Apple international regulatory filings hint at two upcoming iPad models

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:18
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Patents, Touch ID

It’s the regulatory applications that sometimes tell you when the really cool stuff is coming.

Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

Per Consomac, the Eurasian Economic Commission, which oversees Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, this week approved “A1893” and “A1954” models. Those model numbers don’t correspond to any existing iPads or current Apple products.

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AT&T announces 5G to arrive in 12 U.S. cities in 2018

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:52
Category: Android, Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

AT&T’s 5G network is coming to 12 American cities this year.

The wireless carrier announced that Dallas, Waco, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia will roll out 5G service before the end of the year, and announcements for nine more cities will follow.

As of now, wireless carriers have stated that 5G will means faster wireless data speeds, albeit they aren’t completely on the same page.

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Australian carrier Telstra acknowledges FaceTime, iMessage outages, says fix is in the works

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 03:45
Category: iPhone, News, Software, wireless

If you’re a wireless customer in Australia, this is not a nifty thing.

Telstra, one of Australia’s largest mobile carriers, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix.

At this point, it’s unknown as to when a fix will be available. The issue appears to primarily be affecting the eastern coast of Australia, though users in Perth are also reporting issues.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 update, includes Telugu character bug fix

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 03:26
Category: Accessory, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Apple released iOS 11.2.6 on Monday. The update, a 41.5 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes, the most prominent of them fixing the Telugu text bug, in which an Indian character could cause your iOS device to crash:

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TechInsights estimates HomePod manufacturing costs around $216 per unit, Apple aiming for lower profit margin than found on iPhone line

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 03:38
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

The guesstimates are in and it looks like Apple shells out $216 to build each HomePod unit, meaning margins from the tech giant’s first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

If the estimate is correct, this means Apple generates a profit margin around 38 percent with each $349 HomePod sold. This stands as lower than competing smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, which boast margins of 56 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

The component breakdown found that the HomePod’s microphones, tweeters, single woofer and power management hardware add up to $58, while other miscellaneous parts like the OLED panel come out to another $60, the report said. TechInsights pegs Apple’s A8 chip at $25.50, as the housing and other unmentioned components run another $25. Manufacturing, testing and packaging tack on $17.50 to the final cost according to the firm’s estimates.

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Apple adds live news feature to iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 03:20
Category: Apple TV, Archive, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Software, TvOS

Website and Internet concept with news word on four paper post it isolated on white background.

You can now access the news a bit easier through your iOS device or Apple TV.

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iOS device users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

From the main screen, click the “Watch Now” tab, then screen down past the “Up Next” section to access the “What to Watch” recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red “Live” banner on the thumbnail image.

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iOS’ “iBoot” component leaked to GitHub, quickly pulled by Apple

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Apple, and its legal department, do not like it when you leak source code for core components of iOS on GitHub.

This is exactly what happened, as a chunk of source code, labeled “iBoot”, which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system, found its way onto GitHub. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it, much the same way that a BIOS would function.

The code says it’s for iOS 9, an older version of the operating system, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11.

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Unicode 11.0 will include 157+ new emoji, be released later this year

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 03:49
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

There shall be additional emoji available to you.

To be specific, 157 additional emoji.

The Unicode Consortium today announced it has finalized a new set of 157 emoji that companies like Apple will be able to implement later this year. There are actually 77 new emoji in total, as some have multiple skin tones.

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iOS 11.3 beta 2 released, sports battery monitoring/management features

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:55
Category: battery, Developer, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

iOS 11.3 has entered its second developer beta and it appears that the new version of the operating system will add battery health information and management feature to iOS 11.3 in response to customer complaints about the way the company fixed an issue where iPhones with degrading batteries were experiencing unexpected device crashes. The crashes were caused by the processor trying to draw more power than the battery could provide, so Apple spread those intensive tasks over multiple processor cycles. The end result was slower iPhones, which many people interpreted as Apple intentionally hobbling performance to force new phone purchases.

To see the new battery information in iOS 11.3 go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This is where you’ll see your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity (100% when your battery is new). As your battery ages and loses the ability to hold the same charge it did when new you’ll see the percentage drop. That’s showing how much your current full charge capacity is in relation to when the battery was new.

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Apple may be considering full rebates for full-priced iPhone battery repairs following speed throttling controversy

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:44
Category: AppleCare, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

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