Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3, looks to resolve Activation Lock issue with older iPhones, iPads

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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It might not resolve all the problems associated with the iOS 9.3 release, but it’ll handle some of it.

Apple on Monday released an updated build of its iOS 9.3 operating system. The new version attempts to fix issues related to an Activation Lock bug that presented itself on older iPhones and iPads.

The build is still identified as iOS 9.3 and is identified as build number 13E237 and users can restore from it via iTunes as needed..

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Some iOS 9.3 users report errors of web links crashing apps, Universal Links bug thought to be the cause of the problem

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 08:59
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This is why they invented bug fixes.

Following last week’s release of iOS 9.3, a significant number of users have complained about an apparent iOS bug that causes Safari, Mail, Messages, Notes, Chrome, and select other preinstalled and third-party apps to crash or freeze after tapping or long-pressing on web links.

The issue has actually spread, with some users claiming to have encountered the bug in iOS 9.2.1 or earlier versions of the firmware. A wide range of devices appear to be affected, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini.

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Netflix admits to throttling AT&T, Verizon users’ data

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 11:02
Category: Legal, News, Software

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Well, that could have gone better.

Netflix, which has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar, has gone on record to say that it throttled user data through AT&T and Verizon while trying to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.” As of now, AT&T and Verizon wireless customers are still limited to streaming Netflix at 600 kilobits per second, which reduces video quality in the process.

Sprint and T-Mobile have gone unthrottled because “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies,” Netflix asserted, referring to the fact that those carriers have typically slowed users down to 2G speeds when they exceed data caps, rather than threatening overage fees. Sprint, however, was throttling nearly all video until it was pressured to stop last year, and T-Mobile is marketing “Binge On,” a controversial program which lets customers watch unlimited video from select services, but only at DVD quality (480p).

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Apple releases updated version of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 following activation/bricking complaints

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 08:40
Category: iOS, iPad, News

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Well, this is awkward.

And good reason to maybe wait a day or two after a major system upgrade to see if there’s any negative feedback.

Apple has both confirmed that its initial release of iOS 9.3 causes problems on the iPad 2 and has released a new build of the operating system for the device. Carrying build number 13E236, the update appears to be rolling out to iPad 2 users now. Presumably, it’s the same build that was released to everyone earlier this week, just with the activation issues fixed.


iPad 2 users can update to the new firmware update by plugging their iPad into iTunes if it’s in a bricked state or by heading into Settings and navigating to the software update menu and updating like they normally would.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the issue:

“Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

If you’ve tried the new build on your iPad 2 and have any feedback, let us know in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac

iPhone SE battery outlasts iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy 7 batteries in testing

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 08:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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The iPhone SE may just feature a better battery than you expected.

A recent series of tests shows that the new handset’s battery can last far longer than even flagship phones, including the iPhone 6s.

Under stress tests cycling through websites with uniform brightness, the SE managed 10 hours. That was over two hours better than the iPhone 6s, as well as the iPhone 5s, which like the SE has a 4-inch, 1,136-by-640 display. Screen-on time is often the biggest source of battery drain on a smartphone, with wireless connections being close competition.

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Apple begins accepting pre-orders for iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, retail

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After several hours of downtime last night, Apple’s Online Store is back up and allowing customers to pre-order the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The iPhone SE starts at $399 off-contract, while the iPad Pro starts at $599. Deliveries will begin in one week on March 31st.

In terms of carrier availability for the iPhone SE, details are listed below:

T-Mobile – Available at 5AM PT/8AM ET

Verizon – Available Now

AT&T – Available Now

Sprint – To Be Determined

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DisplayMate mate offers overview of 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen, promises in-depth review in near future

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 11:49
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News

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For you display freaks out there, the mighty Dr. Ray Soneira will be reviewing the display on the just-announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro this week and has offered the following comments do far:

The new 9.7″ iPad Pro is a welcome return to Apple innovating again in displays. The wide DCI-P3 Color Gamut, with the TrueTone dynamic Ambient Light White Point correction, and the record low 1.8 percent screen Reflectance are all major innovations for Tablets and PCs, and presumably for iPhones in the near future. The 25% boost in brightness to 500 nits is much less important than lowering the screen Reflectance down to an impressively very low 1.8 percent – most other displays reflect 3 times as much ambient light, which reduces image contrast and color saturation.

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Feds claim they have means of unlocking San Bernadino iPhone, ask judge to delay Apple hearing until April 5th

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The great iPhone Unlocking Controversy of 2016 may have an end in sight.

The United States Justice Department today asked the court overseeing its ongoing iPhone unlocking battle with Apple to postpone a hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 22nd. The DoJ says new leads have been discovered that could provide it with a way to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without involving Apple.

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [terrorist Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”

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Apple releases 4-inch iPhone SE

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 14:27
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The iPhone SE has been announced.

And it is both small and mighty.

The 4-inch handset boasts the same A9 chip and the same embedded M9 motion co-processor as Apple’s flagship 4.7-inch phone, for double the CPU performance of the iPhone 5s, which was Apple’s last 4-inch handset. The new phone also packs the same graphics capabilities of the larger iPhone 6s, meaning it has three times faster GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5s.

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Apple releases 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors

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This could be interesting.

On Monday, Apple launched its long-awaited 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro, the tablet gaining the magnetic Smart Connector, A9X processor and four-speaker array found on its larger 12.9-inch version, as well as compatibility with the Apple Pencil and a new True Tone display, all for $599.

The 9.7-inch variant’s True Tone display features two new four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature to adjust the display accordingly, resulting in a “paper-white” viewing experience.

The display is also 40 percent less reflective and 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2. Apple says it’s the lowest reflectivity of any tablet available. Color reproduction also hits new heights with the same color gamut offered on the iMac with Retina 5K display, as well as 25 percent greater color saturation than iPad Air 2.

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