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.

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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.

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Rumor: Apple to discontinue first-gen iPhone X upon release of second-gen iPhone X later this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 03:06
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

The first-gen iPhone X may not hang around once the second generation of the handset is out the door.

This is the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has stated that Apple will discontinue the first-generation iPhone X when the second-generation model launches later this year, rather than bump the device down its smartphone lineup for lower than $999, in a research note released today.

Kuo said that Apple keeping the current iPhone X in its smartphone lineup for a reduced price, such as $899, would likely cannibalize sales of the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID and a LCD display that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $650 and $750 in the United States.

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Apple expected to release fix for chaiOS bug this week

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 03:04
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Apple is presently working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.

The fix is expected to arrive this week.

chaiOS is a bug that crashes Messages on iOS-based devices when a specific Github link is shared in a chat. It can also cause the iOS springboard to crash and relaunch.

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Tim Cook comments on iPhone battery situation, says users will have additional control of power management features in future versions of iOS

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 03:27
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

During a visit to the Apple data center in Reno Nevada on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, wherein he touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.

According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer.

Cook offered the following comments:

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Rumor: Apple to combine Face ID components, create smaller “notch” in next-gen iPhones

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 03:33
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

A new rumor has hinted towards next-gen iPhone featuring a smaller camera notch in 2019 or beyond.

South Korea’s ETNews, citing industry sources, has stated that Apple is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year’s iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.

The sources have indicated that Apple is looking to strengthen its face sensing function beginning with the 2019 iPhones. In essence, the company is planning to increase the number of parts that will be used for iPhones and is looking into combination of a face recognition module with a camera module.

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Some Apple Store locations running low on iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries, some swaps delayed until March

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:20
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

You might have to wait a while before you can snag a $29 replacement battery for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A number of users have reported shortages of the iPhone 6 Plus battery and have, in some cases, been told that they’ll have to wait until March or later for their repair.

Delays are only impacting stores that have already run out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, according to sources close to the story. Still, many locations have batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus in stock.

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Zurich Apple Store location evacuated after iPhone battery overheats

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 03:53
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Not every iPhone battery is going to behave perfectly.

An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone’s battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.

The incident caused the technician to burn his hand and a total of seven people received medical attention. Local police evacuated roughly 50 customers and employees from the Apple Store location.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone SE to incorporate glass back, wireless charging feature

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, Rumor

Given that wireless charging is pretty hip these days, it comes as no surprise that this is a rumored feature for the next-gen iPhone SE.

“A very reliable source” has stated that the iPhone SE 2 will feature an all-glass back. That’s a change from the current iPhone SE which has glass panels along the top and bottom rear but is mostly aluminum. The handset is also expected to undergo a speed boost.

Recently, Apple adopted glass backs to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to support wireless charging.

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iFixit matches Apple’s $29 replacement iPhone battery price in wake of slowdown controversy

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Date: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, 03:35
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

iFixit has now matched Apple’s $29 price for battery replacement kits for older iPhones.

The change follows up on Apple’s consolation for its iPhone slowdown policies. Apple itself got in trouble when it fessed up to slowing down iPhones with older batteries and apologized for not being more transparent.

“About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE,” the company wrote in a rare open letter apology. “While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.”

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