watchOS developer beta 1 points to LTE music, radio streaming

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iCloud, News, Siri, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s newly released watchOS 4.1 developer beta features expansions to the Apple Watch’s built-in Music app. This includes the ability to stream songs from Apple Music and iTunes Match via an LTE connection on the new Series 3 hardware.

The company has stated that LTE music streaming for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to the public in October at the earliest. The watchOS 4.1 developer beta 1 suggests that the feature will be available for launch within the coming weeks.

The release notes stated that users will be able to stream any song from either the Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. This also includes tracks purchased from iTunes and songs matched with iTunes Match.

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Apple states fix is in progress for “static” sounds on some iPhone 8 devices

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Apple has announced that it’s working on a fix for some of the “static” and “crackling” sounds some users have experienced from the newly-released iPhone 8’s earpiece.

The company offered the following statement:

“We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.”

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 update, focuses on bug fixes, stability improvements

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

There’s always a software update to be had.

And this is a good thing.

Only one week after Apple’s release of its iOS 11 operating system, the company has issued its first incremental software update. As of Tuesday, iOS 11.0.1 is now available to install.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra update

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 05:42
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, Software

Apple on Monday released macOS 10.13 High Sierra, its latest operating system for Macs.

The update, which is available via the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, weighs in as a 4.89 gigabyte download and is compatible on the following Macs:

2009 and Later
– iMac (Late 2009)
– MacBook (Late 2009)

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Craig Federighi confirms that Apple will add Apple File System support for Fusion Drives

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 04:21
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, Software

This is a bit of good news, even if it lacks a specific date as to when it will be implemented.

Following up on news that the first version of macOS High Sierra limited the Apple File System to Macs featuring all-flash built-in storage and excluded iMacs and Mac mini machines that feature Fusion Drives, Apple engineering chief Craig Federighi has confirmed APFS will indeed be coming to Fusion Drives in a later update.

Federighi stated that “Yes, we plan to add support in a future update,” in a response to a user question about the feature.

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iFixit posts full iPhone 8 teardown

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017, 05:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

If you’re curious about the internal components of the iPhone 8, the cool humans at iFixit have already performed a full teardown and posted their findings to the Internet.

The teardown revealed a True Tone Retina display, Qi wireless charging support, Touch ID Home button, and improved camera sensors. Other components include an A11 Bionic processor, iFixit found 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and Gigabit LTE RF transceiver, Skyworks quad-band GSM power amplifier module, NXP secure NFC module, a Broadcom wireless charging chip, and more.

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Apple quietly extends iTunes Store movie rental viewing times from 24 to 48 hours

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017, 05:50
Category: Apple TV, Fun, iPhone, iTunes Store, News, Software

Coinciding with the launch of the new Apple TV 4K and iPhone 8 devices, Apple on Friday updated its website with new information regarding movie rentals, saying viewers now have up to 48 hours to complete their rented titles after first pressing play.

Prior to the change, iTunes Store customers had only a 24-hour period to finish watching or replaying a rented title. The change, though quietly announces, doubles the previous time limit.

Customers can watch and re-watch a rented movie as many times as they like within the 48 hour window. As noted by Apple, users who download movies for offline viewing are still subject to the 48 hour timer.

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Uber update notes show company may be trying to take credit for iOS 11 location/privacy feature

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 05:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

Ridesharing service Uber may have gotten itself in hot water again.

A recently released screenshot of the company’s latest patch notes for the app has revealed that Uber may be taking credit for iOS 11’s improved control over privacy and location information.

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First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K units begin to arrive for customers in New Zealand, Australia

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, News, retail

The very first pre-ordered iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K units have begun to arrive in the hands of customers living in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on Friday, local time, while Apple retail stores in those regions began sales of the new hardware.

The sales process appears to be running much more smoothly than past iPhone releases. Of note, Apple stores in Australia are not seeing extremely long queues lining up outside, as they did with last year’s iPhone 7 launch. One reason could be the upcoming launch of iPhone X, Apple’s flagship handset set to debut in November.

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iOS 11 “Messages in iCloud” feature touted, release date unknown

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 05:54
Category: iCloud, iOS, News, Software

This may be another case of having to wait a little bit for an iOS 11 feature that was shown in a demo but not released as of yet.

Apple’s “Messages is iCloud” feature, which was touted at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference event, was removed during the beta cycle and will return at some undisclosed point in the future.

The “Messages in iCloud” feature synchronized a user’s Messages “stack” between devices seamlessly. With the feature set implemented, deleting a message on one logged-in device would strike it from all, plus only the newest messages would be stored on-device with the rest held in iCloud and loaded only when needed.

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