18-core iMac Pro customers begin to receive shipping notifications, 14-core notifications still absent

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 03:03
Category: iMac Pro, News, Processors, retail, Thunderbolt

Three of the four iMac Pro sub-groups have shipped, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.

Anonymous sources close to the story have stated that “a small number of early orders have shipped to U.S. customers.” No information was available about international orders, although it’s assumed that they’re expected to ship in the near future.

Sources have also confirmed that the 14-core model has not shipped as of yet, and there are no guesses as to when this will happen.


Home app to help manage HomePod software updates

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 03:05
Category: HomePod, iTunes, News, retail, Siri, Software

It looks like you’ll use Apple’s Home app to update your HomePod once it arrives.

Developer Guilherme Rambo dug into Apple’s iOS code and found the HomePod software update mechanism. Along with alerting you to new software updates, the Home app will also let you enable automatic software updates, much like Apple TV.

While this is a little bit unexpected, it also fits into Apple’s history of sometimes building in Frankenstein-esque functionality into its apps, much like the way iTunes grew to become a central hub for media and devices.


Apple to use iOS 12 to focus on stability and performance as opposed to wheeling out loads of new features

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, 06:48
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

You shouldn’t go looking to iOS 12 for huge, splashy new features.

Instead, Apple will apparently be giving iOS 12 the Snow Leopard/Mac OS X 10.6 treatment and working on targeting stability, performance, and reliability as opposed to adding in loads of new features. The strategy helped fix what was becoming a growing list of issues and complaints about the Mac operating system. Now it seems that’s what’s happening with the next version of iOS for the iPhone and iPad.


Preordered HomePod units look ready to arrive on February 9th, software thought to have caused delays

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2018, 03:21
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News, retail

It looks like the HomePod is still set to arrive at February 9th for preorders placed on Friday, January 26th. As of last Friday, customers can still order a HomePod for home delivery or in-store pickup on February 9th, the first day of availability.

The steady release date supports the idea that it may have been the software that held up the HomePod, which was originally slated to ship in December. Apple delayed the product until early 2018, but never seemed to explicitly state the cause of the delay.

Historically, when Apple has delayed a product launch, as with AirPods or iPhone X, a component shortage or some other manufacturing issue has been to blame. When that’s been the case, Apple has quickly sold out of its initial availability, and delivery times have slipped.


Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE functionality to arrive in Hong Kong, Singapore next month

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018, 03:22
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables, wireless

When the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular debuted back in September, due to carrier requirements, cellular connectivity was only supported in a handful of countries. Apple today announced, however, that Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular is coming to two new locations next month…

The company updated its website to announce that the Apple Watch with cellular will be available for preorder in both Hong Kong and Singapore. The device is due to arrive one week later on February 9th.

In Singapore, the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will start at S$598, while customers in Hong Kong will pay HK$3,188. As for wireless carriers, Hong Kong customers will have their choice between 1O1O and csl3.


Newly-released iOS 11.3 beta firmware hints at next-gen iPad with Face ID feature

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, News

The newly-released iOS 11.3 beta seems to contain hints as to Apple’s releasing a next-generation iPad Pro this year equipped with both slim bezels and Face ID.

According to iHelpBR editor Filipe Espósito and developer Guilherme Rambo, strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta refer to a “modern iPad,” which is notable since Apple’s software engineers referred to the iPhone X as the “modern iPhone” in older firmware.

While the term “modern iPad” could be a placeholder, as is commonly found in Apple’s code, the discovery hints towards an iPad Pro with Face ID, which would certainly be a logical next step in Apple’s product roadmap.


Apple releases Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and Security Update 2018-001 El Capitan, works to help prevent fallout from Meltdown and Spectre bugs in previous operating systems

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 03:03
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, Processors, security, Software

If you’re running either macOS 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re going to want to snag the current security update now.

On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and Security Update 2018-001 El Capitan, which addressed assorted security concerns as well as helped mitigate potential risks from the Meltdown and Spectre issues..


First iOS 11.3 developer beta out the door, offers improved power management, iCloud Messages, additional Animoji units, other changes

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 03:07
Category: Developer, Health, HomeKit, iCloud, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

Following Tuesday’s release of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has offered preview access to iOS 11.3, which will include assorted nifty new features, including a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

Following the iOS 11.3 update, Apple says users will now be able to see their overall battery health, and will recommend if it needs to be serviced. You will also be told if your battery is triggering a chip slowdown, and can choose to turn that feature off. The switch will only be available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 03:39
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 just hit the streets and it could come in handy.

The update, a 2.17 download via the App Store (and its associated “Update” tab), offers the following fixes and changes:

– The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Update improves the stability and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order.


Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 update, adds HomePod support, security fixes, other changes

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 03:08
Category: Bluetooth, HomePod, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, News, security, Software

This should come in handy.

Apple pm Tuesday released iOS 11.2.5 for its iPhones and iPads. The release “includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only).”

The company also announced earlier in the day that preorders for the HomePod will begin on Friday, January 26th, with shipping on February 9th.