand

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2016, 08:48
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple on Thursday expanded its Apple Maps Flyover feature, adding both Flyover data and Spotlight Suggestions to new countries as well as traffic data to a new location. The Flyover feature is now available in Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This brings the grand total of Flyover locations to over 260 cities as Apple has been expanding the feature at a brisk pace.

Additionally, Apple has expanded Spotlight Suggestions to a trio of new countries. The feature is now available in 19 countries with today’s additions of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Spotlight Suggestions offers quick suggestions of content and locations from Maps, iTunes, the App Store, and web when users search for a term via the Spotlight search bar on their device.

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This is Nifty: Tipping by Gorischek Design

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Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 07:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This is kind of neat.

Gorischek Design’s Tipping app allows you to quickly calculate how much to tip on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without having to unlock the device.

The app allows you to calculate 15%, 20% and 25% on a tip, enter the amount and get back to your meal.

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FBI may have contacted “grey hat” hacker group along with Cellebrite to unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Hacks, iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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The plot continues to thicken.

A group of unnamed sources cited by the Washington Post contradict the widely-held belief that it was Israel-based mobile forensics company Cellebrite which helped the FBI hack into the locked San Bernardino iPhone. The report say that the agency was instead approached by a group of freelance hackers who revealed an iPhone passcode vulnerability to the FBI in return for a one-time fee.

The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government. They were paid a one-time flat fee for the solution.

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Some iPhone SE users complain of Bluetooth audio issues, Apple has yet to offer official comment

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 12:58
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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Well, this could be one for the bug team to sort out.

A number of oPhone SE early adopters have reported audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when the smartphone is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset. The issue extends to GPS voice navigation for some, but streaming music over Bluetooth appears to be unaffected.

The users claimed to be experiencing distorted, staticky, or inaudible phone calls when using an iPhone SE over Bluetooth. Many of those affected noted that their previous iPhone model had “crystal clear” audio quality.

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Cellebrite says it’s “optimistic” it can unlock iPhone 6 units

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016, 09:51
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Cellebrite, the company that is believed to have been hired by the FBI and successfully unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, says that it is “optimistic” that it will also be able to access a locked iPhone 6.

Earlier this year, Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti met with the company last week to see whether it could help gain access to his dead son’s iPhone. Before his death from bone cancer, 13-year-old Dama Fabbretti had added his father’s thumbprint to allow him access – but the phone required the passcode after a restart, and his father didn’t know the code.

Apple had told him it was impossible to access the iPhone without the passcode, but Fabretti stated that Cellebrite has already made progress.

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